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Few if any bus tickets remain from the Sierra to the Costa for Carnival weekend

Elcomercio.com/ Isabel Alarcón Two days after the start of the Carnival holiday , the night of this Wednesday, February 22, 2017, some bus companies have already completed bus fares for destinations on the Ecuadorian coast. Up to the Terrestrial Terminal of Quitumbe tonight some travelers arrived trying to get a ticket to travel on Friday the 24th night to the province of Manabí. When they arrived they were surprised that they were exhausted. Edwin Flores, for example, wanted to travel to Bahia on Friday, but when he consulted with the Reina del Camino cooperative, he only got the three tickets he needed for Saturday 25 at 10:30. In this cooperative affirmed that today in the morning the last ones were finished available for the date Flores was looking for in the beginning. In the windows of Flota Imbabura chose to place a sign that read: “For Friday February 24 we do not have tickets to any destination .” This cooperative makes trips to Guayaquil, Cuenca and Manta, explains Jimmy Baños , who attends the window of Flota Imbabura in Quitumbe. For Saturday night they have few. This is one of the strongest holidays of the year, says Baños. READ ARTICLE
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Some Common Questions about Visiting the Galapagos Islands Ecuador

travelpulse.com,Manuel Patino/Some of the common questions that we received from people around the globe when they want to come to Galapagos Islands. We hope to help you answer the questions of your customers. Because there are many questions, we split them into three posts. These are the first group of questions: 1. From where can […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Nearly 500 year old street reopens after being closed for 50 years

SPEAK LIKE AN ECUADORIAN – READ THE BOOK – SPANISH SLANG ECUADOR eltelegrafo.com.ec reported the small artery is located in the historical center. There are still pending work to be done by the Municipality of the city. Regional Writing South The reopening of Santa Ana Street in Cuenca was not attended by the municipal authorities. […]

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Ecuador: Ten Cities to Explore in the Emerald of the Andes

Chloe Hay/THECULTURETRIP.COM Quito The capital city of this country of a million landscapes, Quito is situated at 2850 meters above sea level in the central north of Ecuador. With a population exceeding 1.6 million and a history rich in Incan heritage, Quito has the best of both the modern and the traditional worlds. Rich in […]

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San Antonio de Ibarra Ecuador: Small Hamlet Dedicated to Wood Carvings

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported: San Antonio de Ibarra is a small hamlet located just west of Ibarra in Imbabura. The Province is well known for its wood carvings and furniture making. It is best known for their religious carvings and there are as many as a thousand artisans. Also, there are three goldsmith shops in San Antonio. […]

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El Pedregal Ecuador close to Quito: Sweeping Landscapes for those searching tranquility

El Pedregal is located 52 kilometers from Quito, in the foothills of the Rumiñahui Volcano. This community has received recommendations from international media outlets including. Hacienda El Porvenir, Santa Rita and El Tambo formed a tourist group called Tierra del Volcán which originated in 1999 and employs people from nearby communities including Güitig (famed for […]

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Recommended things to do in Ecuador

By: Doug Wallace/For Metro Published on Thu Jan 26 2017 With four distinct eco-systems, Ecuador is more than just a jumping-off point for the Galapagos. Exploring the interior delivers Andes mountain magic and Amazon jungle surprises. You can visit Ecuador all year round. January to May are the warmest months, but also the wettest. June […]

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Ten Things To Do In Quito Ecuador

Ten Things To Do In Quito Ecuador americasquarterly.org/ Brendan O’Boyle Ecuador has embarked on a strategic campaign to draw international visitors, spending a record $60 million on tourism in 2014. Rising from the remains of the Inca empire, with a newly opened airport and a subway in the works, Ecuador’s capital blends colonial history, Andean […]

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Ten Foods You Should Try In Ecuador

These are our 10 favorite famous foods of Ecuador not to miss. NOMADIC BOYS.COM 1. LLAPINGACHOS: fried stuffed potato patties Llapingachos are one of Ecuador’s most famous dishes. They are fried potato omelettes stuffed with cheese, cooked on a hot griddle until crispy and commonly served with a fried egg, avocado, meat and peanut sauce. […]

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20 Cruise Ships to Call on Ports in Ecuador during 2017

portalportuario.cl reported 20 cruise ships will arrive to Ecuadorian ports during this year. These calls will mean the visit of 19 thousand passengers and 3 thousand crew, according to the Ministry of Tourism of that country (Mintur). The arrival of visitors will be an important stimulus to the tourism sector, as they are expected to […]

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Colimes Guayas Ecuador little know area for the flowering Guayacanes trees

Flourishing of Guayacanes is also enjoyed in Colimes, Guayas It is a spectacle of nature, reaches the 11 hectares of forest and lasts between 10 and 15 days: the “Florecimiento de los Guayacanes”, a natural spectacle that can be enjoyed in Colimes, a canton of the province of Guayas, located 90 kilometers from the city […]

