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Ecuador Floral Information

Here is information about Ecuador floral opportunities… plus an Ecuador floral idea from this picture…


Merri and I love flowers. Right now we are filling the house with our mountain spring flowers like these.


Yet we supplement our North Carolina flowers with Ecuador floral arrangements like these Ecuador lilies.


Ecuador floral opportunity is one reason we love Ecuador. When we are there, we can have dozens of fresh roses every week.

What would a floral arrangement of 50 long stem roses delivered to your door, cost in the US?   A lot?

Not so much if they are Ecuador floral arrangements. This is why Merri and I regularly have Ecuador roses or lilies fedexed to us from Ecuador.

They are wonderful, fresh and they last!

Take for example our latest order of Ecuador lilies.  They were delivered April 8.

I screwed up.   Our arrival was delayed until April 11, so Fedex left them sitting in our green house in freezing weather were they stayed for at least a day and a half.  It was freezing… yet these fresh Ecuador lilies survived and thrived.

The Ecuador lily orders are of 25 stems but each stem has three or four buds… so the order delivers about 100 flowers!  There are so many I had to put them in three vases where they are still going strong.

By Easter they looked great.  Here is one of the three Ecuador floral arrangements on Easter Sunday six days after delivery, at the entrance to our home…


another on our fire place mantle and…


the third Ecuador floral arrangement in our dining area.  The aromas were intoxicating!

Even three floral arrangements left the vases crowded.  I could have filled five or six vases.

By April 16, the flowers were still looking great… nine days after delivery.


Wonderful and beautiful.


I do not stop enjoying my Ecuador floral arrangements after they are tired either.  I dry most of my rose bouquets once they are tired.  This floral bouquet is drying in our kitchen now.


Here are my last two Ecuador rose orders… one in our kitchen.


These Ecuador roses had brilliant colors and the dried bouquet remains colorful.


Another arrangement on our fireplace mantle was of of lighter shades and  is more subtle…


though still beautiful.


Ecuador Floral Information.

Being on the equator, Ecuador flower farms have an ideal environment for roses and other flowers.  The high elevation provides proximity to the sun, but cool nights. These are perfect growing conditions for long, straight roses.

Ecuador’s cut-flower industry supplies roughly one-third of America’s roses. A third of Ecuador’s yearly production is exported to the U.S. for Valentine’s Day.   Over 95% of Ecuador’s flower exports enter the U.S. duty-free under a U.S. trade program for Andean countries.  Other than oil, flowers are the largest recipients of Andean trade benefits.

There is Ecuador floral opportunity because over the past two years more than 33% of America’s florists have shut down.

As large retailers increased the quantity and lowered the price of poor quality flowers,  outlets for high quality flowers have suffered.

Even before the economic downturn US traditional florists were in a continuing negative trend due to this downgradng of the market.  There was increased channel chaos as the remaining companies tried to find ways to cgain a larger share of a shrinking pie.  Some importers who normally sold solely through the traditional channel started selling to the mass market.  Some wholesalers began direct from farms and bypassing importers, even selling directly to consumers.

See how this creates opprtunity at Ecuador flower income.

Learn how to have Ecuador Lilies here.

Learn how to have fresh Ecuador roses here.

Until next message may everything be fresh and rosy for you!


Meet our Ecuador floral supplier Roberto Ribadineira on our July 4-8 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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

July 4-8 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
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.


Ecuador Holidays

The Ecuador holiday season has arrived.

The Ecuador holiday season begins with Carnival… then Ash Wednesday, Lent, Clean Monday… then Easter Sunday beginning fifty days of celebration until Pentecost Sunday.

The Cathedral is the center of life here and our suite at Meson de las Flores is just a few feet away as the crow flies.  I see a lot from up here on the third floor.  Here is a shot I took yesterday morning at dawn.


Carnival is celebrated in different ways all over the world. Some places have wild costume festivals right to get on their last wild time before Lent begins.   In the fact the root of the word “Carnival” is based on the fact that Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent.   Carnevale  means “to put away the meat.”

In Ecuador, Carnival seems to mean “bring on the water” because the tradition here is for children to to bomb one another (and unsuspecting pedestrians) with water balloons.   Sometimes they scratch the balloons and just douse unsuspecting souls by dumping water on them from high distances.

As I emerged from our suite yesterday, it was fun capturing this Carnival tradition in progress.  We have watched two sweet neighbor girls grow up over the past few years. They are real pals with our, hound, Ma.

As I stepped onto the balcony I spotted them in the act.  My trustee Sony pocket cam was in my shirt!

They were…

cotacachi carnival

waiting on the roof of their third story building across from our suite… water in hand… looking left.


cotacachi carnival

looking right.   Then…

cotacachi carnival

looking both ways.  Then…

cotacachi carnival

Oops were caught in the act!   Yeah but…

cotacachi carnival

it’s just fun!

Sometimes when an entire bucket soaks you from above it is hard to remember… the fun…  but after living here for awhile laughter.. rather than anger is the spontaneous  reaction to shock and stress.

This easy, relaxed life is really good news for our readers… their lifestyle and health as well as pocketbook.

First, Larry & Shirley Humphrey wrote:

Hi, Gary & Merri   Being in our condo is everything Shirley and I were hoping for. Thank you for making us aware that there are great places to live where it’s not cold for months on end  and helping to take the fear out of trying another place to live. Larry & Shirley.

We featured Larry and Shirley recently as Vistazul’s first residents and how their $700 a month (total cost with their condo owned free and clear) lifestyle has improved their health.  Here is their condo.


It is really gratifying to see entire communities spring up down here based on Ecuador Living.   13 moths ago we saw this.


Now people are moving into their beach condos. What a party!

We hope you come visit us and see for yourself.


Join us in Cotacachi or the coast during this holiday season.  Enjoy some of Ecuador’s celebration.


Join us in Cotacachi this March or June.


March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


Enjoy the many parades and festivities.

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.


Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this March or June.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 41 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned for just $299.

However if you sign up for any three of our in person courses below, you can have The Tangled Web course free.

Enroll here $299

Enjoy Cotacachi and save.


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


Future 2009 Ecuador courses:

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour


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

Our Cotacachi courses are conducted at this Cotacachi Museum next to our hotel Meson de las Flores.