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Bahia Ecuador Real Estate


Bahia Ecuador is Ecuador’s best kept secret.

A message entitled Manta Real Estate in Ecuador looked at why Manta makes investing north of this port city a good investment.

Manta may be a great place to invest…but Bahia is a great place to be!

This picture at tripadvisor.com shows one reason why. Here is Bahia, Ecuador.

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The full name of the city is Bahia de Caraquez. This is a town that makes living on this part of Ecuador’s coast a great place to be.

Wonderful Ecuador sunsets are here.

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Yet as you will see below, there is much much more…here in Bahia, Ecuador.

Merri and I have for the last 25 years (since we left London) always lived in an out of the way place, two hours or so from an international airport and a half hour to a nice city.

When we moved to Naples, Florida 25 years ago it was a sleepy village…no WalMart…no Office or Home Depot etc. We were two hours from Miami International Airport and half an hour to Ft Myers. We would drive to Ft. Myers once ever two weeks or so to get supplies and then scoot back to the quiet life.

Now we are in the Blue Ridge…nothing is here but fields and forests! We drive a half hour to West Jefferson once a week to get groceries, the Farmer’s Market and if we have to go for office supplies that’s another 45 minutes. Then we zip back into the hills. Greensboro or Charlotte airports are a bit over two hours away.

Our home in Cotacachi, Ecuador is two hours from Quito International Airport and half an hour to the City of Ibarra.

So it was no surprise when I started calculating travel times from our new home in San Clemente in Manabi Province on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.

We are 45 minutes to Manta. Add a check in and a 30 minute flight. This gobbles up two hours and gets us to Quito International Airport.

A half hour north of San Clemente is the town of Bahia de Caraquez one of Ecuador’s sleepers! It is one of Ecuador’s nicest cities that very few people know.

Bahia, first of all is clean. It became Ecuador’s first Ecocity in the late 1990s as a positive response to two disasters that hit this city of about 25,000 residents.

Two natural disasters fell upon Bahia right in a row. First, in 1997 the “El Niño” phenomenon caused torrents of rain, flooding and washed out miles of road in to and from Bahia. Then a year later in August 1998, a strong earthquake (magnitude of seven) created a huge amount of destruction,

In a kindness that evolution brings, Bahía had to completely reconstruct itself.

With Japanese help and funding, plus many wealthy Ecuadorians (one of Ecuador’s more successful presidents came from Bahia so it is well known in wealthy circles) Bahía rebuilt as an ecological area. The governing authorities made an official declaration of this fact. Since this time, the city has planned its development within the sustainable principals of an Ecocity.

Bahía is a Pacific coastal city located on a peninsula about an hour and 15 minutes north of Manta and is bordered by the Chone River.

Here is a shot taken on one of our coastal real etsate tours over the Chone Estuary.

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Over the last decade Bahia has become one of the country’s most attractive resort areas due to its beauty, cleanliness and access to the major cities of Quito (five hours by car) and Guayaquil (four hours by car).

Bahia’s year round population is estimated at 25,000 with a substantial increase during the summer,

There are also two very important reasons why Bahia real estate values may now rise fast.

First, a new highway is being built between Quito and the coast. This construction is taking much longer than it should and costing way more than budget..but eventually it will be complete and one more concrete freeway will be able to whisk from Quito to Bahia.

Second, some day there will be a bridge across the Chone. Bahia sits on an isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and the huge estuary of the Chone River. If you are traveling from the south up the coast in a northwards direction, you are stopped at the Chone. The drive onwards moves down the Chone for a couple of hours just to get back to the coast north of the estuary north. Here is a group of our real estate tour delegates looking across the Chone.
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This map shows it all.

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The only way to cross the Chone at this time is via ferry. There are usually two car ferries. This is the Pacific Coast Highway running from Columbia all the way down to Peru and Chile so cars, buses and trucks use them.

Big trucks are loaded, first followed by the cars. These ferries also take foot passengers and are free.

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There are also passenger ferries that continually go back and forth costing about 30 cents for the trip.

However, at times it can take up to two hours to get on a car ferry.

So a bridge across the Chone would be invaluable and is in the process.

John Papski, our man on the coast, recently visited Bahia and President Correa there.

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Here is President Correa in Bahia.

John helped me complete a two part Bahia report that is now available to our Ecuador Living subscribers.

