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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.

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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 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

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Ecuador Patience


There is extra opportunity in Ecuador for those with patience.

This chess set started me thinking about patience.

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This is a time of great opportunity…  perhaps the greatest in 40 years…yet not without the bravery to accept risk… and several other qualities…. patience…  flexibility… resilience… tenacity… acceptance and a bird’s eye view to see the big picture.

In a moment… we’ll look at some Ecuador real estate and see how patience works there.   First a true and recent story… about patience and chess.

Having lived a wandering life… I have not accumulated a lot of stuff in the years I was moving around.   In fact only one material thing survived  my decades in Hong Kong and Europe… this ivory chess set.

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I am not even sure why I lugged the wooden, silk lined box through so many countries.  For years I did not even play… but I kept the set and now it’s a treasure to me.

The set is a little battered.  Our five children each had a go at it one time or another.   A couple of the rooks are minus their ears.

Overall however this is a lovely set…  4 inch, pure ivory… no longer possible to import.  I love its feel.

Our friend and farm manager, Richard Goebel, and I have a continual, running game.  The board sits in our hallway and as Richard or I pass through we stop for a moment… study and make a move.

Sometimes when Merri and I are traveling we are weeks between moves… but a game is always on the board.   Richard and I are pretty evenly matched.  Usually there is no  winner… just a loser… the one who made the most current stupid error.

Recently it was my turn at stupidity, (aghhhh).  Early in the game, I gave up my queen.

Carelessness… pure and simple. I can offer nothing more.

I was instantly discouraged.  We both had nearly a full board but I was already missing my queen!  “How can I possibly win” I thought, “with such a disadvantage?”

I was about to give up when some quiet voice said, “No, keep playing.”

A few days later Richard stupidly gave up his queen as well.  That game dragged on for days but in the end the match was mine because of… patience.

This started me thinking about these seven qualities that can unlock enormous business and investing opportunity now:

#1: Bravery to accept risk

#2: Flexibility

#3: Resilience

#4: Tenacity

#5: Acceptance

#6: Bird’s eye view

#7: Patience

Thinking about patience reminded me of  John Milton’s poem  “On His Blindness.”

Milton is acclaimed to be one of the greatest English poets and I am not sure he was always patient.   Resilient yes… he was kicked out of university, lost wives and was imprisoned for his political views and went blind… yet managed to keep creating his incredible prose.

However  I believe that Milton understood patience… perhaps from his blindness because he ended his poem “On His Blindness”  (see the entire poem below) with this powerful reminder, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

The Chinese have an even more ancient saying:  “Sit on the river bank long enough and you see the bodies of all your enemies float by”.

Patience is important when buying real estate in Ecuador or anywhere.

Merri and I spent seven years tromping up and down mountains to buy our first hacienda (Rosaspamba) in Ecuador.

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Here Merri and I are building our first hut at our Ecuador hacienda… Rosaspamba.

We negotiated nearly a year to buy this building… that was a mess.

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fixed it looks like this…

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and is getting better because we are patiently fixing one floor at a time.

If a person spends time in Ecuador  and stays alert, he’ll see many incredible fixer upper bargains.

Just over a year ago, Merri and I bought the four story office building shown above.   We began cleaning it up and converting two floors into condos.

If one is not in a hurry, construction costs are low.

This was the third floor kitchen… another mess.

Here is the third floor now.

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This if fully furnished with…

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one bedroom and …

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office/den (or second bedroom)  and…

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balcony.   The kitchen now…

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looks great.  The hardwood cabinets had not been installed when I took this shot but are in place now.

We did not start fixing this floor until we dealt with the 4th floor… an even worse mess.  Patience, patience!

Before.

After.

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This is a loft studio with…

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great light and an open feel with…

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full dining area and…

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kitchen.

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These floors are among the highest points in the village and views from both units are the best around.  Mornings give…

the sunrise over Mt. Imbabura.

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Evenings offer sunset in the east on Mt. Cotacachi.

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Views are great at night with the village alight.

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and you can see the entire village…

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and both mountains during the day.

