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Ecuador Health Food


Ecuador’s food is health food… compared to food in the US… even Ecuador’s fast food is pretty good.

Many mistakenly think that Ecuador food is something like Mexican food. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never seen a taco or antijito in Ecuador, although they are available in the big cities in chains.

Ecuadorian food is European if anything but blended nicely with Andean traditions… so it comes out darn healthy.

While in Cotacachi last week we visited with many friends and readers who have moved to Ecuador and heard a similar refrain… “I lost 22 pounds without even trying”. One delegate who has moved to Cotacachi about six months ago reported losing 38 pounds.

We visited our well known international friends, Dan Presher and Suzan Haskins, at their new Cotacachi condo.

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They were both looking so good, I asked their secret.  “We just lost weight without trying” was their reply.

Plus many report that shedding stress helps as well…. along with walking in the fresh mountain air.

Ecuador food is fresh.  On Ecuador’s coast, you can get seafood right from the fishing boats when they come in, like these fresh food shoppers at San Clemente .

Boats like this one just outside the hotel where we have our condos are dotted along the coast.

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The fishermen handle the boats through the surf.

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Then they head out to sea!

Merri and I meet the fishermen when they return with shrimp and fish and some langostinos.  The shrimp are large enough that two provided a meal!

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The Humboldt Current creates one of the world’s most productive nutrient-rich waters that rise along the coast. This is a perfect condition for abundant plankton which leads to an eco region that teems with huge schools of small fish like anchovies and sardines.

The cool waters of the Humboldt Current provide a constant supply of food for big fish such as Dorado (coryphaena hippurus – also called dolphinfish), barracuda (sphyraena indiastes), blue and black marlin, yellow-finned and long-finned tuna (thunnus albacares, thunnus alalunga), snook and many other species.

Here I am in San Vicente with dorado just north of Manta and adjoining San Clemente.

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Four world-record Pacific bigeye tuna (similar to yellow fin tuna) catches come from Ecuador ranging in size from 236 pounds  to 375-pounds.

Sea food includes Stripped Marlin, Tuna, Grouper, Wahoo and Corvina (seabass).

Trout is in the rivers and lakes of the Andes like this high country lake . ecuador-trout-site

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Trout grow well in the Andean Highlands above 7,000 feet, with average water and air temperature virtually constant year-round. The trout feed on scuds, leeches, small fish and various bugs.

Even the seafood in the Andes is fresh. Here is the Ibarra fish market were they bring the fish in overnight.

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Prices are really low… mostly about a dollar a pound.

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Plus there is Quinoa, a full protein grain of the Andes. We make our cake and bread gluten free and packed with protein at Meson de las Flores.  Here is one of our chef’s quinoa cakes with a fresh coconut pudding.

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There are no high fat, fast food franchises in the area. This is as close to a fast food as you’ll get in Cotacachi.

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Much better than a Big Mac!…corn roasted on a grill.

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Fruit is vine picked ripe and really cheap… every type… tropical and northern… apples, blackberries, cherries, strawberries and pears.

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For those interested in healthier nutrition, here are three nutritional tips sent to us by our friend Blaine Watson.

A diet high in turmeric may help reduce weight gain by suppressing the growth of new fat tissue, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University and published in the Journal of Nutrition.The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a grant from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

“Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue, which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process known as angiogenesis,” senior author Mohsen Meydani said. “Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high fat diets.”Curcumin is an antioxidant chemical in the polyphenol family that naturally occurs in turmeric. In contrast to some phytochemicals, it is easily absorbed by the body.

Researchers fed two groups of mice identical high-fat diets, supplementing the diets of the half the mice with 500 milligrams of curcumin per kilogram of body weight per day. They found that mice in the curcumin group had significantly lower blood cholesterol and significantly less microvessel density in fat tissue than the mice in the control group, implying less blood vessel growth and thus less overall growth of fat tissue. The livers of mice in the curcumin group also contained significantly less fat than those of the mice in the control group.

“In general, angiogenesis and an accumulation of lipids in fat cells contribute to fat tissue growth,” Meydani said.The researcher also noted that “curcumin appeared to be responsible for total lower body fat in the group that received supplementation.”In a similar study conducted on cells rather than animals, the researchers also found curcumin to suppress angiogenesis. The chemical also appeared to suppress the expression of two genes linked to angiogenesis in both the mouse and cell experiments.

