Sky High Ecuador Business Idea

by | Jul 23, 2010 | Archives

Another funky micro business idea for our funky business hall of fame is to develop a high altitude training center.

ecuador mountains

Many Andean villages and cities are at 7,000 to 10,000 feet altitude. The village of Cotacachi is 7,500 feet and is at the foot of Mt. Imbabura (seen above from the center of Cotacachi) which is over 15,000 feet.

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We believe in self fulfillment…  and that business should be fun and can be unusual… funky… even off the wall and that there are many ways to earn in Ecuador.

One crazy idea we have promoted for years… to no avail so far… is to create a high altitude fitness training camp. There are many hotels, hosterias and large houses that ideal for such facility… and they can be purchased for really low prices.

Now reader Phil Ware confirms that when you train at altitude in Ecuador you get lungs like bellows and legs of steel.

Phil just ran a marathon in Brazil after training in Cotacachi.

He wrote:  I wanted to send a quick note on the results of the marathon.  The race went very well, I finished in 3:34:10 well ahead of my goal of 4:00.  The altitude and hill training in Ecuador really helped.

It was a nice course in the countryside of Brazil.  The race started in a small town outside of Dourados and ran along a 2 lane highway with corn fields on either side.  The weather was sunny and dry.  Eliane was a great support team for me providing water and carbo gel along the course.  I was in a great rhythm averaging 5 minutes per kilometer for the first 30k, then slowed down a bit the last 12k.  My 26th marathon was a great experience with a bonus of making the Boston Marathon Qualifying time of 3:35.

See more ideas on how to earn with a micro business that may spark an idea for you to earn in Ecuador or anywhere in the world. Click here.

See more of Phil’s adventures at his blog.


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