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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.

 

3-day trip to the flowering of the Guayacanes in Loja, Ecuador

The trip to the flowering of the Guayacanes in Loja starts at the 28th of January. This blossoming only occurs once a year and you can enjoy it by taking a trip with this agency.

Please contact them directly:
Honorato Vásquez 5-98 & Hermano Miguel (Cuenca, Ecuador)
http://www.arutamecotours.com
Email: arutamecotours@gmail.com
Facebook: Arutam Ecotours
Click here for more details about: http://arutamecotours.com/2015/01/24/3-day-trip-to-the-flowering-of-the-guayacanes-in-loja-2/

 

Trip Flowering of Guayacanes, Loja, Ecuador

 

The information provided here is a FREE publishing service of Ecuador Services, we are not liable or responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided on any other website, blog or service.

 

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.

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:

 

 

Ecuador Visas and Residency Process

Ecuador Residence and Visa:

Obtaining your residency in Ecuador requires you to research and verify the accuracy of all information; also it might require some patience. The information below may be current at the present time but is always subject to change. For more up to date information you would need to contact your local representative of Ecuador Ministry of Foreign Affairs at your local Consulate of Ecuador.

It will be safe to hire a local Attorney if you do not speak Spanish; they will help you understand all the legalities required through the process while overseas or in Ecuador.

You would normally arrive on a Tourist Visa and get a T-3 stamp placed in your passport. This allows you up to 90 days in the country. If you are planning on staying longer than 90 days then seek advice from your local Ecuadorian Consulate. There you can apply for a 12-IX visa, or you could also apply for this visa while you are in Ecuador. Just don’t leave it until too late as these things take time in Ecuador, better get to it in the first 30 days after arriving in Ecuador.

You actually need the 12-IX Visa before you can apply for residency in Ecuador. It is a requirement that needs to be filed along with your residency papers. A resident visa allows you permanent residence and you can still travel outside of Ecuador. One really important issue is that you cannot leave the country for more than 90 days per year in the first two years of your residency; and after that you can only leave for 18 consecutive months while you have the Ecuadorian residency, by then you better apply for the Ecuadorian Citizenship.

There are several different visas that you can obtain and the one of the most used by retirees is the 9-I Pensioner Visa. For more details check the following link to Ecuador Foreign Ministry Office – Pensioner Visa Requirements

If you are considering investing at least $25,000 for one person then you can obtain a 9-II Investor of Real Estate Visa. Now this can be monies put into a CD or property.

Helpful links:

Embassies and Consulates of Ecuador in USA

Embassies and Consulates in CAN

Pensioner or Retirement Visa Requirements

The pensioner visa will entitle you too many of the retirement benefits in Ecuador except the right to vote.

For a 9-I Pensioner Visa, you will need to receive from a stable pension or trust fund a minimum income of $800 US. You will need to add $100 US for each dependent that you bring with you.

Senior Citizens Discounts and Benefits in Ecuador:

Ecuador still remains to be one of the best places in the world for retirees. It is one of the few countries in the world that allows you to enter with an automatic 90 day tourist visa, and it has great benefits for senior citizens.
The pensioner visa will entitle you too many of the retirement benefits in Ecuador except the right to vote.

For a 9-I Pensioner Visa, you will need to receive from a stable pension or trust fund a minimum income of $800 UD. You will need to add $100 UD for each dependent that you bring with you.

Under the 2008 Constitution, senior citizens receive prioritized attention, both in the public and private sectors, especially within the fields of social and economic inclusion. In accordance with Ecuadorian laws, senior citizens are those who are 65 years-old and over. (See Article 36 of the Constitution)

The Ecuadorian government guarantees to senior citizens the following rights:

  • Access to free health care and medication.50% discounts in public and private transportation services.
  • Discounts for special events such as galleries, theater plays and other related arts.
  • Tax exemptions.
  • Exempt from notaries and registration fees, in accordance with the law. (See Article 37 of the Constitution)
  • 50% off electric and water bills.
  • 50% off round trip international flights from Ecuador

Would these benefits/discounts be afforded to everyone, including American Citizenss whether resident or not?
The 2008 Constitution provides no distinction between foreigners and nationals regarding civil rights. However, according to “Ley del Anciano” (Law pertaining Senior Citizens), “the beneficiaries of this Act are those individuals who are 65 years-old or over, whether nationals or foreigners, who are legally established in the country (those who have Ecuadorian residency).”

