pH setback with land in Ecuador

22 January 2016

"I've never seen a pH like this." The part-time Stevia specialist said to me looking over the results of my soil analysis.   The pH is over 8.  That's very alkaline.  Too high for a plant like Stevia.  The plant would grow but not produce as much as it should, he continued.   The ideal, […]

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How much do farms cost in Ecuador?

19 January 2016

Good question.   Sometimes in Ecuador it seems like the people actually selling their farm have no idea how much to ask as prices are all across the board.  Asking prices can be particularly high once a crop is already producing.   But you can find a lot of farms for sale for under $1000 […]

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Which Ecuador residency visa option is best for you?

17 January 2016

My brother is married to a Thai woman.   Even still, when they go to live over there for part of the year, he still has to do "border runs" every month or so.  Even for him, residency is complicated! Other countries, like the Philippines, or Colombia don´t force you to leave the country but […]

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How 1 Expat Got Nailed For $1800 Bringing Their Pet To Ecuador

08 January 2016

{!firstname_fix},    "$1800?" I gasped.   "Yea, $1800," the guest at my hotel in Quito near the airport continued a few days ago in October of 2015, explaining how he just spent $1800 just in taxes and fees paid to the government to bring his dog to Ecuador.   This is excluding what he paid to […]

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3 exotic Ecuador fruits with big-time export potential

3 exotic Ecuador fruits with big-time export potential

02 January 2016

“Damn, that’s good.” I remember thinking when I first tried it upon arriving to Ecuador. “Really good.” It was sweet and sour at the same time and really refreshing.  And not like any other fruit flavor I had ever tried in North America, Asia or Europe. 1. The “Naranjilla”.  Or “Lulo” as they say in […]

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My 2016 Ecuador bucket list: Must dos no one else knows about

01 January 2016

You know what they say, by putting it out there you help attract it to you. Throughout the year I’ll let you know as I do these things and if interested in joining just hit reply and let me know. So here it goes… my 2016 (primarily Ecuador) bucket list… 1. Go black panther tracking […]

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What Russians do in Ecuador

30 December 2015

“Hey Dom, so what do Russians do in Ecuador?” My friend asked, astonished by three sets of Russian guests in a row checking into my hotel near the Quito airport. “Of the ones living here I know, Russians are in the flower exporting business, usually exporting them back to Russia.” Irked by the thought that […]

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8 items you can “carry on” for profit in Ecuador

28 December 2015

We all know, or at least you should if you follow this letter, that Ecuador has many high import restrictions and duties causing many items to be more expensive here than in the US, which also creates a lot of business opprtunities for the casual traveler. As we’ve already covered, TVs, especially big screen ones, […]

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Crossing the border into Ecuador

26 December 2015

“If they try to stop you, just punch the accelator.” My friend said as we inched closer in our car to the border, about to enter Ecuador from Colombia. I have never crossed a border by car so I really didn’t know what to expect. Even my adventures down to TJ (Tijuana) for the day […]

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3 Things All Ecuadorian drivers buy in Colombia

24 December 2015

“This place is a mad house.” I said to my friend. We were across the border from Ecuador, in Colombia, at a tire shop, and it was choke full of Ecuadorians buying tires for their cars. I soon found out why. A set of 4 Goodyear tires in Ecuador in the Quito area for my […]

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Irrigation system installed in Ecuador, hard lessons learned

22 December 2015

This week I finished installing the irrigation system for my one hectare (2.2 acres) Stevia lot. There were a few different options… install a drip irrigation system or a sprinkler system. My part-time farm manager with experience in Stevia said for this crop a sprinkler system is fine. The quotes I was getting for installing […]

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Where I’d start a business in Ecuador right now

20 December 2015

After 3 days here on the border of Colombia and Ecuador it’s become evident where in Ecuador I’d start a business right now. Ipiales, Colombia. I know, technically it’s not Ecuador, but it’s close enough, it’s a smallish town about 5 minutes from the border of Colombia and Ecuador. Why Ipiales? Ipiales offers a chance […]

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Why you should never take cash to Colombia from Ecuador

18 December 2015

Day 2 here in Colombia, and I´m quickly learning the ropes. What´s cheaper than Ecuador, what´s not, and what´s a LOT cheaper. But I´ve learned that just as important as knowing what to buy is HOW to buy? To get the best deals in Colombia pay for EVERYTHING on credit card! Why? If you take […]

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Why Ecuadorians are lined up to get into Colombia

14 December 2015

Today, I´m checking in from the border of Ecuador and Colombia, where I´ve never seen anything like this! There is currently a 3 hour line up of cars on the Ecuadorian side waiting to get into Colombia! Why the incredible mass exodus from Ecuador? When I lived in Colombia 7 years ago, the peso-USD echange […]

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1 item all Ecuadorians bring back to Ecuador

10 December 2015

Living abroad my philosophy is simple… ‘if I see all the locals jumping off a bridge, I’m jumping too!’ There must be a good reason. So, working in an airport hotel in Quito, I can’t help but notice that literally ALL of my Ecuadorian clients are coming back to Ecuador from abroad with one big […]

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How to get free workers for your farm in Ecuador

08 December 2015

Hiring employees scares even the best of us. And it will probably be your biggest expense when it comes to your producing farm in Ecuador. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, I’ve met quite a few entrepreneurs in Ecuador that get free volunteer help from the websites workaway.info and helpx.net . Workaway is […]

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NEW! 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath oceanview house for sale, Puerto Cayo $89k

NEW! 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath oceanview house for sale, Puerto Cayo $89k

06 December 2015

Enjoy the best oceanview of the whole Ecuador coastline right from your porch of the islands off Puerto Cayo! The house is a short 3 minute walk from the beach and a short walk to the center of a sleepy, safe fishing village with AMAZING seafood! Rise in the morning and slide open your sliding […]

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Confessions of a cattle baron in Ecuador

02 December 2015

You don’t realize it until you drive from the highlands of Ecuador down to the coast, like I did this week, but Ecuador has a lot of good cattle land. Ecuador has miles and miles of lush, green foothills leading up from the coast that get tons of rain. And anyone who has had to […]

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Prepping the land for success in Ecuador

Prepping the land for success in Ecuador

11 October 2015

Next up after tractoring the land came digging out the on-site resevoir which had been overgrown by weeds. The resevoir is fed by a “seikia” or a shared irrigation system common in Ecuador where rivers are split off into canal-like things to farm certain areas. My lot has rights to part of the “seikia”. I […]

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Growing Stevia for Cash in Ecuador

09 October 2015

OK, so after a whole lot of research, the product I´m going to harvest first in Ecuador is… drumroll please: Stevia. Stevia is a plant that originates from the South American Amazon (Paraguay region) that is used as a natural sweetener with zero calories used in the place of sugar.  It grows in the tropics up […]

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