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Getting to Cuenca Part II

Here is Rick Brown’s update on travel to Ecuador and on to Cuenca.  If you missed part one of Rick’s trip and Rick’s airline tips, click here for part one of Getting to Cuenca.

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Here is Part II of Rick’s Cuenca, Ecuador Update.

On arrival in the new Quito Airport at Tababella, I was picked up by an eight (or so) year old holding a sign with my name on it. We proceeded to the parking area and he whipped out a cell phone, speaking briefly into it. He then turned to me, smiled and “Mi padre bas regressar” (my father is coming).

In about 2 minutes a van came into view, stopped and the driver assisted in loading my baggage. Off we went to Quito Airport Suites (a hostel situated less than ten minutes from the terminal building).

We entered the gate and I was greeted by Dominic, the owner of the establishment. (I had been in contact with him by e-mail for a couple of years and he looked nothing like I had imagined him to be.)

He is an avid business man who moved from Montana to Ecuador about four years ago and began a new life for himself. He operates two properties in Tababella and gave me a tour of both places during my two day stay.

I was assigned a private new room in extension to the main building which was not very big but was spotlessly clean and had a nice bathroom and a flat screen TV set and a very comfortable bed.

My first task was to set up my lap top and link to the on site internet which performed quite well (at times). Tababella is a rural town and Dominic had to install two internet lines of about one meg each.  This was the highest speed the area currently supported. Internet is what it is in Ecuador!

I then went to the main building for some dinner. The place is informal to say the least. There were tourists from the US and Canada as well as Australia. Some spending just one night in transit others staying several nights. It was a pretty constant beehive of comings and goings at all hours.

Dinner was very good. I enjoyed garlic shrimp with rice and vegetables cooked by a wonderful girl named Judy. She is a jack of all trades who staffs the front desk, cooks, serves and cleans the rooms. She never seems to stop and literally runs everywhere.  I seriously doubt that you would find any one in North America who would work like that and smile and laugh all the time.

During the evening, Dominic and I took some time to converse.  I got to know his story and learned about his business. This man does not miss a trick as far as turning a profit. He has heavily invested in his operation as well as some beach property on the coast. He is a little like a cross between an Ecuadorian and a North American. He’s laid back in some ways and a little impatient in others.

A great night of sleep followed and  a nice ham and cheese omelet in the morning was served with toast, juice and coffee by the smiling Judy. Dominic had worked all night receiving guests and dispatching travelers and baggage for early flights so he had gone to bed when I got up.

I decided to walk through town and see what there was to see. There was the main square and the church about two blocks away, a couple of restaurants, a garage and some office buildings. Not much to see but the walk helped to work out some of the kinks from the flight. The temperature was warm. The sun was bright though I relished it as I had just come from a minus 25 degree C  Toronto!

I stayed two days before catching the bus to Cuenca and, while there’s not a lot to do in the town I very much enjoyed the stay. The costs were$49.00 USD per night including breakfast. And eight dollars for transfer from the Airport and $5.00 for a Taxi back to the airport to catch a bus for Quito.

It’s a good place to layover and to get accustomed to a 6,000 foot altitude before moving higher up to Cuenca. Thanks, Dominic, for the great hospitality!


The Joy of Labor

Welcome to September and the Labor Day weekend.  This is a big holiday weekend in the USA.


Guest barn and delegate parking at our Writer’s Camp.

A reader sent this note last week: I have to tell you, your and Merri’s writings are so inspirational.   Just by reading it I get so many ideas! I am just not used to it!

I am working on my personal healing for a long time now. No real sickness I had, but just a very unhealthy lifestyle.  Maybe some karma and just plain ignorance…I had to work through this.   But in the meanwhile I did dream..and visualize…to arrive some day at my perfect life.

It gives me hope that you address your writings to people who are about to retire, because if you can save them.   I have a big chance since I am only 40.

This piece that I am reading now helps a lot:  Report on “How to Use Super Thinking to Gain Everlasting Health & Wealth


I replied:   Thanks for your kind words.  Just remember perfection is a process not a place.  My favorite poet, Khalil Gibran, made this comment on perfection.

“Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.”

This message shares more of Gibran’s wisdom in a moment.

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Our Labor Day starts at the empty deep woods seminar hall on Little Horse Creek.


We get everything ready.


Delegates arrive and we all get to work.

