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Ecuador Natural Health


Water and gravity play important roles in Ecuador’s natural health philosophy.

Once long ago, I wrote about health in the Andes:

Evening mists rose like white smoke from the dense jungle in tiny cyclones of purity that masked the deep green below. Evening shadows played purple harmonies on sharp angles in a distant mountain ridge while bird songs carried cosmic visions of nature’s perfect order in their tunes. A sun warmed breeze rose from the valley with pungent tales of life and death and the mystic reality of life’s richness in the setting sun.

At that time Merri and I had just returned from living at our Ecuador Andean plantation, Rosaspamba.

I included this picture of our front yard at Rosaspamba:

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The view is spectacular but this photo is significant because the first Ecuador health tip is to use water for better health.  The picture of our front yard is significant because it shows…

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the mists.

The year we lived at Rosaspamba with the Taita Yatchak was an El Nino year… so it rained almost continually.  The Yatchack had us walk in the mists every morning… take a cold shower (there was no electricity so this was not hard) and then dry in the cool open air.

He believed that the negative ions in the mists absorbed free radicals and cleansed us from the outside in.

This was cold but invigorating and refreshing.

Excepts below from an article “Five health benefits of cold water swimming” that our son Jake sent us suggest that immersion in cold water is a health benefit as well.

Jake and I believe in cold water immersion. Here we are one winter in our North Carolina creek!

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Here is the excerpt: If you had to assign one attribute to the kind of people who jump into ice-encrusted lakes for fun, it would probably be: weird. But, if pushed for a second, I bet it would be: healthy. 

Overweight, lethargic, bad skin, thin hair. These are not adjectives often associated with those crazy cold water enthusiasts. Try: athletic, youthful and toned with good complexions and lots of energy. So, what’s their secret? What are the real health benefits of regular exposure to cold water and are they available to normal people without masochistic tendencies?

1. Boosts your immune system. For your body, a sudden and drastic change in temperature constitutes an attack – as anyone who’s ever fallen overboard in British waters will concur. And, whilst “attacking” your own body may not sound like a good thing, there is no harm in keeping it on its toes.  In fact, quite the opposite.

Scientists from the Czech Republic immersed witting subjects in cold water for one hour, three times a week and monitored their physiology. They found significant increases in white blood cell counts and several other factors relating to the immune system. This was attributed to the cold water being a mild stressor which activates the immune system and gives it some practice.

2. For an all-natural high

. Winter swimmers talk a lot about the ‘high’ they get from cold water – a feeling of wellbeing that’s so encompassing that it becomes quite addictive (who doesn’t want to feel truly good, at least once a day?). The cause? Endorphins.

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers and, in the case of a cold dip, it uses them to take the sting away from your skin. So, to get high on your own supply, all you need to do is jump in a river.

3. Gets your blood pumping
. Being hot brings blood to surface. Being cold sends it to your organs. Both extremes work your heart like a pump. That’s why the whole sit in the sauna, roll in the snow, sit in the sauna thing makes people glow. But why is increased blood flow good for you? 

Well, it helps flush your circulation for starters, pushing blood through all your capillaries, veins and arteries.

4. Improves your sex life . 
The suggestion of a cold shower might bring forth images of hot-headed young men trying to quell wanton urges but research paints a different picture.
 
In a study with a similar format to the one described above, participants took daily cold baths and were monitored for changes. In addition to some similar results to their Czech counterparts, these researchers also found increased production of testosterone and estrogen in men and women respectively.

5.  Burns calories. We all know that swimming is great exercise but there are some extra benefits from doing it in the North Sea that you just won’t get from a warm wade in the Med.
 
Swimming in cold water will make your body work twice as hard to keep you warm and burn more calories in the process.

See the second Ecuador natural health tip in a moment. First let me remind you that you have just four days left to order fresh Ecuador Christmas roses.  See more on how these fair trade roses are sent to you

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The second Ecuador health tip is use gravity to improve your health.

We stayed an entire winter in this tiny bit of virgin jungle living with a yatchak and his apprentices.  Ecuador has its ups and downs but one fact never changes.  The Andes at the equator has special energy.  You can feel it. You can even see it on the scales. You weigh less on the equator because of the earth’s centrifugal force. This aspect of Ecuador seems to add a special health benefit that brings me to the first important Ecuador health tip that Merri and I often use.

The lymph is one of our body’s most important immune and purification systems and it is driven very much by gravity.   The Shamans place importance on the altered state of gravity for improving health.

This brings me to the rebounder, an excellent health tool for those who don’t want to travel to the equator to have their lymph system cleared. The rebounder is a mini trampoline that is amazingly effective for many health purposes.

Modern science has not been able to identify and label the underlying specifics of gravity. Yet we do know that gravity has a major impact on every aspect of our lives. Our bodies in a way are anti-gravity machines. This universal pull has an influence on the movement of our blood, our lymph, our skin and almost every part of our being.

Trampolines have a profound effect on our bodies because they magnify gravity.

Whatever one does on a trampoline, the exercise is compounded by the leverage gained through the kinetic energy stored in the springs (on the way down). This energy is pushed back through the body (on the way up) and can have enormous health benefits in many ways. Some use rebounders to increase strength, (every exercise on a trampoline gives you extra effect because of this leverage), but many including Merri and me use it just to exercise our lymph systems. This requires only 12 minutes a day of the lightest bouncing (your toes should not even leave the trampoline..just let your heels gradually bounce up and down). Even this light movement magnified by the springs pushes your body from zero gravity (at the top) to 2 g’s (at the bottom). This motion moves the lymph along and strengthens the body’s ability to keep the lymph moving to enhance the immune system.

There are few ways you can gain such a concentrated health benefit for just 12 minutes a day.  I first learned about rebounders more than a decade ago when reading the book the “New Miracles of Rebound Exercise” by Al Carter, which I understand has now sold over a million copies. There are dozens of books on the benefits of rebounding ranging from weight loss to muscle tone to curing cancer.  Links to details about this book and 20 others about rebounding are below.

A simple easy lymphatic cleansing bounce does not require much expense.  Merri and I purchased our rebounder at Wal Mart and it has lasted for years.

If you are going to do more than a simple lymphatic bounce, I recommend reading some books on the subject, or speaking with your health care provider  as trampolines provide leverage.  This means that good moves are better, but also means that bad moves are worse and the risks of injury could increase.

