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Ecuador Timing

Timing affects investments anywhere.. including Ecuador.


Yesterday’s message looked at the importance of place.  See in a moment why the timing and placement of condos on this beach is perfect now.

First let’s review a note that a reader just sent me:  Dear Gary, I have just heard from someone that you are selling all of your property in Ecuador, and investing in Florida.  Is this true?  Best regards,

Here is my reply:

Thanks for getting in touch.  Many readers have been confused by the fact that I continually buy and sell real estate in Ecuador and Florida and have been for the last ten years as I continue to do so in North Carolina as well.   I am also looking for investment property in Oregon and England (as Merri and I have children and grandchildren in each place).

In the last decade, I have purchased and sold many Florida as well as Ecuador properties and I recently purchased one more Florida property.

I currently have one property in Florida. I have 13 in Ecuador.

If I see bargains in Florida I will buy but am not actively seeking more at this time but am working on upgrading the one currently owned.

A number of the Ecuador investment properties we hold are  at a point  in the development process where I will sell them for a profitable price.  See more on this at Imagination for Ecuador Property

This year we have almost doubled our publishing and business commitments to Ecuador as we did last year.  In 2008 we had 12 tours in Ecuador. Last year we had over 20… this year we have nearly 50… plus I am creating numerous reports about Ecuador now.

I am currently selling some condos on San Clemente beach. Let me explain why the timing and place for these Ecuador beach condos is perfect now.


Many units at Vistazul are complete, but construction is still underway… a fact holding prices down.

I chose this location to buy because Manta is the center of Ecuador’s coast with an international airport runway in place.  This will be a huge focus of growth.  San Clemente is 35 to 45 minutes away… normally… but currently the road from, Manta to San Clemente is being redone…. good in the long run… but depressing right now.


Finished units are for sale… like block five, but…


the construction makes the units harder to sell… keeping prices down.

Here are views inside finished units.




Guest bedroom.


Master bedroom.


Living area.




Roof Garden.

Another benefit is that all the units have the rights to use the clubhouse, Palmazul Spa… the pool…


tennis courts, spa, fine dining and access to…


miles of empty beach.


There is another great benefit if you are of my mind.

Manta is 45 minutes away with shopping, cinema anything one desires, but San Clemente is a quite, sleepy, fishing village.


What makes Vistazul special is the quiet…


This is the access road from San Clemente to Vistazul and Palmazul.  This road…


is a dead end lane that ends in just a mile or so at the bluffs.


Here is the road’s end.  This bluffs behind the project and the sea in front means that no additional construction can take place in front of or behind Vistazul.

Thus the project remains quiet and sleepy.

There is one final benefit.

The price of the Vistazul condos has risen to $89,000 for these two bedroom, two and a half bath, three floor, 1,500 square foot units… but there are still several units reserved for Ecuador Living subscribers at $79,000.  Learn how to take advantage of this $10,000 savings at Ecuador Living.

There is a time and place for everything.  The place for Vistazul is a quiet one and the time is when prices are as low as they will ever be.

Visit Vistazul on our March 22-23 Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour


Join us at our place for our next Quantum Wealth Seminar June 24 to June 27, 2010 in West Jefferson, North Carolina See more here

Or Join Merri and me or Ecuador Living’s staff in 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

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.

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Capital Ecuador Income

Here is a capital idea to gain some extra capitals gains as income.

Kjetil Haugan, owner of the Vistazul project, where I have purchased condos, recently sent me the note below that sparked some capital income ideas.


Mid coast Ecuador tour delegates visiting Palmazul condos.

Kjetil wrote: Gary, I am getting more and more requests for the time-share units and think I can do quite well with a bit more marketing here in Ecuador. I already have a company interested in working with me to sell the weeks..they sold out Casablanca, a project in the north of Ecuador and another time share development in Esmeraldas and they need more inventory.

If your readers buy a unit I would still sell at $ 89,000 but offer them a quite good return if they offered their unit as time share. If I helped out to sell the high season weeks (let’s say 20 weeks + @ $ 4000 each) they would recover most of their investment and still have 30 weeks for themselves.

This is a speculative capital idea that can create some tax free (in Ecuador) capital gains.

Let me share a few of the reasons why Merri and I are enthusiastic about the Vistazul Ecuador beach condo project.

First, it’s the water.


