Ecuador real estate tour in Bahia.
Ecuador tour at Ingapirca, near Cuenca.
Whether to learn about Shamanic health tips, real estate or exports, Jean Marie and his team work hard to help each reader have an efficient, informative and most of all enjoyable tour.
Plus his tours aim at helping delegates see the whole picture. Jean Marie has been a leader in introducing new, natural food supplements in Europe and stresses a holistic view on the tours… the savings… the purity… the healthy lifestyles… the benefits of integrating cultures.
One reason Jean Marie loves Ecuador are the health benefits… a place to combine old wisdoms and modern technology. and we’ll be showcasing a series he has written on Ecuador’s health benefits.
Yesterday’s message looked at a natural health tactic with castor oil used both in India and the Andes.
A reader responded: What a memory you dug up in me. When I was growing up, my Mother would look at me and if I looked ‘puney’, I got a dose of castor oil in orange juice. It has been only recently that I can look at orange juice and not have my stomach start gurgling. But it must have worked, I am 78 and on no medication, no arthritis, no nothing. I can out do all my friends who are even younger than I. I’m going out and buy a bottle and do the fourth teaspoon a day, regimen. I can hold my nose and down that much. Thanks for the memories.
I replied: Thanks for sharing. I use grapefruit. First, I mix the oil with a bit of grapefruit juice… slug it down (shudder) and then bite into the grapefruit. There is probably no way to make castor oil taste good so this is still not a tasty experience but it’s better to me than taking it neat.
Jean Marie also works to provide savings for tour delegates… getting hotel and air fare discounts that often save more than the cost of the tour.
He recently sent this note about Ecuador airfare savings: Gary, I have seen some nice promotions lately from Tame and now Aerogal: $63 round trip Quito-Manta
Here are a few of the questions that others have asked and replies from Jean Marie Butterlin, head of A Team Ecuador.
Q: Why should I pay for a tour, can’t I do the same thing on my own?
A: We have been working in Ecuador for over a decade, long before most folks ever considered visiting the country. Over the years, we learned who to trust (and just as important, who not to trust) and forged priceless relationships. We have built an experienced network of experts who can save you time and money. They have earned our respect and trust and, most importantly, we have earned theirs as well. Whether you join our export tour, agriculture tour or real estate tours, you will benefit from our years of on the ground experience. In the long run, this will save you both time and money.
Q: Are hotel rooms included in the tour?
A: No, your accommodations, in-country flights and meals are not included in the tour. However, we have negotiated discounted rates at local hotels. We will make your reservations for you at these discounted rates.
Q: Do I need to make my own hotel reservations?
A: No, we will do that for you during the tour dates. If you plan to arrive early or stay longer, let us know and we can help with reservations.
Q: Do I need to buy tickets for the flight to Manta or Cuenca?
A: No, we will buy the tickets and you can reimburse us. By doing it this way, everyone is on the same flight.
Q: I want to visit Cotacachi, how do I get there for the import/export tour?
A: We can arrange a driver to meet you at the airport and make your hotel reservations for you, contact: email@example.com
Q:When should I arrive in Ecuador for the tour?
A: When you register for a tour, you will be sent a tour schedule with dates and details. For the real estate tours, you should plan to arrive in Quito two days before the first day of the tour; for the export tour, you should plan to be in Quito the day before the first day of the tour. Most flights from North America arrive in Quito at night, so generally folks spend their first night in Quito after arrival. We will send you details about our hotel discounts in Quito.
Q: I’m considering traveling by bus, do you recommend that?
A: No; for many reasons, we do not recommend traveling by bus for our clients.
Q: Do I need any shots from my medical doctor before traveling to Ecuador?
A: No shots are required to visit the areas included in our tours.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Ecuador?
A: From most countries, you will be issued a T90, 90 day tourist visa when you enter Ecuador; this will permit you to stay in the country for 90 days within a 12 month period.
Q: Can I use credit cards in Ecuador? Are there ATMs I can use?
A: Yes, you can use credit cards in Ecuador. They are accepted at the hotels we use, airlines and some restaurants. However, the majority of businesses in the country do not accept credit cards, be prepared to pay in cash.
ATMs are available in the cities and some towns. Cotacachi and Otavalo are tourist areas so they have several ATMs.
It is a good idea to let your credit card and debit card issuers know you will be traveling in Ecuador and using your cards there. Otherwise, they may freeze your account when they see foreign transactions coming in=. Travelers checks are very difficult to use in Ecuador.
