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My Take on the Assange Fiasco

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Unless you’ve been living in a hole the last few weeks, you know that Julian Assange, the founder and hacker behind WikiLeaks requested and was granted asylum by Ecuador.

As a foreigner who lives here in Ecuador, and works in the tourism industry, I have to say I don’t think it was a good decision for Ecuador to get involved in this issue at all.

Why spite the super powers of the world just to show them your sovereignty?

Image is everything when it comes to foreign investment and a small South American country, although very rich in natural resources and probably capable of getting by on their own, still should constantly be on reputation patrol and avoid international powder kegs like this one.

Ecuadorians I’ve spoken to about this issue seem to be indifferent or feel similar to my above stated opinion.

Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see how this one unfolds…

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Lesson 7 of 15: Asking Questions – Spanish in 30 min a Day

From your very first moments in Ecuador, or once in any Spanish-speaking country, you’ll have to know how to ask questions…

Right when you get off the plane, you’ll have to ask the taxi driver… “How much?” (Cuánto cuesta?)

Asking Questions

Asking questions in Spanish is very similar to asking them in English. Just add one of the following words to the front of the question, and raise your voice towards the end of the sentence.

Qué- what
Cuándo- when
Dónde- where
Por qué- why porque-because
Cómo- how
Quién- who
Cuál- Which
Cuántos? – How many
Cuánto? = how much

Hay…? – Are there… as answer: Hay… = There is/are… (“Hay” is used for both “Are there” and “There are” in the question and answer form.)

Examples:

-Hay dos camas?  (Are there two beds?)
Sí, hay dos camas. (Yes, there are two beds.)

-Qué quieres?  (What do you want?)

-Dónde estás?  (Where are you?)

-Por qué vas allí? (Why do you go there?)

Now try to make 5 questions of your own…

 

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Lesson 6 of 15: Ser vs Estar – Spanish in 30 min a Day

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Today we’re going to cover one topic you NEED to know in order to be understood in Spanish.

And one topic very difficult for English speakers to grasp.

The “to be” verb in Spanish… actually, there’s two, when in Engish there is only one…

Ser vs Estar = to be

Seris basically used to express something permanent, or characteristics of something that don’t change quickly.

For instance…

I am American.  = Soy Americano.

I am a man.  = Soy hombre.

Estar is used to express the location of something or describe characteristics of something that can easily and quickly change.

For example…

I am hot.  = Estoy con calor.

I am in Ecuador.  = Estoy en Ecuador.

Now there’s one usage of “estar” that’s a bit hard to grasp…

We use “estar” when we describe something or someone we see or meet for the first time… for example…

She is cute. = Ella está buena.

These two verbs are used SO MUCH it’s worth it taking a few minutes and memorizing the conjugations of them in the present and past, then practice using them in the following exercise.

SER

(present tense)

I am = yo soy
You are = tú eres
He/she is = él/ella es
we are = nosotros somos
they are = ellos/ellas son

(past tense)

I was = yo fui
You were = tú fuiste
He/she was = él/ella fue
we were = nosotros fuimos
they were = ellos/ellas fueron
ESTAR

(present tense)

I am = yo estoy
You are = tú estás
He/she is = él/ella está
we are = nosotros estamos
they are = ellos/ellas están

(past tense)

I was = yo estaba
You were = tú estabas
He/she was = él/ella estaba
we were = nosotros estabamos
they were = ellos/ellas estaban

EXERCISE: Use the conjugated form of ser or estar in the past or present depending on the sentence…

1. I was happy.  Yo ____ contento.

2. I am from Canada.  Yo ___ de Canada.

3. You were in school yesterday.  Tú _____ en la escuela ayer.

4. He was sad yesterday.  Él _____ triste ayer.

5. She is beautiful.  Ella ______ hermosa.

6. He is cheap.  Él ____ tacaño.

7. I was tired last night.  Yo _____ cansado anoche.

8. I am in love with Tomás.  Yo _____ enamorado con Tomás.

ANSWERS:
1. estaba
2. soy
3. estabas
4. estaba
5. es
6. es
7. estaba
8. estoy

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Lesson 5 of 15: Talking about the Past – Spanish in 30 min a Day

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Today, let’s talk about the past.

I know, I know, it’s never fun.

And in fact, you don’t really need to know how to talk in the past tense in order to get your point across in another language.

But it helps!