Let’s look at why on Labor Day so many of us are working and learning in our striving for a perfect lifestyle.

Why in the world would someone be happy to do extra work on a holiday?

Because they love the labor they do.  This is why today Merri and I are conducting a Super Thinking + Writer’s Camp.  We are deliriously happy that we have a full house so we have extra labor to do on Labor Day.

This is why the theme in our investing, business and writing camps is to have a global view and to turn your passion into profit.

Labor Day is a big day. Perhaps it should be a greater celebration than it is.

Labor Day can give us one of the most important investing and business clues of all.

Labor is defined in the dictionary as “1. a. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

How wrong can one be!  Labor is giving…a part of the human existence that we need more than we can imagine.  The universe is a process of receiving and giving.

We give with our labor… be it physical, mental or emotional and it is part of our condition to give.

I saw the truth of this in action over a decade ago in Ecuador, when the Ecuadorian economy stopped.  The country ran out of gas. All the banks were closed and accounts frozen.

Yet everyone… (almost all)… came to work…even though there was no money, no transportation to work and they knew they would not get paid.


Hotel workers showed up for work… even though there was no salary paid.


Workers like these fisherman who park their boat kept right on working even though their money and ability to be paid were gone.

The sight was unbelievable. The Pan American Highway (there was no gas/fuel so no buses, no cars, no trucks, no traffic)  was filled with hundreds and hundreds of people walking to work.

This is when the realization hit me. People want to work. We humans need to give. This is half of our natural existence… to give along with the need to take. This is the universal principle give…take…give…take.

Give and take, are each parts of the whole. They go together and when either is lost or missing, a great imbalance begins. Labor is the lack of slavery and dependence.

It’s as bad to just receive without giving as it is to work without receiving.

This is how it is with investing and business…a give and take wholeness.

During the 40 years I have been writing and speaking about global business and investing, I have watched some investors make fortunes while many people lost.

The difference was that the losers just keep asking, “What’s in this for me?”

The winners though asked “What will this labor provide and how much will it receive for the giving?” instead.

The winners had the profit motive for sure…but through giving.  Their successful outlook was full and complete.

The typical losing mentality just looks at the receiving without seeing the whole. The losers forget to ask, “What does this give?”

Next time you look at an investing or business idea, think about the problem it solves first.  What labor does the business or capital provide? Then (and only then) ask about the profit.

Good investment and business opportunities contain both seeds…for giving to the market and for receiving from the giving.

Finally, if you focus on opportunities in areas you love, you get a bonus. You become involved in whole ideas that are good for others, profitable and satisfying to you AND fun! Then work is not labor but love.

I have a plaque above my desk that I read every day… “Action is thy Duty. Reward Not thy Concern”.

Every Labor Day I like to share a poem by the great poet, Khalil Gibran. He stated this thought about labor better than I in his poem (one of my favorites) The Prophet.  Here is that part of the poem with our best wishes for a fulfilling Labor Day.

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The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

On Work

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work, you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

“And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

The greatest asset of all is the ability to labor at what you love wherever you live. This brings everlasting wealth.

Merri and I wish you wonderful labor wherever you are.



The Benefit of Positive

During all times… good and bad, bet on the come.  Be positive… because this is the way of the world.

In fact this is the way of the universe… to expand and contract.  The times of contraction are the times of greatest value.  Cycles are part of life.  Yet the downs are always followed by the ups and vice versa.

Keep this in mind as the US Market just keeps climbing and climbing.   Right now low interest rates are bolstering this market, but it will correct again.   When it does, the world of investing savings, markets and pensions may seem bleak.

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Chart from www.finance.yahoo.com

When the world seems to be falling apart,  bet on a positive future.  The universe is behind you with expansion… growth…. revolution and greater abundance of… everything… for everyone.  This is the natural order of things.

Positive is the nature of things.  For example a study of how children learn found that moral stories promoting honesty but focused on negativity such as “Pinocchio” or “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”  did not reduce lying in children.

Positive stories like “George Washington and the Cherry Tree” increased truth-telling in children by a significant amount.  The tales that showed the negative effects of lying did not work.  The lessons  that emphasized the good effects of truthfulness did reduce lying.

Besides if we reach a period of true contraction… all bets will be off.

