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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 Pacific resort in May.

he incident was only revealed on Monday when officials confirmed a man had been arrested and remanded in jail following a court appearance.

The suspect, named only as Mario E, was held in the city of Guayaquil about 110 miles southeast of Montanita. The horrific crime comes just months after two Argentinian travellers were killed while at the resort. Little details about the rape case involving the two Brits has been revealed. Read Article

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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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Cuenca Ecuador : Bus Fare Collectors Return for trial period

Known as helpers (ayudantes) or collectors (cobradores), theY return to buses this week for an evaluation period of their usefulness. metroecuador.com.ec reported – Aides buses in Cuenca will be for this week It is expected to evaluate the result of the return of collectors to urban transport units. Aides buses in Cuenca will be for […]

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Ruku Pichincha Volcano Ecuador: Four Mountain Climbers rescued including three foreign tourists

el19digital.com reported units of the Police and Fire Department Quito rescued Monday night three foreign tourists and an Ecuadorian who were in emergency situation when conducting a journey through the Ruco Pichincha volcano, located west of the Ecuadorian capital. A phone call to the System Security and Safety 911 ECU warned about the situation of […]

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Ecuador: Worsening of sanitary conditions is foreseeable in Earthquake zone

reliefweb.int reported: April 30th, 2016 Two weeks have passed since the devastating earthquake struck Ecuador on April 16th. The daily life in Pedernales, Manabi Province, located in the northwestern coastal region, has somewhat regained normalcy, however, worsening of sanitary conditions is foreseeable due to the arrival of the rainy season. To prevent this, AMDA-USFQ joint […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Tame flight mishap on runway, flights suspended

elcomercio.com reported Cuenca flights were suspended after a plane lost track airline Tame the morning of April 28, 2016, in the Mariscal La Mar airport in southern Ecuador. Preliminary reports indicate that there are no victims. According to the itinerary planned Mariscal La Mar Airport, six flights were scheduled to Guayaquil and Quito round trip […]

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Tree in Ecuador walks 20 meters a year

A species of palm tree in a section of Ecuador, can travel about 20 meters a year! This palm tree species, Socratea exorrhiza, can grow new roots to ‘sidestep’ and walk about 20 meters a year, according to Karl Gruber from the BBC. Read Article GOING TO LIVE IN ECUADOR READ THIS BOOK

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Ecuador: Family needs help in locating missing Canadian tourist Jolene Delange

CANADIAN TOURIST Jolene Delange IS MISSING IN ECUADOR – Last known location about two weeks ago was last known to have visited Vilcabamba and Banos. Contact information is below. Also contact Canadian embassy in Quito. INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM FACEBOOK GROUP ECUADOR EMERGENCY JOLENE’S FACEBOOK PAGE My family and I are searching for my cousin […]

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Ecuador Hospitals Preparing for Epidemic Phase after Earthquake

zocalo.com.mx REPORTED Ecuadorian hospitals are prepared to confront the epidemic phase that are specific disaster situations, as was the earthquake last April 16, which left nearly 600 dead. The medical director of the hospital Verdi Ceballos, Fredy Saldarriaga, in Puerto Viejo, one of the populations most affected by the quake on the northern coast of […]

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Ecuador: Amazon, Andes, Galapagos Islands open for tourism says Ministry of Tourism

LATIMES.com/Mary Forgione reported Ecuador’s popular destinations, such as the Amazon, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands, are open for tourism despite April 16′s deadly magnitude 7.8 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, the country’s Ministry of Tourism announced Thursday. The tourist areas are unaffected, and the international airport and city services in the capital, Quito, which felt […]

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Ecuador: New Criminal Modality Identified, watch out for a crying child

You often hear the advice to expats and travelers to Ecuador “use common sense and you will be fine” regarding avoiding crime in this lovely country. However, I have a different perspective about criminal activity in Ecuador. That is, what may make common sense to you in your home country may not be the same […]

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URGENT: Ecuador in need of critical blood types, O NEGATIVE, AB POSITIVE

URGENT: elcomercio.com reported the Ecuadorian Red Cross says it needs more O-negative and AB-positive blood for the earthquake victims. The Red Cross says normal demand is 300 pints a day. But after the quake, the need is for 900 pints.Critical blood types are first priority. Read Article JOIN ECUADOR EMERGENCY FACEBOOK GROUP

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1700 Reported Missing in Ecuador Quake

