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Here is an Ecuador hacienda for sale that offers a B&B opportunity.

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Many readers interested in coming to Ecuador are looking for ways to earn income there.  One enjoyable, satisfying way is with a small hotel or B&B.

The tradition of extending hospitality to traveling strangers goes back to the earliest recorded history for almost all religions and cultures worldwide.  In the early eras of the United States they were called stagecoach inns and provided stabling for horses and lodging for travelers.

During the Great Depression boarders could stay in Tourist Homes or Guest Houses for about $2, a night including breakfast.  Travel to Europe boomed and a strong dollar helped Americans discover England’s and Ireland’s B&Bs.

In the 1980s, the seeds for a B&B boom were planted but the biggest  growth in B&Bs came due to the internet which levels the playing field.  A bed and breakfast could afford to compete with area hotels, by listing in directories like BedandBreakfast.com, establishing a first-rate website, and offering secure online booking options.

We are searching across Ecuador for properties that have B&B potential.

Here is an example.

About 65 miles north of Quito,  Ecuador and a 20-minute drive from Otavalo, is the Hacienda San Pedro.

Hacienda San Pedro is a working farm, that produces crops and dairy products, while offering lodging to a select handful of guests at the hacienda’s main villa.

The hacienda has approximately 160 acres with fields, meadows and primary woodlands. Only a portion of the land is under cultivation.

The land is very scenic with views of…

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Mt. Cotacachi and…

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Mt. Imbabura.  In the distance is Lago San Pablo.

The terrain is ideal for hiking and horseback riding. There is a wide variety of flora… bromeliads, orchids and native medicinal plants (such as “ñachag”).  This most likely is the flower in the Order Asterales, the Family Asteraceae and Genus Bidens. This is a popular plant used in the limpia (cleansing) shamanic ceremonies.

Ceremonial cleansing plays a vital role in indigenous societies where ‘folk illnesses’ such as susto (fright) are common. Indigenous Andeans commonly use cleansing plants to treat susto, and related ‘folk illnesses’.

The owner of the Manor recently sent this note:  Dear Mr. Scott,  Thank you for your lines, I am afraid that my English – as your Spanish – is not sufficient, but I will try it myself.

For some time we received your newsletter which is giving every day interesting news, innovative business ideas and information about real estate in Ecuador.

We almost are neighbors as we live at a hacienda in front of Mount Cotacachi.   We started our business in the year 2000, offering in our country house accommodation and restaurant services to tourists in a personal and familiar ambience.  We have received travelers from all over the world during 11 years, and having reached the age of retirement, we are looking for someone who wants to rent or buy our hacienda.

It would be great pleasure to welcoming you and your guests at San Pedro.   Best regards,  Regula Marti de Cajas

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The owner of Hacienda San Pedro, Alfredo and his wife, Regula.

Merri and I were not available but Super Spanish teacher Glenn Sterling was staying at Inn Land of the Sun so we asked if he could stop in for a stay.

Glenn visited and sent this story.

A visit to Hacienda San Pedro

Twenty minutes above Otavalo, Ecuador is a classy, relaxing and inviting oasis (locally called a Hacienda).

Alfredo brought out some homemade goat’s milk cheese, carefully carving off small sections.  It was delicious and a warm welcome to what already felt like home.  Next he brought out some homemade liquer – a ten year project – crafted from pineapple and apricot – it too was delicious although nothing like its parent fruit.  

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Fearing bad manners – we gratefully accepted in Spanish – occasionally drifting into German, then English.

The cozy fire Alfredo had stoked in the large metal oven warmed our visit.  “What did you think of Hacienda San Pedro?”  he asked us.

I replied….”Tranquil, peaceful, homey,” so homey, in fact we didn’t want to leave our 10,000 altitude perch on top of the perpetual springtime hills (really).  Thank you Alfredo and Regula – it was beyond pleasant.  The view was to die for.  The Hacienda featured 6 guest rooms, some with fabulous views of the Andes, the valleys and surrounding volcanoes and had 160 majestic acres with live in workers.

Photo Gallery

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Part of the living room.

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The other half of the living room.

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A guest bedroom waiting to rejuvenate the weary.

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Paths lead to additional smaller guest rooms with panoramic views.

Glenn

Now that Glenn has had a chance to visit and confirm that this is a truly beautiful place, I am taking this one step further.

I am told that the asking price is $950,000 which includes the land, all buildings and the entire infrastructure of the guest house.  I cannot see how a profitable B&B can be developed at that price so I have asked Ateam member Jeff Neal to visit the property.

Jeff is a licensed real estate broker from the US so will have a better feel for the potential and can help readers who may want to visit the property.

Ecuador Living Club members can obtain more information from Jeff  at their password protected site here.

Learn how to obtain a password here.

Not interested in a B&B? See a Turkey of an investment in Turkey.

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Gary

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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during…

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its annual arts festival. 

2013

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)

2014

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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