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Cotacachi Hotel – Land of the Sun Inn


Land of the Sun Inn is known as the hotel that saved Cotacachi.

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Sunrise at Inn Land of the Sun.

Inn Land of the Sun is the center of Cotacachi.

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Land of the Sun courtyard.

There are many pleasures  at the Inn.

The colonial architecture charms and welcomes you.

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Other Inn Land of the Sun amenities include:

  • Free broadband internet.
  • Free calls to the USA, Canada and Europe.
  • Free served full breakfast.

Room rates at Inn Land of the Sun in Cotacachi begin at only $39.99 a night plus 22% service and tax.

Enjoy the beauty of Cotacachi. Here is the Cotacachi Cathedral next door to the hotel

Inn Land of the Sun by night.

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By day.

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Inn Land of the Sun is Cotacachi’s oldest hotel located in a 180 year old colonial building with open air court yard just off Cotacachi’s main plaza and next to Cotacachi’s largest Cathedral.  Here is the hotel.

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The hotel was originally created by Sr. Hugo Cordova who was governor of the Province at a time when the village was in dire economic doldrums.  The  building had been the home of the Cordova family and center of a great ranchero in the colonial days.   Sr. Cordova opened the hotel to attract wealthier Ecuadorians from Quito to vacation in Cotacachi and bring progress to what was then an isolated village.

Here are some snapshots of the Inn Land of the Sun.

The entrance of the hotel in Cotacachi is 56 steps to a magnificent cathedral and park.

Here’s the park on a misty morn.

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The village is quiet and peaceful and once inside Inn Land of the Sun you feel the flavor of its colonial past.

A group enjoys the open air inner courtyard for meetings and dining “al fresco.”

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The outer court leads to a dining and meeting room each for 50.  Land of the Sun has a full professional kitchen where the chefs produce delicious, nutritious and energizing meals drawn from the Andes’ mineralized volcanic soil.

Here is one of the renovated rooms.

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Rooms run between $39.99 and $79 a night plus 22% service and tax. This price includes a full served breakfast.

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a view from the Inn’s…

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large suite that features…

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king size canopy bed, plus…

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sitting room and…

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bath and shower, plus…

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all hardwood closets and trim and…

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balcony dining with a view.

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entertainment.

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Many seminars…

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and events, such as…

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the Miss Ecuador pageant

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export bazaars and seminars.

Inquiries please contact Franklin Sandoval at mesondelasflores@hotmail.com

Gary

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Was Ernest Hemingway’s secret to better writing in English or Spanish?  

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‪Hemingway with Friends at La Florida (“Floridita”), Havana, Cuba.‬

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See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish below.

Perhaps Ernest Hemingway knew that speaking a second language makes you smarter.  Perhaps he realized that he could think and write better in English when one learns Spanish.   In 1939 he moved to Cuba and wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which  became a Book-of-the-Month Club choice.  The book sold half a million copies almost instantly, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and cemented Hemingway’s reputation as one of the great writers in the English language… at a time when he was speaking two languages.

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Still you ask… “Why Spanish for writing and self publishing?”

Spanish is the second most spoken romantic language.  Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you.  Speaking Spanish can be helpful in innumerable ways just from this fact.

There is more.  Learning a second language makes you smarter and healthier.

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Image from Telegraph article “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism”. (2)

The Telegraph article (linked below) entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism says (bolds are mine):  Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

You can read the entire article at the link below but to sum it up it shows seven ways that learning a second language improves your intellect and health:

* You build multitasking skills

* You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

* Your memory improves

* You become more perceptive

* You become smarter

* Your decision-making skills improve

* You improve your English

A better command of English… used by a smarter, more perceptive person who can remember details and multi task, creates a better writer.

With this. I rest Hemingway’s case.

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Gary

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Single $799/ Couple $999

(1) See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish.

(2) Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

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Ecuador Christmas Eve


Here is an Ecuador Christmas Eve Thought for All.

One great part of Christmas in Ecuador… especially in the Ecuador villages is less commercialization of Christmas.

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The Cathedral next to Meson de las Flores, gets busy during the Holiday season at Ecuador’s Christmas… not the stores.

We wish you three ideals of all Christmas… wherever you live… whoever you are… whatever you do.

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dawn.

Tomorrow’s holiday, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The thoughts in this holiday are so rich in inspiration that everyone can gain blessings from these regardless of culture, religion or creed.

To see this, may I share three stories of Jesus given by those from other religions and cultures that have been meaningful to me?

