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Ecuador Real Estate MLS – September 2012

New Rental Listings

(Property for sale listed below rentals)

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San Clemente Beach Rental

San Clemente is a small, quaint fishing village halfway between Manta and Bahia. Its long, wide sandy beaches are clean and usually empty, and its waters are warm and gentle.  San Clemente is known for its balmy, exceptionally sunny weather and its golden red sunsets.


Sunset at San Clemente

Vistazul is a low density, quiet and peaceful development with gently rising, landscaped gardens and green spaces.  For those interested in relocating to Ecuador’s coastal areas, a Vistazul unit is an ideal midpoint base for exploring  the quiet fishing villages of Crucita and San Jacinto just to the south while  to the north is Bahia, the gateway city to Canoa and the further northern coast.

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Vistazul units.

Units are spacious and filled with light through wall to wall sliding glass doors and windows on both levels, 9 feet ceilings and expansive ocean and sunset views from the rooftop deck.

Rental includes your guaranteed access to the boutique beachfront Hotel Palmazul– just across the lane– with its 60 ft long pool, bar, spa, and  excellent restaurant.


Pool at Palmazul.

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View from living dining area.



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For more rental information, please click here: vistazul-ecuador-beach-rental

Andean mountain rental in Otavalo

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Property Overview:  Conveniently located newly-constructed home off the Pan American Highway in Otavalo, Ecuador, with 1400 square feet has all the amenities for a short-term or long-term rental.   It comfortably accommodates 6 adults.  Only 1 ½ hours North of Quito, Otavalo is a must see destination for anyone wanting to experience South America at its best with an upstairs den, 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  The open floor plan downstairs has a spacious living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, half-bath, outdoor enclosed patio with grill and outdoor laundry area.  Custom decor features local Andean artisans. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a once in a lifetime vacation or explore the region to become a future member of the ex-pat community that is settling in this area of Ecuador.

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Area Overview:  Otavalo is in Ecuador’s Northern Highlands and is approximately 20 miles north of the Equator.

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Amenities:  TV (cable on request), DVD, local telephone, port for I-pad, WiFi, on-demand water heater, refrigerator, gas stove/oven, microwave, toaster, cooking utensils, linens/blankets, towels and gated on-site security.  Grocery stores are conveniently located.  On-site English speaking Manager.

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Areas of interest:  Otavalo has one of the world’s largest indigenous market featuring native artisans’ woven tapestries, clothing, ceramic Inca figures, wood carvings, paintings, alpaca rugs and jewelry. The plaza is an ethnic labyrinth of vendors in their traditional dress. Nearby is San Pablo Lake which has wonderful restaurants and outdoor activities including miniature golf, hiking, horseback riding and fishing. Also within a short drive is Cotacachi and is renowned for its leather crafting while San Antonio de Ibarra has artisans that transform wood into beautiful works of art.  This is a carved-out piece of heaven in the Imbabura Province.  Pamper yourself for a morning or afternoon at the world renowned La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa for a spa treatment or massage.

See full Andean mountain rental in Otavalo  details here.


Cuenca rental condo with terrace views and fireplace.


This luxury condo has a 450 square foot terrace with these 180 degree views of Cajas, Baños & Turi.

This is a new, spacious, completely furnished penthouse condo.


Walk-in closets and baths, plus loft with another queen bed, private area, closet and sitting area. 2.5 baths. 2,400 square foot plus.

The penthouse is in a gated 5-story building. Cable TV, Wifi internet are included. Washer & dryer. Security system, 2 parking spaces. Located in Yanuncay just south of 1 de Mayo off 12 de Octubre. Walking path on river.

See more on this Cuenca Ecuador rental here

New Two Bedroom Cuenca Ecuador Rental Apartment


Views from fully furnished Cuenca Rental Apartment.

This Cuenca Ecuador Apartment is owned by an American Family. You can talk to them in the USA.  This brand new 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment is on the first floor of a 4-story bldg and is available immediately for short term (3-6 months)  or long term (1 year +) rental.

(Apartment Size:  102M² (1,098 Sq. Ft.) Rent: $600 a Month

Now fully rented long term… no longer available.