Expressing the Past in Spanish (El Pasado)

To express the past tense in Spanish, all you have to do is conjugate the verbs you use into the past form like you do in the present tense, how the verbs’ endings change depends on if it ends with “–ar, -er, or –ir”.

But knowing how to conjugate one, you know how to conjugate almost all. (There are a few irregulars.)

The tricky part in Spanish is that there are TWO forms of the past tense.

Noice how the endings of the verbs change according to the subject…

The preterit: Used to express specific, one-time occurrences in the past.

Example: To Work- Trabajar

Yo trabajé
Tú trabajaste
Él/ella trabajó
Ellos/ellas trabajaron
Nosotros trabajamos

The Imperfect: Used to express a recurring occurrence or routine in the past.

Example: To Work- Trabajar

Yo trabajaba
Tú trabajabas
Él/ella trabajaba
Ellos/ellas trabajában
Nosotros trabajabamos

But to express yourself for now using the past, all you need to learn is one form of the past; the most common one, the preterit. Using the preterit EVERYONE will understand you when you talk about the past. Later on you could always learn the imperfect as you improve.

Here is how the verbs conjugate (or change) according to the speaker in the preterit (past) tense.

-ar verbs

To Work- Trabajar

Yo trabajé
Tú trabajaste
Él/ella trabajó
Ellos/ellas trabajaron
Nosotros trabajamos

See how you drop the “-ar” and add the endings according to “who” does the action?

-er and –ir verbs (both –er and –ir verbs change using the same endings in the past)

To go up- Subir

Yo subí
Tú subiste
Él/ella subió
Ellos/ellas subieron
Nosotros subimos

Exercise 2.1: Now you try a couple. Change the verb according to the subject given in the preterit (past) tense.

Example: (vender, tú) vendiste (You sold)

1. (tomar, nosotros) _________
2. (cambiar, ellos) ____________
3. (caminar, yo) ___________
4. (subir, ella) ___________
5. (hablar, tú y yo) ___________
6. (bajar, ellos) _________
7. (salir, él) __________
8. (esperar, yo) _________
9. (rendir, tú) _______
10. (pasar, nosotros) ________
11. (comer, ellos) ________

Hasta manana,

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Lesson 4 of 15: Talking in the Present and Future – Spanish in 30 min a Day

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OK, verbs.

I’m sure you were expecting me to mention them soon, right?

Every sentence in about every language needs a verb, or a word describing the “action”.

Verbs can also help us tell whether the action takes place in the present, past or future.

Today, we’ll learn how to talk in both the present and future in Spanish.

Expressing the Present (El Presente)

To express the present tense in Spanish all you have to do is conjugate the verbs you use in the present form. There are three types of verbs in Spanish (ones that end in –ar, -er, and –ir), each of which are conjugated slightly differently depending on the subject of the sentence.

But knowing how to conjugate one, you know how to conjugate almost all of them. (There are a few irregular verbs.)

Here are the possible subjects.
Yo = I
tú/usted = you
él/ella =  he/she
nosotros = we
ellos/ellas = they

Examples: Notice how the verbs change ending according to the subject.

-ar: Verbs ending in –ar change like the one below in the present tense.

To work: trabajar

I work = (yo) trabajo
You work = (tú) trabajas
He/she works = (él, ella) trabaja
They work = (ellos, ellas) trabajan
We work = (nosotros) trabajamos

-ir: Here is an –ir verb in the present tense.

To live: vivir

I live = (yo) vivo
You live = (tú) vives
He/she lives = (él, ella) vive
They live = (ellos, ellas) viven
We live = (nosotros) vivimos

-er: Here is an –er verb in the present tense.

To eat: comer

I eat = (yo) como
You eat = (tú) comes
He/she eats = (él, ella) come
They eat = (ellos, ellas) comen
We eat = (nosotros) comemos

Note: But remember you don’t have to include the subjects (yo, tú, él, ella, etc.) when talking unless you want to emphasize “who” is doing the action: because in Spanish the conjugated verb tells the receiver of the message both the “who” and the “what”.

But if it is easier to talk with them for now, do it, everyone will still understand you.

Exercise 1.1: Now you try a couple. Change the verb according to the subject given.

