See this paid advertisement below. Then see below a reader’s Ecuador driving experience.
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Optional guided tours, both on and off site.
Views from the Buena Vista Site
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Conceptual home illustration.
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Excursions to Ayampe beach and the tourist town of Montanita.
Conceptual home plans.
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Buena Vista is a one-mile peninsula that stretches beyond Ecuador’s central coast with panoramic ocean views you must see to believe.
Views from the Buena Vista Site.
This development located between Ayampe and Montanita, Ecuador, is just over a two-hour drive from the Guayaquil Airport.
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Conceptual home illustration.
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If you take the Buena Vista tour, why not see more of Ecuador after this.
We do not recommend driving in Ecuador. Let Ecuador’s excellent low cost guides drive you so you can enjoy the trip and see more. However we know that some intrepid souls are going to drive and here is a report from a reader who did and enjoyed the process. Reader Tim Statler wrote:
I was traveling in Ecuador in November by car and having so much fun that I wanted to pass along some of my observations. I know that you have cautioned people against driving in Ecuador in the past. I agree that traveling by car might not be for everyone but with all of the new roads and the incredible scenery I am sure that many people will find Ecuador a wonderful place for a road trip. In order to help people navigate the country I offer the following observations.
This trip, in November of 2012, I traveled the route from Manta to Bahia and Canoa and back to the Manta airport on the first leg. Avis has an office at the Manta airport and, even while the Manta airport is undergoing renovations, it is an easy pick up and drop off. Avis has two levels of insurance. 15.00 USD per day will get you coverage with an approximately 1200 USD deductible. They block your cc for that amount. For 33.00 USD per day you get total coverage. I suggest the full coverage for peace of mind. A personal anecdote will follow later in my comments.
A word about maps and GPS. I am a pilot and a big fan of GPS technology. I own many GPS units, carry an iPad with Google Maps and international data as well as a Blackberry with Google Maps and a small battery powered Garmin GPS as well. I purchased the small Garmin unit and a chip of Ecuador maps from GPS Travel Maps, www.gpstravelmaps.com. They sell maps to many places that standard map packages do not cover. In order of effectiveness I would rate my Blackberry with Google Maps as the most reliable, next the Garmin and then the iPad. The iPad with the Google Maps web based app, which is the only option for iPads with iOs 6, was a disappointment. Hopefully the Google Maps for iPad will be available again shortly.
Traveling north out of Manta towards Bahia was easy until we missed the left turn to Bahia just north of Manta. The intersection is not marked from either direction. That section of road is still under construction so hopefully this will be corrected soon. This intersection highlights the continuing problem in Ecuador with signage. Once you are out off the cities and on new highways I found the signage to be excellent and very complete. Getting out of Quito or into the Guayaquil airport however is another story. You need all your technology and maps to find the exit and entrance doors! I am a big fan of paper maps and charts however I have yet to buy big city maps. I will correct that problem when I return to Ecuador in a couple of weeks. The remainder of our trip through Bahia and Canoa and the return to Manta was very easy. The new road north of Bahia is almost complete now with curbs and a bike path. Renovations to the roads through San Vicente on the north side of the Chone River are underway and, once complete, will be lovely with paving bricks and a beautiful malecon. The new bridge over the river just south of Canoa is almost complete as well, although the Canoa bypass is still under construction and, until this is finished, the access to Canoa from the south is a dirt road and a little hard to find. This area is poised for great growth I would suggest.
Returning to Quito by air we rented again from Avis and traveled south. We stopped in Ambato for a sales call and lunch, continuing on to Cuenca over the mountains, in the fog and clouds and at night. I would not recommend this type of trip unless necessary. I suggest planning your itinerary so as to be checked in to your hotel, or at least in your destination city by dark whenever possible, for safety, referring to driving not security, and to be sure not to miss any incredible scenery. Cuenca was relatively easy to negotiate but again Google Maps made it possible to find our hotel, Los Balcones, on a one way street in the center. We continued on to Loja and Vilcabamba the next day. Spectacular scenery and easy driving. After the weekend in Vilcabamba I left my girlfriend and returned to Cuenca for a meeting and then over the mountains to Guayaquil. My drive over the mountains through the Cajas National Park ranks as one of the best road trips ever, certainly in the top 5. Wild lamas along the road, sheer cliffs dropping thousands of feet into the valley and a spectacular new road reaching an altitude of more than 13,667 feet.