Most parts of Ecuador’s coast are without a central water supply and water is delivered in trucks like this.  That system works okay, is inexpensive  and the water is good.. yet to have your own water supply is even better.  Vistazul has its own water wells.  The water is a bit saline but Kjetil also developed a company that owns several Galapagos cruise ships so has experience with desalination.  As you’ll see below these beach condos have their own water… generator and  desalination.

Second, we love the warm water and waves.


Merri and I lived on the Gulf of Mexico for many years and love to frolic in the waves… but in the Pacific?  Where I grew up in Oregon… the water is just too cold to stay in long.   Yet on Ecuador’s Pacific the water is almost as warm as the Gulf of Mexico… yet the waves are good.  We can play in the water for hours without getting to cold.  We never worry about hurricanes because they do not have them on the Ecuador coast.

Plus the weather is best in the winter when its coldest up north.

Third… the empty beaches and protection from excessive  development. You can walk for about 30 miles at low tide. Here is a shot from Crucita.  You can walk all the way to the point in the distance (this is where Vistazul is located).


Then once around the point you can walk many miles more… often never seeing another person. Here are Merri and me with our friend Steve Hankins enjoying this broad beach with our hound, Ma.


Fourth, peace & quiet. San Clemente is a small fishing village and Vistazul is on a secluded dead end road… with little traffic and hills behind the condos.  The town is quiet and the community concerned with developing tourism… but without destroying the environment.  Kjetil spent many hours with community leaders obtaining a consensus on how what and how much to build.


This is the center of San Clemente, very quiet, yet only 45 minutes to central Manta… and all the resources of a major port city.

Local transportation into San Clemente is on foot (Merri and I enjoy ambling on the beach), or in these quaint taxis.


Fifth, fresh seafood… really fresh…  really cheap. The fishermen bring in their catch each day and you can buy right from the boat.


Sixth, safety in the fact that your are buying real property… not just a promise. The club house exists… the pool… the tennis courts… the spa, the condos.You are buying completed or nearly completed condos with a title and US title insurance.


Palmazul Spa is Vistazul’s clubhouse.  Pool, Tennis, spa and gourmet dining on the beach.


or parties poolside.


Merri and I purchased at the beginning when the project looked like…


this… but now most of the condos are complete and some residents have moved in.

Here is a group of delegates inspecting one of my Ecuador beach condos at Vistazul.


Finally, Merri and I love the sunsets. When we lived in Naples, everyone gathered to watch the sunsets and I thought they could never be better. At the Equator they are!

Here is a group enjoying a roof garden party as…

ecuador beach real estate

they enjoy a warm, sea breeze and a sun that sinks gently into the sea.


Vistazul is a great place.  So too is the profit potential. Here is how Kjetil explained this capital gains opportunity of buying whole and selling in pieces.

Gary, Here is a quick update on the project.  Business has been slow as the government is rebuilding the roads from Manta to this area so we currently have to take a much longer back way to get here from Manta.

This means I get complaints about all the driving time but in the long run the improved road will dramatically enhance value.

I have received a private loan from one of the buyers at Vistazul and should have enough money to complete all the units..I still need a couple of sales to be able to complete all the infrastructure but I am negotiating credits, etc. so I may be able to make it with what I have.

Block 5 is ready..block 4 is painted and with tile and block 2 is almost ready to be painted and for tile to be installed. Block 6 will have the second floor put in next week. I have already contracted a swimming pool and a desalination system that will produce enough portable water for Vistazul and the hotel. We also have a group of 13 carpenters working 14 hours per day to complete all woodwork on all the units so things are going well.  In total there are approx. 40 people working at Vistazul right now.

We had a group of Ecuadorians at Vistazul yesterday and they committed to buy 12 weeks for time share..I am making a brochure and planning on a marketing campaign starting in January so I believe the time share idea could work well over time. The downturn is that you will have families with kids times of the year but mainly in July/August when most of the current owners will be back home.

I have mentioned the option to sell weeks to several of the condo owners and they seemed to be interested in the idea.  If they pay $ 89,000 and sell the premium weeks + some high season weeks they should be able to recover their investment and still have 30 weeks for themselves. They could even try to sell the 30 weeks over time and make good money if it was only for investment.

We are promoting premium weeks (Christmas, New Year, Carnival and Easter) at $ 6,995, High season (February, March, July, August) at  $3,995 and the rest of the weeks at $ 1,995.  We charge 10% to sell the weeks and I believe we should be able to sell most of the weeks over time (2 to 3 years). We have already received about 200 inquiries for the New Year weekend at the hotel and we sold out months ago for this date so San Clemente is getting more and more popular with Ecuadorians.