Where we had huge walls we said…”How about windows with a view instead?”   The builder  figured out what height was needed to see Mt. Cotacachi and simply knocked the window openings in the walls. Then he built hardwood window surrounds that frame this view.

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The bathroom includes a full tiled bathtub and spa shower like this.

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The king size sleeping nook has this view also and is fully curtained…

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with full hardwood closets.

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These units are available for rental on a three, six or 12 month lease, by the way. Send me a note at gary@garyascott.com

Anyone can have a nice place like this but to get one with great value requires patience.

Patiently fixing up this  property will provide us with some nice extra profit with good value because we were patient… in buying… in fixing.

We  did all this slowly… from cash flow… patiently so we developed value.

I have been using patience to look for real estate in Florida as well.  After months of scouring the state… looking at hundreds of listings we made our first offer… at about half the already reduced asking price.

This is where patience and the never ending quest for value comes into play.

Value is really hard to understand in the real estate and equity market now because the bubble of 2007 created many false illusions.

The values of a house are twofold… the value of a roof overhead and the value of whatever price it can be resold.

These are unpredictable times.   Basing a potential resale on previous inflated bubble prices can be a great error.

Tomorrow we’ll see how,  after months of searching Merri and I are using patience to make our first offer for property in Florida.

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These are great reminders that at times, patience is a most important quality in investing, business and all of life.

On His Blindness
John Milton

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,—
Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?
I fondly ask:—But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: God doth not need
Either man’s work, or His own gifts, who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at His bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:—
They also serve who only stand and wait.

Ecuador Beach Condo Update


Vistazul beach condos offer great value.

Here is an update.

These condos offer great value and come with a club membership at Palmazul Boutique 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.

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 $89,000.  The benefit of these resales is that the units are finished. You can move in or begin renting any time… right now.

Here is an update on the Vistazul project.    Units 101 t0 1o5 are  now 60% complete and 103 is available as a resale at $89,000 including club membership.

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Here is the front of units 101 to 105.

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Here is unit 102 that when finished and ready to move in will be available at the same price… $89,000. (or $79,000) for Ecuador Living subscribers.

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 roof and of course 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.

Learn how to subscribe to Ecuador Living and save $10,000 and much more.

Kjetil can be reached at kjetil@haugancruises.com

Patience is a great virtue in business and investing.

Gary

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Vilcabamba Real Estate


Vilcabamba, Ecuador is one of the most popular destinations my readers wrote about.

Read about Vilcabamba real estate for sale and then see a link on Ecuador’s ticket tax.

I am always happy to accept advertisements for Vilcabamba real estate like the one below.  This is from one of the big attractions there as the community based around CLUB HACIENDA EL ATILLO, RESORT & SPA.

Vilcabamba has great beauty. This is a view from the Club Hacienda El Atillo gated community in Vilcabamba.   See dozens more pictures from CLUB HACIENDA EL ATILLO, RESORT & SPA here.

This photo was taken from the LA MOLIENDA DE EL ATILLO lodge which has three apartments that can be rented (two to four people) on a daily or monthly basis.

Here is a house in the community.

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and plaza.

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Merri and I visited Vilcabamba a number of times over a decade ago because during our initial research the Ecuadorian consul told of Vilcabamba’s great beauty and he explained that the residents had longevity.

After our first two journeys to Ecuador, I became increasingly fascinated with the fact that some of the valleys including Vilcabamba have special qualities, which enhance longevity. Residents in these valleys had a history of reaching extreme ages.

Imagine sitting in your back yard as you view the mountains of Vilcabamba Ecuador.

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So I was delighted a few months ago when Manuel Riofrio, the developer of Club Hacienda El Atillo Resort & Spa decided to place an advertisement for his project with us.

I have heard back from readers who really liked what they saw. Now Manuel has placed another ad… plus sent the many pictures of his project and the people living there… below.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy healthy exercise at the Club Hacienda El Atillo gated community in Vilcabamba.

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Tennis courts at LA MOLIENDA DE EL ATILLO lodge.

Plus places to meet.

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Get together…

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Get good, fresh food.

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and stay healthy.