Fears Grow For 1,700 Missing In Ecuador Quake news.sky.com reported — Officials are counting the human and financial cost of the quake, with nearly 500 people dead and 2,600 injured.The number of dead has reached 480, with 2,560 injured. The government said 1,500 buildings had been damaged and 18,000 people had spent the night in […]

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Ecuador: Rescuers losing hope of finding more suvivors

Reuters.com reported Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope of finding more survivors on Tuesday from an earthquake which killed more than 400 people and dealt a shattering blow to the South American OPEC nation’s already fragile economy. Praying for miracles, distraught family members beseeched rescue teams to find missing loved ones as they used dogs, […]

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Ecuador Earthquake 2016: LIST OF MISSING EXPATS / TOURISTS

LATINAMERICACURRENTEVENTS.COM / ECUADOR EMERGENCY FACEBOOK PAGE / This list is primarily for members of Ecuador Emergency. We are posting names of individuals living or visiting in Ecuador. We are attempting to locate them and verify if they are ok and if there are any immediate needs. Feel free to add names and edit as you […]

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Ecuador: Mother and Son, Expats from Canada killed in earthquake

MOTHER AND SON FROM CANADA KILLED IN EARTHQUAKE eluniverso.com reported two Canadian expats died in the earthquake. A mother and her son, a Canadian citizens, who had not lived long in Ecuador died after the powerful earthquake that shook the Ecuadorian coast Saturday night. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada reported that the dead […]

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Quito Ecuador: Expat’s truck shaking it up during earthquake

RELOCATION SERVICES TO ECUADOR – JOURNEYMAN JACK SAFETY AND SECURITY IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

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Ecuador: Two Canadians reported killed in Earthquake

Montrealgazette.com reported Two Quebecers dead in Ecuador earthquake that killed at least 235 Two Canadians were among the 233 people killed during a powerful earthquake in Ecuador Saturday night. “Canadian officials at our embassy in Quito are reaching out to Canadian citizens in-country and providing assistance to Canadians affected by the earthquake,” said Foreign Affairs […]

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7.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE ECUADOR

(CNN) REPORTED: A magnitude-7.8 earthquake occurred Saturday evening on the coast of Ecuador, according to the United States Geological Survey. Near Muisne Ecuador The tremor was recorded at a depth of 19.2 kilometers (11.9 miles). There were no immediate reports of damage or injurie. Read Article SAFETY AND SECURITY IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

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Esmeraldas Ecuador: Colombian confesses to brutal murder of young French Tourist

24 YEAR OLD FRENCH TOURIST FOUND MURDERED IN ATACAMES RIVER, ESMERALDAS lahora.com.ec (JANUARY 2016) reported…. “I pulled her neck with my hands, then plunged her into the water and left her totally naked corpse in the river , ” was the chilling tale that gave the confessed murderer of French tourist Helene Derouault, who was […]

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Ecuador: Parents of murdered French tourist not seeking revenge

01-09-16 lahora.com.ec reported”From a young age , her growing passion for learning Spanish and South American culture have led Hélène in his life . ” With this sentence begins a letter from the parents of French tourist, Helene Derouault, found dead last Sunday in Atacames. After hearing the chilling way in which her daughter was […]

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Ecuador: New Tax Proposal to levy tax on those taking more than $1098 out of the country

ecuadortransparente.com reported new taxes proposed by the new project called Act Balancing Public Finances, sent yesterday, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at about 10 pm to the National Assembly. It is established that the currency cash carry Ecuadorians and foreign citizens, adults who leave the country or minors who are not traveling with an adult, up […]

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Ecuador: Surcharges on international commercial flights increase

elcomercio.com reported – Ministry of Tourism raised the so-called Ecodelta surcharge from $20 to $50 on international commercial flights. Last year, the surcharge increased from $5 to $20. So it has gone up ten-fold in just a year. March 3, 2016 00:00 The Ecodelta contribution, which is paid on the issue of each airline ticket […]

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Tungurahua Volcano Ecuador still roaring, activity expected to last several weeks

TOURISM BANNED IN AREA antena3.com REPORTED…The Tungurahua volcano, one of the most active in Ecuador , continues to erupt a week later. The column of smoke and ash has reached 4,000 meters altitude and experts say that the activity will continue for several weeks. Although so far no evacuations have been ordered, the authorities have […]

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Ecuador: Two missing tourists from Argentina found dead, suspected of being murdered