The third heath tip is to keep the body’s energy clean and in balance. The shamans and yatchaks use water to balance energy. This is at a sacred grotto that delegates on our Ecuador shamanic mingo tours visit.

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Here is an Ecuador shaman cleansing and balancing a delegate.

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Ecuador shamans use herbs and flowers to balance the energetic body.

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Ecuador shamans use fire to balance the energy fields and…

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smoke.

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Merri and I use all these cleansings when in Ecuador. We also use a more computerized western scientific method of working on our energy in the quantum field.

Our long term friend, Bob Shane, provides a computerized daily balancing with a Harmonic Energetic Balancing (HEB) program.  This program uses 3000 informational patterns to help neutralize everyday stresses so that more reserves are available if bigger real stress issues come along.

These informational patterns are enhanced with fractals and affirmations. They help improve body systems energetic balance and to decrease the energetic effect of pathological patterns in  much the same way that Dr. Emoto changes water molecules with intention.

Bob helps each person create his or her own affirmation so it focuses on specific needs and can be flexible changing whenever situations change.

An easy way to describe this might be from the point of view of a prayer (the affirmations and all other patterns) that is being continuously said for them without being diminished by how the person praying feels or their ability to focus; the computer sends the affirmations thousands of times per second – every time the hard disk goes round.   For more details about HEB contact Bob Shane at shanebob@msn.con

Good health is vital for success, everlasting wealth and happiness and these Ecuador health tips can help us thrive.

Gary

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Read the entire article from the Outdoor Swimming Society

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Galapagos Real Estate for Sale


This advertisement has been submitted by a reader for Galapagos real estate for sale… a wonderful Galapagos farming opportunity.

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I was really impressed by this ad because Galapagos is a pristine area where tourists and even residents are regulated but this farm is in a part of the Galapagos where even the tourists cannot go.

Here is what Mike Van Pelt wrote about the farm he has for sale.

“Galapagos”  What other word conjures up so many varied wild imaginations of fearless animals, peace and solitude, turquoise oceans with pristine island beaches, lava spouting volcanoes, and yes, Darwin?

This is a very rare opportunity to own your piece of Galapagos Paradise.

We are offering a 10 acre farm in the highlands of Isabela at a really rock bottom price.

Isabela is by far the largest of the islands in the Galapagos Archipelago, formed by the uniting of 5 volcanoes to create an island that equals a bit more than 50% of the land mass of all of the islands, 2850 square miles in total.  Its seahorse shape only adds to the charm of this enchanting island.  The population of 2,500 islanders encompasses a mix of Ecuadorians, Galapaginos, and Ex-Pats from the USA, UK, and various European countries. Its Southeastern coastal city of Puerto Villamil is a sleepy town that still has the quaint charm of all sand streets.  Puerto Villamil has begun to upgrade its appearance in the past 2 years.  There has been an addition of an embarcadero for the passenger boats.

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There is now sawn-lava side walks and a public square with shaded gazebo areas (which at this moment has free wifi).

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and an addition to the public hospital… where medical care is free.

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Villamil medical clinic and hospital.

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Villamil Plaza-Church.

I checked this out. Isabela Island is bigger than all the other Galapagos islands combined. It is about 75 miles long and 50 miles at its widest. The total land area is 1771 square miles—bigger than Rhode Island.  These mountains that form this island were probably separate at one time and then fused in to a single mass. The most recent eruption was Cerro Azul in 1999. So the island is still rising, and Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the islands—an elevation of 5,600 feet.

Here is a Galapagos map. You can see how large Isabela is compared to rest of the islands.

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Mike continues.

This finca (farm) is about a 15 minute drive from town toward Sierra Negra Volcano National Park, in an $8 per hour taxi.  It is situated at the corner of the Sierra Negra road and the Santo Tomas road.  Electricity is present on the property (The island’s electricity plant now powered by diesel generators, is scheduled to be replaced by a solar plant that powers the entire island by 2010).

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Electricity to the property. See the rich volcanic earth.

A beautiful ocean view can be seen from the property.  The Sierra Negra road is in the process of being paved, constituting the only paved road on the island.

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This is the beach on our island.

The island of Isabela is accessible by 4 daily flights to (and from) the island of Santa Cruz.  From Puerto Ayora board an island-hopper for a 2.5 hour boat ride to Isabela and its port city of Villamil where you will surely be greeted by one of the numerous lethargic sea lions who have claimed stake to a fisherman’s boat for the afternoon.  Although the boat ride may soon be alleviated, as a commercial airport has been started, but is awaiting additional governmental funding for its completion.  It is also possible to take a 6-passenger plane directly from Baltra airport to Isabela.

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This is the Villamil Port Area.

The Academy Bay and…

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Pointe Ayora are on Santa Cruz Island.

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Since you must go to Santa Cruz to get to Isabela you see these views on the journey.

This aerial was taken when we flew from Isabela directly to the airport on Baltra.

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The activities available on Isabela are sure to please every palate with beach activities including snorkeling either from beach or from boat (as long as you don’t mind penguins, sea lions or turtles as your companions), swimming, scuba diving, and volleyball; boat/land trips around the Bay and the Tintoreras Islets off of the shore of Villamil from which much wildlife can be seen and photographed including the Galapagos Penguins, Blue Footed Boobies, Sea Lions too numerous to count, Eagle Rays, and Green Sea Turtles.

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Snorkeling with Sea Lions.

Colonies of sea lions continue on their daily activities seemingly unaware that we are in their presence.

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Don’t forget to look up and see the ever-soaring Frigate Birds with their red throats.  I am told that this is a birding paradise.   This is not my strong area, but if you are a birder you will know.

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Blue Footed Boobie.

For the land-lovers, and nature lovers, a hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcan Chico is an absolute must, either partially by horseback or totally on your own hoof.  Either way the views, especially on a clear day, are more than breathtaking.  Then there is the geology – multi-colored lava, Pele’s tears, lava tubes, sulfur vents, and the endless black flow that is absorbed into the sea.

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On a different day plan to take in one of the lava tube caves, you will not be disappointed.  For the strong at heart, multiple-day hiking/camping trips to various remote locations can be arranged for hiking Sierra Azul or wildlife viewing in areas not accessible by the 2 roads on the island.

