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Ecuador’s Greatest Conman Scams Swiss Tourists

Ecuador’s Greatest Conman Scams Swiss Tourists

Torre_del_Reloj_en_GuayaquilFrom the Upcoming Book ECUATROCITY by Nicholas Crowder.
Scam artists exist around the world and Ecuador is no exception. One of the most unique scams happened back in 1980, in the port city of Guayaquil. A couple of tourists from Switzerland were amazed at the beautiful Moorish style clock tower that stands on the malecon overlooking the Guayas river.

The couple noticed the Santay Island which sits in the middle of the river. They wanted to take photographs of the lush sparsely inhabited isle. On the Malecon they met a charming, handsome, well dressed man from Muisne, Ecuador. They asked Sigifredo Dante Reyes if they could go up into the tower to photograph the island. Reyes could do better than that. He claimed to own the beautiful tower which just happened to contain a clock which he claimed was constructed in Switzerland. And he said he would sell it to them that he had inherited the beautiful monument.

The gullible foreigners fell for his charm and gracious manner and they agreed to purchase the municipal owned tower for the price of 160,000 sucres ($6,000 USD). He drew up the fake paperwork and false title and the hit was on. You can imagine the embarrassment the couple felt and the lighter pockets they had when they discovered they they had been scammed.

This particular scam received world-wide attention and Dante Reyes would become affectionately known as the “Cuentero de Muisine” (The Story Teller of Muisine). The word story teller can often have a negative connotation as a scamster in Ecuador. The “Cuentero de Muisine” pulled a number of scams on others over his lifetime. He died in 2013, in a Quito prison during open heart surgery. Sources: Wikipedia, Eluniverso.com

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The above story is one of hundreds presented in the upcoming book “Crime, Murder, & Mayhem – ECUATROCITY – An intelligence/Travel Anthology of Crime, Safety, Security for the traveler and expat in Ecuador. (Release in Fall of 2017) Nicholas Crowder is a retired law enforcement officer and has been involved in the study of Ecuador for thirty six years. He has also written the book “100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador “, a deep analysis of many of the challenges and obstacles that anyone moving to Ecuador may face. The book contains significant cultural information not available in other books.

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Cuenca Ecuador, Victim of Unbridled Growth according to Architect

elmercurio.com.ec (Machine Translated) When planning the city lack philosophical order, says expert; Pleads For balance between ecology and human action. The growth of the city in the last years has occurred in an unbridled way and without a philosophical or “ecosfico” order (according to the ecosophy). There is only one economic order when doing business […]

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Ecuador on alert for Foot and Mouth Disease after detection in Colombia

Víctor Gómez/ELUNIVERSO.COM Ecuador on alert for foot and mouth deisease after cases reported in COlombiavwaa8boj.jpg Ecuador will intensify the control of the sanitary guide of cattle mobilization, added the county director zone 1 of Agrocalidad. Sucumbíos – Ecuador has put itself on alert and takes preventive measures to avoid a possible contagion of foot-and-mouth disease […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: Dozens Injured in Inti Raymi Celebrations (Videos)

Videos of this past weekend of neighborhood fights between different factions in what many call the small tranquil village of Cotacachi, Ecuador. This time of year are the traditional Inti Raymi celebrations. There are numerous injuries. Celebrations and or fights will continue next weekend. SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT […]

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Ecuador: Reventador Volcano Shows Increased Activity

Reventador Volcano Vistazo.com The Geophysical Institute (IG) of the National Polytechnic School warned today of a change in the behavior of the volcano Reventador, which for some months had a “high” activity. The IG said that since Thursday afternoon has recorded seismic tremors and pyroclastic flows (red rocks) that have raised emissions or clouds with […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Illegal Banking Operation shutdown, some expats may be impacted

CUENCAHIGHLIFE.COM reported Hundreds of Cuenca investors, including some North American expats, may be victims of an illegal banking operation shut down over the weekend. Police began making arrests Friday and seized office equipment and vehicles Saturday belonging to MTCoin Banco del Futura (Bank of the Future) at the firm’s offices in Cuenca and Santa Isabel. […]

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Puembo, Ecuador: Video Shows Hit and Run Accident of Moped Driver

Riding around with Journeyman Jack in Puembo, Ecuador near the Quito airport Dashcam Footage Hit & Run SUN 25 JUL17 Puembo, Ecuador, a taxi zooms by Jack, and then a black SUV with no license plates zooms around Journeyman Jack’s vehicle, driving at imprudent speed in a secondary neighborhood road. The driver of the SUV […]

