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Montanita Ecuador


montanita Ecuador

Fishermen bringing in their catch.

This week our friend and Ecuador attorney Dr. Andres Cordova, shares a journey to Montanita Ecuador.

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Dr. Andres Cordova

My work and passions have me on the road for a good part of the year, attending to clients and friends in the coast or the highlands, looking at real estate deals, exploring trends, discovering places. I like traveling and soaking in as much of what every place has to offer.

I always bring my battle hardened DSLR camera with me. I have literally tens of thousand of pictures of Ecuador by now. Photography is one of my passions. Music and reading are other ones.

I love talking to the locals, taking a real interest and curiosity in their crafts and livelihood; it so enhances the experience, helping me understand and appreciate many things. Best of all, it gets me new friends.

I like to travel with an open heart, and with expectations at bay. This is the best way. The good and the bad, they are all part of the experience and make us better in many ways.

Internet services are widespread and sufficiently fast in most of Ecuador and, depending on your work, your office can pretty much be wherever you are with your smartphone or laptop. Many times I find myself answering emails or reviewing paperwork while enjoying stunning beach views, or mountain views for that matter.

In early December last year, after some work in Playas and Guayaquil, and after attending an epic marriage party at the beach in Punta Blanca (20 minutes from Salinas) I decided to get to Montañita and work from there for about a week. It was a really nice experience and I’d like to share some of it with you. It was kind of a “Sabbatical” week; only that I am not a professor and it did include work. I had a blast and got so much done. A rather good tan did not hurt either.

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Read a good book on the beach

Montañita is a small town some 45 minutes north of Salinas and some 90 minutes south of Manta, via beautiful scenic routes with many interesting places along the way.

Montañita is a happening place, there’s no question about it. It started as a rather small settlement in a beautiful beach blessed by good waves. Soon enough surfers took notice, then beachgoers too. At the beginning surfers would camp in tents by the beach. I remember doing so with a cousin some 35 years ago. BTW, he went on to become the Ecuadorian surf champion not long afterwards.

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Surfboards for rent lined up in Montañita

Many artists began making Montañita their permanent or part time home. Then modern-day hippies started to spend some time in the place, selling their crafts and spreading a peace and love atmosphere.

As tourism to Montañita grew, restaurants and hotels sprouted all over; each with its own cool decorations and themes. As tourism grew, street artists descended to Montañita, enlivening the nights while practicing their craft by the shore during the day.


Enjoy street performers from many parts of the world

Montañita is now a unique melting pot with people from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, the US, Canada and many more countries. Some foreigners stay for a few months, others have made Montañita their permanent home.

This creates a rather interesting dynamic with good food and lots of options, the opportunity to make new friends, understand different cultures and try lots of stuff. Yes, even hooking up. Smile.

You can learn yoga or Spanish (at a school ranked among the world’s best), get Reiki or dance your arse off (if you are British) in what is deemed to be among the top discos in the world.

Of course, you can also read a good book while the soft ocean breeze soothes you. I did as much for a couple of hours a day, finishing a real good book, thoroughly enlightening and quotable. It’s The Atheist Muslim by Ali A. Rivzi; very well written and profoundly compassionate.

Now, Montañita can sure be rough around the edges. It’s a small town by the beach and not particularly blessed by great infrastructure. During some times of the year it can be quite crowded and loud, most notably at night with lots of people partying and the persistent noise of competing sound systems from bars, restaurants and discos. I kind of like it, for a while. It’s an experience.

It gets crowded and over the top during holiday weekends. The craziness is worth experiencing. For the rest of the time, it tends to be more laid back, but with many things still going on. You can’t be bored in Montañita.


Enjoy nice food and places to stay. Tiki Limbo is a great option.


I stayed at a Tiki Limbo Hotel. This made my experience all the greater. It is cozy, really well decorated, very comfortable, well priced and the food is possibly among the best in Montañita and miles around. I’ve been there before and am friends with the staff. This is why I am so happy to recommend it. They are exceedingly nice.

Sitting at an outside table in Tiki Limbo (it has the best spots), whether alone or with good company, offers you a great opportunity for people watching, for eating great food, reading a good book, catching up on your emails or mingling with friends. And I love that.


Stroll the beach while feeling the soft sand under your feet

It’s so nice to focus on all the people that come up and down the street. The visitors from all places, including Ecuador, the group that just arrived from the cold in the north, still whiter than milk; the group just leaving, mightily tanned or burned to a crisp; the new hookup between a local and a towering Norwegian girl, the ripped surfers with bleached hair coming out from the beach, the street artist practicing juggling on top a unicycle, the girls taking selfies every other step, the guy who just wrote a book and wants a collaboration.


