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Why Cuba is Not Ecuador


Many readers have asked about our interest in Cuba.   A BBC article, “US approves Ferry service between Cuba and Florida” (1) announced yesterday that there will soon be a ferry service between the USA and Cuba.  We’ll be enjoying those ferry trips ourselves but there are several reasons why we do not think Cuba will be like Ecuador from a real estate investing point of view.

Since the 1970s when we began publishing our books and reports on global investing, we have included special real estate opportunity created by distortions and trends.

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In 1976, I noticed that London real estate had not appreciated while property prices in much of the USA,  Asia and Western Europe had skyrocketed.  Research showed that there had been a huge real estate crash in 1970 which continued to dampen London real estate prices six years later despite the rampant global inflation.  This was quite a distortion so I started buying British real estate. The first house in Bedford Park (a London suburb) cost$35,000 and sold four years later for $253,000.

Our London experience led us to the Isle of Man where again real estate prices were of incredible value.  After years there we headed to the Dominican Republic and finally stumbled across incredible real estate bargains in Ecuador.

We are definitely headed to Cuba but in a far different way than we did in Ecuador.

There will be real estate bargains in Cuba for sure, but a lot of the low hanging fruit is gone.  Though Americans have not been able to invest in Cuba, the rest of the world has.  The small amount of real estate that was for sale has been taken and is now not cheap.  Some Havana apartments already have have premium prices.   A recent Wall Street Journal article “Real estate revolution hits Cuba” (2) tells of one Havana penthouse listed, by a Bermudian investor, at $1.2 million.

During our first Ecuador real estate tours (in the 1990s) wonderful brand new condos in Quito were under $50,000.  This is a big difference in price. 

The legal situation is also very different.  Ecuador had easy real estate regulations from the getgo.  Anyone from anywhere could buy Ecuador real estate and were treated equal to Ecuadorians.  The purchasing system was proven, understood and really easy.

Cuba has not had much of a concept of private ownership so there will need to be reform and the establishment of people and a system to convey real estate ownership.  There is great opportunity in this but this will not be as simple as the “buy almost anything and it will rise” approach that was available in Ecuador.

A helpful reader shows a note that explains one complication.

Gary, the Associated Press article “Run From Cuba, Americans Cling to Claims for Seized Property” (3) tells me more than I have ever known about Cuba and makes me a bit hesitant about Latin America in general.

Mount Dora was mentioned as a home to one of the individuals in the article and I was glad to know so much more about the Mount Dora than I had ever known.  I have also read about those living in North Carolina and Asheville and so forth and how many are writers and publishers from that area.  Just wanted to share since I know you are focused on Cuba now.

I would not put it past US regulators to require that Americans report ownership of Cuban property on their income tax form and passing legislation that puts such ownership at risk to repatriation.  This risk is increased if some of the minor presidential candidates position against US Cuba relations forces real presidential candidates to harden their position against Cuba in their platform.  The spin would be something like “We need relations with Cuba but have to make sure that former American owners of Cuban real estate get their property back”.

That AP article is linked below and is worth a read if you have been considering buying real estate in Cuba.

The best investment opportunity comes from spotting value created by contrasts and distortions.   There will be plenty of all three-value, contrasts and distortions in Cuba, but I do not believe the incredible early real estate opportunity we enjoyed in Ecuador will be found in Cuba by the time the market really opens there.

Gary

(1) BBC US approves ferry service between US and Florida

(2) wsj.com Real estate revolution hits Cuba

(3) Run From Cuba, Americans Cling to Claims for Seized Property

Ecuador Export Tours

Enroll in Roberto Ribadeneira’s Ecuador Export Tour.  Roberto is our Ecuador rose supplier and has led export tours for over a decade.

Enroll now.  There are just six spaces available for the November 13-14-14 tour.

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The ultimate asset is the ability to have a global business. Here are two fishy export ideas…

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that delegates will see on our upcoming Ecuador export tour.  Carved wooden fish and…

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Ecuador seafood. For example Ecuador is one of the largest seafood exporters in the world.

One powerful way to gain this freedom is to know how to earn anywhere in the world. This is why we have asked  Roberto to conduct his Import/Export courses.

Here is what one delegate wrote after attending the Ecuador export tour:

Gary, The coffee I brought home, Rio Intag, is really good. I took the suggestion to use a French press and it is SO good. I inquired at some local coffee shops and they are interested in getting some samples; however, they roast their own beans, so I would need to bring back ‘green beans’. Would that be possible and does this idea have any merit for Import/Export? I noted that the Café Tostado En Grano that I brought home is ‘100% Arabica and is shade grown under native trees’. If it is Organic to boot and perhaps ‘fair trade’, I think I could do a pretty good business with it. Thanks.”

Another Ecuador export tour delegate wrote:

Just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful 12 days. Lisa and I had a great time.  Lisa’s mother got her flowers today and she says they are spectacular.

I have asked the flower supplier about importing them here to Atlanta for central distribution.  We are also investigating importing the wooden mini blinds we saw in one of the houses for sale in Cotacachi.  Thanks again for a great experience. Cheers,

One reason these courses are helping so many delegates earn income is Roberto’s experience in getting Ecuador products and selling them in the US.

Roberto is a licensed Ecuador exporter and has an extensive background in import/export and offers a full Ecuador export logistical service.

You’ll see Ecuador art like this water color.

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Tour delegates meet great wood carving masters.

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One can see work like this and incredible antique desks, tables and chairs.

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See almost every type of leather product that exists!

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Plus all types of flowers

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Attend Roberto’s Ecuador export course and receive our course on how to market products on the internet FREE.  Click here  Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

When you enroll in Roberto’s tour I will email you our “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course” (offered at $299) free of charge.

See a myriad of Otavalo scarves.

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There are so many wonderful designs….

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colors…

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textures and…

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uses of Ecuador textiles from ponchos to…

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hammocks to…

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sweaters to…

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art and handicrafts to…

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reed furniture… musical instruments and rugs and mats.  The experience stimulates funky business ideas.

Join Roberto Ribadeneira this July 28-31 but go ahead  now and receive our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $299.

Enroll now. $799  Couples $999.

The tour visits the markets, famous and obscure where hand made, on one of a kind crafts are sold.

Meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.

Over the past 15 years, Roberto has been buying and selling Ecuador exports to create this tour that helps potential exporters  really experience the Export Trail.

You can find ways to increase security, independence, freedom, wealth and well-being while helping this very deserving country and its indigenous people.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and opportunities for a new business.

Small at home export businesses can set us free.

The first benefit of an Ecuador export businesses is the beauty and serenity of Ecuador.  When in Ecuador Merri and I greeted each dawn with a walk through gentle Cotacachi, a village filled with peace.  Here is one of the many lamp lined avenues shining in the morn.

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What a great business to enjoy this and make money as well.

There is such satisfaction in having a business that allows us to travel and live in places we choose. Such freedom..such fun not to mention the profit arising each day and finding yet more money rolling in.

Join other like minded souls this year in Ecuador to learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through Ecuadorian exports.

See opportunity everywhere in Ecuador.

In wood products.

