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Quito and Mindo Real Estate Tour

Quito and Mindo Real Estate Tour.

Prices for real estate in Quito and the surrounding valleys are still low.  For example below you can see brand new 861 square foot three bedroom condos for $29,999.

Carlos Tobar, who is conducting our Quito and Mindo real estate tour, just sent me this note.


Gary, Quito real estate offers outstanding quality, alternatives and value for expatriates visiting Ecuador.

The picture above shows a shot of the more modern, northern part of Quito, with the impressive Pichincha in the background.

The city is a world heritage renowned for its historic downtown, the largest Spanish colonial town in South America.  The historic colonial city center offers several real estate opportunities, nested in this most impressive colonial ambiance.

However, Quito is characterized as a city of diversity.  The city is over 30 miles long while not  much more than a few miles wide.

The north is more modern, home to most of the banking sector and large business, as well as the more expensive neighborhoods.  The south is more
commercial, with less expensive neighborhoods.  Quito also boasts its surrounding valleys such as the valleys of Tumbaco, Los Chillos, Calderon and Pomasqui.  Here is a map.


Our Quito – Mindo tours will take us to see opportunities in old town Quito.  We will look at
properties in the northern business sector of Quito, such as these condos located in the
heart of the business, banking and hotel sector of Quito:


Prices in a modern brand new building such as this are about $64,000 for a 572 square foot

The general floor plans of the condos are as follows:


As you can tell, Quito offers both modern and classic architecture.  It also offers a wide variety
of prices, depending on what you may be looking for.

For instance, we will also visit this development:


It is located in the Valley of Pomasqui, very close to the zero latitude “middle of the world”.

This energetic center was known even as far back as the Incas, and they were so drawn to it
that they were not satisfied until they made it part of their empire.


Comfortable and quality town houses are available in this  complex
starting for US$ 29,999 for a cozy 861 square foot 3 bedroom unit.  Here we have a
few shots of the interior of these properties (the furniture is that of the model home but is not
included in the sales price):

The living room


The dining room leading to the kitchen area


The bed room comfort


As part of our continuing tasting of the variety Quito has to offer, delegates who will attend the
Quito-Mindo tour will visit the higher end project as well, located where the new airport is being built.


The project lies next to a renowned Golf and Country Club.

It boasts 3.5 acres of green communal areas, fresh air, a privileged micro-climate, in an
exclusive, high-appreciation sector.


The project is made up of 99 lots to be sold in 2 stages.  Each lot owner will be allowed to build
a single home in each lot, sized 240 m2 or 300 m2 (approximately 2,550 ft2 and 3,200 ft2,
respectively), following general architectural guidelines set forth in the purchase documents.


Lot prices start at $54,000 for lots that begin at 5,200 square feet.

Our Quito – Mindo tour also offers you the possibility to travel outside of Quito, to the north-
western part of the Province of Pichincha.  We will visit the Mindo area, known for its abundant
bio-diversity (just Google “Mindo” to find out more about this bird-watchers and ecotourism


Mindo is an ecotourism hotspot where nature enthusiast can find plenty of activities and enjoy
their natural surroundings.


There we will visit the project Arboretto Riverside Villas (ARV), a novel concept in ecotourism
presold villas.   ARV is made up of 36 custom homes, to be built within an extension of 25
acres.   We have built the first model home in ARV, which we will be able to visit during our


Prices start at $150,000 for a 1,300 square foot custom home built on a lot of an average of
10,000 square feet.


The key characteristic of these homes is their transparency and the way
they are immersed in nature:


Each house has its own outside Jacuzzi, literally allowing you to enjoy nature in the warmth of
your own deck.


In summary, Quito and the Mindo area have a great deal to offer to those who are looking for a
modern, city life-style as well as to those of you who enjoy a more relaxed way of life in a
smaller town (without being out of reach of the big city).

This is just one more example of Ecuador’s diversity and this tour will provide you the
opportunity to experience the many faces that Quito and Mindo have to offer.   We look forward
to sharing this experience with you.  Regards Carlos.

Our January Quito Mindo real estate tour is full but there is still time to join this tour in February.

Enroll in our Quito / Mindo Ecuador Real Estate Tour here. $499. Couple  $749.

Join us at a seminar or tour to share ways to invest, do business and live that protect as they provide joy, satisfaction, better health and enhanced wealth.