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Here is what Manuel originally wrote about Vilcabamba.

I am the developer of a project in Vilcabamba Loja Ecuador Which we feel is an excellent place for those who wish to enjoy the magic of this valley but also wish convenience. Our project is only two blocks from the center of the village.

We have great experience in this area as our family has owned the farm “EL ATILLO” for 200 years. We now wish to share this experience with those who wish to live in our longevity valley. We offer land parcels, houses and suites. we have developed 36 lots and 25 have been sold, ten to Americans, four Europeans and eleven to Ecuadorians.

Club Hacienda El Atillo is in an advanced state of construction, our condominiums are almost finished, our club area is 65% complete and we feel that the project is very special.

Here are some more photos taken at Club Hacienda El Atillo in Vilcabamba Ecuador.

Wonderful flowers.

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Great landscaping.

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Scenic views.

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CLUB HACIENDA EL ATILLO, RESORT & SPA has 24/7 Security, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Library, Restaurant, Bar, Chapel, Spa., Gym, Equestrian Club, Gallery, Gardens, Cascades, Walking paths, sidewalks and Roadways,club house, Plaza, 360 degree panoramic and breath taking view of the Valley and more.

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Plus now there is more you an learn about Club Hacienda El Atillo Resort & Spa in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Manuel recently wrote:

Club Hacienda “El Atillo” Resort & Spa. Vilcabamba, Ecuador can now be seen on a YOUTUBE.com  video.

See www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu3ewPgU_Nc

See it in high quality by clicking on lower right hand corner at YouTube.

There is also a  New York Times link that says more about Vilcabamba in a series on Vilcabamba: 1 of the 4 Long Live & Prosper Villages of the world:

See: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122367266613424083.html?mod=yhoofront

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We currently have 16 lots available from 3,000 to 12,000 square feet and 1 large lot of 50,000 square feet.

Our gated community, El Atillo, Club Hacienda, Resort and Spa, in Loja Province of Ecuador is a great place to live.

We offer one of the best options in Vilcabamba with:

* Very competitive prices.
* Proximity to Vicabamba’s Central Park.
* Beautiful views and wonderful landscaping.
* New Hacienda architecture.
* All the amenities and features of a 5 star club.

We can build houses or cabins for you in our New  Hacienda style.

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Construction runs from $55 to $65  a square foot.

Lots sell for approximately $4.80 a square foot.

Our lodge also offers rental accommodations for your short or long staying…  $25 per day or $450 a month for suites and $650 a month for  apartments.

Club’s shares are $5000.

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LOTS FOR SALE at El Atillo, Club Hacienda, Resort and Spa

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Approximate prices and square footage

Lot # Area (sq. ft +-)     Cost Land       No. Club Shares          Total

9/2       13,200             $57,900           4     $20,000          $77,900
9/3       13,000             $53,950           4     $20,000          $73,950
9/4       12,000             $52,300          4     $20,000          $72,300
9/5       14,000             $61.400          4     $20,000           $81,400
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8/1       5,000              $23,600         2       $10.000            $33,605
8/2       6,200             $28,700         2        $10,000            $38,700
8/3       6,000            $27,900          2        $10.000            $37,900

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9/12     706,52        33.912,96         2        10.000                        43.912,96
9/14      816,43       39.188,64         2        10.000                        49.188,64
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8/15     3,700             $17,300         2        $10,000              $27,300
8/16     2,800            $13.000         2        $10,000               $23,000
8/17     4,400            $20,300         2        $10,000               $30.300
8/18     2,800            $13,000         2        $10,000               $23,000
8/19     5,000            $23.750        2          $10,000               $33,723

Method of Payment

1st. option: 25% down payment 75% =12 monthly installments

2nd. option: 25% down payment, and 3 payments within 1 year

3rd. option: cash (12% discount)

You can get more information, prices, a full brochure and site plan of Club Hacienda El Atillo Resort & Spa in Vilcabamba Ecuador from Manuel Coriofrio by email  at elatilloclubhacienda@hotmail.com or manuelvivancoriofrio@hotmail.com

Or call his mobile phones at: 092.772546 or 099.444495

Until next message, may every nook and valley of yours have such beauty as well.

