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Loja Airport Closing

An Ecuador Living Club member asked about the closing of Loja Airport and wrote:

Hi Gary, What is the latest status on the renovation of the Loja Airport? Have you heard when it will close?

What’s the best route to Vilcabamba (after the airport closes)?  US to Quito……Quito to Cuenca….Cuenca to Vilcabamba.


See more on South Ecuadorian airports below.


My reply was: I do not know but I suspect Manuel Vivanco who has a wonderful rental and home development in Vilcabamba can provide details. I have copied him at Manuel Vivanco Riofrio at elatilloclubhacienda@hotmail.com

Manuel did know. He wrote:  Hello Gary,  The last information we have is the Catamayo Airport (to Loja/Vilcabamba) will be closed for repairs next year, Feb./March 2012. Works will take more than 6 months.

The best alternative route will be then through Cuenca. From Cuenca to Vilcabamba (through the city of Loja) will take 3.15 hours by car/good road/nice views).  Our BLOG can be reached if you Google: http://vilcabambaelatillo.worpress.com.ec/

Manuel Vivanco


Photo of last year’s Christmas celebration at the Vilcabambaelatillo blog.

Loja’s La Toma airport is actually in Catamayo, about 27 miles from Loja.  Tame and SAEREO airlines offer flights to Quito or Guayaquil.

The airport has two daily flights, one to Quito and the other to Guayaquil, serving about 200 passengers a day and the resurfacing will allow more flights and larger jets.

Most Loja-bound air passengers will come through Cuenca, but there is another option, the new airport in Santa Rosa, near Machala.


Santa Rosa (market A) is central to Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja.

Machala is a huge agricultural export port and Santa Rosa, a farming center 10 miles south of Machala, Ecuador.   The new airport serves the southern part of Ecuador and it is planned for flights not only to reach Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca, but also Peru and even the USA.

The airport named “Aeropuerto Regional del Sur Ecuatoriano”  is capable of handling B-727s and B-737s.


Currently SAEREO airlines is offering flights from Aeropuerto Regional del Sur Ecuatoriano to Quito and Guayaquil.  You can see the airlines website if you Google: http://www.saereo.com


Ecuador Living Club will introduce a new Ecuador travel service so club members can book seamless travel including all internal flights and airport pickups and delivery beginning November 1, 2011.

See how to get an Ecuador Living Club password here.

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

Attend all seminars and courses and more FREE or at a discount as an International club member.  See details here.