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Cotacachi Cathedral in the…

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middle of the day.

The first story came from an Ecuador Yatchak and reminded me of the ideal “That we are eternal.” This belief was fortified many years ago when an Andean shaman and I discussed the concepts of life and death.  When I made  mention of death, he replied quite sharply. “Do you not see? There is no death,” he said. “Did you not listen to the message from Jesus?”

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Cotacachi Cathedral at dusk.

A Huron Indian carol reminded me that wisdom was not contained in just South America’s history.

This carol touched my heart by sharing the ideals that there is always hope and renewal in an Indian way. This carol evolved from a legend of Deganaidah, the Peacemaker. This mythic person was known as the Man from the North and was said to be born in the Wendot tribe (Huron) on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Tradition says he was born of a virgin who had been visited by a messenger of the Great Spirit Tarenyawagon, who was bringing a messenger to give lasting peace to mankind. Here is the carol:

Twas in the moon of winter time

when all the birds had fled,

The mighty Gitchimanitou

sent angels choirs instead.

Before the light the stars grew dim

and wandering hunters heard the hymn

Jesus your King is born,

Your king is born.

Within a lodge of broken bark

The tender babe was found

A ragged robe of rabbit skin

Enwrapped his beauty round

The chiefs from afar before him knelt

With gifts of fox and beaver pelt.

Oh children of the forest free

O sons of Manitou

The holy child of earth and heaven

Is born today for you.

Come kneel before the radiant boy

Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.

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You can see that the Cathedral  seen from Mt. Cotacachi dominates the village.

An even more ancient poem reminds me that the influence of Jesus.

I was reminded of the third ideal, that we are always cared for if we place our lives with God, when reading the 14th century Sufi (Islamic) poet Rumi. His beautiful poem reminds us of the wisdom shown in Matthew 6:24: Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Here is Rumi’s poem:  Lovers think they’re looking for each other, but there’s only one search: wandering this world is wandering that, both inside one, transparent sky. In here there is no dogma and no heresy. The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did about the future. Forget the future. I’d worship someone who could do that. On the way you may want to look back, or not. But of you can say, there’s nothing ahead, there will be nothing there. Stretch your arms and take hold the cloth of your clothes with both hands. The cure for pain is in the pain. Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both, you don’t belong with us. When one of us gets lost, is not here, he must be inside us. There‘s no place like that anywhere in the world. RUMI

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Cotacachi Cathedral at night.

May all of us, regardless of religion, race or creed, focus on the greatest Christmas ideal of all: “Peace on earth and goodwill to all.”

Gary & Merri

However there may be more in the air than just rosy smells and Christmas tidings during this Ecuador Christmas.  See an Ecuador Christmas thought here.

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Cotacachi Hotel Savings


Gain Cotacachi hotel savings and more… up to $343 in only one week in Ecuador.

I explain below. First let me introduce one of the nicest small Ecuador hotels in Ecuador. This small hotel (15 rooms) is in Cotacachi… Meson de las Flores.

Ecuador Living subscribers are entitled to one free night  the first time they visit  Cotacachi and stay three nights  or more at Meson de las Flores.  There are many other hotels where you gain discounts as a subcriber… which I explain below.

First more on Meson de las flores in Cotacachi.

There are many charming reasons to stay at Meson de las Flores.

The colonial  architecture charms and welcomes you.

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Other Meson de las Flores  hotel amenities include:

  • Free broadband internet..
  • Free calls to the USA, Canada and Europe.
  • Free served breakfast.

Plus a warm, welcoming, caring staff who really do want to look after you.

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Room rates at Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi are only $59 a night plus 22% service and tax.

Enjoy the beauty of Cotacachi.  Here is the Cotacachi Cathedral next door to Meson de las Flores by night.

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By day.

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Save $343 or more at small Ecuador hotels as an Ecuador Living subscriber in just a week.

To assist those interested in Ecuador,  Ecuador Living has established a full time full support research and assistance team to help Ecuador Living subscribers in any way required.

One benefit is hotel savings in Quito, Cotacachi, Cuenca and on the coast.

For example if you stay three days at Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi, one night is free ($79 savings).  If you stay two nights at Palmazul, one night is free ($142) and two nights at Hotel Quito, you save $122 with the discount Ecuador Living subscribers get  there.  That’s a $343 saving compared to you Ecuador Living subscription of $119.

You can subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

Meson de las Flores has a central location in Cotacachi…

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All rooms are above the open air courtyard.