UPDATE FROM DINASED: BODIES OF TWO MISSING TOURISTS FOUND WRAPPED IN PLASTIC AND GUNNY BAGS IN REMOTE SECTION OF BEACH READ ARTICLE ecuadorinmediato.com The two young women from Argentina who were vacationing in Ecuador in Montanita have been found dead. Interior Minister reported both young women were found with trauma injuries to the head. The […]

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Ecuador: Two young tourists from Argentina missing, last seen in Montanita

tn.com.ar reported the last contact was in Montanita, Ecuador, on 22 February. There he was told the mother of one of them leaving for Lima and they would not have a sign for a few days. That was the last that was heard of Marina Menegazzo (21 years) and Maria Jose Coni (22), two mendocinas […]

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Ecuador: Tungurahua Volcano raised to orange alert

telesurtv.net reported the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic (IGEPN) advises not circulate on roads and highways crossing streams which have fallen by pyroclastic flows. The Secretariat of Risk Management (SGR) Friday raised the alert level from yellow to orange by reactivation of the Tungurahua volcano, which emitted a plume of steam with a high […]

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Ecuador: Investigation in death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison continues according to Shaman

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN DEATH OF YOUNG U.S. CITIZEN DURING AYUAHUASCA CEREMONY Aclaracion Tsunki Chiriap·Thursday, February 18, 2016 On behalf of Miguel Chiriap, we would like to make the following statement regarding the sad passing of our sister Leslie Allison: Miguel Chiriap is an uwishin, traditional Shuar healer, who has been practicing ancestral Shuar medicine for […]

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TAME changes Guayaquil-Lima, Guayaquil-New York schedule in March 2016

airlineroute.net reported TAME Ecuador starting mid-March 2016 is adjusting International operations, as Lima and New York JFK service will move from Quito to Guayaquil. Planned service changes will take place on 18MAR16. Guayaquil – Lima EQ515 GYE1820 – 2020LIM E90 D EQ516 LIM2120 – 2320GYE E90 D MOVING TO ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK Guayaquil […]

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Ecuador: Waves leave damage in coastal areas of Esmeraldas and Manabi

Waves and water source for the last three days (Sunday through Tuesday) affected coastal areas of the country and left damage in areas of Manabi and Esmeraldas. In the parish of Portoviejo Crucita, Manabi, Esteban Calderon sought yesterday of the sticks, planks and reeds that remained after the cabin collapsed early yesterday morning, after the […]

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Ecuador: Ecotourism helping create employment in Indigenous communities

triplepundit.com reported a successful relationship with ecotourism has created economic opportunities within the reserve and the indigenous communities, helping to keep young people from seeking employment outside of the reserve. Several of the nature guides at other ecolodges are from indigenous communities, as are all of the canoe motorists. The school teacher in the Siona […]

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The Real Ecuador According to Don Nadie, expats and future expats take note

In 35 years of studying the “emerald of the Andes”, Ecuador, I have been fortunate to learn a few things about this beautiful yet very complicated country and I am still learning. One thing that is important to note is that friendships take a very long time to develop in Ecuador. I am not talking […]

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Shaman declines to comment on death of American Leslie Allison in Ecuador

After the death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison in Gualaquiza, Ecuador during an Ayahuasca ceremony this publication contacted the Shaman directly responsible for the ceremony involving approximately 32 participants. A reporter from LATINAMERICACURRENTEVENTS.COM phoned Miguel Chiriap a well known shaman provider which focuses on providing rituals for tourists from the U.S. and Europe. He initially […]

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Ecuador: Young U.S. woman dies in Ayahuasca ceremony in the jungle

Developing Story: Mystery in Ecuador: What happened to Leslie Allison in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador? Young woman from Texas who loved Ecuador dies while participating in Aayahuasca ceremony near Gualaquiza (Morona Santiago) Ecuador. 35 year-old Leslie Allison was a ray of light and a free spirit by any measure if you speak to anyone […]

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Baños Ecuador: Tourist seriously injured in bicycle accident, requires further surgery

Roxana Badaloni reported a young player of the selected field hockey from Mendoza Argentina suffered a serious accident while on vacation with four other friends in Ecuador. Josefina Munoz (22) fell during a journey by bicycle and suffered an injury to the liver. Her teammates are organizing a tournament to raise funds and cover the […]