Back in Puerto Villamil, the main town do not miss the Poza Salinas, or brackish ponds, which sport several Flamingos sifting the salt-water for food.

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Villamil Albermarle Hotel.

Meals are really inexpensive.   In the restaurants the Plate of the Day lunch runs $2.50-$3 and dinner:  $3-$4.

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Main street restaurant.

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Local transportation.

Since the US dollar is the official currency there are no conversion costs or forex concerns.

If you are not staying at the farm, there are nice, new accommodations with A/C for as little as $15 a day… though you can spend
-up to $100/night for on-the-beach luxury.

Here…

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Villamil beach shots and…

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the police station and…

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Post office.

Walk  along the beach and the beach paths from town to the Rearing Center for the Giant Tortoises where several species of endangered Galapagos Tortoises are raised from incubation and released back into the wild at the age of 5.  Note:  They are always looking for volunteers, should you feel the desire to help an endangered species hands-on.

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There are also several boardwalks for viewing other natural water flora and fauna of the coastal marshy areas.

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Lagoon Conche Perle.

This finca is busting at the property lines with bananas in various varieties, papaya, guava, mature avocado (2 crops per year) and mango trees, various types of citrus, and passion fruit.

Papaya & Mango.

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Octoi & Banana.

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Citrus.

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Bananas.

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Farmhouse seen from the road.

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Cruises leave from Puerto Ayora, ranging from Single Day-Cruises to luxury 9-Day Cruises.

Cruise Boats are NOT allowed access to Isabela.   This helps preserve the pristine qualities of the island.

This is a farm and land of…

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true beauty… sunrise to…

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sunset.

I have Ecuador beach lots as well as this farm and would like to use the farm but never find the time to stay on the island long enough to get a Cedula (residency) card.  The Islands only allow 3 months per year visits with possible extensions of 3 each in one month periods so I will sell this for $109,000 or would consider a trade for a Cotacachi area property or other highland area or more Ecuador beach property.

For more details contact me, Mike Van Pelt at mike1athome@hotmail.com

This is a paid advertisement I am not involved so please direct your inquiries to Mike.

Gary

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Blane Watson’s Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in the mountains and at the sea.  Attend more than one seminar and tour and save even more plus get the three emailed courses free.

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

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


Ecuador Beach Tours


Ecuador beach condos offer great value.  Only $89,000 (with 80% financing) for brand new units and resales.

Here is an update on Vistazul Ecuador condos on the coast.

These condos offer great value and come with a club membership at Palmazul Boutque Hotel & Spa.

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This is the Palmazul Boutique Hotel and Spa which is also the Vistazul club house right at the condo project.  You can enjoy massages, swimming pool, tennis.

The owner Kjetil Haugan is currently adding upgrades at the club house with a loan received from an Ecuador business agency, upgrading rooms, building a new spa in front of the ocean, adding a new bar, along with bikes and  kayaks.

There is a children’s play ground and…

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Here are children of two of the first families with children who have condos at Vistazul.

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You can enjoy fine dining overlooking the beach.

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There are also several Vistazul condo resales offered at $84,000.  The benefit of these resales is that the units are finished. You can move in or begin renting them at any time.

Kjetil has also started to promote the hotel heavily in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia and is getting an average of 10 requests per day.  This should be very good for the apartment rentals once Vistazul is ready.

Here is an update on the Vistazul project.    Units 101 t0 1o5 are now finished and sold.

103 is available as a resale at $84,000 including club membership.ecuador-sea-real-estate-401

Here is the front of units 101 to 105.

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Here is unit 102 also there is a resale at the same price…. finished and ready to move in at the same price… $89,000.

For those with patience five units that are not ready… are still for sale…  for Ecuador Living subscribers.  The price is just $89,000 including the club membership.

Here are the unfinished units in Building two…

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and six.

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Here is the site plan.

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Every unit has a sea view from the bedroom or roof and of course has great sunsets.

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Let me walk you around the project with these pictures so you can tie the units and progress to the sketch above.

Here is a shot from the Palmazul hotel which is also the condo development’s clubhouse which sits right on the beach.

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The first building you see on the left is Block #1.  This block is 133 steps to the beach…just a bit over the distance of a football field.  I counted the steps myself!

Block #3, is  done.  There is one resale here at $89,000.

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Phase one of the project has 38 units in total.  Phase II is scheduled for 32 units.

Keep in mind ownership of these condos also include a free four day Galapagos cruise worth $2,230.

If the current owner has not used this cruise that benefit also passes along with the sale.  The tour is also offered in the resale units.

Patience is a great virtue in business and investing.

Though Vistazul owners have the right to use the pool and tennis courts at the clubhouse, Vistazul is also adding a swimming pool and tennis court at to make it easier for those in the upper to rent their condos.

Phase II units have better views but also higher prices at $115,000

See www.sanclementeecuador.com/ for more information.

Gary

Interested in Ecuador beach condos. learn more hear about our Ecuador coastal real estate tours.

Ecuador Export & Southern Coastal Tour


We have added an October Ecuador southern coastal and a northern Andes real estate tour to our 2009 schedule.

This southern coastal tour will be conducted just before our final Ecuador export tour of the year conducted October 21 to 25.  The Andes real estate tour will be conducted just after the export tour so you can attend all three.

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We’ll see fine gold encrusted art on the export tour.

Maggie Beesley conducts our export tours and she just sent me this note.

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Leather products of all types.

Value, Value, Value.  Today’s economy has us all looking for value in everything.  In reading Gary Scott’s emails for the last two weeks, we are all learning about ways to help our dollars to go farther, as well as how and where to get wise values.

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Wood carving.

October 21st thru October 24th we will be conducting another Import/Export class in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

If you are a reader of International Living, or Gary’s Ecuador Living, you know Ecuador is rated the number one country in the Retirement Index.

What does this mean?

Value is here, prices are incredible, cost of living anyone can afford and wonderful shopping.

Who should come to the class, why you should come, and what you will learn?

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Botanical art.

In other words…what is this class all about?

•    Creating income
•    Finding those “one of a kind” treasures
•    Having fun doing the above two things

Of course, those are only three things.  You are going to learn to recognize true “finds”….know what your market will buy, and get all these wonderful treasures in your suitcase home safe and sound.

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Ceramics.