Q: Will my cell phone work there?
A: Probably not. Sometimes you can purchase a SIM card in Ecuador that will enable your phone, depending on brand and carrier. Also, you can check with your carrier to see if international service is available. It cost about $55 to buy a cell phone in Ecuador, you refill your minutes by buying cards, you can buy a card for as little as $3.
This however is becoming more difficult as the government has implemented new rules for cell phones. Some Buyers of cellphones are supposed to provide their cedula (resident visa) number when they want to recharge their phone. Not all companies are doing this yet but some do. The system that checks the cedula works directly through the main data base of the government; so there now is a direct link between the cell phone companies and government data bases.
We hope you will join an Ecuador tour or Super Thinking course.
Regarding Super Thinking, here is a note from a delegate at our latest Super Thinking + Spanish course. Por favor Senor y Senorita eScott! Mucho Gracias! Via Con Dios!
Something happened to me in the course, despite my personal chaos distractions, not sure exactly what all it entails but i can sense it..i am a bit more alive and well and ready to tell or sell …learn & earn…& LIVE! Thanx so much, Again!
Enjoy the Good New DaysMany people yearn for a return to the good old days. This is a mistake. Those days are gone and will never return. Honestly they really were not that good. We would be sorry if they were here now. The future is better and for a special few the days, months and years ahead will be much better than the past. We plan to be among them and invite you to join us in an easier, freer, richer, safer world.
Soon you will be reading… again, about how instability in the US dollar threatens our lifestyles. The dollar, once the world’s reserve currency is burdened with debt and deficits that threaten economic and social order almost everywhere. This is nothing new. In fact, deterioration in the greenback is one reason for a seven decade downward spiral in your and my freedom. When we work hard and save carefully, but get less and less in return, we become boxed in. It’s a never ending rat race. This is a trap, a downwards spiral where the more dollars we get the less we can buy.
Learn how to have more freedom and time, less stress, better health care, extra income, greater safety and profit in your savings despite America’s deficits, debt and currency risk.
A downward spiral of the US dollar began the downward spiral of our freedom.
Fortunately there are secrets that will allow a few to live much better, free of debt and worry despite the decline in the dollar’s purchasing power. My wife Merri and I have traveled, lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years to gain this information. Let me share the basics of this data and how it can help you.
The first fact behind this secret is that things are really good in the western world. Despite the many problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has ever enjoyed, anywhere, ever. To enjoy a fair share of this wealth, all we have to do is understand human nature and learn how to invest in the new economy, as it changes and becomes new, again and again. Merri and I have made seven huge transitions in the 50 years. Each has allowed us to always stay ahead of losses that the majority of Americans suffer. We are in another transition right now and want to share why and what to do so you can stay ahead and live a richer, independent life too.
The concept of democracy, as we learned it, has weakened, but we still have free will and do not have to let poor government, wars, economic and social injustice blur our well-being. We can still be free and responsible for our health, our income and our wealth. The majority of people blame on government and big business for economic failure. They want them to fix the problems, step back from the change and rebuild from what they perceive as ruin.
The few who succeed see change as a gift instead. No change is a guarantee that nothing gets better. Evolution brings destructive innovation but such change is not ruin. It is opportunity.
The change in the purchasing power of the US dollar is one of the greatest risks we have to our independence, safety, health, and wealth, but is also a chance for huge profit as i explain below. Though the greenback has been strong for a number of years, its strength is in serious jeopardy. The growing federal deficits increase the national debt and this with rising interest rates propels a growing debt service.
When the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently passed 20,000, another milestone of “20” took place that has a much darker meaning to your and my spending power. The U.S. national debt passed the $20 trillion mark.
The problem is that the Dow will come back down. National debt will not fall.
In the past decade US debt nearly doubled and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the rate of debt will continue to rise for at least ten more years. That debt is all the debt issued by the US Department of the Treasury since 1790. In other words in the ten years from 2006 to 2016 the US government added as much debt as it had accumulated in the previous 216 years!
That number does not include state and local debt. That number doesn’t include so-called “agency debt ( debt issued by federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises) which is “guesstimated” to be another $8.6 trillion or so. That dreadful number does not include the so-called unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Do you feel burdened by personal debt? Well, add the Federal National Debt because per person it is over $60,000. If one adds in all the other debt each and every American owes over $100,000! For each family of four, our friendly Congress has added an extra $400,000 debt.