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Intense rains, flooding, heat across Ecuador, Rainy Season Here

Heavy rainfall that has caused floods in the Amazon , sporadic rains in the mountains or very hot days on the coast. Those are the characteristics of the rainy season, which has just begun in the country. This weekend, the populations of Francisco de Orellana (province of Orellana) and Napo were flooded. The military, according […]

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Pucara de Rumicucho, Incan Stone Fortress north of Quito Ecuador

Pucara de Rumicucho Is More than just an Incan Stone Fortress ancient-origins.net/Alicia McDermott reported the ruins of the Pucará de Rumicucho are well-preserved walls of an Pre-hispanic, Incan fortress. They are located a one hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. The fortress was built in the end of the 15th century by Tupac Yupanqui, the […]

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History of Laguna Yahuarcocha, Ecuador

ancient-origins.net/Bryan Hill reported Laguna Yahuarcocha, meaning blood lake in the Kichwa language, is a sacred lake of Ecuador. Looking across the still water in the picturesque region of Ibarra, it is hard to imagine that it was once the scene of a bloody massacre, a consequence of indigenous resistance against Inca domination. Laguna Yahuarcocha, also […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: City is preserving landmarks of its ancesetral beginnings

elcomercio.com / Giovany Estudillo / Cuenca is based on the Cañari cities of Guapondelig and Inca of Tumipampa . Its original layout evoked the figure of a cougar . This contribution was published in the book ‘Guapondelik / Tumipampa / Cuenca, Cultural Footprints and Territorial Transformation’. This study reflects the conception of the organization of […]

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Ecuador: Ten Places to visit along the coast

Ben Westwood/guardian.com reported Santa Elena and Salinas Just outside provincial capital Santa Elena is Museo Los Amantes de Sumpa. Around 200 skeletons were unearthed at this site in the 1970s, including the “Lovers of Sumpa”, a man and a woman found in an 8,000-year-old embrace. There’s no bigger contrast between old and new than the […]

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Ecuador: New Law Changes Day Some Holidays Fall On through 2020

elcomercio.com reported the National Assembly passed the new Law on Public Holidays which provides, inter alia, the transfer of the holidays that coincide with a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or a weekday (Tuesday, Wednesday And Thursday) to Monday or Friday. The law will apply to the Christmas break and end of 2016. So this year, […]

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Ecuador: List of Mandatory National Holidays

elcomercio.com reported the national assembly approved a measure regulating the number of mandatory holidays each year. The legislation provides for 11 days off across the country and one day off in each province or canton. So a total of 12 holidays a year. The vote was 84 in favor, two against and 25 abstentions. December […]

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Yunguilla community near Quito not to be missed for experience with nature

lahora.com.ec reported Yunguilla (Yungilla) is a cloud forest in an area located northwest of Quito. Formerly known as an area for coal mining, it is now famous for its eco-tourism. Fifty families manage nature walks in the area and they have become protectors of the wildlife. Some families receive tourists as guests in their homes. […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Missing Tourist Found Dead

TOURIST VACATIONING IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FOUND DEAD eluniverso.com reported that 62-year-old Othmar Lauber went missing last week on San Cristobal Island. The deceased was located in an area known as Las Negritas *Cerro Las Negritas) Authorities have not determined the cause of death. Mr. Lauber from Switzerland was visiting the Galapagos Islands with a […]

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Quito Ecuador: Center Historic Area Losing Population

In the Plaza de San Francisco, where the church and convent of the same name stand, fences have blocked off the construction site for the Quito subway for months, as work has been stalled while archaeological finds are assessed. Quito’s historic centre is the biggest in Latin America. QUITO, Nov 30 2016 (IPS) author- Mario […]

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Ecuador at level II alert for Zika Virus transmission per CDC

CDC.GOV – Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions – ECUADOR ZIKA VIRUS Note: This travel notice was updated on October 17, 2016, to include updated guidance for people planning to conceive and guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Ecuador are infected with Zika virus and […]

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Ecuador: Plan for next week’s holiday period, longest of the year

eluniverso.com reported Ecuador next week will experience the longest holiday of the year. El Día de los Difuntos (miércoles 2 (Wednesday, 2), the celebrations for the independence of Cuenca (Thursday, 3), the bridge holiday ( puente vacacional) (Friday, 4) and the weekend are the holiday of five days. THE UNIVERSE Journal consulted experts in the […]

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MINDO ECUADOR: Expats from the U.S., victims of Home Invasion

MINDO CLOUD FOREST ECUADOR – TWO EXPATS FROM KANSAS VICTIMS OF HOME INVASION This event took place on October 16, 2016, in Mindo Ecuador. The victim Gary Schlitz is a partner in the Mindo Clourdforest Foundation. The other victim is Mr. Schlitz’s wife Karen Holmes Schliltz. Neither party reported as physically harmed. FROM VICTIM – […]

