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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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This is true luxury.

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Villa Nova Inn

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

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

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El Dorado Hotel

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Here is a shot of a Cuenca El Dorado…

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

See more about Ecuador Living subscription here.

Gary

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

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Join us in February or March.

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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


Cuenca Real Estate


Cuenca Real Estate

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Cuenca real estate offers excellent quality and value for exapts visiting Ecuador. Here is a shot of downtown Cuenca.

One of the first cities that Merri and I visited when we began looking for Ecuador property was the Spanish tile roofed colonial city of Cuenca which sits in a broad valley surrounded by lush green mountains. I have always loved the real estate opportunities in Cuenca and am happy to report we can now share this with you in our upcoming 2010 Cuenca real estate tours.

Here is an example why Cuenca is such a popular place.  Our friends, Bill Bushnell and his wife, Leita Hulmes live in a spacious and modern condo in Cuenca within walking distance to the historic colonial city center.

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Cuenca Condo building

Cuenca condo living room

We’ll look at more Cuenca property pictures below.

Cuenca is easily Ecuador’s (and perhaps all of South America’s) most beautiful city with a distinctly European look and feel. In a previous
article I reported that MSN has named Cuenca the best retirement city in the world.

It is both modern and classic in its architecture. This is an aristocratic town with hard workers and a solid middle class. The downtown area is remarkably clean and is built around a central park bordered by a huge golden cathedral with brilliant ceramic domes. There is a sense of order in the narrow cobblestone streets which for the most part run on a grid. The markets are filled with color and exotic design, and there is no sense of crime or poverty found here.

Tall Willows and Eucalyptus are abundant along the river banks of the four rivers running through its center where you’ll see locals washing their
colorful clothes. Red tiles on white stucco sparkling in the brilliant sun are the predominate vista.

Cuenca has perhaps the largest North American population in Ecuador though it is a much smaller city (350,000) than Quito or Guayaquil which have many millions of people. It’s large enough to offer almost all goods and services one could want without the hustle and bustle of a big city.

The beautiful sites are not the only joys Merri and I have experienced  in Cuenca. Property prices are startlingly low. Values have certainly risen
since we first began looking almost 15 years ago, yet asking prices still seem like bargains.

For example brand new apartments just down the road from the 5 Star Oro Verde Hotel are offered at just $42,000.

Here is that condo, just…

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four blocks from the center of Cuenca.

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Quality is not lacking.

Here are some more shots of our friends Cuenca condo with all hardwood floors, cabinetry and top quality fittings and additional lighting.

Cuenca condo hardwood finishes

There’s is a 1,690 square foot condo cost  that they bought for under $100,000.

Cuenca condo studio
the studio

The views from the 5th floor living room of the Ecuadorian Sierra Mountains show Cajas National Park in the distance.

View from Cuenca condo

There is space throughout this Cuenca home.

Cuenca condo master bedroom

Hardwood excellence is seen throughout this Cuenca house.

Cuenca condo kitchen

Currently there is a lovely first-floor 2-BR apartment located just across  the Tomebamba River from Cuenca’s historic district. It is within walking distance of El Centro which is Cuenca’s version of Central Park and is offered for $35,000.

If your preference is a house, only four blocks from downtown there is a new 4 bedroom, 4 bath house with 1991 sq ft of living space on 1/3 of an
acre for $77,000.

Another delightful opportunity in Cuenca is within a 10 unit gated community where there are only two townhouses left. The 1600 sq ft 3BR, 3
bath units have solid wood cabinetry, doors and windows and feature an open floor plan connecting the living area, dining room and kitchen for
$89,900. These units are within walking distance of supermarkets, shopping malls and some great restaurants for which Cuenca is renown.

Here are the these brand new condos, outside and…

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in.

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You can find superb spacious country homes in an area called San Joaquín which is known for its agricultural heritage still evident today. Numerous
farms and livestock abound in this area just 10 minutes from downtown.

Here houses sit above the city on gentle slopes with commanding views offering tile, hardwoods and marble, plus exquisite workmanship not found
in the U.S. Yet prices are as low as $145,000.

Just a few kilometers down the road from Cuenca is Challuabamba which has seen a fair amount of new construction in the last few years. It is a
slightly lower than Cuenca so is a bit warmer. Because of the highway, it is more accessible than in the past and many locals have moved out of the
city to be in a more rural locale. New homes range from the low $70s to over $200,000 so there is a wide variety to be had.

In the country you may find the best buys as is the case in most parts of the world. In-town prices are always higher than in the country and if
living closer to nature is your preference, you can have a large hacienda with plenty of land for farming and livestock at unbelievably low prices.
We’ve seen prices starting at $1.50 a square meter ($15,000 per acre) for land featuring stunning views, flowing streams and rich dark soil.

