12-VIII Volunteer Visa Requirements Ecuador

12-VIII Volunteer Visa Requirements Ecuador

07 October 2012

12-VIII Volunteer Visa Requirements Ecuador (12-VIII INTERCAMBIO CULTURAL) Requirements: 1.- Signed petition letter directed to the head of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores which states how long youd like to stay in Ecuador and why. 2.- Signed Application Form with passport photo. 3.- Passport with at least 6 months valid remaining with copies of the […]

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12-VI Work Visa Requirements Ecuador

12-VI Work Visa Requirements Ecuador

07 October 2012

12-VI Work Visa Requirements Ecuador (VISA 12-VI TRABAJO) Requirements: 1.- Signed petition letter directed to the head of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores which states how long youd like to stay in Ecuador and why. 2.- Signed Application Form with passport photo. 3.- Passport with at least 6 months valid remaining with copies of the […]

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12-V Student Visa Requirements Ecuador

12-V Student Visa Requirements Ecuador

06 October 2012

12-V Student Visa Requirements Ecuador (VISA 12-V ESTUDIANTES) Requirements: 1.- Signed petition letter directed to the head of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores which states how long youd like to stay in Ecuador and why. 2.- Signed Application Form with passport photo. 3.- Passport with at least 6 months valid remaining with copies of the […]

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12-X Tourist Visa Requirements Ecuador

12-X Tourist Visa Requirements Ecuador

06 October 2012

12-X Tourist Visa Requirements Ecuador (VISA 12-X VISITANTE TEMPORAL) Requirements: 1.- Signed petition letter directed to the head of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores which states how long youd like to stay in Ecuador and why. 2.- Signed Application Form with passport photo. 3.- Passport with at least 6 months valid remaining with copies of […]

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12-IX Tourist Visa Requirements Ecuador

12-IX Tourist Visa Requirements Ecuador

05 October 2012

12-IX Tourist Visa Requirements Ecuador (VISA 12-IX TURISMO-DEPORTE-SALUD-ESTUDIOS CIENCIA-ARTE-ACTOS DE COMERCIO) Requirements: 1.- Signed petition letter directed to the head of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores which states how long youd like to stay in Ecuador and why. 2.- Signed Application Form with passport photo. 3.- Passport with at least 6 months valid remaining with […]

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Pricing the Lot- Part 9, The Ecuador Property Search Series

Pricing the Lot- Part 9, The Ecuador Property Search Series

04 October 2012

Salinas, Ecuador This is part 9 of this not-so-common look inside a real, live property transaction (of my own) in Ecuador.  Follow me as I reveal all the dirt as it happens. Today I just finalized the process of clearing up the title issues of the lot. It helped to have a few contacts in […]

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Where’s the best surf in Ecuador?

Where’s the best surf in Ecuador?

03 October 2012

The surf off Ayampe. For the best surfing in Ecuador for beginners and intermediates I’d try Montanita or Canoa. The beach in Montanita has a good gradual break for beginners at one point and intermediates in another. For empty waves off the beaten track try the breaks off Ayampe and Las Tunas a little further […]

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The Top 3 Spots for White-Water Rafting or Kayaking in Ecuador

The Top 3 Spots for White-Water Rafting or Kayaking in Ecuador

02 October 2012

For me, the top 3 places to white water raft or kayak in Ecuador are … 1. Rio Quijos near El Chaco town. 2. Tena and the Rio Napo. 3. Ibarra and the rivers around are an off the beaten track kayaking or white water destination. My fav! And for more need-to-know, useful Ecuador info […]

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Where’s Best to Go Scuba Diving + Snorkeling in Ecuador??

Where’s Best to Go Scuba Diving + Snorkeling in Ecuador??

01 October 2012

A view of the wildlife swimming just off shore on Isabela Island, Galapagos… Amazing! By far the best place for snorkeling and scuba in Ecuador is in the Galapagos where the water is transparent and the animals are a plenty. It’s not uncommon to see gigantic Manta Rays, sharks, sea turtles, sea lions and more […]

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Where to go Mountain Biking in Ecuador?

Where to go Mountain Biking in Ecuador?

