Ecuador real estate tour in Bahia.
Ecuador tour at Ingapirca, near Cuenca.
Whether to learn about Shamanic health tips, real estate or exports, Jean Marie and his team work hard to help each reader have an efficient, informative and most of all enjoyable tour.
Plus his tours aim at helping delegates see the whole picture. Jean Marie has been a leader in introducing new, natural food supplements in Europe and stresses a holistic view on the tours… the savings… the purity… the healthy lifestyles… the benefits of integrating cultures.
One reason Jean Marie loves Ecuador are the health benefits… a place to combine old wisdoms and modern technology. and we’ll be showcasing a series he has written on Ecuador’s health benefits.
Yesterday’s message looked at a natural health tactic with castor oil used both in India and the Andes.
A reader responded: What a memory you dug up in me. When I was growing up, my Mother would look at me and if I looked ‘puney’, I got a dose of castor oil in orange juice. It has been only recently that I can look at orange juice and not have my stomach start gurgling. But it must have worked, I am 78 and on no medication, no arthritis, no nothing. I can out do all my friends who are even younger than I. I’m going out and buy a bottle and do the fourth teaspoon a day, regimen. I can hold my nose and down that much. Thanks for the memories.
I replied: Thanks for sharing. I use grapefruit. First, I mix the oil with a bit of grapefruit juice… slug it down (shudder) and then bite into the grapefruit. There is probably no way to make castor oil taste good so this is still not a tasty experience but it’s better to me than taking it neat.
Jean Marie also works to provide savings for tour delegates… getting hotel and air fare discounts that often save more than the cost of the tour.
He recently sent this note about Ecuador airfare savings: Gary, I have seen some nice promotions lately from Tame and now Aerogal: $63 round trip Quito-Manta
Here are a few of the questions that others have asked and replies from Jean Marie Butterlin, head of A Team Ecuador.
Q: Why should I pay for a tour, can’t I do the same thing on my own?
A: We have been working in Ecuador for over a decade, long before most folks ever considered visiting the country. Over the years, we learned who to trust (and just as important, who not to trust) and forged priceless relationships. We have built an experienced network of experts who can save you time and money. They have earned our respect and trust and, most importantly, we have earned theirs as well. Whether you join our export tour, agriculture tour or real estate tours, you will benefit from our years of on the ground experience. In the long run, this will save you both time and money.
Q: Are hotel rooms included in the tour?
A: No, your accommodations, in-country flights and meals are not included in the tour. However, we have negotiated discounted rates at local hotels. We will make your reservations for you at these discounted rates.
Q: Do I need to make my own hotel reservations?
A: No, we will do that for you during the tour dates. If you plan to arrive early or stay longer, let us know and we can help with reservations.
Q: Do I need to buy tickets for the flight to Manta or Cuenca?
A: No, we will buy the tickets and you can reimburse us. By doing it this way, everyone is on the same flight.
Q: I want to visit Cotacachi, how do I get there for the import/export tour?
A: We can arrange a driver to meet you at the airport and make your hotel reservations for you, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q:When should I arrive in Ecuador for the tour?
A: When you register for a tour, you will be sent a tour schedule with dates and details. For the real estate tours, you should plan to arrive in Quito two days before the first day of the tour; for the export tour, you should plan to be in Quito the day before the first day of the tour. Most flights from North America arrive in Quito at night, so generally folks spend their first night in Quito after arrival. We will send you details about our hotel discounts in Quito.
Q: I’m considering traveling by bus, do you recommend that?
A: No; for many reasons, we do not recommend traveling by bus for our clients.
Q: Do I need any shots from my medical doctor before traveling to Ecuador?
A: No shots are required to visit the areas included in our tours.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Ecuador?
A: From most countries, you will be issued a T90, 90 day tourist visa when you enter Ecuador; this will permit you to stay in the country for 90 days within a 12 month period.
Q: Can I use credit cards in Ecuador? Are there ATMs I can use?
A: Yes, you can use credit cards in Ecuador. They are accepted at the hotels we use, airlines and some restaurants. However, the majority of businesses in the country do not accept credit cards, be prepared to pay in cash.
ATMs are available in the cities and some towns. Cotacachi and Otavalo are tourist areas so they have several ATMs.
It is a good idea to let your credit card and debit card issuers know you will be traveling in Ecuador and using your cards there. Otherwise, they may freeze your account when they see foreign transactions coming in=. Travelers checks are very difficult to use in Ecuador.
Q: Will my cell phone work there?
A: Probably not. Sometimes you can purchase a SIM card in Ecuador that will enable your phone, depending on brand and carrier. Also, you can check with your carrier to see if international service is available. It cost about $55 to buy a cell phone in Ecuador, you refill your minutes by buying cards, you can buy a card for as little as $3.
This however is becoming more difficult as the government has implemented new rules for cell phones. Some Buyers of cellphones are supposed to provide their cedula (resident visa) number when they want to recharge their phone. Not all companies are doing this yet but some do. The system that checks the cedula works directly through the main data base of the government; so there now is a direct link between the cell phone companies and government data bases.
We hope you will join an Ecuador tour or Super Thinking course.
Regarding Super Thinking, here is a note from a delegate at our latest Super Thinking + Spanish course. Por favor Senor y Senorita eScott! Mucho Gracias! Via Con Dios!
Something happened to me in the course, despite my personal chaos distractions, not sure exactly what all it entails but i can sense it..i am a bit more alive and well and ready to tell or sell …learn & earn…& LIVE! Thanx so much, Again!