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A three room suite is avialable on the third floor.  See it at Cotacachi Hotel Suite.

The hotel serves breakfast lunch and dinner in the opebn air courtyard and…

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dining room.

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Full seminar and AV facilities are available. Here are delagtes meeting at a seminar conducted in Cotacachi at Meson de las Flores and the ajoing Cotacachi Cultural Museum.

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Merri, I and the staff of Meson de las flores welcome you!

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Left to right:  Gary, Meson mascot Ma, Maurico-translator – night clerk and guide, Eduardo – Maitre d , Franklin – Manager, Alberto – sous chef, Merri, Rosita – room care giver, Consuelo – food server, Rosita Molena- room care giver and Santiago – Chef.

Gary

Here is an Ecuador tours update for  Gary Scott’s 2009 Ecuador information tours, courses and seminars conducted at meson de las Flores and Palmazul spa.

He is a view of the Cotacachi sunrise from our suite at hotel Meson de las Flores.

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We hope you’ll enjoy Ecuador’s beauty with us soon.

July 4-8 Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 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 for one.  $1,799 for two.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

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

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Gary Scott 2009 Schedule


Gary Scott’s 2009 schedule of Ecuador multi course adventures can help you gain from the economic downturn in 2009. To help you learn about global investing, how to run your own international business and live in Ecuador we have created an opportunity so you save hundreds (even thousands) of dollars any time you attend multiple Ecuador courses and tours in one month.

These courses can be vital for financial survival as well as extra prosperity at this time.

Take for example yesterday’s message which looked at three tactics that create extra profit potential during the bear market rally.  We will examine these tactics in detail during our International Business & Investing course in Cotacachi February 13-15, 2009.

Normal course and tour fees are $499, $749 or $999 for one person and $799, $999 and $1,499 for a couple.  Here are your savings.

In February  we have three courses.

February 9 – 11 …Beyond Logic. The fee is $749 or $999 for two.

February 13-15…International Business & Investing Made EZ.  The fee is $749 or $999 for two.

February 16-17…Ibarra Real Estate Tour. The fee is $499 or $749 for two.

You can attend any two of these courses for $949 ($1,349 couple) or all three for only $1,149 ($1,799 couple).  This saves up to $948.

All these courses and tours will be conducted from our hotel Meson de as Flores.

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Here is our 2009 Ecuador schedule.

Date                Course                      Couples Fee

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course     ($999)
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($749)
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour      ($749)

Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic                        ($999)
Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ ($999)
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour   ($749)

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour.    ($749)
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition ($1,499)
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour     ($749)

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

All Coastal tours will be 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.

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Breakfast “al fresco” at El Meson.

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Shamanic ceremony on mingo tour.

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Enjoying the surf at Palmazul.

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Cotacachi plaza.

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Palmazul beach.

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Merri, me and Ma above Cotacachi

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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

Course and tour fees do not include air fares, food, accommodations or individual transportation.

Ecuador Crime Update


A number of emails about Ecuador crime have come in such as the one a reader sent below.

The people of Ecuador work hard. The indigenous code is “Do not be lazy – do not lie – do not steal.” The people is what we love most about Ecuador. Yet we get this…

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“Gary Recent reports (today) of attempted murder of American tourist.
does little to inspire confidence in Ecuador. You need to publish this story!”

The story is entitled, “Vicious attack turns couple’s dream trip to nightmare
Oregon man critical but stable after being stabbed on Ecuadorian beach”

This article tells about a man who was stabbed in Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

You will not read Ecuador crime stories like this at our site. We prefer to publish useful information that help readers avoid crime. “After the fact” horror stories have little value, but shock value.

Ecuador is a country of great beauty. Here is the Cotacachi Cathedral near where we stroll every evening and at dawn.

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The article above did not help the man avoid being stabbed. Had he read our site (shown below) perhaps he would have had a different experience…impossible to tell.

There is an even deeper issue if you travel to Ecuador…anywhere in the world…or even around your home.

I am not sure why this particular crime became international news. Had this stabbing happened in Oregon, it may not have even made the local news.

I know. I grew up in Portland Oregon and there was plenty of crime there. What city may I ask does not have crime? Where in the US is a stabbing or even shooting (unless it is in a school or involves many people) that makes the global news?

Here is the bigger point.

Anywhere you go, even the city near where you live has places where you are more likely to be involved in a violent crime.

The people of Ecuador are by nature, sweet and gentle…but yes there is crime in Ecuador…like everywhere…just not as much violent crime as in many places.