Gary

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Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

Ecuador & Longevity #3


Ecuador & Longevity #3

Some Ecuador valleys are famous for longevity because where you live has an important impact on how long you live.

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Vilcabamba an Ecuador valley of longevity is beautiful and…

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these remote Ecuador valleys can offer healthy lifestyles.

How you live, regardless of where you are, has an even more important impact on longevity.

The two previous messages at this site, Ecuador & Longevity and Ecuador & Longevity #2 look at several secrets to long life and good sun health.

The most important thing I have learned about health, wealth, longevity and fulfillment is to turn your passion to profit.

Many people are so miserable at work that they would happily abandon their jobs if they had enough money to feel rich.

In reality, money is not richness or wealth. This requires a state of mind instead. One way to develop this everlasting wealth is to create a PIEC experience.

PIEC is an acronym for “Personal Income Earning Corridor.”  This is the personal concept Merri and I use.

Traditionally people get jobs to create income. They work to live and support their lifestyle while attempting to spend less than they earn. Maybe the savings will bring, some time in the future, a lifestyle of doing something enjoyable without work.

PIEC investors reverse the priorities. Instead of working for money to save and invest. They focus their prime effort on doing something they enjoy right now. Then they learn how to enjoy the effort in some profitable way. They learn to create “Avenues of Abundance” that combine lifestyle with the necessary task of accumulating wealth.

For example, if a PIEC investor loves golf; instead of working six days a week, 50 weeks a year just to golf on Sundays and during short vacations, instead he’ll create a business in some aspect of the golfing trade.

In another example, a client of mine, who loved animals became a vet. But he learned that the vet’s lifestyle was not one he enjoyed. He wanted to travel and move around, which is difficult for a professional who needs to stay at his office and build a practice. So he built a business that prepares special animal foods for race horses. Now he travels globally visiting horse breeders and makes much more money as well.

PIEC investors combine money with time, energy and desires. They generate income doing something desired. Desire and fulfillment become at least as, if not more, important as the money.

Doing What You Love!

The reason PIEC investing works well is that when we love to do something, we do it better, for longer and with greater enthusiasm.

These are wealth building attributes that cannot fail. Yet PIEC investing does not mean we should suddenly abandon our jobs and try becoming golf pros, when we have never been able to break 100. Smart PIECS often require a gradual approach.

When  you make the decision to do what you love, keep physical activity in mind.

For example, as a writer and lecturer, I was never fully satisfied sitting behind a desk or standing on a podium all day long, even though I was making over a million bucks a year. I’m the physical, outdoors type and yearned for exercise and the wilds of the deep woods. “What good’s the money if this isn’t fun or fulfilling?” I often asked myself.

Rather than quit writing and teaching, I looked for ways to combine these professions with the outdoor life.

Through research I learned that many like myself yearn to be in the primitive outdoors. We bought an isolated farm high in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an Andean plantation high in Ecuador where we live and work.

Being in the mountains allows me to combine my writing with physical walks in the woods and the outdoor physical work that a farm requires.

For example to help our Land of the Sun foundation carry out its work in the Andes we often visit the upper villages. Here we are with a work party.

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This work requires us to do a lot of this.

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Uphill from our home down there…

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next to the Cathedral… requires plenty of walking…. uphill.

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A PIEC lifestyle allows you to incorporate healthy habits into your wealth building process.  Take exercise for example.

Malcolm Gladwell points out in his book “Outliers, The Story of Success” that for work to be fulfilling it must offer:

#1: Meaning

#2: Autonomy

#3: Complexity

#4: A relation between effort and reward.

If physical labor can be incorporated into this mix… so much the better.

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Western expats playing tennis at Club Hacienda El Atillo, Resort & Spa in Vilcabamba may not have the same longevity as…

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these potato farmers we met on one of our Andean hikes uphill.