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Quito Ecuador: ” Get Out of Here” Yell Patrons in Restaurant at Former President Correa (Video)

FORMER PRESIDENT CORREA BOOTED OUT OF RESTAURANT AMID SHOUTS BY CUSTOMERS The former president Rafael Correa could not be attended in a restaurant, his presence generated the rejection of the attendees and had to leave the premises amid the cries of ‘Fuera (outside) Correa, outside’. Restaurant diners in quito restaurant forces President Correa to leave. […]

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Santa Elena Ecuador: Mayor Victim of Armed Robbery in Gated Community

extra.ec (machine translated) Six armed men entered at 03:00 today, Thursday, June 22 at the home of the mayor of Santa Elena, Dionicio Gonzabay Salinas , and assaulted him, according to a police report. Gonzabay told investigators that while he was resting with his wife, armed men entered the bedroom to intimidate and tie them; […]

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Ecuador: Five Dead, at least 12 Injured in Horrific Bus Accident (Video)

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U.S. / Brazilian National Murdered in Ecuador (Feb. 2016), Suspected of Money Laundering

U.S. / Brazilian National Murdered in Ecuador Marcello Mello, age 46, lived in a suburban area of St. Louis, Missouri. In February of 2016, he was on a business trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador when things went terribly wrong. He was kidnapped along with a friend, taken to a vacant lot on February 19th, 2017 and […]

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Quito Ecuador: City wants to relocate sex workers from historic center

Daniel Romero/elcomercio.com (machine translated) – The Municipality has a new plan for the relocation of sex workers working in the Historic Center. The associations that represent them accepted the official proposal, but there is a problem: at least 10 neighborhoods oppose. In the dialogue tables, which since May 2017 coordinates the Ministry of Social Inclusion […]

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Reason Why Rains Persist over Areas of Ecuador

According to the Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting and Alerts Department of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (INAMHI), in its warning bulletin issued on Monday, June 19, the circulation of the wind in the lower levels of the troposphere, carries high moisture content Towards the northern and interior part of the Ecuadorian littoral with […]

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Ecuador: Driver Murdered in Bus Gang Assault on Guayaquil – Cuenca Route

BUS DRIVER RESISTED ROBBERY, SHOT IN HEAD eltiempo.com.ec (machine translated) The bus driver of the Cooperativa San Luis, which covered the Guayaquil-Cuenca route, died after receiving a bullet impact from the assault and robbery committed by a criminal gang of seven individuals. The bus driver of the Cooperativa San Luis, which covered the Guayaquil-Cuenca route, […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Land Based options for tourism

NYTIMES.COM / The Galápagos Islands, with their gorgeous scenery, unparalleled and rare wildlife unafraid of humans, and paramount historical and scientific importance, were once a place you saved for years to see, a splurge that made a ski trip to Aspen look positively cheap in comparison. The only way to visit was by cruise ship, […]

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Ecuador receives certification for detecting nuclear tests, stations located on Galapagos Islands

mundo.sputniknews.com – Ecuador received certification for the worldwide use of the RN24 Radionuclide Monitoring Station for detection of nuclear tests and for the inauguration of the IS20 Infrasound Station, both located in the Galapagos Islands, as part of its commitment to The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS […]

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One Expat Claims he would be dead had he stayed in U.S. and not moved to Ecuador

Wendy DeChambeau / Internationalliving.com “If I Had Stayed in the U.S., I’d be Dead Now” “I’m in better shape now than I’ve been in many years,” says Warren Sklar, reflecting on his new life in Ecuador. “I was 140 pounds heavier, I was having a very difficult time controlling my blood pressure with three medications, […]

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FARC dissidents may be behind drug lab along Colombia,Ecuador border

insightcrime.org/Tristan Clavel Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident elements of the demobilizing FARC guerrilla group are maintaining operations in this traditional trafficking hub. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK The head of Colombia’s anti-narcotic police, General […]

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Videotapes Implicating Ecuador Officials in Odebrecht Case

Karina Martín /panampost.com reported a former Odebrecht executive in Ecuador has produced videotapes of his meetings with government officials. The videos are expected to reduce his sentence, as he is cooperating with the trial currently taking place in Brazil. The former executive will now reportedly receive the lowest sentence of the 77 people who have […]

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Diplomatic Row Between Ecuador and Peru over border wall

theguardian.com / It is just over a mile long and only a few feet tall, but a wall which Ecuador is building along its frontier with Peru has prompted a fierce diplomatic row between the two South American countries. Peru’s top diplomat for the Americas, Hugo de Zela, has demanded an urgent bilateral meeting over […]