Enjoy stunning sunsets in Montañita

I could go on and on.

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Get around by bike

While Montañita can be a bit anarchic and loud, especially on the higher season, with all the perks and snags of a beach party town it is also a place for profound contemplation. I appreciate a special spirit of utter kindness and easygoingness in Montañita. People greet each other with true warmth. Smiles abound. People go out of their way to pet the many dogs that either have an owner or not but are part of the scenery both in the town and at the beach. They bring them water and comfort them. Some dogs will wait for their master friends at the shore while they surf, eventually engaging in beach soccer that is so common there.

Granted, Montañita is not for everyone. I happen to love spending time there.

For those who are adventurous and seek fun, buying real estate in Montañita is a good option. Not only for personal enjoyment but also for income and appreciation.


If you are interested in exploring this option drop me a line at gary@garyascott.com with the words MONTANITA in the subject line.

Spanish words you can use

Music – Música
Waves – Olas
Arena – Sand
Tourist – Turista
Handcraft – Artesanía


Learn Spanish in Three Days ONLINE

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The “Learn Spanish in Three Day Course” is now available online.

Read below to see why we are offering our Super Spanish course online for the first time.

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.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

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 (www.sundaybaroque.org).  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.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “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.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“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.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

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

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

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.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.  Normally $149, this is available at the highly reduced price of $79. Simply use coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout.

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.

The ONLINE course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79 – using coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout to immediately save $110 off the regular price of $149

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.”

Learn Spanish online $79 – using coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout to immediately save $110 off the regular price of $149


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!

Learn Spanish online $79 – using coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout to immediately save $110 off the regular price of $149

(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html



Montanita Ecuador Beach Rentals

Here is a paid ad for an Ecuador beach rental near Montanita


Villa de Los Suenos
La Entrada, Ecuador

Phone 080620934 (from U.S. call 59380620934)
Phone 091837453 (from U.S. call 59391837453)

Email: Villa.de.Los.Suenos@gmail.com

Villa de Los Suenos is located approximately 10 minutes north of Montanita in the tranquil fishing community of La Entrada.  Our Villa is a new facility completed in January of 2012.   La Entrada is a small fishing village with population of approximately 500 people.

Each of our four suites has its own unique theme (see photos).   Our suites are all equipped with small kitchens including a sink, microwave, and refrigerator.


Each suite is private and has direct access to terraces that are perfect for viewing the humpbacked whales from July through September.  You can also watch pelicans and other beautiful birds fly by just a few feet away from you terrace.  The sunsets are spectacular.

Along with the terrace in front of your suite, there is a grand terrace on the top floor.  The grand terrace is perfect for sun tanning in a more private setting or watching the sunset.  The Grand Terrace provides the best views of any structure on this beautiful stretch of beach.   You will have a panoramic view of the coast from the Montanita point to La Entrada point, a stretch of beautiful beach 8 miles long.  In fact it is one of the most beautiful views on the Ecuadorian Coast.

Villa de Los Suenos has an infinity pool which includes a water slide and large Jacuzzi.


The villa also has a large Cabana and private beach adjacent to the pool.


Our guests enjoy beach access with our own private ramp to the beach.


Our photo gallery shows the beauty of the Villa and the uniqueness of our accommodations.


You will not be disappointed. You will not find any accommodations on the beach better than our villa or more private.


If you’re looking for excitement and night life Montanita is just a few minutes away.  Montanita beach is rated as one of the best in South America.  It is world renowned for its excellent surfing.  Montanita has great restaurants and nightlife.

If you like to people watch, enjoy lunch or dinner in one of Montanita’s many restaurants. Montanita attracts a diverse crowd from all over the world.  Street jugglers and fire dancers entertain people as they walk down the streets.  Street musicians also add to festive atmosphere.  In many ways the atmosphere created remind you a movie set.  At times it becomes magical.

Montanita is world-class surfing by day and restaurants/bars/dancing by night.  What are you waiting for?  Relax by the pool, walk the beach, enjoy the tranquility, enjoy the sunset.  It’s time to experience the magic of the Ecuadorian Coast for your dream vacation.  What are you waiting for ??  You need to be in Ecuador.

For full details contact the managers at villa.de.los.suenos@gmail.com or check out their listing on www.vrbo.com/398949

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.

Learn more about Ecuador real estate.