We all know shopping is much different today than it was this time last year.  Last year we were still charging whatever we wanted.  This year we are paying cash for whatever we want.  People never spend as much if paying with cash.  So our mission in class is to find things for your market that are affordable, attractive, AND your people will happily hand over those hard earned dollars still allowing you a nice profit.

As I said this time last year, the main question I was asked “Do you take credit cards?”

I did a Bazaar yesterday and not one person charged anything.  The phrase of the day was “if I can’t pay cash for it, I won’t buy it.”  So right away I know some of the high end items that were selling left and right this time last year aren’t going to be my main sales today.

What have I learned?

Always be prepared to offer less expensive alternatives…not less quality, just more affordable for this cash market we are in.  The Credit Card Machine that was a must last year is an unneeded start up expense to you right now.

Don’t waste your money.  Plus the beauty of cash is that there are no additional charges from your bank to process those charges.  All a little more profit for you.  Yesterday at the Bazaar there were 16 vendors and I was the only one who had a credit card machine, and it sat, meaning at the end of the month, that “sitting” charge will cost me $48.00.

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Jewelry

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of many types.

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Now for this class there is a little homework, but fun homework.

FIRST ASSIGNMENT…..I want each of you to think about what you would buy today?

I am not talking about groceries.

Ladies, is it that “to die for” pair of boots on sale, perhaps a leather purse, maybe a wrap for early fall, or decorations for the December holidays?

Guys, what would you buy today? Boots, new billfold/wallet, leather sports jacket, sweater? Just think about what you would spend your hard earned dollars on.

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Top quality hand made suits at really low prices. This suit in french wool cost $135.

Your needs and wants are probably what will sell in your market, and that is what we need to look for.

Knowing your market is probably the most important knowledge you will take with you when making those purchases for resale.  Many of you already know about my red cape.  I love my red cape, however up in the Northeast my buyers are a little more conservative and red is not necessarily their first color of choice.

Gary Scott told me all about knowing my market, but I just love red.  I purchased 6 red alpaca capes plus 1 beige,  1 sage, 1 tan, 1 navy, and 2 black.

Yes you guessed it.

The red capes sat for a bit, but the neutral colors sold instantly and I could have sold more.  So I lost sales, and warehoused those 6 red capes until Christmas.  Moral to this story, please know your market.

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Flowers.

Your SECOND ASSIGNMENT… Please walk around your shopping areas and notice what colors people are wearing. Go into the stores and see what is on display.  Look at every catalogue you get.  What are those colors everyone is looking at?  Purple is huge again in the catalogues and stores, but do you see your market going with the fashion trends?

Look at accessories.

Scarves, jewelry, purses, shawls and make note of the prices.  Accessories have a very high markup, and this is where we can really make our money.

You all have your assignments, so get to work.  In class I want to see pictures you have cut out of catalogues, and let’s see if we can’t find those same items in Ecuador for much better prices.  It is fun!

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Textiles of…

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many

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types.

Look forward to seeing many of you in Ecuador.  By the way, if you haven’t made your flight reservations, there is what I call an “airplane sale” going right now for flights into South America. Grab those lower prices…and you just saved some money.  Maggie Beesley

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Crafts of all sorts and much… much more.

You can enroll in the Ecuador Export Tour here.

Before Maggie’s Export tour you can join Amy Pinoargote and Mike Sager  for the Ecuador southern coastal tour.

We have been our expanding our focus in Ecuador and now are helping readers look in the southern coastal areas.

Ecuador beach property has always represented incredible value and this expansion means we can help readers see a much larger part of the Ecuador coast.

We are also adding an October northern Andes real estate tour as you will see below.

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Those who have been reading our messages for any length of time know that we have focused our efforts on the middle portion of Ecuador’s beach from Manta to Bahia in the province of Manabi.

However there are many other great Ecuador beach areas that some of you want to visit.

I recently sent readers an article “SEE SALINAS LIKE A LOCAL” by Amy Pinoargote  that said:

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The Salinas Malecon area has long been a favorite destination.

Salinas is one of the favorite in Ecuador for good reasons.  It has beautiful beaches, with calm waters perfect for swimming, water sports, activities or just relaxing.   Along the Malecon, or beachfront promenade, you will find a variety of restaurants, hotels, bars and other attractions.  During the summer season there is even a giant sandcastle.  If you “tip” the sculptor $1, he will take your photo.  However, to really enjoy all that Salinas has to offer, you need to get to know it like a local.

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Pose for a photo by the giant sandcastle

Salinas at a Glance

There are two seasons in Ecuador.  Summer runs from December to April and winter from May to November.  The summer in Salinas is usually sunny, with occasional showers.  Daytime temperatures reach the low to mid 80s and nighttime temperatures run in the low 70s.  The winter tends to be overcast to partially sunny, but not rainy.  The winter is actually the drier time of the year and temperatures run about 10 degrees cooler than during the summer.   Because Salinas is semi-arid, it doesn’t experience sticky, tropical humidity.  This makes a comfortable environment for outdoor activities all year long.

As with most beach towns, the dress code in Salinas is casual.  It is perfectly fine to go from beach to restaurant.  Along with your swimsuit, pack plenty of shorts and short sleeved shirts, plus pants and long sleeves if you are visiting in the winter months.   Have a sweater handy, as some days are cooler than others.

Where to Eat

The Salinas area is a prime spot to enjoy fresh fish and seafood, as well as other Ecuadorian specialties.

A great spot to sample those specialties is Delícias de Ecuador, located near the entrance to the Costa de Oro neighborhood on the main road that runs from Salinas to La Libertad.

Prices here are very reasonable.  The daily lunch special or “Almuerzo” includes a soup, entrée and beverage, usually priced at $2.50.

Don’t ask for changes or substitutions on the lunch special; it comes the way it is.  Other options include Seco de Pollo, which is chicken stewed in a tomato-based sauce, and Menestra, lentils or beans served with your choice of grilled chicken, beef or fish.

If a relaxing lunch at the beach, complete with a hammock for a post-meal siesta is your style, drive about 30 minutes north of Salinas to San Pablo.  In this fishing village you will find cabana style restaurants right on the sand, specializing in fresh fish and seafood.

Las Manabas restaurant is one of the best.  If you can’t decide what to order from the extensive menu, try the Chupe de Pescado (fish stew) or Corvina (a mild tasting sea bass), cooked to order.  Most meals run between $3 and $5.