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Ecuador under President Moreno: Rethinking the U.S. relationship with Latin America’s left

Ecuador under President Moreno: Rethinking the U.S. relationship with Latin America’s left By Evan Ellis / May 26, 2017 DEMOCRACY & ELECTIONS The inauguration of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new President on May 24th creates an opportunity for the United States to reconstruct its relationship with Latin America’s left. It’s a new relationship that the […]

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Ecuador: Customs Initiates new baggage control system at international airports

revistalideres.ec reported Ecuador’s customs service began using a new baggage control system today. The goal of the new system is to optimize the experience of passengers who arrive in Ecuador, and hopefully reduce the waiting time for luggage checks/inspections in customs. Quito’s airport provided a demonstration today. The passenger’s passport is scanned to determine the […]

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Restaurant clients in northern Guayaquil, Ecuador assaulted

Restaurant clients in northern Guayaquil are assaulted Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) INCREASE IN ASSAILANTS USING MOTORCYCLES IN COMMITTING ASSAULTS, CRIMES. Motorcycle robberies, home burglaries and armed robberies, using a motorcycle to mobilize, are part of the criminal acts that were reported in the last few hours in the Office of Public Prosecution of the Albán […]

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Ecuador: Oil drilling not only threat to Yasuni National Park, report on illegal loggers from Peru

rpp.pe reported… In the deepest part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, right on the border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting by traffickers, who claim they are Peruvians and penetrate into their territory along the Curaray River , Province of Pastaza in Ecuador. The problem is to […]

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Ecuador: Two French Tourists Report Theft of Computers on bus, security camera not on

eluniverso.com /machine translated Two French tourists report theft of computers on bus from Peru to Guayaquil The foreigners, students of the University of Toulouse, France, went to the Office of the Public Prosecutor yesterday with part of their luggage. Research work on the ethnicities of Colombia, which she had compiled for her thesis on anthropology […]

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Shushufindi, Sucumbíos Ecuador: Pipeline oil spill affects 170 families

Oil spill affects some 170 families in Shushufindi, Sucumbíos Ecuavisa.com (machine translated) Residents of the Kichwa Santa Elena community in Shushufindi canton are affected by the oil spill from one of the pipelines of an oil company. The fact was registered in a forest protected by the community and some 170 families have been harmed, […]

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Ecuador: One of last remaining dry forests faces threats

aljazeera.com / On the outskirts of Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil lies the Cerro Blanco reserve, one of the last remaining dry forests in the country. Dry forests are named as such due to the ability of the vegetation to survive long periods without rain, using natural water conservation methods. Cerro Blanco is threatened by […]

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Challuabamba (Cuenca Ecuador): U.S. expat Terry Schaefer missing

ALERT: MISSING EXPAT TERRY SCHAEFER: The following information was obtained from the wife of Terry Schaefer, both U.S. citizens and resident expats in Challuabamba,Ecuador. (INFORMATION ALSO POSTED ON FACEBOOK GROUP ECUADOR EMERGENCY) On June 12, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm Virginia Schaefer noticed that her husband Terry Schaefer seemed to have left the house. They […]

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Ecuador: Average of 3.5 percent of loans to banks delinquent

metroecuador.com.ec (machine translated) The level of delinquency in Ecuador has declined and stands at an average of 3.5 percent, said today, June 7, the president of the Association of Private Banks of Ecuador, Julio José Prado. “Numbers are declining,” he said in an interview on public television recalling that until the middle of last year, […]

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Supermaxi Ecuador victim of social media spreading of fake offers from retailer

metroecuador.com.ec(machine translated)Supermaxi denies false publications on its behalf One of the fake publications tells users that they have earned a Chevrolet Sail for their loyalty. The corporation Favorita through its brand Supermaxi notified through its social networks that in the last days have been published false promotions using the name of the mark. SPANISH SLANG […]

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Two Arrested in Heroin Smuggling Network from Ecuador to Miami, commercial flights used

miamiherald.com/By Alfonso Chardy Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a Miami couple after discovering a narcotics smuggling network that transported heroin from Ecuador on commercial flights to Miami, according to federal court records. In the case uncovered by the DEA, the investigation began in 2016 when investigators learned about a narcotic supplier from Ecuador. Read Full […]

