5 years on the coast of Ecuador, a unique perspective

18 August 2013

The beach just south of Montanita, Ecuador.   Perspective. You get it after spending time in a place, and boy is it helpful when investing in property. Some areas of the coast have stayed drearily the same since 2008 attracting little internet nor foreign investment.  While other areas have flourished. And since most of the […]

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When to buy, rent or visit on the coast of Ecuador?

When to buy, rent or visit on the coast of Ecuador?

11 August 2013

Businesses close their doors.  Even hotels lock it up. Not a soul in the streets except the occasion street dog. It´s cloudy and a bit brisk… everyday. Welcome to the low season on the coast of Ecuador. It also happens to be the best time to search for and buy real estate.  You´ll find many […]

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The top beach in Ecuador to find cheap beachfront real estate right now?

05 August 2013

This is part 3 of 3 in this series on where’s the cheapest, undiscovered places to still find your own small piece of the beach in Ecuador in August of 2013… front-line beachfront lots for personal use preferibly under $15k or a beachfront house under $50k.   Today’s pick might surprise you. Chances are you’ve […]

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The 2nd best beach in Ecuador to find cheap beachfront property

29 July 2013

This is part 2 of 3 in this series on where’s the best, undiscovered places to still find your own small piece of the beach in Ecuador… cheap, small front-line beachfront lots for personal use preferibly under $15k.   Today’s pick is probably not on your Ecuador beach property house-hunting itinerary. But it is one […]

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Chasing the ‘holy-grail’ of Ecuador: Cheap beachfront property, part 1 of 3

21 July 2013

    What if you only had 5 days to look for cheap beachfront property in Ecuador? And you were only interested in something front line, I mean right on the ocean. You want to walk out the front of your house and be able to wiggle your toes in the sand. You know, something […]

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Guayaquil: the top short-term rental opp in Ecuador?

Guayaquil: the top short-term rental opp in Ecuador?

15 July 2013

Most expats and travelers in Ecuador just skip it. It’s hot, it’s humid and the mosquitos plentiful. Ecuadorians will tell you not to go there cause it’s dangerous. Welcome to Guayaquil.  Ecuador’s largest city and top international port. But after a year of living there I can honestly say it is also a great investment […]

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Ecuador a safe haven for enemies of the USA?

06 July 2013

I recently got this email from a subscriber… “I enjoy your emails about Ecuador but have become concerned that it  is becoming known as the safe haven of enemies of the United States.  First it was Julian Assange from Wikileaks, and now it is Edward Snowden.” My response:  Well, yes, it is becoming a safe-haven, […]

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Abusive landlords in Ecuador: Ecuador Rental Law

29 June 2013

“Come on man, help me grab her washing machine.” My Ecuadorian friend (and roomate at the time) yelled. “Naw man, even if she did screw me, and I don’t mean that in the positive sense, I’m not about stealing people’s shit.” I responded. “Thats how we do it in Ecuador.” He responded. You see, recently […]

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6 month Conclusions: The Ecuador tiki hut building project

6 month Conclusions: The Ecuador tiki hut building project

23 June 2013

  OK, so it’s been a bit over 6 months since I finished my Tiki Hut building project on the coast of Ecuador near Montanita. It’s hard to declare something a success when you finish building it. You gotta wait and see how it actually rents.  And now, the numbers are in. 3 tiki huts […]

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How I lost $49k overnight in Ecuador

16 June 2013

Picture this… You sell your business. And after paying off your debts put the profit in the bank. A cool $49k. Then you see on the news your bank, one day working as usual, and the next, closed! And your moneys gone. No, its not the 1930s, thats exactly what happened to me this week […]

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The dos and donts of hiring employees in Ecuador

02 June 2013

Today is the 6th and final installment in the series “Starting a business in Ecuador”.   “I’d hire an employee in Ecuador but I don’t want them to sue me.”  I hear a lot. “Are you dumb or just plain ignant.” I always want to respond. It’s true, the employment laws are quite different in […]

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What you wont be good at in Ecuador

31 May 2013

This is the 5th installment in the “Starting a Business in Ecuador” Series. The next big step in starting your business in Ecuador is a fun one… buying stuff. Furnishing it… in other words. And it’s important you understand something before you attempt it. No matter how long you live in Ecuador, no matter how […]

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The $200k fu*k up in Ecuador

26 May 2013

Today is the 4th installment in the series “Starting a business in Ecuador”. “Damn, that sucks for that guy.” I said, standing across from a mentor of mine, an older Ecuadorian friend. “Yep, it does.” He responded in Spanish. We were in the street looking at a sparkly new hotel finished to the tee, but […]

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A necessary evil in Ecuador: How to get your RUC

20 May 2013

Today is the 3rd installment in the series “Starting a business in Ecuador”.       After defining your business idea, how you plan to fund it, and what type of legal entity your business will be, the next very important step in Ecuador is obtaining your tax ID number, or “RUC”. If you’re thinking about […]

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Funding your Ecuador start up through the backdoor

Funding your Ecuador start up through the backdoor

12 May 2013

You don’t need money to start a business. You need balls. It’s true, for the right idea, the money seems to appear. I arrived in Ecuador a little over a year and a half ago… a few thousand in debt from years of travel abroad. Upon arrival I rented a hole-of-a-room in Quito with a […]

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12 must-watch movies to get you hyped for Ecuador

12 must-watch movies to get you hyped for Ecuador

10 May 2013

Want to get pumped for an upcoming trip (or move) to Latin America? Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good movie to do the trick. Here are 12 of my top picks to really get you in the mood for Ecuador (or anywhere south of the border). 12. Yuniol - This hilarious Dominican film is based in […]

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The first step to starting a business in Ecuador: choosing a business type

05 May 2013

There’s a lot of bad information out there on this topic. And it can cost you thousands. I for one have been burned due to choosing my business type inconrrectly. Lawyers are supposed to know the difference, and they’ll say they do. But most don’t. The first step to starting any new business in Ecuador […]

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The biggest benefit to being a foreigner in Ecuador is…

30 April 2013

Sometimes you just have to play the cards you were dealt. You have to accept the negatives to being a foreigner in Ecuador (one is that you will NEVER get the same prices for most things that the locals get, no matter how long you live here nor how well you speak Spanish. It is […]

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2 businesses everyone should be into… in Ecuador

28 April 2013

I think everyone should be in two types of businesses… in Ecuador. Hospitality and agriculture. Agriculture is self-explanatory. Some people invest in metals, others the stock market, others rely on their pensions, but I say, if/when the sh-i-t really hit the fan, I think its best to have something real, something people need… like food.  […]

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The 14 easiest ways to get robbed in Ecuador

24 April 2013

“So, they got me for $2000.” My friend said upon recently entering Ecuador 30 minutes earlier. “Mother f##kers man,” I responded shaking my head with disgust. You see, he and his friend just came into Ecuador with $13k in cash each, the limit according to the Ecuador customs official was $10k per person. The official […]

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