Ecuador Feedback Answers

This week Ecuador attorney Dr. Andres Cordova replies to many of the questions you sent when he asked for feedback last week.

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Andrés Córdova


In last week’s article I asked you to let me know your questions and comments so that I may address them in this weeks article. I received numerous comments and questions and I am grateful for that.

I will be following up personally for very specific or more technical questions that warrant that. I have edited the questions for brevity or clarity or simply put a title that resumes what they are about.

Thank you so much; I appreciate the feedback. Keep the questions and comments coming.

All the best,

Andrés Córdova

What are the Leash laws in Ecuador:

A decade ago a specific set of legal provisions for the responsible ownership of pets was passed in Ecuador. This law complements other provisions that we’ve had for some time, especially regarding the responsibility of animal owners towards third parties.

These relatively new provisions include the obligation of pet owners to provide them with adequate care and, in the case of dogs, with adequate education, allowing them due socialization with people and other dogs.

The provisions make emphasis on certain breeds that are not entirely suitable as pets. Breeds that may be dangerous.

As per the law, dog owners are obliged to keep them within their property, with due security to avoid harm to third parties or to the animal itself and to use leashes when walking the dogs in public spaces.

Furthermore, pet owners are obliged to cover with all medical costs for injuries caused by dogs, except in cases of home invasion or cruelty or provocation to the animal. The pet owner’s liability can go beyond this in certain cases, for examples in the case of utter negligence.

Municipalities can issue and enforce complementary pet management regulations. Quito, for example, has its own set of regulations for pet owners.

I celebrate and embrace enhanced legislation for the care and protection of animals and for their responsible handling to avoid harm of troubles for others.

My wife has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has a problem with weather extremes. Cold should not be a problem but perhaps the heat and humidity in the coast may.  Higher elevation cities may work, although the rain may be a problem.

There are no weather extremes in Ecuador. In some places going from a t-shirt to a light sweater covers the full temperature swing.

I lived in NY in the late 70s and underwent a major blizzard in 77 and through 104F summer days and can relate to weather extremes. In most of Ecuador it is not like that, and by a long shot.

A coastal area that readily comes to mind that doesn’t get too hot (or cold) and has a rather dry climate is Salinas. It has very little precipitation and in the December to April time of the year, boasts to have among the most sunshine in Ecuador’s coast. For the rest of the year Salinas tends to be overcast, with the eventual sunny day and cooler temperatures.

There are other coastal areas going up from Salinas to Manta that likewise are not too hot or humid. The beaches farther up, by Esmeraldas, tend to be hotter, rainier and more humid. BTW, I love their lush vegetation almost kissing the shores.

I live in Quito and can attest to its thoroughly enjoyable weather. It’s like springtime year round. Now, it can get cold later at night and very early morning, but for the most I believe it hits a rather sweet spot. Quito is not especially humid either.

The same to a greater or lesser extent applies to other highland cities like Cuenca or Cotacachi.

We are not rich and living on SSI, we should be happy in a small apartment. Can you recommend any choices?

There is a varied offer of condos for rent or sale in choice cities in the coast and in the highlands. Some good opportunities can be sourced and most sellers, especially if they are motivated, will entertain lower offers.

HOA fees and property taxes are reasonably low in Ecuador, and this sure helps for those that need to be mindful of their budgets.

First I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your insightful reports on so many subjects regarding Ecuador.  There is always something new and interesting to learn with each article.  My husband and I have followed Gary and Merri Scott for many years and have yet to make our way down to your beautiful part of the world.  We are however, looking forward to visiting soon…I hope.


Our concern is elevation.  We live in rural Arizona at 5,000 feet and would appreciate your input regarding the elevation and oxygen.

Quito, Cotacachi or Cuenca’s elevation should not be a problem for most. Over the years I’ve known very few people that have problem in Quito’s altitude as the body readily adapts. However, as there is less air than at sea level or lower altitudes it may be a problem for people with pulmonary deficiency as the symptoms may become enhanced.

Some people who come to Quito or the highlands may experience fatigue and shortness of breath for a few days, especially when doing physical activity like walking, hauling luggage, climbing stairs, etc.

The body tends to adapt rather quickly and after a few days there are no troubles. I know a few people from the coast that try to avoid Quito or the highlands as they get headaches. They are an aunt and an acquaintance and that’s all.

If you’ve had some problems at 5.000 feet, although they are gone now, maybe you will have them too in Quito and as your body adapts they may fade away. Then again, they may remain.

Age, fitness level, previous conditions, they can all come into play as to how the high altitude may affect you. It is hard to predict.

I will be glad to correspond privately about your particular case. I am not an MD and can’t speak too eloquently in this field but will help as much as possible. Smile.

While interested in relocating to Ecuador, I’ve noticed an increasing attitude change against democracy and capitalism and turning toward socialism which has turned me off.  Can you address this?

This is a good question and something very close to me, as I report from the trenches.

Under the previous regime of President Correa there was an undoubted weakening of institutions, democracy and liberties, especially free speech. Correa was the usual populist strongman, not unlike Erdogan in Turkey.

Nothwithstanding, the core principles of our economic and legal system remained pretty much intact, including those of private property and private entrepreneurship. I don’t want to split hairs here, but this has been the case.

While Correa had a populist, leftist and fiery discourse, his policies where not quite socialist or fringe leftist.

For example, there were no price controls across the board (those that destroy production), nor expropiations or anything of the sorts; although the Government did become bloated and came to occupy a much too big part of our economy under Correa, displacing the private initiative in some instances.

Some of the ridiculous taxes Correa prompted as his regime was coming to an end were promptly taken down in this new government.

For a great majority of aspiring expats, snowbirds and real estate investors many of these political elements are not that consequential, especially if they are looking into good climate, quality of life and making your dollars go further.

I welcome questions every week and look forward to them. I don’t charge for initial consultations unless the complexity and scope would warrant it.


Please send your Ecuador Questions  to with the word ECUADOR in the subject line.

– Please – Por favor
– Days – Días
– Insurance – Seguro
– Choose – Escoger
– Friends – Amigos
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Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

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This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

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 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

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“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

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By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

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I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

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I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

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Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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