If there are discounts/benefits, is there some sort of senior citizen’s card that is issued? If so, by whom?
According to the law pertaining Senior Citizens, Ecuadorian senior citizens are only required to present their National I.D. at the entity that provides the discount or benefit (such as a hospital, theater, when getting on a bus). In the case of foreigners, the rule is basically the same- required to present a form of I.D. (such as a passport, Ecuadorian National I.D., Ecuadorian Census card, etc.).

Who is the entity that is in charge of these benefits?
No particular entity, however a branch of government that is dedicated to raise awareness about senior citizens’ rights, among others, is the Ministerio de Inclusión Social y Económica.

Reference: http://ecuador.usembassy.gov/service/living-in-ecuador/senior-citizen-benefits-in-ecuador.html

Feel free to contact me for more references about Living in Ecuador: linalandivar@ecuadorservices.org

 

 

Luxury Apartments in Olon, Ecuador (Special Promotion)

Olon Beach is one of the favorite stretches of beach along Ecuador’s Coastline. You have 8 miles of beach; also you can be 100 feet into the water and still only be knee deep and no rip tides. This laid-back coastal city sits approximately 195 km north of Guayaquil’s international airport and just 5 minutes from Montanita, another of Ecuador’s most popular beaches.

You can buy your Ocean view Luxury Condo at the best beach location in Ecuador and finance it through construction.
Prices starting from:
Suites: $79,000 US & Apart.: $92,000 US
Apartments highlights:
• Pre-construction SALE
• 2 -3 Total Bedroom(s)
• 21/2 to 3 Total Bath(s)
• Approx. 1950 sq. ft.
• Balcony in each condo
• Luxury finishes
• Appliances included: microwave, stove and refrigerator
• Pre installed ducts for Air Conditioning
• 1 Car Garage
• Infinity Pool and BBQ area on the beach
• Direct beach access
• Building is on a corner lot
• Outdoors Family Area
• Landscaped Garden
• Building Security
• Fabulous Ocean View

Our financing will be for the 60% of the total price, which will be divided in the following forms of payments:

FINANCING 60%
1. 20% at the purchase/sale contract.
2. 40% in quotas during construction period.

The project is held in escrow during the pre-construction phase by the selected title company, which is an insured account that holds your funds until construction starts.

SPECIAL ONE TIME PROMOTION: Inquiries at linalandivar@ecuadorservices.org

 

 

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.

 

Ecuador – World’s Leading Green Destination

All lovers of nature tourism have in Ecuador an ideal country to find different ecosystems and natural wonders very close to each other. For that reason, it was awarded the World Travel Award for best Green Destination in 2013.

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With this recognition Ecuador was paired with destinations as: 2012 – Machu Pichu, Peru; 2010-2011 – Cousine Island, Seychelles; 2007-2009, Tobago Main Ridge Rain Forest; 2008 – Costa Rica.
The awards sponsored and directed by the prestigious Wall Street Journal, conduct their selection through a strict selection process which involved more than half a million travel professionals and consumers of direct travels (Selected Voyagers) from over 170 countries and all continents.

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CONNECTIVITY: Reaching this beautiful country, Ecuador is simple, as it is located in a privileged place where you can enjoy four different worlds (Regions) within little distance from each other. Ecuador has enabled 27 airports in its different provinces.

 

Online source: http://www.ecuador.travel.com is an excellent website to get travel information and latest news about Ecuador – Text and Images from: http://visit.ecuador.travel/destinoverde/en

 

 

 

Carnaval in Ecuador = Traveling around Ecuador

Carnaval 2014:

Great time off to take advantage and travel to new places in Ecuador. With four days in our hand, we decided to travel up the highland in to the amazing Andes Mountains to the Province of Chimborazo (named after this wonder of nature, the Chimborazo Volcano). I will share my pictures that can show you how fun it was and a really interesting gastronomic adventure. I decide way before the trip started that I will try just any interesting local treat along the road.

We planned to drive through local highways up to the mountains, which gave me a chance to check all that luscious vegetation that can only be found in a place like Ecuador,  from the tropical Coastal greenery to the dry high altitude -Paramo- vegetation when crossing the Chimborazo.

