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Cotacachi Safety Facts


Here is some important information about Cotacachi Ecuador safety facts.

A recent message outlined a Cotacachi robbery and this note expands on this as I would not want anyone to miss the beauty of Cotacachi because they were concerned about crime. Here is the entrance to one of the safe Cotacachi hotels (Rancho Santa Fe) you will see listed below.

rancho-santa-fe-scene

I mentioned the Cotacachi robbery in a message entitled Cotacachi Crime.   One Cotacachi resort owner read and wrote about that message:

Gary, I read with interest the report which your man in Cotacachi STEVE MERCHANT wrote you with concern to crimes in Cotacachi. Two points, which I believe ought to be considered for correction.

One is the fact that he is referring to a robbery AT A RESORT of about $ 40,000. That statement could be  damaging to any hotel owner, you mentioned that a “resort” was mentioned but not by its name, Lueva.  The owner of Lueva however, was in Mexico at the time of the robbery.

The other statement is that when Steve  went to the police in Ibarra  to report the robbery of the chicken farm, and had the opportunity to view the police book referring to about 180 or so crimes. But when writing it to you it sounds that 180 crimes were committed in or around COTACACHI since no reference is being made to the capital of the province. At least that is the way I was interpreting his writing.

The murder he is referring to within an indigenous community (caused by the fact that after a party where everybody got drunk, they started to attack each other with machetes and while one died several others were taken to the hospital for treatments) But the way Steve describes it to you sounds like the person was murdered for another reason and that might scare people away from Cotacachi.

You might not agree with my observations, but I thought I would give it a try anyway.  Best wishes from Cotacachi to the two of you. Take care.

I could not agree more with this resort owner and wish to add three important points about Cotacachi safety.

Here is another shot of Rancho Santa Fe.

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The first point about Cotacachi safety is about the geography of Cotacachi.  Cotacachi village which I normally refer to in our messages is just one of many communities in Cotacachi Canton (county). The village is just a small area of about 7,300 people. The county is a much larger geographic area and covers about 1,000 square miles in Imbabura Province (state) .

The village of Cotacachi in my opinion is very safe…as are the hotels and resorts there. These resorts and hotels include our hotel Meson de las Flores, the La Mirage Spa and Garden Hotel, El Arbolito and Rancho Santa Fe. These are the accommodations where we usually book our readers and seminar delegates.

cotacachi-rancho-santa-fe-rooms

We feel safe walking to and from any of these hotels and resorts and any others that are in the village, day or night in Cotacachi Village. Meson de las Flores is right in the center of town (across from the police staion by the way).  This courtyard is enclosed.

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La Mirage is in a wonderful area and has 10 acres of fully walled exquisite gardens.

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There is bird life of every type at La Mirage, from peacocks to hummingbirds…safe and serene.

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The spa is one of the best in the world…and at excellent prices.  See some of the treatments here.

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Here is the pool at La Mirage.  Merri and I have been friends with the owners for over a decade and take weekly spa treatments there, which are in our opinion the finest in the world.  We always walk to and from these treatments, enjoying the town and the walk.  We hold La Mirage to be the most beautiful, most delightful and healing place that we have ever known worldwide.

This leads to the second point… the place that was robbed is some distance outside Cotacachi village.  I normally do not make negative comments about any particular place so left out the name of this spa on my last message about Cotacachi crime.  I have not visited the spa for some years and did not even know it was still open.

This third point I hope puts Cotacachi safety in perspective.

The area of Imbabura is almost the same geographical size as Multnomah County, Oregon where I grew up in middle class suburbs between Glisan and Stark Street. My 86 year old mom still lives in the same house (for 48 years).   Merri and I were just there visiting mom.  During our short visit…three murders occurred near by.  I copied a December 1,  2008 article from the  Oregonian…Portland’s leading newspaper.

When Portland detectives began to canvass the neighborhood after the Nov. 23 fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man in a Southeast Stark Street apartment, they interviewed Roland Jackson Dir, who was walking to his home about a block away.