You can see our first offer at our Spanish website for these time shares at www.lacostaecuador.com

Regards,  Kjetil.

There you have it. beauty… charm and opportunity.  There are some risks involved. Once you start selling the time share units… you lose the opportunity to sell as a whole unit… plus you have to manage, maintain and care for this type of ownership.  Plus there is no guarantee you can resell enough units this way to recover your whole investment.

On the other hand if you recover your investment selling half the units, this means you end up with half a year of use for yourself free.

There are other ways to profit from an Ecuador beach property like this… such as advance rentals.

A New York Times article entitled “Making Her Dream House Pay for Itself”  by Amy Silverman tells how  Julie Hampton bought a villa in Tuscany, raising the purchase price by selling three-week stays for $1,000 each.

Here are excerpts from that article:  WHEN Julie Hampton was a graduate student, she decided that she wanted to buy a small house in a remote Italian village about a 90-minute drive northwest of Florence. But she didn’t have the more than $80,000 she needed, so she came up with a plan.

She went to the local office of the Small Business Administration and told a volunteer adviser that she wanted to finance the purchase largely by persuading 60 people to pay $1,000 each in exchange for three weeks at the villa. The adviser laughed.

Then he bent over and began searching around her feet. Ms. Hampton didn’t understand why he was doing that, she recalled nearly six years later, sitting in her apartment in downtown Phoenix. So she asked him a question — did he drop his pen?

“And he said, ‘No, I’m looking around for my bucket of cold water.’ ”

But Ms. Hampton was unfazed: “I said, ‘I’m provin’ you wrong, pal.’ ”

So prove him wrong she did. The meeting took place in early 2001. That same year, Ms. Hampton, after coming up with all the money, in exactly the way she planned, bought a 2,500-square-foot house in the medieval village of Vitiana.

She e-mailed the owners and went off to Los Angeles for New Year’s 2001. When she came back, an e-mail response was waiting: “If you can come before Jan. 15, we’ll show you the house.”  Ms. Hampton bought a plane ticket and left for Italy within a week. A friend of a friend arranged a place for her to stay in Florence and left a key with a neighbor.

Several days later, she drove to Vitiana with the two owners.

She felt she had to have the house. But she kept reminding herself that she didn’t have the money. Nonetheless, she agreed to buy it, putting down, as a binder, $2,300 — college-fund money that was left after she had paid tuition.

Back in the United States, she found a lawyer willing to help her create a limited-liability company and draw up simple legal arrangements for the transactions that would implement her plan. With only a few weeks to go until a $28,000 down payment was due, Ms. Hampton made a color brochure and offered three weeks at the villa to anyone willing to pay her $1,000. (Not all of the weeks needed to be taken at one time, and if the money was sent before the down-payment deadline, the buyer would get a bonus week.) She also put a six-line classified ad in The New York Times Travel section for four weeks at $270 a week.

She met the deadline — getting all the money from subscribers.

Long before New Year’s 2002, the house was Ms. Hampton’s. She wound up paying $82,000 — including $12,000 from a retirement account, a $6,000 loan from her parents and $8,000 in loans from her credit union. About half the 60 subscribers came from the Phoenix area, and half from responses to the ad.

An Ecuador beach rental would seem to be much easier to rent than an Italian villa in the current depressed economy… closer and far… far less expensive.

If you are looking for a speculation that could bring good capital gains or the use of an Ecuador beach condo for half the year… consider buying whole and selling some of the pieces.

Save even $10,000 more. We have several units reserved for Ecuador Living subscribers at $79,000, $10,000 off the retail price of these Ecuador beach condos.  See more details on how to become an Ecuador Living subscriber here.


Join us on Ecuador’s coast this winter.   Attend our seminars and tours in Florida and Ecuador. See the best Ecuador property for you.  Find the best real estate offers.  Know more of Ecuador. To help you experience a bigger adventure in this wonderful nation, to broaden your horizons, to expand your awareness of all Ecuador offers, we are providing deep discounts in 2010 for those who sign up for multiple tours.

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.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Fl.

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

Enjoy extra savings with a multi tour pack.

2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,499

3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699

6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Read the entire article: Making Her Dream House Pay for Itself  here

Ecuador Hotel Discounts

Ecuador hotel discounts are available to Ecuador Living subscribers.  The Ecuador hotel savings can be much more than the subscription cost.