Yunguilla, about an hour from Cuenca via the newly paved highway, is one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. It’s like a Swiss mountain
valley covered in Irish emerald green – all in South America! Explosions of white pampas grass line the road and paisley swaths of forest and
cotton wool clouds cover the broad valley floor. Huge waterfalls spring from the hillsides like gigantic white snakes crashing hundreds of feet.

Here is a shot of Yungilla.

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Currently there is a house with outstanding views sitting on just over an acre. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in 2045 sq ft with an asking price of $80,000 or how about 5 acres with a river running along one boundary for $35,000.

Further on you can find plantations with entrances lined with sugar cane, bananas, mango, papaya, mango, naranjilla, babaco, orange, lemon, lime,
yucca, coffee plants, bread fruit, guavas, achote, grapefruit, coconuts and all the vegetables you could eat. Also abundant are avocado, bamboo,
corn, potatoes and tomatoes.

These veritable gardens led to rustic old farm houses graced by birds of every type, humming birds, toucan, choco, bromeliad fly catchers,
tanagers, finches and animals include agouti, tapir, fox and deer.

You can find land with horses, cows, pigs, numerous dogs, chickens and even llamas which are indigenous.

I viewed one plantation there some years ago that had its own .7 kilowatt hydro electric turbine and sugar cane crusher, distillery where they
distilled 50,000 liters of schnapps a year overlooking the San Francisco river, a broad cascading mountain stream bounds the land and the smaller
Sarayunga river runs through it.

All in all Cuenca, and the area immediately surrounding it, has a great deal to offer no matter what your preferences. Whether you want to live in
an apartment, a home or buy land and build your own – it’s all possible at prices that are a throw back to times past.

Speaking of prices that are from times gone by, our friends and representatives in Cuenca, Stephen Milden and Leanna Palermo, reported today that they went to a local co-op and bought 12 bags of organic fruits and vegetables for only $20.91! If they had purchased the same items in the US it would have cost them close to $200.00 and everything was locally grown. They will be delighted to be your hosts and show you their adopted home during the first tour of 2010 which is set for January 22-23 2010.

Not only will you have an opportunity to see a cross section of available land, homes and apartments, you will be able to experience the local
culture by way of fantastic restaurants, galleries, artisan shops and a walking tour along cobblestone streets that will take your breath away.

Cuenca is one of Ecuador’s most popular towns and we look forward to sharing Cuenca with you on our 2010 Ecuador real estate tours.

Gary

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.

Join us in Ecuador

Join us at our upcoming courses and tours.

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in 2010. See our winter Ecuador real estate tours below.

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

Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499  Couple $749
Jan. 21-22     Coastal Real Estate Tour $499  Couple $749
Jan. 23-24    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour   $499  Couple $749
Jan. 22-23    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 $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $999 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 $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour      $499 Couple $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $999 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

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

1 real estate tour  $499 Couple $749

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

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

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See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Ecuador & Global Business Curves


Ecuador & Global Business Curves

Ecuador and global business ideas are important because the economic downturn has thrown many curves at most investment and business plans.

For years my advice to young people who have asked me for a good way to earn in a business has been to buy a fixer upper… fix it, live in it for two years and sell it on.  Then do this again and again.

US tax law allows for an exemption of $250,000 on one’s residence  ($500,000 for couple filing jointly).  Where else can you earn up to $250,000 a year tax free?

I double checked with my friend and tax attorney Joe Cox to make sure this exemption still works.   He replied:

Gary:  You are correct.  One or two projects at a time will not make them a
“developer”.   If they have too many projects, at the same time, they can become a developer and would be subject to ordinary income tax.   There is a $500,000 exemption.  There is  capital gain tax on excess.  This is still lower than ordinary income tax which maybe is going to 39.5%.   Joe

There are some excellent additional tax benefits for those who conduct genuine business abroad.  You can read details in my “International Business Made EZ” course which comes free with our “Tangled Web… How to Have a Web Business” course.  See how to get this course at the end of this message.

My advice to retirees who wish to live in Ecuador is live on your pension and overseas income which is not taxed in Ecuador. Then if you need extra income buy, fix up and sell a bit of Ecuador real estate.  This is tax free income as well… if like in the US you are not involved in too many projects… and become a developer.

For example, on our last real estate tour we saw these houses in Otavalo… brand new.  This Ecuador real estate ranges between $65,000 and $95,000 for very nice houses overlooking Otavalo.  New import regulations in Ecuador and inflation mean that like in the US new homes will cost substantially more.

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The house we visited was 3.5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, two dens, living, dining and kitchen areas plus small back yard. The one we saw was of a very high standard,  about 2,300 square feet and had a $95,000 asking price.

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Here is our group inspecting the kitchen. There are also great views.

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This is the type of Ecuador house you could buy and live in, or rent, then sell for a profit in a couple of years. I suspect that if this is your residence there would not be US tax (up to $250,000 or $500,000 for a couple filing jointly) either.