Real downturns (like a global plague or giant meteor hitting earth, or polar axis shift or  nuclear war) create so much unpredictability that knowledge, experience, control of assets, training, infrastructure  and material resources are likely to become useless in such times.  Only our inner resources will count if that were to happen. This is why we focus so much of our content on keeping the body fit and the mind active.

In  recessions, downturns and reversals… bet on the come.  History suggests that this is how to grow the most and you’ll be supported by the laws of nature.

The last time I spoke at a seminar in Quito, Ecuador almost 400 delegates were there.

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My message at that seminar was “Don’t come to Ecuador to escape problems.  Come looking for the delights and opportunity.”

This makes all the difference to the pleasure and effectiveness of your Ecuador.

This was the story we shared.  This is my 46th year of international investing and business.  Going global is fun… exciting…. filled with profit and adventure.   Travel to new places expands horizons.  There have been Chicken Littles every place I have visited telling me the sky is about to fall.

It’s still up there and it is beautiful.

Whether you are in business or are an investor… bet on the come.  Everything in the universe suggests that better times really are ahead.   Just remember that the growth is not always steady and up, but comes in fits and starts.  Believe this and act on these facts and you are most likely to profit.


Join us in Montreal and learn how to spot value during equity market ups and downs.

Quito Ecuador Dentist

A speaker at the next get together has written about his experience with a dentist in Quito, Ecuador.  Jim Humphrey who will speak at the upcoming Ecuador Get Together about buying and fixing fixer upper Ecuador real estate, sent this note.

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Quicentro shopping mall

Gary, I visited a dentist centrally located in Quito near the Quicentro Shopping Mall.

He did an excellent job for me with x-ray, a porcelain crown, cleaning and 2 bite guards for a total of $360.

The crown is excellent and I believe he gave me the most thorough teeth cleaning I have ever had.

All his work is done in office and you can see he takes pride in his work and is an artist at it.  He is the long standing family dentist of a good friend of mine. He is Chilean and I believe trained there.   He can help any delegates if they wish who attend the upcoming ‘Ecuador Get Together’ seminar and or Medical Tour.


All You Need is Ecuador

All You Need is Ecuador by Roberto Ribadeneira

Roberto Ribadeneira who conducts the June “Ecuador Get Together” and Cuenca, Coastal tours sent this note.

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All You Need is Ecuador  is the slogan for the new international campaign the Ecuadorian government is promoting around the world.   This promo  shows some great things about our country.


Watch the video on YouTube  Click here.

SEE A SPECIAL PROMOTION BELOW!!! $200-$300 discount offered by Dr. Larco Procedures.

The Ecuadorian promotion started me thinking about what we as a nation have to offer and what makes Ecuador so appealing.

With so many places around the world where to choose from, why would people come here?  There are thousands of reasons.

One great thing about Ecuador is the kind, gentle nature of the people.  Another benefit is the low cost of living.

Ecuador offers many of the same comforts in life that you have in North America and Europe but at a fraction of the price.  You can get the same quality and same service, but you will pay much less.

That is why I have compiled a short list of procedures that Dr. Larco is performing in Ecuador.  Compare the cost of health care here to the USA.

Tell us what medicine you take.  We find the price in Ecuador and then see the difference in cost.   Everyone coming to our Ecuador Get Together can enjoy this service, at no charge. We also will give you a list of prices of Dental procedures and have our general doctor quote you on common exams that you may need.

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Save hundreds and thousands of dollars in medicine, dental work, eye exams and also enjoying a seminar full of experts and valuable information.  It is possible that your savings in healthcare can be more than the cost of your trip,  your air fare, hotels and food.

The savings you gain are important.  The great quality and care of the service even more important.  This program is not about paying less, but about paying less and getting the same kind and even better service that you would expect in your own country.  All doctors who work with us have studied abroad and go to continuing education conferences and seminars several times a year.    They have the best equipment in pristine offices and provide outstanding service to their patients.

Food in Ecuador is not only inexpensive, but also very fresh.  You gain better food and health care at an affordable price. What a great combination!

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Shrimp with Patacones and Beer $6.99

In Ecuador you can buy 25 oranges for $2.00. A fresh fish is $2.50.  Bananas, papaya and other fruits are also inexpensive and fresh, most of them for under $1.00.

