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Ecuador Export Update

Here is an Ecuador export tour update.


Read below about this Indigenous family who make and sell tagua jewelry (vegetable ivory),  earrings and necklaces to match.

Merri and I have not conducted the Ecuador export tours for many years, but we do work closely with the tour operator and provide assistance and monitor how the Ecuador export tours  help the delegates.  Plus I meet with the delegates (via Skype if I am not there) and talk about the keys of exporting.

Here was the first report we heard after day one of the latest Ecuador export tour.

Bonnie Keough who conducts these tours wrote: Busy day today, everyone turned in early.  I have to type tomorrow’s schedule and then it’s jammie time for me.  Group is getting along well and enjoying themselves I think.  They enjoyed hearing from Gary today and enjoyed pie at the pie shop.

Attaching some photos,  Sue McDowell has been searching for months for a red leather jacket and found one today at the leather studio we visited.


It was a perfect fit for her and her wallet.

Bo Guyer and wife Becki stocked up on scarves (and many other items!) to take back to New Hampshire for their shop.


Stopped at the home of an Indigenous family who make and sell tagua jewelry, they made earrings to match the necklaces we bought.  Folks were thrilled with the colors and prices.

Yesterday we visited an indigenous village where father and son explained the process of weaving these beautiful tapestries and the significance of the designs.


One delegate emailed Merri and me this note after the first day of the Ecuador export tour:

Merri,  WOW! What an amazing day at the market In Otavalo. I have never seen so much well made stuff. My eyes were wide open all day. Bonnie showed us around and introduced us to many different people and opportunities. The people working the market are truly remarkable craftsmen. The day was long but very rewarding. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Thank you very much for working with me in trying to find a place for me to stay. I am amazed at your generosity to a complete stranger. Thanks again and have a warm and restful night.

Our friend, Roberto Ribadeneira, speaks at each Ecuador export tour about Ecuador roses.


Roberto Ribadeneira speaking at an Ecuador export tour about exporting Ecuador roses.

On the subject of exporting Ecuador roses, these yellow Ecuador roses we received for Christmas that we placed at the


base of our staircase and these…


orange bicolors that…


we put in the music room did not retire until January ninth… an amazing 18 days.  I never expected our Ecuador roses to last this long (nine days is the norm) but some just keep sending out beauty for an incredible amount of time.

Our Ecuador roses sales have reached the stage where they help us provide seven scholarships to Ecuador students.

Learn how to order Ecuador roses here.


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three of the students who….

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enjoy these funds.

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Ecuador exports also help numerous families such as these Otavalan textile sellers who meet with the Ecuador export delagates.


Learn about the April and August Ecuador Export Tour.

Ecuador Living Club Savings & Benefits

Ecuador Living Club Savings & Benefits

An Ecuador Living Club subscription helps you save time and money… gain security, safety, contacts and friends in Ecuador.

Ecuador has it all. Whether you want to move… start a new life… have an adventure or just have a wonderful relaxing escape.

You can have them all in Ecuador and you can have them better for less with 11 benefits you gain as an Ecuador Livings subscriber.

Benefits and Savings: You save hundreds… even thousands of dollars on hotel discounts across Ecuador.

One club member just wrote:   Hi, I am in Cuenca with my family, wife and 2 little ones. Was wondering if you could help me with a driver from Quito airport at 9:20 am, Friday August 12, to Hotel Land of The Sun for 1 nite. Want to go to the markets Saturday on the way back to Quito and the Radisson ( thanks for the great rate!). Will need a driver for that also.  We stayed at Palmuzul 3 nites at 40% off and reduced rates at the Radisson in Quito and La Piedra in Bahia de Caraquez. Thanks for already saving us a fortune!  Looking forward to seeing Cotacachi before we head back.Thanks again.

This member saved far more than the cost of a lifetime membership in less than a week.

We provide discounts at hotels across Ecuador.  I review a few below.  First lets review all the benefits of membership.