Example: (comprar, yo) compro (I buy)

1. (andar, tú) _______ (you walk)
2. (perfeccionar, él) ________ (he perfects)
3. (tomar, nosotros) _________ (we take)
4. (cambiar, ellos) ____________ (they change)
5. (poner, tú) ___________ (you put)
6. (buscar, yo) ___________ (I look for)
7. (subir, ella) ___________ (She goes up)
8. (hablar, nosotros) ___________ (You and me (we) talk)
9. (bajar, ellos) _________ (they go down)
10. (salir, él) __________ (he goes out)
11. (esperar, yo) _________ (I wait)

Now you can talk in the present! Keep going to learn how you can talk about the past and future.

Expressing the Future (El Futuro)

Expressing something that will happen in the future is easy in Spanish, because like English, you just put the “to go” verb conjugated in the present tense in front of the verb expressing whatever it is you are going to do.

I WILL run.  OR  I am going to run.  = Voy a correr.

Ir (to go) + a + verb (not conjugated )

Example: Voy a beber (to drink). = I am going to drink.

Ir (to go) in present

Yo voy
Tù vas
Èl/ella va
Nosotros vamos
Ellos/ellas van

Exercise 3.1: Now say you (or the subject stated) are going to do the following things in the future.

Example: (yo) __voy_ a querer. (I will want)

1. (él) ________ perfeccionar la táctica. (He is going to perfect the tactic).
2. (nosotros) _________ tomar la cerveza. (We are going to drink the beer.)
3. (ellos) ____________ cambiar el mundo. (They will change the world.)
4. (yo) ___________ buscar en Google. (I will search in Google.)
5. (ella) ___________ subir las escaleras. (She will go up the stairs.)
6. (Nosotros) ___________ hablar más tarde. (We will talk later.)
7. (él) __________ salir de la casa. (He will go out of the house.)
8. (yo) _________ esperar para ti. (I will wait for you.)
9. (tú) _______ rendir muy bien. (You will perform well.)
10. (nosotros) ________ pasar la prueba. (We will pass the test.)

Now you can talk in both the present and the future.

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Lesson 3 of 15: The Little Words, Possessives – Spanish in 30 min a Day

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After yesterday, you should have a good grip on both the alphabet and numbers in Spanish.

That’s the base.

So if you don’t got it, go back and review before continuing with today’s lesson.

Today we’re going to cover all those pesky “little” words that we see in practically ALL sentences in Spanish.

And taking a few moments to memorize them can really help us understand sentences.

The good news is that it is actually quite similar to English.

Noun cases (or the word for “the”): 

English is easier in this regard, because the words have no gender, whereas in Spanish all subjects (whether they are a person or a thing) are either masculine or feminine.

For example:

El – masculine, singular
La – feminine, singular
Los – masculine, plural
Las – feminine, plural

The notebook – El cuaderno
The ball – La pelota

Now notice how the noun cases change in the plural form, or when theres more than one…

Plural form:
The balls las pelotas
The notebookslos cuadernos

Words that end in “a” tend to be feminine, and words that end in “o” masculine. However there are a few exceptions, most notably, the word for “water” (el agua).  For now, just understand how it works, you’ll learn as you go.

When you when to say “a” or “an” in Spanish, whether the word preceeds a vowel or not doesn’t matter. The word you use changes according to the gender and plurality.

un – masculine, singular (a/an)
una – feminine, singular (a/an)
unos – masculine, plural (some)
unas – feminine, plural (some)

More Examples:
A ball – Una pelota
A notebook – un cuaderno
Some balls – unas pelotas
Some notebooks – unos cuadernos

Possessives (How to say something is owned by someone):

When you want to express that something is yours, just replace the article, or word we just learned that means “the”, (el, la, los, las) with the possessives.

Singular
mi- my
tu-your
su-his/her/their and also your (formal)
nuestro- our

Plural
mis- my
tus-your
sus-his/her/their and also your (formal)
nuestros- our

Examples :
el cuaderno > mi cuaderno (my notebook)
los cuadernos > sus cuadernos (their notebooks)

Tengo mis zapatos.  = I have my shoes.
Tengo tus zapatos. = I have your shoes.

So that’s our lesson for today, you don’t have to memorize the noun case of a bazillion words, for today, just understand how it works, how to use “the”, “a, some” and how to use the possessives.

I recommend re-reading and to be sure you really got it!

Hasta Mañana,

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Lesson 2 of 15: Alphabet in Spanish – Spanish in 30 min a Day

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Today in lesson 2 we’ll learn the pronunciations of the alphabet in Spanish.