We receive comments like this continually.

“Gary & Merri  Wow, — My daughter and I are coming to Ecuador next week. I checked the Radisson prices and did not appreciate the good deal you provided us in the past.

May I still book those rooms at Gary Scott prices through you?   As you may know we bought a house on the beach in San Clemente, however we still intend to take your “new” tours just for the fun of it.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.”

The reply is that our Ecuador Living subscribers receive Ecuador hotel discounts across Ecuador.

Subscribers are entitled to a free nights stay at both Ecuador hotels Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi. (the fourth night is free the first time three nights are booked).

Cotacachi hotel Meson de las Flores is…

right on the main Cotacachi plaza.

The foundations of this building were started here over 180 years. Here is the entrance.

The inner courtyard is open and this (plus an inside dining area) where meals are served.

Five minutes away is the Cotacachi Garden Hotel & Spa La Mirage a Relais and Chateuax Spa.  La Mirage offers Ecuador Living subscribers who stay a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and free room upgrades… plus a reduced room rate.

Ecuador Living subscribers also receive reduced rates and free upgrades at the luxury Quito boutique hotel Mansion del Angel, perhaps the most luxurious boutique hotel in Quito.


The Ecuador Palmazul Boutque Hotel & Spa is in San Clemente on Ecuador’s coast.

The ordinary room rate is $ 117 + 22% taxes and including breakfast.

For Ecuador Living subscribers a single room with breakfast is $ 60 + 22% taxes.  A double room with breakfast is $ 90 + 22% taxes.


This is the Palmazul Boutique Hotel and Spa dining room on the Ecuador beach.


Other Ecuador hotels that currently provide discounts to subscribers include the Radisson in Quito Ecuador.

In Cuenca Ecuador three hotels & hostels offer discounts to our subscribers.

Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

Cuenca’s Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar is luxurious inside.


This is true luxury.


Villa Nova Inn

The five star hostel Villa Nova Inn in Cuenca Ecuador is open and offers a savings opportunity for you.


This is an attractive location overlooking Cuenca’s Tomebamba River and directly across from Parque de la Madre (Mother’s Park).


El Dorado Hotel


Here is a shot of a Cuenca El Dorado…


Plus we will soon offer discounts in Loja, Guayaquil, Manta and Vilcabamba Ecuador.

See more about Ecuador Living subscription here.


Join us in Ecuador or Florida or Both. See the best Ecuador property for you.  Find the best real estate offers.  Know more of Ecuador. To help you experience a bigger adventure in this wonderful nation, to broaden your horizons, to expand your awareness of all Ecuador offers, we are providing deep discounts in 2010 for those who sign up for multiple tours.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour $499 Couple  $749

Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749
Jan. 15-18     Coastal Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $749
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749
Jan. 21-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

Join us in February or March.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999

Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida $749 Couple $999

Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour      $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Enjoy extra savings with our multi tour adventure packs.

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Cotacachi Hotel Savings

Gain Cotacachi hotel savings and more… up to $343 in only one week in Ecuador.

I explain below. First let me introduce one of the nicest small Ecuador hotels in Ecuador. This small hotel (15 rooms) is in Cotacachi… Meson de las Flores.

Ecuador Living subscribers are entitled to one free night  the first time they visit  Cotacachi and stay three nights  or more at Meson de las Flores.  There are many other hotels where you gain discounts as a subcriber… which I explain below.

First more on Meson de las flores in Cotacachi.

There are many charming reasons to stay at Meson de las Flores.

The colonial  architecture charms and welcomes you.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson

Other Meson de las Flores  hotel amenities include:

  • Free broadband internet..
  • Free calls to the USA, Canada and Europe.
  • Free served breakfast.

Plus a warm, welcoming, caring staff who really do want to look after you.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson

Room rates at Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi are only $59 a night plus 22% service and tax.

Enjoy the beauty of Cotacachi.  Here is the Cotacachi Cathedral next door to Meson de las Flores by night.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson

By day.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson

Save $343 or more at small Ecuador hotels as an Ecuador Living subscriber in just a week.

To assist those interested in Ecuador,  Ecuador Living has established a full time full support research and assistance team to help Ecuador Living subscribers in any way required.

One benefit is hotel savings in Quito, Cotacachi, Cuenca and on the coast.

