DIY: Ecuador residency visa in 4 hours or less… for pensioners

07 June 2014

  This week, I broke my own record. About 4 hours of pounding the pavement in Manta, Ecuador. 2 permanent residency visas for friends of mine. And yes, its something easy enough you could actually do it yourself, or maybe with the help of someone that speaks Spanish. You certainly dont have to pay a […]

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Example Ecuador Visa Solicitation Letter

01 June 2014

Here´s an example of the official letter immigration in Ecuador asks for when you apply for a visa, just plug in your info and where you are applying and play! —BEGIN— 2 de junio, 2013. Manta, Ecuador. Estimados. Coordinacion Zonal 4 Manta Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movimiento Humano. Por medio del presente, yo, John […]

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5 must-have apps before you go to Ecuador

24 May 2014

  Language used to be a barrier when traveling or living abroad in a place like Ecuador. Not anymore. Not with todays technology. Even 2 or 3 years ago had nothing on what we got today. Here are my favorite 5 apps for your smart-phone that will seriously break any communication barriers you have in […]

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The ONLY type of hotel I’d put in Cuenca

14 May 2014

I get it all the time. People know I’m in the hotel biz… …and they tell me they have a property and are thinking about putting a hotel in Cuenca. But truth is, I would NOT put a hotel in Cuenca, except for one type. You see, Cuenca is already loaded with good hotels, and […]

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Sold! Montanita beach house: from $15 to $45k

24 April 2014

“There it is.” I said as I signed the sales deed this week. I sold my 4 bedroom, 3 bath beach house near Montanita for $45k. The same one I bought entering 2012 for $15k. Once I bought the property I put about $2k into it to clean it out and lightly furnish it with […]

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Who pays what in an Ecuador real estate transaction

08 April 2014

  This week I was involved in an Ecuador real estate transaction. More on that in my next email. But it reminded me of something very important to know before you buy property in Ecuador. To know who typically pays what in a standard Ecuador real property transaction as it may differ from your home […]

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8 things to know before you visit Salinas, Ecuador

06 April 2014

“It was too cloudy.” “It was a ghost town.” I hear things like this all the time when people describe Salinas, Ecuador. They just don´t know. Right now I´m checking in from Salinas, Ecuador on a bluebird sunny day. The ocean is sapphire blue and very inviting, not a cloud in the sky, and I´m […]

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An Insiders take of the restaurant biz in Ecuador

23 March 2014

Something about Ecuador ignites the entrepreneur in all of us. As my Ecuadorian mentor once told me, “people in Ecuador are more entrepreneurial than in a country like the US because they have to be, there are less decent employment options so you got to employ yourself. ” I´d agree. And this week, I´m going […]

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Why I left Cuenca…

17 March 2014

  I hear it all the time… “Man, Cuenca was too da** cold and rainy.  I came south to get away from that.  But the coast is too hot and humid for me, I think Ecuador is not for me.” You’re right.  It’s freakin cold! Cuenca doesn’t have eternal spring weather like what you’ve probably […]

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21 Things you can ONLY see in Ecuador

04 March 2014

That’s the reason we travel, right? To see stuff we can’t see in our home country. Well, here are 21 things you could never see in the USA or Canada (or elsewhere for that matter) but you CAN see in Ecuador. 1.  When pulled over by the cops, Ecuadorians tend to get out of their cars […]

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The dirt on Cotacachi, Ecuador: March 2014 Market Report

03 March 2014

This week I had the pleasure to interview Olga Plavidal, one of the most knowledgable people I know on the Cotacachi real estate market. Cotacachi is a small mountainous community a few hours north of Quito, and 15 minutes from Otavalo, which has experienced quite an influx of North American expats in recent years due […]

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What Pablo Escobar taught me about life in Latin America

02 March 2014

Many people don’t know this about me. But my first ‘living’ experience in Latin America was when I lived almost a year in Medellin, Colombia. I was young, 23 years old in fact. And I have to admit I was mainly focused on going out, partying and chasing women. But in the breaks from that, […]

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Whats it really like living in Olon, Ecuador? – 1 expat response

24 February 2014

Ahhh, Olon, Ecuador, one of my favorite beaches on the coast of Ecuador, and certainly a growing ‘expat hot spot’. Olon is a few kilometers north of Montanita, about an hour north of Salinas (which has the nearest airport), an hour south of Puerto Lopez, and about 3 hours south of Manta. For me, with […]

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An Ecuadorian Real Estate Tale of Woe

21 February 2014

I got this email this week from a subscriber in distress… A definition of “woe” is “things that cause sorrow or distress; troubles.” The suggestions that I am about to share are what my husband and I learned from our personal tale of woe as it relates to buying an apartment on the Ecuador coast. Here are […]

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Where to bank (safely) in Ecuador

16 February 2014

  Do you want the long or the short answer? The short answer is … no where. Keep your money in your home country except for what you need.  Remember, this is a country where from one day to the next a bank could close shop, put a lock on the door and say “adios” with […]

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How to bring your pet to Ecuador hassle-free

09 February 2014

I know. I get it. Its not your dog, it’s your hairy kid. Leave ’em behind for your big move to Ecuador. No way. So how do you bring ’em? Do you just put ’em on a plane like a human? Nope. The process is more involved, but not as challenging as people think. First, […]

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How to get your Ecuador drivers license (without taking courses)

02 February 2014

After securing my residency visa and cedula this past month the natural progression is to focus on getting my Ecuador drivers license. Now, Ive lived in Ecuador for two and a half years now without owning a car, or driving even once. But more impressively, in that time Ive never even felt like I needed […]

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The unknown under-belly of Montanita: Manglaralto, the top rental opp on the coast?

The unknown under-belly of Montanita: Manglaralto, the top rental opp on the coast?

26 January 2014

Manglaralto Beach, Ecuador Everyone loves Montanita. But nobody actually wants to live there.  Unless you’re a 20 year old hippy. It’s a neat mix of a traditional bohemian-Ecuadorian surf village turned mega-tourist attraction. And its a great place to meet people, eat, drink or party. But to live, for most, it’s just too noisy, too […]

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Got mine, now how to get your Ecuador Cedula

22 January 2014

After you get your permanent residency visa to live in Ecuador, doesn’t matter which type, could be the investors visa, the pensioners visa, or even the professionals visa… …you’ll then have 30 days to get your mandatory Ecuadorian “Cedula”, or official ID card. The visa, or what is stamped in your passport, is the more […]

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The Myth about Ecuador Border Runs: How to stay longer than 90 days in Ecuador as a tourist

13 January 2014

  Last week, we covered arguably the easiest way to get a residency visa in Ecuador, and how I got one. The 9-V Professionals Visa, based off your university degree. No investment, no pension required. Believe me, compared to most countries in the world, thats easy! For instance my brother actually married a Thai girl and […]

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