Ecuadorians typically eat a big meal at lunch and a light dinner.

Roca Parilla is the spot to enjoy an Ecuadorian style dinner.  Located a block off the Malecon, it opens at about 6 p.m.  Place your order at the counter, then take your receipt to the grill.  Specialties, which are typically priced from 50 cents to $1 each, include:

Chuzos -shrimp, chicken, beef or sausage grilled on a skewer
Torta de Papa – potato pancake filled with cheese
Torta de Choclo – corn pancake (this one is usually a favorite!)
Muchín – a yucca croquet filled with cheese

No trip to Salinas is complete without a visit to the Cevicherías, casual outdoor eating areas a few blocks off the Malecon that specialize in ceviche.  Shrimp ceviche in a tangy salsa is a good choice.  Shellfish and fish ceviche are also available.  Be aware that the shellfish or fish will not be cooked in the traditional manner.  The citrus juice in the salsa is said to “cook” the fish.  If you have concerns about eating uncooked fish, go with the shrimp version, which is cooked.

Things to See

If you want to browse for souvenirs, visit Mercado de Artesanias, an outdoor flea market in the Chipipe area of Salinas, where you can buy a variety of Ecuadorian handicrafts.

To get a glimpse of days gone by, visit the Museo de Sumpa.  This small, but well thought out museum features exhibits of artifacts from the early residents of the Santa Elena peninsula, including the Las Vegas culture.  It also features a Las Vegas burial site of the “lovers of Sumpa,” mummified remains of two people that appear to have died in an embrace.  You can also tour a cane dwelling typical of those built by the early settlers.

Enjoy a relaxing evening drive a few miles across the Santa Elena peninsula to the Punta Carnero beach, where you can see some of the most beautiful sunsets in Ecuador.  On your way back to Salinas, pass by the Malecon of La Libertad and stop for an evening stroll.

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Whether dining, sunsets or beach activities are your idea of a fun time, you will find it in Salinas.

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Gerardo & Amy Pinoargote spend their time between their home in Florida and Salinas and together with relatives are building and managing Spondylus II, a small beachfront development in the Costa de Oro area of Salinas, about 2 miles from the Malecon.

This is an area they like due to its privacy, great beach for walking, sunbathing and water sports. Yet it is just a short ride to dining and shopping in the central area.

Spondylus II  is a family business consisting of three towers. Tower A1 is sold out, except for a ground floor ocean front 1000 square foot unit. Several one and two bedroom suites are still available in tower A2, priced from $49,500 to $50,500.

Larger 1300 square foot units are also still available, priced under $110,000. Tower B has just been release for sale and features larger units (1400 – 1500 square feet), in the $120,000 – $135,000 price range.

Spondylus II offers the following amenities… beachfront pool & social area, a workout center, 24 hour security and the Pacific Ocean as a front yard.  All units feature granite kitchen counter tops, tile floors, tile baths, inset ceiling light fixtures and wooden kitchen cabinets.

Now it is possible to see Salinas like a local with Amy and her husband acting as your hosts and guides.

Amy and Gerardo Pinoargote, along with American real estate broker, Mike Sager, will conduct a Ecuador southern coastal real estate tour October 15th through 18th.

On this tour you can get to know Salinas property and the real estate along the beaches north of Salinas.

This is an opportunity to view more than a dozen properties and get tips from experts who are living in this area right now.  You save time, risk and zero in with help from those “in the know”.

The tour makes your real estate investigation efficient and productive but also allows time for relaxing in the evenings and enjoying the beaches.  Plus as you’ll see in a moment could save you thousands should you ever decide to buy in this area.

Here are a few of the properties you’ll see:

•    New 2 bedroom condo located directly on a tranquil beach in popular Salinas… $55,000.

•    3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with ocean views in the most popular complex in Olon…. $100,000.

•    Large house on a ¼ acre lot near Montanita, complete with basketball court, ample parking and caretaker’s cottage that could be a bed & breakfast… $250,000.

The southern coastal tour package includes three nights accommodations:

Thursday, October 15 –  The tour fee includes a room at the Castel or similar hotel in Guayaquil.
Friday, October 16 – breakfast, transportation from Guayaquil to Salinas, lunch, Salinas area property viewings, happy hour and night’s stay at Coco’s or similar hotel in Salinas.

Saturday, October 17 – breakfast, Ruta de Sol property viewings (Ballenita to Montanita), lunch, night’s stay at Charo’s or similar hotel in Montanita.

Sunday, October 18 – breakfast, Olon area property viewings, lunch, tour of Salinas , return transportation to Guayaquil, night’s stay at the Castel or similar hotel in Guayaquil.

The tour will be limited in size but you can assure a space and save $100 if you reserve by September 1.

If you enroll today, the fee is $499 for one $998 for two.

Tomorrow the tour fee rises to $599 for one and $1,198 for two.

See how to save even more on multiple tours below.

The tour package does not include your flight.  You should plan to fly into Guayaquil on October 15th and depart from there on the 19th.  If you are attending the export and/or Andean tour we’ll help you join other delegates in Quito.

Save 2% on real estate purchase.

We are promoting this tour in cooperation with Gerardo, Amy and Mike and when we promote outside tours, we always ask for the tour operator to give something special to our Ecuador Living subscribers.

In this case,  Amy & Gerardo will provide Ecuador Living subscribers a 2% discount on any  Spondylus II condo purchase. This is possible because we do not accept real estate commissions and ask that the benefit of exposure to our large readership (this message will reach 16,572 readers) be pass onto our Ecuador Living subscribers.

Your tour does not have to end on the southern beach. As mentioned, you can then continue to Quito and Cotacachi for our October 21 to 24 Ecuador export tour.

Still more… Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Finally you can also join our October Imbabura real estate tour October 25-26, where we have also convinced developers and real estate sellers to pass savings along to our tour delegates in the form of  discounts.  For example the Prima Vera condos also offer a 2% discount to buyers from our tours.

Join us for one, two or all three tours.  Reduced tour fees apply for attending two or three tours.

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

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

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

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

Gary

Ecuador Beach & Mountain Retirement


Ecuador beach retirement?   Retire in Ecuador in the cool Andes? Or just live in Ecuadorian the mountains or on the sea?  The best way to know is to visit and see Ecuador for more than a few days.