You can learn how to subscribe here

Until next message may all your secrets be as good as Bahia!

Gary

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Ecuador Real Estate Liquidations


Ecuador real estate offers opportunity. Ecuador real estate liquidations can offer even better deals.

See details about this 326 acre Ecuador real estate liquidation, a coastal agricultural property for sale at $41,000 below.

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To assist those interested in Ecuador we have created an Ecuador Living service that provides a full time full support, research and assistance team to help subscribers in any way required. Part of this team are multi lingual Westerners so we understand the Western cultural needs as well as those of Ecuador.

One service for example is that we scan Ecuador newspapers looking for unique properties and put our subscribers directly in touch…thus avoiding brokerage fees for our subscribers.

We do not sell real estate nor accept commissions but because we write about Ecuador real estate to tens of thousands of readers, they have purchased millions of dollars of Ecuador real estate in Galapagos, Mindo, the Coast, Cotacachi, Quito and more.

The word is out. More and more Ecuador real estate sellers are approaching us first when they have Ecuador real estate for sale. Recently an attorney who represents banks in Ecuador has been sending us Ecuador real estate liquidations so we can share extra special Ecuador real estate deals with our subscribers.

One huge benefit in using our service versus relying on brokers is that we are not trying to sell real estate. For our modest subscription, you get our honest opinion based on 40 years of international business and 13 years residence in Ecuador.

We do not care if you buy one property or another or even if you buy at all. This means you get our advice without hidden agendas.

Yet we know all about buying Ecuador real estate. We have an active Ecuador business and have personally purchased a 962 acre hacienda, condos in the mountains, a house, a hotel plus condos and apartments on the beach. Our Ecuador Living service shares our continual research and experiences in global business, living and investing in Ecuador.

You also gain access to our extensive contacts plus you get to share the input from our 13,238 readers who continually let us know what they see hear and experience good and bad in Ecuador.

We conduct real estate tours to help our subscribers learn Ecuador’s real estate market in the most efficient way.

Not only are our tours efficient, they can save you money! Many developers give our Ecuador Living subscribers and tour delegates discounts on property (since many delegates and subscribers buy and we do not take real estate commissions).

You can enroll in our Ecuador Living Service to learn more about the 346 acre Ecuador coastal property for sale at $41,000 below.

Here are more shots of the 346 acre Ecuador coastal property.

A lot of corn is being grown on the land now.

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and castor.

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Here is what Ecuador Living’s man on the Ecuador coast, John Papski, just sent to us.

John wrote: “Gary and Merri, I checked out this property a few months ago while visiting the coast with the last group. This is a good opportunity, part of a bankrupt bank with the price reduced before going to auction soon. I went ahead and signed a right of first refusal so Ecuador Living subscribers have the first shot at this.

There is 326 acres of shrub on gentle hills divided by main road from Bahia and San Clemente about seven miles away.

There is a rough shed, really belonging to caretaker, as well as a water tank for tanker delivered water. There is electricity.

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This land is ideal for seasonal planting, soya, maize, maracuya and has an old well 200 feet deep but with water (Water analysis done) of 3% salinity.

This is a great price as the land could have coconut and tamirindo growing for commercial purposes as they accept this amount of salinity in the water.

The sellers are trying for an urgent sale but I believe this can be held for our September coastal real estate tour. John.”

There is a grand entrance to the property.

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But not a lot of building.

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If you would like more information about this property or others like it, please subscribe to Ecuador Living and we’ll send you details on how to access Ecuador real estate information.

Until next message, may your living in Ecuador or wherever be good.

Gary

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Ecuador Real Estate is a Start


Ecuador real estate savings are only a start to the benefits there.

Our Ecuador real estate tours help you see a maximum amount of Ecuador real estate for sale in the least time and most efficient way. Our staff makes these tours fun, exciting and special.

Let me introduce the men who guide you on your Ecuador real estate tours, Steve and John Papski. The fact that both are multi national is important. Steve is English, John Polish, but both lived many years in London and both have lived all over the world. Steve lived for years in the US.

Both are utterly committed to Ecuador. They have lived in Ecuador for years and have Ecuadorian families. Both are totally fluent in English and Spanish. Here you can see why in a message from Steve sent while he is in England. Steve writes:

I’m missing my Ecuador as I view it from afar and here I try to understand why.

