My 2014 Ecuador bucket list: 48 Must dos off the beaten path

04 January 2014

Hard to find such variety in a country the size of Nevada. Yet most travelers to Ecuador get it wrong by going to lame, overpriced places like the Otavalo market. Below is my personal Ecuador bucket list for 2014. Things I just got to do just in case this is my last year in Ecuador […]

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Sold! How I sold my beach lot in Ecuador. Part 10 Property search series

02 January 2014

  I know what you’re thinking. Where’s part 1-9 of this series? Well, they were released about this time last year and tell the story from step one of how I found an undervalued beachfront lot near Salinas, Ecuador, legalized and resold it. Well, about a year later, it’s now sold. First, the specifics…  In […]

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The forgotten beach party town in Ecuador

25 December 2013

Even if you don’t like to party, party towns are good places to base yourself as you explore the nearby areas of the Ecuador coast. There’s more places to eat. A larger variety of places to stay at a much lower average cost. It’s easier to meet more people. And you have access to services […]

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Property holding costs in Ecuador: Not what you’d expect

24 December 2013

I get it all the time… “Well nowadays I can also buy a $40,000 property in Waco, Texas, what’the big deal about Ecuador?” OK, well, one thing is the holding costs. Lets take a look at my 4 bedroom, 3 bath house on the coast near Montanita. I currently rent it out. I pay… $0 […]

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Cocoa farms in Ecuador: An inside look into the Biz

22 December 2013

Forget about exporting handicrafts a minute. Ecuador has some VERY rich people, but they export different things, for instance, the product I’m going to mention today is one of Ecuador’s chief exports… cacao (or cocoa, the seed chocolate is made from). As the breeze off the plantation whisked past my forehead I sat in a […]

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The Galapagos: off-limits to retirees, or is there a loophole?

19 December 2013

There’s only one place in Ecuador with Caribbean-like, snow-white sand beaches and emerald green water…it’s a little bit of the South Pacific, and a little bit of Ecuador…. … and it’s the only place in Ecuador that attracts the high-rollers… …you know, the ones that spend $10,000 for a week-long cruise. And you’ve never heard […]

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Pay off your next flight to Ecuador with micro-importing

16 December 2013

I know you’ve probably heard how Ecuador is cheap, cheap, cheap. Actually, for many things, it’s not. In fact, many things in Ecuador are way more expensive than in North America. It’s due to the ever tighter restrictions on importing many consumer goods. And with the current administration, its only getting worse. But of course […]

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USA to Ecuador flights for $322, how much did you pay?

13 December 2013

Winter is coming up north. And expats are on the move. In fact, most expats in Ecuador like the freedom of flying on one-way tickets. You know, not being locked into a return date. I know I do. Even though on the government sites it says you need a round trip ticket to enter Ecuador, […]

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Hookers unveil truth about cause of coastal Ecuador title issues

09 December 2013

“Man, I haven’t done that since I was a 20 year old in college in Waikiki with nothing to do.” I responded as my friend and I walked the dark streets outside a bar we just visited in Quito. You see, in the US, for a 20 year old, there isn’t much to do at […]

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High-season’s coming: Leaving money on the table on the coast of Ecuador

07 November 2013

As we enter November here in Ecuador. And all the leaves on the trees are exactly the same color as they were the rest of the year… As the owner of vacation rentals on the coast of Ecuador I’m being constantly reminded of one fact as the email requests start to flood in. That the […]

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Hostal El Viajero died, what happened?

03 November 2013

You got to be careful in Ecuador when investing in property, man. You see, you´ve probably lived your whole life taking for granted a right in the US, Canada or Europe that simply is not held as dear in countries like Ecuador. The right to sleep in peace. Seriously. I remember from my time living […]

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2013 Ecuador property transaction records: Cuenca, Vilcabamba, Loja and the Ecuador Highlands

27 October 2013

The responses are in… We asked how much you actually paid for property in the highlands area of Ecuador. And you answered. These aren’t asking prices, but actual recent values people opened their wallet and spent. In a country like Ecuador with no MLS standardized system, nor publicly recorded comps (or comparable sales records) and […]

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RE: How much did they pay for coastal Ecuador real estate?

20 October 2013

  You can ask whatever you want for a property in Ecuador.  Doesn’t mean you’ll get it. In fact, some are quite ambitious when they price properties in Ecuador. But in a country like Ecuador with no MLS standardized system, no publicly recorded comps (or comparable sales records) and with historically low and unrealistic municipal […]

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The top 7 can´t miss ´bargain´ hotels of Ecuador

09 October 2013

Come on. Just admit it. One of the main reasons you are even interested in Ecuador is because you want to improve your lifestyle while at the same time lower your cost of living. At least the possibility of such intrigues you. Well, here are my hand-picked top 7 best-value hotels in Ecuador.  Bargain, nice […]

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Don’t move to Ecuador before reading this: Moving to Ecuador 101

06 October 2013

  “Man, this dude is clueless!” That’s a thought that often passes through my head as I meet new arrival expats in Ecuador. But if I moved to a new country cold turkey, the same would happen to me. But after today’s primer you no longer can plead ignorance… here’s what you need to know […]

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You’re fired! – What happens in Ecuador

26 September 2013

“Hey, step into my office for a minute.” “Don’t sit down, this will only take a second.” I continued. “You’re fired, get the f**k out.” OK, so this wasn’t exactly how it went down eariler this week. But can’t blame a guy for dramatizing once in a while. If you’ve met me, you know Im […]

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Why dont I receive my mail from abroad in Ecuador?

15 September 2013

Since moving to Ecuador, I´ve had quite a few things mailed to me from my original home, the USA. Problem is… at first, the packages never got to me! Online the tracking numbers indicated they had arrived to Ecuador. But they still never arrived at my home. So what happened? Finally, I figured it out. […]

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Growing palm oil in Ecuador, profitable or not?

Growing palm oil in Ecuador, profitable or not?

08 September 2013

“Jeeze, I’ve never seen a road like this,” I thought, this week, as my teeth rattled and face winced along one particularly trying road deep in a palm oil grove. I was in one of the top places in Ecuador for palm oil growing, La Concordia, a small town tucked deep in the sticks about […]

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1 Costly Mistake when Buying a Business in Ecuador

01 September 2013

  When I first bought the Guayaquil hotel business with a friend of mine 2 years ago I made this mistake. And it was costly. And I see a lot of foreigners who buy in Ecuador do the same thing cause they’re ignorant of Ecuador employment law. The mistake I made was I didn’t ‘clean […]

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Vilcabamba River Front Property with a Spectacular View with House and Cabana. $44,900

Vilcabamba River Front Property with a Spectacular View with House and Cabana. $44,900

29 August 2013

Vilcabamba River Front Property with a Spectacular View with House and Cabana. $44,900 This property is one acre and is a combination of two lots with two buildings.   Located 7.4 miles from the Town Center Water, Electricity and Road access are right to the property. Wireless Internet service, and cell service is available. Cabana has […]

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