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Wood carvers in San Antonia de Ibarra.

In art

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This ancient Ecuador art form painted in sheep skin evolved from drum making.

Meet the friendly vendors in Otavalo market, young and…

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old.

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See textiles used in so many different ways.

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Textiles on purses.

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Textiles in ponchos, scarves and skirts, plus Panama hats original to Ecuador.

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Textiles as head dress and…

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beads as well as designed clothing.

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Hand made designs everywhere.

You’ll go to the high Andes. You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items. You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and salability.

Over the years Roberto has combined his knowledge and experience with contacts to create an export support service that can look after every part of your Ecuador export process.

Visit Ecuador’s best product markets like…

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Otavalo market and meet the artisans

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so you can bring Ecuador exports to your world.

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Join Roberto Ribadeneira this November 13-14-15 2015 but receive our emailed course on how to have a web business free now.  Save $299.

Enroll now. $799  Couples $999.

 

Smalltown USA Ashe County


Smalltown USA Ashe County offers many living and business benefits as well as great real estate value.  See why below.

Merri’s and my business has thrived for many years because we try to avoid financial fashion and always look ahead for value instead.

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See why this home on 47.8 acres offers such good value.

This search for value has led us to the long term focus we have had on three important trends… the falling USA dollar… investing business and living outside the USA and Smalltown USA.

Back in 2005 way before the real estate crash our site looked at five factors that suggested we would see growth in Small Town USA.

Smalltown USA Value Factor #1: Some parts of America were growing increasingly overvalued. Our 2005 message warned about Naples, Florida (where homes were 84% overvalued).  We also warned about  Merced, Ca. 76.7%; Salinas, Ca. 74.8%; Port St. Lucie, Fl., 72.2%; and Stockton, Ca., 72.0%.  We reviewed how 41 of the 65 significantly overvalued markets were in California and Florida.

That message also looked at  how the most undervalued markets were in small towns in Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.

Smalltown Value Factor #2: One of the largest demographic groups in history (Baby Boomers) about to retire.

Smalltown Value Factor #3: A majority of boomers plan to move when they retire and a majority of the movers plan to settle in small towns 25 or 30 miles from where they now live.

Smalltown Value Factor #4: Boomer surveys show that most Boomers plan to keep working part time when they retire.

Smalltown Value Factor #5: Technology now makes it easier than every before for these boomers to move to small towns and continue to work part time.

Smalltown Value Factor #6:  There is a large decline in the purchasing power of corporate pensions.

Smalltown Value Factor #7: The loss of Social Security and the US dollar’s purchasing power will force many  boomers to move to paces where the cost of living is less expansive.

In other words, Small Town USA offered good value and the changes that demand would grow was strong.  This fact remains in place today.

Take for example Ashe County, North Carolina where Merri and I live part of the year.

As of December 2009 the cost of living index in Ashe County was very low 83.2  compared to the U.S. average of 100.

Here are some demographic facts about Ashe County.

Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (26.7%), Educational,health and social services (16.2%), Construction (10.9%), Retail trade (10.3%).
Type of workers:

•    Private wage or salary: 75%
•    Government: 13%
•    Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
•    Unpaid family work: 1%

Races in Ashe County, North Carolina:
•    White Non-Hispanic (96.1%)
•    Hispanic (2.4%)
•    Other race (1.1%)
•    Black (0.7%)
•    American Indian (0.6%)
•    Two or more races (0.6%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Median resident age:
42.1 years
North Carolina median age:
35.3 years

Males: 12,031
(49.3%)
Females: 12,353
(50.7%)

Plus between the recession and the cold winter this year real estate has really dropped in price as this chart shows.

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There are some very interesting values in this part of the Blue Ridge.

Take for example this 47+ Acre mountain tract with 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home (shown above) bordered by the Jefferson National Forest.

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Blue Ridge Mountains are in sight.  This is a very private mountain cabin.

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This mountain cabin has wood floors, gas log fireplace, covered wrap porch and full walk-out lower level with expansion potential.

This is an almost new cabin with all wood interior 2-bedrooms, bath and great room on the main level.

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The great room, dining area and kitchen are placed in an energy-efficient cluster.

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An efficiently designed step saving kitchen with ample storage and work space is perfect for the chef who does not want to spend coveted time in the mountains toiling in the kitchen.

There are two bedrooms and a full bath on the main level.

A full partially finished lower level features expansion potential with a multipurpose room that can be used for additional sleeping space and a game room area with lots of storage space.

A large covered wrap porch is ideal for outdoor entertaining and relaxing with the views with the sounds of Nature all around.

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Total privacy, views and lots of room for outdoor entertaining.

Extending the dining experience outdoors is this detached screened picnic shelter where you can enjoy the view while entertaining friends and family.

In addition to the picnic shelter, this second building will work nicely as a workshop or garage.

Jefferson National Forest borders this 47.8 acre tract along one side and the back adding to the privacy. This tract was timbered a few years ago but young hardwoods and evergreens are already reaching for the sky.

Trails meander throughout the property providing excellent adventure, hiking and horseback riding opportunities to explore all that this unique mountain tract has to offer. Located with in the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, this would be perfect for horses.

There are multiple potential building sites with views.

There are also numerous natural mountain springs and streams.

The asking price is $239,500.

You can get details about the property above from Jeff Neal a Realtor/Broker/ABR at Ashe High Country Realty.
email: Jeff@AsheCountyRealEstate.com

Jeff will be at our North Carolina Seminar this June 24 to 27 to answer questions about Blue Ridge real estate.

Merri and I feel great comfort having our farm in the Blue Ridge. This is the type of place where one could live through most economic and social disasters… plenty of good water…. fresh air and fuel… plus enough land and wildlife to provide food.

Yet we did not buy into Smalltown USA as protection from disaster. That is just frosting on the cake.

History suggests life will just get better and I am all for that and still want to be in the mountains during the summer where it is cool and filled with peace, quiet and beauty…. away from the maddening crowd.

Learn more about a great Ecuador grain for weight loss and better health without sacrifice here.

Gary

How We Can Serve You

2015 Schedule

Schedule 2015  Seminars and Courses

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Delegates enjoy taking breaks at our winter courses in Mount Dora.

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We conduct our summer camps at Jefferson Landing in West Jefferson North Carolina.

Join us in balmy Central Florida in the winter and the Cool Blue Ridge in summer.

Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.

Here are the courses we currently have scheduled in 2015.  Course in bold conducted by Gary & Merri Scott

Oct. 10-11, 2015, West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Multi Currency, Protect Against a Weak Dollar Investing Seminar.  (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Overcome Election Deceit

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is the 58th US Presidential election.  Plus elections for all of the seats in Congress and 34 in the Senate.  How many deals will be made between now and then that could reduce our pocketbooks?  What trade offs will be agreed that will weaken our personal freedom?  Which agreements will fill our days with more red tape?

There is so much deceit in the political promises and so much deal making that has nothing to do with the country’s or you and my good.  What can we do to retake control?  How can we see behind the scenes and stop the erosion of our rights and reductions in our standards of living?