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Lesson 1 of 15: Numbers in Spanish – Spanish in 30 min a Day

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I love Spanish.

Actually, i love speaking another language, and Spanish is one of the most useful second languages you can learn, it’s true when people say it’s almost like having a “super power”.

Over these next few days, on this site we’re going to study a few of the key aspects of Spanish for beginners …

…so you can acquire the super power.  And learn to speak and defend yourself in Spanish.

Study it, practice it, for about 30 minutes a day.

You’ll be glad you did.

At the end of the 15 days you will know enough to get around and carry light conversations in your new language.

Heck, maybe you could even property hunt in Spanish…

So here we go!

We got to start at the beginning…  numbers…

Numbers… you just got to know this stuff before you come!

Literally, you’ll need to know your numbers in order to catch a taxi out front of the airport!  That’s how quick you’ll need it (in case you were wondering)…

So follow these next two links to listen to and practice both the numbers in Spanish…

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Holiday Weekend “Feriado” Great for Tourism Industry

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As reported this week by the El Comercio Newspaper, this past weekend 25-30,000 tourists dispersed themselves around Ecuador, completely filling areas like Atacames on the north coast, Imbabura (the area north of Quito), and Cuenca in the south.

One area that didn’t do so well is the Salinas or southern coastal area, however most attribute the poor performance to the chilly weather and cloudy skies this time of year.

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Internet Connection 31.4% in Ecuador

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31.4% of the 14.3 million people in Ecuador have affirmed that they have used the internet over the last 30 days, a 5.7 point increase over the figure compared to 2008, according to MINTEL.

Among people aged 5-15 years old the usage is 38%, among 16-24 year olds 59.4%, and among 25-34 year olds 39.6%.

This shows the serious and incredible lack of connection that Ecuador still has.

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Latacunga, a hidden gem tucked deep the Andes

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The main plaza in Latacunga, Ecuador.

“Snow on the Equator?” I thought scratching my head.

Wow, ok, there it is.

Referring to the massive, snow-capped mountain that resembled the Matterhorn that stood before me.

A true “Matterhorn” in Ecuador.

But this one is named “Cotopaxi”.

At 19,300 ft it’s one of the tallest active volcanos on earth.

And you can climb it without needing to be an expert (with a guide).

Or bike down it in groups that leave from Quito daily which drive you up to the snow line and then lead you on an all day bike descent as you pass from one micro-eco-system to another.

A few brave souls even ski it.

And it’s near a town a few hours south of Quito called Latacunga, where I’m writing from this week.

Latacunga is a small town nestled deep in the Andes Mountains with an old colonial center and surrounded by lush, green farms.

It’s truly a hidden gem ideal for you if you’re looking for a small, cooler mountain town in which to have a small farm or maybe restore an old colonial.

It’s gotten no international press like other, similar places in Ecuador like relatively nearby Cotacachi, Otavalo or Vilcabamba and currently there are very few permanent foreign residents.

Prices are still cheap with country town homes on the outskirts starting around $30k.

Nearby Broccoli and Strawberry farms start around $8-15k a hectare (1 hectare = 2.5 acres).

And I couldn’t help notice, myself being in the hospitality industry, that the few hotels in town are full.

But who can be surprised with one of the top draws in Ecuador nearby, Cotopaxi, as well as Quillotoa, a volcano with a turquoise-colored lake in the crater you can hike down to without even needing a guide.

And the also nearby, locally-famous Andean Market of Saquisili.

Which is a more authentic version of the Otavalo indigenous market hundreds of tourists are shuttled to daily.

I’d stay in Villa de Tacunga, a boutique hotel in the old-colonial style with an excellent restaurant (try the Trout for $5!)  Singles start around $45, and doubles $60.

For smaller budgets I’d try the Hostel Tiana, also in the city center with singles starting around $15, and doubles $25.

If you don’t eat in the restaurant in the Hotel Villa de Tacunga, try the one in the nearby Hotel Rodelu, the Filet Mignon ($10) is a good choice.

Even if colder climates aren’t where you’re looking to live as an expat, Latacunga and this area of Ecuador is a must-see on any trip itinerary to this country!

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8 Essential Ecuadorean Real Estate Spanish Phrases

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No doubt it.

If you speak a few words of Spanish, it could be a lot easier to find a decent property buy in Ecuador.