Montanita Ecuador Beach Rentals


Villa de Los Suenos
La Entrada, Ecuador

Villa de Los Suenos is located approximately 10 minutes north of Montanita in the tranquil fishing community of La Entrada.  Our Villa is a new facility completed in January of 2012.   La Entrada is a small fishing village with population of approximately 500 people.

Montanita is world-class surfing by day and restaurants/bars/dancing by night.  What are you waiting for?  Relax by the pool, walk the beach, enjoy the tranquility, enjoy the sunset.  It’s time to experience the magic of the Ecuadorian Coast for your dream vacation.

For full details see Montanita Beach Rentals

Cuenca Apartment Rentals

Cuenca Rentals for expats are especially in demand. Here is a good value top end Cuenca rental next door to Villa Nova on the Rio Tomebamba within walking distance of Old Town and New Town in an ideal location.

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Rio Tomebamba

The owners have set up Casa-Rio to make your vacation relaxed and interesting as they want you to be comfortable while you enjoy Ecuador!

See details at Cuenca Rental

See all Ecuador property rentals here.

Quito House Rental


Beautiful Modern House for rent just outside Quito.


Located at Jardines de la Pampa, a gated community in a residential area just 20 minutes from the city of Quito.

This unfurnished house has 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, three car garage, a large patio, BBQ area, Laundry room,storage room and a  private SPA.

The house was built 10 years ago.


The rental is $1,000 per month.

For more details please click here.  Quito House Rental

Loja Rental Condo


Magnificent Condo for rent in the city of Loja.


Located just two blocks from the central square in the beautiful city of Loja.  Magnificent 2 Bedroom, 2 bath penthouse apartment.  Fully furnished apartment with beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains. Washer/Dryer inside unit, one car garage. Building has five floors, it has an elevator and was built eight years ago.


Visit Loja during a Cuenca real estate tour.


Cuenca is three to four hours from Loja.  Loja is just one hour from Vilcabamba & the Podocarpus National Park so it is easy to visit all three on one trip.

For more details please click on  City of Loja Rental.


New: For Sale Listing

Beach Townhouse For Sale

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Sunset view from the Ecuador Coastal Townhouse roof garden.

2 STORY 2 BEDROOM, 2.5 BATH Furnished Townhouse with Rooftop Terrace at VISTAZUL.  Includes private membership to the exclusive oceanfront PALMAZUL HOTEL and SPA in San Clemente, Ecuador.

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Vistazul Townhouse with front veranda, second floor balcony & roof top terrace.

This unit has 1290 sq ft under air and a 645 sq ft roof top terrace.

Desirable end unit with garden view from front porch and second floor balcony. View of Pacific Ocean from the rooftop terrace.

See more on this San Clemente beach townhouse


New property project with water and view lots near Cuenca.


This is a new 15 lot development near Cuenca overlooking the Paute River Valley.

On our first trip to Ecuador 17 years ago Merri and I fell in love with the country side outside of Cuenca.  We nearly bought a hacienda in this area but did not due to lack of water.  Since that time we have looked at hundreds of real estate projects in Ecuador and very few are on the water.

So I was very interested to see so much water in the new Rio Vista Linda project.


The old casa overlooking the valley and river at the Rio Vista Linda project.

Other features for all lot owners include access to the reservoir at the end of the property. There is variety of lot options in Phase One. Four lots have water views, four are in a large meadow, and two are hillside view lots.  There are also five lots in Phase Two. Of the 15 lots… two have been taken.

These lots also appeal to those who wish to garden or farm. The soil is rich, will produce many  different crops and the land has irrigation rights to a water canal on the lots.  The four meadow lots are large enough to have horses, cows  or other animals.   This is a rich farming area and  the University of Cuenca’s agricultural program is on an adjacent property.


Paute River Reservoir

Rio Vista Linda

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Minutes away is the small village of Guachapala. It’s a quaint farming village with real charm. If you need something  there are small convenience stores. You will also find a car wash, small restaurants, taxi cabs, police station, new sport arena and soccer field, an even a children’s water park with refreshment area. Country conveniences near home!