For example if you stay three days at Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi, one night is free ($79 savings).  If you stay two nights at Palmazul, one night is free ($142) and two nights at Hotel Quito, you save $122 with the discount Ecuador Living subscribers get  there.  That’s a $343 saving compared to you Ecuador Living subscription of $119.

You can subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

Meson de las Flores has a central location in Cotacachi…


All rooms are above the open air courtyard.


A three room suite is avialable on the third floor.  See it at Cotacachi Hotel Suite.

The hotel serves breakfast lunch and dinner in the opebn air courtyard and…


dining room.


Full seminar and AV facilities are available. Here are delagtes meeting at a seminar conducted in Cotacachi at Meson de las Flores and the ajoing Cotacachi Cultural Museum.


Merri, I and the staff of Meson de las flores welcome you!


Left to right:  Gary, Meson mascot Ma, Maurico-translator – night clerk and guide, Eduardo – Maitre d , Franklin – Manager, Alberto – sous chef, Merri, Rosita – room care giver, Consuelo – food server, Rosita Molena- room care giver and Santiago – Chef.


Here is an Ecuador tours update for  Gary Scott’s 2009 Ecuador information tours, courses and seminars conducted at meson de las Flores and Palmazul spa.

He is a view of the Cotacachi sunrise from our suite at hotel Meson de las Flores.


We hope you’ll enjoy Ecuador’s beauty with us soon.

July 4-8 Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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.

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

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.

Ecuador Beach Real Estate Pictures

Ecuador beach real estate still offers great sun and sea values. Here are several delegates on one of our Ecuador beach tours looking at beach view lots for $12,500

See pictures of property we view on our tours.


How is this for an Ecuador “on – the – beach” front yard?


Would you like this type of sunset view on Ecuador ’s coast from your front room?


Would a one minute amble, if this were your local Ecuador beach property restaurant, do good for your heart…and soul?


What if the food came fresh from these fishermen who set out to sea?


to bring back seafood like these shrimp so large that two make a meal…for just a dollar?


Is this close enough to the beach? Remember that tides and high waves diminish as they grow closer to the equator and this beach is on the equator…in Ecuador . There are no hurricanes on the equator and much less worry about coastal erosion.

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you’ll want to attend one of our 2009 Ecuador Coastal real estate tours. All of these pictures were taken from Palmazul Spa in San Clemente, the central departure point of our Ecuador Coastal Property Tours.

Merri and I have scoured Ecuador for 13 years and have driven its coast, top to bottom, again and again. We have taken thousands of people on real estate tours here. We finally settled in the high Andes …but have not forgotten the beautiful Pacific. We have a house in the mountains and our apartment here in the sea.

Our apartment is top floor, left side, here at Palmazul Spa.


The Spa is also the clubhouse for the Vistazul condos. Merri and I purchased some of these condos as well.  Immense value in my opinion. Here is a picture taken from Palmazul Spa at one of our real estate tours. Delegates are visiting the first Vistazul condos as they were being finished.


These are 1,200 square feet, two bedroom, two bathroom condos selling at $84,000 including clubhouse membership for tour delegates.


Here is one of our groups taking a closer look. These are just one of many properties we’ll view on our tours.

We’ll see some more of the Ecuador beach real estate our previous tours have seen in a moment.

The builder, Kjetil Haugan is a Norwegian who moved to Ecuador after being the administrator of Atlanta’s Olympic Village. He has become a prominent businessman, owning the largest Spanish school in the country along with several Galapagos cruise ships.

Kjetil and Jessica have taken good care of our groups many times and we have always been pleased.

The owners of the houses here will enjoy the spa as their community center…all the spa facilities will be available to home owners. Nice…living in a spa on a beach, Palmazul. Tennis court, pool, beach, fine dining, exercise room and all.


Here is a shot taken from one of the Vistazul condo rooftops.


and a picture taken from the top of the condos at sunset. Imagine this view!


We look at all types of property for sale in this area.

We cram in as many properties as we can without neglecting time for fun. Many of us hit the surf in front of Palmazul each morn. Here I am. Come on in. The water is warm!


We also take walks on the empty San Clemente beach.

Ecuador-coastal-tour-beach tags

or a dip in the pool.


What specific properties will we see? I do not know. We research the tour just before we start, inspecting land and buildings that are for sale at that moment so we can maximize the efficiency of your trip. Our goal will be to find a cross section of property…land like this lot we saw on a previous tour.

