big john

Fort Myers, FL

#66 Nov 29, 2011
I am planning on a trip in February. Two things that are important to me.#1 car rentals, costs, availability and whatever else there is concerning rental.
#2 Blending in with locals, visiting out of the way places as opposed to the major cities. I do speak a good amount of Spanish.
Any suggestions for a mature man visiting alone?
big john

Fort Myers, FL

#67 Nov 29, 2011
Ok, I didn't do the proper homework. I posted before reading ALL the comments. Sounds like crime in rampart in Ecuador unless you live in an isolated area where even the criminals don't want to go.
Need to get as much info on safety, as well as previously stated needs.
Shirley

Toronto, Canada

#68 Nov 29, 2011
Hi there ... we too have thought about Ecuador primarily Cotacacchi. However we have issues with animal cruelty and neglect...and hope not to see too much. Anyone live there and/or Cuenca? If so, can you share YOUR honest opinions both pro and con from your own point of view? thanks so much

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#69 Nov 30, 2011
Eduardo wrote:
<quoted text>
Hello Hugh. There's still a lot of land available in the coast of Ecuador for reasonable prices. Check out in google earth anywhere from Salinas all the way up to Esmeraldas. I bought a 1/2 acre lot by the sea in the mountains of Olon (ruta del sol), just north of Salinas. It's a perfect place in a not so perfect country.
Be careful with Google Earth as the images shown are many years out of date! I live in La Joya and Google Earth still shows no homes built there, just land that has been cleared.

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#70 Nov 30, 2011
Shirley wrote:
Hi there ... we too have thought about Ecuador primarily Cotacacchi. However we have issues with animal cruelty and neglect...and hope not to see too much. Anyone live there and/or Cuenca? If so, can you share YOUR honest opinions both pro and con from your own point of view? thanks so much
To the best of my knowledge, only bullfighting and cockfighting was allowing in Ecuador until May of this year.

From the five Latin American countries that have a bullfighting industry, Ecuador seems to be the third most bullfighting country. &#8232;&#8232;There are historical documents that show that there was already bullfighting in Ecuador in 1576 and this activity possibly started as early as 1551.

Introduced to Ecuador by Spanish conquistadors in 1536, bullfighting and cockfighting remain mostly pursuits of the relatively affluent Spanish-speaking minority.

In a May 2011 constitutional amendment, votes banned bullfights and cockfights that result in the animalsí deaths,†as part of a 10-point package of constitutional amendments. The result does allow bullfighting to continue so long as the bull is not killed, as in Portugal.†In 2004, Ecuadorís third city,† Cuenca, banned killing the bull and only allowed the Portuguese version. Since then, bullfighting has almost disappeared from the city.
Don and Cindy

Weatherford, TX

#71 Mar 21, 2012
Would like to meet with Expats in Manta from March 29,2012 to April 3rd.
Anxious to hear what Manta has to offer.
Regards,Don & Cindy
turptfdn@hotmail.com

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#72 Mar 21, 2012
Don and Cindy wrote:
Would like to meet with Expats in Manta from March 29,2012 to April 3rd.
Anxious to hear what Manta has to offer.
Regards,Don & Cindy
turptfdn@hotmail.com
From what I know,'supposedly', Manta is becoming the second expat area of Ecuador. Since your going to Manta anyways, your best bet is to find out the info on your own. Manta is small so it should not be a problem. While there go to Canoa and have lunch at the Cafe Flor near the ocean. Great food and one of their daughters teach english. Other siblings live in the USA!
Mr Enterate - youtube

Quito, Ecuador

#73 Mar 29, 2012
Just do it, and discover paradise.
Stem Cell Tcm Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

#74 May 5, 2012
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big john

Maryville, TN

#75 May 19, 2012
I visited Quito this past Feb and plan on returning in October. Regretfully the government only allows a 90 days stay per year.
I am interested in an all inclusive apartment from October to December, using us at least 60 of the 74 days I have left. I prefer the El Jido Park area, near Calle Amazonas.
any info is appreciated. you can respond to
HPDISP@AOL.COM as I do not check this site every day.
treedoc