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Ecuador: Risk still persists for interprovincial bus travel from robberies

BUS TRAVEL (ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT) IN ECUADOR IS STILL RISKY BUSINESS FOR TRAVELERS FOR ASSAULTS EXPAT IS VICTIM OF THEFT AS BUS IS HELD UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ON ROUTE FROM CUENCA TO GUAYAQUIL ———————————————————————————————– In my book “100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador”, I emphasize the risk […]

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Ecuador: Three Beaches popular with Ecuadorians and Expats

internationalliving.com / With most of the population of Ecuador living in the highlands, and given the scenic beauty of the Andes, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the country also offers long stretches of amazing Pacific coastline. And with its hundreds of miles of sandy beaches, all in a great climate for enjoying the sun […]

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Ecuador Insider Podcast: Guest Author Speaks about Ecuador

In this podcast episode Jesse and Darnell of Abundant Living Ecuador speak with Nicholas Crowder, author of several books on Ecuador and he gives his perspective, tips and advice for expats already living in or considering Ecuador. Enjoy! LINK TO PODCAST INTERVIEW at alecuador.com Complete services for those moving to Ecuador / LOGISTICS, REAL ESTATE, […]

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ALERT: Scam against expat in Cuenca Ecuador

From an Expat group in Ecuador. Name of victim from post has been removed. Scam Alert-Cuenca: CUENCA ECUADOR I went to the Pichincha cash machine on Mariscal Sucre and Borrero on Saturday. Pichincha is my bank and I know how to use the cash machines there. In this locale, there are 2 ATM’s. There was […]

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Island Estates International, Real Estate Sales/Rentals in Salinas Ecuador

Island Estates International Salinas Ecuador   Island Estates International Kimberly Kagan, Managing Director Home New! Residential Listings Lots & Land Commercial Listings Rental List Contact PH: (312) 985-7703 DIRECT: Ecuador 098.621.2688 Our Listings Featured Properties VIP Home Finder Local Area Info Meet Our Agents Contact Me Licensed In the U.S. and Ecuador Welcome to Island […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: 30 cases a month reported of assaults with Scopolamine, other tranquilizers

Tranquilizers, escopalmine along with other tranquilizers being used by criminals in order to rob the victims of personal items along with cash. Most attacks happen in bars, discos. Escopalmine is also referred to as Burundanga/ The most dangerous drug in the world: ‘Devil’s Breath’ chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Armed Assailants against tourists taken into custody

policiaecuador.gob.ec Feb. 28, 2016 reported Near the tourist sector of Cerro Santa Ana, at 00:55 Saturday were apprehended by the support group District 9 October, three suspects and isolated a minor, the, alleged crime against property. Carlos Alfredo AC, Darío Javier BP, and Luis Alberto MM, today court orders were located and apprehended in the […]

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Ecuador: Increased Seismic Activity at Tungurahua Volcano

AFP/24horas.cl reported… The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador reported on Sunday increased seismic activity inside the volcano Tungurahua, in the Andean center of the country, and estimated a possible reactivation of the colossus within “immediate short”. “Since September 24 at 14h00 (local time) has it registered a further increase in internal seismic activity of the volcano […]

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Ecuador: Heavy rains, flooding in Orellana Province, landslides, road closures

ELCOMERCIO.COM reported that heavy rains in the province has caused flooding, landslides and road closures. Some evacuations have been required of residents from their homes. Only one lane of the Baeza-Tena road is currently open due to a landslide. Heavy rains in the province of Orellana, recorded since Monday 19 September, caused landslides at km […]

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An Expat that likes to visit Guayaquil, Ecuador

jimsantosblog.com/ Once again, Rita and I have defied the odds, and managed to visit Guayaquil without a major crime event. We are constantly warned by expats and some Ecuadorians alike that it is a very dangerous city, with a whole list of “nevers” – never take a cab, never walk more than a block or […]

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Ecuador: Rains Return to Loja, Cuenca, Central Sierra

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported…Cuenca / Loja / Ambato.- The center of Loja was affected by rain on Wednesday night. Until yesterday afternoon, Mayor Bolívar Castillo and staff of different municipal departments assessed the damage caused by the torrential downpour that lasted about four hours. The Gonzanamá street where urban regeneration works are carried out, was the most […]

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Cuenca-Molleturo via Ecuador: Bus plunges 150 meters killing 4, injuring 13

Musical Group on Board Bus – 2 women, 2 men killed eltelegrafo.com.ec reported In the accident that occurred on the road E582 Cuenca-Molleturo 4 people were killed and 13 wounded, according to the latest report of the Security Service Integrated ECU 911 it had previously been reported 5 deaths. At 05:10 on Wednesday 14 September […]

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Why Quito Ecuador and environs is prone to earthquakes