If I havn’t posted as regularly as usual it’s because I seem to be very busy on vacation in England. In Cotacachi I’m looked after like a king by the wonderful staff at Meson de las Flores. They cook for me, wash my clothes, clean my room and generally try to take care of any and every need they can envisage I might need.

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Here is Rosita Elena looking after my son – she just does it because she likes to!

I would consider myself very special; except I know they treat every guest like this, and if there is the very occasional slip-up, as there is in any hotel, it’s not for want of effort nor desire on their part.

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Humble and helpful – and much missed and appreciated from afar!

Here in England, even if there were such wonderfully caring and service orientated people to help with daytime chores, it really is only the Royalty who could afford to employ them anyway.

So consequently it’s come as a shock to the system to cook for three, wash, clean, and tidy the house on vacation. I love to see my family but next time I’m going on vacation in Ecuador!

England is looking gloomy this summer. Apart from the continuous grey skies, 10 sunny warm days so far this year according to my brother-in-law, all the talk is of the downturn in the economy. Nobody can bring themselves to mention “recession” but what is affecting everyone is having less disposable income. Meals out are once again becoming a treat. Foreign holidays to the Mediterranean are being ditched because of high costs and shops are suffering as people spend on only the essentials.

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This was how the weather was last summer in Ecuador. While you can find similar scenery in Scotland you won’t often find similar weather!

Every day the British are being buffeted by bad news. Headlines such as “Armed Forces face training cuts as fuel bill rockets”, “Millions face $200 a month fuel bills” “We’ll have to work until we’re 70 – just as it was in Lloyd George’s day”, and “Private schools fall victim to credit crunch” leave no doubt that if the economy is not in recession it’s not very far away.

Walking around the mall in my hometown of Fareham, a prosperous town compared to many, I can’t really see much evidence of the down-turn, although I do see that retired people are not dressed as well as younger folks. I’m impressed by the ever increasing range of stores and products for sale. The choice is phenomenal.

But then I also notice something less tangible. I ask myself why if there is more choice here, more wealth than in Ecuador, why do so many people look miserable and down-beat in England. I think I notice it more in those who are over 40. But I’m not sure.

In the mall there are several cafes in the aisles and I notice several older folks sat by themselves drinking cups of tea. As I walk down to another café to get internet access I notice an older man hunched over on a bench, his cane resting over his legs. Ninety minutes later I return the same way and there he is – hardly moved.

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An older gentleman, still looking dapper, enjoying time with friends in the sun in Cotacachi’s main square

Perhaps it’s this. In the Times of London a recent article about the National pension quoted the 73 year old Rita Young who is struggling to live off $1,200 a month. ‘… She is angry that elderly people in one of the world’s richest countries are not treated better.

“Things are better than a hundred years ago, when only the righteous were entitled to their shilling a week. But it is a disgrace that we have got to go and beg for the pension credit to bring us up to a level still below the poverty line. Our pension does not even bring us up to the level of the lowest paid in the economy.” Mrs Young, asked what she considers to be a luxury replied “a bar of chocolate”.

Break from the Easter parade
When an ice-cream still brings a smile

Two weeks to go until I return to home in Ecuador. I’m looking forward to life in the slow lane again and now understand and empathize better when I receive emails from our guests saying “I’m missing Ecuador so much, I can’t wait to return”. Steve.

If you are in England and would like to consult with Steve send me a note at gary@garyascott.com and I’ll help yu arramge a personal or telephone consultation.

You can read the second half of Steve’s note as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

Gary

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Ecuador Property Lesson


Ecuador property offers special opportunity but like any property market has its unique  features that anyone interested in getting good property deals has to know.

A reader attempting to buy some Ecuador property just sent this note:

“Gary, FYI.  The people at the Hacienda San Francisco tell me the asking price is
$650K, not the $200K you stated.”

Reading my reply may help you under stand the Ecuador real estate market better.

I have written numerous times that in Ecuador real estate is the basis of wealth.  This is a country that for centuries endured so many currency devaluations it dollarized in 2000.  The US dollar is now Ecuador’s currency but seven years of the greenback has not overcome hundreds of years of currency distrust.  Plus the dollar has not been strong.  Inflation is still strong in Ecuador.

Money has always been land…and buildings.

This means that there are normally only three times when Ecuadorians sell property.  When they need cash…when there are heirs…and when they place crazy prices on the property figuring…”If someone will pay this much, I’ll sell”.