Once down on the coast it was a more typical drive up to Guayaquil but I was impressed to see passing lanes of several kilometers which enabled me to pass the trucks and busses and keep up a comfortable pace. The new entrance to Guayaquil from the east is beautiful. Four or more lanes, newly paved straight into town, first class all the way. I had not programmed the airport into a GPS as I figured it would be easy to find the airport. Wrong on all counts. There was not even a little airplane symbol to be found. When I saw the runway on my right I figured that there must be an exit ahead. As I moved towards the right lane I hit an unmarked concrete curb that serves as a divider for the bus stop. I had no chance to avoid it and my tire exploded. The rim was totaled and it was dark and traffic was heavy. I managed to get off the road and put the spare quickly but finding the airport cost me another hour, even though the runway was on the other side of the fence. Simply programming one of the GPS’s would have saved me all the trouble. Once I delivered the car I was concerned about the cost as I had only taken the 15.00 a day insurance. Fortunately Ecuador delivered again and, with the day early return, the cost of the repair was only 48.00 USD. I now know how to get into the Guayaquil airport so the adventure was worth it but I could have done a better job preparing.
All in all I had a fantastic trip driving. I was stopped several times by road blocks. I was either waved on without stopping or sent on my way pleasantly after a brief inspection of the car papers and my driver’s license. Only one policeman mentioned that I could only drive thirty days on my Michigan license. There is a new speeding campaign in Ecuador and penalties are severe so you must observe the speed limits. There were radar speed traps on downhill sections of the road so you need to be careful on those sections.
Gas is 1.48 per gallon so I could not get 10.00 USD in the tank of my Aveo. People everywhere are Ecuador friendly and helpful. I speak fluent Spanish so everything is easy when it comes to communication. I would suggest that you should be a reasonably decent navigator and speak some Spanish to go driving around the country but with a positive attitude and a GPS you could probably do just fine with English. I recommend taxis in the cities and renting the car for travel between. I turned in my car in Guayaquil and took taxis to my appointments, it is far easier. Traffic in Quito and Guayaquil can be very heavy so it is much more stress free to let someone else do the driving, especially when it costs so little. The freedom and flexibility of having your own car can’t be beat though, the roads throughout the country and brand new and beautifully done and the scenery is incomparable.
Learn about Ecuador in Florida.
Day two of our International Investing and Business Seminar next week in Eustis, Florida is about Ecuador Living. Talk about catching an early wave… Merri and I caught the Ecuador expat trend right at its beginning 17 years ago. We brought readers who joined us in Ecuador then… some amazing opportunities. This cycle has matured but there are still great bargains if you know what to do. No one has as much experience and as many contacts in this field. This experience is also dependable. We do not sell Ecuador real estate so you won’t be hearing any hidden agendas.
For example after more than a dozen years of traveling… working… buying and selling real estate and running businesses in Ecuador… we led Jean Marie Butterlin to the coast and he began scouring the beaches from Manta, north to Pedernales… finding the bargains…. meeting the landowners… understanding the rules, regulations and customs.
That experience made him the expert of Ecuador beach real estate so that bargains could be found and so his clients could overcome the biggest problems and intelligently buy real estate on the coast.
We’ll share how to buy beach property intelligently.
You’ll learn how to overcome one of the biggest mistakes most real estate buyers make on the beach.
Dr. Andres Cordova will speak and join me in updating Ecuador real estate and residency rules.
Dr. Andres Cordova speaking at our seminars.
Andres is our friend and Ecuador attorney. He is the grandson of one of Ecuador’s more famous presidents and was a senior partner in a law firm that represents Ecuador’s treasury.