Telesurtv.net / Just like Chile, Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is a subduction zone, meaning earthquakes occur inland. Quito’s earthquakes are the result of a system of fault lines which go from the south of Quito to San Antonio de Pichincha—about 37 miles long, explained Alexandra Alvarado, director of the Ecuador Geophysical Institute. “Quito’s fault line […]

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Cuenca Ecuador Airport resumes flights on 9-14-2016 after resurfacing

eltiempo.com.ec reported that tomorrow will resume operations at the Mariscal Lamar Airport, once ended last Friday emergency work to resurface the runway. In the case of TAME flights to Guayaquil and Quito will resume at the same frequencies that remained until closing the airport on August 19, said Paul Street, Director of the Business Unit […]

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Ecuador: The Saraguro clothing evolves

eltiempo.com.ec / The predominant colors in Saraguro dress is black and white. The traditional material of her outfit is lambswool yarn. A full suit can cost between 700 and 1,000 dollars. Thus, the attire of the Saraguros is a display of elegance and cultural significance. The saraguro people, Kichwa indigenous nationality, marks its presence throughout […]

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Quito Ecuador pushing hard to increase tourism numbers

The Quito city government aims to raise the proportion of touristic activity in its economy and is working on a plan to boost conference tourism with better travel connections in order to increase tourism from 4.5 to 8 percent of the city’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021. The municipal agency Quito Tourism, dedicated to […]

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Ecuador: Group to assist in saving snakebite victims

laht.com reported quick action can save the life of someone bitten by a poisonous snake, but in some remote areas of Ecuador it can take six to seven hours to get medical attention and that, unfortunately, can lead to amputation and even death. This Andean country, which imports snakebite serums from countries like Costa Rica […]

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Ecuador Travel: Petrified Forest of Puyango

ECUADOR TRAVEL The Petrified Forest Bosque Petrificado de Puyango Ecuador foxlatinonews.com reported: In the humid forests of southwestern Ecuador, not far from the border with Peru, is a marvel of nature: the Petrified Forest of Puyango. Over the course of eons in the early days of the world, thousands of trees fell and were subsequently […]

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Crime in Ecuador’s Society (Analysis)

CRIME IN SOCIETY ECUATORIANA Science magazine Security and Defence Revista de Ciencias de Seguridad y Defensa (2016) Jorge Miño University of the Armed Forces – ESPE *machine translated from Spanish to English Summary The following article is an analysis of the evolution of Ecuadorian crime, Considering how the community unfolded a few decades ago and […]

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Firm ranks Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica in top ten countries to live for expats

20minutos.com.mx reported Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica are among the top 10 countries in the world to live abroad, the German firm “InterNations” a network to connect people who live and work outside their own countries he said. “Ecuador and Mexico dropped two positions compared to the 2016 survey; but they are still very popular […]

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Spanish Slang Ecuador

103 Ecuadorian Slang Words That Win Locals’ Hearts by Maureen Stimola,fluentu.com Quito Speak 1. Aniñado — Literally, this Spanish word means something akin to “infantile,” “childish” or “spoiled.” This meaning is not totally lost in the slang, as it refers to a wealthy person, usually one from a fancier neighborhood in Quito or Guayaquil. You’ll […]

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Ecuador: Number of Foreign Visitors down June, July compared to year earlier

Servicios.turismos.gob.ec report the following statistics for foreigners arriving in Ecuador during June, July 2016. JUNE 2015      JUNE 2016 131,902            118,942 -9.8% JULY 2015     JULY 2016 154,448           143,764 -8.3% SUBTOTAL 2015 2016 286,350 262,706 -8.3% SOURCE: ANUARIOS DE MIGRACION INTERNACIONAL INEC INFORMACION PROVISIONAL THINKING OF LIVING IN ECUADOR? READ THIS BOOK […]

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Ecuador: Meet Jack Abercrombie, expat helping those arriving and assists those who decide to exit

Russ Reina/GRINGOTREE.COM / He was part of one of the early convoys trucking critical supplies to the earthquake zone after April 16, basically going wherever he was needed, responding moment-to-moment until June 6. Since then, he’s spent roughly 20 days at home and 10 days on the coast, dedicating his resources — with a little […]

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Book Explains many of the pitfalls, obstacles, challenges for expats in Ecuador

CURRENT EXPATS IN ECUADOR RECOMMEND THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT SHOULD BE READ BY ANYONE MOVING TO ECUADOR “100 POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE MOVING OR RETIRING IN ECUADOR” may be a book of interest to you if you are researching the possibilities in living in Ecuador. There are many publications that tout many of the […]

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Ecuador Travel: Price Guideline for Per diem Rates

U.S. State Department Per Diem Rates Ecuador REAL ESTATE ECUADOR Max. Lodging Meal/Incidental Expenses (M&IE) Total ECUADOR Cuenca 118, 84, , 202 ECUADOR Galapagos Islands 284, 131, 415 ECUADOR Guayaquil 173, 102, 275 ECUADOR Manta 108, 71, 179 ECUADOR Other 118, 84, 202 ECUADOR Quito 190, 107, 297 SOURCE: US STATE DEPARTMENT SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH […]

