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Tropical Weather But No Hurricanes

This week Jackie Lange at Panama Relocation Tours explains why Panama has such great weather but no hurricanes. in Panama.


No Hurricanes in Panama

If you’ve always dreamed of living in a tropical paradise but the thought of hurricanes held you back, there is a fantastic solution! Panama!

Panama, at just 9 degrees latitude, is too far south for hurricanes. Panama is blessed by nature, unlike the rest of her Central American neighbors, with no hurricanes – amazingly it’s in a special climate area that is hurricane-free. Panama also has no major earthquakes and no active volcanoes. Panama is the ideal place to live!

After several hurricanes in the United States, insurance rates went through the roof. But because Panama has no hurricanes, real estate insurance rates are super low. I just got my annual house insurance renewal bill for $161.70 PER YEAR!

Wikipedia’s entry on hurricanes has a graphic which depicts the tracks of all hurricanes between 1985-2005, shows that, in the Western hemisphere, hurricanes never form below about 8 degrees north and always move west or northwest.


Learn why Panama is hurricane free here.

Jackie Lange recently hosted a LIVE Q & A Conference Call with me as  a guest speaker.  Listen in to what I had to say about international living, Ecuador and Panama, as well as Super Thinking.

Click here to listen to the call.


Spanish Words You Can Use

Weather–  clima

Wind – viento

Storm – tormenta

Flood – inundar

Hurricane – huracán

Clouds – nubes


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Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

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

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

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

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

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

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

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

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

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

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

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

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

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

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

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

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

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

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

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

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

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

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

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Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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

Ecuador: Rain and Drought

Ecuador goes through periods of rain and drought, but we can look at Ecuador’s weather for more, even clues about the Western U.S. droughts.

el nino

el nino

The chart from NOAA above shows changes in the Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) (1).  You can see a complex scientific explanation of what this means but in simple terms, red represents a period when the El Niño current is warmer than normal and blue a period when the El Niño current is cooler than normal.  A warmer period brings rain (and potential flooding) in Ecuador.  A cooler period creates dryer conditions in Ecuador.  This pattern in turn has an impact on weather north.

I began checking this out after reading the USA Today article “California’s 100-year drought” by Doyle Rice (2) .  The article says (bolds are mine):  California is in the third year of one of the state’s worst droughts in the past century, one that’s led to fierce wildfires, water shortages and restrictions, and potentially staggering agricultural losses.

Overall, past droughts have probably been due to subtle changes in water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Cooler water temperatures — known as La Niñas — tend to produce drier conditions in the West.

I checked in at NOAA to see if there is a correlation between cooler Oceanic Niño Index (these take place on the Pacific Equator so Ecuador is the nearest country).  NOAA’s chart above shows three cooler events in 1975-76, 1984-85 and 1999-2000.

I checked those dates for California droughts.

1976-1977.  An article “A comparison of California’s extreme 2013 dry spell to the 1976-1977 drought” (3) by Daniel Swain says:   One of the most vivid historical examples of drought in California is the two year dry period spanning 1976 and 1977. Precipitation during each of these calendar years, and during the 1976-1977 water year in particular, was extremely low–these were two consecutive years in which statewide precipitation was ranked among the top five lowest ever recorded in California.

1984-1985.   Wikipedia (4) said: The Western United States experienced a lengthy drought in the late 1980s. California endured one of its longest droughts ever observed, from late 1986 through early 1991.

1999-2000.  NOAA, the US weather service, said  “U.S. Drought Highlights” (5):  On the national scale, severe drought affected about sixteen percent of the contiguous United States as of the end of May 2001. Drought continued in the Pacific Northwest and Southeastern U.S. Dry conditions return to the West.

Though I am sure this is a gross oversimplification of a really complex effect, there does appear to be a connection between cooler Oceanic Niño Indices and drought in California and the West.

From this simplicity, we can come to a few tentative conclusions.

First, a warmer Oceanic Niño Index is ahead.  In the short short period reviewed above, cool periods have been followed by a warm period before the next cool.

Second, this could bode well for the California drought.  The last cool period ended in 2012.  Temperatures have been in the median range since.  It’s possible that a warm period could come along at any time.

Third, a warmer period is good for California but can mean a lot of rain and flooding in Ecuador.

Those interested in living in Ecuador should check and understand the country’s weather patterns.  Especially anyone interested in living on the coast should carefully check the flood plains before deciding to buy.



Ladera Pacifica is a gated community north of Bahia with a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean, within walking distance from the beach.

ecuador ocean view

It is situated in coastal Manabi, Ecuador, just a short distance from Bahia de Caraquez, overlooking the fishing and surf town of Canoa.

The project is safely elevated at an average elevation of 60 feet above sea level, in an environmentally protected reserve, surrounded by rare, tropical, pristine forest. Ladera Pacifica project consists of 40 luxury homes, at 1,200 square feet designed to rigorous standards, with quality and sustainability never before seen in Ecuador.

ecuador ocean view

Ladera Pacifc has the best ocean views.

