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!
How to Have Real Safety
Regain Real Security
There is a path to true security.
I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake. Almost!
The supposed error? Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.
Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.
The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.
We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.
What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.
We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house.
I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home!
Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.
My tragic error was looking back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.
Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye.
How can our kids walk in places like this? How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?
How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.
How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?
“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought. “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.
This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades. This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.
By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now. That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.
This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world. It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.
That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.
I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun. Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.
We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.
“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”
This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”. This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness. Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions. If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.
Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together
Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.
Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.
In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online. However we are conducting one in person seminar this year, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan” (August 12-13-14 2016). Attendance is strictly limited to the few International Club members.
Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.
- Three common sense ideas: Avoid lines. Go where you are a name not a number. Decide who you are and what matters to you.
- Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
- How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
- Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
- How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
- The value of time in investing and life.
- The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
- Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
- The next great fuel.
- Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
- Investing in Demographics.
- Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
- Hidden Inflation .
- How to protect against pension loss.
- The Silver Dip 20116. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
- How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
- How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.
Join us for a high mountain retreat that is strictly exclusive to club members and save over $2,000.
Here is a group of International Club members meeting at our North Carolina farm.
Club membership is for an entire year and the seminar is just one high point.
In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free plus can attend the August 2016 Value Investing retreat which is exclusive to club members.
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
- Exclusive Value Investing Retreat in North Carolina, normally $799, FREE
- Three night’s accommodations at Merrily Farms, normally $315, FREE
This is every offer in our catalog. To purchase everything would cost $3,509.95. Club membership for 2016 is $1,199 so you save up to $2,310.95.
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
The International Club fee has been $1,799 but due to the savings of conducting our courses online, we have been able to reduce the fee to $1,199. This is less than the normal fee we have charged in past years from one seminar (without accommodations).
If you cannot attend the High Mountain Retreat, you are still entitled to a three night stay on a space available basis at the farm any time during the season we are open (June into October) or at our grove in the winter months.
Club members meeting at out home.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and a guest of your choice to join us for all our seminars including our exclusive August 2016 High Mountain retreat.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farm and online. We look forward to being with you.
Club members receive everything we offer in 2016, plus the exclusive High Mountain Retreat in August that includes the seminar and accommodations.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to add another personas email address to every single course or tour, plus bring a partner to the m,members only retreat. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can enroll bring whomever you wish. Choose your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser to accompany you.