This creates a really astonishing result at times. Two identical properties will have very different prices. One seller needs the money badly. The other does not.

Added to this is a typical Ecuadorian sales come-along. The owner offers a property at a low price until someone makes an offer.  Then they raise the price. This is especially prevalent if the seller thinks the buyer is a “rich” gringo. Gringos by the way are any non Ecuadorian.  Even the Chinese are considered gringos.

Sometimes even on our real estate tours, the owners tell us the property is one price, and when we get there with a group they raise the price dramatically.

This is one reason we suggest that delegates never make offers on a real estate tour.

The last price we were given for this hacienda on a real estate tour was $185,000.   The hacienda is empty every time we are there.  I suspect if one looked at the books they would find even $185,000 a hard price to support.

This happened when we bought our hotel, Meson de las Flores.  The owner raised the price 60% the minute we said yes to their original offer. The story was the original price was only for the building.   We also had to buy the business we were told.  We grabbed it anyway because for what we wanted the price was still a bargain.

This low price – high price game is just part of the way many Ecuadorians negotiate.

This lack of rationality is what makes Ecuador’s real estate market so interesting. It is so illogical that if one learns the market and is willing to be patient, one can spot distortions and do well if they are willing to negotiate.

For example, we rarely make an offer in person. We hire a local to make the offer for us.

We set our price. I know before I make an offer what the property is worth to me.

In a market with so few comparables and with so little organization, a property is generally worth what someone will pay for it versus how badly the seller needs the cash.  When a buyer finds a motivated buyer, knows what they can or are willing to pay, explains their logic, sticks to their price and is willing to walk away for awhile, they’ll get their deal.

This is not always the case. I watched the owner of one small hotel (that grosses about $15,000 a year) stick to totally insane price of a million dollars. He did not need the money.

Recently he had some set backs and I have observed this seller take a reality check.  Last i heard he had dropped his asking price to $475,000 (actually) almost
realistic.

A lot of Ecuador real estate offers a wild and wooly game for those that find this fun…and have time and patience.  We have found over the years a way that works for us:  When you find a property, just look and make no comments.  Don’t even ask the price.  Then go away and think about all of its qualities and conditions and decide yourself THE PRICE THAT YOU WANT TO PAY.  Unless the owner is just fishing (and this is rare these days), hire a person to negotiate for you. Never go b back there and never comment.

And then HAVE PATIENCE.  Sit back and wait and don’t worry about the deal.  It might take a week, a month or a year…but keep in mind there is rarely any buying pressure on individual properties (not condos or developments) and just wait.  It’s kind of fun and most interesting to use this concept…and sooner or later, it usually works out…but again, we have a lot of patience.

I look forward to sharing this with you.

Regards,

Gary

P.S. Here are what a couple of people have said about Ecuador real estate and our tours.

“Hello, Gary

“I have been a subscriber to your investment news letters starting in 1993.

“Without hesitation I can say your investment strategy for International Investing has been a success and rewarding.

“I salute you for your outspoken journalism and practical encouragement to the subscribers to improve their investments and financial standing by looking beyond there own home turf.

“My first encounter in person with you and Merri was when I attended your International Investment and Business made EZ seminar held in September 1996 in Ecuador in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil.

“This gave me the opportunity to see this beautiful country of Ecuador with its astounding bio-diversity, considerable historic and cultural legacy and a diverse array of its Indigenous groups.

“I look upon Ecuador as truly a microcosm of South America.

“Since then I have had the privilege of visiting Ecuador on two more occasions and on every trip I have experienced the warm and kind hospitality from its smiling and charming faces of its friendly people.

“I have also been a subscriber to your e-mail letters Ecuador Living and Investing and always look forward to your informative articles and encouragement provided for those interested in settling down or buy a second home abroad in Ecuador.

“I for one am intending to come to Cotacachi about mid to late August 2008, looking at the possibility of settling down in this beautiful Sierra country side. I shall end with best regards to you and Merri.”

Another wrote:

“Merri:  Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the real estate tour in Cotacachi and to thank you and Gary and all the wonderful staff at El Meson for being so gracious and kind.

“Any time I think of Cotacachi and my stay at El Meson I get a sense of peace and tranquility that is hard to find here in the States.

“Hope to see all of you again but hopefully for a longer stay.”