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Portoviejo Ecuador: Four suspected cases of Zika Virus

eluniverso.com reported health authorities in Manabi analyze and research zika four suspected cases in Portoviejo. This is an adult aged 65 and three teenagers, two men and a woman aged between 14 and 15 years, said Brucker Garcia, director of the Health District 1 manabita capital. He said that these cases have links with the […]

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Ecuador: Climbing in the Avenue of Volcanoes is a challenge and rewarding

Climbing In Ecuador’s ‘Avenue Of Volcanoes’ Is Challenging, Rewarding Jim Clash , Contributor to Forbes.com Near the equator in Ecuador lies a group of mountains known as Avenue of Volcanoes. From the air, the peaks look beautiful, like vanilla-topped ice cream cones. Down lower, they are massive and gritty. The biggest is Chimborazo, at 20,564 […]

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Ecuador: INOCAR believes El Niño will peak in mid-February

El Niño continues with a magnitude between strong and moderate, according to authorities. Chance of above normal rainfall in the north, internally and center of the country, as Esmeraldas, Manabi, the Gulf of Guayaquil and other coastal areas in the island region are estimated. And for the rest of the coastal region around its normal […]

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Baños Ecuador: Tourist from U.S. falls to his death

Pepperdine Student Dies in Ecuador Katie Giacobbe / malibutimes.com reported…Sophomore Cameron Johnson was enrolled in the university’s Buenos Aires, Argentina study abroad program. Pepperdine University students and staff mourned the death of a second student at the end of last week. Sophomore Cameron Johnson was found dead in the village of Baños, Ecuador, just six […]

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Ecuador: Tourist dies in Zipline accident, falls 35 meters (Video) near Bucay

eluniverso.com reported a Belgium national from Switzerland was visiting Ecuador with his Ecuadorian wife. Relatives expect Friday’s body be repatriated Victor dos Santos Delgado, of Belgian origin, who died last Thursday after falling about 35 meters high while doing sport canopy(zipline) at the lodge House, on the grounds of hostería Casa de Piedra, 7.5 kilometers […]

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Isla de la Plata Ecuador: The Poor Man’s Galapagos

thedailyvoicenews.com.. reported, just off the coast of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, is Isla de la Plata. This island is better known as the Poor Man’s Galapagos because of the birds that nest there. Even with the construction on the Puerto Lopez malecon (main beach road), there are still daily trips to “La Isla”. In fact, because […]

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Ecuador: El Niño continuing to evolve

elcomercio.com reported the weather forecast for the next 24 hours warns chance of showers in coastal cities like Guayaquil, Quevedo, Machala, Santo Domingo; in the north and south of the Sierra; in the Amazon and Galapagos. The high temperatures since mid-December and precipitation at various points of the Costa are signs that the winter season […]

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Ecuador: Passenger Reviews of TAME Airlines, some good and some not so good

Airlinesratings.com provides readers an area to comment on the overall service and experience of airlines. TAME ranks with a score of 5 out of 10. Here are four reviews from the site. Some good and some not so good. Fatima of United States Cabin Flown: Economy Fatima’s overall rating : 1/10 I finally found a […]

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Quito Ecuador: Little know Establishment with European Style Cheese only on Saturday

On Plaza Foch in Mariscal district. SPEAK SPANISH LIKE AN ECUADORIAN – SPANISH SLANG-ECUADOR

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Cuenca Ecuador: End of year Celebrations, 12 Vehicle accidents, one death, 82 detained for DUI

metroecuador.com.ec reported Municipal GAD Cuenca, alongside with other canton authorities, assessed the results of the Contingency Plan held in December 2015, by New Year’s Eve holiday. In total, in this last holiday, were 12 traffic accidents with 11 injured with one victim dead. Likewise, he announced that the December 30, 2015 to January 3 2016, […]

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New Year’s Traditions in Ecuador

NBCNEWS.com reported In my Ecuadorian American household we have New Year’s Eve traditions that haven’t changed much over the years; many of these are familiar in different countries. Even though my parents have tweaked a few things from their homeland traditions and superstitions – now we also include watching the Times Square ball drop – […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Secret City according to International Living writer

Ecuador’s colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca have captured the hearts of many expats looking for a more relaxed style of life. But I’ve discovered a city, often overlooked, that is one of Ecuador’s hidden gems and is perfect for my active lifestyle. International Living/Carl Taylor / Guayaquil is a port and the country’s largest […]