My family went on vacation to the beach, so I ended up being on my own for a while.  I am no cook and didn’t want to eat at a restaurant everyday, so I searched and found a house where they sell homemade food.  Remember that this is Quito, the most expensive part of Ecuador.   Here is what I get for $6.64: 1 soup, 4 salads or side dishes, 2 main dishes (meat, fish, spaghetti, chicken, etc), 1/2 liter of juice and dessert.  The important thing, is that this $6.64 buys homemade absolutely fresh,  healthy  food!

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Food Receipt

These are the types of secrets we share at the “Ecuador Get Together”.  This seminar provides the information that you need about Ecuador so you can make a knowledgeable decision when you decide where you want to live.

Ecuador has a lot to offer when it comes to beauty and kindness. Ecuador also can bring positive changes to your health.

We invite you to come and see us. Let us share our wonderful country and everything that we have to offer.   Ecuador saves you money, of course… but Ecuador also offers you a different lifestyle that improves your life and health.

There have been a number of studies where they show that eating better, exercising regularly and visiting the doctor for general checks will improve your overall health.  All of those things you can do in Ecuador with little effort and at an affordable price.

Visit and see the country for yourself.   You will fall in love with Ecuador.  Even if you don’t choose to live here, you will have an adventure and find great ways to save on health care.

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Sunset Santa Marianita – Manabi


Learn Ecuador From Ecuadorians

Learn all about Ecuador from Ecuadorians.


Meeting with Ecuadorians at…

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the Finlandia Hotel in…

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Quito Ecuador.

The last Ecuador “Get Together” seminar was completed last month and we are trying to decide whether the next should be this June or in Septmber?

The Quito Ecuador “Get Together” seminar are ($799)

The hotel rates are normally $70 to $100 per night but “Ecuador Get Together” delegates enjoy a deep discount.

The “Get Together with Ecuadorians Seminar” helps you learn the real Ecuador.  Before and after the “Get Together” there are four optional tours on:

#1: Medical care.

#2:  Coastal Real Estate

#3: Cuenca Real Estate

#4: Exports from Otavalo.

Get to know local residents… for a richer experience, a deeper understanding of the culture and a greater adventure.

The “Ecuador Get Together” this February brings greater value to you from Ecuadorians.

When should we sponsor the next “get-together” in Quito, Ecuador?

In two days you will hear and meet English speaking Ecuadorians who will speak about living in Ecuador, Ecuador real estate, Ecuador health care, Ecuador law and visas, Ecuador customs regulations for bring in personal goods,  Ecuador business and Ecuador banking and investing.

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Living In Ecuador:  Learn how to move to Ecuador, the cost of living, the pros and cons, areas of most value, monthly expenses, whether to rent or buy first.  Learn about the visa and real estate laws and requirements and the steps to take to safely move and live in Ecuador….learn all from the Ecuadorians themselves.

Renting and Buying Ecuador Real Estate:  See a city by city review of real estate costs, what specific steps to take, who to meet, what not to do, how to trust agents, the lawyers to use, the kind of house or apartments that are good and not so good,  the neighbors and the expenses involved in buying or renting.

Ecuador Health Care:  Meet local doctors and dentists as you learn how to enjoy the benefits of low cost health care in Ecuador.   Find out if you need health insurance.  Learn what health insurance is available at what age and the costs. You’ll get a list of doctors, list of prices on the most common treatments and learn more about Ecuador health tourism.

Ecuador Business and Job Opportunity:   Learn ways to work and earn while living in Ecuador.   See how to import and export ideas and products to and from Ecuador.   See how others are earning income in and from Ecuador.  Learn about opportunity in bed and breakfasts, tourism, restaurants, how to work as a medical care professional, farming and shops.

Investing in Ecuador:  See the financial needs and how to invest in Ecuador private business.  See existing businesses that need financial partners as well as start ups.   See how to bring US, Canadian and European businesses to Ecuador and how to take Ecuadorian businesses to Asia, Canada, Europe and the USA.   Learn how to invest in agriculture and find the right place and the perfect product to produce and sell locally or export.  Learn about Ecuador’s new productive matrix to create wealth.

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The Ecuador “Get Together” includes government speakers on:

Tourism. Why Ecuador has become one of  “the” places to visit.

Value Adding.  Ecuador has changed its focus from its current list of products (oil, bananas, flowers, shrimp, cacao, etc) to a different production matrix that adds value.  They are upgrading from bulk roses to bouquets, cacao to fine chocolate, etc.