30 September 2012

That’s me biking Chimborazo.   For mountain biking in Ecuador its hard to beat the all-day-long descents offered by Cotopaxi, Chimborazo or Banos. Guides out of Quito offer the day trips to Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, the Banos trip can be done independently renting a bike from one of the many shops in town. And for […]

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The Buying Process in Ecuador – Part 8: Ecuador Property Search Series

The Buying Process in Ecuador – Part 8: Ecuador Property Search Series

30 September 2012

This is part 8 of the not-so-commonly-seen look into a real, live Ecuador real estate transaction (of my own with my own money) as I reveal all the dirt as it happens in this rare, completely transparent property play. After we agreed on price, the next step was to go visit the lot one more […]

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Where to go Mountain Climbing or Mountaineering in Ecuador?

Where to go Mountain Climbing or Mountaineering in Ecuador?

29 September 2012

Me at the base of Cotopaxi. For those who like scaling mountains in one day I’d try the Volcan Imbababura (4609m) in the northern highlands. For more experienced climbers the next best are Cotopaxi and Chimborazo(6310m). And for more helpful, useful info try my weekly newsletter on Ecuador living and investing, you can unsubscribe at […]

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Where’s best to horseback ride in Ecuador?

Where’s best to horseback ride in Ecuador?

29 September 2012

Near Olon Beach in Ecuador. For horseback riding, I’d try the beach of Olon on weekends, or one of the several agencies offering guided rides in the Banos area. And for more need-to-know, useful Ecuador info for anyone interested in living or investing in Ecuador try my weekly Ecuador Insiders newsletter, you can unsubscribe at […]

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Where’s best to go hiking in Ecuador?

Where’s best to go hiking in Ecuador?

29 September 2012

A view from the trial of Quicocha Lake Ecuador’s an awesome country if hiking is your thing. For me, the coolest hikes in Ecuador is the hike down to the crater of Quilotoa Volcano, the hike with the natives around the dry coastal rain-forest in the Machalilla National Park, and the hike around the Quicocha […]

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Where’s best to go bird-watching in Ecuador?

Where’s best to go bird-watching in Ecuador?

28 September 2012

A Pelican hanging out off a peir in the Galapagos. By far the best place to bird watch is in the Galapagos where on a single day you can see the world’s smallest penguin, frigates, blue-footed boobies, finches and more. Next would be the cloud forests of Mindo where you can see hundreds of different […]

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Done deal. Bought the beachfront lot. Now what?: Part 7 Ecuador Property Search Series

Done deal. Bought the beachfront lot. Now what?: Part 7 Ecuador Property Search Series

27 September 2012

This is part 7 of the not-so-commonly-seen look into a real, live Ecuador real estate transaction (of my own with my own money) as I reveal all the dirt as it happens in this rare, completely transparent property play. OK, so today I came to agreement with the seller to buy his 475 m2 (5112 […]

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Whats the Ecuadorian Lifestyle like?

Whats the Ecuadorian Lifestyle like?

26 September 2012

Good question. It depends a little where you are. On the coast the people are laid back and definitely have the “manaña” mindset. There’s always tomorrow. People definitely “work to live” instead of our “live to work” lifestyle. Ecuadorians in general aren’t quite as ambitious as we are brought up to be, and generally more […]

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Bargaining the Deal Ecuadorian-Style. Part 6 Ecuador Property Search Series

Bargaining the Deal Ecuadorian-Style. Part 6 Ecuador Property Search Series

25 September 2012

$6000? “Whew, that’s steep man.” I said as we sat down to negotiate the 475m2 (5112 ft2) beachfront lot I found for sale in Ecuador this week. “Look, I’ve got another opportunity available, whats the minimum you’d accept?” (Mire, tengo otra opcion, digame cual es lo ultimo?) I asked. “OK, OK, $5000, but that’s if […]

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The 2012 Ecuador Population: Facts and Figures

The 2012 Ecuador Population: Facts and Figures

24 September 2012

Ecuador has 49 people per square kilometer, but 60% of the population lives in the urban centers of Quito and Guayaquil. 25% of the population is indigenous. 65% is mestizo or of mixed indigenous and European descent. 3% is afro-ecuadorean. 6% pure European descent. 14,666,055 total population (according to the world bank.) And for more […]

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5 Day Itinerary to South Ecuador: Off the Beaten Path!

5 Day Itinerary to South Ecuador: Off the Beaten Path!

24 September 2012

Zamora Ecuador Most tourists dont even consider this part of Ecuador, but you know, for me, its actually my favorite part of the whole country! In 5 days you can visit most of the highlights. Start off by flying into Guayaquil, stay the night at my place if you arrive late and continue to Machala […]

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