Benefit #1:  An Ecuador Living Club membership makes it easy for you to know and enjoy Ecuador in the fastest, safest, lowest cost, most efficient way.  As a member you have access to our contacts developed over 17 years in Ecuador… guides, attorneys, doctors, dentists, alternative and complimentary healers, real estate sellers and apartment/condo owners, guides, airlines, hotels and so much more.

Our long experience and wide range of contacts means we have learned all the inside angles… have the connections… know the hot places and where there is risk and even danger.

Club membership helps protect you from scams, mishaps and over-charging when you are in Ecuador.

For example in the report you’ll receive free as a member you’ll see the common error I made (even as an experienced overseas businessman) that cost me $72,000 on the purchase of my first Ecuador property.   This knowledge alone is worth thousands of times the club membership fee.


Yes that’s $72,000 and it was gone!  You’ll want to know why before you buy Ecuador real estate.

If you have an interest in traveling, investing, living, buying property or doing business in Ecuador, a subscription to Ecuadorliving.com brings many benefits.  One huge benefit in using our service is our experience, advice and connections.  We are not selling real estate, travel, hotels.  We do not accept commissions.  We gain the lowest prices for the best quality real estate, travel deals, hotels and other services because of the size and longevity of our site.  We pass all savings generated… all discounts to club members.

For our modest subscription, you get our honest opinion based on 44 years of international business and 15 years of living, traveling, investing and doing business in Ecuador.

You gain access to our extensive contacts plus you get to share the input from over 30,000 subscribers. You reach Ecuador’s real estate market in the most efficient way.

Benefit #2: Get early advisories of special real estate deals all over Ecuador.


Ecuador real estate has all ranges like these luxury houses in the Andes, like this with a beautiful…


clubhouse for…


only $91,105.

Ecuador Living is a publishing company and we do not sell real estate.     We have over 30,000 readers and are continually sent offers for real estate for sale which we place as paid advertisements.  When we see special offers we let club members know in advance of the general public.

For example we recently gave advance notice on these beach condos with…


this view for…



Here are budget condos in the Andes in the city of Cuenca that are just…


four blocks from the center of town.


Quality is not lacking. The asking price is only $44,000.

We shared these two beach rental units, both for…



We gave club members advance warning about the sale of this 26 acre great coffee plantation with a $45,000 a year profit listed at


$175,000 Ecuador coffee farm entrance.  This early warning was important as the farm was only n the market for three days.

There are really great opportunities in rural, agriculture property as well.


Here is an organic producing tomato farm purchased with an Ecuador Living club advance listing for $85,000.


For example, we recently spotted the Ecuador beach apartment above near Malecon selling for…


$25,000. We gave our subscribers an early password protected note advisory so they knew this was available before our regular readership.

These are prices you will not often see and they are snapped up quickly so the early warnings offer a special way to not only save but get the best deals.

Benefit #3: Part of your subscription includes a copy of the $49 page report “Ecuador Land of the Sun.” We email it to you at no added cost.

Benefit #4: You are provided a password to receive exclusive updates about what is going on in Ecuador.  For example we recently let members know of a new… but little known Ecuador law that can cause anyone driving to spend three days in jail.

Benefit #5: Hotel Savings across Ecuador.

Most people who visit in Quito stay at least two nights (arriving and leaving) so the hotel savings alone can exceed the cost of subscription.

One of the hotels is the boutique hotel, Quito Stubel Suites & Café.


See more on the Stubel and its incredible views here.


The other Quito hotel benefits at Boutique Hotel Mansion del Angel Quito as well. See more on the mansion here.

Savings Ecuador North

In the northern province you are entitled to a free nights stay for two (worth $72) at Inn Land of the Sun (formerly Meson de las Flores) in Cotacachi on your first visit to the Andes.

Volcanos…hot springs for soaking….amazing waterfalls…endless beaches…Amazon adventure lodges.