We’ll also review how to create an Ecuador export business as Merri and I have for many years.
We’ll review The Ecuadorshop Logistics service that provides all these services for exporters in importers into the USA.
We’ll share how Roberto provides an exclusive service that help.
Join Merri and me at this seminar – February 1-2-3 , 2013, Eustis, Florida.
Learn to speak Spanish before going to Ecuador. We have added a Super Spanish course for Mt. Dora for March 18-19-20.
Learn Spanish in 3 Days – Cuenca Course – September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016Learn how to speak Spanish in just three days in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster. We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches how to communicate in Spanish in just three days.
Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 30, October 1-2, 2016.
Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.
Cuenca is Ecuador’s most popular city, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many beautiful colonial buildings. Cuenca has wonderful architecture, tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and night activity.
Ecuador Living Club members can enjoy discounts at Cuenca hotels as well.
This course really works!
An M.D. who attended wrote: We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience. I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties. Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful. I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful! Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks. We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.
See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.
Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.
Super Thinking + Spanish course goes beyond just learning to speak Spanish.
There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills. Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.
In just three days? Sound too good to be true?
This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov. In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.
The 3 Day Spanish system includes some of Dr. Lozanov’s original work that uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated. The course integrates the use of music with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.
Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words. To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.
Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1: All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.
Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns. This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.
You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.
There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.
By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!
A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you. After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible! Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador. The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course. In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) . In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music. What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life. Rob Christi
The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away. This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective.
A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days. This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.
Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.
This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning. In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.
The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain. Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.
Travel, accommodations and food are not included.
Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar.
“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky
Another wrote: Thanks for the Spanish course. This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning. I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school. The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.
Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote: The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language. Again, Thanks for the experience.
One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador! Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!
Another wrote: Thank you! We always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?
Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish! I really enjoyed the workshop.
Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes. I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra. I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life. I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.
Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words. This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.
Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish. As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish. Thank you again for a Super Workshop! With love and blessings,
Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me. I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.
I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”.. Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me. As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.
Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me, I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted. I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.
I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that? With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many. I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.
Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!
Another: We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol. We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood. We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.
I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands. John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously. Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below. Es en BUENO sugestion!!! I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.
Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us. It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar! I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely. The outcome is even better! Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.
John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th. Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion! Gracias y Abrazos,
Another: Muchas gracias para la informacion! I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!
I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall. Con mucho apriciar, P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.
One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary, I have sent a couple of messages, and a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!
We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!) Muchas Gracias! Tiene an excellante dias.
One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri! Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.
Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien! Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,
Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you! Saludos!
Delegates during a relaxation session.
Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training. I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German. Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up. Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way. I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.
It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.
Rick Brown has created his own programs attending a one year Super Spanish training program from Merri and me. He has now been teaching this course for five years. He has moved to Cuenca Ecuador and teaches this course once or twice a year.
The Course will be conducted at the beautful American run B & B in Cuenca.
Cuenca Inn Courtyard. Click to enlarge.
The Cuenca Inn B&B is located just outside the city center and is in a large home well back from the road, so you have maximum peace and quiet.
View from near Cuenca Inn B&B. There are plenty of very inexpensive taxis into the center of town.
It has large luxury guest rooms, two with bathroom en suite and TVs. There is a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.
TV room for guests.
A guest living room with TV and big comfortable sofas adjoin the courtyard.
There is also a small bar area just off the courtyard that we all enjoyed. The Inn is very well appointed and the ambiance is warm and conducive to the comforts of a home away from home. Internet/WIFI is good and Magic Jack is available to guests for long distance calling, along with pyre-loaded local cell phones.
Delegates can sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.
The Inn’s manager Bill Dixon attended one of Rick’s first Super Thinking / Super Spanish courses prior to moving to Cuenca. He believes this was a really good investment on his part as he acquired the language basics he needed, and it gave him the confidence to make the change in his location and his life.
Cuenca Inn is offering a 20% discount on room rates and a hearty and warm welcome to Cuenca to course members . You can make reservations or get further details from Bill Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.