Ocean view homes provide the best of both worlds, access to the sea, but lower operation and maintenance costs away from the  salty corrosive ocean mists.

Ladera Pacific’s position above the beach removes the risks of the rare natural disasters and floods due to high tides, change in weather patterns and the El Nino effect.  Security on a hillside development is also logistically easier, so no huge obtrusive walls are necessary.

ecuador ocean view

Conceptual design for kitchen.

Construction of 1st 2 in phase 1 of 10 units is well underway.  The model unit is spacious with an open concept and the top unit is available and the structural portion nearly complete.

ecuador ocean view

* These large spacious open concept units are 1,200 square feet.

* Large master bedroom with walk in closet and large private bathroom, with wall to wall windows viewing ocean.

ecuador ocean view

Concept design bedroom.

* The second bedroom is situated on the side of the unit, with second full common bathroom.

* Large computer room.

* The main entrance opens up to open dining room, living room, patio, kitchen with large island and breakfast nook, enjoy the ocean view and breeze.

* Full width window and patio door facing ocean, and 2 large picture windows on side wall which is unique to the 4 end units.

* The lower unit will be the model home and the upper one is available now at $155,000, pre construction pricing of $125,000 for interior units.

Renderings and actual photos of construction progress

Ecuador ocean view

Rental management also available.

Contact info: Email: mikeg@yumaeng.com

Website: www.yumaeng.com/laderapacifica

Join us on facebook: Friends of Ladera Pacifica Ecuador phone# 593 95 907 5658

For those who desire an individual house, Ladera Pacific also has seven large lots for sale all with  a view of the ocean.  House construction management available.

ecuador ocean view

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

Learn more about Ecuador at our upcoming International Investing seminar in Montreal.

(1) NOAA ONI changes

(2) California Megadroughts

(3) A comparison of California’s extreme 2013 dry spell to the 1976-1977 drought

(4)  Wikipedia on 1984-1985 drought

(5) NOAA on 2001 drought

Investing in Weather & Change

Ecuador Weather is unpredictable in the way all weather is unpredictable.


An Ecuador beach shot on a cloudy day.


An Ecuador beach shot on a clear day.

Weather is important everywhere… in investing in our lives… in all aspects of human endeavor… yet it always has been unpredictable.

As an investor I have always believed that if you buy good value real estate in sunny places located near large populations who live in cold places… you make money.  This is why  love investing in distressed Ecuador and Florida property.

Now we have to ask… will the good weather remain where it is?   There are so many questions about Global Warming… is it or not and if it is… natural or caused by mankind (as if we are not part of nature).

One must wonder… we have terrible droughts in Florida…  and horrible rains in Ecuador.  The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that this was fourth warmest meteorological winter on record across the contiguous United States and the warmest since 1999-2000.

Is this a one off or just something that happens once every decade or two?

Weather is unpredictable and future weather perhaps even more unpredictable than before. Yet weather can affect our investments and our lifestyles.

This thinking was confirmed when a reader sent me this note.

Gary,  As always, most interesting and informative writing. I forward many of your emails to other people.

I just returned from 5 weeks in Ecuador and there is something that puzzles me: 80% of the pictures I see from Ecuador are cloudy skies in the background. While I was there from Jan 4 to Feb 10 I saw the sun less than 8-10 times. Most days were overcast and sometimes rainy. The weather otherwise  – the temperature – was delightful, but I really missed sunshine.

I know it’s the rainy season and I heard people say it was worse this year. A man who has lived in Vilcambaba for 18 years says he has seen a change to much rainier weather in Vilcambaba over the last few years. He no longer has to use drip irrigation as he did the previous 15 years.

Sunlight is extremely important to me. I loved Ecuador – except for the lack of sun. The gray skies were oppressive. I live in Florida and it’s a fluke that we are having more rain and clouds suddenly the past 10 days – because we are actually in a drought from the looks of the ponds and lakes. I had noted the cloudy skies in many pictures – not just yours,but multiple sites show pictures with dull skies in the background. I was discouraged to find the rainy season is six months long. Yet you always refer to Ecuador as land of the sun and I have grown to trust you a great deal. Did I just hit an unusual patch of weather in Southern Ecuador, Banos and Quito? I have read the coast is often cloudy and overcast in the winter. The Galapogos seemed to be sunny while I was there. Most people didn’t seem to notice the clouds like I did – they said they thought they had found paradise.  Thanks,

First let me point out that I try to take my photos when the weather is cloudy.  Saturation is better in a filtered light and the shadows and glare are less likely to ruin the shot.

However I asked Jean Marie Butterlin who heads up our Ateam Ecuador on the coast about the weather there this year.  He  sent this note.