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Ten minutes drive is the bustling town of Paute where you’ll find shops, restaurants, banks, hardware stores, building supplies, and a year round farmers market with every kind of fresh fruit and vegetables imaginable!  The whole community comes out for market days and it’s quite a sight to behold!

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A house built near Rio Vista Linda.

See full details. Click on  Rio Vista Linda


Ocean Front Condos On A Quiet Secluded Beach


Infinity pool at Playa Dorada, one of three Brent Carlson beach condos.

Asking Price: $115,000 – $175,000 USD 
Rent It For: $450 – $750 USD per week  (Negotiable)

Great news from Canoa, Ecuador. We are now breaking ground on the infrastructure for our third project Playa del Sol.  What makes our projects so popular is we keep them small and private.  We build our condos with no more then 6 units per building.  This gives all the units bathrooms with windows.

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View from the kitchen towards the ocean.


Front of Playa Dorada.


Playa Azul from the beach.

Playa Azul and the future Playa del Sol has many nicer features from our first project Playa Dorada, including recessed lighting, more kitchen cabinets and a larger bedroom balcony that will connect to the living room balcony.

We do all we can to make our projects with the conveniences and quality we have become accustomed to in North America.

Playa del Sol


Playa del Sol Property

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View of Playa Dorada from the beach side.  Playa del Sol will look the same except the bedroom balconies will extend out and connect to the living room balconies.Also the A/C/ units will be mounted on the roof for easier access.


The master bedrooms at Playa del Sol will be like this with balconies overlooking the Pacific and all hardwood closets.

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Playa Dorada pool and cabana.

For full details click here.


We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.

Recent Listings For Sale

Condo in San Vicente with views across the Chone of Bahia


San Vicente condo view.

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Living area.  The 550 square feet condo is well laid out.
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Kitchen.  One bedroom.

The asking price of $50,000 is negotiable.

See more on this $50,000 coastal condo


San Clemente Ecuador Beach Condo Unit 401 for Sale

Located by the sleepy fishing village of San Clemente, Vistazul is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful developments on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.  Currently it consists of 38 identical condos like those shown below.


Vistazul residents enjoy the use of spa and swimming pool at the Palmazul Hotel across the road, walking along the beach each morning as the local fishermen bring in their catch, and viewing spectacular displays of color each evening as the golden sun slowly sinks below the blue Pacific.


View, view, view.  Although all the units at Vistazul occupy the same grounds and have the same floor plans, for many it’s the views of the ocean and sunsets that bring color to the palette.

Units in blocks 3, 4 and 5 at the back of the Vistazul development have the best views simply because they are located highest up the hill leading back from the ocean.  And of the units in these three blocks, none has a better view of the ocean and sunsets than unit 401 which looks down directly through the center of the beautifully landscaped Vistazul complex with no other units close by to interfere with the view.  Consequently, if it’s view that you want, this unit has one of the best views in the entire development.


Below are pictures of the front of unit 401 during construction, what the back of all the units look like, (again during construction), and the kitchen of unit 401 showing the granite countertops and bar before any appliances were installed.  Note that 401 is an end unit which have extra side windows both downstairs and on the upstairs master bedroom, opening up these rooms and letting in more light.


All the current 38 Vistazul units have the same floor plan with 1,290 square feet of living area on the first and second floors plus an additional 645 square feet of roof terrace.  The roof terrace has a 3 foot railing around it and many residents cover their terrace with an inexpensive ‘ramada’ (thatched roof which keeps off the sun under so they can sit, eat, or sleep outdoors).


See full details of this listing: Click here

Beach houses near San Vicente  with spectacular views of Bahia

San Vicente Ecuador beach houses

This development has just started and one house is almost finished.

San Vicente Ecuador beach houses

Here is the first house right on the beach.

20 houses and condos in the back will all have a seaview.

Front lots have already sold.  The second row of lots lots are approximately 5,000 square feet and are selling at $8 per square foot.  The third row is offered at $7 per square foot. 

See more on Palmas de Briceno

Otavalo Ecuador hacienda B&B opportunity


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 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.

Twenty minutes above Otavalo.  