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Quito Ecuador’s valleys for country living near a big city in the village of Nayón

internationalliving.com reported… Getting the best of both country and big-city life is a tall order. But in the valleys that surround Ecuador’s capital, Quito, you can have a country setting with green mountains in view at every turn, little brick houses tucked in amid lush gardens…and friendly neighbors who greet you with a smile. Yet […]

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Ten South American Destinations worth a visit you may never have heard of

Rare Beautiful Landscapes in South America GearJunkie.com reported: 1) Cerro Castillo, Chile 2) Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Bolivia 3) Vinicunca, Peru 4) Pailon del Diablo, Ecuador 5) Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil 6) Huacachina, Peru 7) Humahuaca and Purmamarca, Argentina 8) Cocora Valley, Colombia 9) Villa O’Higgins, Chile 10) Valle de Muerte, Chile […]

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Ecuador, El Niño: Expert states “prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”

psmag.com reported in 1997, Ecuador’s climate forecasters achieved one of their greatest successes on record, and its government responded with a massive failure. We accurately predicted six months in advance that a strong El Niño phenomenon would hit Ecuador,” says Rodney Martinez, who was then head of the Marine Sciences Department at the Ecuadorian Navy’s […]

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Canadian Couple Make New Life in Ayampe Ecuador

thestar.com reported…Vanessa Lavigne sold her Edmonton home and moved to Ecuador with her husband in 2008. The two settled in Ayampe, a peaceful town with a population of 120, and opened a school to teach surfing, yoga and Spanish. The 33 year old now has two young kids and she’s staying put on the coast. […]

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Rincón d’Olón Suites and Studios in Olón, Montañita Ecuador

Sponsored Post A wonderful place to stay in Olón (Montañita), Manglaralto Santa Elena (Guayas), Ecuador – Rincón d’Olón Welcome to Rincón d’Olón! We are happily accepting your reservations for 2016 & 2017! Green & pristine hillsides, white & sandy beaches, safety & relaxation, luxury & comfort; visit Olón!         Rincón d’Olón offers […]

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MOVE OR RETIRE IN ECUADOR, READ THIS BOOK FIRST

100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador If you are researching Ecuador as a living destination you may find my book of interest. Please take a look at the introduction below to see if it may meet your needs. I prepared the book in hopes of providing the reader substantial information in […]

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Ecuador: EYE EYE EYE CARAMBA! Man gored in eye by bull (video)

Graphic video may not be appropriate for all audiences. LIVELEAK.COM Man gored in eye by bull in Sangolquí, Ecuador MOVING TO ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK – GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CULTURE

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Two criminals assault, rob two tourists at gunpoint

Captured suspect after robbery and assault of two Tourists in Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil Ecuador. Eluniverso.com reported on August 29th, 2015, two tourists from Spain were assaulted and robbed while walking in the popular tourist are of Cerro Santa Ana, in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The video shows the two assailants walking behind the victims and then […]

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Galapagos Islands: Number of visitors up five percent in first half of 2015

elmercurio.com.ec reported Tourism in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands grew by five percent in the first half of this year compared with the record of visits in the same period of 2014, it was reported. A report by the Galapagos National Park and the Tourism Observatory of the islands points out that between January and June this […]

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Ecuador: U.S. tourist dies mountain climbing in Chimborazo reserve

American tourist killed in tour Chimborazo, November 25, 2015 eluniverso.com reported the Environment Ministry yesterday reported the death of a foreign tourist within the Fauna Production Reserve Chimborazo, in the area of ​​the lagoon, near the second shelter, 5100 meters above sea level. Staff at the tour operator with which made the trip tourists, unveiled […]

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Manta Ecuador: Couple finds enjoyment – International Living

Jackie Minchillo/internationalliving.com reported… From our balcony, aided only by a pair of binoculars, my husband and I sit and watch whales breach, roll, and spout all day long. Before I lived here, I figured that you’d have to hire a boat and go out for miles to see whales—but not here. For some reason—perhaps the […]

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Belly of the Beast: Modus Operandi of Criminals In San Roque, Quito Ecuador (video)

 SAFETY AND SECURITY IN ECUADOR – READ THIS IMPORTANT BOOK

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Ecuador: President Declares State of Emergency due to presence of El Niño

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported that a state of emergency has been declared declared today in 17 provinces of the country because of the presence of El Niño. President Correa issued the emergency decree to last last 60 days. According to Ecuador’s Constitution, the state of emergency allows the President to suspend or limit freedom of movement, freedom […]

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Missing U.S. Expat in Ecuador