Security. Learn how the government is improving the response to the high crime rates, how the justice system is changing and hear about the the 911 project that is bringing the police closer to the communities and managing response teams in a more efficient way.

Immigration.  How and why the Ecuadorian government welcomes you.

Ecuadorian Private Speakers include:

Real estate brokers.  Review real estate and prices and trends across the country.

Attorneys and accountants.  Legal basics.  What not to do.  What to do first.  Legal check list for visas and real estate.  Your tax position in Canada, Europe or the US.  Your tax position in Ecuador.

Importers and exporters.  How to bring your goods into Ecuador.  How to send goods from Ecuador. How to develop logistic services for purchase, quality control and shipping.  How to deal with customs abroad.

Doctors and dentists.  How to get the best health care.  Cost of medicine, doctors, medical procedures.  Alternate care and how to eat fresher and better.  What to expect from the free medical system. Availability of prescriptions and prices.  You will learn how some delegates pay for their trips to Ecuador  by having their family’s prescriptions filled with identical medication at far lower costs in Ecuador.

Business people.   Learn which business areas in Ecuador are most likely to grow.  See where to find potential in  agriculture, tourism, real state, export, value adding and manufacturing.

Retirees:  How to save half on almost everything.  The low cost of living in Ecuador.  Access to  insurance, internet, TV, cellphones, technology and things that you might miss from back home.

Before and after the two day seminar, there are three optional tours.

Ecuador Get Together Seminar

#1: Health Care Tour.   Meet MDs, dentists and eye doctors.  Have a health check up and complete diagnosis from top doctors in Ecuador.  Get a specific review of where to get the best care and at what price for your personal health requirements. $299.

#2: Real Estate tour to the coast. Ecuador real estate from Manta north. A two day tour with locals.$345.

#3: Real estate tour to Cuenca.  A two day tour with locals. $345.

Fees are Low

The fees for the “Get Together Seminar and Tours” are remarkably low because this program is conducted by Ecuadorians.  No high costs to bring outside speakers are incurred by the Ateam Ecuador.

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Option #1: The two day “Get Together” only $799.  (see below how two come together for the price of one!)

Option #2: Just take a tour.

Option #3: The two day “Get Together” and two optional tours. $1,340.

Option #4: Platinum package: two day “Get Together” and all optional tours  $1,608. Saves $247.

Two for the Price of One. Bring your friend or spouse at no extra charge.  The goal of the “Get Together” seminar is to help visitors and Ecuadorians get together.  We believe this creates a special magic for those who want to know the real Ecuador.  Ecuador has such strong family values… we want to encourage couples and friends to attend.  To make this possible there is no additional fee for a second person who attends.

Platinum Package all activities included for $1,608.  Bring a spouse or guest with you at no extra charge.

Enroll in this Platinum Service that entitles you to all courses and tours.   Attend the “Get Together”  Then take each of the three optional tours… coastal real estate, Cuenca real estate and medical tours.

The Platinum Package (bring a guest free) is  $1,608.

The gold package,  the two day “Get together” in Quito and two tours is Single $1,167  or Couple $1,340.

The two day “Get together” in Quito and one tour is $1,144.

Just attend the two day “Get together” in Quito is $699  or Couple $799

Real Estate Tours (choose either Medical, or Cuenca or the Coast) are $299  or one or for a couple $345

Travel, Food and Accommodations NOT included.

Personal shopping and export tours to Otavalo and Cotacachi plus tours to the Galapagos, Andes or Amazon, can be scheduled specifically for you before or after the “Get Together” and tours.   Ask for details.

Do you have an interest? If so please let me know which month you would prefer, June or September 2014?  Gary@garyascott.com



Ecuador Adventure & Surprise

Ecuador is filled with adventure surprise.

Recently Ecuador surprised the high tech world by making its own low cost drones that it will export.

An article at RT.com said Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has unveiled the country’s first domestically made unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone is to help Quito fight drug traffic and will also be on sale in South America, costing “7 times less” than its Israeli equivalent.

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Photo from RT.com article on Ecuador drones (linked below).

We want your Ecuador adventure to be exciting but safe and without unwanted surprise.  This is why you might enjoy the “Ecuador Get Togethers” sponsored by Roberto Ribadeneira.  He is a logistics expert used to moving tens of thousands of roses and other products from the farm to the plane to the USA to the home.  He uses the same skills to help our readers learn about Ecuador.