Cotacachi hombre.

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I regularly post warnings for my subscribers and recently wrote about Ecuador crime and safety. See a review of this warning here.

However, though one has to be careful wherever you go, that article shows that Ecuador is not even in the top fifty nations for murder rates. Colombia is #1, Mexico is 6th, Costa Rica 19th and the US 24th.

This is one reason why we recommend to our readers not to go too close to the Colombian border when they are in Ecuador.

In fact for the past year we have had a posting at our site (offering our real estate tours) that warns about Esmeraldas (where the man from Oregon was stabbed) in particular. That warning says:

Warning #3: Colombian Guerillas

Plus we avoid Esmeraldas…too close to the Colombian border. When you are in doubt about an area, a simple rule of thumb is …”follow the missionaries”. They are a fearless lot, going places where most people won’t. If missionaries won’t go somewhere, you probably should not either. The Latin America Missionary web site recently wrote about Esmeraldas:

“Miami (LAMNS)—New reported threats against Americans in Colombia are once again causing U.S. missionaries to be careful about their movements. Along Ecuador’s coast near the city of Esmeraldas , Batchelor reported that missionaries have had to take caution.”

See the entire warning and how to join our Ecuador coastal tours here.

Ecuador feels safe. You see children out walking playing, day and night.

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boys…

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and girls

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This is why our Ecuador Living service is so important. I grew up in Portland, Oregon the same state as the man who was attacked. So I know if anyone had asked him about going to Portland he would have warned them to avoid parts of Burnside Street. If one hangs in the wrong places on Burnside, there is a chance to be robbed, stabbed AND shot.

In June when Merri and I were visiting my mom, we had an unusual experience.  We wanted to go to a pharmacy near her house to buy some bandaids but were told my mom that the store only had daylight hours.  Well, that surprised us because we’ve thought that pharmacies would be open 24 hours.  “Not true,” she told us, “too dangerous”.

Our 40 years of experience in global travel and more than a decade in Ecuador means that Merri and I have a lot of safety experience to share.

Many families have moved to Cotacachi Ecuador from the US and Canada. Here is a group on our real estate tour viewing San Miguel homes.

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We have helped over 3,000 people to Ecuador in the past decade and never had a single violent crime. Our close friends in Ecuador run a travel agency and the largest Spanish school for thousands of young people. Ditto…not one physical assault.

This is in part because we know which areas to avoid and we let our readers know.

Esmeraldas is considered dangerous. I know that and so do any readers who read what I write.

Ecuador is not a place of violent crime. Ecuador is also not a place of drugs. This is interesting and some people are surprised. Ecuador is very strict when it comes to crime and drugs.

A September 30, 2008 Miami Herald article entitled “U.S. ambassador says Ecuador solid on drugs” said: “The U.S. ambassador to Ecuador says the country’s anti-drug efforts influenced the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to extend a trade promotion program in Ecuador for another 10 months.”

Ecuador’s government is also cracking down on crime right now.

Another Cotacachi hombre.

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Recent news articles have interpreted this police crack down incorrectly and claimed that Ecuador’s government had declared a State of Emergency. This is not quite correct.

One great asset Merri and I have developed is an extensive network of friends across the country who can provide us grass roots information. I have asked around, “What does this state of emergency mean?” and here is what a number of our Ecuadorian friends explained:

Our friend and attorney wrote about the State of Emergency:

“The reason is to fight the surge in violent and non-violent crimes in cities such as Manta, Guayaquil and Quito.”

A businessman from Quito wrote:

“This declaration of emergency, must be construed for what it stands. More than a radical mobilization effort (which it does involve among other things), it is a way to bypass bureaucracy in the purchase of equipment for the police.”

Anther coastal businessman wrote: “Yes, there is a state of police emergency due to a wave of violence lately including an attack on a US couple in Esmeraldas. You see more police in the city and more controls.”

An American who lives on the coast wrote: “I have an e-mail from Cuenca stating that he will explain when I get there but not to worry — Ecuador is always in a state of emergency. My friend’s father in law is a cop and hasn’t mentioned anything. Normally they are first to know and wear fatigues when there is a state of emergency. No fatigues.”