Politically there may be little we can do, but here are two tools for our individual investing survival:   numbers and words.

Numbers relate to value.   Our wealth can survive today’s political onslaught and grow by spotting investing value through mathematical precision.  Good value strengthens wealth and beats back a deceitful world.

Words define the law.  Words create laws that define our rights, ownership and freedom.   These words are also used to take these benefits away.  Those who write the laws always include sections that protect themselves and their common interests.   A good attorney who understands how to use appropriate planning can use the same words to protect our income savings and rights.

As a run up to my 50th year of speaking and writing about savings and investments around the world I decided to ask my friends who are mathematical and legal geniuses to share a weekend with us to cut through the fog of rapid change and learn how to beat the system that seems so integrity challenged.

 

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The idea of using math to find good value equity investments led me to ask mathematical analyst, Michael Keppler, to join us in the Blue Ridge for a seminar.

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Michael is a brilliant mathematician.  We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years.   He continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each stock market’s history.  From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short ups and downs.

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According to Keppler’s analyses, an equally-weighted combination of good value markets offers the highest expectation of long-term risk-adjusted performance.  His mathematical predictions have been eerily accurate as the red line below shows.

Each quarter Michael shares with me (and other professional investors) his “Total Return Predictions”.

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Click on chart to enlarge.

This chart shows the entire real-time forecasting history of Keppler for the KAM Equally-Weighted World Index, he started in 1993.  Keppler contnually shows what his mathematic formulas predict for markets four years ahead.  These numbers are based on mathematical relationships between price and value over the previous 15 years moving forward in monthly increments.  In this way Keppler uses numbers to continually  adjust to the ever-changing market norm.

Keppler’s chart includes two remarkable episodes.  The first in the period when global equity markets peaked and crashed over a five-year period from 1997  to 2001.  Keppler’s Equally-Weighted World Index predictions stayed above the upper forecast band and accurately predicted the recovery and how much global markets would rise.

The second remarkable period started in October 2008, when again Keppler’s forecasts again accurately showed where markets would reach as they fell below the lower forecast band.

Imagine the extra profit professional investors have today when they invested in these depressed good value markets before they again rose.

Keppler’s projections now indicate that global markets are expected to rise from between 2.1%  and 13.0 % in the next three to five years.

Learn about Keppler’s projections and about Asset Allocation from Michael Keppler in person at our Value Investing Seminar October 17 & 18 in Jefferson, North Carolina.  

Learn how to also let the law work for you.

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One way to protect our wealth and freedom is to have a good attorney who understands how to use appropriate planning so you can also be protected rather than hurt by the law.   

I have also asked our friend of more than 30 years, Leslie Share, to speak at the October Value Investing seminar.  Leslie is an attorney in Coral Gables, Florida who specializes in general, corporate and international taxation, estate and gift tax planning, internal revenue service matters at the agent and appeals level plus most important, he specializes in wealth preservation.

He has the highest possible Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

Leslie is the type of attorney who can help gain asset and wealth protection if you live in the US or  abroad.

Cash in on the best opportunity in 32 years.  Currency diversification has always been important for safety, but right now a multi currency opportunity is brewing and has more profit potential then we have seen in over three decades.

Our “Investing Seminars” started 32 years ago when one of the best set of three currency and equity conditions ever existed.  Over these decades our semi annual seminars have updated what’s going on in global investment markets and what to do.  In all those years, few times have conditions offered as much long term opportunity as in 1982.

Now three the great economic conditions have returned.

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Our October seminar will be at the Jefferson Landing Country Club.

Conditions have come together just as we saw at our first seminars in the 1980s.  The US dollar, the US stock market and the price of oil are acting almost exactly as they did in the early 1980s.  Knowing these conditions and why they have merged and what to do about them can help you create a fortune.

One way to tap this potential (we’ll review this at the seminar) is to invest in Keppler’s Good Value Country Strategy with ETFs (Country Index Exchange Traded Funds).  For example there are currently ten good value developed markets, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.  You can easily create a diversified portfolio in each or all of these ten countries with Country Index ETFs.

We review Country Index ETFs at the seminar.

Join Merri, me, Michael Keppler and Leslie Share.  The “Value Investing Seminar” looks at how to protect purchasing power and pensions with value investing.  The course teaches how to add safety and create profits by spotting multi currency and global equity cycles through good value mathematics.

Value Investing Outside the Box.  Here is a partial syllabus of the seminar:

* See new breakout possibilities… in global investing.

* Benefits of early investments in an oil that’s up 22.8 times in the past ten years.

* Beyond Gold.  Three hard assets that protect against all currency erosion.

* The Small Country Effect. Why small markets rise more than large ones.

* Top Value small markets and how to easily invest small or large amounts.

* The best four currencies for the year ahead.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as WHICH CURRENCIES to invest in. This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s.  Learn how to use ETFs to gain multi currency diversification.

Details in this session also include:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

*  The benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why the value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver.  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars – how interest rates at zero eliminate opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* New tax strategies.  How to create businesses that earn income and reduce tax.

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Gary Scott at a multi currency session.

The seminar begins with a 1000 Year Economic Review that leads us up to where markets are now and head for the next 474 days and beyond.

Learn how to:

* Find good investing value.

* Use multi currency portfolios.

* To use multi currency for diversification-speculation & hedge.

* Earn in water and agricultural investing.

* Gain with special situations now for aggressive growth

Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, Jefferson, North Carolina.

Join Michael Keppler, Leslie Share, Merri and me.  Enroll here $499. Couple $799.

Gary

 

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Ecuador Tickets # 4


Ecuador Tickets # 4

This series on buying tickets to Ecuador began with three articles at this site.  If you missed part one see it at Buying Tickets to Ecuador.

See Ecuador Tickets 2 here.

See Ecuador Tickets #3 here.

Here is a rave from a reader about the series on Tickets for Ecuador:  Great to know about  kayak for Ecuador tickets——had tried it awhile ago but did not realize all the good features thanks so much.     Good instructions, Merri……….and love all those Ecuador pics!

Here is another point about Kayak.com that a reader shared from our previous articles about Ecuador tickets.

One thing Merri may wish to mention about Kayak which I  find tremendously useful, is that you get to choose the currency of your country for the prices. This is absolutely a fantastic feature of this website,  truly international and very cognizant of the global marketplace that the web represents.

There are many reasons to buy an Ecuador ticket… like this three floor house on the beach for $110,000 asking.

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1st floor

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2nd floor

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Merri’s information on Ecuador tickets continues here.

Award Tickets vs. Pay with Miles

I used to think that the highest thing out there in the “ticket” world was a free ticket!  But look at the cost is of a “free” ticket with Delta!

Our daughter was here for 3 weeks from London before she returned for  a year in Africa, and this was a more or less “instant” decision for her.   Many fares from London were high…and I thought “Oh, let’s go for an award ticket”…

But just to show you how all the rules have now changed, I thought well, let’s make some comparisons…

Here’s what I found…Award Ticket round trip from London to Charlotte:

Mileage required 50,000 and up to 70,000.

Award available on most days, plenty of seats, etc.