Currently Roberto has a special two for one offer on the upcoming Ecuador Get Together combined with Coastal and Cuenca tours.

Here is a note Roberto sent for me to share.


Adventure in Ecuador. Ecuador “Get Togethers” in Quito

Roberto Ribadeneira

Join us in Quito, on the coast and in Cuenca

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The Ecuador Get Together in Quito and Coastal and Cuenca Real Estate tours show Ecuador in many different ways.

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I am very good at logistics, having worked in the flower business for many years and before that managing logistics at a big company.

Planning a good adventure comes easy to me.

Quito is the first window of a country that is rapidly developing. But Quito is a big city and has typical big city problems.  Many people prefer smaller towns and villages as places to retire in Ecuador.

Quito has big city benefits. Quito has some of the best Hospitals in South America. You can buy the best imported cars, get and use all the new technology. Quito has big malls, amazing parks, and a brand new airport. A subway is under construction.  Ecuador’s compact geography means  you can enjoy living in smaller towns like Cuenca or Bahia but be in Quito quickly when you desire.

Our Two Day Ecuador Get Together with many speakers from Quito who give you the first taste of a country that has it all.

But the best way to see everything is to actually see everything.  Pictures and testimonies are fine.  They provide ideas. The real knowing of a country comes from actual exploring, talking to people, seeing the places, eating the food, traveling the roads, staying at the hotels, being in the country.

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At Finlandia in Quito (November Seminar)

Hotel Finlandia is at the heart of the financial area. People that attended our last November 2013 Get Together got to know Quito by walking around the area.

One delegate is very fond of finding great and trying different types of foods. He found this tiny restaurant with local food, prices were below $4.00 for an entire meal including juice and dessert. He said it was delicious.

Others enjoyed the mall two blocks from the hotel.  Others frequented the coffee shops and found Ecuador’s mountain grown coffee amazing,

Many delegates enjoyed a new cafe that sells the best ice cream in city.

Others enjoy the really fine restaurants that serve international cuisine that can be as much as $35 for a complete meal.

One couple told me over lunch that when they were coming back to the Hotel a very elegant lady saw them and invited them to her apartment. They enjoyed her place and enjoyed conversing with her.

Others shopped in the indigenous stalls buy native crafts.

Many commented on how many new cars there are in Quito.  Many found Ecuadorians friendly and helpful.

This is why so many who join us for our Ecuador Get Togethers fall in love with the country.

The “Get Togethers’ do exactly that… get you together with Ecuadorians so you can see if your dreams of our country are true for you.

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Financial District (where we hold our Seminar)

The seminar helps you learn how to enjoy the important technology that you are accustomed to in the USA.

We have a session on how to see your favorite movies, listen to your local radio, see TV shows you like, make international phone calls and access the internet.

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Watch Your Favorite Shows in Ecuador

For example you can watch your favorite  TV shows in many different ways, from Netflix (with  an IP address change) to Hulu. Your radio stations are available through a free Pandora service.  We also show how to get the magazines and books you want using Zinio.

We’ll show how you can have friends and family reach you in Ecuador by calling a  USA phone number.  We’ll help you set up your cell phone so it works in Ecuador.

The Get Together also has a session on how to get what you want and need from local markets.

Here is an example. There is a woman who sells me all my fruits.  She is so kind, I make it a point to be extra nice to her.  I discovered she has tow prices levels. One for me and a higher one for those who are not polite.  We’ll teach you how to get better prices for everything from seafood, to spices, to alcohol by being a  “patrone” in the market for your won special “caseras”.

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Mercado La Carolina (Quito) photo credit El Comercio

This special connection with Ecuadorians is what make Ecuador special. The small details of the local life really matter and these details only come from experience and a guiding hand in the beginning.  Once you learn how to really get to know get to know the people Ecuador truly is a paradise.

That is what we will like to show you, to make you fee the things that will make you fall in love with our country, or not.

This is our goal in the Get Togethers… to give toy our heartfelt, honest experience of what your life will be in Ecuador.

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Old Part of Quito (most beautiful Centro Historico in the Americas)

We are passionate about our country and there is no better way for us to show you why than to show you around and put you together with the people of Ecuador.