Join us in February or March.Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Fl.

February 15-16 Travel to Quito and tour Quito

February 17     Travel Quito to Manta

February 18-19  Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

February 20 Travel Manta to Cotacachi

February 21-22 North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

February 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour

February 25 Travel Quito Cuenca

February 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 2010

March 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.

March 15    Travel to Quito

March 16 Travel Quito Cotacachi

March 17-18  North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

March 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour

March 21  Travel Cotacachi to Manta

March 22-23   Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca

March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 27  Travel Cuenca to Salinas

Mar. 28-29   Salinas & South Coast Real Estate Tour

There is one week left to gain the largest savings on our Ecuador tours.

The Ecuador airfare war makes it cheaper to get to Ecuador than ever before… and there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings.

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours. Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Even Better.  Greater Savings. Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999.

The International club fee rises to $3,500 January 25 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. Save $501 extra before January 25, 2010.

Because holiday expenses often tighten the winter cash flow, you can enroll with three monthly payments… $1,025 in January… $1,025 in February and $1,025 in March 2010.

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and a guest of you choice can attend courses worth $40,947.You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses here.
International Club 2010 Membership $2,999 Enroll here

Ecuador Birding Business

Ecuador Birding Business

Ecuador birding is big business that can create a business opportunity for you… maybe even more.

Yesterday’s message looked at how birds reflect patterns of nature.  Perhaps this is why bird watching is such a popular sport.

Merri and I love watching Ecuador’s birds on the beach, the…


Frigate Birds as they swarm and…


pelicans sliding silently on a coastal cushion of air.


In the Andes the hummingbirds… flit into…


our hotel’s courtyard.


Ecuador’s Amazon has an abundant variety  of bird life as well.


Here is a reader’s question about birding in Ecuador… thoughts on where to see them… and how to profit from Ecuador birds.

The reader wrote: Does Cuenca have enough birds and rain forest for an avid nature lover?  I would want to experience these daily not just on weekends or occasionally?

My reply: Cuenca has some great birding nearby but is definitely not a rain forest.

Cuenca is more dry than wet.  The rain forests are a bit away.  In the nearby Cajas National park, there are more than 150 species of birds. There is a link on where to check for bird watching routes in Cajas.

There are even better places to watch birds. The closest is a cloud forest only an hour and a half from Quito in Mindo.


You can watch the clouds walk across the tree tops in the Mindo cloud forest.

Due to its critically important role in the conservation of numerous rare and endemic species, Mindo was designated South America’s first Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International in 1997. Mindo is an area of historic ornithological studies, where early collectors and ornithologists discovered or collected many species.

Mindo lies within the Chocó Endemic Bird Area (EBA) and Chocó Biogeographic Region, which is considered one of the world’s richest biogeographic areas. This area supports the largest number of restricted-range birds of any EBA in the Americas, over 50 species being endemic to the area.

The Cock of the Rock often observed in Mindo and Intag.

Mindo is also home to the greatest number of endemic montane birds of any place in the world (Birds of Ecuador, Ridgley and Greenfield).
2000-2005 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) – sponsored by the Audubon Society.  Mindo has been among the top three highest bird counts in the world for the last six  years. This is with over 2,000 locations participating. Each location is a 25 kilometer radius, and the count lasts for 24 hours. Mindo had the highest count in the year 2000 with 350 bird species recorded, and in past years has exceeded the 400 bird species mark.

This creates bird watching business opportunity.

Ecuador also offers many exciting export ideas based around bird life.

Our Ecuador export course helps you learn how to take unusual products, make them unique and then adapt them to a niche market.

Take for example this excellent botanical artist, Monteros.

We’ll see art from Montero.


Artist Montero produces exquisite watercolors for as little as $25 such as those below

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He did this wonderful piece for us. This painting is great art and is exportable as is…but…to my way of thinking this is just the beginning.

I took this piece and made it my business card!


My US address and number are on the reverse side. The art, color separations, printing and paper (recycled velum) are superb. These are the nicest business cards I have ever had.

Now comes the adaptation that makes this product utterly unique. One of our guests here is a globally known naturalist and birding guide. My suggestion is that he creates a program for his bird watching clients.

Monteros paints their favorite bird. The water color (or in oil) is theirs to hang in their office or home and then they also get business cards with the same unique picture.

We are seeing more and more success by delegates from our import export course.