See more on Otavalo B & B


Crucita Bed & Breakfast Opportunity 

This building is ideal for a hotel, bed & breakfast or a home with added rental income.

The lot over 14,000 square feet (1,400m2).


This property has a great sea view.


The building consists of 6,000 square feet (600m2) of construction.

There are 12 beds and baths and an extra building in back is large with a full bath.

There are three floors, facing the beach front.  There is a garage for 2 cars, a large kitchen and an extra full suite with bath, for employees, plus two large terraces.

See more on Crucita B & B




Learn about Customized Ecuador Coastal Real Estate tours

Previous Listings

Brand New Cuenca Luxury Condo For Sale

Two bedroom two  bathroom  condo for sale near the historic center of Cuenca, Ecuador.

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This new apartment is in a quiet, upscale neighborhood popular with Cuenca’s foreign residents. The building is just a 20 minute walk from El Centro and is right across the road from the Tomebamba River. Located near the Oro Verde Hotel, the building is close to a major supermarket, shopping mall and an indigenous market.

The 1170 sq ft (108 sq m) 2 bed/2 bath apartment is on the 7th floor and has its own balcony with partial river and city/mountain views. All rooms, including the kitchen, have large windows with great views.

The kitchen has an elegant feel, with dark brown (espresso) wooden cabinetry, offering plenty of storage, and granite counter tops. Flooring is tile in the kitchen and baths and floating wood in the living area and bedrooms. Both bedrooms have built-in closets. Both bathrooms feature granite countertops and the master bathroom has a separate shower and luxurious 2-person soaker tub.
The condo also features a laundry room/pantry and the building offers 24-hour security.

Included in the price is a bodega and parking space.

For more information or See Full Listing Here

Manta Ecuador B&B for Sale

This business opportunity is in the center of Manta.

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The owner is open for some of the payment on terms.

This small but established B & B  has been totally renovated in 2010.

This B&B is located in the best area of Manta within walking distance to everything, just 150 yards from Playa Murcielago.

The B&B has 10 spacious rooms with high ceilings, all with their own full bath and hot water.

Each room has cable TV on 32″ flat screen, air conditioning, wi fi internet wi-fi and enclosed parking.

Price $ 295,000.See Full Listing Here

San Marianita Beach, Ecuador


This could be your sunset on Ecuador’s San Marianita Beach.

Now a Canadian custom home builder is creating a special situation at San Marianita Beach.

Get a free 16 page report on opportunity in Santa Marianita  a small fishing village about 20 minutes south of the city of Manta. There is a long sandy beach, over two miles long and nearly 900 feet wide here.  The beach is rarely crowded and though Santa Marianita is just a small fishing village it is world renowned for Kite surfing.  Kite surfers come from all over the world, even as far as Germany (great for rental potential).

You can see a virtual video made up of the Casa Blanca Condos by clicking here.

Get the free 16 page report on opportunity in  Santa Marianita Beach Ecuador here  Ocean Dream Properties info Brochure Feb 2012

Manta Ecuador Good Value Condo


This is a spacious apartment with a large terrace overlooking  Manta.  This unit is 30 meters ( 33 yards) from Playa Murcielago in the best part of section Umiña.   This is a  jewel with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, (1 with Jacuzzi).  One of the bedrooms even has a private porch on the side.

The total living area is 280 m2 (appx. 3,000 square feet) plus a two car garage and storage, with a total over 300 m2.

Security plus the apartment is very well maintained.

The asking price of  $175,000  works out at $580 per m2 or less than $55 per square foot.

See full listing here


Vistazul condo for sale

Two bedrooms…. 2.5 bathrooms…. large roof garden… easy access to the beach and great views in an area where development is limited.


This unit #507 is a two story town house at Vistazul, San Clemente, Ecuador.  It is an end unit with an ocean view from the rooftop terrace.   It consists of 1290 square feet of living area, plus additional 645 square feet of roof terrace.

The seller’s parents have health problems so these owners are heading north.

The condo has two air conditioners, one downstairs and one in the master bedroom plus two ceiling fans in the downstairs living area.

Special hardwood closets have been added.  There are curtains in all the rooms.


The kitchen has a microwave, refrigerator, water dispenser.