I wanted to remind everyone  that turmeric is to be used with some degree of awareness. We never eat it raw. It must be cooked in our food. Capsules are therefore not an option.  We use only organic turmeric. The regular turmeric you buy for example in an Indian store is heavily adulterated with chalk and talcum powder and food coloring.

We also use turmeric sparingly. It is highly highly effective in purifying the liver. The North American/Western diet and lifestyle is highly toxic with many many sources of impurities which are metabolized and stored in the liver. When turmeric is introduced to the diet these toxins/impurities are squeezed from the liver (this would be a contributing factor to weight loss) and this is a good thing but not if it is overwhelming to the body. Detox crisis is a real possibility.

A gentle and universal curry for western palates would be something like:

3 parts powdered coriander
3 parts powdered fennel
1-2 parts powdered cumin
1-2 parts turmeric

Sign in with Blaine Watson for his immensely wise and interesting free ezine:  blainepw@gmail.com

Here is turmeric sold in the Cotacachi market.

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Many products sold in the local markets are organic like this sign in Cotacachi market… “productos organicos here.”

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The national drink of Ecuador is herbal tea… not espresso cafe… real infusions made from the fresh plants purchased in the market.  Much healthier… even medicinal!

Here are teas being sold in Otavalo market.

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Here is star anise great for making Tea-Masala.

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Here is a traditional shamanic purification tea to be drunk and bathed in.

One part sweet pepper pictured here (called black cardomon in the US).

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Boiled with cinnamon bark and chamomile.

Our staff serve wonderful, healthy welcome drinks… alfalfa juice with mango and …

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Mango juice with blackberry.

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Our coffee breaks include quinoa puddings…

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Toasted corn.

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This is a favorite and…

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so much healthier than coffee and doughnuts!

This coffee break has fresh fruit… gooseberries and hand made chocolate dipped, coconut balls. even the coconut is fresh and hand shredded.

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I have the staff make us a few extra as they do not last long!

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or do Eduardo’s fresh strawberries dipped in Ecuador chocolate.

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On the subject of chocolate, my favorite desert is this chocolate pancake… yet we lose weight eating here!

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The qunioa welcome cake is our chef’s specialty.

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The hotel’s food is fresh. Here Meson’s manager Franklin Sandoval brings in just picked veggies fresh from the market.

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A typical high protein meal, quinoa, avocado and shrimp.

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Here is a variation on the theme… shrimp… with quinoa and vegetables “al dente” in a carrot sauce.

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Organic Swiss cheese is produced near the hotel.

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This holiday soup is made with 12 grains, fish, egg and avocado.

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Even our butter and…

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ice cream, are hand made from fresh cream and fruit juices by the staff.

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Plus the care that the staff put in the service and the food… catsup is hand made and never delivered in a bottle but in a hollowed out fruit.

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Plus the staff care about giving you beauty like this…

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arrangement of forks.  The staff are always thinking of ways to make your food a bit more delightful.

So of health and better nutrition… you do not need to think Ecuadorian health food… just eating Ecuador food can be enough!

Gary

Combining good international investing with the greatest asset of all, the ability to earn wherever you live, brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.

This is why I am willing to pay you $300 to attend either our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September or our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free plus I’ll knock an extra dollar off your seminar fee…. to round up the $300 savings.

See details of the two seminar below.

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Delegates at our Ecuador seminars and tours enjoy Ecuador music.

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $300.

Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Here is an email for a recent seminar delegate: Hello Gary and Merri,  I have wanted to write to tell you how much we enjoyed your IBEZ seminar, and to thank you both for inviting us all into your lovely home for lunch last Sunday.  Merri, again, thank you for taking the time to prepare foods especially for me; they were delicious, and I appreciate your effort!  Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable, very well done, stimulating seminar.  I came away not only with all the notes provided, but also with many ideas which I plan to begin working on now that we are back home.  Wishing you all the best,

Or join us in Ecuador and learn more about living and retiring in Ecuador.

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We take delegates on our Ecuador seminars to Otavalo markets.  Many buy enough goods to resell in North America to pay for their entire trip.  Ecuador textiles like these I photographed in Otavalo are popular.