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Ecuador: Man Loses Fingers in Explosion while trying to charge cellphone battery

eluniverso.com / machine translated – SANTO DOMINGO OF THE TSÁCHILAS. Elsita Valencia, the mother of the one affected by the explosion, said that her son was trying to charge his cell phone with a homemade tool. The battery was connected with improvised cables. Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas – A homemade alkaline battery burst in […]

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Ecuador: At least 30 people injured when pedestrian bridge collapses (video)

eluiverso.com reported that thirty people were injured when a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Tosagua Canton (Manabí Province). Approximately 150 people were on the suspension bridge watching a rafting event in the community of La Madera when the bridge seemed to buckle and 50 of the pedestrians tumbled into the river. Thirty people suffered injuries. Some […]

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Baños Ecuador: Man dies in bungee jumping accident

lahora.come.ec (machine translated) At approximately 1:00 pm today an accident was reported on the San Francisco Bridge in Baños de Agua Santa . Supposedly a young man of 23 years of age was practicing Bungee Jumping and the moment of launching of the bridge the rope was very long, reason why it was hit in […]

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Los Ríos, Ecuador: First case of baby with microcephaly from Zika virus

The one-week-old patient will be seen next week by specialist neurologists. Los Ríos, Ecuador lahora.com.ec / reported: Through a press conference, the director of Zone 5 of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), Ricardo Beltrán, officially announced that there is in Quevedo the first case of a baby born with microcephaly associated with zika virus. […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Band of Thieves Posing as Contractors, Municipal Workers

Eluniverso.com (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Periodically municipal workers give maintenance to the luminaries that are the competence of the Cabildo, above all, in the regenerated zones. Archive They come to different sectors of the city with the argument that they will remove public luminaires in good condition for better quality ones. They wear uniforms and are transported […]

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Galapagos Islands: Sharkiest Place on the Planet

Monitoring sharks in the mid-Pacific: a journey to the sharkiest place in the world Posted by Florencia Cerutti of Charles Darwin Research Station in Sciencetelling Stories on June 9, 2017 The Darwin Arch. Credit: Patricia Marti Puig/Charles Darwin Foundation voices.nationalgeographic.com A long-dreamed opportunity for any biologist, I finally found my way to the Galápagos Islands […]

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Galapagos Islands: Catamaran Yacht Sinks, 24 people rescued

elcomercio.com reported that twenty-four people were rescued from a catamaran yacht that sank in the Galápagos. 15 passengers and 9 crew members from the Queen of Galápagos are reported to be safe and in good health. The event unfolded at on Friday June 9th, 2017 at 01:55 in the morning, the vessel had an emergency […]

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Ecuador: Study reveals U.S. retirees causing conflict in Cuenca

breitbart.com/Frances Martel – The small city of Cuenca, Ecuador is struggling to address a growing wave of American “Baby Boomers” who have decided to retire there to take advantage of a socialist welfare state designed for its locals. U.S. retirees, a recent city study revealed, are also causing conflict in the city, raising real estate […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Upsurge in Murders First Five Months of 2017

eltelegrafo.com.ec / There were 22 murders reported in Cuenca Ecuador during the first five months of 2017. This is an increase of seven more murders for the same time period in 2016. Four of the 22 murders were the result of fights. March was the most violent month so far in 2017. There was also […]

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Ecuador: Shaman Found Guilty In Death of U.S. Citizen During Ayahuasca Ceremony

BREAKING NEWS: SHAMAN FOUND GUILTY IN DEATH OF U.S. CITIZEN LESLIE ALLISON IN ECUADOR On June 8, 2017, a judicial court in Macas, Ecuador found shaman Miguel Chiriap guilty of culpable homicide in the death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison. Leslie who was 35 years old at the time of her death is described by […]

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Beautiful Oceanfront Home For Sale Near Salinas Santa Elena Ecuador

sponsored post BEAUTIFUL OCEANFRONT HOME FOR SALE NEAR SALINAS SANTA ELENA, ECUADOR Barandua Point Step out the front door to your Pacific Ocean beach. Enjoy unobstructed sunsets 365 days a year from the west-facing patio, master bedroom balcony, dining room, kitchen and master bathroom. Listing Location Barandua Point is approximately 20 minutes northeast of Salinas, […]

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Ecuador: Assembly takes actions to combat corruption

radiolaprimerisima.com / The National Assembly of Ecuador approved Wednesday to take actions to prevent and combat corruption, within the framework of the Odebrecht case, with a total of 106 votes in favor and 22 against. After a debate, during session 458, lawmakers established the definition of definitive solutions to combat corruption in public administration. @Ecuador […]

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Study Says Out of 78 Countries, Ecuador Scores Next to Last in 4G Speed/Service

