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Yana Pamba - Cotacachi Real Estate
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Here is a message from Cotacachi, Ecuador that provides a good reflection of life in this charming village and shows some great shots of the Yana Pamba gated community.

Quichua is the language of the Indigenous population in the Ecuadorian Andes and Pamba means plain or place. For example our old hacienda is called “Rosaspamba” or the place of roses.

Yana Pamba or “Black Plain” is on the outskirts of our favorite village near Cotacachi’s entrance and this symbol.


To reach Cotacachi, one comes off the Pan Am Highway and winds down this deep ravine and back up.  It is easy to suspect that the name Yana Pamba is derived from this black, rich soil.




At the top of the ravine, Yana Pamba sits with a terrific pastoral view back toward the Pan Am Highway and of…


Mt. Cotacachi.


View of Cotacachi from Yana Pamba.

A reader sent this note describing what’s going on for the first residents in Yana Pamba.  Here is their house.


We are enjoying being the only residents of Yana Pamba for now, but are really looking forward to the community.  Walls are going up on lot #11. 


I don’t know their names, but they are the couple from Cuenca that had to sell their apartment first before they could move here.  I counted a total of 38 workers today, but I probably missed a couple since they are working in and out of houses.  There are 18 just working on the walls on lot #11.  It is a real process to watch! 

Lot #10 they are putting in the rebar mats and the vertical rebar. 


Lot #7 the plastering is done, there is a crew of 5 finishing up the roof and a crew of 4 inside working on getting the rest of the floor ready to pour the final concrete. 


John’s house on lot #4 and Jorge’s house on lot #14 are just sitting today.  All the workers are concentrating on lots #7, 10 and 11.

As far as Spanish, Susan and I have been taking lessons.  We have a lot to learn. We think it will probably take a year or so until we can be considered even reasonably fluent, but we get by even now.  I had a head start since I had to speak some Spanish working as an Emergency Room RN in Southern California.  We determined that we would definitely learn Spanish after meeting so many people in the hospital as patients who had lived for 10-20 years in the U.S. and still did not speak a word of English.

Re the Intag Property:  Susan and I have not “bought the farm”.  We are still alive and kicking.  Seriously, though, we are buying the property in Cuellaje.  It is extremely dark, fertile soil.  It doesn’t need to be irrigated, there is enough rain for the crops.  Our property will be approximately 10 acres, with approximately 3 acres cultivated organically. There are probably close to 25 avocado trees on the property, plus banana trees, etc.  We have approximately 1000 front feet on the river Christo Pamba.  It is fast, clean and beautiful.  There are trout in the water and if we weren’t vegetarians we would probably be able to catch fish for dinner.  Our only problem with the purchase of the property has been getting the money transferred to the bank here.  We are still working on that.  Hopefully, by Monday or Tuesday of this next week we should be able to complete the purchase.  There are other properties available in Intag, probably not as beautiful as ours, but my feeling is that it is a great place for a farm. 

They will be building a new road both from Otaval-Cotacachi area and also from Quito. 

When that happens prices are going to shoot up there.  It is such a beautiful place, but a little difficult to get to, especially in rainy season.  We are paying $30,000 for the property and it includes a 2 year old house that has never been lived in.  It has electricity and water and a 30 foot deep septic tank that has never been used.  The kitchen has not been finished so we will have to do that.  Shouldn’t take much.  We will probably finish everything on the house and then rent it for part of the time.  There are American and English volunteers that stay for several weeks at a time who would live to have a place like that to stay.  The house is 5 kilometers (3 miles) outside of town, so approximately a 1 hour walk to town, although there is a shortcut that will make that a little faster.


Our pond is completed and the fish and plants are in.  The gardener insists that we don’t need a filtration system, that it will reach a balance on its own.  We’ll see how that goes.  If we have to we will order a filter system from the U.S.  He has put a lot of ponds in, so he may be right.  I’m a little skeptical.  I’ll include a couple of pictures of that with this e-mail.  Lee and Susan

I found these notes on construction and building very interesting…it is wonderful seeing people and their houses being built in this delightful area!


See how to have steady wealth when living in Ecuador.