Former delegate Bonnie Keogh built a successful Ecuador export business and now conducts our Ecuador export tours reports:


Here is Bonnie with Consuelo at our hotel Meson de las Flores where our Ecuador export tour delegates stay.

Ecuador exports are a fun way to gain a second income, early retirement or build a substantial business. There is great opportunity and this type of business really helps the poor here as well.

It’s not often the case that a quick 1.5 hour drive takes you from a bustling metropolis to a virtually unspoiled nature reserve. Yet, that’s what you get in Ecuador. The country has 40 nationally protected areas, covering a staggering 12.2 million acres or 18.81% of Ecuador’s landmass.  And these protected areas do not even take into consideration the country’s numerous protected forests, known locally as “bosques protectores”. These represent natural reserve areas that are subject to a limited economic activity but whose primary purpose is the preservation of biodiversity and sources of natural springs and lakes. In a world where unspoiled nature is getting scarcer by the day, guess what is proving to be the biggest attraction of Ecuador’s tourism and expat sectors?

The other big attraction of Ecuador is the comparatively low prices.  Unlike in other countries, where properties in beautiful locations are already trading at a scarcity premium, Ecuador actually offers eco-properties at bargain prices.

Natural beauty and all that at bargain prices – how could an investor possibly go wrong with such a combination?

And because there is such a staggering array of nature reserves in Ecuador, you still have a chance to find one or the other truly undiscovered gem among the country’s protected regions. The kind of area that a few years down the road, people will say, “Oh, had I only known at the time so that I could have gotten in while it was still a bargain-priced ground floor opportunity.”

Learn more about our Ecuador export tour here.

Everyone has heard of the Galapagos Islands, the place that is now visited by 170,000 visitors per year.  Still, few people have heard of Mindo yet. Mindo is currently visited by just 20,000 foreign tourists per year. Type it into Google and you’ll notice that this place is only just being discovered. Our bet is that, the visitor numbers of Mindo will catch up with Galapagos.


First the cost difference is phenomenal.  Second, Mindo is a nature reserve wonderland that has few equals.

If anyone has ever even heard of the place, it’s usually because of the unusually high diversity among birds and plants. There are…

–    430 species of birds (more than on the entire North American continent; put another way, Mindo makes up 0.002% of the world’s land mass but 10% of the world’s bird species are found there)

–    370 species of orchids (out of the 4,000 species found in Ecuador, which makes it the country with the world’s highest number of orchid species)

–    300 species of butterflies

Mindo is actually a town, a river and an area. It’s 48 miles due northwest of Quito. The area is at 4,200 feet above sea level, which makes it the mid-point elevation between the highland Quito area and the coast.

Mindo is synonymous to harmony in nature.  It is a place for deep relaxation and provides an escape opportunity from modern-day life’s stress.  Yet, there is ample mobile phone coverage, Internet access and opportunities for community services.

Holidaymakers and tourist industry investors alike have recently started to realize what potential this area holds. The scenery appeals to photographers and explorers for its outstanding panoramic views. Eco-tourism in general is booming, and bird-watching in particular is one of the world’s fastest growing recreational activities. Many birdwatchers come from a wealthy demographic, i.e. it’s not backpackers who are pursuing this sport but well-off people in their 40s, 50s and 60s (or older).

Mindo is also a perfect area for anyone wanting to keep fit and entertained: Horseback riding, mountain biking, tubing and rafting can all be organized locally, just as much as you can go hiking, fishing and swimming. All this is set in a valley that is a subtropical cloud-forest and which is ideally situated between the upper temperate zone and the lower humid tropical forests. Mindo is made for tourism development.
It is ideally suited to invite your kids and grand-children on an adventure-filled excursion into the safe rainforests of Mindo, with activities such as hiking along trails, jumping off small waterfalls, river walking along the many streams, tubing down the major waterways, or just taking in the natural surroundings.

Best of all, it’s the natural playground of Quito. Most of the drive to Mindo is a scenic route on a well-maintained road. The government is continuously improving the area’s infrastructure, such as installing a new electricity distribution grid, improving the town’s police station and providing it with a new patrol car and motorcycles and by setting up an organic waste management facility. Private investors have started to move in. A number of weekend-home developments have sprung up, and new hotels and restaurants have opened. Nevertheless, Mindo is still a charmingly tiny and unspoiled village.

Mindo offers you all of the following:

– Owning a property set within pristine nature.

