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Early Retirement From Seeds of Change


Early retirement means something more than quitting sooner than the norm.

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In a moment we’ll see details about Quito’s new airport and Guayaquil’s as well.

First let’s see how change can help you retire in Ecuador or retire early anywhere.

If change is here.. If we must adapt to change… why not make the adaption good, enjoyable and fulfilling?

Early retirement means doing something you love to do that supports your lifestyle.

Early retirement means earning in a sustainable way.

Early retirement means being free to go, be or stay wherever you desire.

Early retirement means getting our of the rat race… retiring from the fear and daily hassle that the majority face.

With this view we can have an early retirement… anywhere… at any age!

This is why we’ll share an 11 lesson course entitled International Marketing Strategies starting here.

Retire on Ecuador’s Coast

One great place to retire in Ecuador is on Ecuador’s coast. This is why we are expanding our coverage to include Ecuador’s south coast with the new October Southern Ecuador Coastal Tour.

One difference between Ecuador’s  middle coast and Ecuador’s southern coast is access.

Ecuador’s middle coast s best accessed via Quito and then onto Manta via air. Ecuador’s southern coast is best accessed via Guayaquil and then onto Salinas via van.

So I asked Amy Pinoargote who is hosting the Southern Ecuador Coastal Tour to outline details on flying to Guayaquil. Amy has lives part time in Miami and part time in Salinas so knows the journey well.

Here is Amy’s report on fllghts from Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador:

Flight options from the U.S. to Ecuador expanded this year, as AeroGal, an established Ecuadorian airline, has added Miami/Guayaquil and Miami/Quito flights.  American Airlines and LAN, a highly regarded South American airline, have been flying those routes for years.  For many budget conscious travelers, AeroGal is a welcome option.

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I have flown all three airlines from Miami to Ecuador and would recommend any one of them.  The choice usually comes down to schedule and pricing.

In my experience, LAN typically has larger, newer planes.  They fly non-stop between Miami and Quito.  The departure from Miami is in the morning, which has the benefit of arriving in Quito with most of the day still ahead of you.  The downside of that schedule is that it is not an option to take a domestic flight into Miami and then connect to Ecuador on the same day.  Also, LAN often does not fly nonstop to Guayaquil, but instead passes through Quito.  This adds about 90 extra minutes total travel time for the Guayaquil passengers.  The LAN return from Ecuador is in the afternoon, which provides plenty of time to get to the airport.

Because I more frequently travel between Miami and Guayaquil, I often opt for American, precisely because they offer non-stop service.  The American flight leaves Miami in the late afternoon, making it feasible to connect from a domestic flight into Miami earlier in the day.  The downside of the late afternoon flight is that it arrives in Guayaquil after dark.  By the time you gather your luggage and pass through immigration and customs, it can be quite late.  The American return from Ecuador is mid-morning.  If an in-country flight or long drive is required to get to the airport, this could be a disadvantage.  American offers non-stop service to both Quito and Guayaquil.

The newcomer on the route is AeroGal.  After having flown that airline several times in Ecuador for in-country travel with good results, I was eager to try their non-stop service from Miami to Guayaquil.  Although their planes are smaller than those used by LAN, I was pleased with the service.  The departure from Miami is in the evening, which, like American, is convenient for those who need to take a connecting flight into Miami earlier the same day.  Of course that also means a nighttime arrival in Guayaquil.  Another consideration for those traveling to Quito is that the flight is not non-stop; it passes through Guayaquil first.  The AeroGal return from Ecuador is in the early afternoon, which allows time for an early morning connecting flight or a drive to the airport.

As far as pricing goes, with advance purchase I have usually paid around $550 per adult on LAN, around $475 on American and around $375 on AeroGal.  AeroGal’s lower prices have led to good feedback from budget conscious travelers and those traveling with a large family or group.  I have heard several people say they are fans of that airline’s business class fares, which run about $700.

Although LAN and AeroGal are based in South America, both offer English language customer service and websites for booking flights and bi-lingual flight attendants and airport check-in.

LAN and American not only offer service to Ecuador out of Miami, but also out of several other large cities, including New York and Los Angeles.  AeroGal is currently serving only Miami, but has announced that service to New York will begin in December 2009.

Before booking a ticket for travel from your home town to Quito or Guayaquil, it is wise to research domestic flights to Miami.  If you can get a favorable domestic flight, you then book the international portion of your trip on LAN, American or AeroGal from Miami to Ecuador, a flight of just a little more than four hours.  This often can result in a lower overall fare, fewer and shorter layovers and a schedule that better meets your needs.  Keep in mind there are several clean, safe hotels close to the Miami airport that offer free shuttle service.  A few of the most popular are the Hampton Inn and the Hilton.  This makes an overnight layover a convenient option both with free shuttles.

The bottom line for travelers is that there are several good flight between the states and Ecuador, yet another reason to make it your home overseas.