How can America pay this back?
The answer is they cannot. However there is good news. Payback actually does not matter. No one expects the US or any country to ever pay back all its debt. Isn’t that nice? We all owe $100,000 but don’t have to pay it back? Right?
Here is the bad news. Everyone does expect every country to pay its national debt service. This is why we know there will be a downward dollar spiral. You see when debt service gets too high, governments always let the purchasing power of the currency fall. It’s a dirty trick. Someone owes you a bunch of dollars every month and they pay it. The problem is those dollars buy less clothing, less food, less housing and energy and less everything.
Wait a minute isn’t that good for us? If we each owe a $100,000 but get to pay it back in devalued dollars, don’t we reduce our debt? Yes, but those are the same dollars we are paid with. Those are the same dollars that pay for our food, our clothing and our shelter. Those are the same dollars in our savings account so the reduced purchasing power lowers our standards of living too!
Go to the store. Buy some bread or, heaven forbid, some fresh vegetables like peppers or fruit. Look at the cost of your prescription or hospital bills. Do something simple like have your car serviced at an auto dealer. Look at the dollars you spend and you’ll see what I mean.
A huge dollar conundrum looms from the rising national debt service as well. During most of the last decade when the national debt was skyrocketing, interest rates were plunging and remained really low. Now rates are starting to rise as will the US national debt service. This chart from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that debt service is expected to more than triple in the next ten years.
Largely due to the Federal Reserve’s aggressive efforts to keep interest rates low, the U.S. government is paying historically low rates on its debt.
The CBO projects, unless the law changes, US national interest costs will more than double over the next 10 years, rising from $270 billion in 2017 to $712 billion in 2026 and totaling $4.8 trillion over the period. Interest costs are expected to continue climbing beyond the next 10 years and are projected to be the third largest category in the federal budget by 2028 (after just Social Security and Medicare), the second largest category in 2046, and the single largest category in 2050.
These interest costs add up to trillions of dollars that won’t be spent on roads, on the military, on health care or the environment or schools. That rising debt service creates a vicious cycle that can only lead to a devaluation of the US dollar so the debt can be paid, but in phony terms.
The loss of the dollar’s purchasing power erodes our independence, our freedom and our savings and wealth as well.
At the same time, low interest rates by big banks and higher health care costs soak up the ever diminishing income and savings we have left. According to a Gallup poll, the most unpopular three institutions in America are big corporations & Wall Street banks, HMOs and Congress. Yet there is little we can do because these institutions are in control.
Over the last 50 years the average income for 90 percent of the American population fell. Our health system is restricted by a Kafka-esque maze of legislation and insurance regulations that delay, frustrate, and thwart attempts by patients and doctors from proper medical care. Big banks and corporations restrict our freedom of choice. The business customer relationships are no longer transactions between free equals.
Banks can trap us in indebtedness at every age from student loans to mortgages to health care costs. They pay almost nothing on our savings. They hide unexpected fees and payments in complex and unreadable documents. Banks and big corporations routinely conceal vital information in small print and then cheat. Weak regulations and lax enforcement leave consumers with few ways to fight back. Many of these businesses ranging from cable TV to phone and internet service to health insurance have virtual monopolies that along with deceptive marketing destroys any form of free market.
These same companies control the credit-scoring agencies so if we don’t pay unfair fees, our credit scores will plunge and we could lose the ability to borrow money, rent an apartment, even to get a job. Many consumers are forced to accept “arbitration clauses” in lieu of legal rights. The alternative is to lose banking, power, and communication services.
Big business has also usurped our privacy. Internet companies sell our personal data. Personal information is pulled from WiFi and iPhones track and store our movements. The government can access this information, sometimes without subpoenas. There’s a lot that we don’t know, often withheld under the guise of “National Security.”
The glow on Western democratic capitalism has dimmed… or so it seems. The US, leading the way, is still a superpower with economic, innovation and military might, but the institutions that should serve the people have become flawed or broken.
America’s infrastructure is in shambles. The nation’s bridges are crumbling, many water systems are filled with toxins, yet instead of spending more to fix this, we build more prisons. The 2.2 million people currently in jail is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years. 60% of the inmates belong to ethnic groups. Not just non-white ethnic groups are suffering. Annual death rates are falling for every group except for middle-aged white Americans. Death rates are rising among this group driven by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse, alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.