Here are comments from one seminar delegate about the followup from our course:  Gary & Merri –
I know why I get a ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling when I see your two names in the ‘From’ column of my emails!  I sincerely hope that others are getting that same satisfaction.  Thank you both again for the help and assistance in getting to Ecuador.

October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour Sold Out Waiting List Only

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador seminar 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 Property – Montanita


Our last three messages are part of a series on Ecuador beach property.

Today the series continues and shows Ecuador beach property that appeals to surfers.

Yesterday’s message saw how Crucita has the best parasailing in Ecuador.

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Here is a shot I took of a parasailer over Crucita’s coast.

Montanita has the best surfing.

Here is a shot of a surfer at Montanita at www.globalsurfers.com

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I have added  a stronger buy signal for Ecuador beach property from Salinas to Esmeraldas and today we’ll focus on Montanita which is south of Manta and marked A on the excerpt of this Ecuador map at http://www.maplandia.com

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Those who have been reading our messages for any length of time know that I have focused my efforts on the middle portion of Ecuador’s beach from Manta to Bahia in the province of Manabi.

You can see why I consider Manta the key to Ecuador beach growth here.

One facet I love about Ecuador beach property is that one can still afford fine detail in construction.

Take for example the round windows in the stair well of the condos I bought in San Clemente.

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Each…

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window…

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has a hardwood frame with hand carving that…

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is unique in each…

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condo.   Every condo has…

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a different carving.

See more on why I like these San Clemente beach condos any why I have invested in here.

However there are many other great Ecuador beach areas I would like to share so I asked a few of the many contacts, up and down the coast, to tell us more about the beaches where they are in Ecuador.

Today we look south of Manta at Montanita … the village on the other end of the long  crescent beach.

Here is a shot taken by Mike Sager, an American who lives in Montanita Ecuador.

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Mike shares his thoughts about Montanita Euador below.

Montanita Ecuador  Malibu South…Way South!

By Mike Sager

I am looking down on a stretch of beach that will make any beachcomber smile from ear to ear…eight miles of wonderland just waiting to be explored.   You say “I want to play in those waves though”…gotcha’ covered on that also.  This beach has a gradual sloping sandy bottom that lets you walk out over 100 yards before being up to your chest in water and NO riptide.  Grab your boogie board, surf board or just romp in the waves.

Imagine cruising down Highway 1 and approaching Malibu when a home catches your eye, but the figure $5,000,000 goes through your mind…back to reality.

Now take that same drive on the stretch of beach I mentioned above and you see a similar home on the beach and the reality on this beach is $200,000…not five million dollars.

Life is Good in Ecuador.

This stretch of beach is in Olon, Ecuador.  I call it Malibu Beach because it has miles of beach homes and estates on the sand.

The best thing is that there are NO high rise condos nor will there ever be.  There is a three story building restriction on this beach so you see nothing but beautiful homes and beach cottages (with a mix of fishermen’s homes…that are disappearing slowly).

Okay it’s not quite Highway 1 in California and that’s a GOOD thing.

You don’t have all that traffic nor tons of people on the beaches here.  This place is sort of a hidden paradise.  Oh yeah, people know about it, but in limited numbers.

I grew up in Huntington Beach, California and even back in the sixties you would have to watch where you put your foot while trying to part the crowds in order to get to the waves.

You have NO problem like that here…even on big holiday weekends you can meander the beach and find your own “spot in the sand” without being stepped on, crowding others or fighting to protect your beach towel’s “spot in the sand”.

Come lunchtime we stroll down to Lolita’s Cabana on the beach and dine on the freshest seafood that has ever crossed your palate.  I share with people that if you’re eating seafood here…it was swimming less than 24 hours ago (more like a few hours ago).

Sitting with your feet in the sand, a cold beer in your hand and a huge plate of fresh grilled mahi mahi in front of you will set you back $3.50.  It’s like a scene out of one of those Corona commercials, but this is REAL living in Ecuador.

Catch a little hammock time after lunch (which I have found to be the “Ultimate Stress Relief System”) and then once lunch has settled make for the water.  You can sea kayak, boogie board, surf, swim or just let the waves chase you back to your beach towel…you choose and enjoy.

Here are delegates of our real estate tour near Montantia in a little shack restaurant…

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entrance…

Probably the best part of the day though is when that big orange ball is heading for it’s dunkin’ into the ocean.  The sunsets here are phenomenal and beyond words.  Watching that globe slowly drop into the water is a very soothing and tranquil part of the day.  I have even seen that green flash people talk about a few times as the last little sliver disappears for the day. …Life is Good in Ecuador…come see for yourself.