In Ecuador valleys of longevity there is no such thing as  exercise as we know it in the Western World.   Long lived people do not discipline themselves to pack up everyday and go to a gym.  Their days are filled with meaningful activity, like climbing  slopes to harvest food.  They do not have formal exercise, but rather a life full of activity that creates meaningful reward.

On our Blue Ridge farm… improving the land brings financial as well as physical rewards. Turning this…

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to this…

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requires a lot of this.

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Taking this…

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and making…

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plenty of this.

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The physical activity feels good… is good (in moderation) for the body and is enhanced by the financial rewards of seeing the land’s value increased…. plus the joy of the beauty and seeing our friends enjoy the land.

Our crops require…

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hauling bags of dirt…. seed… hoeing, digging and brings rewards like this…

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Wonderful flower displays…. seeds to eat, plant and sell.

If a lifestyle has so little activity that it requires regular trips to the gym to maintain physical integrity, the only real reward from the exercise is the ability to do well in the gym… or to survive unexpected activity.  Often the exercises are related to pain rather than pleasure.  This diminishes the effort.

Activity that requires physical labor and brings “other” rewards is more effective.  The other reward creates meaning.

For example, when I am in Ecuador taking photos is meaningful to me, compliments my writing and creates physical exercise.

Most days I try to walk up a mountain.

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Plus having meaningful work enhances our importance to the world and this is of extreme importance because in Ecuador’s longevity valleys,  aging is seen as a merit.   People are given more respect and valued more as they grow older.

It is said that the Vilcabamba residents look forward to getting older, to become more mature as a person…. so they can share their experience and wisdom with the community.

How you live, regardless of where you are, has important impact on longevity and living your life to its PIEC.  This can add years to your life and enhance your health and wealth. Keep life simple by enjoying your PIEC system.

Gary

Learn more secrets of longevity and PIEC Living on our Ecuador Shamanic Mingo Tour.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Learn how to have a PIEC business with exports on our Ecuador Export Tour.

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Summer Autumn & Winter 2009 Courses and Tours

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Learn more about our trip into the Llanganatis Valley here

Ecuador Beach Property – Jama


Yesterday’s message began a series on Ecuador beach property because I believe there is extra value on the beach now due to  rumors that have scared some buyers away.

Looking beyond the rumor allows us to take advantage of the truism, “Buy on the rumor and sell on the news.”

This provides us with extra opportunity and life on a beautiful beach like this.

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Ecuador beach north of Bahia.

One recent rumor came from a BBC  article entitled “Americas on alert for sea level rise” by James Painter the 
BBC Latin America analyst.

Excerpts of the article say:

Coastal areas in parts of Mexico are among those under threat

Climate change experts in North and South America are increasingly worried by the potentially devastating implications of higher estimates for possible sea level rises.

The Americas have until now been seen as less vulnerable than other parts of the world like low-lying Pacific islands, Vietnam or Bangladesh.

But the increase in the ranges for anticipated sea level rises presented at a meeting of scientists in Copenhagen in March has alarmed observers in the region.

Parts of the Caribbean, Mexico and Ecuador are seen as most at risk. New York City and southern parts of Florida are also thought to be particularly vulnerable.

This sent shivers up the spine of many investors who had been thinking about buying on Ecuador’s coast.   That is because they did not read the entire article.

Further on the article says:

According to a recent World Bank study of more than 80 developing countries, Ecuador features among the top 10 countries likely to be most affected by sea level rise when calculated as a percentage of its GDP.

Argentina, Mexico and Jamaica also appear in the top 10 when measured by the impact of a one-metre rise on agricultural lands.

This makes Ecuador’s beaches to sound vulnerable until you read on where the article says:

New research led by Dr Jianjun Yin at Florida State University suggests that whereas South American coastal cities are not at threat this century from an extra sea level rise caused by Amoc, New York City and the state of Florida are.
The coastal plains around the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, the country’s main economic hub, are also known to be vulnerable to a combination of sea level rises, storms and sea surges.

A recent study by researchers at Espol, a science institute in Guayaquil, suggested that even a half-metre sea level rise would put the storm drainage system in the southern part of the city under severe strain, possibly causing it to collapse.