There are screens on sliding doors.The bathrooms and kitchen are tiled.

See more on the Vistazul condo for sale


Ecuador Beach Real Estate Near Canoa


Ladera Pacifica is located in the protected dry tropical forest Hacienda el Recreo. 700 hectares bountiful with flora and fauna unique to this zone. There is much more to enjoy in coastal Ecuador besides ocean beaches washing up to your patio door.  Ecuador itself has miles of pristine beaches to explore as well as endless activities to enjoy…exploring the Galapagos and Isla de la Plata, whale watching suffing, climbing, paragliding, natural trail walking, horse riding, beach combing and enjoying your own private sunset from your new roof top terrace.

Beautifully designed homes  1666.307 sq. ft (154.805 sq meters) indoor area, plus additional 2150.52 sq. ft. (174.6 sq. meters) of outdoor living.

The areas include a roof top terrace, outdoor kitchen and shower, balconies, backyard garden, as well as 500 sq. ft. of pivoting full height and width windows, taking advantage of spectacular views and fresh ocean breezes .

Ladera Pacifica is happy to introduce pre-constructional price of US$93/sq. foot for first six (6) homes on first come-first serve basis!

See full listing here


Ecuador Coastal Condo Near Salinas


Ecuador coastal condo.

Two five bedroom condos each over 2,500 square feet.

This Ecuador coastal condo has great patios and is offered at about $72 per square foot.

Each condo has 5 beds, 5 baths, covered garage, large kitchen – full fridge, stove, micro, etc, large laundry room with W/D, a large full suite for guard and help                                                                                                                          See full listing here

Cuenca Luxury Home for sale

The location of this unit is just perfect.  It is only a half-mile from downtown on the south side overlooking Cuenca.

There are two rivers that come together right in front of the building.

It has great views from the outside terrace.



There are 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 1721 Sq Ft. There is also a 2 car garage and a storage room.

See Full Listing here


Let us help you in Ecuador

Here is what an Ecuador Living Club member just wrote upon arriving at the Inn Land of the Sun: Just Beautiful, Merri.  We safely made it to this gorgeous place and arrived around 22:00 local time last night. Consuelo is amazing and the roses in our room are stunning! 23 hours door to door with a 2-hour delay between Madrid and Quito. Quite a trip! Now we’ll do our best to adjust to the timezone and elevation and regain our breath. Exciting.   Thank you for your assistance in all this. Surely you made things a lot easier for us than they might have been otherwise.

Learn more about Ecuador Living Club services here.

See More Ecuador Real Estate Listings Below

See all Ecuador property rentals here.


We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence.  Always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent, become familiar with Ecuador before you buy.

We have a list of Ecuador attorneys who have helped club members at our password protected Ecuador Living club website.

The Ecuador Living MLS is divided into #1: Ecuador real estate for sale and #2: Ecuador rentals.


See Ecuador beach rentals here.

Agriculture & Farmland

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Amazon Lodge for Sale



Ecuador Coastal Real Estate For Sale

Cotacachi House


Cuenca Penthouse

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Quito Golf Course House


See more Quito real estate here.

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.

Ecuador Real Estate Value is good.

Despite rising prices,  Ecuador’s real estate value is still good and some of the best values are on the coast.

A recent article in Bloomberg Business News shows that Miami property is looking like good value at $400 a square foot compared to $700 a square foot in Bogota, $1,100 in Sao Paulo and $1,400 in Rio.


Yet we are still seeing Ecuador beach property in the $100 a square foot range and even well below that.

Comparison of property prices in Business Week article linked below.

Many readers are interested in Ecuador income producing land and Ecuador farms on the coast.  Here  is information about a special Ecuador Cosatal Farm Real Estate Tours.

Ecuador Small Farm & Real Estate Tour

Join an Ecuador farm real estate tour.

These are private tours that you can arrange take at any time conducted by Jean Marie Butterlin.

Jean Marie writes:

This for those who would like to look at Ecuador farm and multi dimensional and income producing property.


Imagine having a multi dimensional opportunity like this.

There are opportunities to own an Ecuador farm with a combination of beach front and agriculture.