See Otavalo and Cotacachi on an Ecuador Export Tour

Ecuador Exports Service

Ecuador Living’s Ecuador Export Service has expanded.

The ability to earn extra income may be one of the most important assets you can have when living in Ecuador.  Having an Ecuador export business is one good way to earn.


Jewelry is one of many Ecuador exports.

Ecuador has evolved as an export center and we have expanded our export service to create custom export tours that fit each person’s schedule and particular desires.

Most tours start in Quito as the greatest number of crafts come from villages such as Cotacachi,  Peguche, Otavalo, San Antonia de Ibarra, Atuntaki and throughout the province of Imbabura.

We can arrange for you to meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers of products that suit your business ideals and arrange visits of workshops, homes and markets.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and reduce the tax you pay as you increase asset protection by having an overseas company and overseas income!

Join other like minded souls in Ecuador.  Learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through an Ecuador export business.

In wood products.

In Ecuador’s art.


In jewelry and all types of exports.


This tour goes to the high Andes.

You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items.

Here you see them in hand sewn embroidery from the village of Zuleta. In this Andean community near us hand embroidery has been an important form of artistic expression and adornment for centuries. Andean cultures have long boasted superior textiles, far surpassing those of Europe. The weavers of the Andes could produce material with as many as five hundred two-ply woolen wefts per inch compared to one hundred in Europe.

The women of Zuleta are renowned for unique hand embroidered designs and colors. Their styles are so unique they have become a form of cultural identification.

Flowers are popular in Otavalan sweaters as well.  Plus the ladies of Intag make flowers from plant fiber.

Delegates who use this export service are also eligible for The Ecuador Living Club Ecuadorshop Logistics Service offered by Flower exporter Roberto Ribadeneira.


Roberto Ribadeneira speaking at our seminar about how he can shop, ship and charge for Ecuador export businesses.

Here is a business lesson from the Texas Rangers.

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The ultimate form of financial security is to serve in a way you love through your own business.

Improved technology continually makes this easier but increased ability to serve is often hindered by red tape.

Almost everyone has heard of the Texas Rangers.  They are the oldest law enforcement body on the North American Continent and have helped bring in many famous criminals like John Wesley Hardin and Bonnie and Clyde.

We were really tickled to hear from a delegate of the Ecuador Export tours that he had sold hundreds of embossed Ecuador leather backpacks to the Texas Rangers and that was just the first order.  However it turned out that there was one thing that even these famous lawmen could not overcome…. red tape.

Almost no one has heard of the 106 rules the current administration has passed in the last three years that collectively will cost taxpayers more than $46 billion annually in compliance and lost productivity.

As you’ll see below the process of shifting from a small to medium or large Ecuador exporter requires a lot and growing amount of red tape… so much so that it overwhelms even the large Ecuador rose farms.

However there are two rays of sunshine that can help with this problem.  The first is the The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Act (H.R. 4078).

The website of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote a report that says:   July 26, 21012 the House Passed  the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act”.   Measure freezes new job-killing regulations and streamlines rulemaking process.

(WASHINGTON)—The House of Representatives today passed a comprehensive regulatory reform bill to cut red tape and make the federal rulemaking process more friendly to job creators.  The measure included several provisions previously passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“The Obama Administration has issued some 106 rules in its first three years that collectively will cost taxpayers more than $46 billion annually in compliance and lost productivity.  This is four times the number of major regulations and five times the cost of rules issued in the prior administration’s first three years,” Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Issa said.

“In more than 30 hearings, examinations and public forums, our Committee has heard loud and clear from job creators across the country who tell us that red tape imposed by the federal government chokes economic expansion and hurts job creation.  Nonpartisan research surveys report that the American public feels the same way—with an overwhelming majority saying federal regulations are a major reason why the economy is struggling.  This bill helps unwind much of this unnecessary red tape and frees entrepreneurs and business owners to do what they do best: create jobs and opportunity,” Issa added.

See a link below to The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Act (H.R. 4078).

This is why we are pleased to introduce the second bit of good small business news, a new benefit for our Export Service delegates.

First, let’s look at the red tape to export from Ecuador to the USA.

#1:    A US company.