Sounds good…right?  A free ticket!  Great for kids as there is no tax advantage and it’s there and red hot!

However, let’s look closer, the requirement for taxes was $316.23!!  Other flights, taxes were $375.10.  Wow!

Well, that’s not really a free ticket is it?

So…then let’s look at Pay with Miles (explanation later in this article):

Same flights, same days…ticket would be $94.43 and 50,000 miles…a big big difference…this includes all taxes and fees.  I could have made it even lower to $40.43  if Gary had an extra 5,000 miles in his account.

Well, what would you rather have?  A “free” awards ticket for 50,000 miles + $316-$375 in taxes or a Pay with Miles for 50,000 miles for $94.43 or even as low as $40.43?

Ecuador tickets will brings you rustic restaurants open air restaurants like this three table authentic pizza parlor complete with dog, cat and dirt floor.

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But great pizza

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Pay with Miles

How does Pay for Miles Tickets work?  Well, there is a small catch that I discovered after recommending this to a client…she called me back and said “Pay with Miles does not appear on my computer”…

Here is that catch.  It says very clearly that this is for Platinum and Gold Medallion Members.  And of course, only people crazy enough to travel as much as we do qualify…but and this is a big BUT it is available to anyone with a Delta Skymiles number if that person holds an American Express Sky Miles GOLD Card, Platinum or Reserve Credit Card.   I have provided links to learn more about how to get these cards at the end of this message.

The first year, the fee is waived and then can be as low as $55 annually…you’ll save that on your first purchase of “Pay with Miles”.

All of this is a bit lopsided…but as I said before “All the Rules have Changed”…and that means ALL the rules.  When you order this credit card you’ll get a bonus 25,000 miles to start.

Gary and I (as you probably know) abhor debt, so we pay off our credit cards each month but we do love credit cards…because we can easily track our purchases for IRS purposes and also because of the Pay with Miles feature.   It is possible to have free (that is really free) Delta Crown Room Use at all airports by showing your American Express Delta Reserve Card.  This Amex card is a bit pricier but has more benefits because your miles are at times doubled and you have access to a Concierge desk when you really get into trouble (which I often do) and also don’t forget all those quiet times in the private rooms.

You don’t really need to be a road warrior who has hundreds of thousands of miles, you just need that little American Express Gold or Platinum card!  Suddenly those magic words, “Pay with Miles” automatically appear on your screen, giving you a free ticket with no blackout dates, the use of any amount of miles you might have (award tickets have a premium minimum), as well as flexibility, AND no fees.  This can be purchased for a group of people (if on the same itinerary) and can be used as often as you have miles in your account.

Pay with Miles is a great way to use those accumulated miles that is fast, easy, Internet friendly and instant.  I just love bringing our kids from all over the world as we did Jake (on the itinerary and dates he chose) last year for $17!

Ecuador tickets can lead you to fancy restaurants in Bahia like at the Bahia yacht…

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simple affairs like this Bahia Cafe on the

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or  at La Piedra Hotel in Bahia…

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where standards are high and…

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outstanding and food is very reasonable.

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Join us at an upcoming Ecuador tour

Learn about the three day Super Thinking + Spanish course

Here is another shot of visit La Piedra Hotel in Bahia. We visit on our Ecuador coastal tours.

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Learn more about American Express Sky Miles GOLD Card

Learn more about American Express Sky Miles PLATINUM Card

Learn more about American Express Delta Reserve Card

Earn in Ecuador as a self publisher.

Writer’s Camps – Join Us & Learn to Write to Sell

Attend our Writer’s Camp in Florida this winter.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE.

Our Writer’s Camps help you learn writing to sell… the business of writing and how to publish.  

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

My wife, Merri, and I have possibly the smallest… yet one of the highest earning… self publishing company in the world.

Our high earnings come from writing, self publishing secrets we learned and refined over the past 45 years of writing to sell.  These secrets have worked so well they have earned extra millions for Merri and me and we share them at our writer’s camps..

Our goal at the camps are to help you “Get Started”… but to “Start Small” and maybe like us stay that way… small… tightly focus but highly profitable.

45 years ago I started writing because I was broke.  These problems over 40 years ago affected me for life.  In fact I am so hung up on this that that Merri and I (we are so thankful that we can) give away money to help create jobs… we have now donated close to a million dollars in our quest to reduce joblessness.

Fortunately we do not have to work for money now.  In fact we kinda retired almost 20 years ago. Now we do what we love and that happens to be writing!

Merri and I are writers and self publishers.  Merri and I began publishing with no money and little background. We started small! As already mentioned, I was bust and had no background in writing. I did not finish college.  Yet we have earned as much as $20,000 for a single day’s work… and have earned consistently year in and year out… while we do what we love… because of a few secrets.

Our self publishing business has brought us millions. We own five houses, a farmhouse, six cabins and over 1,000 acres of land. Plus more money than we can spend, in the bank… safe, secure bonds and shares… no mortgages… no credit card bills and zero debt! We always make an annual six figure income but some years we bring in seven figures…over a million dollars.  That’s because we figured out that the lion’s share of income earned from writing goes to the publisher.

Now we write to be self fulfilled… to share what we have gained from living, working, investing and writing all over the world.

We want to share these secrets with you so you can make a strong income and follow your destiny in a way that suits you and that you love.

There is more good news than the money.  The secrets we share make working fun. You are your own boss. You gain respect so your ideas are listened to.

Most important you can be self fulfilled as you make the world a better place by writing.

We want the work on your publication to begin right away…. tomorrow even.  I’ll explain how you can begin right away in a moment.

Now let’s get to the important stuff.  Our life is less stressed (not stress free – every business has stress) but Self Publishing can be a low stress business… no commuting… choose your own hours… immersed in your passions with like minded souls. Work at home. How refreshing!

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Here I am at our Florida home… at work?

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Here I am at work in the Blue Ridge.  Better than a cubicle for sure!

You can have fun every day doing what you love as you accomplish goals that are important… to you… and are a service to your community.

What do you love? Why not make the kinds of money I’ve just mentioned publishing your passion and do something good for the world at the same time?

Your passion and self publishing create…magic, wealth, happiness.

Three other things you gain.

#1: Respect. If you are not a recluse like Merri and me, you’ll find yourself the center of attention at social events and with your friends and in business because publishing is highly respected.

#2: Power. Everyone wants publishers to distribute good information about them. And everyone fears publishers a bit. The pen IS mightier than the sword!

#3: Protection. Writers are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You do not need a license to publish. There is no government watchdog nor do you have bureaucratic red tape involved in publishing. Publishers enjoy almost more freedom than any other occupation because of the Freedom of the Press. This is so powerful because the first amendment is actually a part of the Bill of Rights. Just in case you missed this in school (as most students did including me) here are the exact words of this amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You become the press and you are set free. You cannot get more protection than that.

You can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle.  Married, single, rich, poor, in good and bad health, educated and not, travelers and those who want to just stay at home. This is who self publishing works for… those who want a gradual part time improvement in life and those who want to make big enhancements now.

This workshop appeals to anyone who would like to write or publish or both.  We will look at how published products can include compilations, catalogues, CDS, interviews. Plus we’ll look at how to develop treks, tours, visits, products and services.