Resources:
American Airlines – www.aa.com
LAN – www.lan.com
AeroGal – https://www.aerogal.com.ec
Hampton Inn Miami Airport – http://www.hamptoninnmiamiairport.com/
Hilton Miami Airport – www.hilton.com

Whether you arrive in Quito or Guayaquil, if it is your first visit, you’ll be surprised by the modern, clean, efficient and friendly airports.

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Guayaquil’s airport is new, opened on July 2006.  The airport code is GYE and we have found that everything works well here.

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Quito’s existing airport is in the middle of the city and was refurbished several years ago. A brand new Quito airport opens in 2010.  The new airport is being built on a 3,500 acre site which is ten times larger than the existing airport. The new airport will be ten miles from the center of Quito which will, add about an hours drive (though it will be closer to our hotel Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi).

The new airport on Caraburo Plateau will sit nearly 2,000 feet lower than the current Quito airport.  With the lower altitude and the 11,000 foot runway, airlines will be able to schedule more convenient take off and arrival times. The current high altitude Quito airport requires most flights to  come and go early mornings or  late evenings because cool air provides more lift.

However and whenever you plan to retire, whether you retire in Ecuador, on the farm or to some new exciting way of life… make your retirement be doing something you love.

Gary

Combining good international investing with the greatest asset of all, the ability to earn wherever you live, brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.

This is why I am willing to pay you $300 to attend either our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September or our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free plus I’ll knock an extra dollar off your seminar fee…. to round up the $300 savings.

See details of the two seminar below.

Delegates at our Ecuador seminars and tours enjoy Ecuador music.

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $300.

Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Here are comments from one seminar delegate about the way we help: Gary & Merri. My wife and I really enjoyed the IBEZ course in West Jefferson this past July. There was a lot of very interesting information. I will be working with David Cross to help set up an internet site. I have some interesting ideas regarding the flowers.   Thanks again for such a great course.

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour (early sign up before Sept. 1, $499 per person).

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador seminar 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.

Changes Affecting Retirement in Ecuador or Anywhere


Retirement in Ecuador… or retirement anywhere is changing.

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Manta is Ecuador’s largest ocean port.  See about shipping and retirement in Ecuador plus a trick to help you retire in Ecuador or anywhere below.

Those who embrace faster change can make their golden years glitter even more.

Those who use old thought in a new world may suffer.

There is a trick to gaining from change which I’ll explain in a moment.

First, an excerpt from the July 30 USA Today article “Older white males hurt more by this recession” by Dennis Cauchon, shows one example about change affecting retirement.  This change is causing more people to retire in Ecuador but affects everyone… even those who are not ready to retire.

The article says:

Dean Canaris, 56, a quality engineer for a Honda automotive supplier, was laid off in April and out the door in 30 minutes with no severance.

Harry Jackson, 55, an airline pilot and supervisor, lost his job in 2007 and, to his surprise, has found it nearly impossible to get another job.

Mark Montgomery, 53, was let go from an Owens Corning insulation factory in April and can’t afford his $575 monthly mortgage payment.

These men from the Columbus, Ohio, area are the unusual new faces of joblessness in this groundbreaking recession: older men cut loose from employment at the peak of their earning power and work experience.

In previous recessions, veteran workers were largely spared the pain of widespread job cutbacks, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Layoffs tended to be concentrated among younger workers: The younger you were, the more likely you were to get fired. Traditional, bread-winning older males — especially white men — were the least vulnerable.

Not so today. Aging Baby Boomers are suffering a harsh employment bust.

Jobless rates for men and women older than 55 are at their highest level since the Great Depression, government data show. White men over 55 had a record 6.5% unemployment rate in the second quarter, far above the previous post-Depression high of 5.4% in 1983.

Those above 55 also are spending more time than ever between jobs. Older workers spend an average 27 weeks between jobs, about five weeks longer than younger workers.

“When you lose your job after many years, you’re not only looking for a job. You find the nature of employment has changed,” says Deborah Russell, director of workforce issues at AARP, the lobbying group representing people 50 and older.

“People losing jobs are increasingly male and increasingly older.”

The loss of a job for an older worker can erase the dominant income of a middle-class family, wipe out savings as retirement nears and deny aging people health insurance when it’s needed most.

“So many of these men were coasting to retirement, working at good jobs and earning good pay.

“Then, suddenly, it was gone,” says Susan Birie, who runs the government’s Delaware Area Career Center in Delaware, Ohio.

Areas of employment that used to be considered safe are gone or going… never to return.

Our recent International Business & Investing Seminar (IBEZ) in North Carolina explained why this is so.

The industrialization of mankind has moved through five eras each with a new form of power.

Era #1: Water-sail-textiles.
Era #2: Steam-railroad-telegraph.
Era #3: Internal Combustion Engine – Car – Production Line – Petroleum.
Era #4: Jet Engine – Phone – TV – Plastics – Chemicals- Fertilizers.
Era #5: PC – Internet –WWWeb.

