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SEARCHIG FOR HOUSES ON SALE IN QUITO TO BE SHOWN FOR FREE IN AN ARTICLE IN THE NY TIMES/BUSCAMOS CASAS PARA PUBLICAR GRATUITAMENTE EN UN ARTICULO DEL NY TIMES.

Se buscan CASAS EN VENTA interesantes en Quito, Ecuador para publicar en un artículo en el NY Times – los criterios básicos:
-La Casa debe estar a la venta.
-Los Propietarios deben estar dispuestos a que un fotógrafo del New York Times tome fotos de la casa.
-La Casa debe estar amoblada.
-El valor de la casa puede variar, pero se prefieren casas entre los $700.000 a $5.000.000 US.

Si usted tiene una propiedad que cumple los criterios por favor hágamelo saber de inmediato…

We’re looking for interesting homes in Quito, Ecuador, for an article in the NY Times – the basic criteria:
-The home must be on sale.
-The owners must be willing to have a New York Times photographer take photos of their home.
-The home must be furnished.
-Homes featured come in all sizes and prices, but typically they fall into the $700,000 to $5 million range

if you have a property that might meets the criteria please let me know right away…

Lina Landivar

lina.landivar.carreno@gmail.com

info@ecuadorservices.org

Informative Event for Canadians in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dear Canadian Citizens,

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to invite you to an informative event which will be held jointly, with the collaboration of local authorities from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Registry Office, Transit Agency and Customs to update you about their latest procedures:

For anyone who has questions on passports, local driver’s licenses, Ecuadorian visas, or importing goods, this is the perfect opportunity to get answers to all of your questions.

Guayaquil
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Marriott Hotel
Av. Francisco de Orellana 234
From 15h00 to 17h00

If you are a Canadian citizen, we invite you to register with us.
This will allow the Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.
Register online at http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

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Cher citoyens canadiens,

L’Ambassade du Canada est heureuse de vous inviter à une session conjointe d’information avec la collaboration des autorités locales du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, du Bureau de l’État Civil, de l’Agence de Transit.

Guayaquil
Mardi, le 17 mars 2015
Hotel Marriott
Av. Francisco de Orellana 234
Heure: de 15h00 à 17h00

Si vous avez des questions concernant les passeports Canadiens, les permis de conduire Équatoriens, les visas Équatoriennes ou l’importation de marchandises, c’est l’occasion idéale pour obtenir des réponses.

Si vous êtes citoyen(ne) canadien(ne), nous vous invitons à vous inscrire auprès de nous.
Ceci nous permettra de vous contacter en cas d’urgence.
Inscrivez-vous en ligne au http://voyage.gc.ca/voyager/inscription

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Sincerely yours/Cordialement,

Consular Section/Section Consulaire
Embassy of Canada/Ambassade du Canada
Av. Amazonas N37-29 y Unión Nacional de Periodistas, Edificio Eurocenter, Piso 3 Quito, Ecuador Phone/Tél ephone: 02-2455-499 E-mail/Courriel : quito.consular@international.gc.ca
Website/Site web : http://www.ecuador.gc.ca

Olon, Ecuador Beach Sightseeing

You have to watch this video, it really shows Olon Beach, Ecuador, how great its surroundings are…
This video is fresh news locally, it was recently made by the cast of a local TV show… hope you enjoy it and get to know a bit more of Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.

 

Seasonal Weather in Ecuador

Christmas Day is already gone, so we can start preparing and planning for our 2015 winter vacations… Here is Ecuador Seasonal Map to help you plan on the right time of the year to visit this country.

As you will notice it details mainly the seasonal climate changes in the highlands of Ecuador. Now this days most locals say that weather has change a lot, it used to be rainy season between December to May, but in these days, it could rain any time of the year in Quito, Ecuador.

If you are visiting the highlands of Ecuador like Quito or Cuenca do bring warm extra clothing for those rainy and cooler days.

Ecuador Highland Climate

Cuenca, Ecuador – Singles Social Mixer with Tapas served

global_319795202Cuenca Singles is sponsoring a Social Mixer for Singles in Cuenca. We have had a large number of new people who have become members in the past few months. Our membership is now approaching 200. We welcome all singles to this mixer as a way to meet new single people, network, and make new friends.

Link to Meetup Cuenca Singles: http://www.meetup.com/Cuenca-Singles/
The mixer will be at Paladar’s Restaurant beginning at 7:00 – 9:00. The $10.00 cover charge covers your first drink and there will be tapas served by strolling waiters during the evening. Reservations are required and should be made at Palaarsdinnerclub.com. Please only make a reservation if you are sure you are coming because food quantities will be planned according to the number of reservations. Music will be available for those who may want to dance and spaces will be available to congregate for those who would just like to socialize. Please contact Bob Higgins with questions.