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Ecuador: Hotel Occupancies fall 13 percent

july 2016 hotelnewsresource.com reported Ecuador reported decreases across the three key performance metrics. The country’s occupancy fell 13.0% to 59.4%; ADR was down 6.8% to US$97.20; and RevPAR dropped 18.9% to US$57.76. According to STR analysts, Ecuador’s economy is heavily dependent on the oil industry. With crude oil prices down, and Ecuador being the only […]

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Ecuador: Crime Statistics 2016, Carchi, Loja safetest provinces in the country

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported the report of the Department of Information Analysis and Public Safety (Daisc) notes that Loja recorded favorable indicators, which is considered one of the safest provinces of Ecuador. In the first half of this year it dropped to 43% robberies homes. That is, muggings 184 less than in 2015 when there were 428 […]

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Cuenca Airport Closed until September 19, 2016, runway repairs

Since 05:00 yesterday contingency plan for the transfer of passenger vans to Guayaquil and Quito by the closure of the airport of Cuenca, whose runway will be repaired activated. The first land transport unit came in the morning from the airport terminal to Guayaquil. And another was dispatched at noon. The Municipality of Cuenca said […]

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Ecuador: Two Austrian hikers and Ecuadorian missing, rescued off of Volcano

Eluniverso.com reported that two Austrian trekkers and an Ecuadorian who were lost in the Rucu Pichincha volcano, Quito, Ecuador, were rescued in good health, reported Sunday the 911 ECU. Near midnight on Saturday, “the relief units managed to find the three missing, at the height of Arenal, between the Ruco Pichincha and Guagua Pichincha”, at […]

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Ecuador: Two suspected assailants detained in shooting of U.S. citizen playing Pokémon Go

Guayaquil Ecuador – U.S. citizen critically wounded last week while playing Pokémon Go Eluniverso.com reported ten days after the attempted assault of a foreigner who was shot while playing Pokémon Samanes Go, the police managed the arrest of two suspected involved in the case. The commander of the Police Zone 8, Edisson Barrera, reported Thursday […]

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Cuenca: Airport closed for one month for resurfacing

Cuenca Mariscal Lamar International Airport, in south-central Ecuador, is to close to all traffic for a period of approximately one month effective August 19 to allow for runway resurfacing works. ch-aviation.com/el tiempo newspaper reported the project, valued at USD773,000, will see a 15metre-wide strip down the centre of the 1,900metre-long main runway 05/23 being milled […]

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Ecuador: Two Murderers of Argentine tourists in Montañita get 40 years prison

eltelegrafo.com reported that the two men accused of murdering two Argentine tourists in Montañita have been found guilty. They were both sentenced to 40 years prison. The tourists María José Coni and Marina Menegazzo were killed in February of 2016. One of the accused’s DNA was found on the clothes of the two women. The […]

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Ecuador: Tourists involved in bus crash also victims of stolen luggage and documents (passports)

elcomercio.com reported the tourists had traveled for two weeks the beaches of the Ruta del Sol . Yesterday, August 16, 2016, at dawn the 20 foreign tourists took a bus from Salinas to Guayaquil, to board a plane to their countries. But at kilometer 53 of the road to the Costa the courtesy car crashed […]

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Montanita Ecuador: Death of Australian Tourist ruled as “unfortunate accident”

Extra.ec reported police confirmed that the death of Australian tourist Adam Noel Artley, age 26, death in Montanita, Ecuador was an “unfortunate accident. The tourist fell from the third floor of a nightclub on August 14th, 2016. Police surmised that the tourist recklessly went into an area of the nightclub that is off limits to […]

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Ecuador: Two foreign tourists and ecuadorian killed in tour bus accident

Two foreigners and an Ecuadorian die in bus crash on the way to the Costa Karla Alvarez Naranjo A tourist bus and transport workers struck at kilometer 54 of the Santa Elena – Guayaquil, just after a curve. In the accident occurred at 05:15 on Tuesday killed 3 people. In addition nine individuals were injured. […]

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Ecuador Trivia: Country’s Worst Aviation Accident just outside Cuenca

wikipedia.org / The 1983 TAME Boeing 737-200 crash was an aviation incident in which a Boeing 737-2V2 Advanced, operated by the Ecuadorian national airline TAME, which was flying on a domestic route from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito to Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca, crashed into a hill during final approach just one mile […]

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Ecuador to increase conservation efforts in the Galapagos

telesurtv.net reported the Ecuadorean government signed a 25-year deal to boost scientific research and environmental conservation in the Galapagos Islands. A new 25-year cooperation deal has been signed between the Charles Darwin Foundation and Ecuadorian government that will strengthen crucial scientific research and conservation efforts in the Galapagos archipelago. The agreement, signed Thursday in Santa […]