In the Andes you can dine Al Fresco in many wonderful places like the courtyard of this colonial hotel Inn Land of the Sun.

Cotacachi hotel El Meson

Inn Land of the Sun.

You are also entitled to free use of wireless internet at the Inn and the VOIP phone system (free calls to Europe, Canada and the US) even if you do not stay at the hotel.

See more about the Inn Land of the Sun

The Relais & Chateux La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa in Cotacachi also offers upgrades on a space available basis.


La Mirage Spa.

Savings Ecuador South

Cuenca is in southern Ecuador and Cuenca hotels offer discounts to our readers.

The lower price five star hostal Villa Nova Inn


See more on Villa Nova Inn


and the five star Hotel El Dorado.

See more on the El Dorado

Savings on the Coast

Discounts are available at several coastal hotels.


In Bahia Hotel La Piedra

San Clemente Beach Palmazul

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Bahia Casa Grande Oceanfront Boutique Hotel


Bahia Casa Ceibo


Monticristi Balcones de Cerro


In Manta Vistadelmar


Benefit #6: Savings Ecuador Amazon & Galapagos.

La Selva Jungle Lodge is one of the best lodges in Ecuador’s Amazon and it was recently renovated.

The photos show what…


a great job was done with the …


rejuvenation. This is the main lodge.


The main lodge balcony.


Steps up into the canopy!  You are in the wilderness but…


in luxury.

La Selva Lodge has been in operation since the 1980s, offering incredible eco tours… jungle treks… free birding… wonderful cuisine… a true adventure that supports the indigenous community and environment.  One visit to La Selva saves far more than the cost of membership.

Yet hotel savings is just one small part of many club benefits.

Subscribe here $119.

Huge Savings on Galapagos Cruises.

Ecuador Living works with Haugan Cruises, the largest online seller of Galapagos cruises, to provide subscribers with great Galapagos cruise deals. Then they can save up to $554 more!

Ecuador Living premium subscribers save another 15% off the already low Ecuador cruise prices shown. Most travel agents charge 10% to 15% commission when they offer Galapagos cruises. We do not take a commission and pass the 10% to 15% discount along to our premium subscribers who help support this site instead.

Here are two examples. A 4 day cruise on the Galaven was offered, normally $1,195 per person for just $598 per person. Ecuador Living premium subscribers got another $59 discount so the cruise is an incredibly low $539 per person.

On premium cruises, an eight day luxury Athala cruise was normally $4,695. The discounted price was $3,695. Ecuador Living subscribers receive an additional $554 discount so this creme de la creme eight day cruise was only $3,141.

The Athala


Benefit #7: Extra security as well as savings. Your Ecuador Living helps you gain the most efficient access to Ecuador’s real estate, tours, opportunities and contacts.

You save time. When your time is limited, you cannot afford to wait or worse miss seeing what you want because a seller or tour guide is a no show or you cannot find a location. The A Team Ecuador can help review your activity in advance. We have helped thousands of subscribers travel to Ecuador so we know the most efficient and enjoyable ways to travel.

Plus someone who is multi lingual is always available!

We introduce to you to English speaking attorneys who have served hundreds and thousands of club members… so as a member you receive special, lower pricing.

You Save Money! Having taken thousands of delegates to see Ecuador real estate and on literally every type of tour over the past decade, we know what prices should be. Subscribers can avoid overpriced tours and property.

You gain hotel discounts and savings on guide and taxi fares because our readership represents buying power. Your savings alone is often worth more than the cost of the subscription.

Sellers, tour agents and professionals know our reputation for bringing buyers to Ecuador and that we do not charge commissions so they often give our subscribers excellent deals because Ecuador Living is like free advertising for them.

You Gain Enhanced Safety. Our tour guides know which areas in Ecuador are to be avoided. They know which restaurants would make you ill. Plus we maintain a list of English speaking Ecuador attorneys who have successfully helped many delegates buy real estate and conduct business deals as well as obtain visas and residence.