You are invited: Islas Galapagos 3D – Show in Guayaquil

Great event in Guayaquil at the MAC Cinema Malecon 2000 boulevard,  -Galápagos 3D, by famous BBC Sir David Attenborough-  , sponsored by the British Ambassador Patrick Mulle and the Municipality of Guayaquil, all proceeds will go toward the Charles Darwin Galapagos Foundation for the preservation of the Manglar Pizon.

Your contribution will be by purchasing tickets for amazing prizes at an after show cocktail party:

RAFFLE TICKET PRICES
– 1 for $20
– 3 for $50
– 5 for $70
– 10 for $120
– 15+ for $10 each

RSVP: administrativo@camcomeb.comor teléfono 3703870 ext. 6895-6896. (limited seat availability)

MAC event Monday Oct 13

Message from Mr. Nicholas Amrstrong:

Con el apoyo del Embajador Británico Patrick Mullee y la Muy Ilustre Municipalidad de Guayaquil tengo el honor de invitarlo el lunes 13 de octubre a las 19h00 a participar de la proyección del documental, Galápagos 3D, narrado por el famoso presentador de la BBC, Sir David Attenborough en Cinema Malecón (IMAX).

El evento prevé recaudar fondos para la conservación del Pinzón de Manglar. Tras la proyección del film tendremos un coctel donde se sortearán premios:

Main prizes:
– Celebrity Xpedition (4 flights and one night accommodation in Puerto Ayora)
– LAN (2 Flight tickets – San Cristobal)
– Red Mangrove (five nights for two people)
– La Moneda (Night in Mansión Alcázar)
– La Moneda (Night in Tanusas)
– Iguana Crossing (3 Night stay with meals)

Additional prizes:
– Arkrem (Sparkling Wine – 6 bottles )
– Agripac (Galaxy mobile phone)
– Oro Verde (Weekend for two in the Oro Verde Suite including breakfast)
– Oro Verde (Dinner at Le Gourmet for two of our tasting menu including wine)
– Oro Verde (Thursday Extravaganza de Mariscos lunch for two at Le Gourmet)

RAFFLE TICKET PRICES
– 1 for $20
– 3 for $50
– 5 for $70
– 10 for $120
– 15+ for $10 each

Dada la exclusividad del evento, agradecería confirmar su asistencia y la de su acompañante(s)a la brevedad posible al correo administrativo@camcomeb.com o al teléfono 3703870 ext. 6895-6896.

Ecuador Citizenship Law interpretation got updated – October 2014.

You may get a second passport and dual nationality for tax, business or other personal reasons. Maybe you enjoy traveling freely in some countries like China, India, Brazil and Bolivia that charge Americans a stiff fee for entry visas.

The main requirement is you need to be a resident of Ecuador for a minimum of 3 years from the date in which you get your first “cedula (Ecuador ID card)” or 2 years if you have an Ecuadorian kid.

Just be aware of a new Naturalization Law interpretation by the new Director in charge of the Naturalization Department of Ecuador (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana, Departamento de Naturalizaciones – Dirección: Av. 10 de Agosto y Carrión)

If the resident wants to apply for citizenship he/she cannot leave Ecuador for more than 90 days in total for the first 3 years as Ecuadorian residents.

It used to be that the Ministry of Ecuador will issued citizenship to residents that follow the same absence guidelines of the residency visa:

Absences From the Country
The resident visas in Ecuador will grant you permanent residency. That means you’ll be allowed to come and go from Ecuador as you wish. However, you can’t be absent from the country for more than 90 days per year during the first two years of your residency, nor more than 18 consecutive months after your second year of residency.

This previous requirement will only apply to keep your resident visa active, if you are planning to go for dual citizenship and to carry a Passport of Ecuador, you can’t be absent from Ecuador for more than 90 days for the three years. This law has been on the books since 1976, just that the previous Naturalization Department Director have been interpreting the law the wrong way.

The Law: To maintain the residency visas: 90 days a year for two years and 18 months for the third year on.
If the resident wants to apply for citizenship: No more than 90 days for 3 years

Documents usually required for Ecuador Citizenship:

  1. Birth certificate apostilled (if from a country from within the apostille treaty like the US) or legalized by an Ecuadorian consulate abroad and then translated.
  2. Copy of passport notarized and the original with the current resident visa.
  3. Copy of cedula notarized and original.
  4. Certificate from both the SRI (Ecuadorian IRS) and the BIESS (Social Security) stating you have no outstanding debts to either, (Certificacion de no ser deudor).
  5. Movimiento Migratorio y Record Policial from Local Police.
  6. 4 passport photos.