Most locals have about as much grasp of English as we do of Spanish (that is, very little).

Here’s what you need to know before you look for property:

“Cuánto pide?” = How much are you asking?

“Cuantos metros cuadrados?” = How many meters squared (is the lot)?

“Tiene escritura?” = Does the property have proper title? (Sometimes it doesn’t in Ecuador but people are still trying to sell it.)

“Puedo ver los predios?” = Can I see copies of (the latest) tax payments?

“Cuantos años tiene la construcción?” = How old is the construction?

“Cuantos dormitorios tiene? ” = How many bedrooms does the place have?

“Hay los servicios basicos y via de acceso?” = Are there water, electricity and road access (to the lot)?

“Ya pues, cuanto es lo ultimo?” = Alright already, what’s the lowest price you’ll accept?

se vende – vendo – venta de = For Sale
se arrienda – alquilo – se alquila = For Rent
departamento (condo), casa (house), terreno (lot)

To really enjoy yourself in Ecuador, and get around successfully, you’ll need at least a basic conversational Spanish ability.

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5 Keys to the Eco-Lodge Business in Ecuador

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“How do they do it?” My friend, a travel agent in Cuenca, asked in Spanish.

“What do you mean?” I said.

“How do foreigners come to Ecuador and make money from the mountainside?” She continued.

She was referring to how some foreigners come to Ecuador and buy a large lot in the middle of literally no where, I’m talking deep wilderness here, for VERY cheap, often for just a couple thousand dollars per hectare.

Land none of the locals care much about.

Then they put up some very inexpensive ‘local-style” cabins made of bamboo and wood then they turn around and rent them for hundreds of dollars a night.

It’s the Eco-lodge business.

And it’s big money.

And you can’t put one just anywhere, but you can in the Amazon region of Ecuador.

Come on, it IS the Amazon… and Ecuador has it.

Besides, after the Galapagos, the second coolest place to visit in Ecuador, although overlooked by most, is the Amazon Rainforest.

Where else can you see pink river dolphins, silk farms, witch-doctors and thousands of types of orchids and birds.

In fact, most find the Amazon to be far cooler, less humid and with far fewer mosquitos than they thought.

In my opinion, it actually has less mosquitos than many of the greener parts of the coast of Ecuador.

An example of one, and the best known Eco-lodge in Ecuador is Kapawi.

Here are 5 keys
to the Eco-Lodge business based on my experience working with them:


5. Get friendly with the natives
in the area, what tourists who visit eco-lodges most look for is an interaction with the locals. Hire them, keep an open door policy, be generous with them. You have to spend some time with them and learn what motivates them, it might not be money. Arrange tour visits with your guests to visit their communities.

4. Package deals. Don’t try to sell by the night, sell packaged deals, 3 nights, 4 nights, tours with lodging, etc. If you try to sell by the night the nightly rate might scare even those with the loosest of budgets. Include everything except the flight in.

3. Get cozy with the travel agencies in Quito. I know cause I worked for one, but most of the business eco-lodges get is from the dozens and dozens of Quito travel agencies that sell locally and internationally, approach them, offer them a free fun trip, and most importantly offer them a generous commission to sell your lodge. I’m talking 15%, 20%, even 25% here.

2. Establish your logistics beforehand. The high-end tourist market won’t want to board a bus for more than 3 hours, so check on the locations of the nearest airports and nearby road conditions beforehand.

1. Go after the Galapagos crowd. Many travelers that go to the Galapagos love the idea of starting or finishing their trip with a short jaunt to the Amazon, why not kill two birds with one stone seeing both in one trip? Get friendly with some of the yatchs and travel agencies that sell the Galapagos and see if they’d consider including your lodge in their tour offering.

How should you specifically go about finding the best property deals ideal for an Eco-Lodge?

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Dom’s Guide to Manta, Ecuador

Where to stay in Manta?

Hotel Leo: This hotel is my pick for budget travelers, right in the center of town and across from the bus terminal.  Clean, safe, simple rooms with TV and fan await you starting around $12 per person.

Hotel Costa del Sol: Is my pick for those who’d like a mid-range option right on the beach in the top area of Manta, near the Oro Verde Hotel in Murcielago, Manta.  Rooms start around $61 for a single or a double room.

Where to eat in Manta?

When in Rome, you go to the Colossuem.  When in Manta, you should eat seafood, and there’s no place better for it than the reasonably priced restaurants right on the malecon or boardwalk in Manta on the beach.