In the first stage of each era… markets and the economy boom. New jobs are created. Later in the era, the markets crash… the economy slows and the new wave  in the new era wipes out good jobs from the era past.

The railroad wiped out many safe shipping jobs.

The auto industry wiped out many railroad jobs.

Jet travel eliminated many opportunities originally created by cars.

The internet wipes out many jobs in travel.

These changes bring enormous opportunity for those who adapt. One must invest differently and globally.  This is why half of our IBEZ seminars are about global and why we have a strategic alliance with Jyske Bank to offer a multi currency course.

This is why we also focus half of our IBEZ seminar on how to have a global internet business.

Our goal is to help delegates use the trick so they’ll gain from change.

The trick is what we call JDI… a phrase you have all heard…. Just Do It.

We give our delegates at the course enough basics so they can start a part time internet business.  Then we followed up to get the delegates to get started.

The first week after the course, our delegates received this note from our webmaster, David Cross.

Welcome home.  I hope you had a safe trip back from our North Carolina seminar. It was a pleasure to meet you and share your ideas. We’re going to help you give it wings if you desire using the internet in business.

Let’s get started…

You’ve now got an idea – or an idea of your idea. If you want to bounce your idea of me, please do so.

Let’s begin.

Here’s what to do today – yes, right now!

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Step 1: Register your domain name.

http://www.godaddy.com/ is about $10 a year for a .com domain name

Done!

(You can ignore all the additional offers GoDaddy will flood you with.  Just grab your domain).

Look out for another update from me this week. Good business, David

This trick in time of such rapid change is to get started with something small.  Then  learn and evolve.

Our delegates have fun with this as well. Here is one reply David received.

Way ahead of you, David !!!  LOL   But will enjoy receiving your updates ….  My sites have been obtained and are our 2 new ventures. I’ll be focusing on one site first with the import/export of cigars. I already have a name for our newsletter so I can work on getting recognition and good Search Engine hits. I will hopefully be adding other products, such as wine, coffee, chocolate and other “vices” in the near future. Gary, I’m hoping to focus on these additional products coming from Ecuador so any leads would be great.

I was reminded of the importance of taking action by a note sent by a kind reader in Canada that said:

Hi Gary, I’ve been reading Henry Ford’s “My Life and Work,” and this short segment mirrors exactly what you have been saying for years! This might come in handy for one of your daily postings. Cheers!

This segment says:

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My Life and Work
by Henry Ford

CHAPTER II: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BUSINESS (CONT’D)

The automobile business was not on what I would call an honest basis, to say nothing of being, from a manufacturing standpoint, on a scientific basis, but it was no worse than business in general. That was the period, it may be remembered, in which many corporations were being floated and financed.

The bankers, who before then had confined themselves to the railroads, got into industry. My idea was then and still is that if a man did his work well, the price he would get for that work, the profits and all financial matters, would care for themselves and that a business ought to start small and build itself up and out of its earnings.

If there are no earnings then that is a signal to the owner that he is wasting his time and does not belong in that business. I have never found it necessary to change those ideas, but I discovered that this simple formula of doing good work and getting paid for it was supposed to be slow for modern business.

The plan at that time most in favor was to start off with the largest possible capitalization and then sell all the stock and all the bonds that could be sold.

Whatever money happened to be left over after all the stock and bond-selling expenses and promoters, charges and all that, went grudgingly into the foundation of the business.

A good business was not one that did good work and earned a fair profit. A good business was one that would give the opportunity for the floating of a large amount of stocks and bonds at high prices. It was the stocks and bonds, not the work, that mattered. I could not see how a new business or an old business could be expected to be able to charge into its product a great big bond interest and then sell the product at a fair price.

I have never been able to see that.

I have never been able to understand on what theory the original investment of money can be charged against a business. Those men in business who call themselves financiers say that money is “worth” 6 per cent, or 5 per cent, or some other per cent, and that if a business has one hundred thousand dollars invested in it, the man who made the investment is entitled to charge an interest payment on the money, because, if instead of putting that money into the business he had put it into a savings bank or into certain securities, he could have a certain fixed return. Therefore they say that a proper charge against the operating expenses of a business is the interest on this money.  This idea is at the root of many business failures and most service failures.  Money is not worth a particular amount. As money it is not worth anything, for it will do nothing of itself. The only use of money is to buy tools to work with or the product of tools.

Therefore money is worth what it will help you to produce or buy and no more. If a man thinks that his money will earn 5 per cent, or 6 per cent, he ought to place it where he can get that return, but money placed in a business is not a charge on the business–or, rather, should not be.

It ceases to be money and becomes, or should become, an engine of production, and it is therefore worth what it produces–and not a fixed sum according to some scale that has no bearing upon the particular business in which the money has been placed. Any return should come after it has produced, not before.

This reminded me that the best investment… especially in this era where smaller is better… is in our own small business.  We are our greatest asset… but we will earn nothing if we do not act.

Here is what another delegate from our July North Carolina seminar shared.