Six days later, on Saturday, homicide investigators were called to investigate the violent death of Dir, 54, whose body was found in his apartment at Southeast 155th Avenue and Stark Street.

The proximity of the two homicides, following the unsolved stabbing death of 37-year-old Amatha Mendive-Boyle, discovered Nov. 14 behind a nearby church, has area residents on edge.

Three murders in two weeks in just an area near the safe suburbs where my mom lives…all unsolved.  Police say that the murders are probably not connected which to me is even worse!

Compare this to one robbery outside Cotacachi village in an area that we do not consider safe…one murder from a group of drunks fighting in an area and situation where few westerners would ever be and 183 crimes in the entire county.

Merri and I feel safer walking in Cotacachi village than in our hometown suburbs. Yet I feel safe there in Multnomah County as well.  I would have no hesitation recommending that you take a stroll along any of the Portland sidewalks and bicycle paths.

There are growing number of bicycle paths by the way thanks in part to a fellow high school student…Earl Blumenauer.  Earl was two years behind me at Centennial High so as a lowly sophomore when I was a senior we did not speak much.

Earl went on to great stuff…becoming an Oregon Congressman who has pushed cycling as transportation.

When he moved to Washington, D.C., 12 years ago he decided to ride his bike to Congress every day.  He states that he has burned over 300,000 calories and saved $94,000 in car costs, 206 gallons of fuel, and 4800 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Through his efforts Portland has expanded its bike lanes and routes throughout the city so people in Portland use their cars much less than the American average.  Blumenauer says this translates into savings of more than $2500 per year per family and that there should be a bicycle master plan for cities large and small.

There is speculation that Earl Blumenauer will be the secretary of transportation in an Obama administration. If so, expect even more biking.

One word of warning about this and walking around Multnomah county…nude cycling.  Here is a report, also from a recent issue of the Oregonian.

A Multnomah County judge has cleared a Northeast Portland nude bicyclist of criminal indecent exposure charges, saying cycling naked has become a “well-established tradition” in Portland and understood as a form of “symbolic protest.”

Judge Jerome LaBarre said the city’s annual World Naked Bike Ride — in which as many as 1,200 people cycled through Northwest and downtown Portland on June 14 — has helped cement riding in the buff as a form of protest against cars and possibly even the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

This is not an activity that is kind to the human form…so when you can find a sunny day to walk in Oregon, a greater worry than crime may become the shock from seeing a nude cyclist!

As an added note, one of the facts Merri and I are most proud to see is that not one of our many readers who have moved to Ecuador has purchased a car…we all walk or ride a bike…but not nude!

The point I hope you will see is that reports about crime get so blown out of proportion that you can let them ruin your life if you want.   There are so many things we cannot predict.  I could never have expected that crime would grow as it has where I grew up…or that one of the fellow students at my school would become a bike riding Congressman and maybe even a cabinet member…or that people would ride bikes nude in Oregon.  So live life to the fullest.  Keep in mind until last week, the 137-year-old Leopold’s Cafe, on one of Mumbai’s main shopping thoroughfares, was long a favorite place for tourists.  There are no guarantees and no way to predict how safety will change.

Crime is everywhere…know it and avoid it.  If you know where to go…most parts of the world have plenty of safe havens.  So whether you travel to Portland Oregon, Cotacachi Ecuador…or wherever..enjoy the journey, but also take care.

Until next message, may all your journeys be safe.

Gary

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Return the American Dream


Return the American dream in three ways:

  1. Return the American in South America…in Ecuador where life is simpler.
  2. Return the American dream in Smalltown USA.
  3. Return the American dream with multi currency portfolios.

Once I made a horrible mistake.

Almost!

The supposed error? Letting my mind wander four decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.

The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned 40 years returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.

We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in 40 years.

What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.

We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house. I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home! Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.

My tragic error was coming back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.

Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. I started to cry. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun.

Good bye memories, good bye.

How can our kids walk in places like this?

How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working people to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.

How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

There has to be places that are still innocent and pure, I thought. There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress.