Surfers’ Beach.

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Montanita Weather

The best weather is from mid December through May here.  Sunny days are the norm and temps between 75 and 85 everyday are waiting for you.  The water is also perfect to be in for hours with NO wet suit.  From the end of May till November you have more overcast days, but actually very little rain.

I grew up in Southern California and it rained more there than here.  Also temps
during the off months is still a pleasant 65 to 75 everyday.  So I share
with people that the “bad weather” is actually not that bad at all.

Remember there are NO severe weather patterns for the coast of Ecuador
(no hurricanes, monsoons, typhoons…and no tsunamis to date).

Montanita Access

The best way to get here is to fly into Guayaquil.  You can be on the
beach in Montanita with a 2 1/2 hour ride from Guayaquil.  If you want to
check out Salinas (what I call “Little Miami without the Crime”), you can
be there in as little as an hour and half.

Montanita Accommodations

When visiting the Montanita/Olon beaches you have a plethora of places to
choose from for lodging.  Those with the hearty “stay up and party all
night” approach can choose from a number of hostals and hosterias in the
heart of Montanita.  There’s the Funky Monkey, Casa Blanca, Tiki Limbo to
name a few.  They start at $8 a night with private bath, but if you are
here on the weekend get ready to ROCK until sun rise in that section of
town.

Just a few blocks away and quieter is Charo’s Hostal.  It is a newly remodeled building with pool, bar, restaurant and sits right on the beach.  It is also home to the “Best Burger in Montanita”…maybe all of Ecuador.  The rates at Charo’s start at $25 a night with clean and comfortable rooms (all the rooms are clean here…just some are noisier than others).

If you wander over to the Olon side of the point then you have less choices, but MUCH more solitude and tranquility.  There is the El Retiro up on the hill top with sweeping views of the Pacific.  They offer 12 various habitations and start at $25 a night.  They also have a pool, zip line (across the tree tops for the adventurous), restaurant and small zoo of local animals including a puma and exotic birds.  You can also find private homes to rent on the beach from $75 and up per night.

Younger crowd.

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Montanita Restaurants

When your stomach starts growling you are going to love the choices for
dining in Montanita and Olon.  All of the above mentioned
hostals/hosterias have great restaurants with meals starting at $2.50 and
I mean MEALS…you won’t go away wishing for more to eat (I guarantee
that).

There is Marea’s for some of the best pizza anywhere and Por Que No also serves up a tasty pie if you are in the mood.

One of the things I love about Ecuador is when you order a bottle of beer you can have a frosty 22 ounce bottle of Pilsener brought to you for as little as a
buck!!  (That is almost two 12 ounce bottles in ONE for a BUCK..and it’s
a tasty brew).

If you are on the Olon side of the point then you have to go see Pablo and Lolita at “Lolita’s Cabana” on the beach.  They serve some of the best sea food dishes I have ever eaten.  This little hut directly on the beach is a scene for a Corona commercial or postcard.  You dine with your toes in the sand under little palapa covered tables.

A grilled mahi mahi lunch will cost you $3.00 and a big bowl of shrimp ceviche is only $5.00.  I can attest that the bowl of ceviche you get would cost you more to prepare yourself than they charge.  It is heaped with freshly caught shrimp that melt in your mouth and everyone comments that “this is the best ceviche I have ever eaten”.

Life is Good in Ecuador…come visit us and kick back for awhile.

You can get more information about Montanita Ecuador beach property from Mike Sager at redwulf3@juno.com

Or see mike’s website  www.ecuadorproperties.com

Join us on an Ecuador beach real estate tour.

Here are delegates on a real estate tour near Montanita enjoying a great restaurant on the beach front…

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Dining…

and after.

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We looked at this Ecuador beach property that was for sale and…

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had this view, plus…

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this extra building that would make it a perfect surfers place to rent rooms.

See below how to see nine more Montanita Ecuador beach property shots.

Until next message, may all your views be good!

Gary

This is the last day to join our Ecuador real estate tours with our  2-4-1 offer that expires at midnight tonight.

Join us and visit Ecuador beach property with our 2-4-1 tours this May and July.

See great May Ecuador airfares here.