Gary and Merri…  We truly enjoyed your seminar !!!  Thanks so much for allowing us to come. My brain is still spinning from all of the information and I hope that someday, we will be in the red enough to invest our wealth at Jyske Bank as well. Words cannot express how impressed we both were with the entire presentation. And thank you for sharing your farm with us and the wonderful lunch !!!

This may or may not be your “cup of tea”, but I would love to learn more about how to think BIG, which could maybe be a topic of one of your newsletters. I would value the information and expertise coming from you because you have been so successful. On the way home from your seminar, I thought a lot about how I need to change my thought patterns. I was a single mother of 2 for many years and during those years, I was in survival mode … how to make enough money to raise my kids well and still have enough time to be close to them.

I stumbled into timeshare at the end of the 90’s and was able to fix up my home and become credit card free. But after 5 years and moving up to Director of one of the resorts in Orlando, I left the rat-race of that industry and got back into general Real Estate and built up my print broker business. During  the housing boom, I sold my house and moved to the mountains of NC and continued servicing my printing accounts. That’s when my husband and I opened up his Cigar Shop and my New Age Shop. The Florida housing market crashed and so did my Florida printing clientele. Within the last 2 years, our savings went and up went our debts, like so many of us. Now we’re starting from scratch again !!!

The point: I have always done just enough to “get by” …. I have a difficult time visualizing a bigger picture … a bigger income … bigger wealth … bigger savings … bigger vacations … bigger anything !!!  We are very hard-working but don’t seem to get ahead …. bigger !!!

So if you decide to do a newsletter series on the topic of “thinking BIG”, I think there are a lot of us out there who could use your insight …. hey, this could even make a good “course” subject.  In any case, thanks again, Gary, Merri, David, Thomas and Haskell for your knowledge and inspiration  and I look forward to our continued contact and friendship.  Namaste,

So now we have the answer from one of the biggest thinkers of all Henry Ford.  Become an engine of production and then grow.  Little wonder that ford is the last viable US car maker.

One way to adapt to change is to move to a place where costs are lower…  but living and facilities are good… like Ecuador.

Learn more about our emailed course on how to have an internet business.

We get requests from many planning to retire in Ecuador for information about Ecuador shipping.

Merri and I have never shipped to Ecuador and almost all our readers have found it far less expensive to buy most goods in Ecuador than to ship.

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For example Ecuador shipping may not make sense for tables.  This hand made dining room set built for us from solid (old) coffee wood ran $420…with 6 chairs.  You cannot beat that with shipping!

I have only had one couple tell me they shipped their goods to Ecuador.  They experienced a lot of problems. The problem was not in Ecuador shipping or Ecuador.  They shipped an entire container and stated they had the DEA in New York tear their stuff apart… break items and leave a big mess.  This is beyond the control of the Ecuador shipper.

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Appliances are a bit more in Ecuador than in the US… but not enough to warrant Ecuador shipping. A gas stove like this runs between $250 and $380.

Even if we had more Ecuador shipping stories, it would be difficult to give Ecuador shipping recommendations unless we had many shipping referrals because your shipping begins where you are… so much of what you need will be local.

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A couch set like this can be hand built or purchased “as is” for about $750 for two.

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Read more about Ecuador shipping here.

So whether you adapt to change in a small or big way… at home in Ecuador or elsewhere abroad… get started. Take baby steps as you think big.

Gary

Join Merri me and Thomas Fischer of JGAM and our webmaster David Cross in North Carolina this October.

Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and early retirement in Ecuador at the course.

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Or join us in Ecuador and learn more about living and retiring in Ecuador.

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

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

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

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

Read the entire USA Today article “Older white males hurt more by this recession

Quito Ecuador Airfares – May 2009


Airfares to Quito Ecuador are very low for travel in May.

Ecuador’s Aerogal airline is offering return flights from Miami in May for $388.

According to kayak.com Avianca Aerovias is beating that with a return fare of $379!

American Airlines offers a round trip deal for $390.

Delta currently leads the way for Atlanta Quito flights at $560 round for a direct trip in May.

According to priceline.com both Copa and American Airlines offer a $458 fare Atlanta – Quito but with stops.

Several airlines offer a $613 round trip fare from Houston.

Gary

Learn more about Ecuador real estate on our  May real estate tours.

Here are several of the properties you will see on the…

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beach.

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from

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Manta to Crucita.

May 16-17 Ecuador coastal real estate tour

Here are properties we’ll…

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view in the Andes… condos, plus…

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hotels… plus

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this restaurant with acreage and cottages… plus

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these houses, farms and…

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a new listing on this lake.

May 20-21 Ecuador Imbabura real estate tour

We provide discounts for delegates who attend both real estate tours in May.

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

Plus during the month of April, (this offer expires April 30) enjoy  our extra 2-4-1 savings.

Because Merri and I will not be conducting the May tours, our 2-4-1 offer lets you attend one May tour free if you enroll in one of our three International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November that we will conduct.