In the coastal area, we had very unusual high rain falls; the locals tell me that right now it is the hottest most humid weather they have ever experienced; even we are not technically (from a water temp standpoint) in an El Nino year.  The precipitations are even higher than a average El Nino.

North of Jama there were mudslides and with that some new lakes were forming that have the potential to destroy thousands of families.

There recently was an emergency meeting in Bahia with the vice-minister of agriculture and all the navy and local authorities
like the governor of Manabi to decide what can be done to protect and help those families.

This kind of mudslide is even very rare in an El Nino year.

Our delegates of our agricultural expedition by the way were introduced to the minister and able to have a chat with him about this.

Jean Marie


Shot taken of a farm on Jean Marie’s agricultural expedition… clouds and sun.

See more on Jean Marie’s agricultural expeditions here.

I wrote to the reader that sun is important to me as well.  I am the guy they named SAD after!   So I watched carefully what the weather was like in Ecuador and found that there are some places in Ecuador where it is really dry… others where there are seasons.  All of Ecuador has sun… a lot of it… but the weather is like eternal spring and spring means clouds and rain as well.

There are times of the year in each area when there is a lot of rain.  This is one reason why we have a place on the coast and one in the Andes.  The rainy season in Cotacachi for example tends to be January to Feb. Feb is often dry and March-April again are rainy.  On the coast north of Manta the dry seasons are Nov. to June… so we move around.

Ecuador is also affected by El Niño and La Niña. During that time all bets are off. It can be just plain rainy almost every day for extended periods of time.

According to Wikipedia:

El Niño/La Niña-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, is a quasiperiodic climate pattern that occurs across the tropical Pacific Ocean roughly every five years. The Southern Oscillation refers to variations in the temperature of the surface of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean (warming and cooling known as El Niño and La Niña respectively) and in air surface pressure in the tropical western Pacific. The two variations are coupled: the warm oceanic phase, El Niño, accompanies high air surface pressure in the western Pacific, while the cold phase, La Niña, accompanies low air surface pressure in the western Pacific.

The extremes of this climate pattern’s oscillations, El Niño and La Niña, cause extreme weather (such as floods and droughts) in many regions of the world.

During a time of El Niño there is heavy rain.  During La Niña, drought plagues the coastal regions of Ecuador  Peru and Chile and northern Brazil.

According to University of Washington at http://www.atmos.washington.edu/gcg/RTN/rtnt.html

The term El Niño (Spanish for “the Christ Child”) was originally used by fishermen along the coasts of Ecuador and Peru to refer to a warm ocean current that typically appears around Christmastime and lasts for several months. Fish are less abundant during these warm intervals, so fishermen often take a break to repair their equipment and spend time with their families. In some years, however, the water is especially warm and the break in the fishing season persists into May or even June. Over the years, the term “El Niño” has come to be reserved for these exceptionally strong warm intervals that not only disrupt the normal lives of the fishermen, but also bring heavy rains.

During the past 40 years, nine El Niños have affected the South American coast. Most of them raised water temperatures not only along the coast, but also at the Galapagos Islands and in a belt stretching 5000 miles across the equatorial Pacific. The weaker events raised sea temperatures only one to two degrees Fahrenheit and had only minor impacts on South American fisheries. But the strong ones, like the El Niño of 1982-83, left an imprint, not only upon the local weather and marine life, but also on climatic conditions around the globe.

I agree. With El Niño comes rain!  We spent one El Niño winter at our Andean Hacienda about 1.5 hours from Quito living with an Ecuador shaman and his apprentices. The place had terrible heavy heavy rain day after day.  We practically lived in rubber boots it was so wet.

On the other hand there was still plenty of time for sun burn.  The weather pattern was sunny mornings and rain in the afternoon… much like Florida summers (but far less humid).  I remember this well because on the clear mornings the weather was cool but brilliant and the temptation to was to work shirtless in the garden… at 8,500 feet altitude with  a clear sky.  A dermatologist’s nightmare!

I loved it… cool but very sunny and each night I suffered from too much sun.

Readers  often write asking about the weather in the Andes.  If you look up Quito weather for example it says “Rain” almost every day.  This is a puzzle as it is simply not true.   A history of Quito weather from the Washington Post shows the  average temperatures.


The highs and lows.


The rain.


My experience over fifteen years in Ecuador is that there is plenty of sunshine but if you want really dry sunny everyday sunshine you’ll not get it in the most popular expat areas.

None of the places where we have lived in Ecuador are dry all the time like the US Southwest.  There are such areas though.

However compared to the cold in North America in the winter and the warm in North America in the summer… Ecuador’s weather is ideal.  This is one reason why Ecuador real estate has such value.

This is why we recommend renting in Ecuador first and buying only after you have grown to know the area and how it suits you.

This is also why we are adding more and more Super Thinking courses to help readers become better at adapting to change.