Ecuador California

by | Jan 25, 2010 | Archives

Ecuador and California connect.

This is the last day to gain the largest savings on our courses and tours.  More on this in a moment.

First Ecuador & California. Last October, a message at this site looked at Ecuador Florida

The Ecuador Florida connection makes sense.  Ecuador’s nearest US gateway is Miami… just 3 hours and 45 minutes north.

However there is also a place where Ecuador and California also connect. This Ecuador news came along in the process of investigating Ecuador building codes and writing last week’s message Ecuador Earthquake Facts and Figures.

That message looked at Quito and the fact that one great breakfast place in Quito is Techo del Mundo… “Top of the World.”


Here I am enjoying breakfast in this…


great restaurant… one of the highest places in Quito overlooking…


the city and sitting on this…



Since Ecuador is on the ring of fire, sitting in a high rise building, on the side of a cliff, begs the question… “how safe are Quito’s building codes”.

Friends from around Ecuador have shared valuable information about Ecuador’s building codes and Carlos Tobar who conducts our Quito Ecuador real estate tours sent this valuable information about Ecuador and California. 

Hi Gary,  I spoke today with an architect and an engineer who are actively doing construction work in Quito and other cities in Ecuador and they both coincided in pointing out that the first thing to consider when thinking about earthquakes is that Ecuador is located on the Pacific Rim of Fire and, as such, is an area prone to earthquakes.  This is an undeniable fact that any country that borders the Pacific Ocean must live with.

Having said that, they explained that building codes regarding the structural integrity of high-rise apartment buildings are based on California construction codes.  They explained that such norms are ingrained in the educational background of civil engineers because those are the codes that are taught in colleges’ Engineering schools.

Of course, you have the potential risk of running into an unscrupulous builder who cuts corners and tries to save money in the construction process by using less than recommended re-bar diameters, or by hiring a cheap structural engineer who will recommend anything; but that is exactly the reason why it is important to work with experienced professionals who may charge a bit more, but who deliver a higher quality product and who stand behind their work.  The structure of the construction (house, condo, or any other) may end up costing more, but the trade-off will always be worth it.  Regards, Carlos

This is good advise for buying in Ecuador or anywhere!   “Do your homework when you look at real estate and make sure you buy from reputable people”.

Carlos just finished conducting his first Quito Mindo real estate tour and we had some great raves from delegates.

Carlos sent this note:

Dear Merri and Gary,  We finished the first Quito – Mindo tour as planned yesterday and it went quite well.  We had 15 people.

We were able to show them an ample variety of what Quito has to offer, from the lower-end, lower-priced priced small condos in the northern suburbs of Quito starting at around $30,000 to a high-class Arrayanes Golf & Country Club development with houses in the neighborhood of $250,000 to $300,000 that have an 18 hole golf course country club as their back garden in Puembo (close to the new airport area), passing though a brand-new $105,000 range condo in the northern part of Quito and a recently rebuilt condo complex in the Plaza de San Marcos in old town colonial Quito.

We also took an hour or so to visit the Church of the Society of Jesus Christ which is on the list of UNESCO 100 most important buildings in the world. We also walked along the Plaza de la Independencia, in front of the Cathedral and the Presidential Palace.

On the second day we drove to Mindo and visited the model home and the overall project.

This trip was a great experience and we will only improve it even further as we gain more field expertise.

This Quito Mindo tour was really a very enjoyable experience and the people on the tour were just great).  Carlos.

On the subject of the $29,999 Quito condos, a number of readers have questioned how this is possible.

I have not seen those Quito condos, but here I am with Ecuador real estate tour delegates looking at condos just off the beach for $23,000.

When we first began looking at these units on Ecuador’s coast, a number of years ago, they were $18,000.

These are under 500 square feet in size.  Yet have three bedrooms, one bathroom… plus


See more on this at Ecuador Beach Condos

Learn more about the February 2010 Quito Mindo tour here.


This is the last day to gain the largest savings on our Ecuador tours.

Join Merri and me and our webmaster this February  at a seminar and share ways to invest, do business and live that protect wealth as they bring joy, satisfaction and better health.

Join us with our investment advisors and tax attorney February 11-14  at Quantum Wealth -International Investing & Business Made EZ, Mt. Dora, Fl.

You can also come on with us to Ecuador.

February 15-16 Travel to Quito and tour Quito

February 17     Travel Quito to Manta

February 18-19  Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

February 20 Travel Manta to Cotacachi

February 21-22 North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

February 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour

February 25 Travel Quito Cuenca

February 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Or join us in March 2010

March 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.

March 15    Travel to Quito

March 16 Travel Quito Cotacachi

March 17-18  North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

March 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour

March 21  Travel Cotacachi to Manta

March 22-23   Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca

March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 27  Travel Cuenca to Salinas

Mar. 28-29   Salinas & South Coast Real Estate Tour

Or Join us all year long and save.   This the last day to gain the largest savings on our Ecuador tours.

The Ecuador airfare war makes it cheaper to get to Ecuador than ever before… and there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings.

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours. Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Even Better.  Greater Savings. Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999.

The International club fee rises to $3,500 January 25 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. Save $501 extra before January 25, 2010.

Because holiday expenses often tighten the winter cash flow, you can enroll with three monthly payments… $1,025 in January… $1,025 in February and $1,025 in March 2010.

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and a guest of you choice can attend courses worth $40,947.You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses here.
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