I’ve been there, man.
I still remember that day about 2 years ago.
I had a chance to buy a whole mountain with an oceanview behind the quaint little coastal town of Olon, Ecuador.
For $4,000 dollars.
But I passed.
It was rainy season.
And when my Ecuadorian friend and I started walking towards the lot, we didn’t make it cause the road was SO muddy access was impossible.
In fact, some of the cheapest lots still out there are ones that are currently not accessible.
So how much does it cost to cut or lay your own road in Ecuador?
Well, this week I talked to a friend of mine who bought a beachfront mountain himself in Ecuador and cut his own road near Jama on the north coast.
He said upon purchase of his lot he had to cut a 250 meter (820 ft) road just to access his property.
First, he had to hire a dozer with driver that for $90 a day cleared off the shrubs and top soil to make the road. The dozer worked for about 11 days. Total $990.
Then, he had to buy rocks to cover the road.
$35 per truck load. Each load brought rocks for 8 cubic yards.
For his 250 meter road he needed 200 truck loads. Total $7,000.
Then after the rocks where placed he had to hire a dozer again for 3 days to compact the rocks. Total $270.
He had his road and his property just doubled in value for $990+$7,000+$270= $8260!
One tip he mentioned for anyone having to cut a road in Ecuador is to make sure they make the road with a crown shape so the water runs off along the sides and not overtop it.
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