You get two courses for the price of one.  Enroll in any of these courses that Merri and I will conduct below and choose any one of the three July tours free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

We hope to meet you in North Carolina or Ecuador.

Gary

See more Ecuador shots here.

Got Miles?


Ecuador travel costs can really be low if you have got miles!

Merri and I both took our first international flight in 1968. Since then, we have both travelled more than a million miles and have learned a lot about getting the best air deals.

Merri is the grand master at finding low cost..comfortable deals. For example you’ll see below she recently brought our son from London England to Charlotte North Carolina  for $17.85…including tax…round trip!

Merri writes:

Got Miles?

By Merri Scott

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In the past, buying airline tickets and trying to use miles for airline awards has been a tricky,  mind blowing, frustrating experience.

Today, I find it easy and sometimes even fun!

Gary and I crossed the Atlantic every three weeks year in and year out, and hosted seminars all over the US and the globe…so I’ve been at this business for more years than I care to remember!

Back in the 80s in London, we had a way out Greek travel agent…he once sold us a huge packet of tickets for a string of one day conferences all over the US…Gary loved the price!

But, when I looked at the schedule, well, every other day, we had to return to Detroit…it was LA back to Detroit, then San Francisco back to Detroit, Cincinnati back to Detroit, Chicago, back to Detroit…it was cheap, yes but so horrible that on the last segment as we returned one more time to Detroit, we burst out laughing.

From that day forward, I pay attention before I buy.

Each flight is important and I look at the total number of hours for a trip not just the price.

The Internet has revolutionized ticketing.  It is kind of fun on www.kayak.com because they instantly show the number of hours for the duration of each flight.  I look at this before I even look at the price. Very important.

But today, I was searching and researching.  I saw for  a friend a flight to Quito from an airport only 40 minutes away from her usual departure point and saved her $400.  You can do a lot of fiddling with the help of websites.

For instance, the calendar pops up on Kayak and lets you see which is the cheapest fare for which day…sometimes all of us can be flexible and when we can…well today for Atlanta to Quito it varied over $300 from day to day…very interesting, quick and easy to spot.

“But Miles, how about miles?” Gary asked.  “How easy are they to redeem in this market?”

Miles are far, far easier than in the past. It used to be a weary chore with a representative on the phone for hours asking “What about this date, what about that date, how does Thursday look instead of Friday?”  Today, it’s down right easy…and all spelled out on most sites with a calendar….you can spot the best deals quick and easy.

First of all, we don’t ever use miles for ourselves
.  We try to make our trips tax deductible events so we use our miles for our kids.  Also if miles are used for ourselves, it messes up our elite rank.  We’re not much for being elitists, but believe me our travel weary bodies dearly love to be upgraded, spread out, relaxed and able to breathe better in business or first class!

For instance, miles on Delta.  It is wonderfully simple…just hit the key on the search for reservations.  (Always if it is possible on your upcoming trip, check the flexibility box for dates…this can help in lowering the number of miles needed.)

I know an awful lot of people with a great accumulation of Delta miles…us included.  When good ol’ Pan Am went out, Gary and I had over 250,000 miles each.  We gnashed our teeth for a few weeks, only to be surprised that Delta sent a notice that they would gladly honor our miles.  Ah, we swooned and have been loyal for years.

One trouble with all these miles, often there is a black out date or some sort of restriction.

You can beat these problems with one simple step. Just do this, (if it is Delta miles) upgrade yourself (or use the card if you already have it) to a Gold and/or Platinum Delta Miles Amex card.  You’ll get a double bonus, earn a bunch of miles as well as get bonus miles for each segment PLUS (and this is a big one) have an automatic key on your delta.com account site. This key is PAY WITH MILES.

You are allowed to pay with miles, money and/or any combination.

Two weeks ago, I bought our darling grandson and his mother a last minute expensive ticket to a holiday event…$20 for the two of them.  How? Well, I signed on to Gary’s delta.com account.  (He’s a platinum and I’m only a gold!)  Those little precious 3 words “Pay With Miles” popped up.

I didn’t need permission on the phone, I could instantly and easily scroll down,  choose the number of miles and presto…$20 bucks.  “Quick, buy those tickets”, I thought.

Our son came from London for the month in August…and at the last minute…so I perused all the flights/deals and then went to Gary’s account…and those same 3 little words gave me a round trip ticket from London to Charlotte for $17.85…inlcuding tax!

If you use just award tickets, you might be surprised to see an awfully high surcharge as a tax…but these little “pay for miles” don’t have those huge add ons…plus no black outs…just scroll down, click, buy and you got it.

I like this a lot.

For Amercian Airlines, I don’t see any of these options, but I do see a clear cut easy way of judging the amount needed for an award ticket by the days of the month (outbound and return) clearly shown on the calendar.  You can see availability and the number of miles required.

I also like this a lot.

Click on the lowest mile day and just buy.

Got Miles?  Use them.  Head out of the winter weather for the Land of the Sun, Ecuador!