Delegates visiting Ecuador farm on beachfront with multi dimensional opportunity.

See three case studies of Ecuador farms… large, medium and small that offer a sustainable, healthy lifestyle and income protected from inflation.

Gary and Merri Scott have always focused on turning our passions into profit and we all love living on farm land!

Learn to tap root values and create multi dimensional opportunity on a farm is part of the new way of creating a better lifestyle.

Gary and Merri live on a farm in North Carolina… an orange grove in Florida and their first Ecuador property purchased many years ago was also agricultural land… over 900 acres… formerly in sugar cane, citrus, pineapples and avocados… the top soil deep and rich.


Here is a photo of Merri Scott feeding one of her Ecuador horses.  They still have this hacienda, Rosaspamba, (the place of the roses).

You can live a wonderful pure lifestyle like this on an Ecuador farm.

Economic history since before WWI suggests that we’ll see the final crunch of this 15 year bear in 2011 and perhaps 2012.  Then the light at the end of the tunnel will appear… slowly at first but picking up a head of steam aiming for the next bubble of something like 2030.

Already the price of farm land globally has been soaring and often in North America is out of reach for individuals.

There are few places with as much agricultural potential and diversity as Ecuador. It is not surprising that many readers want to own and live on Ecuador farmland.

Ecuador agriculture can offer a better lifestyle and opportunity at an affordable price. 

Sometimes we forget the importance of life’s basics…such as food.  Until those basics cost more than we can afford.

Why Ecuador agriculture is special is explained in a Wall Street Journal article that began: “Prices of farm goods are climbing – in part because of demand for crop-based fuels – pushing up food prices around the world and creating a new source of inflationary pressure. The rise in food prices is already causing distress among consumers in some parts of the world — especially relatively poor nations like India and China. If the trend gathers momentum, it could contribute to slower global growth by forcing consumers to spend less on other items or spurring central banks to fight inflation by raising interest rates.”

This is one of the wonderful benefits of Ecuador agriculture, the extreme supply of excellent but low cost food.

Ecuador is a Garden of Eden and here is a fact you probably did not know. The inhabitants of this region developed more than half the agricultural products that the world eats today. Among these are more than many varieties of corn and potato. These foods also include squash, beans, peppers, peanuts, popcorn, yucca and quinoa.

They even learned to use freezing night temperatures and warm days to freeze dry potatoes and create potato flour.

At the market, three blocks from our hotel where we shop.  Open air restaurants in the front of the market offer excellent meals, vegetarian, or chicken, steak, fish or pork for about $1.

There are numbers of  fresh picked vegetables offered by happy friendly people.

And every type of fruit you can imagine, from pineapple to coconut, papaya, mango, apples, pears, bananas, berries and numerous other tropical fruits all at bargains prices by Western standards and ripe all year round.

Many exotic spices at a 1/20th the cost in the US or Canada. This makes life especially wonderful and inexpensive.

My wife Pacal and I live as well in Bahia Ecuador on $2,000 a month as we did in Europe on $10,000 a month.

When you are planning to retire and live the good life, you should look at both parts of the equation, expenses and what you can earn.I have been able to lower my expenses considerably by living in Bahia.  We live in front of the Malecon enjoying the sun 320 days per year.

But the key to retirement is really in the INCOME part of the equation.   How can you generate income without working too hard?

The answer is to have an “outside the box”  plan.  If you do what everybody else does, chances are you’ll earn what everyone else does.

A lot of younger clients on our real estate tours ask  “How can  I generate a little income in Ecuador”?  They say they would move down immediately if they could. This started me thinking  about how to show a few select clients a chance to be part of that world of retirees in Ecuador who work only at what they like.

I have put together a special plan for those seeking to move and earn in Ecuador now!

Here is the plan and here are the facts:

* Every economist is currently saying that agriculture will be the next place to invest because :

  • God is not making more arable land.
  • The world is running out of food.  China has been buying and leasing arable land all over Africa and in South America for example.  A lot of the smart money is going into arable all over the continent.

* Ecuador has some of the cheapest yet best agricultural land in all of South America.  The climate is best for growing as well with 365 days a year of direct sunlight.  In many parts of Ecuador, farmers can get 3 and even 4 harvests per year, depending on the water available on the property.