Ecuador income is taxed by the Ecuador government, foreign income consider at all, regardless of if you are a citizen or not.

Guayaquil, Latin America’s New Hidden City!

I found this informative and positive post about Guayaquil which is quite refreshing. In this article, Mr. Tom Kadala (www.researchpays.wordpress.com ) touch on the fundamental reasons why Guayaquil is a ‘hidden treasure’ for investors and highlights the key drivers that will soon make this former sleepy town on the west coast of South America into an extension of New York City.

Guayaquil, Perla del Pacific – (Pearl from the Pacific Ocean) –due to its privileged location on the Pacific coast facilities all trades and businesses; also it is an strategic hub for the global economy of Ecuador, Latin America, EU and USA.

I agree that Guayaquil has good potential, and it is going towards a modest business friendly environment. It is easy to fly in and out of Guayaquil airport and airport procedures and security is much better in Ecuador.

The biggest limiter for Ecuador is its size, but the best things are: the geographic location, and its industrious, entrepreneurial, courageous, and determined people. I believe Ecuador is becoming one of the most important and successful countries in all of South America over the next five years.

Thanks Tom Kadala for you insight view on Guayaquil!

Tom Kadala

Known mainly for its prehistoric inhabitants, the Galapagos Islands located off the coast of Ecuador has always overshadowed its bustling port-of-call, the City of Guayaquil.  To attract some of the 450,000 annual tourist that bypass the city on their way to the Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil’s long term Mayor, Jaime Nebot, has been busy rebuilding his city hoping to convince some of these visitors to stay a night or two longer.  New roads, malls, conference facilities, and two ambitious proposals to modernize their port facilities to world class standards has started to turn heads.  For investors who dig deep into the numbers, they may be pleasantly surprised to find a growing middle class grounded on socialist beliefs but ready and able to respond to international business demands.  

In mid-September of 2012, Guayaquil’s mayor and his entourage presented their case to investor groups in New York City.  Mayor Nebot openly solicited…

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Ecuador once again acclaimed as a world tourist destination.

World Travel Awards recognizes the best of South & Central American tourism:  Ecuador was awarded last weekend with the title of South America’s Leading Green Destination.

Ecuador’s World Travel Awards:
2014 South America’s Leading Green Destination
2014 South America’s Leading Tourist Board
2013 World’s Leading Green Destination

The World Travel Awards™ is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards program in the global travel and tourism industry. To be voted a World Travel Award™ winner is an accolade which many strive for but few achieve.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It has been an honor to host our annual South & Central America Gala Ceremony here in Quito, Ecuador. From the moment we arrived we have been made to feel at home by the members of Quito Tourism, and their professionalism, endeavor and initiative are the envy of the world.”
He added: “We have seen some regional leaders recognized here tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to them all. World Travel Awards voters have cast their ballots and selected the best in South American tourism. I look forward to greeting all of our winners in Morocco for the Grand Final in November.”

For the WTA 2014 edition, Ecuador was nominated in 18 different categories:

South America’s Leading Tourist Board
Ministerio de Turismo
South America’s Leading Beach Destination
Bartolomé – Galápagos
South America’s Leading Business Travel Destination
Guayaquil y Quito
South America’s Leading City Break Destination
Guayaquil
South America’s Leading Culinary Destination
Ecuador
South America’s Leading Cultural Destination
Ecuador
South America’s Leading Green Destination
Ecuador
South America’s Leading Heritage Destination
  Ecuador
South America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination
Guayaquil y Quito
South America’s Leading Airoport
Aeropuerto Internacional “Mariscal Sucre” – Quito
South America’s Leading Destination
Galápagos y Quito
South America’s Leading Luxury Train
Tren Crucero
South America’s Leading Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena – Quito
South America’s Leading Business Hotel
  Hotel Oro Verde – Guayaquil
South America’s Leading Conference Hotel
Swissotel – Quito
South America’s Leading Green Hotel
Finch Bay Eco Hotel y Mashpi Lodge
South America’s Leading Hotel Suite
Suite presidencial del JW Marriott Hotel – Quito
South America’s Leading Resort
Arasha Tropical Fores Resort & Spa

 

Reference and source: www.worldtravelawards.com

Theses pictures will show the elegance and variety displayed at all events here in Ecuador, enjoy them:

 

 

Great Ecuadorian support for its soccer team.

Even though Ecuador is out of the FIFA World Cup 2014, you can watch in this Coca Cola promotional video the love of its people for their local team players. Soccer it is a big sport here in Ecuador, many poor children in Ecuador dream of becoming a soccer player as a ticket out into prosperity, for its family, and even its own community.

Way to go Ecuador Soccer Team of 2014! you played well and with honor, see you in the next Worl Cup.

 

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