What to do in Manta?

-Party with the hip locals at one of the many discos around the CC. Manta Shopping.

-Kite board off the beach in Santa Marianita against world-class wind and empty shores.

-Go for a morning jog on the beach or lounge around all day taking in the rays on the expansive city beach.

 

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A typical street in Manta, Ecuador.

 

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The beach in Manta.

 

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The view form one of the high-end condos that dot the Manta coast.

 

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The Hotel Costa del Sol in Manta

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Dom’s Guide to Crucita, Ecuador

Where to stay in Crucita?

-For a clean, safe, Spartan, budget option right on the boardwalk I recommend the Marlin Hostal, $15 per person.

Where to eat in Crucita?

-If seafood is your thing, look no further than Las Gaviotas Restaurant right at the far end of the boardwalk near the mountain in Crucita. Most dishes are under $5.  Try the Shrimp with veggies (Camaron con vegetales, $5)

What to do in Crucita?

-Hand gliding, the top draw in Crucita and a must try when in the area, tandem flights are available for beginners.

-Visit one of the largest fish markets on the coast, walk through it, hold your nose, be amazed, on the far end of the boardwalk opposite from the mountain.

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The Malecon on the beach in Crucita, Ecuador

 

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The local specialty, Shrimp!

 

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Dom’s Guide to San Jacinto, Ecuador

Where to stay in San Jacinto?

-For a clean, safe, Spartan, budget option right on the boardwalk I recommend the Marco’s Hostal in the town center, with prices starting around $10 per person.

What to do in San Jacinto?

-Chat up one of the local fishermen and get them to allow you to tag along on a shrimp fishing outing, Ecuadorian style.  They’ll likely let you go if you ask.

-Dolphin, whale watch right on the beach as the orcas come right up to the edge of the waves, especially in the months July-September.

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The beach out front San Jacinto, Ecuador

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Dom’s Guide to San Clemente, Ecuador

Where to stay in San Clemente?

-For a clean, safe, Spartan, budget option right on the boardwalk I recommend the Mya’s Hostal in the town center, with prices starting around $10 per person.

What to do in San Clemente?

-Chat up one of the local fishermen and get them to allow you to tag along on a shrimp fishing outing, Ecuadorian style.  They’ll likely let you go if you ask.

-Dolphin, whale watch right on the beach as the orcas come right up to the edge of the waves, especially in the months July-September.

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The houses go right up to the beach in San Clemente, Ecuador.

 

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Is Ecuador Dangerous for your Pets?

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My cat in Ecuador, found on the street as a kitten. 

I get this question a lot.

And from what I’ve seen, YES, Ecuador is dangerous for your pet.

Let me explain.

I’m the manager of a small hotel in Guayaquil.

Everyday we get guests who are recent arrivals on their big move to Ecuador.

Some of them bring pets.

But if I talk to the guests about a month or two after they’ve been in Ecuador, it never fails, their pet has deceased.

Why?

Various reasons.

One dog brought by expats was attacked and killed by 2 street dogs.

Another dog died of a disease.

The thing is in Ecuador animals aren’t viewed upon like in the States, they aren’t ever fully integrated into a family, nor do Ecuadorians share their bed with them.

That’s just how it is.

Just like any 3rd world country, there are many street cats and dogs people just let roam.

And unknown diseases for your pet they’re simply not used to are plentiful.

All in all, I wouldn’t bring my pet to Ecuador.

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Dom’s Guide to Canoa, Ecuador

Where to stay in Canoa?

-My top choice for a quiet, clean, safe place right on the beach is the Hostal Playa Azul, at $8 per person for a private room with a shared bath or $10 per person for a private room with a private bath.  Contact 086600991 or hostalplaya_azul AT hotmail.com for reservations.

-For a more social atmosphere, choose the top pick among backpackers in the area, Coco Loco, with dorm rooms for $6 a bed and privates starting around $12 per person.  For more try hostalcocoloco.com

Where to eat in Canoa?

-Try the seafood at the Saboreate Restaurant on the main drag, amazing shrimp dishes around $5.

What to do in Canoa?

-Take a one day tour to the nearby mangroves or to an organic farm

-Hand glide near Canoa.

-Surf off Canoa.

-Dance the night away with friendly locals in Canoa.

-Horseback ride on the beach

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