Finally, this reader attended both the Coastal and Cotacachi tour:

“Thought to send along a little feedback on the trip so far.  I started with the Coastal RE tour.  I must say that John Papski is a real asset – he’s got the right outgoing attitude to dig up the good info locally and then deal with a diverse group of folk on the tour – very good. The RE tours are very good for really seeing the country, local areas, and just getting a good feeling for the general area.  John is ideal for the task and the research leading up to the tour.  Between Steve, John and Alberto, you have an excellent team.

“I put an offer on an unfinished house up the road from Jim’s house (no word yet apparently due to a fickle US owner).  Lots of potential there and the views from there are great.

“Now at day 2 of the Spanish course.  Meson is very nice and staff and service is excellent.  Consuelo has put aside raw milk for me (no boiling) that is quite good – the benefits of raw milk dairy are highly under-rated.  I’m looking forward to the highland RE tour and then the Shaman Mingo tour.”

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Ecuador Living Benefit


Ecuador living offers many benefits, one being that it stimulates the sluggish Ecuadorian economy. However, all of human existence is one of polarity.  Black must have white, positive needs negative and money always brings a rising price.

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Take Eduardo and Consuelo, who work at our Ecuador Hotel El Meson de las Flores. The hotel was in receivership and empty when our foundation Land of the Sun bought it to help stimulate the economy in this part of the Ecuador countryside.  By bringing people we have helped save their jobs.

A reader raised a good question about this though when he wrote:

“Gary, I’ve received your email newsletter for about six months now.  I have been interested in real estate in Ecuador for about a year.  I’ve been to Ecuador twice in the past year, and am going again July 1.  On the one hand I understand your enthusiasm for Ecuador, but on the other I wonder how pushing Ecuador real estate will impact the local population?  Obviously if you are a property holder, it’s a good thing; but if you’re not, but hope to be, outside money could push many locals out of the market.  Is this creating any kind of animosity toward outsiders?  I’d appreciate your insight on this.  I am an economist with a focus on international finance, so I enjoy all aspects of your writings.  Regards.”

This has been a never ending story since the beginning of time..everywhere, neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city, county to county and country to country.

So far the majority of Ecuadorians love us….as much or more as our neighbors here in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains.

Most Ecuadorians cannot afford property because the locals were pushed out of the market by the Spanish about 500 years ago…just as American natives in the US were pushed out by the English, Germans, Irish, Scots, Italians, Chinese and others who arrived here.

Our arrival in Ecuador creates jobs, hope and a chance that many more Ecuadorians will be able to own their own land.

However the problem goes beyond just a few investors arriving from the US, Canada, Span, Italy and many from Colombia and Peru.   This is a time of transition for Ecuador with the final phase of the colonial hierarchal system near its end.  Whether the locals in Ecuador like it or not…just as people in many other countries do not like it, we all live in a global economy.   Many Americans did not like selling so much property to the Japanese in the 1980s.  They will gripe now as Europeans buy big chunks of Florida.  The Floridians will gripe. Yet they will sell, take the money and move to North Carolina…where the North Carolinians will gripe about the inflow of Floridians.

Prices will equalize anywhere there is a distortion, locally…nationally or globally.

Water gushes down. Air rushes into vacuums.  Money flows towards good value.

We see this in the United States with gas prices rising to $4 a gallon.  This is not as bad as in Europe where gas runs $7 or $8 a gallon….but it is still a shock to those of us who can remember…(yes it’s true) gas at 19.9 cents a gallon.

Gas is a global commodity. Americans have to pay the going rate.

Ecuador property is a global commodity…in an ever growing global economy.

I am a full blooded American…born and raised in the USA…as you can get.

Today, I am wearing all American clothes beginning with my American Converse tennis shoes (made in China), my American Wrangler jeans (made in Mexico), my American Fruit of the Loom underwear (made in El Salvador) and my American Van Heusen shirt (made in Bangladesh).  So even if I stayed in America, unless I plan on running around shoeless and naked, I will encroach on people in other countries…pushing up property prices for factories…that create jobs…help feed families…and create pollution. Positive…negative…positive…this never ends.

My first book “Passport to International Profit” was published in the early 1970s and included a chapter on “border blindness.”  This chapter looked at how political borders are illusions that support hidden agendas for the few who encourage them.  Borders  are transcended by almost all human emotions. Get a pretty Italian and handsome Irishman together and they will fall in love. Put a Mexican with a cheaper tomato next to a hungry Canadian and the Canadian will get out his loonies and buy the tomato. Put an Englishman and Frenchman in a sinking ship and they will both bail water.