This is why we have created a Retire-in-Ecuador inspection Surf & Turf Hotel program so you can live a month in the Andean mountains and on the Ecuador’s coast at prices far below rates you would normally pay.

The Retire-in-Ecuador program is designed to help you see a huge chunk of Ecuador as you immerse yourself in the wonderful culture and get to know Ecuador’s friendly people.

There is a secret to the program.  You inspections are centered around two seemingly isolated… yet central locations to help you see as much of the country in a most efficient way.

These locations are Cotacachi… north of Quito and San Clemente… north of Manta.

Surf & Turf lets you stay at Meson de Las Flores and Palmazul two of our favorite small hotels in Ecuador.

Welcome to Meson de las Flores… our colonial hotel.

Meson is in Cotacachi and near Otavalo. This area offers the essence of Andean friendliness and colonial charm. Breakfasts are included in your plan and served in this open air, central courtyard where our friendly staff helps you dine Al Fresco in the clean mountain air.

Or you can dine in the mural room.

Meson is located directly off Cotacachi’s main plaza and next to the village cathedral and Plaza. Here is a view from Meson of the cathedral at dawn.

From the minute you enter the hotel, you feel its history…

yet the rooms have all been renovated for your complete comfort.

Enjoy the company of Meson guests during evenings in the fireplace room for an evening snack, drink and a blazing fire to ward of the cool mountain air.

Cotacachi is perfectly located so you have access to Quito, Otavalo and Ibarra and surrounds. This is one of the major areas where new residents are moving.

Our normal surf and turf plan provides you with two weeks stay here at Meson de las Flores.  Then you head for Ecuador’s coast.

Palmazul Hotel & Spa is north of Manta, the central hub for reaching Ecuador’s beaches.  Palmazul is a new hotel right on the beach. Here I am working in the beach view dining room where your breakfast (also included) is served.

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Both hotels Meson and Palmazul have just 15 rooms to assure privacy and personal attention.

You enjoy special savings on these hotel accommodations for two weeks in the mountains and two weeks on the sea.

This Ecuador Hometel plan cuts your hotel costs in half and makes these wonderful hotels your home.

Enjoy the colonial Ecuador hotel in the Andes El Meson de las Flores and on the sea at Palmazul…14 days stay in each hotel for a low total cost of $1,299 Single, $1,499 couple order here.

Please check with us for space availability before you book. Contact us at mesondelasflores@gmail.com

Ecuador Coastal Hotels Savings are now available at Palmazul Coastal Hotel Spa, one of the newest Ecuador beach hotels.

Palmazul sits directly on Ecuador’s beach and is offering an Ecuador coastal Hometel program so you can have a home away from home on Ecuador’s beach…live in luxury on the Ecuador sea at very low cost for a month (or longer) at a time.

Palmazul becomes your home for an Ecuadorian coastal adventure on the Pacific.

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This is your Ecuador coastal swimming pool and tennis court…really on the beach…overlooking the Ecuadorian Pacific.

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This is your Ecuador coastal swimming pool and tennis court…really on the beach…overlooking the Ecuadorian sea.

Here are some snapshots of the Palmazul Coastal Hotel and Spa and next door Vistazul condos.   You’l stay either in the hotel or in a two bedroom condo based on availability… but everyone is entitled to use the club house, dining rooms, pools, tennis courts, spa and beach.

The monthly price includes a wonderful served breakfast from this dining room overlooking Ecuador’s wonderful Pacific coast.

Dinner here is special too. You can visit this Ecuadorian fisherman when he brings in his fresh Pacific catch each day back to the hotel….where you can choose your meal. Few Ecuadorian coastal hotels offer this service.

San Clemente is a charming rustic coastal village, 45 minutes north of the port city of Manta, almost exactly in the middle of Ecuador ’s coast.  Bahia, Ecuador’s nicest coastal town is 30 minutes north.  Palmazul is perfectly located on a small road that ends just a short distance away into a cliff  thus  enabling you to enjoy proximity to town yet it is quiet as there is no through traffic. Transportation is also easy and fun…small jitneys everywhere!

San Clemente is a perfect starting point for exploring Ecuador ’s coast…in the middle of Ecuador beaches so you can reach the north or south of the coast in a day.

Yet in San Clemente, the days are full.  Fish from the jetties, stroll the beach, travel the coast, hike, horse ride, play tennis or just relax around the pool or on the beach.

Of course you can also work. Palmazul offers free wireless broadband for your laptop. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Ecuador ’s coast, but always stay in touch electronically with the rest of the world.

The spa also has a treatment room where you can enjoy a massage.

Your room will have a view and private balcony so your comfort does not end when the sun sets.

As dusk arrives so does the sea breeze…fresh into your room.

Cozy in your bed…

The surf serenades you in a soft night’s sleep…so you’ll be ready for the gentle surf and Pacific waters warmed by Ecuador ’s never ending sun.

To make your reservation, simply choose the order form below.

Gary

Enjoy really low rates in the mountains and on the sea with our month long surf  turf Retire-in-Ecuador program.  At normal rates a two week stay at each hotel (15 days at Meson and 16 days at Pamazul) would cost $3,262.  You save up to $2,073 because the one payment surf & turf rate is $1,299 ($1,499 for two).

Please check space availability before you book. For El Meson please contact mesondelasflores@gmail.com

28 day Surf & Turf $1,299 Reserve Single Here

28 day Surf & Turf $1,499 Reserve Double Here

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

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

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

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

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

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

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

Wild Health & Profit


Two huge problems we face whether we live in Ecuador, the US, Canada or anywhere are rising costs and a deterioration of global health and health care.

Here is a tip that can improve your health and wealth at the same time.

See how water is proven to improve health and how one person used it to enhance his wealth.

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Wild Pooling?  Good for your health?

Our last message Ecuador Dental Exercise looked at ancient health wisdom suggesting that taking a cold shower or dip in a pool can improve your health.

This thought goes beyond shamanism.

In the Eighties, NASA research confirmed that regular cold water swimming leads to a series of bodily changes called “cold adaptation”, which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and increases fertility and libido in men and women.

See in the excerpt below from our course Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business how one businessman turned his passion for water and disaster into profit.