This thinking led me to review thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the past thirty years.

I started a search for ways to return the American Dream…to gain a simpler way of life and a better place to be. By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world.

During this search I found three answers which this report shares with you.

First, is the unexpected way fate unfolds, my wife Merri and I discovered Ecuador where life is simpler…the people sweet…less stress and prices so low it is hard to believe.  Ecuador has this secret charm which could be felt  but not explained.

I started asking, “What is Ecuador’s special charm?” The answer became clear.

Life in Ecuador is still like the good old days.  Two children can walk a deserted lane by themselves and they do without fear.

Ecuador Easter

Here are some of Cotacachi’s children.

Our Land of the Sun Foundation feeds Cotacachi children free lunch at our hotel El Meson de las Flores.

Ecuador Easter

Here are a group of Ecuadorians in Cotacachi Ecuador having fun.

This is why I would like to bring Ecuador closer to you.  We can help you know Ecuador better in numerous ways.

To assist those just a little interested in Cotacachi or all of Ecuador our FREE ezine has many and continually renewed articles about how to live, work and enjoy Ecuador.

To assist those with great interest in Cotacachi or all Ecuador I have established a full time full support team to help subscribers in almost any way of travel, investing, living, buying property or doing business here.

Ecuador-hotel-staff

Our staff at the hotel awaits to serve you. This is Eduardo and Consuelo.

Ecuador is a great place to live and invest.

Ecuador Easter

Ecuador people are sweet.

Ecuador Easter

Ecuador people are colorful and fun to be around.

Continue this report at Ecuador Real Estate is Inexpensive

Ecuador real estate for sale

Here are Cotacachi condos…asking $47,600.

See more at Cotacachi condos

cotacachi-house-for-sale

Here is a house for sale in Cotacachi near Ibarra…asking price $85,000

See more at Cotacachi real estate resales

Another great area is on the coast around Manta.

See Ecuador Beaches
Ecuador-Beach-Property-walks

My wife Merri and I enjoy an Ecuador beach with our hound dog Ma who travels back and forth with us between Ecuador and the USA.

Ecuador Beach Condos

Ecuador-Cosatal-view
Here is a view from the club house of the Ecuador beach condos.

Palmazul

Here is the club house for the condos

Manta Real Estate

Ecuador-beach-meeting

Here are $12,500 beach view lots for sale near Manta Ecuador.

$17,000 Houses

Here are small houses one block off the beach near Manta…asking $18,000.

Our Ecuador Living service shares our continual research and experiences in global business, living and investing here plus our contacts in Cotacachi and throughout Ecuador.

Plus we are conducting regular tours and courses in Ecuador. The balance of our 2008 schedule below.  Most of these courses are conducted at our hotel.

Many-roses

Of course not everyone can or wants to move to Ecuador and fortunately there are still great places to get the American dream in the USA…such as Small Town USA

See how we made money this way when we do not even want to.

Then see how we drive the entire USA looking for property bargains (which the sub prime crash has improved)  beginning at Small Town inspections.

Also see The $ in I-40

The third way to regain the American dream is sadly to invest out fo the US dollar.

See why in the final stage of this report at
Why the US dollar will fall

Beyond Multi Currency Investing

Multi Currency Diversification

Borrow Low Deposit High

My Multi Currency Portfolio

One last point on regaining the American dream is to have fun!

See what I mean at International Investing and Business Made EZ & Fun

The American dream is not limited to the United States or its citizens…not the land…not the government, not any one external place, person or thing.  Whoever wants it can find and have the American dream because it is within…our inner spirit of adventure…our inner desire to have more from our inner willingness to do, give and serve more.

At one time the emergence of the United States economy made it easier than most places to express the American dream.  Now technology and the emergence of the global economy makes the American dream available in many more places.

I hope that my supposed error four decades ago and these tiny bits of research from the Garyascott.com  archives, garnered in the past 40 years, have been enlightening.

I look forward to sharing more of the American dream globally in a bright future with you!

Gary

See our course schedule for the balance of 2008