For example, you’ll see below how one delegate who attended the workshop used her publication to sell real estate.

This course is for individuals and couples. We include those who want their own publishing system together as a family business.

This workshop is not theory. Merri and I share our real time experiences. We start at the beginning over 40 years ago but mainly look at how we earn hundreds of thousands and even millions a year in our exciting lifestyle…right now.

We study and listen to many other self publishers as well.  I invite them to our home… to see what ideas we can share and how we can learn from one another.

Self employed, retired, professionals and those who are employed who want to add extra income or who want to change their life entirely will benefit. Previous course delegates have included investors, chiropractors, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, other professionals and those who already own their own business and of course retirees.

Which would you rather have… 6% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates opportunity for those who want a writer’s life.

Starting with online books allows you to lower price…  increase volume and cut out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

You can start self publishing with no printing costs, no shelf space, no inventory, no postal delivery.  Most of the publishing expenses are eliminated.

The writer keeps 70%.

Amazon keeps 30%.

You gain freedom because you can write anywhere… even part time.

The first step in this process is to focus on a niche and create trust with the readers in that niche.

The eBook revolution makes this entire process easier because Amazon sales can be like prospecting tools.

Some amazing websites and businesses have been and will continue to be built using eBooks.  Kindle sales act like a search engine.  They are the starting point that attracts the original readers who become the nucleus of your success.

Technology especially favors small publishers today. Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new potential for small publishers.

At the camp you’ll learn the importance of writing a lot for your niche.   The increased number of publications will allow you to keep your price low, but generate income that keeps you writing as you build inventory so any bigger success can grow in exponential bonds.

You can also self publish at any age.  A number of our friends who have used our writers course to self publish are in their 70s and 80s.  Yet college students have self published as well.

Small self publishers are in a win – win situation for many reasons.  If you love to travel self publishing can help make this possible and… by the way… perhaps turn your trips into a tax deductible expense.

The workshop provides a Path called the seven Ps. They provide a simple, small and easy path for starting your own publishing business.

The writer’s camp refines both Merri’s and my 40 years of experience into its most essential points. All of us will have to work intensely to cram everything into three days.

This workshop is conducted by Merri and me.  These camps are intimate which allows us to personally work with each delegate to assure that all who attend can create their own publication.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please note which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

We’ll send you an email giving you details and your preparatory assignments for the camp, travel, etc.

We’ll set up our line of communications as well as deliver our online Self Publishing course.

We’ll send you what you need to get started. We’re going to be learning from the first minute, and we want you to be ready.

Get started and work with us and the online course until the camp begins.

Best regards,

Gary

P.S. This is a chance to experience the dream life of a writer and self publisher.

We are going to work hard the entire time from now until the camp but the effects of this retreat won’t end on day 3. They’ll just begin.

One of the finest benefits you gain will be new like-minded friends. Our previous workshop delegates have stuck together…formed support groups and helped each other develop, grow and profit. This is called an “old boys network” in some places. Every major university and educational system has one…this invisible power because “who you know”, not just “what you know” works. We’ll encourage this so your alumni group can enhance your efforts whenever required.

May I share three final examples of how big, your little self publishing business can become from our workshop?

A long time friend, who had just retired from a 30 year career in the oil industry joined our program. His passion was to learn more about health and looking at the deep, more spiritual aspects of life since he had ended a financially successful career. He has gone on to publishing the leading healthy living magazine where he lives.

Not only was he able to publish 20,000 copies of a 48-64 page magazine on healthy living every month, he was able to meet and work with leading health and spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dwyer and even the Dali Llama. What a thrill.

Michelle Toole, an at home mother, made a fateful decision… to attend our self publishing course.

Michelle was disabled when she took the “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” camp.

She took what she learned from our publishing courses and created her own successful global micro website.

Michelle wrote:  “I have some great news, my web site  http://healthy-holistic-living.com is now getting on average 2,000 visitors a day! Yup my little one man show web site now gets close to 60,000 visitors each month!  The power of the internet is amazing as well as the opportunities.  We have said it before but it deserves saying again the internet is truly the great equalizer.

“My web site is at a point now that it is growing without much effort and produces a nice passive income allowing me to continue working on my second site http://home-remedies-and-natural-cures.com and to get my third site up and running.  I am also working on various joint ventures with other web sites focusing on helping others start their own web business. I am doing monthly webinars helping disabled individuals start their own business on the Internet and will be starting a coaching club in the new year.  The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination.

“Again I can not thank you and Merri enough, I look forward to many great adventures and new experiences in the coming years!”

See dozens more self publishing & writing success stories here.

We share David Cross videos and Skype sessions at the camp.

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.  He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

Save the $299 and receive the online course now before you attend the camp.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Ecuador Tickets #3


Buying Tickets to Ecuador Part Three

This series on buying tickets to Ecuador began with two articles at this site.  If you missed part one see it at Buying Tickets to Ecuador.

See Ecuador Tickets 2 here.

Here is a rave from the first messages on this series.

Merri,  This message on Ecuador tckets is a good one=—thanks for your input.  Shoot, I thought I WAS THE BEST at getting Ecuador tickets!!!!!!     I use Delta, American and Southwest…..I did not have quite enough miles on American for both my son and I so we just bought the extra miles. I am using Delta miles to fly to Calgary and I am getting first class on way back for no extra miles because their coach air mile seats were taken but they had a first class seat available.  I am happy. When I get over 50,000 miles with one airline, I start using the card that needs boosting up to 50,000 —and Southwest is easy—-I like it —2 hours to Columbus from TPA——can go to Orange City airport in California – Seattle – Tulsa – now they are hooked up with  West Jet for  Calgary-!!!    but I loved Avianca and Lan Peru both.  Our airlines do not compare.

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There are many reasons to buy an Ecuador ticket. Miles of safe empty each is one. All the pictures in this message were taken at San Clemente Ecuador around the Vistaul condos. For more information on Vistazul contact Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

There are no hurricanes in Ecuador.  This surf is as bad as  have ever seen.

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Most days it looks like this.  Or at best…

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a surf to play in… .. lots of nature… birds and sun!

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Here is the third part of Merri’s tips on Ecuador tickets.

Some suggestions for Ecuador.  I find a lot of people need help on this somewhat exotic country…because there isn’t a lot of information out there.  Gary and I have lived/worked in Ecuador for going on 15 years, so we’ve learned a lot the hard way…that is so you won’t have to!

Here are my list of dos and don’ts:

1.Fly into Quito not Guayaquil (even if the flight is cheaper). Guayaquil is a big, bustling, expensive city full of a lot of things you don’t need to put up with and not much of interest to tourists as well as those who want to look for a place to live.  Quito is orderly and functional and the airport really organized.  We have good friends in Guayaquil and over the years have spent a lot of time there, but that doesn’t mean that we like it.  It also costs a lot of time and money to get up to Quito (over $100 round trip, so that usually wipes out any savings) and since most flights arrive in the evening…you’ll have to overnight in expensive Guayaquil.

