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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

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, […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A, Investor News/Analysis

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador Q&A

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). […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

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? […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Expat Lifestyle, Investor News/Analysis

An ambulance ride in Ecuador

An ambulance ride in Ecuador

30 November 2012

“Jeeze, that was some crazy sh*t.” I thought as I sat in an ambulance on the coast of Ecuador this week. I started to recollect what happened as I sat next to the nurse looking down at my friend as the ambulance sped along. Moments earlier we were on the construction site of where I […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Expat Lifestyle

A Guide to the Valley of Longevity:Vilcabamba

A Guide to the Valley of Longevity:Vilcabamba

28 November 2012

Vilcabamba is THE place to go in Ecuador if you just want to veg-out in absolute tranquility. The weather is near perfect and on most days you can hear a pin drop. Where to stay in Vilcabamba? Hotel Mandango: My pick for budget travelers with clean, simple rooms that start around $6 per person. What […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

What you must bring to Ecuador to get a residency visa

What you must bring to Ecuador to get a residency visa

25 November 2012

This week I got a question from a friend… “Dom, I heard you offer a free visa consultation for those interested out of your B&B in Guayaquil, I’m headed back to the US for 3 weeks, what documents and things do I need to bring back to Ecuador in order to get a residency visa?” […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A, Investor News/Analysis

Zamora, a Gem of the Ecuadorian Orient

Zamora, a Gem of the Ecuadorian Orient

25 November 2012

Zamora, the gateway to the southern Amazon region, refreshingly cool due to its altitude, Zamora has a unique feel surrounded by waterfalls, rivers and orchids. If you like bird watching and hummingbirds this is the place to visit, just 1 hour from Loja with the new road. Where to stay in Zamora? Copalinga: A hydro-powered […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

2012 Changes to Ecuador Residency Requirements

2012 Changes to Ecuador Residency Requirements

24 November 2012

One big reason to move to Ecuador is the ease with which you can become a LEGAL resident. Trust me, it stinks to have to make border runs every month or two like expats in Thailand, or overstay your visa illegally. This year, in 2012, I’ve started helping new expats in Ecuador get residency visas […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A, Investor News/Analysis

What to do in Loja?

What to do in Loja?

24 November 2012

El Tigrillo Loja is an interesting place. Some acquaint it to a mini-Cuenca, but it actually has a flavor all its own. The people are very proud of the heritage, are very into the fine arts, classical music and they even have their own gastronomy, and arguably the best coffee in Ecuador. Where to stay […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

My Take of Chordeleg

My Take of Chordeleg

23 November 2012

If there’s somewhere in Ecuador that has a true eternal spring-like climate, maybe it’s Chordeleg. Besides the wonderful climate, Chordeleg is neat to visit as the country’s top silver destination. The silver shops line the streets all around the main plaza. Where to stay in Chordeleg? Residencial Gualaceo: Gran Colombia 3-02 In nearby Gualaceo, this […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

‘Must dos’ in Cuenca

‘Must dos’ in Cuenca

22 November 2012

A Llama A Flower Market in Cuenca. From the breathtaking views of the old town from the riverside to the friendly locals, you just might want to stay. Where to stay in Cuenca? Hotel El Barranco: Calle Larga My pick, a clean, eloquent old colonial turned hotel right where you want to be in Cuenca […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

Azogues, worth a visit?

Azogues, worth a visit?

21 November 2012

Azogues is like the unappreciated, ugly sister of nearby Cuenca, but if you stick around long enough to notice, it actually has a unique flavor of its own. Where to stay in Azogues? Hotel Paraiso: Vascones y Veintimilla My pick, a clean, eloquent business hotel with rooms starting around $24 per person. What to do […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

What to do in Riobamba?

What to do in Riobamba?

18 November 2012

Where to stay in Riobamba? Hotel Tren Dorado: Carabobo 22-35 Near the train station, a simple, clean option with rooms that start around $10 per person. Hotel Los Shyris: Rocafuerte y 10 de Agosto In the city center with recently renovated rooms that start around $14 per person. What to do in Riobamba? - Hike […]

Read the full story

Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

Free 2014 Ecuador Property Price Guide

Don't overpay! Get 2014 Ecuador property price data based on over 500 transactions in this brief, informative report, Normally $64.95, today get it FREE! Fill in below to receive now:

First Name
* Email
* = Required Field


Newest Ecuador Properties For Sale

Ecuador Expat Meet-ups and Events

Recommended Hotels in Ecuador