Gualaquiza, a neat, hidden outpost no one knows about

Gualaquiza, a neat, hidden outpost no one knows about

24 December 2012

Gualaquiza is a small town of around 15,000 people in the Southern Amazon region of Ecuador. The people are friendly and the backdrop is beautiful as the area is surrounded by lush rainforest. What to do? Visit the bike shop Ciclos on Orellana 4-35 and rent a bike and enjoy the excellent 3 hour bike […]

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Pedernales: Ecuador’s version of Florianapolis, Brazil

Pedernales: Ecuador’s version of Florianapolis, Brazil

23 December 2012

Every time I come to this city I’m awed by the character and bravado of this small coastal city. The hilly streets leading down to the ocean are always full of something interesting to see, the locals are friendly, and the foreigners are scarce. The beach isn’t so nice but the food along the boardwalk […]

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Ecuador government refunds foreigners the VAT tax

Ecuador government refunds foreigners the VAT tax

23 December 2012

It’s nice to be treated special just for being a foreigner in Ecuador. In fact, for those that know about the program, foreigners don’t even have to pay the sales tax on items made in Ecuador. It’s true, the Ecuador government is now refunding foreign “tourists” the sales tax they paid on items made-in-Ecuador and […]

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Macas, worth a visit?

Macas, worth a visit?

23 December 2012

Macas is an interesting mix of old and new with new buildings jutting up from crumbling streets. Most choose to go to northern jungle towns like Tena, but for those who like off the beaten track destinations Macas wont disappoint. -Kayak the Upano River with class III rapids through one of the local outfitters. - […]

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Esmeraldas, is it worth its bad rep?

Esmeraldas, is it worth its bad rep?

22 December 2012

When you say “Esmeraldas” most people think “dangerous”, maybe due to the proximity of Colombia, maybe some other racially-charged reason. But in my opinion, Esmeraldas doesn’t deserve the bad hype and is an excellent place to visit. The locals are VERY friendly to the few foreign outsiders that visit and the food is to die […]

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Puyo: What to do?

Puyo: What to do?

22 December 2012

Puyo is one of those towns people go to to get a taste of the Amazon without really going neck deep in it. The backdrop is interesting with the Napo River on one side and towering volcanos in the distance while the Amazon flattens out on the other side. What to do? -Bike the 65 […]

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Cojimies: Coconut Palm Forests Await You

Cojimies: Coconut Palm Forests Await You

22 December 2012

In Cojimies, you may feel like you are the only foreigner around, in fact, you probably will be. But The beach is pearly white and one of Ecuador’s widest, tours to the nearby Island of Love (Isla del Amor) can also be arranged and this is the only place in Ecuador I’ve seen forests of […]

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Galapagos Flight Special RT $176, the best I’ve ever seen

Galapagos Flight Special RT $176, the best I’ve ever seen

21 December 2012

Until December 23 there is a flight special on Tame to the Galapagos roundtrip from Guayaquil for a total of $176 for anyone with an Ecuadorian Cedula… you can be a foreigner, you just need to be a legal resident of Ecuador with a cedula to qualify. You must travel before the end of March […]

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Mompiche: A deserted surf paradise turned resort

Mompiche: A deserted surf paradise turned resort

21 December 2012

Few people outside surfers knew about Mompiche, a little, lush green cove with great waves (lefts) until Ecuador’s first all-inclusive luxury resort went in, De Cameron. Its retained its low-key vibe but prices have risen since the resort finished in 2009. Where to stay on a budget? Id stay at my budget pick, the DMCA […]

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Tena, an Explorers Paradise

Tena, an Explorers Paradise

21 December 2012

Tena reminds me of my time traveling Laos. An ideal tropical, jungle area full of fun, interesting travelers chatting it up over a cold beer after a days worth of heavy duty adventuring. Many come to Tena to try the world-class white water rafting and kayaking. Class III and IV rapids abound, guides can be […]

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Ayangue: The top place to scuba in Ecuador

Ayangue: The top place to scuba in Ecuador

20 December 2012

Ayangue reminds me of the Galapagos, both above the water and below it. It’s a tiny cove with a small, sleepy town and a handful of dive operators. That’s it, but its nice. What to do? - Try the seafood at one of the many huts along the beach. - Swim and snorkel in the […]

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Coca, should you go?