The surf at San Clemente is safe enough for kids to play in.

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Merri continues.

2.Don’t fly on a Colombian Airline (Avianca and others), even if it is great deal cheaper.

For instance, right now Avianca is flying from Miami to Quito for $361 while Delta is listing at $362. (round trip).  I’ve been waiting for all of you to arrive in Quito for over 14 years and those which fly from Bogota, Colombia often don’t land in Quito, they go onto Guayaquil and overnight there…or more usual, they just stop in Bogota (unscheduled of course) and then continue in the next day to Quito.

Why do people fly with them?  Often they are the cheapest…but cheap is nothing compared to an American passport holder overnighting in Bogota and not really understanding when the next plane goes out, plus missing your ride in Quito, etc.  I always  say to people this is the prime example of false economy.

Weather can be misty with a socked in airport and Quito can be a tricky airport to land into.  (This will be remedied when the new airport is finished.  It is built on top of a plateau instead of in the valley of Quito.)  All Delta pilots who fly in there are licensed to land in any weather (but sometimes choose not to land and go to Guayaquil…but rarely.)  Colombian pilots are rarely licensed to land on instruments, so the plane just stays in Colombia and comes the next day…not ever a good thing for a traveler!  I’ve waited hours in the Quito Airport with our crew for years looking for those people who don’t arrive until the next day!

Even little children are safe on this beach.

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Merri’s notes continue.

3. Bring your own favorite non heavy snacks and just drink lots of water, skip the airline fare and the drinks…you’ll feel better and the next day not have any recovery time.

4. We never book “Multiple Airlines” tickets.  This can be a combination of all sorts of airlines and can be a reason if anything goes wrong (like lost luggage) that no one claims responsibility.  We don’t like to mix airlines.

5. If you think that Quito might be too high in altitude for you, then just hire a driver to meet your plane, bring you water and fruit and a pillow and blanket and bring you on out to your destination!  That’s what we do!

Ecuador is a charming, beautiful country…buy your tickets with care and enjoy the ride!

Let’s discuss Award Tickets vs Pay with Miles and other variations that  we use tomorrow.

Big children can play in the surf as well!

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Gary

Go to Part Four of Buying Tickets to Ecuador here

Learn 3 Day Spanish in Ecuador or Mexico

Learn how to speak Spanish in just three days in Cuenca, Ecuador or Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster.  We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches how to communicate in Spanish in just three days.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  September 7 to 12, 2015.   Enjoy half day Spanish courses and tour Cuenca each afternoon.

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John Fisher (far right) teaches Spanish in Ecuador.

Cuenca is Ecuador’s most popular city, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many beautiful colonial buildings.  Cuenca has wonderful architecture, tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and night activity.

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Ecuador Living Club members can enjoy discounts at Cuenca hotels as well.

Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Super Spanish teachers Shawn and Suzanne Bandick and their children teach Super Spanish in Mexico.

Join the Bandicks November 27, 28 and 29th, 2015 in Playa del Carmen, in the heart of the Riviera Maya on the Mexican Caribbean.  Plan a holiday and include a Spanish course. What better way to practice?  The closest airport is Cancun (CUN), 45 minutes away from Playa del Carmen.

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Playa del Carmen

There are plenty of extra things to do before or after the course.  Playa del Carmen is a very short walk to the beach, stroll the famous 5th ave., go diving and enjoy a multitude of restaurants and cafes.  More beaches are nearby and the Tulum ruins are only 30 minutes south.   Chichen Itza one of the New Wonders of the World and the ruins of Coba are a few hours away.

This course really works!

An M.D. who attended wrote:   We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience.   I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties.  Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful.  I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful!  Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks.  We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.

See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Super Spanish in Ecuador –  September 7 to 12, 2015 –  Single $275 /  Couple $499

Super Spanish Mexico – November 27, 28 and 29th –  Single $275 / Couple $499

The Bandicks and John Fisher have created their own programs using a Super Spanish training from Merri and me.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

Super Thinking + Spanish course goes beyond just learning to speak Spanish.

There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills.  Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.

In just three days?  Sound too good to be true?

This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.

The 3 Day Spanish system includes some of Dr. Lozanov’s original work that uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.

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Shawn and Suzanne Bandick teach Super Spanish in Mexico and Canada.

Here is one more rave from Shawn and Suzanne’s Mexico course.
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The course integrates the use of musci with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.

Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words.  To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.

 

Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1:  All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical,  just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.

Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns.  This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.

There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.

By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away.  This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective. 

A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days.   This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.

Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.

This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning.  In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.

The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain.  Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

Super Spanish in Ecuador –  September 7 to 12, 2015 –  Single $275 /  Couple $499

Super Spanish Mexico – November 27, 28 and 29th –  Single $275 / Couple $499

Gary

Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar. 

“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky

Another wrote:  Thanks for the Spanish course.  This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.  I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school.  The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.

Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote:  The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language.  Again, Thanks for the experience.

One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador!  Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!

Another wrote: Thank you!  We  always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?

Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words.  This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.

Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish.  As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish.  Thank you again for a Super Workshop!  With love and blessings,

Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me.  I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.

I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving  and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”..  Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me.  As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.

Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.

I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that?  With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many.  I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Another:  We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol.  We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood.  We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.

I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands.  John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously.  Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below.  Es en BUENO sugestion!!!  I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.

Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us.  It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar!  I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely.  The outcome is even better!  Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.

John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th.  Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion!  Gracias y Abrazos,

Another:
  Muchas gracias para la informacion!  I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!

I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall.  Con mucho apriciar,  P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.

One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary,  I have sent a couple of messages, and  a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person  who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!

We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!)  Muchas Gracias!  Tiene an excellante dias.

One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri!   Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.

Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien!  Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,

Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you!  Saludos!

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training.  I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German.  Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up.  Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way.  I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.

It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.

Super Spanish in Ecuador –  September 7 to 12, 2015 –  Single $275 /  Couple $499

Super Spanish Mexico – November 27, 28 and 29th –  Single $275 / Couple $499

Buying Tickets To Ecuador


Buying Tickets To Ecuador

There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… miles of sunny empty beach is one.

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When I took my first flight to Hong Kong 41 years ago, I was 21 years old and few on a cheap ticket that was called a student fare.

While in Hong Kong I met a travel agent. Charlie Kwok was his name and he had an office in the Miramar Hotel, Kowloon, not far from the Star Ferry. Charlie was the master of the low cost air fare and over the next half decade he amazed me with some of his great deals…. Especially for people under age  27.

Next decade in London, John Dragonas, a Greek travel agent continued showing the way to get deals. Back then they had VUSA (Visit USA) where prices were really low.

By then Merri and I had met and she became the maven of amazing air fare deals.

In short I have always enjoy incredibly low costs air fares.  However Merri added another dimension because not all low cost air fares are great.

I recall one flight Honk Kong to Portland Oregon that Charlie Kwok arranged… really cheap, because it was a charter with two empty seats and otherwise full of doctors returning from Thailand. What Charlie forgot to mention was that the actual fare went Hong Kong, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Francisco and then I had a connection back to Portland… adding about 24 hours to the flight!