REPORT STATES ECUADOR ONLY SCORES ABOVE SRI LANKA OUT OF 78 COUNTRIES FOR 4G SPEED trak.in / After analysing 17 billion measurements, across 500,687 devices between July 1st and September 30th, OpenSignal has published their 7th State of LTE Report, and there are strong indications about India’s 4G revolution in their findings. Testing speed and […]

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Ecuador: Comptroller reports some funds, donations for 2016 earthquake not used for victims

elcomercio.com reported the comptroller’s office determined that funds allocated for the earthquake victims (April 2016) were used for other purposes. The investigation revealed that in some instances money was used for unjustified expenditures. The Armed Forces was charged with the responsibility distributing donations. SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS […]

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Ecuador: ECU 911 receives reports of damages after earthquake

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Computer Tablets One of Most Reported Stolen Items

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UK Advice Report on Safety and Security in Ecuador

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Ecuador: Five Arrested in Odebrecht case including relative of V.P

(Reuters) – Ecuador arrested five people on Friday including a relative of the vice president, and raided several companies as part of a local investigation into Brazilian construction company Odebrecht’s corruption scandal. The state prosecutor’s office did not provide names, but Vice President Jorge Glas, who oversaw the oil and infrastructure sectors while serving as […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: hotspot for U.S. retirees

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Cajas National Park Ecuador, Tips for a Daytrip

Kelly Mitchell /gringotree.com Cajas National Park is a MUST if you are travelling Cuenca or the southern provinces of Ecuador. For me Cajas is a mystical land full of geological mystery. Every time I arrive to Cajas I feel like I’m in a land that could be Narnia. Really, you won’t see anything else like […]

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La Ronda in Quito Ecuador, one street not to be missed

On my first visit to Quito in 1980, a friend told me about an ancient street in the historic section of the city that once was inhabited by Incans and through time evolved into serving many purposes including a hideaway for artists and poets. It also eventually would become rundown with the tawdry side of […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Foreigner Detained For Alleged Child Pornography Crimes

Foreigner arrested in Quito for alleged child pornography Dance Instructor Detained is from Chile – provided classes to young children eluniverso.com (machine translated) After several weeks of follow-up, agents of the General Intelligence Directorate of the National Police arrested the Chilean citizen David L. in the sector of Barrionuevo, south of Quito, for the alleged […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: So far in 2017, three foreigners murdered

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San Pablo Lake Ecuador: Two Bodies Recovered, bad weather may have been factor in deaths

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Quito Ecuador: Contigency plans in place for upcoming fire season

ecuadortv.ec/Lautaro Andrade Castro (machine translated) / The Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas , presented the afternoon of this Tuesday May 30 the plan of the Municipality to face the summer and drought season of this 2017. The city begins to enter the time of year when it does not rain and the heat And wind […]

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Ecuador: Former President Responds to Journalist who charges him of having billion dollars

Guillen (Colombian Journalist) mentioned that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had provided him with information about Correa’s alleged millionaire deposit. According to a posting on Twitter on Saturday, May 27, Guillén says that Correa made an “initial deposit of $ 1 billion” at the Swiss Bank Corporation in a bank transaction dated October 2011. Correa’s alleged […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Expat’s teenage daughter robbed twice in seven days of cellphone

SUBMITTED TO LATINAMERICACURRENTEVENTS.COM from Social Media. “Warning: we are residents of Rio Sol near Monay shopping. My 17-year-old daughter has been robbed twice in 7 days for her telephone on the river walk in front of our house. Once at knife point. Be careful. (Name of expat witheld) SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – READ […]

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Ecuador: Alleged mastermind in murder of U.S. Expat, wanted

Jonathan Gilchrist, age 65, a U.S. expatriate living in Salinas Ecuador was reported missing under mysterious circumstances to Latinamericacurrentevents.com on January 12, 2017.(Read Article) On March 30th, 2017, Mr. Gilchrist’s body was found by authorities in six feet of concrete under a home in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Police reported that money appeared to be the motive […]

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Finding the Right Judge in Ecuador: challenges of jurisdiction between indigenous and ordinary adjudicators

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Ecuador: $13.9 billion spent on higher education over last decade

SPANISH SLANG ECUADOR – READ THE BOOK telesurtv.net Over the past decade, the government has spent a total of $13.9 billion on higher learning making Ecuador the country that has invested the most in this area. According to Ecuador’s Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT), René Ramírez, the government spent $207 million […]

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Ecuador: President Reaches Out To World Bank to help fund social programs

