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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The critical first 2 steps to farming a lot in Ecuador

08 October 2015

This week I closed the deal for the lease of the 1 hectare lot near my place which I plan to farm with a soon-to-be-named product later this week (stay tuned!)… After speaking to my agro-engineer specialist who I plan to work with on this product, the first two critical steps are taking a soil […]

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How you avoid paying gringo prices in Ecuador

07 October 2015

“Just pay me what you will.” Said the local who helped me find my agricultural lot this week. I was thinking a decent finders fee in the States would be at least a few hundred if not a few thousand dollars, so I was going to offer him a few hundred. Then I caught myself! […]

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How To Find The Cheapest (And Best) Farmland In Ecuador

05 October 2015

Deciding I was going to lease a farm lot was the easy part. Now, how do I actually find one with a solid water source, no surprises, near me, and at a good price? I quickly realized driving around that searching for farm land is WAY DIFFERENT than what I learned when I wrote my […]

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Getting your own farm in Ecuador without buying the land

02 October 2015

No one in my school growing up in Cleveland, Ohio said they wanted to get into farming. It was never a realistic option for me or my peers. Hard to compete with the big boys in North America and their subsidies. But, down here in Ecuador, the land is so fertile, the water so plentiful, […]

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The biggest danger you face in Ecuador…

28 September 2015

BAM!! “What the f@ck was that,” I thought as I sat up in bed. The noise woke me up. BAM!! There it was again, sounded like a gun shot, in my house! Now, I was really worried. You see, I was a new arrival immigrant in Ecuador, three plus years ago, with no money and […]

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The Exact step-by-step process and costs for getting your (second) Ecuadorian passport

19 September 2015

 I got a friend, a young American guy in his early thirties who goes by the name Bart Simpson. He’s rich, specifically, a “dot com” millionaire. And his hobby in life now is collecting passports, he has six already to be exact. A South American one is his next target as it would open up […]

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Will your pet be detained upon entering Ecuador?

19 August 2015

Recently a friend of mine brought her pet to Ecuador… here´s what went down… First, before coming she made sure she had the necessary documents: A vaccination certificate for international travel and a certification from an FDA approved veternarian that the pet was healthy. All of which needs to be done right before traveling and […]

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Is Ecuador the new American dream?

11 August 2015

Dom, “So, where you from?” I asked. “Gambia,” the guest in my hotel responded. “Wow, Gambia, I thought, where the heck’s that?” I thought.This young guy I was chatting with was obviously an immigrant, fresh off the plane, about to try his luck inEcuador.  Just like i was 3 years ago. You see, Ecuador is […]

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Expansion complete: the surprising difference between a 6 and 23 room hotel

Expansion complete: the surprising difference between a 6 and 23 room hotel

05 August 2015

Often, the first business most of us expats think of putting in our new country is a guesthouse. It´s not a bad idea cause you really don´t need any formal education on the subject to do it. It wasn´t my plan either, I just kind of fell into it. First in Guayaquil, partnering with a […]

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The difference between car insurance in Ecuador vs the US

28 July 2015

Yesterday, I hired private car insurance for the first time since i moved to Ecuador. It’s true that most Ecuadorians just go with the state mandated liability insurance that covers damages to third parties (previously known as SOAT) that costs about $45/year. But that still doesn’t cover YOUR car in the case of an accident […]

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Expected returns in Ecuador, and how Ecuadorians double them

21 July 2015

A lot of people don’t know this about me… but I actually have an Ecuadorian mentor. He’s born and raised Ecuadorian, from Guayaquil, self-made, about 50, and currently owns a hotel in Salinas, a rent a car company in Guayaquil, and a few other smaller hotels in Guayaquil. I actually partnered with him when I […]

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Keeping your car legal in Ecuador

14 July 2015

Got a car in Ecuador? Worried the papers might not be up-to-date and the next time you´re pulled over might be your last? I got several friends with cars in Ecuador and almost all of them have cars with expired registrations and are subsequently illegal for transit. When really, it´s pretty easy to keep your car […]

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Getting Internet (data in your phone) anytime anywhere in Ecuador – Not always as easy as you think

07 July 2015

I know, I know, I get it. Staying connected to the Internet is more important than water, electricity for you. We´ve reached that point in our society. Problem is, in Ecuador, the Internet connection is not so good, especially in the small towns.  Even hotels that advertise they have WIFI, often will be having network […]

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Ecuador dual citizenship myths debunked- How to get around the 90 day rule

30 June 2015

There’s really only one simple requirement that qualifies you for an Ecuadorian second passport (aka Ecuador dual citizenship)… you need 3 years of permanent residency after getting any of the resident visas and obtaining your “cedula” ID card. In fact, I was told by my source in immigration you can actually apply after about 2 and a […]

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Getting electricity to your lot in Ecuador

22 June 2015

And on goes my building project on the coast of Ecuador. Next up, electricity, not necessarily a sure thing in Ecuador. But in this case, the electricity was about 100 meters away from my lot, maybe a bit less, so it wasnt a huge deal hooking it up to my property. Total cost $2450 for […]

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Where’s best to exchange money in Ecuador?

13 June 2015

Got Euros or another foreign currency, or maybe want to buy it in Ecuador getting out of the USD while it's strong?   So, where has the best exchange rates?   First off, for the best rates be sure to exchange your money in one of the only two cities in Ecuador with international airports… […]

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Making sense of the new Ecuador Inheritance Law

10 June 2015

This week (June 2015) the Ecuador president is sending a new bill to the Ecuador Assembly to seriously hike the inheritance taxes the rich will have to pay.Important news for us property investors. As it lays now, folks in Ecuador with inheritances under $66,000USD dont pay any tax.  For inheritances valued $100,000, they pay a […]

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5 Ecuador beaches suffering from receding sand line- buyer beware

07 June 2015

Although the Ecuador coast still has some extraordinarily good buys, and many beaches not at all effected by erosion, here are five places on the coast I would avoid buying front-line beachfront property due to the noticeably receding sand line.     In other words, the beach there is disappearing fast and who knows, your investment could […]

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160m2 lot 4 blocks from beach in Canoa, $7500

02 June 2015

With todays deal I´d like to bring up an important point when looking for property on the coast of Ecuador. While in many places lots that are front-line beachfront or with a nice view may have already risen in prices, you can still find lots in these same areas 2, 3, or 4 blocks from […]

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