America’s middle class is shrinking. Nearly half of America’s income goes to upper-income households now. In 1970 only 29 percent went to this group. How can we regain our freedom, our happiness and our well being in such a world? What can we do?
The answer to a better, freer life is to combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle.
Merri and I are in our 48th year of living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles. Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:
#1: Low cost natural health.
#2: Global micro business income.
#3: Safer, more profitable, easy to make value investments.
Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits. They focus only on health or on earning more or on investing better.
27 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits. The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.
The three disciplines, health, earning and investing, work best when coordinated together. Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life. There is little we can do to change this big picture. However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.
We start with better lower cost health care.
Club membership begins by sharing ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”. Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”. Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen. Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.
Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health. One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.
Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there. Governments and health care agencies agree – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.” An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know. About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a 2013 report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.
Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals. This is why charge masters are so often secret. There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.
I have created three shamanic health reports are about:
Each report is available for $19.95. However club members receive these three reports worth $59.85 free.
Club members also receive seven workshops and courses on how earn everywhere with at home micro businesses. We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”. The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:
- “International Business Made EZ”
- “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell”
- Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
- The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
- The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
- Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
- The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”
This program is offered at $299, but is available to club members free. They save $299 more.
Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful investing Course (Pi). The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit. Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.
Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies. These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad. The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear. Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.
Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio. There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it ignores the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.
The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).
There are seven layers of tactics in the Pi strategy.
Pi Tactic #1: Determine purpose and good value.
Pi Tactic #2: Diversify 70% to 80% of portfolio equally in good value developed markets.
Pi Tactic #3: Invest 20% to 30% equally in good value emerging markets.
Pi Tactic #4: Use trending algorithms to buy sell or hold these markets.
Pi Tactic #5: Add spice speculating with ideal conditions.
Pi Tactic #6: Add spice speculating with leverage.
Pi Tactic #7: Add spice speculating with forex potential.
The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of international major stock markets that compares their value based on:
#1: Current book to price
#2: Cash flow to price
#3: Earnings to price
#4: Average dividend yield
#5: Return on equity
#6: Cash flow return
#7: Market history
We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.
This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets. I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.
This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy. The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs. This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use. Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.
The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat. Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund. Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required. The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices. Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.
Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.
The Pi subscription is normally $299 per annum but club member receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $299.
Profit from the US dollar’s fall.
In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich. Some of my readers made enough to retire. Others picked up 50% currency gains. Then the cycle ended. Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview. He said: Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!
Club members receive a report about opportunity in the current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago. The dollar rose along with Wall Street. Profits came quickly over three years. Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51% in just two years. A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.
This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago. The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.” This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments. I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.
The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000). There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.
This report sells for $29.95 but when you become a club member you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.
Plus get the $39.99 report, “The Silver Dip 2017” free.
With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events. The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV). The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.
These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.
I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” and updated this in 2017. The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged silver & gold speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times. The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.
The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Silver Dip 2017” offers enormous profit potential in 2017.
The report “Silver Dip 2017” sells for $39.95 but club members receive it free as well.
The $39.95 new “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere Report” is also free.
There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do. There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential but also work well in disaster scenarios.
There are are specific places where you can reduce your living expenses and easily increase your income. Scientific research has shown that being in such places actually make you smarter and healthier. Top this off with the fact that they provide tax benefits as well and you have to ask, “Where are these places?”.
Learn about these specific places. More important learn what makes them special. Discover seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar places of opportunity.
The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire. (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not!)
The report is very specific because it describes what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing, right now.
Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning locally and globally.
This report is available online for $39.99 but International Club members receive it free.
Save $418.78… “plus more” when you become a club member.
Join the International Club and receive:
#1: The $299 Personal investing Course (Pi). Free.
#2: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”. Free.
#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”. Free.
#4: The $39.99 report “Silver Dip 2017”. Free
#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”. All three free.
#6: The $39.99 “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” report. Free.
#7: Plus more.
These reports, courses and programs would cost 767.78 so membership saves $418.78, “plus more”.
What’s the “plus more”?
Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus any online reports, online course updates or online programs we create throughout 2017 all at no additional fee. The club membership entitled you to everything.
The International Club membership is $499, but we want to encourage our first 100 members to join quickly so we are accepting discounted membership in three tranches. This is the last offer of the first tranche at $349 and expires Monday March 26th 2017 .
The next tranche will be offered at $399 before it rises to $449 and then the full fee.
Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons throughout 2017 at no additional fee.