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Ecuador: Eleven missing hikers in Illiniza Andes rescued

Rescue eleven mountain hikers lost in Ecuador la-razon.com reported late Saturday night, “after the whereabouts of the 11 citizens, resources found that hikers were in good health, so they started down the mountain to a safe area,” said ECU911 in a release. Once Ecuadorians, including eight minors, who were lost in the mountains Iliniza in […]

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Montanita Ecuador: Tourist from Australia dies in fall from terrace at nightclub

Montañita Ecuador Eluniverso.com reported Adam Moel Martley, 26 and Australian citizenship, he was identified the tourist who fell from the terrace on the fourth floor of Alcatraz nightclub, located in Montañita, municipality of Santa Elena, in the province of the same name. The incident occurred past 02:30 AM The foreigner was taken to a medical […]

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Ecuador declares Malaria outbreak in areas along Peru border

Elpais.com reported that 100 new cases detected in the last two weeks a malaria outbreak. 100 new cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks prior to August 6, 2016. The Ministry of Health established epidemiological surveillance along the eastern border with Peru. New infections have been detected in ZamoraChinchipe and Pastaza. Border controls […]

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Ecuador: Could a Buried Incan Gold Stash be in Llanganates National Park?

Llanganates National Park, Ecuador Inaccessibility and mysticism surrounding the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes make this region promising to hide treasures. With an area of 2197 km2, most of the Llanganates National Park, Ecuador, is nearly unreachable and is traversed only by foot. However, fieldwork conducted by researchers from the Museo de Zoología at […]

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Galapagos Islands: Wind Turbines Helping Reduce Diesel Use on Islands

phys.org reported a global renewable energy project on the Galapagos Islands—one of Earth’s most fragile and important ecological treasures—has helped avoid many tanker loads worth of risky diesel fuel imports since 2007, reduced the archipelago’s greenhouse gas emissions and preserved critically endangered species. Now, after eight successful years, the project’s new operators are pursuing an […]

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Galapagos Islands, First Bird Extinction recorded

natureworldnews.com reported the Galapagos has long been a sanctuary for long-lost creatures, but a newly discovered but extinct bird species marks a change in the idyllic landscape. According to a California Academy of the Sciences (CAL) press release sent to Nature World News, a study published in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution revealed that […]

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Guayaquil: Increase in stolen cell phones blamed on Pokémon Go

Guayaquil: Increases stolen cell by playing Pokémon Go Robberies are made for people between 18 and 24 years. metroecuador.com.ec reported Pokémon Go has become the fashion game in Ecuador. Going with the cell phone in hand in a kind of virtual hunting has made the thieves have a field day. According to the report of […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador Crime and Safety Report 2016 (OSAC)

OSAC – Ecuador 2016 Crime & Safety Report: Guayaquil Travel Health and Safety; Transportation Security; Stolen items; Theft; Kidnapping; Rape/Sexual Violence; Murder; Financial Security; Narcoterrorism; Drug Trafficking; Political Violence; Aviation; Riots/Civil Unrest; Oil & Energy; Volcanoes; Earthquakes; Floods; Employee Health Safety; Fraud Western Hemisphere > Ecuador; Western Hemisphere > Ecuador > Guayaquil 5/3/2016 Overall Crime […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: Swiss national dies when truck hits tree

Manta | Manabi extra.ec reported Dana Wackerlig Irene, 37, a Swiss national, died after the truck she was riding in hit a tree, in the Los Sauces, the Manta-Puerto Cayo way in Manabi. Foreign mobilized with David Gracia Diego Hurtado, who had a head wound. Apparently he was driving the car and his condition is […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Wife of American Citizen shot playing Pokemon Go discusses ordeal

NOTE: nzherald.co.nz reported the victim’s name as Mitchell Cleve William ELUNIVERSO.COM reported CW Mitchell, a US citizen who was walking Sunday night with his wife, Emilia M .., by Teodoro Alvarado Avenue, a few meters from Samanes park, was seriously wounded after resisting a robbery. It happened about 21:00, when the US citizen was playing […]

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Montanita, Ecuador: Man detained in alleged rape of two British Backpackers

thesun.co.uk reported tWO British backpackers have been raped while on holidays at a surfing destination in Ecuador at the same resort where two young women were murdered earlier this year. A man has been arrested on suspicion of the rape after the two British women were targeted while staying at a hotel room in the […]

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Ecuador: Minister of Urban Development appeals to tourists to return after quake

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters New York / Almost four months after a devastating earthquake hit Ecuador, a leading government minister has appealed to tourists to return to the financially-struggling Andean country. Nearly 700 people were killed and about 6,200 injured on April 16 in the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in almost four decades, leaving […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: U.S. Citizen seriously wounded in robbery attempt of his computer tablet

