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Cuenca Real Estate Update

Here is a Cuenca real estate update.

This is Cuenca Real Estate Update Part I

Cuenca Real Estate Update Part II

Cuenca Real Estate Update Part III

Cuenca Real Estate Update Part IV

View from Cuenca Ecuador’s Hostel Villa Nova Inn.  Ecuador Living subscribers receive discounts at this hotel. See how to get your discounts here.


This Cuenca hostel is Ecuador’s newest intimate urban inn in this wonderful town.  Cuenca, Ecuador is one of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Cities.

Merri and I have helped over 6,000 people visit Ecuador real estate in the past 15 or so years. We find that three areas… Cuenca, Bahia and Imbabura… are the most popular by far.  Jean Marie Butterlin conducts Ecuador real estate tours that focus on these areas.   In Cuenca, Stephen Milden, a retired American and his wife hosts these tours.  Here is a Cuenca update from him.

Cuenca Update
Stephen Milden

Cuenca has received a good bit of attention from a variety of sources in the past year or so resulting in a number of people coming to take a look at Cuenca in particular and Ecuador in general. I have the privilege of hosting real estate tours in Cuenca and during the past year and a half we have met some incredible people who have decided to make Ecuador their home.

The reasons for expatriating are somewhat unique to each individual, but the common themes are lower cost of living, a delightful climate, wanting to experience a different culture and a government that pretty much leaves you alone.

Our cost of living is about 20-25% of what it was back in the US and our standard of living has actually improved. We are able to enjoy some world class restaurants, music, art and new friends from all over the world.

Speaking of restaurants, one of our favorites is Tiestos. It’s chef owned and Juan Carlos Solano (shown in the center wearing the white chef hat) is a big man with an even bigger talent. It’s not arrogance if you are that good!!! He’s a great guy who loves what he does and makes one feel a part of the family which is clearly his intention.


The environment is delightful and the food is consistently on a par with the best I’ve tasted anywhere in the world. The main dishes are prepared in earthenware pots (called tiestos) which go back to one of the oldest forms of cooking. They produce indescribable flavors and the food is served piping hot in them providing a unique presentation. Juan Carlos offers a variety of beef, chicken and seafood dishes as main courses in sauces that are nothing short of incredible.

My personal favorite is chicken breast in a curry and macadamia nut sauce.

Then again the filet mignon medallions in a blackberry, red wine and ishpingo sauce (a native Ecuadorian plant similar to cinnamon) is amazing as well.

My wife and I eat our fill and then some for under $30.00 which leads me back to cost of living.

Tomorrow’s message continues this Cuenca real estate update and looks at how the cost of living has impacted Cuenca real estate in Cuenca’s nearby Paute Valley.


2013-2014 Super Thinking + Spanish – Writing to Sell – Business & Investing Course Schedule

Schedule 2013-2014  Super Thinking + Spanish  – Writing to Sell – Investing & Business Courses.

Here are photos I took of Mt. Dora…

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its annual arts festival. 


June 21-22-23  Super Thinking + Spanish  St. Charles, MO  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teacher Mark Frakes)

July 5-6-7  Super Thinking + Spanish  Sarasota, Florida  Single $699  /  Couple $899  (Teacher Mark Frakes)

July 12-13-14 Super Thinking + Spanish Kelowna, BC, Canada  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teachers Shawn & Suzanne Bandick)

August 16-17-18  Super Thinking + Spanish  St. Charles, MO  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teacher Mark Frakes)

August 31-September 1-2  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp  West Jefferson, NC  (Gary & Merri Scott)

September 27-28-29  Super Thinking + Spanish  St. Charles, MO  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teacher Mark Frakes)

October 4-5-6  Super Thinking International Investing & Business Seminar  West Jefferson, NC  

Enroll here $799.   Couple $999 (Gary & Merri Scott)

November 15-16-17   Super Thinking + Writer’s Camp  Mt. Dora, Florida  (Gary & Merri Scott) 

November 21-22-23  Super Thinking +Spanish  Puerto Aventuras, Mexico Single $699/Couple $899 (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick)


January 10-11-12   Super Thinking + Spanish  Mt. Dora, Florida  (Gary & Merri Scott)

February 14-15-16  Super Thinking International Investing & Business Seminar  Mt. Dora, Florida  

Enroll here $799.   Couple $999  (Gary & Merri Scott)

For information more contact Cheri Hall at cheri@garyascott.com

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