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 […]

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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 […]

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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?” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“Must Sees” in Baños – A Baños Destination Guide

“Must Sees” in Baños – A Baños Destination Guide

10 November 2012

Where to stay in Baños? Anywhere:in the centro What I mean by this is that literally the entire town of Baños is one big budget hotel, just walk around and pick one, any one is dine, most simple ones start around $10 per person.     What to do in Baños? – Do the full […]

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20 Expensive Lessons Learned Building a Home in Ecuador

20 Expensive Lessons Learned Building a Home in Ecuador

09 November 2012

It’s cool to look at a patch of dirt… …point at it… …and start building a home. A few weeks ago I did just that for the first time in Ecuador as I began my project on the coast building from scratch. And here are 20 of the most important (and costly!) lessons I learned […]

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What to do in Ambato? – Ambato Destination Guide

What to do in Ambato? – Ambato Destination Guide

07 November 2012

Where to stay in Ambato? Gran Hotel:Crn Rocafuerte and Lalama My pick, but not much here to be excited about except the hot water and safe rooms starting around $15 per person.     What to do in Ambato? – Browse the city and visit one of the many street markets like the one on […]

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9 Examples of Tiki Beach Hut Designs in Ecuador

9 Examples of Tiki Beach Hut Designs in Ecuador

04 November 2012

As you may know if you’re signed up for my Insider’s newsletter, I’m currently building a few beach “Tiki-style” huts on the southern coast of Ecuador in the typical local style. You know the ones I said you could build for around $3500 (at least that’s what i got quoted, we’ll see how much it […]

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Part 3 Ecuador Photo Diary Series: Montanita

Part 3 Ecuador Photo Diary Series: Montanita

02 November 2012

Welcome to part 3 of my on going Ecuador photo diary series…enjoy, post comments at the bottom…Dom HOUSE FOR RENT NEAR MONTANITA One price for WHOLE HOUSE, fit as many as you wish!… 3 bedroom with one queen bed each, 2 full bathrooms, fully furnished kitchen with dining table and mini-refrigerator, patio with hammocks overlooking […]

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$4,500 per Hect, Banana farm for sale near Guayaquil

$4,500 per Hect, Banana farm for sale near Guayaquil

02 November 2012

Banana farm for sale in full production, 140 hectares, asking $4,500 per hectare, via Puebloviejo-Ventanas near Guayaquil. Call 0994414736 for more. To find out when similar Ecuador properties go up for sale, as soon as they hit the market, fill in the blanks below, you can unsubscribe from the alerts at any time: First Name […]

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Posted in Farms for Sale, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Over $150k

New home buyer gets ‘cleaned out’ in Ecuador

New home buyer gets ‘cleaned out’ in Ecuador

31 October 2012

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Man, I’ve seen this a lot in Ecuador. And it’s something any new home buyer NEEDS to be aware of. It’s when a home buyer tours a house for sale. And the house has furniture. And they assume the asking price includes the house and everything in it. Sometimes, they’re even told […]

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Doms Guide to the Quilotoa Loop

Doms Guide to the Quilotoa Loop

28 October 2012

Where to stay in the Quilotoa Loop? Hotel Quilotoa: This simple yet clean hotel is my pick right across from Condor Matzi with rooms starting around $10 per person.     What to do in the Quilotoa Loop? – Hike the Quilotoa loop. – Visit Tigua, a village full of painters and artists. – Try […]

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Doms Guide to Machachi and Los Ilinizas

Doms Guide to Machachi and Los Ilinizas

27 October 2012

Where to stay in Machachi? Hosteria Papagayo: Panamericana Sur Km 26. This hostel is my pick and popular with backpackers, dorm beds available, restaurant in old hacienda with pricate rooms starting around $10 per person.     What to do in Machachi? – Hike the Ilinizas, the sixth and eigth highest peaks of Ecuador (5248m […]

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$27k, 3000m2 Yunguilla Lot

$27k, 3000m2 Yunguilla Lot

27 October 2012

$27k, 3000m2 Yunguilla Lot (only $9 per m2!) for more call 0987075220 To find out when similar Ecuador properties go up for sale, as soon as they hit the market, fill in the blanks below, you can unsubscribe from the alerts at any time: First Name * Email * = Required Field Follow @dombuonamici

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Posted in Andes Mountain Properties, Cuenca Area, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Under $50k, Vacant land for sale

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