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Do You Have What It Takes to Make It in Ecuador?
April 02, 2008

Pro-Ecuador Insiders' Newsletter

April 2, 2008

A View From the Roof:
Do You Have What It Takes to Make It in Ecuador?

By Gary Phillips

The fact is, the concept of time means something different here in Ecuador than in North America. It is our job as expats living in a foreign country to discover what time means to Ecuadorians, understand it, and adapt to it. If we are not willing to do that, then we may as well not come in the first place.

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Primavera II Condominiums: An Urban Garden Gem in Cotacachi

The sun was shining, there was a golden glow in the air, and as we walked into the condo garden area, we noticed heavy dew, as if each blade of grass were reflecting the full light of the sun.
Yes, this was one of the reasons I moved to Cotacachi. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

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Exciting Places in Ecuador: Guayaquil

By Linda Mc Farlin

Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, is very clean now, and growing by leaps and bounds. The city’s last two mayors have been good ones. Many areas have been refurbished and crime has diminished. Our friend Roberto parked his SUV and we strolled through Malecon 2000, Guayaquil’s restored waterfront, and it is absolutely fantastic. It is the pride of the city, and rightfully so.

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Leonardo Alvear story, Part II
People Have Been Fighting for Their Lives!

As told by Linda McFarlin

“This has been a huge victory for the people, and it took more than 10 years. We discovered that through organization and social pressure, we can remove harmful enterprises, that we can protect our families and our environment from harmful mining practices.”

So spoke Leonardo Alvear, the president of Cotacachi’s Assembly. And all those present were very surprised to find that the word “socialist” has different meanings in North American than in Ecuador.


Ecuador Real Estate Property of the Week:
Lueva: A Premier Spa/Resort/Retreat Center in Cotacachi

Tucked away on a quiet side street about a kilometer outside of Cotacachi is a 12-acre property that captured our hearts the first time we saw it more than a year ago.

The vision began a decade ago, when an American woman with a PhD in psychology walked into a cornfield, looked at the magnificent views, and said, “I’ll buy it. This is where I will build my dream.”

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Introduction to Ecuador Course and Tours
6 nights – 7 days, June 4th –June 10, 2008

Are you considering a visit or possibly even a move to Ecuador? If so, you are not alone. Daily, our website and blog receive hundreds of hits from people just like you, people who are toying with the idea of living in Ecuador, but just don’t really know how to start.

This tour is designed specifically for people like you. You will be escorted by people who have already successfully moved to Ecuador and are living here. We will visit four of the parts of Ecuador most populated by expats.

In addition, experts will be available to answer all your questions about immigration and residency, shipping of house-hold goods, purchasing real estate, building a house and, buying furnishings.


Are you coming to Ecuador soon?

Join Martha Perez at Casa Izabella for your own personal introduction to Ecuador! Read more about Casa Izabella here.

Pro-Ecuador Events:

Intro to Ecuador June 4-10
Eco-Photo-Cultural Tour August 9-20
Intro to Ecuador August 21-27
Intro to Ecuador October 31 - Nov 6
2008 Agriculture Tour and Cultural Exchange Nov. 6 - Nov 17

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