We have three Ecuador tours scheduled for May and July 2009.

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24

Merri and I will not be on these tours but we do want to meet you. So to make sure we can meet, we will let you attend these either one of the May real estate tours free if you enroll in one of our three International Made EZ  courses, in July, October or November.

You get two courses for the price of one.  Enroll in any of these courses that Merri and I will conduct below and choose either May real estate tour free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

You can enroll in one, two or three of these courses below

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17. $499 Enroll here.   $749 For a couple.

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21.  $499 Enroll here.  $749 For a couple.

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24.  $399 Enroll here. $499 For a couple.

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.

Our 2-4-1 offer expires at midnight April 30, 2009.

See nine more Montanita Ecuador Beach Property shots here

Cotacachi Sun


One huge benefit of Cotacachi is the sun. Even January to March which is the rainy season in Cotacachi, there is plenty of sun.  I watch it rise behind the Cathedral each day.  Here he comes!

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This year Cotacachi has been cloudy, but rained all day only one day.  Merri and I walk early every morning  and have only been wet one time since early January.  The weather varies through the day…starting in the higb 40s or low 50s and working up into the 70s.

This makes farming and gardening great.  The fields are volcanic rich.  We walk here daily. The planting was a couple of weeks ago.  Now the beans are coming up fast.

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There is a chance to have plenty of Cotacachi sun almost every day. This is really good for health because the sun produces Vitamin D.

Dr. Mercola recently posted an article at his site which says:

A meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials has found that supplemental vitamin D significantly reduces mortality from all causes.

The analysis emphasizes the medical, ethical, and legal implications of promptly diagnosing and adequately treating vitamin D deficiency.

Not only are such deficiencies common, but vitamin D deficiency is implicated in most of the diseases of civilization. Vitamin D’s final metabolic product targets more than 200 human genes in a wide variety of tissues. One of the most important genes vitamin D up-regulates is for cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic.

Since vitamin D deficiency is both endemic and is associated with numerous diseases, it is one of the most important medical problems in modern society. Treatment of vitamin D deficiency in otherwise healthy patients must be individualized due to the numerous factors affecting vitamin D levels. Steps should be taken to keep patients with chronic diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency, especially internal cancers, in the higher normal range of vitamin D blood levels.

Those who come and stay always report feeling better and losing inches.

Part of this is the sun…part the fresh food. The markets and shops are filled with really inexpensive fruit and vegetables of all types. Here is a typical display.

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This allows up to make the coffee breaks at Meson de las Flores healthy…with tropical fruit and…

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Wonderful treats like these fresh coconut balls dipped in chocolate.  Our staff chops the coconut and rolls it in the chocolate. No preservatives here…plus its served with gooseberries and strawberries…from the field fresh.

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Fresh fruit and juice are served at every breakfast… sunshine in food!

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Served in our sunny courtyard.

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With tropical fresh squeezed juice as well.

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Served by a staff with a sunny disposition. here…

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The seafood come is also fresh and at a really low price. This is the Ibarra seafood market.

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All types.

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The good weather and beautiful terrain invites us to hike more also. Here I am with a group from our last course hiking at Lake Cuicocha.

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There is one other benefit. This is the geese at our North Carolina farm two days ago.

cotacachi-sun Our friend Richard Goebel who looks after the farm wrote: It’s been so cold ,windy and snowy today that the geese stayed really close to home.

When even the geese are cold, it’s a good time to be on the equator in the Cotacachi sun.

We hope we’ll see you in Cotacachi or on the coast to enjoy the sun!

Gary

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

cotacachi-sun Join us in Cotacachi this March or June.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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On the import export tour we view many markets and local crafts.

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

We’ll hike into this sacred valley with a shaman (or you can ride in with 4 wheel drive)

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

On the real estate tours you’ll see property available nowhere else because sellers come to us first since we charge no commissions.  Here is new construction we’ll see in Cotacachi, $47,000 asking.

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Here is a house we viewed on the last tour.  $25,000 asking.

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With this view.

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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

We work hard on our tours.  You’ll see houses like this with sea views asking… $39,000.

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Yet we have great social times as well. Delegates love sharing with one another. Here is one of our groups relaxing  at Palmazul on Ecuador’s coast.

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Future 2009 Ecuador courses:

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

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

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

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

Enroll here $299

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

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

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Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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