#2:   A continuous bond, which has to be purchased each year to be eligible to register to import with the US Customs.

#3:   A broker who has a power of attorney authorizing them to handle your imports.

#4:   A US bank account to pay US customs department when taxes and duties are due.

Plus if you are selling direct to customers and accepting credit cards, you need:

#1:   A verifiable credit history and Social Security number.

#2:  A gateway company to process the charges.

#3:   A credit card merchant account.

#4: A certified, secure  shopping cart.

#5:  An annual PCI compliance review and certification

#6:  An EIN number provided by the IRS

#7:  A sales number issued by the state of Florida.

#8: A Physical US address (PO box not allowed).

#9:  Monthly accounting system.

#10: IRS annual sales report.

This along with the 106 new regulations adds so much expense and bother that even the large rose plantations in Ecuador cannot keep up.

Fortunately there is a solution and a special benefit for you if you have an Ecuador export business.

Our import logistic provider sent me this note:  Gary, A great new system has developed in Ecuador so that Flower Shops can now order direct from the rose plantations.

The way things have worked is that flower shops received their flowers from a local vendor, who got them from a distributor who got them from an importer, who dealt with a farm.

Or the flower shop purchased them from someone like me who buys them from a farm and ships them by FedEx.

This has expanded our business because in order to sell and import direct into the USA  there is an endless list of things to do. (They are described above).

The Ecuadorshop Logistics service provides all these services for exporters in importers into the USA.

The farms can sell to the flower shops but have no way of charging them nor of getting the flowers through customs.  Our company does everything for them as their logistics provider.

We charge the buyers credit cards, do the FedEx labels, send the tracking number, deal with customs, pay duties when rehired, use our bond and broker coordinate and pay the rose plantation.

The plantations find that complying with all these requirements is too expensive we do the entire logistic service.

The farm only has to grow, harvest and sell the roses.  Our logistics service takes care of everything else.

Every farm I have talked to has signed with me.

I am happy to now provide an even more special exclusive service to your Ecuador Living Club members and export tour delegates.

I can provide our logistics service for Ecuador exports beyond roses.

There are two more very special benefits.

First, our logistics service can pay manufactures in Ecuador.

Second, our service can monitor production and quality and assure timely delivery.

I have met many of your export tour delegates who have found really greet products that they sell really well.   However once they return to the US they can’t restock unless they return to Ecuador.

If they do reorder but are not present for delivery, they are at the mercy of the manufacturer… which creates a huge quality control problem.  These importers get whatever suppliers here send them.

Many don’t even try to reorder.  They don’t know how. They don’t want to wire  money without seeing the product and being are of delivery.  

Many others just have no idea or find that the income is not worth the time, effort and cost of all the red tape.

The good news is that I do not get in-between the importer and buyer either.  I set a price for my service and the importer knows his product cost.

Our service is provided for a set fee so the importer knows all costs and can price his product accordingly.

This is a great service that provides every detail for importing products into the USA.   We have used this logistics service ourselves for years. One big benefit is that the service can send each product direct to the buyer in the USA.     We sell Ecuador roses… charge the customer and deliver the order to our logistics service.   Everything else is handled by the service.   The  tracking notice and the roses are delivered direct to the buyer.  The logistics service then charges our credit card and pays the supplier… so no money has to be wired to Ecuador.

 The Ecuadorshop Logistics service makes large and medium scale Ecuador exporting possible.   Our Ecuador Living Club and the Ecuador export tours make this service possible from smaller businesses.   As you can imagine a service of this nature requires substantial set up and personal attention. Normally this would be available only to larger businesses such as rose plantations.   Due to the size of our readership… the size limitation for acceptance has been removed.  This is an exclusive service available to our Ecuador Living Club members and to the delegates who use our Ecuador export service.

Turning your passion into profit with your own business makes sense in these technological times… if you can outrun growth in red tape.  The Ecuadorshop logistic service can help stop red tape from putting your business in the red.

The ultimate form of financial security is to serve in a way you love through your own business.  Exporting can be fun and fulfilling as well as profitable.  Improved technology continually makes having your own global micro business easier if you can eliminate most of the red tape.

Please contact Gary Scott at for details about private export tours at gary@garyascott.com




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