The Tangled Web course helps earn added income, as you improve your lifestyle, wherever you live because the mantra in our business courses is “Turn Your Passion into Profit.”  Do what you love and figure out how to earn from the process.

We have been stressing this idea since well before we started our internet publishing in the 1990s.

Our son Jake, just finished law school in Britain.  His break before jumping into his new profession has been to join us to work here on the farm. When he arrived he brought the idea of wild swimming… a perfect example of how to turn a passion into profit… using the internet.

Jake told me the story of Wild Swimming as he tested the idea of Wild Pooling… soaking in the creek pools here at the farm.

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The rock pool.

The story he shared was about Daniel Start, an Englishman who led a conservation expedition into New Guinea in 1995.   While in the jungle the entire scientific team were taken hostage by Irian Jaya separatists.

Start and his team were held for over four months and during the military operation that freed them, they saw two of their team hacked to death in front of them by the rebels.  While being held hostage for months they were forced to scavenge for food and live like the native people, their lives constantly at risk.

During this time, Start became a devotee of outdoor swimming as his kidnappers were a riverine tribe.

Upon returning to England he held a passion for swimming and began crossing the country looking for great places to swim.  From this passion grew a book, “Wild Swimming” a  guide arranging 150 swimming sites by region, with a helpful ‘at a glance’ section that groups the swims by themes such as child-friendliness, literary associations and proximity to a cycle route or good pub.

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The bridge pool.

The book has created quite a movement and a web site (a link is below).

A Telegraph article entitled Wild Swimming: A Splashing Time, Naturally

Spring is here and soon it will be warm enough to go to Port Meadow, a huge grassy swathe along a meandering stretch of the Thames in Oxford where we live for a picnic, a paddle and maybe a swim.

It was here, during a late summer swim last year, that I met Daniel Start. He was taking pictures for his book, Wild Swimming, to be launched at the end of the month by Punk Publishing (the imprint responsible for the popular Cool Camping guides). Start was inspired to write about England’s best swimming spots during the baking summer of 2006.

“I was working in an office in London, dreaming about the rivers of my childhood in Herefordshire,” he says. “I was desperate to go swimming on my days off but couldn’t find any information about where to go. So I decided to write about the lost swimming holes of England, where generations of children learnt to swim before public baths existed.”

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There you have it.  A problem… a passion and a profit.

When you create a business in this way it often does more than just make a few dollars.   Start’s books (he has now also written “Wild Swimming on the Coast”) encourage enviromentalism, healthiness for adults and children plus togetherness of family and a return to nature which is needed all over the world.

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The upper falls pool.

Hopefully you will never need to be kidnapped to have a passion… yet know this: There is some desire within you. If you turn it into an internet business, it may do swimmingly well!

Gary

Join us July 24-26 in the cool Blue Ridge during the hot summer and save $299.

We hope you’ll share our beautiful lifestyle in the cool Blue Ridge with us this summer. July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Enjoy the farm and our pools.

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Enroll in our July 24-26 seminar and I will enroll you in our course Tangled Webs – How to Have an Internet Business free. You save $299.

Merri and I love our life in the Blue Ridge… the rushing streams and..

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cool, green forest.

We invite delegates to the farm for lunch and we’ll take a walk through the woods with delegates who would like to…

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enjoy nature and the views.

We’ll have a wine tasting of Blue Ridge organic wines. Here are delegates at the tasting last year.

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I have just sent our multi currency email course subscribers a report on coffee related shares that now have a strong upward trend.

Enroll in our July 24-26 seminar and I will enroll you in our course Tangled Webs – How to Have an Internet Business free. You save $299.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

The Wild Swimming site is at http://www.wildswimming.co.uk/

Read Wild swimming: A Splashing Time, Naturally
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/dietandfitness/3354127/Wild-swimming-a-splashing-time-naturally.html

Ecuador Beach Property Review


Ecuador beach property has always represented incredible value in my opinion.

Now there is an extra value on Ecuador’s beach because rumors have scared some buyers away.  This means that intelligent investors can take advantage of the truism, “Buy on the rumors and sell on the news.”

For example one reader just sent me this note.

Hi Gary, I am really interested in Ecuador and you seem to have so much information. I have been doing some research and found that the most recent President of Ecuador is thinking about confiscating beach properties from foreigners. If this is true and is only including beach front properties. I am interested in buying and living in Ecuador but also really want to live in a very warm to hot climate. I thrive best under these conditions. So could you tell me something about the political climate at this time. I am also interested in your import/export seminar as well as a real estate tour. But before I plunge head first into something I would like to be as well informed as possible. Thanks in advance.
Amy

Here is my reply:

I have never heard this and it seems highly doubtful.  I suspect this is one of those many, groundless rumors that pop up on the internet.  I have copied our friend and attorney, Floridalva Zombrano, who would know if this were so.  Regards,  Gary

Here is Floridalva’s reply :

Dear Amy and Gary, You are  absolutely right, Gary. This is only a rumor without any legal basis.  Going over our new Constitution I found that Art. 323 states:  “All forms of confiscations are prohibited”.  Amy, If you have any further questions on the legal aspects of buying real estate  here in Ecuador, immigration issues, etc.  I would be happy to assist you.  Kind regards,  Flori.

This is exactly the type of rumor (one that is opposite the truth) that creates the greatest opportunity. This rumor that the President is considering confiscation when the new constitution which he pushed for and strongly supported prohibits all forms of confiscation is exactly wrong…. also at a time when South and North American relations are getting better.

I am adding a stronger buy signal for Ecuador beach property and this week will run a series looking at Ecuador beach areas from Salinas to Esmeraldas as shown on an excerpt of this Ecuador map at www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/samerica/lgcolor/eccolor.htm

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Those who have been reading our messages for any length of time know that I have focused my efforts on the middle portion of Ecuador’s beach from Manta to Bahia in the province of Manabi.

You can see why I consider Manta the key to Ecuador beach growth here.

See why I like the San Clemente beach condos I have invested in here.

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My condos have these views.

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However there are many other great Ecuador beach areas I would like to share so I asked a few of the many contacts I have made, up and down the coast, to tell us more about the beaches where they are in Ecuador.

This series starts today as far south as one should probably go on Ecuador’s beach… in Salinas.

SEE SALINAS LIKE A LOCAL
Story and photos by Amy Pinoargote

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The Salinas Malecon area has long been a favorite destination.