Panama

#76 May 20, 2012
big john wrote:
I visited Quito this past Feb and plan on returning in October. Regretfully the government only allows a 90 days stay per year.
I am interested in an all inclusive apartment from October to December, using us at least 60 of the 74 days I have left. I prefer the El Jido Park area, near Calle Amazonas.
any info is appreciated. you can respond to
HPDISP@AOL.COM as I do not check this site every day.
BigJ, is that accurate information about only being able to stay for 90 days? Can u not leave and come right back or return in 3 daze for another 90, like Costa Rica.....Panama now gives you 6 months..........hard to complain about that policy........if thats true, then one needs to get ones residency status in order right away in Ecuador..........but from what I understand, its easier and more accessible there than here........here its only easy if you are retired with $1000 a month comin in from outside..........I hear in Ecuador u can get residency with the purchase of a property for $30,000 or more.....is that true?
golferfred

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#77 May 22, 2012
treedoc wrote:
<quoted text> BigJ, is that accurate information about only being able to stay for 90 days? Can u not leave and come right back or return in 3 daze for another 90, like Costa Rica.....Panama now gives you 6 months..........hard to complain about that policy........if thats true, then one needs to get ones residency status in order right away in Ecuador..........but from what I understand, its easier and more accessible there than here........here its only easy if you are retired with $1000 a month comin in from outside..........I hear in Ecuador u can get residency with the purchase of a property for $30,000 or more.....is that true?
Partially true. The need for consistent provable income of $1000 per month for a single person is correct but the requirement for an "investor" visa only requires a $25,000 purchase.

I don't know why people bother with the exit and re-entry during a 90 day tourist visa. Just get the residency. It's not that difficult and takes the pressure away. I have also heard that the 90 visa can be extended once or twice for a very small fee but I don't know anyone that has tried it so not sure about that.

Come on down!! It beats the heck out of trying to survive in the US.
treedoc

United States

#78 May 22, 2012
Not in the U.S. Ilive in Chiriqui, Panama, close to the Costa Rican border. And I havent been back to the States for almost a year and a half.......and with whats goin on up there now, there is not much incentive to hustle back there except to see family. I would love to come down and spend a month or so in Ecuador but the airlines are not cooperating........$550 on TAME, and that is better than COPA or TACA.........am waiting on the new ferry to Cartagena and then just travel overland to Ecuador......airlines are a huge rip in this part of the world.......most expensive airfares on the planet for mile traveled......says my Canadian friend who is constantly traveling on business........I tend to believe it...........
big john

United States

#79 May 22, 2012
The latest info I have is $800+ per month income to begin a residency filing. Ecuadorian Embassy in the USA will extend the 90 day per year visit to `180 days, cost of $230.00. Preliminary things must be done in the USA, and finalized in Ecuador immigration offices in Quito. Preliminary things are health and police records (showing you have none) Once residency has been approved, you must stay in the country for 9 months per year for 2 years.
Looking forward to going in October to complete my first 90 day visit. Next year 2013, I will begin with the 180 days visa, and all the paperwork to move there.
Anonymous

Alexandria, VA

#80 Jun 4, 2012
I have just started publishing the EcuadorianTimes.org newspaper and would love to receive articles, photos and video clips from visitors or residents in Ecuador. Sincerely, Peter McFarren
Jonathan

Ojai, CA

#81 Jun 14, 2012
I want to expatriate from the US and move South of the
Equator. I am very interested in Ecuador. My ideal situation would be a casita on the outskirts of a small
city, or even a village, with some countryside around.
Do you think I can find such a place? How much would
the rent likely be including all utilities?
I am 64 years old, retired single gentleman. Any ideas
or suggestions would help, since I'm just beginning to
research this move.
treedoc

United States

#82 Jun 15, 2012
A Swiss friend of mine is on his way down there very soon and would like to know if there is a problem with a one way ticket, or simply arriving from Colombia at the Ecuadorean border? Also, if somebody could confirm that a visa is not required before arriving, and is granted automatically upon arrival........thnx much.........
AngieinLouisiana

Baton Rouge, LA

#83 Aug 6, 2012
My boyfriend is considering moving to Cuento Ecuador to retire and wants me to go with him. I have two sons in their 20's (no grandkids yet) and I am having a hard time with the idea of being so far away. In living in Ecuador, is it hard to pick up the phone and call the US? Is skyping convenient, internet? Can someone clue me in on concerns such as these?
paul murphy

United States

#84 Dec 14, 2012
Hi,
I am thinking of travelling to Ecuador to find work teacing english. I would welcome any advise anyone would like to share. I have an amazing year living in Madrid Spain, Manchester England and Michigan USA. I am hoping for a great new adventure next year in Latin America.
Thanks
Paul
paulmurphy42@gmail.com
mario

Charlottesville, VA

#85 Dec 24, 2012
If you are looking for quality of life check out Ibarra, it is 2h north west of quito. Eternal spring, safe and small.

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