The concern about Ecuador’s coast is the rumor.  Here is the news.  Guayaquil… which is inland  is at risk… a huge economic problem yes… but not for the Ecuador beach cities.  Should these rising water problems come true… the coastal cities in Ecuador may become even more important and valuable.

Do not get me wrong… global warming may be a huge problem everywhere… but may not be  a concern in our life times on Ecuador’s coast.  In fact as higher water driving people from Florida and Guayaquil could create opportunity for Ecuador beach property. I have put the address of the entire BBC article at the end of this message.

I am adding a stronger buy signal for Ecuador beach property and this week we are running a series looking at Ecuador beach areas from Salinas to Esmeraldas as shown on an excerpt of this Ecuador map.

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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.

I checked water levels carefully before buying here. Last year before construction began, there were record rains. Much of Ecuador’s coast looked like this.

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The land where the condos were to be built looked like this.

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Here are the condos there now.

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

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.

Today we look north of San Clemente from Bahia… north with an article by Gary Swenson an American who lives in this area with his family and brother Larry.

Bahia North by Gary Swenson

I have been an adventurer all of my life. Driving race cars all over the world for a living and traveling the Pacific for four years with my sailboat.

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Gary Swenson’s  race car.

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Gary Swenson’s sailboat.

I found Ecuador on that four year Pacific sailing adventure.  I had visited many countries in my work and exercising my passion. The people here made me feel like family. I have been here now for 8 years. We have been investing in North Coastal real estate for 7 of those 8 years, and have close to 30 properties on the beach. Some with a quarter acre, and some with as much as one mile of beachfront.

I have walked close to 50 miles of beachfront myself, searching for the most beautiful pieces, and as a bonus have also found many pre-Colombian artifacts just lying on the beach!

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Treasures found on the beach.

I have concentrated on the North Coast for one main reason, and that is that it is the last area of the coast of Ecuador that was mainly undeveloped, somewhat inaccessible, and the prices affordable. That is all changing right now! Many properties that I have purchased now have new coastal highways and roads being built right past them as they open up this coast. This area is slowly being found out by Ecuadorians, foreign retirees and investors alike.

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New road construction near Bahia.

The President of Ecuador knows that tourism is a big part of the future here and is spending the money necessary to develop the coastal areas.

One of the largest developments in Ecuador is on the North Coast and largely unknown to the rest of the outside world is in Same (pronounced saw may). It is a sleepy tourist town (true for most of the North coast) that wakes up during Ecuadorian holiday times and vacation times for the kids from Quito.

It is only 30 minutes from the Esmeraldes airport. Years ago Esmeraldes was a wild place and somewhat dangerous, but that was years ago. I find it safe and friendly, with better roads and infrastructure that is better than most of the rest of Ecuador.

There are also other well developed areas such as Atacames (pronounced otta-calm-es), Sua (Sue-ah), Pedernales with high rise condos and hotels.

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Then there are hidden gems like, Cojimies with miles of coconut plantations lining the beaches, Mompiche, Estero De Platino and Canoa with great surfing, and Jama/ElMatal for kite boarding, river rafting, and just relaxing if you like.

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More Ecuador beach north of Bahia.

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Sunny and underpopulated.

Bahia De Caraquez with a laid back Mediterranean feel and an international Marina, great schools and theater.

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Bahia.

This coast has great diversity and friendly people where you can walk most beaches any time of the day or night safely. With your choice of miles of virgin beachfront to choose from.

This is paradise!

This North coast also has many mini climates from a dry tropical climate equal to Santa Barbara, California in the spring with no humidity to a more lush semi wet tropical, lush green terrain all year long.

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Lush beaches

There are also a few larger towns with night life, restaurants, hotels and touristy things do do in between the many friendly small towns with just a restaurant and hostel.

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Gary Swenson and his son Archie on the beach.

Here you can find whatever type of beach that you would like to live on. From high banks with a bird’s eye view overlooking miles of coastline while watching the whales and dolphins play in the swells, or fishing, to low lying sandy beaches that you can walk and wiggle your toes in for miles!

Yes, you can find what your heart desires here.