Salinas is one of the favorite in Ecuador for good reasons.  It has beautiful beaches, with calm waters perfect for swimming, water sports, activities or just relaxing.   Along the Malecon, or beachfront promenade, you will find a variety of restaurants, hotels, bars and other attractions.  During the summer season there is even a giant sandcastle.  If you “tip” the sculptor $1, he will take your photo.  However, to really enjoy all that Salinas has to offer, you need to get to know it like a local.

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Pose for a photo by the giant sandcastle

Salinas at a Glance

There are two seasons in Ecuador.  Summer runs from December to April and winter from May to November.  The summer in Salinas is usually sunny, with occasional showers.  Daytime temperatures reach the low to mid 80s and nighttime temperatures run in the low 70s.  The winter tends to be overcast to partially sunny, but not rainy.  The winter is actually the drier time of the year and temperatures run about 10 degrees cooler than during the summer.   Because Salinas is semi-arid, it doesn’t experience sticky, tropical humidity.  This makes a comfortable environment for outdoor activities all year long.

As with most beach towns, the dress code in Salinas is casual.  It is perfectly fine to go from beach to restaurant.  Along with your swimsuit, pack plenty of shorts and short sleeved shirts, plus pants and long sleeves if you are visiting in the winter months.   Have a sweater handy, as some days are cooler than others.

Where to Eat

The Salinas area is a prime spot to enjoy fresh fish and seafood, as well as other Ecuadorian specialties.

A great spot to sample those specialties is Delícias de Ecuador, located near the entrance to the Costa de Oro neighborhood on the main road that runs from Salinas to La Libertad.

Prices here are very reasonable.  The daily lunch special or “Almuerzo” includes a soup, entrée and beverage, usually priced at $2.50.

Don’t ask for changes or substitutions on the lunch special; it comes the way it is.  Other options include Seco de Pollo, which is chicken stewed in a tomato-based sauce, and Menestra, lentils or beans served with your choice of grilled chicken, beef or fish.

If a relaxing lunch at the beach, complete with a hammock for a post-meal siesta is your style, drive about 30 minutes north of Salinas to San Pablo.  In this fishing village you will find cabana style restaurants right on the sand, specializing in fresh fish and seafood.

Las Manabas restaurant is one of the best.  If you can’t decide what to order from the extensive menu, try the Chupe de Pescado (fish stew) or Corvina (a mild tasting sea bass), cooked to order.  Most meals run between $3 and $5.

Ecuadorians typically eat a big meal at lunch and a light dinner.

Roca Parilla is the spot to enjoy an Ecuadorian style dinner.  Located a block off the Malecon, it opens at about 6 p.m.  Place your order at the counter, then take your receipt to the grill.  Specialties, which are typically priced from 50 cents to $1 each, include:

Chuzos -shrimp, chicken, beef or sausage grilled on a skewer
Torta de Papa – potato pancake filled with cheese
Torta de Choclo – corn pancake (this one is usually a favorite!)
Muchín – a yucca croquet filled with cheese

No trip to Salinas is complete without a visit to the Cevicherías, casual outdoor eating areas a few blocks off the Malecon that specialize in ceviche.  Shrimp ceviche in a tangy salsa is a good choice.  Shellfish and fish ceviche are also available.  Be aware that the shellfish or fish will not be cooked in the traditional manner.  The citrus juice in the salsa is said to “cook” the fish.  If you have concerns about eating uncooked fish, go with the shrimp version, which is cooked.

Things to See

If you want to browse for souvenirs, visit Mercado de Artesanias, an outdoor flea market in the Chipipe area of Salinas, where you can buy a variety of Ecuadorian handicrafts.

To get a glimpse of days gone by, visit the Museo de Sumpa.  This small, but well thought out museum features exhibits of artifacts from the early residents of the Santa Elena peninsula, including the Las Vegas culture.  It also features a Las Vegas burial site of the “lovers of Sumpa,” mummified remains of two people that appear to have died in an embrace.  You can also tour a cane dwelling typical of those built by the early settlers.

Enjoy a relaxing evening drive a few miles across the Santa Elena peninsula to the Punta Carnero beach, where you can see some of the most beautiful sunsets in Ecuador.  On your way back to Salinas, pass by the Malecon of La Libertad and stop for an evening stroll.

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Whether dining, sunsets or beach activities are your idea of a fun time, you will find it in Salinas.

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Gerardo & Amy Pinoargote spend their time between their home in Florida and Salinas and together with relatives are building and managing Spondylus II, a small beachfront development in the Costa de Oro area of Salinas, about 2 miles from the Malecon.

This is an area they like due to its privacy, great beach for walking, sunbathing and water sports. Yet it is just a short ride to dining and shopping in the central area.

Spondylus II  is a family business consisting of three towers. Tower A1 is sold out, except for a ground floor ocean front 1000 square foot unit. Several one and two bedroom suites are still available in tower A2, priced from $49,500 to $50,500.

Larger 1300 square foot units are also still available, priced under $110,000. Tower B has just been release for sale and features larger units (1400 – 1500 square feet), in the $120,000 – $135,000 price range.

Spondylus II offers the following amenities… beachfront pool & social area, a workout center, 24 hour security and the Pacific Ocean as a front yard.  All units feature granite kitchen counter tops, tile floors, tile baths, inset ceiling
light fixtures and wooden kitchen cabinets.

Information is available from Gerardo & Amy Pinoargote at gpinoargote@yahoo.com

Gary

Our 2-4-1 offer expires in four days.

Join us and visit Ecuador beach property with our 2-4-1 tours this May and July.

See great May Ecuador airfares  here.

We have three Ecuador tours scheduled for May and July 2009.

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24

Merri and I will not be on these tours but we do want to meet you. So to make sure we can meet, we will let you attend these either one of the May real estate tours free if you enroll in one of our three International Made EZ  courses, in July, October or November.

You get two courses for the price of one.  Enroll in any of these courses that Merri and I will conduct below and choose either May real estate tour free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

You can enroll in one, two or three of these courses below

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17. $499 Enroll here.   $749 For a couple.

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21.  $499 Enroll here.  $749 For a couple.

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24.  $399 Enroll here. $499 For a couple.

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

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

Our 2-4-1 offer expires at midnight April 30, 2009.