– A retirement home where you can afford staff, with first world health facilities just 90 minutes drive away in Quito.

– The ideal place in which to learn Spanish (or, where to give English classes to local children if you like volunteering work).

– Clean air, fresh water, fresh organic fruits and a de facto detox lifestyle without even having to pay a premium for it (costs of living are extremely low actually).

– Just about any outdoor sport you can imagine.

– Being in a bird-watching paradise year-round.

– Benefiting from Ecuador being an up-and-coming tourism and retirement haven (and from its new international airport in Quito).

– A base from where to explore Ecuador and South America

– And countless more aspects, which are best explored by doing a little tour of the area…

Yet, despite all its attractions, Mindo is still all a ground-floor opportunity. A yearly total of 20,000 foreign tourists is hardly noticeable. Investing in Mindo is a bit like investing on the French Riviera in the 1950s, buying a historic apartment in Venice in the 1970s, or a villa in Costa Rica in the 1980s. The attractions and the beauty are already apparent, but it has not yet become fashionable to have a property there and few people have heard of it.

Needless to say, this is the time to get in on the action.

This is why we included Mindo in our Quito/Mindo real estate tour.  As part of our Quito real estate tour, we’ll take you where Quiteños increasingly go to have a nice time with their family when they fancy a weekend break.

Mindo will become more accessible when the new airport in Quito opens in 2010.   This is why Mindo is likely to become one of the iconic cornerstones of the upcoming marketing campaigns of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism. With its world class appeal, Mindo is bound to become better known.

What this means for property investors?

The formula is quite simple:

–    With growing local and international tourism, there is an opportunity to create rental properties for extra income.

–    Because of the purchasing power of nearby Quito, holiday homes in the Mindo area are set to increase in value over the years to come.

–    Anyone fancying the idea of living in unspoiled nature but with the hustle and bustle of a proper city nearby, should check out the option to actually live in the Mindo area.

The two areas are worlds apart in one way, but they are connected in many other ways. That is why we have combined a tour of Quito with a detour to Mindo.

Ecuador is a small country, and personal contacts go a long way.  That’s where Carlos Tobar comes in, the man who will be guiding the entire Quito/Mindo Real Estate Tour.

Carlos is assembling a preview list of available properties (including one special deal that has not been offered before). We’ll pass the list on to you as soon as it’s ready. You now know what’s special about Mindo in general. And you’ll soon get a much clearer idea about the kind of property deals available in this area.


Join us at a seminar or tour in Ecuador, Florida or  North Carolina… in 2010.

See details about each of our seminar and tours below… then see our December special that allows you to attend them all FREE.

For International Investing and Business.

For Super Thinking + Spanish

For Ecuador Shamanic Tour

For Ecuador Export

For North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi

For Manta & Mid Coast

For Quito & Mindo

For Salinas & South Coast

For Cuenca

Join us all year long… seminars and tours in North Carolina Florida and Ecuador.   Gain hge discounts by attending multiple seminars tours.

We just added four South coast Ecuador tours that can help you gain extra savings with a multi tour pack.

These extra tours create a dilemma for me. See how below.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

These four new south coast tours and our six pack tour price create a bit of a crisis here.

As you can see above a six pack costs $3,099.  This is already a really low price for a tour that last up to 21 days (under $150 a day).

But as you will see below, our International Club membership which allows you and a guest to attend up to 56 courses and tours in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999.

Which would you choose… 6 courses and tours for $3,099 or those same 6 courses and tours plus 50 more for $2,999?

“Duh,” I said when this was pointed out to me.

So our only solution is to raise the International Club membership to $3,500… still a terrific deal… but $501 more than before.

Save $37,457…plus $501.  I will not raise the International club fee until January 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999.

International Club 2010

Attend our 56 investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses and tours in 2010 with one small enrollment fee.

International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here

Here are the 56 courses and tours you can attend free. Plus there is even one more savings you will see below.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 15-18     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 21-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Join us in February or March.