Come, visit us and get to know how Ecuadorians can help this new adventure, be safer. more exciting and the best possible way to decide if Ecuador will be your new home.


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Quito Ecuador Report

Here is a report on the last Ecuador Get Together in Quito Ecuador by Roberto Ribadeneira, Ateam Ecuador in Quito.

Get Together Quito

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Andres Cordova at our Get Together in November (Quito)

Before even planning on moving to a different place, there are many details that you need to know: legal things, the culture, cost of living, weather, access to technology, how easy it would be there to move, the food, etc.

But of course it is one thing is to know the details and a different one is the experience. It’s like in sports, you need some theory to know how to play a game, but you won’t know if you like it or if you are good at it until you get to play.

That is why we are doing these seminars, because both things are very important. First we start with a mix of things, the experience and the theory. You arrive in Quito a day or two before the Get Together Seminar, which is on February 27 and 28. Quito has a brand new airport with one of the longest runways in South America. While approaching the city you get to see just how big Quito is; the buildings, the houses, the new highways, etc. This will give you a first look at how much Ecuador has developed in the last decade.

From the airport to downtown Quito it takes around 50 minutes depending on the traffic, but on the way you will see lots of new infrastructures and two valleys, Tumbaco and Cumbaya, where all the new rich people are living. Then you will arrive to Quito and to the Hotel, which is in the heart of the financial area.

Since we chose Hotel Finlandia for the seminar, you are in walking distance to almost everything that you need. A big mall which is Quicentro Shopping, banks, restaurants, a movie theater, the biggest park in town: La Carolina, a new boulevard in La Naciones Unidas, the stadium is two blocks from there, our dentist is three blocks away and the eye doctor is 3 minutes by car.

This will be perfect to show you most of the things that you can find in Quito, which is the door to Ecuador.  This year Quito ended up being the most visited city in the Country with over 533,000 people coming. But the real fun starts when the speakers share their knowledge.

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The Team From Intercomex answering questions (Quito)

That brings us to the theory.

We have a company that works with diplomats and helps people move from anywhere in the world to Ecuador. They will show their experience and answer questions that you may have about moving. What things you can bring, how much it will cost, how long it will take? Those details are very important, most people don’t know but having an accurate inventory helps out when pricing the shipping, as you can add insurance and make sure that you are covered.
It is so interesting that they have the have two full hours to inform everyone about their service. And they offer a free quote for anyone that plans on moving here.

Can I bring my lawnmower? My car? My silverware? My working tool? My refrigerator? How many TV’s?

Those are just few of the questions that people had, and believe it or not the answers vary a lot, depending from how many people are coming with you, or if you are going to work in Ecuador and in what field.

If you are planning on moving, having health insurance is also important. Mainly because with the insurance broker that is going to be at the seminar you get a very good coverage, but also the information on which doctors are the best. That is essential, as you want to have the best professionals and no just a random person.
They will provide details on the many variables that insurance companies need from you, but help you to choose the best program and also help you save hundreds of dollars a year in coverage.

Having a lawyer that you can trust is not only useful but fundamental. We have Dr. Andres Cordova who is very knowledgeable and will provide full details on what is that you need to know before coming to Ecuador. He also answers many questions about those important things that cross your mind. How long can you be here without a visa? If this or that investment works to get a visa? Do you need to do some paperwork before or after you get to Ecuador? How long it would take? Can you move while waiting for the residence? What are the legal costs?

If you are planning on coming to Ecuador and still want to work or you want to start a business, we have an expert in taxes that will guide you to all those legal things that you need to know before establishing a business here. Maria Augusta audits companies at the Super de Companias and can help you with these questions when venturing on a business in Ecuador, or just hiring someone.

We also have an expert in macroeconomic outlook. Carlos works at the government and knows a thing or two about Ecuador’s economy. He has a PhD and will give you an idea of what he thinks will be the future for Ecuador. With hard numbers he will show you charts of the last 13 years (since we converted to the dollar). You will see how much the economy has grown and how the future looks for our economy.

But hearing things from the legal and economic view are one thing; another one is the life every day. So we have an expat telling you how life is in Cotacachi and other small towns. Most people choose to live in small towns or small cities, the reasons vary, but the most common is: life is often better in a smaller place.