Coca, should you go?

20 December 2012

Coca is one of those small towns that don’t really leave an impression on you, one way or the other. It has a nice river boardwalk and the locals are friendly to visitors, but most still pass right on by. It is the main jumping off point to the Yasuni National Park and other river […]

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Muisne: An Authentic Ecuadorian tropical island

Muisne: An Authentic Ecuadorian tropical island

20 December 2012

Muisne has a unique ‘backwater’ feel, a run-down town, a tropical island, an enormously wide beach, at times completely deserted. Muisne has a feeling all its own and is best for explorers wanting to get far off the beaten track. Take a Mangrove tour with Fundecol.org. Where to stay? My value pick whenever I’m in […]

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What to do in Lago Agrio?

What to do in Lago Agrio?

20 December 2012

Lago Agrio is a sketchy border town most tourists dont venture. It is however the main jumping off point to the Cuyabeno Jungle Wildlife reserve, a unique flooded rainforest. Also, a visit to nearby Dureno can give you a taste of what primary rainforest is like. Where to stay? My pick is Hotel Selva Real […]

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Papallacta – Pamper yourself in this Andean Spa Town

Papallacta – Pamper yourself in this Andean Spa Town

20 December 2012

A few hours from Quito on the road to the Amazon lies a steamy spa town famous with local vacationers, Papallacta. What to do? Bath in the Thermal Hot Springs in the Termas de Papallacta about 1.5 km before you reach town. Where to stay? My pick is the Hosteria La Pamapa de Papallacta. Basic, […]

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Furniture shopping like a local in Ecuador, what I paid?

Furniture shopping like a local in Ecuador, what I paid?

18 December 2012

It’s true. One guy once asked me if he needed to bring towels to Ecuador. Child please, could you be more ignorant? Anyways I still think people are crazy whenever I hear of people paying ‘an arm and a leg’ to ship their furniture to Ecuador. As one of my American friends here in Ecuador […]

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Ecuador Dual Citizenship: How to Apply?

Ecuador Dual Citizenship: How to Apply?

16 December 2012

Some get one for the “show”. Some get one to feel like Bond when the cute airport clerk asks for their passport… …so their reply can be “which one?” Some get a second passport and dual nationality for tax, business or other personal reasons. At least if you are an American who likes to travel […]

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Map of South Ecuador Coast: Montanita, Olon, Salinas

Map of South Ecuador Coast: Montanita, Olon, Salinas

12 December 2012

Map of South Ecuador Coast: Montanita, Olon, Salinas HOUSE FOR RENT 5 MINUTES FROM MONTANITA One price for WHOLE HOUSE… fit as many people as you like! $30 per day, $180 per week, $380 per month. Quaint house with beautiful 180 degree ocean view for rent 3 minute walk from beach and 25 minute walk […]

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How to sell your property in Ecuador… Fast

How to sell your property in Ecuador… Fast

10 December 2012

A view from the front of the lot.  For six weeks I put the sale of a beachfront lot I purchased for resale on hold while I built 3 tiki-style beach huts on the southen coast of Ecuador on a different oceanview lot in time for the upcoming rentals high-season here (late Dec- early Apr). […]

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Final costs of the tiki hut building project in Ecuador

Final costs of the tiki hut building project in Ecuador

02 December 2012

I’m done. Six weeks, 3 tiki huts built with oceanviews near Montanita. 3 VERY different styles. Non are luxury, but two of the three are nice for the middle-end or middle-higher-end traveler while one without much of a view is for the budget backpacker/surfer type. Remember when I got quoted $3000-3500 for each tiki hut? […]

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