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Gary Swenson fishing.

To get to the Bahia area you fly into Quito and take a short 1/2 hour flight to the Manta airport and then a 1 hour taxi or bus ride to Bahia.

To Esmeraldes it is a half hour flight from Quito. The airport in San Vicente is in the middle of a dispute with the city and is supposed to be resolved this year and restart flights from Quito.

I have eaten at just about every restaurant in Bahia, San Vicente, Canoa, Jama, and others further north and rarely have a bad meal! The average cost of a lunch (almuerzo) including fresh seafood, chicken or meat, small salad, rice, beans, soup of the day, and fruit juice is between $1 and $2, and the food and juice is all fresh! Nothing out of a can here. The population of Bahia and the surrounding areas is around 20,000 but you would never know it as it is a tourist town and only fills on some weekends and holidays.

The weather from San Clemente/Bahia to just north of Pedernales is a dry tropical climate and is similar to the climate of south central California in the spring/early summer. It averages 75 to 80 degrees and very low humidity, and a nice sea breeze for 7 months a year. We have 2 months that they call the rainy season that we have a 1 or 2 hour rain at night maybe twice a week. Very seldom does it rain during the day. This time of the year it averages 80 to 95 degrees and is slightly more humid. Then there is what the locals call summer when the temperatures are 70 to 75 degrees every day and mostly cloudy with a little afternoon sun. It could be true that Ecuador has the best climate in the world!

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Ecuador beach sunset near Jama.

I believe in Ecuador, and the future holds many good things here for the people that have a little adventure in their souls.  Gary Swenson

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Gary Swenson’s family on the beach.

You can learn more about this area from Gary Swenson at www.ecuadorbeachfront.com

or email lswenson@bendcable.com

Gary Swenson and his brother, Larry, own an Ecuador beach development at Coco Beach Village.

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Gary & Larry Swenson’s project.

They have a gated community of 1/4 acre beachfront lots with homes that start at $99,000 with underground utilities, tennis courts, swimming pool, clubhouse.  This is in the friendly Jama/El Matal  community on Ecuador’s beach.

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Your own hammock near Jama.

Until next message, good global investing.

Gary

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

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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.

See the entire BBC article Americas on alert for sea level rise at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7977263.stm

Ecuador Joys


Readers continually ask me about the joys of Ecuador… and I reply that Merri and I first love the  people… then the land and of course the great weather, low prices  and opportunity.

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The sweet people of Ecuador include this weaver.

Yet there are some other bigger more important internal benefits of living in Ecuador or anywhere different around the world.

Ecuador-joys Here is another weaver in Peguche, Ecuador. We visit both on our Ecuador export tour

Our daughter Francesca who has been living in Swaziland sums it up in the note below.

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Ecuador musical instrument makers.

The Joys and Challenges of Traveling & Living in a Foreign Country
by Francesca Scott

If you’re into self development and personal growth, I highly recommend a stint traveling or living in a foreign country, and if you’re in for an additional challenge, a country that speaks a language different from your own.

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to travel frequently since I was a child, and traveling overseas has now become a way of life, having lived and/or worked in 12 countries since I graduated from university 10 years ago.  In every new country I travel, I experience a whole range of joys and challenges that leave me incredulous at the beauty and diversity of both humanity and our planet.  It becomes almost addictive, the ongoing realization through such experiences that, while we are all so incredibly different, we are also profoundly similar. That no matter what you eat, what language you speak, whether you have lived through poverty, wealth, war or peace, that a parents’ love for their child, the humiliation of failure, the contentment of a stomach well fed and the smell of freshly cut grass are universal.

To me, the challenge of living overseas is to have the courage to overcome what can at times appear insurmountable differences between your own ways of living and interacting and those of a different culture – to accept the awkward, the alien and the contradictory.  The joy is that in doing so, you sift through much of what is social engrained and culturally specific to your own upbringing, and begin to see the values that are common to all humanity, as well as the values that are uniquely important to you.