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Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Mar. 28-29   South Coast Real Estate Tour

Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May  13-14     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  28-29    South Coast real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

June 24         Quantum Wealth North Carolina
June 25-27    International Investing and Business North Carolina  ( $749 or couple $999)
June 28-29   Travel to Ecuador and Andes
June 30-Jy 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
July 3-4          Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
July 6-7          Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
July 9-10        Cuenca Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

Sept.   3-6      Ecuador Export Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept.   8-9      Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 11-12     Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 14-15     Cuenca Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 17-18     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept 20-21      South Coast Real Estate tour ($499 or couple $749)

Oct.    7          Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10     International Investing & Business North Carolina ($749 or couple $999)
Oct.   11-12    Travel to Quito and Andes
Oct.  13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct. 22-23     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Nov.    4-7        Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999)
Nov.    8-9       Travel to Quito and Andes
Nov. 10-11       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 13-14      Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 16-17      Quito-Mindo Real Estate  ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 19-20     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov  22-23      South Coast Real Estate Tour (($499 or couple $749)

Dec.   3-5       Ecuador Shamanic Mingo  ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.   7-8       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.  10-11    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 13-14     Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 16-17      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and your guest can attend courses worth $40,947.

You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses is shown below.

Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses which are valued at $40,947!

International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here

You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low? Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart.

First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge.

Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail.

As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service.

Though I give all course delegates my very best, I cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for me to point you in the right direction.

Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts and gain more wealth.

Out associates in Ecuador, are experienced business people who live or work and conduct our real estate and export courses.  They can also act as your local backup for the business.

Lifestyle for Two. There is more! I have learned at my courses that many repeat delegates were couples.

We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)

Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!


International Club 2010 Membership  Enroll here

Here is a link  to check  for bird watching routes in Cajas National Park.

Ecuador Property & Water

Ecuador property values are dramatically affected by water supply.

Some parts of Ecuador have great… even special waters like Chachimbiro Thermal Springs which are just over the mountain from our El Meson hotel in Cotacachi.

This is a wonderful natural place where we can celebrate and immerse ourselves in the pure water of Ecuador. When we visit the waters of Chachimbiro early morning weekdays, we are the only people there.

Cotacachi has good water as well… that comes from springs fed by the ice from Mount Cotacachi and Mount Imbabura.


Our hotel staff at Meson de las Flores ozonates the hotel’s water  supply so Merri and I drink out of the tap.

Plus there are numerous lakes near by like Lake Cuicocha.


and high mountain lakes.

Lake Donoso is above Cotacachi at 12,000 feet.

However, in general, the water service quality in Ecuador is suspect.

Water supply services are often interrupted and are well below standard, particularly in poor outlying areas.  According to Wikipedia in 30% of the urban areas, there is no treatment of superficial potable water. 92% of waste water is discharged without any kind of treatment.

The outlook for improvement is not great either.  According to a 2004 sustainability study only 13% of the water systems are considered sustainable.

So when looking at Ecuador property, but sure to check the availability of water.

On Ecuador’s coast for example many villages do not have a piped water system. Water is delivered in trucks like this.


The water delivered in this way is pretty good and inexpensive (drivers are not paid a lot and obviously not much is spent on the trucks).  However water sources are always worth checking.

Don’t rely on what you are told on paper either. Make sure the supply is real. We made an offer on one farm… being told there was a huge water supply.  We were shown the papers proving the supply existed and we hiked up to see the enormous beautiful spring itself.  However,  further research showed that the local community had always objected and had disturbed the pipeline.

This is one reason I like the Vistazul condo project. They have their own wells and have placed a huge water tank at the top of the cliffs behind the condos for excellent water pressure.

Here are delegates on our last Ecuador coastal real estate tour going over to look at the Vistazul model which is 75% complete.


For more details on the Vistazul beach condo project contact  Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

This is one reason I also like the Arboretto Mindo property project developed by Dr. Andres Cordova and Carlos Tobar.

Water in this area is plentiful plus Andres and Carlos have made a great effort to make this a successful green project that is in tune with the environment and the water. The Mindo Project has now taken a qualitatively superior dimension and is poised to become a statement project for Ecuador and beyond.

Here are plans for houses on water at the project.

cloud-forest design

Arboretto also has a wonderful river flowing through it.


For more details on water at the Arboretto Mindo property project contact  Carlos Tobar at cetobar@yahoo.com

Here are more shots of Lake Donoso… water…  recreation…. sport.

Ecuador is a land of great beauty.  There is plenty of water but…

be sure that some of that water is…

in the area…

where you buy.

We have been recommending investing in water for the past ten years or so. Water is important. This belief has good numbers to support it.

  Investments in water have outranked most other investment sectors.