UPDATE TO STORY: SEVERAL SOURCES BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE HAVE VERIFIED THAT MS. BROWN WAS LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND – NO LONGER MISSING CUICOCHA, COTACACHI Missing from Cuicocha, Cotacachi, Jill Brown was last seen in Cotacachi at 12:00pm on Saturday November 14th 2015. Contact Paola Ige in Ecuador at: 0993724572 or call 911. Police contact: […]

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Ecuador – BUS CRASH: 3 Dead, 19 injured on Loja-Catamayo highway

Three dead and 19 injured after the accident via Loja-Catamayo – November 13,2015 Eluniverso.com reported …. A bus transportation cooperative ‘Union Cariamanga’, covering the Loja Zapotillo route crashed Friday morning in Loja-Catamayo road. Product of the accident three people died and 19 were injured, so they were transferred to nursing homes and Loja Catamayo. It […]

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Ecuador: U.S. State Department per diem rates

Post Name Maximum Lodging Rate M &amp Maximum Per Diem 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 DEPT OF STATE THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – READ THIS […]

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Ecuador: Things to do in Quito

americasquarterly.org/ 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 culture and contemporary infrastructure. 1. Go colonial Quito’s historic […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Protests opposed to proposed consitutional amendments

cuencahighlife.com reported… Protesters opposed to proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would allow President Rafael Correa to seek another term, clashed with police Wednesday night at the Parque Calderon glorieta. Police and protesters in a shoving match Wednesday night in Parque Calderon. Photo credit: El Tiempo Police and protesters in a shoving match Wednesday night […]

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Ecuador bracing for El Niño phenomenon

Sarah Lozanova wrote: The El Niño phenomenon of 2015-2016 is expected to be rival that of 1997-1998, which caused losses equal to 14.5 percent of Ecaudor’s GDP. El Niño causes a weakening of the trade winds, allowing heat to accumulate. The phenomenon shifts global weather, causing flooding in some areas and droughts in others. Ecuador […]

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International Living writer recommends book on Ecuador for a different perspective

International Living Writer Recommends Book if you are looking at the downside of living in Ecuador April 22, 2015, 9:41 – From a Social Media Group on Ecuador Wendy Hetlet DeChambeau Wow, ummm I guess I’ve caused a stir, lol. Thanks to those of you who have complimented my writing, it’s always appreciated. And so […]

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Ecuador Leading Green Destination for Visitors in 2015 (Press Release)

QUITO, Ecuador, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ecuador is one of the most biologically and geographically diverse countries on the planet, increasingly recognized as an outstanding destination for travelers of all types. The World Travel Awards recently named Ecuador as South America’s 2015 Leading Green Destination, and the capital city of Quito earned the distinction […]

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Canoa Ecuador, Attempted robbery on beach of U.S. expat couple (March, 2015)

earlybirdinecuador.wordpress.com reported… Jan and I have been visiting and enjoying Canoa’s beaches now for over three years. On our near-daily strolls, we have had the pleasure of crossing paths with many an expat and Ecuadorian. However, an unexpected encounter this morning was quite at odds with all of our prior shell-hunting excursions. We were down […]

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Ecuador: Expat’s Experience with Emergency Medical Care in Rural Coastal Area

This is a post made by an expat in Ecuador on a Facebook group and involves a medical emergency her husband experienced while living on the coast of Ecuador. ———- This is a very long post about the availability of healthcare in rural areas on the coast and how important it is to know this […]

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Cuenca Ecuador Weather, the real scoop and what to expect

By Sylvan Hardy – cuencahighlife.com One of the most perplexing aspects of life in Cuenca — and a source of continuing befuddlement for expats — is the weather. It’s not only a point of confusion with expats, but even with locals who’ve lived in it all their lives. With the approach of an El Niño, […]

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Ecuador, Zika Virus Alert

Quito (Pichincha).- The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador (MSP) issued an epidemiological alert mandatory for health facilities of the Comprehensive Public Health Network and the complementary network due to the epidemiological alert issued by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO), for nine cases of Zika virus in Colombia. The […]

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Galápagos Islands: Sea Lion Behavior Differences in Relation to Human Exposure

Galápagos Sea Lion Behavior Differences in Relation to Human Exposure Connor Piechota, Kevin Watson, & Ryan Fuxa College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Abstract Our study examined the behavioral differences of the Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) in relation to human presence . Our main goal was to determine whether sea lions would be […]

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