American was seriously shot and robbed in Guayaquil near park U.S. citizen just left park while playing Pokémon Go on his tablet Victim fought off robbery attempt – shot twice – once in the stomach Wife received head wound by being hit in head with pistol Eluniverso.com reported Michael W. a U.S. citizen arrived in […]

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Fanesca in Ecuador, a soup like no other

Calvin Trillin/newyorker.com(2005) reported, When I decided last winter to regroup my forces, it occurred to me that Ecuador might be a good place to study Spanish this go-around. I had in mind Cuenca, around Holy Week. From what I’d gathered during a previous trip to Ecuador, Holy Week is the only time of year you […]

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Southern Ecuador Real Estate Tour

Welcome to the Southern Ecuador Real Estate Tour! Is Ecuador on your radar as a place to live, invest, or purchase a second home? Whether you are looking for a healthier more tranquil lifestyle, to be closer to your food and water supply, or for the next hot South American investment opportunity – Ecuador has […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: New Airline granted permission for routes to U.S., no dates announced yet

New airline in Guayaquil Eluniverso.com reported the Civil Aviation Council last February gave permission to operate from Ecuador Airlines (Aerotec), for five years for two routes to US .: Guayaquil-Miami-Guayaquil, up to ten frequencies a week, and Guayaquil- new York-Guayaquil, up to seven weekly frequencies. The agreement was issued 006 2016 25 February, and this […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Tourist recalls being mugged by huggers using pepper spray

Chris Bodenner/theatlantic.com Back in 2008, after completing college, I went on a backpacking trip through South America. Best time I ever had. But it didn’t end well. I was in Quito, Ecuador, and I returned late to my youth hostel after getting lost. I’m a rather huge fellow, so I wasn’t much nervous about it. […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Recommended Places to Eat

Pim’s Panecillo, chicken with naranjilla sauce Passportmagazine.com /This South American city is filled with some of the world’s tastiest dishes. by Andrew Villagomez Filled with diverse Andean culture, Quito has become a top travel destination. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the Old Town and all it has to offer: Colonial […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: One expat’s story of living in the mountains

internationalliving.com/Susan Bridenstine wrote …here I am today, living in the mountain town of Cotacachi, Ecuador. I feel proud that we were able to realize our dream of a better life. And now that our new lives are well-established here (we’ve been living here for over a year now), I honestly say I have no regrets. […]

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Ecuador: 11,512 dengue cases reported, 1,528 confirmed cases of chikungunya

Chikungunya Ecuador Tropical Diseases International Health South America elcolombiano.co/EFE reported aA total of 11,512 dengue cases were recorded in Ecuador, where there are 1,528 confirmed cases of chikungunya, according to reports from the Ministry of Public Health. According to the statistics of that institution, the province of Manabi, on the coast, reported 4,348 dengue cases, […]

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More People Looking to Travel to Ecuador

businessinsider.com/Chloe Pantazi wrote:Ecuador, which is home to stunning waterfalls, jungle land, and idyllic nature trails, is fast becoming the most popular backpacking destination on earth. Internet searches for hostels in Ecuador rose by 556% between January 2015 and June 2016, compared to the same period the previous year, according to recent data from the hostel […]

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Air Mancora to offer flights between northern Peru to Guayaquil Ecuador in 2017

peruthisweek.com reportedfor many Peruvians and Ecuadorians, visiting the beaches north of Peru or flying to Ecuador for some much needed rest and relaxation usually means a whole lot of travel stress to begin with: tiresome bus trips, re-routing, and last minute travel changes. Well, good news is on the horizon. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR […]

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Ecuador: Esmeraldas, Manabi Provinces trying to reactivate tourism after quake

The earthquake on April 16 away to tourism in these two provinces. The public and private sectors together to seek alternatives and revive the economy of these areas. writing Citizenship Representatives of local and national public bodies and private enterprise, banded together to seek alternatives that lead to the revival of tourism and economy in […]

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Ecuador: Manabi Province reporting highest number of Zika, Dengue cases

eldiario.ecreported a rose 1,106 the number of infected by the virus Zika in Ecuador, according to a report issued today by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), which notes that, in those cases, 73 correspond to pregnant women. Manabi, with 940 cases, four of them imported, is the province most reported infected with the virus, […]

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Ecuador: Drastic Dive in Sales Revenues for Hotels, Restaurants in 2016

elcomercio.com reported by Sebastián Angulo Stives Reyes 22 July 2016 00:00 More Rooms and less diners: so was the beginning of the year for the sector of accommodation and food services. The activity decreased by 13.2% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. This is the worst first […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: New Tourism Development Plan

eltiempo.com.ec REPORTED a new strategic plan for tourism development was presented by the Municipal Foundation of Tourism for Cuenca, whose implementation is planned over a period of five years, ie until 2021. Matthew Estrella, director of the Strategic Plan, said the ultimate goal of the plan, which took more than six months to develop, is […]