Alexandra Valencia reuters.com Ecuador’s new leftist president, Lenin Moreno, said on Thursday he had reached out to the World Bank – an organization scorned by his predecessor – in a bid for financing that could help him fund ambitious social programs. Former President Rafael Correa ordered the expulsion of the World Bank’s representative in the […]

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Ecuador focuses on trying to attract 2.9 million annual tourists by 2025

expreso.ec (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported the Government’s goal is very high, expects that by the year 2025, some 2.9 million tourists will arrive in Ecuador. But the hotelier and former president of the Salinas Chamber of Tourism, Otón Arboleda told EXPRESO that in order to achieve that goal it is necessary to make an inventory of […]

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Ecuador: Former President Rafael Correa Hospitalized

LAHORAHORA.COM.EC (machine translated) At Carlos Andrade Marín Hospital, in the north-central part of Quito, the former president, Rafael Correa , was taken this afternoon. This happened minutes after he left the National Assembly handing over power to Lenin Moreno. An internal source from the hospital confirmed this information to La Hora. The first information leaked […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Scopolamine attack against four men, women were assailants

Using the Date Rape Drug – Know in Ecuador as “dulces suenos” “sweet dreams” Assault using this modality is reported as rare in Cuenca cuencahighlife.com Four Cuenca men were taken to a local hospital Saturday morning after friends found two of them unconscious in their historic district apartment. Police say that the men had been […]

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Ecuador: State Owned CET to invest $4.3 million in high-speed broadband communications for govt.

Ecuador’s CNT invests USD 4 mln in govt communications telecompaper.com Ecuador’s state-owned operator CNT to invest 4.3 million investment in a high-speed broadband, telephony, cloud and unified communications platform for government entities. The platform was inaugurated by the country’s president Rafael Correa and offers a transmission capacity of up to 10 Gbps, equivalent to connecting […]

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Ecuador: New President Declares new proposed $150 monthly bono for only most impoverished

elcomercio.com / Andrés Jaramillo (machine translated) The increase in the development bonus will not be the same for all people who perceive it. He clarified the new president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno , during his possession, this May 24, 2017. The campaign offer, he said, was an increase of up to USD 150 a month. […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Thief finds neighbors take things into their own hands (video)

A thief entered a house knife in hand but, residents activated the community alarm and gave a lesson that he will not soon forget. SPEAK SPANISH LIKE AN ECUADORIAN – READ THIS BOOK

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TV Anchor During Video of Earthquake

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Quito Ecuador (Beautiful Vistas via Drone)

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Ecuador: Clandestine clinics still prevalent to “cure homosexuality”

paolaparedes.com / Paola Paredes – It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that it could be me held there and told that, as a gay woman, I needed to change. Two years later, I came out to my […]

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Ecuador Extradites Alleged Manufacturer of Amphetamine to Russia

en.crimerussia.com / As reported by the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, Ecuador has extradited to Russia a resident of Krasnoyarsk, accused of illegally producing almost one kilogram of amphetamine. “At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the competent authorities of the Republic of Ecuador have extradited Russian citizen […]

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Ecuador: Bus in route from Santa Elena to Guayaquil held up by bandits

Santa Elena-Guayaquil Bus Robbed Tuesday / assailants were pretending to be passengers May 16th, 2017 BUS DRIVER SEVERELY INJURED IN BUS HEIST nicopeninsula.com / The bus 13 of the Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular that was assaulted on Tuesday night when the bus was traveling from Santa Elena to Guayaquil. The three assailants were also passengers on […]

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Device-associated infection rates, mortality, length of stay and bacterial resistance in intensive care units in Ecuador

ECUADOR MEDICAL STUDY IN INTENSIVE CARE UNITS ncbi.nlm.nih.gov / wjbc/ Device-associated healthcare-acquired infections (DA-HAIs) are one of the main threats to the safety of patients, causing patient morbidity, mortality, excess costs and prolonged length of hospital stay (LOS), particularly in intensive care settings of limited-resource countries[1-3]. Abstract AIM To report the results of the International […]

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Ecuador: Trial for Shaman in death of U.S. citizen recesses for two weeks after two days of proceedings

TRIAL IN DEATH OF YOUNG U.S. CITIZEN DURING AYAHUASCA CEREMONY ALLEGEDLY MURDERED DEATH TOOK PLACE NEAR GUALZUIZA (JMORONA SANTIAGO) ECUADOR MACAS, ECUADOR The trial of shaman Miguel Chiriap in Macas Ecuador has been continued for the second time. Originally set for March 30th, 2017, was continued until May 18th, 2017. The trial finally began on […]