Our trip was going to start at 5 am, which meant that BK was our first option to try on the road trip. So our first food stop was Pallatanga, which is a very small town about 3 hours from Guayaquil, just when entering in the Province of Chimborazo and the road starts claiming up hill. Here we found a Tortillas shop with the most amazing natural herbal infusion that really help me with the altitude and the cool weather.

Another purpose of this trip to the Chimborazo Province was any woman’s favorites: shopping, I was told that in the Town of Guano (another 2 hours on our road trip), I could find great leather shows, handbags and any leather accessory… they were so right, I was in real need for flats, and I found the most amazing designs and colors, also they felt so soft that I bought 3 pairs at $35 USD each, all leather and fit me perfectly.

Since was late morning, we needed a small snack, what better treat then CHOLITAS… is the one hundred year old traditional delight in this village. CHOLAS, what? Yes, Cholas, here I’ll explain. A Chola is made of a sort of biscuit like dough, with a center stuffed with delicious brown sugar, it is rolled into a ball and later baked in a wood-burning oven. You usually get 7 for a dollar.

After this treat, we decided to head back to the City of Riobamba for a quick lunch and to visit the place, this was about a 25 min drive from Guano. Here the traffic was chaotic,  a lot of road construction and everybody was on the streets playing Carnaval, that is a serious festivity here up the mountains of Ecuador…. And we had to be so careful on avoiding no to get wet or hit with water balloons or Carioca foam…

Sadly Carnival in Ecuador has been known to be quite savage. Living it up has come to mean dousing your neighbors, family, friends and any other passerby with every liquid imaginable. The water is sometimes topped off with flour to make you a really sticky mess. There is Carioca a colored foam similar to shaving cream that has become very popular. It’s also less messy. 🙂

A law prohibiting Carnival savagery has been passed in Ecuador. During the weeks leading up to the days of partying, repeated television announcements are run urging the people to play nice.

Carnival used to be a two week affair in Ecuador, but with this new law you are usually safe up until the weekend before Ash Wednesday. And the streets are not safe with players seen in all out war, armed with their buckets and water guns.

So we basically decided to go for a quick bite in the City of Riobamba, park the car close to a deli that look nice and run in to avoid getting wet. On our way out getting into our car, one of us was almost hit by water thrown from a passing car, good thing they missed the shot, we just drove fast out of the city.

Our next stop was this nice Hacienda Hotel located between Rioabamba and Ambato. An incredible Spanish style hotel, every detail was in place for a great boutique experience, what an amazing lodging place… La Andaluza.

 

We enjoy our stay at the Hosteria, and for the next days we took small trips around the area to visit different highlights in the central part of Ecuador, like The Chimborazo Volcano were we found Vicuñas; and El Tren del Hielo (dress warm since it is 3600 meters above sea level and gets cold). Also Villages like Lago de Colta, Penie and Guayabamba.

On the way back, we decided to visit another Province of Ecuador, Bolivar, I need to taste those local hand made cheese, chocolates, and other sweets.. Salinas de Guaranda, in the Province of Bolivar, images speak by themselves, we bought Mozzarella and Fresh Cheese, Home made marmalade, cocoa tablets to make hot chocolate and few sweets for our friends back home.

Road Conditions — Most of the major highways in Ecuador are in pretty decent shape. But once you venture off the major thoroughfares, the situation deteriorates dramatically.

Even the major highways and tourist destinations are only sporadically marked with up-to-date signs and markers. And once you get off the beaten path, you may not encounter any signs or indications as you pass intersection after intersection.

Always keep an eye out for the sudden appearance of a pedestrian, bicycle rider, dog, or cow, even on major highways. It’s best to avoid driving at night, as very few roads or highways are illuminated.

The road through the Province of Bolivar was in a poor condition, there were lots of pot halls and un even pave road, which made driving difficult and slow us down a lot. It is always hard to drive in Ecuador; the way locals drive plus weather conditions like fog can be very challenging. It is best if you opt for the help of a local driver, or take your time to familiarize with local driving before you hit the road.

 

Some of my friends decides to visit some beach locations in Ecuador, they complain of a large crowd and everything more expensive than usual. Maybe is good to avoid those local’s hot spots and travel some other great places in Ecuador, check in the near future some of the images send by my friends..

Enjoy Ecuador, until next time…. Adios.

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