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… such as the high Andean lakes.

John in London ignored the human part of travel to get the cost down once as well… a special VUSA fare. Merri and I wanted to fly London, Miami, Chicago, Portland, London.

To get the lowest fare, the actual flight turned out to be London -Denver, Miami- Denver, Chicago-Denver, Portland-Denver, London…or something like that… low fare but not a great deal.

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… including wonderful colonial architecture.

It was about then that Merri took over finding our fares and she is good…  Let me be humble and say she may be the best. Recently our son visited us from London, Charlotte, London for $17.  That is correct, seventeen dollars.

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… big cities and…

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quaint villages like… Cotacachi shown here.

Recently one of our articles Ecuador Air Fare Update mentioned a $316 Miami Quito fare that Merri found and explained that readers should visit www.farecompare.com

So many readers asked for help on how to get this fare that I asked Merri to prepare an article on how she does it.

Here it is:

Buying Air Tickets

Gary often asks me to write about how I buy airline tickets and especially those to Ecuador…so this is the first in a series of hints including safety, price, ease…

Well, first of all…it’s a tricky business for sure. And to top it all off, it rarely is quick and easy.  I start out with that in mind and sometimes days later I’m still at it!  But there is a pattern that I always use that helps me sort from the beginning the good, bad and the ugly.

Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book, “The Outliers, The Story of Success” clearly states that most people are really good at something, really successful after about 10,000 hours.  Well, for sure I have my 10,000 hours in on travel and tickets.  For over 4 years, Gary and I crossed the Atlantic commuting from our home in London to our home in Naples, Fl every three weeks.  It was always different, always a surprise and very often extremely challenging to buy tickets for Gary’s mom, our 5 children to all our destinations all over the world ON A REGULAR BASIS.  We had homes in London, Gloustershire, Naples, North Carolina, the north coast of the Dominican Republic and…oh, it makes my head spin just thinking about it!

Needless to say, just by the sheer act of plotting, planning and finally buying, I’ve learned a lot…earned my 10,000 hours over the last 25 + years of international traveling.

However, all the rules have now changed…it’s often hard to know which way to jump…some people book for instance a conference and tell me to confirm quickly so they can buy “that cheap ticket” that is 6 months out!  Whoa, I reply…that’s pretty risky…sometimes you can now buy a ticket at a week out for the same price or better than a month out.

Airlines are constantly shifting and changing and hedging their bets…so let’s look at a few things that we can count on.

#1. The internet makes it a lot easier than we’ve had it before.  There is plenty of data and solid information that we can gather from 100s of sources instantly.

#2.  The internet also makes it a lot harder than we’ve ever had it before BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY CHOICES!  We have more information so it is essential that we use this information wisely.

Here are a few ground rules that I am currently using that are working now.

1.    Don’t buy months out.

2.    Sit down with those who are traveling and have a general chat on days/possibilities/flexibilities that might be possible.  Right now, for instance, I am buying for Ecuador.  Gary and I will get a month’s calendar, list our IDEAL flight days and then see which ways we COULD be flexible.

3.    For the past year, it is cheaper (yes, cheaper) in most cases to fly from an outlying airport than direct.  I know a lot of people for instance who drive from let’s say Birmingham, Ala to Atlanta and then fly direct from Atlanta to everywhere.  Don’t do this.  CHECK YOUR POSSIBILITIES.

For example, Gary and I fly mainly from NC to Portland, NC to Quito, NC to London and NC to Copenhagen.  Well, we can fly from Charlotte, Greensboro (Triad) or from a nearby TRI Cities TN tiny airport.  I check out each of these easily and quickly to get a handle on the whole picture.  I don’t just assume that one is cheaper or more expensive, etc.

For instance for years, Charlotte has been very expensive to fly into our area than all the others, and suddenly last fall, it all shifted…now it’s the cheapest.  Well, it could be the aggressiveness of USAir after its near collapse that has caused them to price the lowest since it is their hub and therefore Delta, etc. have followed suit.

When flying from Florida, I look at Tampa (our favorite), Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.  Takes only a second and sometimes you can really find an el cheapo winner!

4.    Decide whether you are a frequent flyer who needs to accumulate miles or if you are just an occasional flyer.  We for instance are frequent flyers and use Atlanta as our hub to go to our common destinations…Portland, London, Quito, Copenhagen are our patterns.  Sometimes we fly from NC and sometimes from FL (according to the season)…but ALL of these flights are non-stop from Atlanta via Delta.  So, instead of looking at all airlines/all flights, I really just watch Delta.  We accumulate a lot of miles, use them for free tickets for our children and/or for upgrades.  My advice for frequent flyers is pick an airline and stick with it!  This gets the most bang for your buck…although sometimes I pay more for this, in the long run it works out well and suits us.

If you are lucky enough to be an infrequent flyer, then just look for the best deal!

5.    Frequent flyers can gain a lot from loyalty…although not everything as recently we found out on an emergency trip to Portland!  But usually, we can get what WE determine is important. (not that this might be your choice in the line of fire.)

What is important to us is not just the price but the Duration of the Flight…very, very important you might say!  I’ll pay a bit more to fly a total of 7 hours instead of a lot less to fly the same route with a totally of 11 hours or maybe 23 hours!

Another thing that is important to us is that we can upgrade.  We have logged so many miles and usually have to get off an airplane and go straight to work that over the years we have decided that if we can go first or business class (more or that later) we should.  We feel better if we are not cramped in and let’s face it (although we don’t drink alcohol and don’t eat on planes) there are some good perks.  Very important to us is that there is simply more oxygen up front than there is in the back…so we arrive in better shape than if we were tucked in on the last row.

Other things important to us is that we have a place where we can be quiet and not listen to a dozen cell phone conversations and 7 different TV stations.  We aren’t used to this type of confusion and noise and so we want to have the use of special rooms that airlines provide (Delta’s Crown Rooms) that allow quiet areas.  Often we travel with our service dog, and she too is allowed in these rooms.  We just rest and wait there.  IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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Merri even makes sure that we have seats so we see the sunset at night and sunrise in the morning.

But on the other hand, we don’t want to pay for this privilege which can cost big change.

How do we achieve this?  Well, each airline has its own gimmicks, but Delta allows a cardholder of AMEX Sky Miles Reserve (which can cost anywhere from $295 up) to have free access with his/her companions to all Sky Mile Crown rooms at no cost.  You can now have a simple Gold AMEX Sky Miles card (sometimes without a fee) that allows more or less the same privileges.  We find excellent light food (that is fresh) and peace and quiet there.  We also find their quiet desk of agents that will do just about anything to make life pleasant (changing flights/redoing tickets/finding lost luggage, etc.). They will even wake you if you fall asleep in your comfy chair.  That same card allows us to have a free Concierge booking service (that means they will REALLY try everything to help you) as well as double miles for most of our travel…and (and this is a big one) the right to Pay with Miles.

And what is Pay with Miles?  Well, let’s discuss that under Award Ticketing later in this series.

Merri

Click here for Part Two on Buying Tickets to Ecuador

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… like the wonderful people.  This is a dancer entertaining delegates at one of our recent Ecuador tours.