Merri

Got miles?  Use them to join Merri and me for a course or tour in Ecuador this winter.

Join us in Cotacachi.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Enjoy our chef ad we help at times) for great fresh Ecuador seafood!

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Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Or join us on the coast.

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See Ecuador’s incredible scenery.

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March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

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

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend as many of them as you like FREE.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.

Cotacachi Travel Fares


We are very lucky that a current global airfare war has pushed Ecuador airfares down to ridiculous levels.  This makes it very inexpensive getting to our winter 2009 conferences and tours….plus gets all of us out of the winter doldrums!

Cotacachi travel fares can be reduced if you understand how to get to Quito and then how to travel to Cotacachi from Quito.

First airfares to Quito.  We often get requests about how to find the lowest air fares to Ecuador and Cotacachi from Africa, Canada,Europe, and the US.  See some incredible rates from all these destinations

We use www.Kayak.com to check fares and regularly find really low Ecuador air fares as you’ll see below.

For example, the round trip Ecuador airfare, Los Angeles to Quito Ecuador, is $480 including taxes. Lacsa is a Costa Rican airline and that Ecuador air fare is available today.  There are 40 flight Ecuador air fare combinations at that price right now.

Here are other US and Canadian fares form kayak.com.  All are round trip and include all taxes and coordinate with our January classes!

Toronto – Quito Ecuador – $660.  American Airlines

Vancouver BC – Quito Ecuador – $799.  Alaskan Air/Continental

Chicago – Quito Ecuador – $662.  United/Copa

New York – Quito Ecuador – $481. Lacsa

Houston – Quito Ecuador – $774. Lacsa

Dallas – Quito Ecuador – $670. Delta

Miami – Quito Ecuador – $496. LAN

Atlanta – Quito Ecuador – $653. American Airlines

One trick is to look for low fares to gateway airports such as Houston, New York, Atlanta and Miami…then look for a low fare from the gateway.  If you are looking for fares from Europe, Africa or UK, look for the cheap fares in the Sunday newspapers and then double check Kayak.

This does not always work though.  As we saw above, it is less expensive to fly to Quito via Dallas than Houston right now.

Sometimes the Ecuador air fare savings, especially from Africa and Europe can be enormous.

Take Johannesburg, South Africa to Quito as an example.  American Airlines offers the lowest direct fare of about $1800…however, if you take Egypt Air to London then you can save an extra $450 each.

If you know a cheap fare from Johan Airport to Amsterdam, Madrid, or London then go for that…and then continue on direct to Quito.  Fiddling around like this can save thousands!

Or get this one…go non stop on Egypt Air to Madrid…then Madrid AA to Quito. This approach brings the fare down to $925 per person round trip from Africa to Ecuador!  If you can find a cheap flight to Madrid from anywhere in Africa or Europe, then you may be able to save big time!

Keep in mind, there are always more than one way to skin a cat.  Think Creatively!!!

Check local European newpapers for air fare bargains to Madrid, Amsterdam and London from wherever you are.  Then check the fares from these three gateways to Quito.  Compile the fares and as above you can sometimes save in the above cases over  $1,500.

We are not travel agents of course, but we help Ecuador Living subscribers and our course and tour delegates find low cost air fares to Ecuador. We provide subscribers and delegates with an email code so we can sort their request amidst the hundreds of emails that arrive here each day.

As an Ecuador Living subscriber, you can also learn how to travel to Cotacachi from Quito at Cotacachi by Train, Plane and Automobile

And don’t forget we can arrange to meet your flight in Quito!

You can subscribe to Ecuador Living Service here.

Until next message, may every fare in your life be fair!

Gary

Join us at a course in Cotacachi or on Ecuador’s coast this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

See condos like this in Cotacachi for $46,500.

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Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

See Manta condos like this one. Delegates are inspecting the 1,000+ square foot patio.

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The patio has this view.

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Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic-Shamanic Mingo

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Here is a long shot of Cotacachi.

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March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

All Cotacachi Tours and Courses are condcuted at our colonial inn, meson de las Flores were we enjoy Breakfast “al fresco”.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson de las Flores

All Coastal tours are conducted on the beach from our coastal home at Hotel Palmazul.

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You should normally plan to arrive in Quito two days before the course.  We will pick you up at the airport, help you to your hotel in Quito and bring the group to Cotacachi by coach.

For coastal tours we travel as a group from Quito to Manta by air, then tour the coast for two and a half days returning to Quito on the evening of the third day.

Here I am with Merri and Ma at Palmazul’s beach.

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Here I am hiking with Ma above Cotacachi.

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

Cotacachi Cathedral at night.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson de las Flores

Shamanic ceremony on mingo tour.

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Enjoying the surf at Palmazul.

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Cotacachi plaza.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson de las Flores

Palmazul beach.

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Merri, me and Ma above Cotacachi

Gary Scott

Sunset at Palmazul.

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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

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 26 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito. Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.

Ecuador Travel News


Ecuador travel news just became better for our Ecuador Living subscribers in two ways.