* However, most Ecuadorian farmers have not yet learned how to produce and manage a farm. They are lacking higher education and management skills as well as equipment.  Some Ecuador farmers still plow with oxen.

*  Many Ecuadorian farmers do not know how to sell and do not treat the farm as a real business.

There is a great opportunity that lies in this combination of cheap, arable land, the geographical place of Ecuador on the equator and lack of good agronomical skills.

This is a tour for those who want to learn about Ecuador farms. and have $50,000 or more to invest in their home and income opportunity.

These tours are normally conducted over three long, jam packed days, but can be extended or shortened based on your schedule.   This provides you a low cost, efficient way to inspect Ecuador agricultural property and residential income on the coast that is legitimately for sale at a reasonable price.

The tour provides detailed data prepared by agri engineers and specialists of several type of agri businesses including costs, types of soils for each type of crop, risk analysis, potential profits, timing, where to find the buyers of crops.

On the tour we look “outside the box” at crops that can for example produce “biofuel”.

You visit farms for sale.   You’ll visit farms that are for sale at the time you choose, but here are example of farms inspected on previous tours.

This agri property has 203 hectares (507 acres) divided into:

28 hectares (70 cares) of balsa trees.  In 5 years these will fetch $30,000 a hectare.

30 hectares (75 acres) of African palm trees in production (the nuts fetch $250 per ton).


– 140 hectares (350 acres) of pasture sufficient for 200 head of cattle or other crops that can produce an excellent return.


– 3 small


and one large river along the property with water availability.


– Close to the main road


– $6600/hectare ($2,640 an acre) asking including a small casita for caretakers.

You can also inspect residential real estate… condos and houses close to farms in nearby coastal cities including Bahia.

We will have inspected and investigated all properties prior paying special attention to three special issues:

* water on site
* access roads
* good port close

We will only show land that has water in Manabi province near Manta the second largest port in Ecuador.

We will have investigated electricity, pricing and title and the legal matters pertaining to agri businesses in Ecuador.

We use our contacts with local people were born in the area… who know the land owners… who know what the “market” price should be and we do not show farmland where the seller is asking an unrealistic price or if there are any doubts about ownership or clear title.

We also provide administration, accounting and legal consultants who will answer questions about owning and running a company in Ecuador, a civil code country and very different from the US and Canada which run on common law.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

Ecuador has many Agricultural Advantages and we have been recommending the idea of investing in Ecuador agriculture for years.

This creates opportunity as well.

Ecuador’s geographical location gives it a distinct advantage in agricultural production. Its exports include asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cocoa, coffee, flowers, hearts of palm, lentils, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, plantain, mango, red beans, and tomatoes. Ecuador has mainly an agricultural economy, though oil is its largest source of revenue, and industry has expanded. Agriculture employs 32 percent of the workforce. 6.4 million acres is used in agriculture. Permanent pasture covers 17 percent of the total area and forests nearly 43 percent. In the highlands subsistence agriculture and the production of staples for the urban areas are predominant (corn, wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, and various vegetables). In the coastal lowlands tropical crops are grown to export. Ecuador is the largest exporter of bananas in the world and among the largest exporters of shrimp and roses.

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Included in the price is the tour… the guides and are all local transportation.  Airfare to Ecuador… domestic airfare from Quito to Manta, lodging and meals are NOT included.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

Who Will Benefit From This Tour

Attendees on this tour will range from those who want their own sustainable farm or a full agricultural business.

Three Ecuador Farm Case Studies of Previous Farms for Sale

Here are three case studies for three Ecuador farms… small… medium and large.

Case Study #1:  A good case study for those looking for a way of life and an income supplement is this  six acre organic tomato farm offered at $85,000 that delegates on on a real estate tour visited.   This shows a perfect little Ecuador retirement operation, so where should we start?

I think it is with the guinea pigs…


The farm has many of them in these cages.


Clover on the farm feeds them.  Their manure helps organically fertilize the corn.


The corn husks are mixed with manure to be used as fertilizer and the corn feeds the…




chickens and…




All of these animals create more organic fertilizer that this farmer uses to grow tomatoes.