Learn About Ecuador From Ecuadorians

This is an ad from Roberto Ribadeneira: Get Together in Ecuador

Learn about Ecuador from Ecuadorians with the February 2015 “Get Together Ecuador Seminar”

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Manta – Ecuador

Get the inside scoop from Ecuadorians about Ecuador so you can make informed decisions about whether this country is one that will improve your lifestyle.

Ecuador has many advantages, close to North America, just four hours from Miami. Plus the brand new Quito Airport means you’ll arrive to the latest in accommodations.

You can choose the perfect climate for you. The Andes offer eternal spring, never really hot, never freezing. The coast can be warmer, but nowhere in Ecuador are temperatures extreme.

You can choose to live in large cities, towns, or small villas. The majority of Ecuador Living readers choose Cuenca. The cool weather, beautiful colonial architecture, and complete infrastructure has attracted over 6,500 expats from around the world.

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Cuenca from the top

February 25th to 27th, 2015.

Your Ecuador journey starts in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito.

Ecuadorian experts will be there to answer all the questions you’ll want to know, health care, visa, cost of living, real estate, shipping, retirement discounts across the nation and a review of each of Ecuador’s four main zones, Andes, Coast, Amazon and Galapagos.

The speakers not only share information but can assist you in getting the contacts and services you’ll need.

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Seminar in Quito, 2014

An Ecuadorian lawyer covers immigration law. Learn what documents you need, how to proceed, how long it will take, how much the process will cost. Dr. Cordova’s law firm has helped expats visas to become residents in Ecuador for many years.

Another speaker represents freight companies who can bring your personal goods to you duty free.

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Colonial – Quito

One expert is in communications. Learn the best ways to make free phone calls back home, how to get a virtual number so people can call you any time, how to watch your favorite TV shows, movies, listen to that local radio stations that you love, get the latest sport news or just read your favorite magazine. You get guidance ranging from how to use Netflix to Zinio, so you can still enjoy those things that you love from back home.

Other sessions give you insights into the cultural differences that only Ecuadorians can explain. Learn why when “we” tell you we will meet at 17:00 we arrive at 17:15. Learn how and why “we will be there in 5 minutes” actually means 15 minutes. Find out the difference between formal business meetings and informal gatherings with friends and family. This is important. If you are invited to a party at 20:00, don’t show up on time or you and your host will be embarrassed. Arrive at least an hour late.

Pick up all the little tricks you need to know, how to rent a car, how to get around in Ecuador, the best maps for traveling, how to ask for things, the best way to get us to like you, etc. In Ecuador you get the best response being nice and negotiating in a polite way. These cultural nuances will win you friends and bring you business.

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Dental Clinic in Quito

Meet major developers Armijos and Brito. Their real estate may interest you. These are not fly by night expos who have just arrived ahead of you. Brito has been building in Quito for decades. He recently teamed with Armijos in a new project by the beach, which includes a luxury hotel.

You’ll also see an interesting Huasquilla Amazon project of rental units. You’ll see a diverse universe of proposals so you can get an idea of business in Ecuador and how locals are working in Real Estate and finance. Even if you don’t have any interest in buying or owning property in Ecuador, this will give you a perspective of how our economy is doing.

Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism will present with its latest investments and opportunities in Ecuador. You’ll see mega projects in tourist areas all around the country and where the growth areas are headed. At the least this Ecuador get together offers the Ministry which Condor, a hotel being developed by Quito’s new airport and outlined private constructions at the coast.

New Buildings in Manta

A team of Doctors review your health care options in Ecuador. Learn where to get the best eye care, dental implants, medical procedures, prescription savings and natural herbal products.

Meet Pro Credit a German bank that especially serves expats in Ecuador. They review the financial health of Ecuador’s banking system, how to bank in Ecuador (if you really have to), the safest way to make wire transfers and the latest news on Ecuador banking regulations.

Representatives of freight companies who know how to move your personal goods from your country to Ecuador share how to bring your belongings. Learn the timing, the requirements, pricing, tips on how to label items, how Ecuador Customs processes them, what things to do and what things not to do. They also tell you about the list of things you can bring and what to call them. You might not be able to bring gold, but can bring jewelry components for example. They can provide estimates.

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General Manager at Banco Pro Credit

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Downtown Bahia

Here is the complete schedule for the Three Day “Ecuador Get Together” in Quito. (click images to enlarge).

 

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Investment, Real Estate and Get Together complete schedule for our Three Day Get Together in Quito.

Since you are coming all the way from your country we’d like you to enjoy as much as you can from Ecuador, so we offer Real Estate Tours, Import-Export and Health Tours around the Seminar. If you like more information and details about those extra activities please contact me at roberto_ribadeneira@me.com.

Before the seminar there is a two day Health Care option. February 23rd – February 24th. We will put you in contact with the doctors, this will be prior to your arrival in Ecuador, so they know if you need to bring information and they can plan the appropriate treatment.

Ecuador Get Together Seminar is February 25, 26, 27.

After the seminar there is a five day Real Estate tour to the coast and Cuenca February 28th to March 4th.

Feb. 28.

04:30 – 07:00 Traveling to the Airport
07:10 – 08:00 Flying to Manta
08:00 – 10:00 Breakfast at Manta
10:00 – 13:00 Tour Manta
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch and Check in at Hotels
15:00 – 16:30 Tour Manta
16:30 – 18:00 Tour Santa Marianita

March 01.
09:00 – 13:00 Tour Bahia, San Vicente
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch Canoa
15:00 – 18:00 Tour San Jacinto Surrounding Areas

March 02.

Traveling to Cuenca
08:00 – 12:00 Driving to Guayaquil
12:00 – 14:00 Check in Airline and Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Arriving to Cuenca – check in Hotels
19:00 – Getting together for Dinner

March 03.
09:00 – 13:00 Tour Downtown Cuenca – Apartments
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch Piedra de Agua
15:00 – 18:00 Tour Cuenca – Houses

March 04.
00:00 – 13:00 Tour Cuenca and surrounding areas
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 18:00 Paute, land and House to Build

FREE HEALTH CARE TOUR ON PLATINUM AND GOLD PACKAGE! Save $599 on our Health Care, attend for FREE.

Pricing:

Get Together, three day Seminar $799 single and $899 couple.

Real Estate Tour (1 tour only, either Coast or Cuenca) $599 single and $699 couple.

Gold Package, three day Seminar and 1 Tour $1299 single and $1399 couple.

Platinum Package, three day Seminar and all Tours $1699 single and $1799 couple.

*The schedule during the seminar and speakers may change, but we will guarantee that all major subjects and experience are respected.
*Not included. Upon request we will provide pickups at the airport, drop-offs, tours in Quito and/or surrounding areas and tours around Ecuador. We offer a full concierge service in Ecuador for anything that you need.

For questions or for more information contact Roberto Ribadeneira

email: roberto_ribadeneira@me.com

or call

Toll Free from USA: 1-888-482-3850
Cellphone: 1-954-376-6033
In Ecuador: 593-92380346