The market place of humanity tramples borders. The deepest nature of our existence supports free trade and free movement of all to anywhere in the world.

Since that book was written…modern communications and transportation have made all of this even more true.   For example at Cotacachi communications see how broadband has changed the way we can live in Cotacachi.

We are, at the deepest level of our being, all citizens of the world.  It is logical and correct that we trade with those who serve us best…whether they bring products to us (like the tomatoes, shirts, shoes, pants and even underwear) or we go to the product (real estate abroad).

I have found that if one treats people with fairness and respect, these courtesies will be returned.  This was as true when we moved from Florida to Ashe County, North Carolina…where Floridians are called “Floridiots” by many locals…because they pay too much for the land and drive prices beyond the local abilities.

I know we are loved by our friends and staff in Ecuador.   Cotacachi Ecuador Hospitality shows how they treated Merri on Mother’s Day.

We are loved up here in North Carolina as well…not because we are Americans or Floridians or because we are red, white or black, Christians, Muslims or Jews, but because of how we act with our friends, neighbors and business associates.

When you treat people right…you become known as a friend not a nationality.

We are loved because we try to treat people with care, respect and fairness.  We bring in money and bring them work.

Few economies, local or national can isolate themselves from the global economy and enjoy a high material standard of living.

Ask the people of Mynmar if you do not believe this.

What a grand experiment (though I do not see it happening) would be for
mankind to eliminate all borders, customs, immigrations and nationalities for a decade.  My bet is we would never go back.

In Ecuador I do not see a resentment problem…but let’s allow the people of Ecuador have ther say. A leaflet has been posted on buildings and telephone poles all around San Clemente, the small village where Merri and I have bought our beach condos.  This was not put up by us..nor by the developer of the condo where we are buying.  This was written by locals in San Clemente.

I asked John Papski, our man on Ecuador’s beach, to translate it.   Here is what the Ecuadorians are saying about our arrival in their small fishing village with a five star spa hotel and a 61 unit luxury condo development  that will change the village’s life forever.

TRANSLATION

“Ecuador has a population of 13 million (2008 )and 3 million that live abroad (23% ).  Parents have immigrated leaving their children; people left for lack of work, pessimistic views of the future without opportunities, corruption, globalization and neo-liberalist practices have contributed to a disappearance of opportunity for individual, family and social development.

“San Clemente has an approximate population of 4500. There is a need for 600 new jobs per year for the youth but nature and the sea does not allow sufficient funds for welfare, health and studies.

“However, tourism is one of the few chances left for Ecuador and its youth.

“The marvelous beaches of San Clemente attract people that travel many hours, save and borrow money so they and their families can spend on food, lodging, water, beer, sun lotions, repellents, handcrafts and return home broke but content knowing that health, welfare, lust for life, relaxed has prepared them to continue the hard fight in the city.They have integrated with nature with the immense help of the sea and its marvelous sounds and movements, with the wonder of the beach and hills that surround, wonder of tranquil people, amiable and service orientated to all visitors with humanity, smiles,assistance and hospitality.

“Our visitors dream during their happy stay of a swift return to our beach or perhaps remain here forever. The beach tourists do not come to Rocafuerte or Charapoto (nearby towns ). They come to San Clemente.

“Bahia apartment owners come to us because they know our beach is a great treasure with fantastic potential of nature, not enclosed in sad cement but green, blue, orange living nature. Look after nature as we care for ourselves and defend the future of our youth.”

There you have it, a local view of what they think of us.

So far I believe we are more than welcome.  I hope that Merri and I and all we bring along have the wisdom to be with the wonderful people of Ecuador in a way so they are not just happy that we come…but that they also want us to stay.

I invite you to join us in the wonderful adventure and as human beings who are citizens of the world!

Gary

See dates for our other Ecuador courses and tours:

Coastal Real Estate Tour

Pool, tennis court and beach at Palmazul where we stay on our coastal tours.

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Beach at Palmazul.

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Super Thinking + Spanish Course

Courtyard at Ecuador hotel El Meson de las Flores where we conduct our Spanish Courses, Imbabura Real Estate Tours, Shamanic Mingos and Import Export  tours.

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Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Ecuador Shaman Mingo Tour

Ecuador Import Export Course

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