Ecuador Holidays

The Ecuador holiday season has arrived.

The Ecuador holiday season begins with Carnival… then Ash Wednesday, Lent, Clean Monday… then Easter Sunday beginning fifty days of celebration until Pentecost Sunday.

The Cathedral is the center of life here and our suite at Meson de las Flores is just a few feet away as the crow flies.  I see a lot from up here on the third floor.  Here is a shot I took yesterday morning at dawn.


Carnival is celebrated in different ways all over the world. Some places have wild costume festivals right to get on their last wild time before Lent begins.   In the fact the root of the word “Carnival” is based on the fact that Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent.   Carnevale  means “to put away the meat.”

In Ecuador, Carnival seems to mean “bring on the water” because the tradition here is for children to to bomb one another (and unsuspecting pedestrians) with water balloons.   Sometimes they scratch the balloons and just douse unsuspecting souls by dumping water on them from high distances.

As I emerged from our suite yesterday, it was fun capturing this Carnival tradition in progress.  We have watched two sweet neighbor girls grow up over the past few years. They are real pals with our, hound, Ma.

As I stepped onto the balcony I spotted them in the act.  My trustee Sony pocket cam was in my shirt!

They were…

cotacachi carnival

waiting on the roof of their third story building across from our suite… water in hand… looking left.


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looking right.   Then…

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looking both ways.  Then…

cotacachi carnival

Oops were caught in the act!   Yeah but…

cotacachi carnival

it’s just fun!

Sometimes when an entire bucket soaks you from above it is hard to remember… the fun…  but after living here for awhile laughter.. rather than anger is the spontaneous  reaction to shock and stress.

This easy, relaxed life is really good news for our readers… their lifestyle and health as well as pocketbook.

First, Larry & Shirley Humphrey wrote:

Hi, Gary & Merri   Being in our condo is everything Shirley and I were hoping for. Thank you for making us aware that there are great places to live where it’s not cold for months on end  and helping to take the fear out of trying another place to live. Larry & Shirley.

We featured Larry and Shirley recently as Vistazul’s first residents and how their $700 a month (total cost with their condo owned free and clear) lifestyle has improved their health.  Here is their condo.


It is really gratifying to see entire communities spring up down here based on Ecuador Living.   13 moths ago we saw this.


Now people are moving into their beach condos. What a party!

We hope you come visit us and see for yourself.


Join us in Cotacachi or the coast during this holiday season.  Enjoy some of Ecuador’s celebration.


Join us in Cotacachi this March or June.


March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


Enjoy the many parades and festivities.

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.


Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this March or June.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 41 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned for just $299.

However if you sign up for any three of our in person courses below, you can have The Tangled Web course free.

Enroll here $299

Enjoy Cotacachi and save.


Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one. $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one. $1,799 for two


Future 2009 Ecuador courses:

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina


Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition


Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Our Cotacachi courses are conducted at this Cotacachi Museum next to our hotel Meson de las Flores.


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