You can get direct tax advice about this the US tax law and benefits of an overseas business from Joe Cox at JCOX@COXNICI.COM

In addition we recommend that everyone become involved in a business that they have a passion for. Here is an example of a reader who moved to Cuenca Ecuador and is doing just this.  He sent me this note. 

Hi Gary,

The last two days of columns about Ecuador and the dollar have been extremely informative and I believe accurate.  That is not just because I agree with you.

We are doing very well in Cuenca.  We have recently become 40% non-operating partners of the local CURVES franchise which went into the black in its first month.

Next month sees the opening of VILLA NOVA INN, located on Avenue Third of December on the city side of the Tomebamba River.  It is about 20 yards  from SAKURA SUSHI, the best Japanese restaurant in Cuenca, perhaps in all of Ecuador.   This is  a new 12 bedroom hostal in which we are 25% non-operating partners that will open next month.

VILLA NOVA INN will have two suites w. cable TV, 9 double/single rooms, and 1 dormitory w. 4 bunk beds.  Prices will range from $8 a night for a bunk bed to $45 a night for a suite.  There will be cable TV and high-speed Internet in the lobby.  The entire hostal overlooks the Rio Tomebamba and has a large outdoor deck with tables overlooking the river.  Breakfast is included in the price of the room or bunk.

You can get more information on the inn from Fernanda Cueva at fercuevav@hotmail.com

These small cash generating businesses along with fully paid for condos in Cuenca and Puerto Gaviota, an adequate amount of gold & silver coins and bullion, and government secured US pension funds make us feel very secure and capable of handling whatever the present financial/economic crisis throws at us.

Like you, I believe that Ecuador is actually one of the few ideal places in the world that will handle this crisis with relative ease and grace.  To support that belief we are looking for additional small local business investments.

All this investment activity helps support our South American Fund for Enlightenment which in addition to supporting students in Ibarra has just completed its first significant project in Cuenca.  We recently completed the delivery of 12 new full sized computers to Escuela Adbdon Calderon.  The computers with 17″ flat screen monitors were assembled by skilled local labor right here in Cuenca.  The project which cost just over $5,000 was a wonderful joint effort by contributors from the United States along with ex-pats and locals here in Cuenca.

The Fund is now working to raise the final $1,500 which will supply the Escuela with a much needed copier and projector plus a couple of printers which H-P locally will toss into the mix.  We hope to finish this aspect of the project before we take off to spend the summer cruising the Greek Isles, driving around Greece and Italy and finally spending most of July and August in our condo in Puerto Gaviota.

All the best to both you and Merri.

Turn your passion into profit… earn extra income… become independent… and do more then just make money…do some extra good as the reader above is.

The four ways to profit in this economic downturn are to:

#1: Invest in shares.
#2: Invest in real estate.
#3: Invest in commodities.
#4: Invest in your own business.

This reader and his wife are doing all four recommendations.

Here is one more point about Cuenca. After a decade of searching, Merri and I settled on Cotacachi and San Clemente as the places where we would live and focus.   However, many want a more urban atmosphere and the city we find our delegates like most is Cuenca.

Cuenca is a forty minute flight south of Quito and there are to 2 to 3 flights a day, although no late evening flights. It is some 8 to 12 hours south of Quito driving depending on the state of the roads. It is a beautiful drive that Merri and I have taken many many times. For many years, Cuenca was isolated from the rest of the country so it has followed its own course all these years, which gives it a unique flavor. Here is Cuenca.

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Cuenca (the actual full name is Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca) is the third most populous city in Ecuador and is the capital of the Azuay Province.

It sits at about 8,000 feet altitude and is a most beautiful small city. The center of Cuenca  is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its may historical buildings.

The readers above purchased a spacious and modern condo in Cuenca within walking distance to the historic colonial city center.

Cuenca condo building

They bought their Cuenca condo pre-construction three years ago and I expect have seen a nice rise in their property value.   They upgraded their condo from the original specifications, adding hardwood floors and fittings and extra lighting.

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Cuenca condo hardwood finishes

Their 1,690 square foot condo only cost $84,800 with the extras pushed the price to around $90,000.

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There are great  views and…

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spacious…

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rooms.

Cuenca condo kitchen

A great boutique hotel in Cuenca is the Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar is a beautiful sample of the unparalleled Ecuadorian Republican luxury style. The 19th-century house was restored to its original splendor and has been designed to be a home for visitors staying in the city for business or for pleasure.

The hotel looks a lot like our hotel Meson de las Flores from the outside.  Here is Meson.

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Here is Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

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But Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar is much more luxurious inside.

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This is true luxury.

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Our good friend of over a dozen years, Jorge Espinosa (one of the owners of the Relais & Chateaux La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa) used his talents to renovate this charming hotel.

Ecuador Living subscribers can enjoy a discount. More details on how to subscribe are here.

The global economy may throw you some curves… but there are ways to hit economic home runs anyway. We look forward to sharing ideas for profits in this new economic paradigm with you.

Gary

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