He will share how life is better due to the most delicious diet that you can find. Fresh oranges every morning, fresh bananas, yogurt, strawberries, mangos, taxos and many other fruits that you have never heard of and are great. Just eating right will make you lose wait without eating less. And restaurants serve first class meals for under $5.00, and I really mean first class meals.

We will also add a special segment with the cost of products in Ecuador so you have an idea of how life is going to be here. I ALWAYS tell people this. Don’t think that coming to Ecuador is about living in a cheaper place or because things are tough in the USA and is harder to afford to be there, Ecuador is another option.

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Jaime speaking about why he chose Ecuador after so many years in the USA

Coming to Ecuador is about saving, yes of course, but most important is about living better with the same amount of money that you are receiving in the USA.

This is what economists call (myself included) the Big Mac Index. What it means is that it takes more money to live in a more expensive place and to buy the same things. So for example, $1500 in Ecuador get you a nice apartment, great meals, a housekeeper, you can afford to eat out many times a month, cable TV, internet, cellphone, a club membership, a gardener, you can travel, enjoy fresh fruit, have insurance and many more things. The same $1500 in New York may get you a small apartment, and that is it.

Keep that in mind, the same amount of money in Ecuador gets you many things that you can’t afford in the USA, plus your quality of life could significantly improve. So plan on coming to Ecuador not only so save money, but to make your life better, MUCH BETTER. The key is to know that and make the most of it. I want for people to live here to be healthier, happier, more productive, more satisfied, to enjoy life, to go out, to walk more, to travel, to eat better. This is a country where you can find the finest hospital in Quito and also enjoy a country life in Cotacachi, or be at the beach in 20 minutes by plane and after another 20 minutes be at the Amazon.

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View of Quito from Hotel Finlandia

You can have better cellphone reception outside a small town in Otavalo than in some parts of the USA and you can have Internet access everywhere in the country.

But everything is about those small details that make your life great. So we added a speaker to talk about how to get those things that you love in the USA and Canada, here in Ecuador. From your favorites books, to your TV series, to those basketball games, to the NY Times subscription and your Hulu shows, to those products that you can still order in the USA and ship them to your home in Ecuador.


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Ecuador Medical Tour

Learn all about Ecuador medical services this November from the bottom up.

Learn below about a bottoms up “Get Together with Ecuadorians Seminar”.  Learn about the real Ecuador.  Then see an optional tour on medical care… plus how to pay for your trip with prescription savings.

“Get Together with Ecuadorians” starting November 7 if you want to really learn all about Ecuador.

The Ateam Ecuador.  The Ateam is a group of English speaking mainly Ecuadorian brokers, doctors, dentists, business people, teachers, builders, attorneys, hotel owners, tour guides, taxi drivers, the people in the street who make the country work.

The coordinator of the Ateam Ecuador created the “Get to Know Ecuador Get Together”. This is a great way to get a kick start on knowing the real Ecuador.

This “get-together” starts in Quito, Ecuador,  Thursday and Friday November 7 and 8, 2013.  The “Get Together”  is followed by three optional tours.

In these two days you will hear and meet English speaking Ecuadorians who will speak about living in Ecuador, Ecuador real estate, Ecuador health care, Ecuador law and visas, Ecuador customs regulations for bring in personal goods,  Ecuador business and Ecuador banking and investing.

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This is followed by an Ecuador Health Care tour:  Meet local doctors and dentists as you learn how to enjoy the benefits of low cost health care in Ecuador.   Find out if you need health insurance.  Learn what health insurance is available at what age and the costs. You’ll get a list of doctors, list of prices on the most common treatments and learn more about Ecuador health tourism.

The Health Care tour:  November 11 & 12 and November 13 & 14.  Meet MDs, dentists and eye doctors.  Have a health check up and complete diagnosis from top doctors in Ecuador.  Get a specific review of where to get the best care and at what price for your personal health requirements. $299.

I will  just attend the two day “Get together” in Quito November 7 and 8, 2013.  Enroll here $699

I will  attend the two day “Get together” in Quito and the Ecuador medical tour.  Enroll here $899.  I  save. $99.

Please indicate which Ecuador Medical tour you will take in the comments section on the order form. Travel Food and Accommodations NOT included.

NEED HELP with the courses and/or tours?  Please call us at our toll FREE number 1-888-482-3850 or email to roberto_ribadeneira@me.com