In the end you enjoy are three days of travel with like minded souls led by experienced travelers and real estate buyers (Merri, me and/or trained staff), who know the area…who can provide you with all the important reliable contacts you need…attorneys…property inspectors…architects and brokers who can work with you…in English.

I cannot guarantee you will find a property you will love. Even if you do, I’ll probably try to talk you out of rushing in. What I can guarantee is a savings of time…trouble and many miles and many properties to see on wonderful surf and sand.

The tour fee includes the course, all bus travel, plus pickup and return to Quito airport if required.

The fee does not cover internal travel or round trip air fare from Quito to Manta, accommodations or food. Quito Manta round trip fares are $98 at time of this writing. Palmazul is $90 per night (plus 22% service and tax) including a full breakfast and dinner). A typical lunch is $5.


Join us and our hound Ma on the beach…

Jan 24-27 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

March 16-19 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

See dates for all our 2009 Ecuador Real Estate Tours here.

Ecuador Beach Condo Savings

Ecuador beach condos in San Clemente offer special value now for seven reasons shown below.

Bahia, is in my opinion, one of the nicest towns on Ecuador coast. Pacific Coastal condos in San Clemente, only thirty minutes, away offer some of the best value that Merri and I have found.

These San Clemente coastal condos are called Vistazul and they offer an even more special opportunity now. Here are delegates on our last Ecuador coastal real estate tour going over to look at the Vistazul model which is 75% complete.


Merri and I are back from a quick trip south…to Cotacachi and to visit our Ecuador coastal condos in San Clemente. These Ecuador coastal condos are special, value wise, for seven reasons.

First, over ten years ago, Merri and I drove almost the entire length of Ecuador’s coast with our Norwegian friend, Kjetil Haugan. This trip included a visit to San Clemente which is a tiny fishing village on the Ecuadorian Pacific.

We saw that San Clemente Ecuador offered special value for Ecuadorian beach real estate. This was one of Ecuador’s best beaches, but just 45 minutes north of Manta and only a half hour to Bahia Ecuador.

Here is the San Clemente beach.


Kjetil bought 12 acres of land on this beach in San Clemente…then…ten years ago. This is the first reason why the Vistazul Ecuador Coastal condos offer special value now. A recent message outlined how we conducted real estate tours and urged readers to buy Ecuador beach property around Manta over ten years ago because land on Ecuador’s coast now is still a terrific value. Yet especially around Manta, land has appreciated as much as 800% in the last decade. Many of our readers and real estate tour delegates of a decade ago purchased ocean view house lots at $2,500. These same lots as resales are now selling at $17,500.

Kjetil can offer really great Ecuador beach condo prices because he bought the land at rock bottom prices years ago.

Many Ecuador coastal properties are popping up now but most developers are buying land to develop…at current, much higher prices.

San Clemente is catching on. Already we are told that one of our readers purchased a large beach front property (to develop I assume) just a few hundred yards from the Vistazul project. This reader cannot compete with Vistazul price wise because the current price paid for the land is so much higher.

The second reason there is special value there is that Kjetil has more than a decade of business and Ecuadorian experience. His wife’s family have long been involved in construction. His father in law is an engineer who has great experience at building on the coast.

Here is Jessica Haugan, Kejtil’s wife, who operates the Palmazul Spa welcoming our delegates to inspect the model.


Here is Kjetil and his father-in-law, Julio, showing delegates the roof garden on unit #207 (the lowest view and price).


Third, the Vistazul beach condos offer special value because Merri and I do not charge commissions. We do not make a penny when people buy Ecuador real estate.

Our readers have purchased many millions of dollars of Ecuador real estate in Galapagos, Mindo, Cotacachi, Quito, Vilcabamba, Cuenca, on the Pacific Coast, and elsewhere around Ecuador. Merri and I may have helped more gringos buy Ecuador real estate than anyone else. Yet we are not real estate brokers and do not take commissions for this.

The fact that Merri and I liked, felt confident in and invested ourselves in Vistazul, means that Kjetil has been able to sell two thirds of these coastal condos without paying a penny of the normal sales commission. This has saved him as much as $500,000. This does not mean Kjetil has pocketed this extra cash. I asked (and he agreed) to pass this savings onto buyers of Vistazul who are Ecuador Living subscribers.

Here is the Palmazul Spa and the clubhouse for Vistazul. This is where our coastal real estate delegates stay.