Finally, several Ecuador attorneys leave their cell phones on for our subscribers 24-7. We offer can offer a friend in Ecuador if anything goes wrong. And there is one more BIG benefit to becoming an Ecuador Living subscriber that comes under the title “Whatever it takes.”

We do what we can to make Ecuador a wonderful experience. Take for example the true story of one subscriber who had his carry on suitcase stolen. He lost everything, passport, wallet, car keys, credit card, driver’s license.

He was stranded on a Sunday morning with $3 left in his pocket.

Fortunately he called our headquarters in Cotacachi.

We called our long time friend and attorney, Dr. Andres Cordova, in Quito one of the many contacts we provide to our subscribers. Andres immediately left his Sunday afternoon lunch and within the hour had picked up our delegate given him $200 cash and sent him back to us in Cotacachi. (The US Embassy would not help the delegate until the next Monday). We gave him another $450 and put him up for two more nights at the Land of the Sun Inn.

When he arrived back home he wrote:

“Hi Gary and Merri, Well, I made it back and I really, really appreciate your helping me out. It relieved a lot of potential stress, and the whole incident was a wake-up call to crises preparedness.

“What is the best way to return the money to you? I have a new Amex card now (still waiting for the VISA card), or I could send a personal check or wire. This is what I have listed that you paid out for me to get me back home in comfort:

First cash loan $200.00

Second cash loan $450.00

Taxi to Meson $ 45.00

Taxi to Quito $ 45.00

2 nights Meson $ 100.00

1 night hotel Quito $ 54.90

Total $894.90

“Again thanks. You were lifesavers. Eric”

We hope you’ll never need this benefit but if required your A Team Ecuador is there for you.

Ecuador has it all.

You can have all this for even less in a more efficient and safer way. Having an Ecuador Living subscription is like belonging to a nationwide club that helps you save time and money… gain security, safety, contacts and friends in Ecuador.

Become a club member . Click here  $119.

The benefits of Ecuador Living go far beyond the ability to purchase houses, condos and farms at a low price because Ecuador really does have it all!

The Lifestyle is easy and filled with beauty, friendliness and charm.

There is good law and order. Ecuador’s constitution guarantees equal rights including real estate ownership for anyone… regardless of nationality.

There are wonderful spas… Amazon adventures…excellent fishing… the Galapagos… incredible shopping… colonial charm in the Andes… haciendas along the Avenue of the

Take a Galapagos cruise and…


as a Club member you can save thousands of dollars on the…


best yacht cruises.

Or find wonderful ways to buy crafts like these carpets (and hundreds of other items)…perhaps even earn income from around the world.

Live like a king on $2,000 a month (with a maid, gardener and driver) in a land where the sun shines almost every day and temperatures never drop below 50 degrees but never reach 80 degrees either.

Dine here on the coast.


You can enjoy really fresh food in wonderful beach locations like this or…


enjoy a meal with this Andean view at a fraction of the cost that you would pay in North America.

Ecuador offers healthy living. The food is fresh. A great massage costs as little as $20. Medical and dental costs are so low that most people do not even get health insurance. A teeth cleaning is $15. Crowns are about $300. A doctor visit perhaps $15… simple operations only $50. Hospitals and ambulances are free. There are also great alternate health opportunitities provided by Ecuador shamans and shamanas.

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Ecuador shamanic ceremony.

Simply put, Ecuador has it all, beauty, convenience, low cost and opportunity. Ecuador is the closest source of direct sunlight 365 days a year to the US (just 3 hours and 45 minutes from Miami). The topography ranges an amazing sea level to over 22,000 feet. Going from the coastal plain into the mountains of Ecuador, the bio diversity is the same as going from the equator to the Arctic Circle.

Ecuador has it all… for living… opportunity, travel, better health, beauty, peacefulness or an adventure!

If you are coming to Ecuador or just want to know it all, subscribe to Ecuador Living and enjoy being a member of the Ecuador Living Club!

Become a club member . Click here  $119.