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Ecuador: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus outbreak

portafolio.co / The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported an outbreak of the disease known as ‘Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus’ in the town of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, central Ecuador province. Because of the evil, said the entity, it was necessary to sacrifice the seven infected animals in the outbreak, presented […]

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2016 Ecuador Earthquake insurance company losses of 575 million dollars

Ecuador quake insured loss pegged at $575m Share by Artemis on April 20, 2017 artemis.bm / The powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Ecuador just over a year ago is now expected to result in an insurance industry loss of $575 million, with reinsurance markets having taken a share. However the overall economic impact to […]

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Ecuador, Colombia border: Explosives, Ammunition found by task force in April

dialogo-americas.com / Explosives Found on Colombia-Ecuador Border The illegal importation of explosives and ammunition between Colombia and Ecuador is one of the main topics of the binational defense agenda. In a March 21st operation against drug trafficking, the Colombian Army’s Pegaso Task Force found an illegal cache of 600 homemade 81 mm cartridges in the […]

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Ecuador: Correa has 62 percent approval rating prior to leaving office

TELESURTV.NET The survey, conducted between April 22 and 24, found that Correa’s approval rating never fell below 50 percent. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is set to leave office on May 24 with a 62 percent approval rating, El Telegrafo reported on Thursday, citing new findings from a survey conducted by Public Opinion Ecuador. The survey, […]

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Ecuador: President terminates 16 Bilateral Investment Treaties on his way out

TNI.ORG – On May 16, President Correa of Ecuador signed decrees terminating 16 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), including with the US, Canada, China and eight European countries. The decision follows the recommendation of the Ecuadorian Commission that audited the country’s Investment Protection Treaties (CAITISA). The President of the CAITISA Commission Cecilia Olivet (a researcher at […]

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How Gringos Screwed Up Ecuador (opinion written by an Ecuadorian)

Gringos! Retire In Ecuador & Fuck it all up too! Published by Jonathan activated 12 September 2013, 21:28pm / unavoz.overblog.com Ill write this in english, due to who this goes to, and it will be in my english, broken and mistaken. Two types of gringos Just as there is latinos that dont represent me, there […]

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Ecuador: At least 40 deaths due to floods and landslides

eluniverso.com (machine translated) As a result of a strong winter that sweeps most of the territory of Ecuador, a total of 40 people have died and more than 153,500 have been affected since the beginning of the year, it was reported Wednesday. The Secretariat for Risk Management said that of the total number of citizens […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Family charges police in death of son

eluniverso.com (machine translated) Relatives of the young deceased Edison Rizo in the exteriors of the Laboratory of Criminalistics of the Judicial Police. Outside the Crimean Laboratory of the Judicial Police, in the south, Gisella Alcívar asked with the complaint in their hands that two policemen were investigated for the death of their son Édison Rizo […]

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Quito, Guayaquil Ecuador: Expected continued rains over next three days

eluniverso.com (machine translated)The rain that fell yesterday afternoon flooded sectors like Urdenor, in Guayaquil. The water level overcame the curbs. Sandra Miranda For the next few days in the Costa region, heavy rains are still expected in provinces like Guayas, Esmeraldas and Los Ríos, according to projections by the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology […]

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Superb Guest Home For Rent in Beautiful Vilcabamba,Ecuador

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Ecuador: A look at feminist history

In this op-ed, writer Bani Amor explains how Ecuador’s feminist past built its present and contributes to its future. teenvogue.com In May of 1944, when fascism was a malignant threat around the world at the height of World War II, a young Ecuadorian feminist writer named Nela Martínez led a takeover of the Government Palace […]

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Passport Realty: Your Ecuador Real Estate Agent, Sales & Rentals

  PASSPORT REALTY   Passport Realty is an Ecuador registered full service real estate firm. Our knowledgeable bi-lingual team can assist you with any type of real estate transaction in Ecuador whether you are buying, renting or selling. We are well informed in real estate sales and rentals throughout Ecuador. Our team operates as a […]

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Olmedo, Ecuador: Family lives nightmare during two hour home invasion

eldiario.ec reported(machine translated)The darkness of the night was used by strangers to reach a house and steal the most expensive objects. The incident, according to the Police, occurred the previous Sunday near 22h00. It was after two hours, after getting untied, the injured asked for help to police officers, who found theft of technological equipment […]

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Manabí, Ecuador: Warehouse full of suspected donated goods for April 16, 2016 quake found