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Ecuador: Since April 16′ earthquake, zika cases increase

NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO, 18 July 2016 – UNICEF.ORG Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas. According to national data, 80 per cent of the Zika cases are in the province of Manabí where the April 16 earthquake […]

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Expat Services in Salinas Ecuador, The Amigo Center

The Amigo Center: YOUR GO-TO CENTER, Providing Expat Services and Solutions We are a bilingual administrative go-to center, offering a wide variety of services and solutions to Expats who already reside in Salinas and the surrounding Peninsula area, or who are looking to make a transition here. Our concierge style services include, but are not […]

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Re/Max Pioneer Realty Salinas, Ecuador

Pioneer Realty is a bi-lingual, full-service real estate sales, rental, management and relocation consulting company located in Salinas, Ecuador. We are incorporated in Ecuador and are fully licensed according to Ecuadorian law. Pioneer Realty serves our broad ex-pat community as well as our Ecuadorian neighbors. Our services and real estate emphasis are on the purchase, […]

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Ecuador: 1,106 confirmed cases of Zika Virus, 73 of victims are pregnant

Eluniverso.com reported the Health Minister Margarita Guevara, said Thursday that the country currently has recorded 1,106 cases of the Zika virus, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito disease. Of that total infected, 73 are pregnant women, representing 6.60%. Guevara said that of those 73 cases, 10 babies have been born and are healthy. The incidence […]

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Study Claims Under Reporting of Chagas Disease in Ecuador, not controlled as previously claimed

Chagas Disease Has Not Been Controlled in Ecuador Citation: Dumonteil E, Herrera C, Martini L, Grijalva MJ, Guevara AG, Costales JA, et al. (2016) Chagas Disease Has Not Been Controlled in Ecuador. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0158145. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158145 A recent study by Cartelle Gestal et al. reported an analysis of data from the Ministry of Public […]

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Ecuador: Young tourist from U.S. still missing after vanishing three years ago

It is father’s day 2016. I am working in my library on another book and my wife is inside getting ready to take me to lunch with my grown children. But, I cannot help to think and feel today for the fathers who no longer have their children to hug, kiss, laugh with, and to […]

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Tourism in Ecuador after the Earthquake

nytimes.com/ SHIVANI VORA reported:The 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador in April that killed at least 410 people and injured more than 2,000 emotionally devastated the country and caused enormous damage. A disaster that severe can often lead to a downturn in tourism, but that may not be the case in Ecuador. Travel specialists say that the […]

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Ambato Ecuador (Central Sierra) 18 people missing so far in June, while hiking, visiting remote areas

WEATHER TO BLAME ALONG WITH UNPREPARED VISITORS IN REMOTE AREAS OF CENTRAL SIERRA IN ECUADOR 18 people reported missing in last two weeks – increased calls to 911 calling for help eltelegrafo.com.ec/ reported Tungurahua authorities could find alive 8 of the 10 people who had strayed into the area near Mula Corral, Tiliví Chico community […]

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Ecuador extends state of emergency in aftermath of April earthquake

Ecuador extended the state of emergency declared on 16 April, following the earthquake that devastated populated coastal leaving more than 600 dead and thousands of homes destroyed, said Saturday President Rafael Correa. “We will renew the state of emergency because we still have tens of thousands of families in shelters, some in official shelters,” Correa […]

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Ecuador averaging 39 aftershocks a day since April 16th massive quake

lahora.com.ec reported Ecuador has registered an average of 39 daily aftershocks up to 6.8 magnitude, the devastating earthquake of last April 16, said Wednesday, May 31, 2016, the Geophysical Institute (IG) of Quito. “So far we have a total of 1,745 aftershocks since the earthquake of April 16,” the IG said in its latest report. […]

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Ecuador Begins H1N1 Flu Vaccination Program, number of cases increasing

Eluniverso.com reported… Thousands of Ecuadorians went Tuesday to the public health centers to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu, which has seen a resurgence in recent weeks and has left 593 infected and 57 dead so far this year. The government imported 300,000 doses of the vaccine. 100,000 doses are slotted for Pichincha province. THe remaining […]

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Ecuador to privatize parts of TAME airlines

startribune.com reported – Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said he will partially privatize a state-run airline as damage from last month’s earthquake compounds hardships facing the oil-dependent economy. In Tuesday’s annual address to lawmakers, Correa said he will either sell or allow investors to buy shares in Tame airline. Also on the auction block are a […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Expat Robbed While Waiting at Bus Stop on way to Spanish Class

Nancy Thorton/nancythorntonwriter.com wrote: i’m safe. alive. and have all my body parts.close to an hour ago i was robbed at the bus stop. i was waiting for the #16 to take me to Otorongo Plaza for my biweekly Spanish class. usually several people are waiting with me but today i was alone. i pulled out […]

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