Steve, our man in Ecuador, wrote: “Gary this is NOT a ‘State of Emergency’ – which has all kinds of undertones such as curfews, withdrawal of democracy and all kinds of other draconion measures. This is, from my reading of yesterday’s El Commercio anyway, an emergency police operation. Right now there are university student demonstrations in Manta against the violence – in other words they are saying that the police/government aren’t doing enough. Hence, probably, the police operations. A long term resident American with a business in La Mariscal was shot dead last week in Avenida Amazonas in Quito. He was carrying $7,000 takings (!) and probably resisted the robbers. This is not viewed as a big thing here. It was only on page 17 of one newspaper ‘El Telegrafo’ and I can´t find any mention of it at all in La Hora today except they have replaced the two police chiefs in Manta and are tightening up on all report procedures and sending in an elite hit squad to break up organized crime – so there´s a positive – they’re doing something about the problem.”

Another businessman wrote: “Just, just to comment on this email from Steve..the American guy that was shot had a bar in the Mariscal area and it was most likely a contracted job..two men on a motorbike shot him from a distance..I do not think it had to do with the money..at least that is what I heard from my messenger boy who saw the shooting.”

For the record Mariscal Sucre is one of the areas, as is Amazonas Avenue, that we recommend to avoid. We get a lot of flak for this because this is the main tourist area…lots of great bars, hostels, even the Hilton Hotel. So this area is promoted a lot…but we lived there and know that the tourists attract the thieves.

This is another important point about not just Ecuador but all travel and being a tourist. The danger comes from being in places you do not know.

Merri and I know Cotacachi well. Here is Merri with Ma leading some friends into the village.

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The infrastructure is not deteriorating here. More police. Now free education and here is the new road installed in the center of Cotacachi.

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Some people feel that tourists are target in Ecuador. They are right…but tourists are targeted everywhere because they are in a places they do not know.

Having lived abroad for most of my life, I have almost always been a tourist. When I lived in Hong Kong I was one of the minority…the white, long nose, foreign devil swimming in a yellow sea. There we had to worry about Teddy boys…gangs that fought, and of course being robbed in Wan Chai and the tourist areas.

Here I am with the first Hong Kong sales team I built 40 years ago. Can you spot who stands out?

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When living in Europe and the UK I was a foreigner there as well…and robbed a couple of times until I caught on. One night I really made mistake in Amsterdam…had to barricade myself in the hotel room…in a district where I should not have been…Oops.

When Merri and I moved to North Carolina, we were foreigners there also. Our real estate broker helped. “See that bar there,” he said. “Do not go in there…unless you want to deal with Bubba and his pool cue when he asks if you’re from around here.” We do not drink so this was not a problem…but it was good to know.

Even stranger, I am now a foreigner in suburbs where I grew up in Oregon. Rockwood Oregon is not like it was. My sister has had to tell me where not to go..my old stomping grounds…and I did not know! My mom has had several break ins at her house of 50 years. We have had no robberies in Ecuador.

There is a huge opportunity these fears about Ecuador crime or anywhere create.
When an area has a problem, most people paint it with a broad brush. Yet most dangerous areas are measured in blocks not miles.

One reader from the Esmeraldas area pointed this out when he wrote:

“Thanks for the follow up and for Steve’s follow up as well. Also, remember we live 25 klicks south of Esmeraldas which in Ecuador is a long distance. I have checked with my contacts in Tonsupa and so far nothing of significance other than a terrific cash offer for a piece of land we own just off the beach.”

You can often find bargains in really safe, good areas that inexperienced investors avoid because they do not know which blocks to avoid and which are good.

This does not mean that Ecuador is for everyone.

I doubt that you will find any place where there is not risk, if you do not take care. Yet I always recommend for anyone to come to Ecuador if it does not feel right.

Go to places that seem exciting to you. Do not travel just because you dislike where you are. Travel because you have overwhelming excitement about where you are going!

Then, wherever you go, be careful. Remember that you have to go through a learning curve in any place that is new.

If Ecuador sounds exciting, please do come, look and see for yourself. Most who do and the many families who have moved here feel pretty darn safe…because we have learned where and where not to go.

If you do come to Ecuador, I have established a full time full support research and assistance team to help Ecuador Living subscribers in any way required. Part of this team are multi lingual Westerners so we understand the Western cultural needs as well as those of Ecuador. We know the typical mistakes that our friends from the US and Canada make when coming down to begin and can help you avoid them.

Here are some pictures that one of our delegates took in Cotacachi.

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Regards,

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Ecuadorians love music.

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They love flowers and beauty.

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They are friendly.

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They are very religious. Here is the cathedral next to our hotel.

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Cotacachi-Statue

Here are Merri and me with our Ecuador family and Godson, “Quinti Ananki” (King of the Hummingbirds).

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