Ecuador airfares are not high in the first place. For example, the fare for the three hour 45 minute flight from Miami to Quito Ecuador for our November International Business Made EZ course on November 4, 2008 is only $486 on Lan Airlines. This is a reduction from a year ago when fares for the same flight were $565.

Yet Ecuador travel may become even less expensive. Miami Ecuador fares are likely to fall because Aerogal is about to fly from Miami to Quito.

Aerogal is an Ecuador airline based in Quito, Ecuador. Originally it flew passenger and cargo flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, but has expanded dramatically over the years.

Aerogal now flies from Guayquil and Quito to Manta and Cuenca (as well as the Galapagos) plus Colombia.

Last December Aerogal began a nonstop service from Guayaquil to Miami but then suspended this service just six weeks later because of low passenger loads.

Now Aerogal has new Boeing 757-200 airplanes that will allow the restart of the Miami service. The Aerogal Miami-Quito flights begin again December 7, 2008.

Last December when Aerogal started this service, a fare war began. American Airlines dramatically dropped its fares. Watch for them to do this again!

Aerogal has a young, dynamic President, Gabriela Sommerfeld, who has been working to increase the domestic routes as well as launch international flights to New York and Miami. This fact creates the second bit of good Ecuador travel news.

Gabriela Sommerfeld

The second bit of good Ecuador travel news is better schedules and lower fares from Quito to Manta.

Palmazul, the hotel where we have our condos on the beach has entered into a program with Aerogal so that they can issue coupons in packs of 16 at a special price. The normal fare is $140 round trip but the coupon brings the price down. Because so many subscribers travel to Manta we are buying these coupons so we can pass the savings along to our subscribers.

If you subscribe to Ecuador Living you can get your fare reduced from $140 to $115. As an Ecuador Living subscriber you save $25 per round trip flight.

Even better Aerogal has a new better itinerary from Quito to Manta.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY
QUITO – MANTA-MANTA- QUITO
07:15 08:15
12:55 14:00
18:20 19:20

SATURDAYS
07:40 08:40
12:55 14:00

SUNDAYS
07:40 08:40
19:15 20:15

Aerogal has new, better airplanes plus the better itinerary.

Airlines that fly into Quito from the US include:

Aerogal

Avianca

American

Copa

Continental

Delta

LanEcuador

Taca

On the subject of Mariscal Sucre airport, this is one of the nicest emerging market airports Merri and I have ever used. Clean carpeted jetports take you to a shiny marble clad, rose decorated immigration area where the officers politely and efficiently welcome you to Ecuador . Baggage arrives promptly and customs rarely looks at your baggage. We are often from the deplane to our waiting van in less than 30 minutes. The entire process is quiet, well organized and the baggage handlers treat us well.

The new nearly 4,000 acre airport we expect to be even better. Because it is about 45 minutes closer to Cotacachi, this adds some great opportunity for real estate in our area now. We look at this in our real estate tour. See below.

The new airport scheduled to open in 2010 is about 15 miles west of Quito and that much closer (about an hour of travel saved) to our province. This airport will sit at about 7,500 feet altitude compared to Quito ’s 9,500. This lower altitude and elimination of noise reduction procedures (due to being away from town) means larger loads can arrive and take off.

The Manta airport also creates some special real estate opportunity as well. See why here.

Since our Ecuador Living service includes a free night stay at our hotel El Meson de las Flores the first time you stay three nights (a $72 value) and at Palmazul on the beach (a $139 value), you more than save the price of subscription with just the air fare and hotels savings.

Learn about many other benefits you gain as a subscriber at Ecuador Living.

Until next message, may you find good fares wherever you go.

Gary

Join Merri, me and Jyske Global Asset Management at one of our courses. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead.

International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador
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Enjoy the beauty of the Andean countryside.

Visit the wonderful crafts markets and save on your Christmas shopping.

See beautiful property in our area for sale.

Plus we’ll see homes at San Miguel and Prima Vera II.

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Primavera II $46,000 condos.

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Nov 10-11 Cotacachi-Imbabura Real Estate tour
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Then travel to the coast and enjoy this Pacific surf that in November is warm!

Enjoy Ecuador ’s empty beaches.

November 12-15, 2008 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour;
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See discounts for two or more of these courses and tours

Ecuador Pet Regulations


Ecuador pet regulations allow easy access to pets in Ecuador.

Pets are important for many people who wish to bring them to Ecuador.

We have a dog named Ma. Actually she is really a fairy princess in disguise, but she travels with us to Ecuador as a pet so we have been through the process about a dozen times. This note is based on our experience and what we have been told by the Florida agriculture department and our vets.

Here is Ma at our Blue Ridge Farm.

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Here she is, our pet, hiking in the mountains of Ecuador.

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We have also helped numerous clients brings down their dogs. We are told the same rules apply to cats.

There are two issues, those relating to the government regulation and those relating to the airline.

First, check with the airline, whether your pet travel in the plane or in the hold?

