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Crucita Report

Crucita has one of the gorgeous views on Ecuador’s coast.

Crucita’s colors tease you. One moment it is a leaden blue, frothed with breakers. The next moment it transforms to a glorious turquoise that rivals any Caribbean sea. The morning of our last Ecuador coastal tour, the sun was bright, the ocean was a jewel, and despite the fact I knew I would be leaving soon, I couldn’t be sad.

The note above was written by a delegates on a previous course tour.

When we visit Crucita, our delegates  fall in love…with this view.

There were a few lots for sale in this development of Mediterranean-style homes sitting above the city.

See two beach front houses for just over $100,000 here.

These houses are offered by Jim Cheek and his wife Loretta.

Jim Cheek and his wife own the Balsamaragua project overlooking Crucita.

You can reach Jim at jamescheek@miravistasa.com

The website for his project Balsamaragua is http://www.miravistasa.com

Here you can look down at the masses from a beautiful piece of property. Jim is an American who has been in Ecuador for six years.   There are still three lots  left at the very reasonable price of $17,500 and as you can see from the photos below you can build a very nice house including a small pool for around about $90,000.

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View from the hill down to Crucita

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View to the Ocean

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Kind of house built on the hill already

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Or another more modest version

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Jim’s place

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..and again

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.. cool off …

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.. cook off ..

Jim and Lorena have gained the respect of the local people by initiating community projects such as beach cleaning and they have also established a restaurant with killer views at the top of the hill. There you can go para/gliding with the locals.

Take off

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and glide.

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Crucita is about 30 minutes south of San Clemente and 30 minutes north of Manta. Inland is the provincial capital, Portoviejo and the Portaviejo river runs right out to the coast between San Clemente and Crucita. You can drive for half and hour along the wide sand beach north of Crucita past Arenales and on to Boca (mouth) which may be an area for the future.

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the Portoviejo river close to the ocean

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again the river – note the cliff in the distance that overlooks San Clemente. I saw a family wade across this river at low tide!

Just under the cliff Jim sold this land to another of Gary’s readers and the reader had this house built:-

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Here’s the view from the house below, some tiles and finishing touches still to be added

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You can reach Jim at jamescheek@miravistasa.com

The website for his project Balsamaragua is http://www.miravistasa.com

We hope you will join us on one of our upcoming tours.

Gary

See two beach front houses for just over $100,000 here.

These houses are offered by Jim Cheek and his wife Loretta.

Jim Cheek and his wife own the Balsamaragua project overlooking Crucita.

You can reach Jim at jamescheek@miravistasa.com

The website for his project Balsamaragua is http://www.miravistasa.com

Join us at a course in Cotacachi or on Ecuador’s coast this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

See condos like this in Cotacachi for $46,500.

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Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

See Manta condos like this one. Delegates are inspecting the 1,000+ square foot patio.

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The patio has this view.

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Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic-Shamanic Mingo

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Here is a long shot of Cotacachi.

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March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

All Cotacachi Tours and Courses are condcuted at our colonial inn, meson de las Flores were we enjoy Breakfast “al fresco”.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson de las Flores

All Coastal tours are conducted on the beach from our coastal home at Hotel Palmazul.

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You should normally plan to arrive in Quito two days before the course.  We will pick you up at the airport, help you to your hotel in Quito and bring the group to Cotacachi by coach.

For coastal tours we travel as a group from Quito to Manta by air, then tour the coast for two and a half days returning to Quito on the evening of the third day.

Here I am with Merri and Ma at Palmazul’s beach.

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Here I am hiking with Ma above Cotacachi.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one$1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Cotacachi Cathedral at night.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson de las Flores

Shamanic ceremony on mingo tour.

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Enjoying the surf at Palmazul.

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Cotacachi plaza.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson de las Flores

Palmazul beach.

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Merri, me and Ma above Cotacachi

Gary Scott

Sunset at Palmazul.

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Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one$1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 26 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito. Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.