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Pro-Ecuador Newsletter: Atuntaqui Men Bare It All for New Years
January 02, 2011

Pro-Ecuador Newsletter January 2, 2011

Pro-Ecuador Newsletter: Cotacachi Christmas Scenes and the Men of Atuntaqui Bare It All for their New Year's Parade

January 2, 2011


Pro Ecuador wishes you all the best for 2011!

Ecuador Culture:  The Atuntaqui New Year's Parade is a shocking, risqué and highly entertaining “exposé” in every sense of the word.  Men bring out their feminine side in a big way, revealing more of themselves than some of us would like to see. In the past, the parade has been a great way to kick off the New Year as the most daring among the male population kick up their heels--high heels, that is.

Christmas in Cotacachi:  Photos captured Christmas day and night on the streets of Cotacachi.

Ecuador News:  Ecuador has acknowledged that Palestine is a free, independent state, following the lead of other countries around the world.

Places in Ecuador: The mystery and allure of Vilcabamba has made it an internationally-known destination.  Called the “Valley of Longevity,” this tiny village and surrounding area are famous for the long lives of the native people, for tranquility, great nature beauty and healthy living. And now, more expats are finding Vilcabamba to be the perfect setting to experiment with organic farming.

Ecuador Food:  A new webpage highlights the food of Ecuador, Cotacachi restaurants, Ecuador recipes, even food videos.

Cotacachi Restaurants:  As more restaurants open in Cotacachi, dining out is a more interesting proposition.  Expat restaurants offer much more variety, whether it’s home cooking, international cuisine, some of it gourmet or a new variation on the hamburger.

Food Prices: Here’s a list of foods purchased in SuperMaxi, a chain of grocery stores in Ecuador. These items were bought at the end of 2010. Fresh produce in Cotacachi has increased but not as much as those packaged items from SuperMaxi that have to be imported from the United States and other countries.  Hagen Daz, Nutella, Betty Crocker muffin mix—these are high-ticket items in Ecuador.

Cotacachi/Imbabura Real Estate Tour and Introduction to Ecuador Course:  It’s the easiest, most economical way to get an overview of life in Ecuador.  We include our informative workshop, Introduction to Ecuador, in this tour, so you get 2 tours for one low price, only $299 per person.  We show you current real estate listings plus you’ll learn how to wisely invest.

2011 Real Estate Tour dates:
January 13, 14 & 15
February 20, 21, 22, immediately following International Living’s Ultimate Event in Quito.
March 17, 18, 19

Cotacachi Real Estate for Sale: Two new listings not on line yet are a 4-bedroom, two-story house with a roof terrace, large bodega and a building currently used for guinea pigs that can easily be converted into a guest house. Well-established fruit trees and vegetable garden on 1500-meter lot for only $45,000. This one is in town but offers all the perks of rural living.  There’s even room for a horse or other animals.

Walled property  of 6,700 m2 (slightly more than 1½  acres) with a large house, caretaker’s house,  avocado, lemon, mandarin orange, fig trees, plus blackberries, grapes and granadilla.  Beautiful, park-like grounds.  Caretaker on the premises.  Ten-year-old house needs remodeling. $80,000.


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