The fact happened in the site Pozo de La Sabana – La Victoria, where the comuneros denounced having found the donations inside the Communal House. eldiario.ec reported (MACHINE TRANSLATED) ….The allegations indicate that the winery was under the supervision of Jaramijó’s political chief, Silverio Martínez, where there were expired food, water and clothing. Some products […]

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Ecuador: Effects found in children from exposure to flower pesticides used in rose industry

Dread of roses: Neurobehavioral effects found in children exposed to flower pesticides PRESS RELEASE University of California – San Diego Ecuador exports a lot of Mother’s Day bouquets, leaving behind evidence of harm to children’s mental functions due to pesticides used to boost harvest Ecuador is the third largest producer of cut flowers in the […]

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Ecuador: Major Transportation Route for Cocaine to U.S., Europe

lahora.com.ec reported Ecuador is one of the starting points of the narcotic. The sea route is the most used. Seizures of cocaine in the sea exceeded 285 tons in 2016, due in part to the sharp increase in coca cultivation in Colombia, from which 90% of cocaine seized in the United States comes from. “We […]

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Why Some Expats Choose Quito Ecuador

By Yvonne Bauche/INTERNATIONALLIVING.COM / Quito has all the amenities of any big city in North America at a fraction of the cost. Fresh food is inexpensive and readily available, with a big bag of fresh produce costing as little as $5. Fresh cut roses are as little as $2 or $3 a dozen and grace […]

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Ecuador: Auditor States Country Fifth Most Sued Government in the World

telesurtv.net / Cecilia Olivet, president of the audit commission, said that there have been 26 requests from foreign investors against Ecuador before international courts. In 2014, Ecuador was considered the fifth most sued country in the world based on these treaties. Correa’s government has dealt with most of the lawsuits, as 71 percent of the […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Some Expats go ballistic at meeting as officials announce increase for insurance benefits

cuencahighlife.com reported Expat meeting turns rowdy as Social Security officials announce a fee increase to ‘equalize’ costs for voluntary and full members Officials of Ecuador’s Social Security (IESS) system were forced to cut short a Friday meeting with foreign residents when some members of the audience became disruptive. The meeting, held at the Cuenca IESS […]

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Cuba honors Ecuador President Correa for Assistance in Construction projects

Thousands of people lost their homes in Ecuador during the 2016 earthquake. President elect Moreno has promised to build hundreds of thousands of homes for Ecuadorians. However, President Correa is being honored in Cuba for the assistance Ecuador has give Cuban in the rebuilding of santamaria after the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. […]

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Ecuador: The harpy eagle is a strong symbol of the indigenous waoranis

Intercultural / lahora.com.ec (machine translated) The eagle harpy, bird symbol of the waoranis The ‘Kenguiwe’ is still revered and admired. This great flight was always venerated by its cunning, its strength, its beauty and intelligence. The stories made by Manuela Omari Ima Omene in ‘Saberes Waorani and Yasuní National Park: Plants, Health and Welfare in […]

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Possible Glitch in Ecuador’s 911 system

This is an unedited post from an Ecuador expat group on Facebook. This information has not been corroborated or confirmed. It is believed event took place in Salinas and or environs. ————————————– “So if you have had your phone programmed by the police fro emergencies, you better check to make sure it connects to the […]

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Vilcabamba Ecuador: Family Requests Donations to Assist U.S. Expat, victim of home invasion

The Story Friends and family, I waited a few days to post anything to ensure the safety of the victims. On Saturday April 29 around 4am, the farm where my sister was living in Ecuador, was invaded by 12 armed men. The residents were tied up, tortured, and robbed. My heart hurts to even think […]

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Ecuador: Expat Victim of Home Invasion wiped out financially requests assistance

*The victim requesting funds in this gofundme.com’s post name has never been released by latinamericacurrentevents.com / Editors reached out to him after the gofundme.com went public and requested that he be interviewed for our continuing coverage of the home invasion last weekend in Vilcabamba. This is part of his response……. … I’m sorry but I […]

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Ecuador: DNA tests to determine if remains are those of missing U.S. citizen

MISSING U.S. EXPAT’S BODY MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND NEAR VILCABAMBA IN LOJA PROVINCE, ECUADOR. DNA TESTS ARE BEING BEING CONDUCTED On March 24, 2017 lahora.com reported that the human remains were being exhumed from a clandestine cemetery by authorities in Chirusco, Palmira neighborhood, Quinara parish. This small village is located about 14 km from Vilcabamba […]

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