A few qualities that you are likely to foster in your journey of personal and international exploration include:

–          Humility.  Living in a different culture to your own will inevitably result in your looking like a complete idiot at one time or other, and if you’re like me, on a daily basis, which can be quite a humbling experience.

There will be boundless opportunities to use the wrong word, wear the inappropriate attire, break some cultural taboo. When my mother worked as an au pair in France, she told her host family that she was ‘pregnant’ (pleine), rather than ‘full’ (plein), after a tasty meal they had served her.

Even within the same language, there are abundance of opportunities for confusion and embarrassment.  When traveling through North Carolina with my family, we stopped for a snack.  I asked in my usual English accent for four waters.  The lady at the counter looked bemused and darted around the back.  She returned soon after, explaining apologetically that they didn’t sell ‘otters’!

–          Gratefulness. I am full of boundless gratitude for the generosity of the friends and acquaintances, in pretty much all the countries where I have traveled, giving me the benefit of the doubt that I was not actually trying to insult them when I made yet another cultural gaffe, but it was merely that I am a clumsy ignoramus.  In Swaziland, where I have been living for the past two-and-a-half years, it is considered extremely rude to hand over food with your left hand.

It took me a good few months to realize this, before someone shyly pointed out my indiscretion, and it then another few weeks before I managed to train myself not to do it instinctively.  Never once did my friends or colleagues show me overtly their distaste of my behavior, although, once aware of this culture, I noticed a looked of suppressed surprise on the odd occasion that I forgot myself.

I, in return, committed myself to not taking offense when confronted with what were, at times, behaviors or situations that were personally quite offensive, such as the practice of polygamy (in Swaziland) or having to eat snails of a remarkably large size (in Nigeria – they were about the size of a tennis ball!).

–          Open mindedness. For me, one of the most amazing things about traveling or living in a different culture is learning that so many of our most fundamental assumptions about life are in fact only that – assumptions – socially engrained from birth onwards. My time in Swaziland has expanded my horizons incredibly in this sense.

Most Swazis have so little materially, in fact 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line (one dollar a day), which is tragic by any standards.  However, their sense appreciation of life that is not filled with material things is impressive, while their hope for the future, even in the most desperate of circumstances is remarkable, and certainly puts my daily irritations and stresses into perspective. Their strength of community is also a refreshing alternative to the urbanized and individualistic societies in which most of us live in the west.  Every country I have been to, has provided me with unique insights.

If you’re game for some personal exploration, combined with international adventure, I would highly recommend getting out your atlas and passport.  With an open mind, genuine interest in learning something new, and a conscious effort to engage with the people in your selected destination, unforgettable experiences are no doubt in store. Certainly, I will always cherish experiencing different countries and cultures, and aspire to emulate the cultural aspects I admire most, in some small way, no matter where I call home.

My experiences of different countries have truly enriched my life, and have undoubtedly made me a better person. There have been blunders and unintended insults along the way, but every one of them has been character building, and the laughter and joy has far outweighed any tears.
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The joys of Ecuador include the happy children. Here they play football on the beach in Manta.

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Here Ecuador children are a joy playing football in the Andes.

May, wherever you go, you find joy.

Gary

Learn  more about Cotacachi business ideas at our July 4-8 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Another Ecuador joy is learning together.  Here a group of delegates relax at Meson de las Flores after a day’s tour.

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Enjoy savings by attending our real estate tours at the same time.

July 4-8 Ecuador Import Export Tour
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

We provide discounts for delegates who attend two or three courses and tours in a month.

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.

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

Because Merri and I will not be conducting the July tours, our 2-4-1 offer lets you attend the July 2009  Ecuador export tour free if you enroll in one of our three International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November that we will conduct.

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

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

There is no need to  hurry either. If you are not sure about attending two tours,  sign up and attend the July export tour now… then we’ll knock the tour fee off our International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November fee later.

You can also still take advantage of the two or three course discount as well.

For example, if you choose to attend all three of the July Ecuador tours… both real estate and export tours, then you can have the two or three courses discount and still attend a July, October or November International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ course free.

The 2-4-1 offer expires April 30 2009.

We hope to meet you in North Carolina or Ecuador.

Gary