Here is the Ecuador organic farmer with our driver Jorge, Alberto Verdezoto and Peggy Carper.

Tomatoes grow quickly here it seems.  These newly planted organic tomatoes will be ready in three weeks. I find this hard to believe but this is what the farmer said.  Though my Spanish has been known to miss on occasion.


These will look like…


this and…




income that…


would provide a nice retirement income… $25,000 a year we are told.

Other benefits include farm fresh eggs.


Trout are in the ponds next to the pigeon coops.


The Ecuador farm tour  fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

Case Study #2:   This second case study shows a Coffee finca offered for $175,000 for someone who wishes to farm for a good income.

26 acre Inca Mountain Ecuador coffee finca  1 ¾ hour drive from Cotacachi.

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Ecuador coffee farm entrance.

The original owner spent two years searching for the perfect location to duplicate the exact terrain, altitude and growing conditions of the most successful coffee farms of Boquete, Panama and Columbia.

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Terrain and coffee plants.

After walking with an altimeter in hand and talking to reclusive indigenous farmers, this region was discovered with all the perfect conditions to cultivate exceptional Arabica coffee trees.

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Owners house with roof terrace.

This is a micro climate, blessed with abundant rainfall, in clean mountain air, bounded by a clear trout filled year around rushing river, protected from extremes of wind and large temperature fluctuations,  perfect for growing coffee.

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Open drying patio.

It has 11 hectares planted (manageable for a single owner), with approximately 50,000 Arabica, varietal Caturra (self pollinating) coffee trees which  are perfectly distributed over a hillside interspersed with a variety of fruit trees for shade.

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Oranges grown to protect coffee trees.

No problem selling this crop for top dollar due to its proven high quality.  The coffee sales last year grossed $70,000 so after $25,000 expenses, $45,000 was the net income.

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Coffee beans.

As well, an experimental 1 hectare of Geisha varietal.  Geisha is considered to be one of the finest coffees in the world and garnered the highest auction record in coffee history, fetching $170 per pound in 2010.  The first harvest of this varietal is expected in about 2 years.

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Coffee plants grown in greenhouse on farm.

This Andean  location provides an ideal environment for coffee growing without damaging the unique habitat of many species of birds.   Arabica coffee trees are a major source of oxygen production.  Each hectare produces 86 pounds of oxygen per day which is 50% of rain forest habitat.  Ecuador is a biologically diverse country with an abundance of birds, amphibians, reptiles and butterflies.  Inca Mountain Coffee Farm is ecologically in harmony with its environment.

The Arabica coffee trees are 6 years old, providing remarkable yields, allowing for continuous flowering and two annual harvests (major harvest Feb-Jun and minor harvest Oct-Nov).

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Covered drying patio.

In the yearly Golden Cup competition, coffee from this farm was a finalist in 2011.

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Seasonal worker harvesting coffee.

Owner’s house – 900 sq/ft, 2 bed, 1 bath, with lots of marble, built in cabinets in both bedrooms and upper roof porch

Caretaker’s house – divided into multiple rooms with bathroom

Land line phone installed and operational

110 and 220 volt electric lines

Equipment:  2 coffee bean pulpers with 2 water tanks, 2 weed whackers, misc. tools, scale for weighing coffee bags

1 large uncovered drying patio and 1 covered drying patio

2 full time highly experienced workers – monthly payroll is $650 (plus more during harvest for seasonal workers)

Average yearly expenses:  $25,000 (all payroll, fertilizer, harvesting expenses, utilities, taxes)

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This clean mountain river that runs year around with trout.  Also, access to mountain water for farm irrigation, though it is rarely needed.

Farm is fenced along road.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

Case Study #3:   This third case study shows an American who has created a   large Ecuador agri operation. This is the farming operation set up by Young Living Essential oils.


After creating a marketing system for the oils and farming in the USA, Gary and his wife…


moved to Ecuador… began a large farming operation as well as…


there own processing and a health spa.

Ecuador is a perfect place for many types of agriculture… large and small.  Find your farm in the safe and efficient way on an Ecuador Agricultural Tour.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.



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