  There are other solid reasons to invest in water:

 The first is obviously supply and demand. Water will become scarcer in the future because there is a growing global population that will consume and pollute more water.

Increased government regulations about water create opportunity.

Opportunities exist in many areas of the water industry from bottling to replacing water infrastructures to water line and water main replacements that create growth in pipe companies.

The increasing demand, reduced supply and enhanced value of water worldwide is a most basic fundamental even more important than oil!

When you invest in real estate… in Ecuador… or anywhere check the water supply before you buy.


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Ecuador – Mindo Homes

Mindo Ecuador is one of Ecuador’s beautiful areas. Merri and I purchased (and still own) our first hacienda Rosaspamba near Mindo .

See the latest updates and special opportunities with Mindo real estate for sale here.

Just 45 minutes west of Quito, Mindo has a rapidly growing tourist industry based on Ecotourism in the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest. Birdwatching is especially famous in Mindo as well butterflies, orchids and bromeliads.

Mindo has an altitude of 5,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level and a temperate climate.

There is also a stunning gated community based on eco living being developed near Mindo.

We have taken a number of groups to see this community.

Our friend and attorney, Dr. Andres Cordova has been developing this premier project called Arboretto near Mindo for the past several years.

He recently updated me on this project and I pass on some of his comments to you here. As always, we are not selling this project…just passing the information along .

In fact a major benefit we provide our Ecuador Living subscribers comes from the fact that we are not real estate brokers, but our readers have purchased many millions of dollars of real estate
in Ecuador because of what we have written. The word about our ability to attract buyers has gotten
around and we have many real estate owners and developers ask us to write about their projects.
They almost aways offer us a commission which we always refuse,

We do ask that they provide a discount to Ecuador Living subscribers. Ecuador Living subscribers who buy at at Arboretto receive a $1,000 discount. Learn how to be an Ecuador Living subscriber

Here is what Dr. Andres Cordova shared:


“You are aware of course of our ARBORETTO project in Mindo. We’ve presented the idea to several groups through you with very good feedback. Some of your readers have become participants and we are happy for their trust is now being compensated with a development and concept that should by far exceed their highest expectations.

Here is a shot of one home site


After many months of hard work (years, actually), the experience of having done one of the most successful green projects in one of the most challenging places of Earth and the participation of an increasingly larger group of driven and creative professionals (design, architecture, management, engineering, landscaping, forestry, conceptual and more), ARBORETTO has now taken a qualitatively superior dimension and is poised to become a statement project for Ecuador and beyond.

Here are architectual plans for two houses at the project.

cloud-forest design


We have begun the construction of the main road, which is very advanced by now. The first house is under construction too. Soon we’ll launch an important landscaping and reforestation effort and we’ll commence the construction of the reception house.

The project also has a wonderful river flowing through it.


The next few months should offer dramatic changes in ARBORETTO and the true potential will begin to increasingly show. As we see it, ARBORETTO will be the very best project of its kind in Ecuador. A landmark and statement project that should be an example of the results one gets with passion, drive, creativity and high social and environmental standards.

ARBORETTO will be a resort community where the homeowners may be permanent or temporary residents and will have the option to place their homes into a rental program managed by a structure set up for such purposes. This program will aim for the highest quality of services and for utmost efficiency and rewards for the homeowner.

As ARBORETTO will be the best there is in Ecuador, we are sure it will garner tremendous interest and thus, by being the king of its niche, create a major potential for the participants. The PDF brochure better explains (albeit briefly) the ARBORETTO concept and the principal deliverables. There’s much more than can be said right here right now that will go into ARBORETTO, so we expect participants to be pleasantly surprised in the future.

And BTW, green enterprises such as ours, with active and meaningful social and environmental agendas, normally perform better than enterprises not so driven by these ethical considerations. This is a trend that’s being widely discussed nowadays in business circles and beyond. These projects perform better with the investors and in their bottom line. Read Patricia Aburdene’s Megatrends 2010!

The lots or homesites in ARBORETTO are sized approximately 1.000 square meters each (0.25 acres each). The houses will be secluded amidst trees, plants and landscaped tropical gardens. The communal areas will be extensive, with walkways, parks, lagoons, hummingbird and butterfly parks, tree houses, elevated wooden walkways and more.

Carlos Tobar

You can get two excellent PDF overviews about the ARBORETTO project and pricing from Carlos at cetobar@yahoo.com