Each airline has a weight limit on pets that travel in the cabin, usually around 20 pounds. Some airlines only allow one pet in the cabin on each flight. Picture two dogs in a fight at 30,000 feet and you can imagine why.

Check with the airline you will use before you buy your ticket. We have found that not all airline employees know all the rules so we usually check twice at different times. Make sure you get the same answer twice!

If your pet is traveling in the hold, make sure of the weather. Some airlines will not carry pets during hot seasons. There is a risk of overheating. Pets have died in overheated holds.

We also recommend that you check that the flight will not be making layovers anywhere that has a hot climate

Next ask whether you Ecuador pet will travel in the hold as a pet or as cargo.

If your pet and cage weigh 100 pounds or more, baggage regulations require that they travel as cargo. Tariffs increase, plus your pet must be loaded at a different place rather than your check in counter.

This covers our experience to date. Different airlines charge different amounts for pets. We find that fees and rules change so we always check with the airline again before we buy our tickets.

Here is our pet Ma hiking with me above Cotacachi Ecuador.

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Next you must comply with US and Ecuador pet regulations.

Ten days before the flight a vet, (it is best to use one that has attended a US Dept. of Agriculture course on this) must inspect animal for vaccinations and give a certificate of good health. If a vaccination has exired and you do not want to renew it, you can request a titer.

You can obtain a full report on how to bring pets to Ecuador as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

If you love pets then you will enjoy knowing about two Ecuador Living subscribers, Lee and Peg Carper. They actually came down here at the end of last year because two of their friends had visited Ecuador and Cotacachi and then raved about it on their return.

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Lee and Peg are dog lovers and brought their own two dogs down to Ecuador twice. Many other have brought their canine children down too in the last two years.

Such is Lee and Peg’s love for dogs that they couldn’t help notice that some of our dogs around Cotacachi are not in the best of shape. Too put it mildly there’s probably more than a few strays wondering the streets.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed so many but a real dog lover like Lee got to thinking what he could do to solve this issue.

It so happens that our friend and neighbor Jose Sativa, an animal vet who has an animal feed store opposite Meson de las Flores, and also a wonderful mini-ranch with horses just on the edge of town has a soft spot for dogs too. He has two very well trained and groomed dobermans. A third friend is Doctor Alban, the vet who treats and certifies Ma, Gary and Merri’s hound dog.

A dream was born. A foundation will be set up to open an animal clinic where stray dogs will be first fed regularly, then treated and finally spayed or neutered. The aim is to then have the clinic open at least one day a week for free treatment of the pets of the local townsfolk too.

One reason why there is an abundance of strays is that folks start off with good intentions when they buy or take on dogs but then find it a struggle to provide for them.

Here is Lee’s first story about living in Ecuador – a community sense of belonging develops as he helps a new found friend he christened “Hairless”.

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“A few weeks or so ago while I was staying at Meson de las Flores an almost wild looking dog was walking up the sidewalk and looked very bony and had very little spirit in his eyes.

I quickly got some dog food and tried to get him to come to me, but he kept a distance of about ten or twelve feet. Realizing he was not going to come close enough to pet him, I dropped a good portion of dog food for him to eat and stepped back far enough that he ate the food quickly and was wanting more.

After giving him a second helping he ran off and I did not see him for a couple of days.

Anyways, after a week or so of feeding him off and on, he let me pet him and that is when I saw that 65% to 70% of his hair was missing!

I had told my wife about him and as she was in the US she said she was hoping he would be there when she returned to see and help him. Shortly after her return he showed up and she was taken back by his appearance, but by this time he and I were good friends and she saw how affectionate he was and wanted to help him.

As chance would have it, a local vet across the street had come over and said he needed a shot to get rid of certain parasites that were depleting him of nutrition and hair! After finding out it would only cost $2.50 for the injection we went to his office and I held him while the vet gave him the shot.

The next day he showed up and I bent down to pet him, but after a while I stood up and he grabbed at my hand to play! He was getting better in just 24 hours!

Today we saw him and fed him as we talked to him and petted him and he has hair filling back in already! He is such an affectionate dog for having gone through the hardships he has and will or would make a great pet for someone…….it may even be us! It is amazing what a little food and a little medication can do to help the less fortunate animals running the streets.”

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This is a project which will hopefully take off because Lee and Peg are so passionate and enthusiastic about helping the dogs that it’s contagious so two recent visitors left donations to help pay for the shots.

Read the entire story at Living in Ecuador – Community.

Gary

Join us in Ecuador!

September 17-20 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour; Quito Real Estate Tour
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Sept 23-27 Ecuador Spanish Course
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Sept 28-29 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
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See discounts for attending more than one Sept. course
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Oct 14-18 Ecuador Import Export Course
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Nov 7-9 International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador
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Nov 10-11 Imbabura Real Estate tour
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November 12-15, 2008 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour; Quito Real Estate Tour
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See discounts for attending more than one Nov. course
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