Fourth, Kjetil built the beach condo club house first…last year…when cement and concrete prices were about half they are now. Plus he made a very intelligent decision to run the clubhouse as a hotel…Palmazul.

Three buildings with 19 units are under construction. We were pleased last week to view th progress.

Here they are. You can see each level of construction. The 63 units are set out on the 12 acres so no building blocks the view of another.


Fifth, we center our Ecuador coastal real estate tours around the Palmazul club house which means we send hundreds of guests there. This provides substantial income so condo owners do not have to bear as large an expense to maintain the club house.

Front door of a Vistazul unit.


Sixth, Because Merri and I understood the project, we were willing to invest up front. Our many years of work with Kjetil have created a bond of trust. Because of this Merri and I, plus one of our friends and two of our daughters bought the first twelve units. In other words, nearly 20% of the Vistazul project was sold before Kjetil even began to break ground.

Here is a Vistazul ground floor interior…looking back.


And front with our friend from Telluride, Bob Humphrey.


Seventh, Kjetil also has one of the largest Spanish schools and travel agencies in Ecuador. This provides marketing clout and gives Kjetil the ability to help bring condo renters to San Clemente.



In summary Vistazul has many excellent value features:

* Low land costs.

* Infrastructure competed before inflation.

* Two thirds of the units sold.

* Construction experience.

* Low cost marketing for sales and renter.

* Perfect on the beach location.

* Master Bedroom looks over the sea.


This is why I have been encouraging readers to look at Vistazul. There are 63 units to be built. 42 of these Ecuador condos have sold since I first wrote about these condos just nine months ago. Now Kjetil is also offering ten year mortgages at 8.5%,. I expect the remaining 21 units to sell quickly.

Ecuador coastal delegates inspect roof garden and lowest view.


Due to inflation, Kjetil has raised his prices, but due to our original agreement with him he has still been offering a discount to our Ecuador Living subscribers.

That offer expired after our last Ecuador Coastal real estate tour but I asked him to continue the special until October 1, 2008.

This is significant because I always advise readers to never buy Ecuador real estate sight unseen. Kjetil, in his agreement with us, allows those who make a deposit 60 days to come down and visit the condos on the beach. This means that those who make a deposit before October 1 can hold their unit until our November 12 – 15 Coastal tour when they can inspect the property.

Here are the remarkable values on these Ecuador beach condos.

There are three levels of condo.

All units are identical…except for a few options available in tile, cabinets, doors, counter tops etc. Price differences relate to view. The higher on the hill, the higher the price.

Coastal tour delegates on roof garden of lower unit.


For details on the units below contact Thor Anderson at thor@sanclementeecuador.com

Lower level units available are #: 104 – 205 – 207 – 302 – 305 – 503 – 506.

Price is $89,000 or $22,250 down and $828 a month.

Ecuador Living subscriber price available until October 1, 2008 is $79,000 or
$19,750 down and $735 a month.

Medium level view.


Medium level units available are #: 602 – 603 – 604 – 605 – 801 – 805 – 806.

Price is $115,000 or $28,750 down and $1,068 a month.

Ecuador Living subscriber price available until October 1, 2008 $99,000 or $24,750 down and $921 a month.

Upper level view at sunset.


Upper level units available are #: 901- 902 – 904 – 1101 – 1102.

Price is $139,00 or $34,750 down and $1,293 a month.

Ecuador Living subscriber price available until October 1, 2008 $125,000 or $31,250 down and $1,163 a month.

To obtain the discount you must be an Ecuador Living subscriber.

For details on the units below contact Thor Anderson at thor@sanclementeecuador.com

Vistazul kitchens have marble cabinet tops. The cabinets are not yet installed in this shot and there are breakfast bar height options.

Vistazul-Ecuador-beach-condos-breakfast bar

For details on the units below contact Thor Anderson at thor@sanclementeecuador.com

Until next message, may all your values be good.


Join us in November to inspect Ecuador property for sale.


Our September 17-20 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour; Quito Real Estate Tour was sold out as was our September 28-29 Imbabura Real Estate Tour was sold out.

Our Oct 14-18 Ecuador Import Export Course only has a couple of spaces open.

We still have space in November.

Join us in Cotacachi at El Meson de las Flores.


Nov 7-9 International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador

See these condos at $46,000 in Cotacachi.

Nov 10-11 Imbabura Real Estate tour

Dine with delegates at the Vistazul clubhouse.


November 12-15, 2008 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour; Quito Real Estate Tour