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!
2015 ScheduleSchedule 2015 Seminars and Courses
Delegates enjoy taking breaks at our winter courses in Mount Dora.
We conduct our summer camps at Jefferson Landing in West Jefferson North Carolina.
Join us in balmy Central Florida in the winter and the Cool Blue Ridge in summer.
Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.
Here are the courses we currently have scheduled in 2015. Course in bold conducted by Gary & Merri Scott
Oct. 10-11, 2015, West Jefferson, North Carolina. Multi Currency, Protect Against a Weak Dollar Investing Seminar. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)
Overcome Election DeceitTuesday, November 8, 2016, is the 58th US Presidential election. Plus elections for all of the seats in Congress and 34 in the Senate. How many deals will be made between now and then that could reduce our pocketbooks? What trade offs will be agreed that will weaken our personal freedom? Which agreements will fill our days with more red tape?
There is so much deceit in the political promises and so much deal making that has nothing to do with the country’s or you and my good. What can we do to retake control? How can we see behind the scenes and stop the erosion of our rights and reductions in our standards of living?
Politically there may be little we can do, but here are two tools for our individual investing survival: numbers and words.
Numbers relate to value. Our wealth can survive today’s political onslaught and grow by spotting investing value through mathematical precision. Good value strengthens wealth and beats back a deceitful world.
Words define the law. Words create laws that define our rights, ownership and freedom. These words are also used to take these benefits away. Those who write the laws always include sections that protect themselves and their common interests. A good attorney who understands how to use appropriate planning can use the same words to protect our income savings and rights.
As a run up to my 50th year of speaking and writing about savings and investments around the world I decided to ask my friends who are mathematical and legal geniuses to share a weekend with us to cut through the fog of rapid change and learn how to beat the system that seems so integrity challenged.
The idea of using math to find good value equity investments led me to ask mathematical analyst, Michael Keppler, to join us in the Blue Ridge for a seminar.
Michael is a brilliant mathematician. We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years. He continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return. He compares each stock market’s history. From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy. His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short ups and downs.
Don’t Red Line Your Investments
According to Keppler’s analyses, an equally-weighted combination of good value markets offers the highest expectation of long-term risk-adjusted performance. His mathematical predictions have been eerily accurate as the red line below shows.
Each quarter Michael shares with me (and other professional investors) his “Total Return Predictions”.
Click on chart to enlarge.
This chart shows the entire real-time forecasting history of Keppler for the KAM Equally-Weighted World Index, he started in 1993. Keppler contnually shows what his mathematic formulas predict for markets four years ahead. These numbers are based on mathematical relationships between price and value over the previous 15 years moving forward in monthly increments. In this way Keppler uses numbers to continually adjust to the ever-changing market norm.
Keppler’s chart includes two remarkable episodes. The first in the period when global equity markets peaked and crashed over a five-year period from 1997 to 2001. Keppler’s Equally-Weighted World Index predictions stayed above the upper forecast band and accurately predicted the recovery and how much global markets would rise.
The second remarkable period started in October 2008, when again Keppler’s forecasts again accurately showed where markets would reach as they fell below the lower forecast band.
Imagine the extra profit professional investors have today when they invested in these depressed good value markets before they again rose.
Keppler’s projections now indicate that global markets are expected to rise from between 2.1% and 13.0 % in the next three to five years.
Learn about Keppler’s projections and about Asset Allocation from Michael Keppler in person at our Value Investing Seminar October 17 & 18 in Jefferson, North Carolina.
Learn how to also let the law work for you.
One way to protect our wealth and freedom is to have a good attorney who understands how to use appropriate planning so you can also be protected rather than hurt by the law.
I have also asked our friend of more than 30 years, Leslie Share, to speak at the October Value Investing seminar. Leslie is an attorney in Coral Gables, Florida who specializes in general, corporate and international taxation, estate and gift tax planning, internal revenue service matters at the agent and appeals level plus most important, he specializes in wealth preservation.
He has the highest possible Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.
Leslie is the type of attorney who can help gain asset and wealth protection if you live in the US or abroad.
Cash in on the best opportunity in 32 years. Currency diversification has always been important for safety, but right now a multi currency opportunity is brewing and has more profit potential then we have seen in over three decades.
Our “Investing Seminars” started 32 years ago when one of the best set of three currency and equity conditions ever existed. Over these decades our semi annual seminars have updated what’s going on in global investment markets and what to do. In all those years, few times have conditions offered as much long term opportunity as in 1982.
Now three the great economic conditions have returned.
Our October seminar will be at the Jefferson Landing Country Club.
Conditions have come together just as we saw at our first seminars in the 1980s. The US dollar, the US stock market and the price of oil are acting almost exactly as they did in the early 1980s. Knowing these conditions and why they have merged and what to do about them can help you create a fortune.
One way to tap this potential (we’ll review this at the seminar) is to invest in Keppler’s Good Value Country Strategy with ETFs (Country Index Exchange Traded Funds). For example there are currently ten good value developed markets, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom. You can easily create a diversified portfolio in each or all of these ten countries with Country Index ETFs.
We review Country Index ETFs at the seminar.
Join Merri, me, Michael Keppler and Leslie Share. The “Value Investing Seminar” looks at how to protect purchasing power and pensions with value investing. The course teaches how to add safety and create profits by spotting multi currency and global equity cycles through good value mathematics.
Value Investing Outside the Box. Here is a partial syllabus of the seminar:
* See new breakout possibilities… in global investing.
* Benefits of early investments in an oil that’s up 22.8 times in the past ten years.
* Beyond Gold. Three hard assets that protect against all currency erosion.
* The Small Country Effect. Why small markets rise more than large ones.
* Top Value small markets and how to easily invest small or large amounts.
* The best four currencies for the year ahead.
Few decisions are as important to your wealth as WHICH CURRENCIES to invest in. This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s. Learn how to use ETFs to gain multi currency diversification.
Details in this session also include:
* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.
* The benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA. We will share why the value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.
* What’s up with gold and silver. One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection. We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars – how interest rates at zero eliminate opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.
* New tax strategies. How to create businesses that earn income and reduce tax.
Gary Scott at a multi currency session.
The seminar begins with a 1000 Year Economic Review that leads us up to where markets are now and head for the next 474 days and beyond.
Learn how to:
* Find good investing value.
* Use multi currency portfolios.
* To use multi currency for diversification-speculation & hedge.
* Earn in water and agricultural investing.
* Gain with special situations now for aggressive growth
Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, Jefferson, North Carolina.