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jaymo replied to the thread Classes on the Ecuador forum on November 25, 2014:
Carene60 initially posted:
We 4 are in Canoa for a week Heard there are chocolate making class Anyone know who offers that? Carene
jaymo replied on November 25, 2014 with:
this is probably no help for you, given your timing, but Jose Meza & Barbara Wilson hold an annual chocolate making class in Mindo. So, for others reading this thread who may be interested, you can contact Joe & Barb at info@mindochocolate.com
OceanHideaway replied on November 25, 2014 with:
Zia Sherrell at Finca of Flavor may know She is the Brit with the Curry business. or Andy Taylor the artist. Both in Canoa.
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greenmountain replied to the thread Touring Quito and Cuenca on the Ecuador forum on November 25, 2014:
iamrich initially posted:
My wife and I will be coming to Ecuador for our first time at the end of March/beginning of April and will be spending about 5 days in Quito and 5 days in Cuenca (including the surrounding area). We would love to find a way to meet with some individuals with an interest in promoting Ecuador to my wife and I who are in our 60's (no zip lines or parasailing into an active volcano). We are bird watchers, nature lovers, photographers that love beautiful scenery and we love to eat. If we could find someone with like interests that we could cover their expenses and would be willing to give a personal view of these cities would be ideal. We would even be interested in some land day tour packages to show us the highlights of the country. We usually do not like these since there is alway an ulterior motive where they take you to places that are touristy and the tour operator gets a kickback. We much prefer seeing the real people. Please provide some suggestions.
greenmountain replied on November 25, 2014 with:
My wife and I have just been in Ecuador for about two weeks, and we have an apartment rented in Guayaquil. This weekend we drove to Ambato and spent the night there, then Sunday morning we drove through Banos (didn't see anything special there -- just a tourist area) and on to Puyo, then on to the Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge near Canelos, and spent Sunday night there. It was hotter and more humid than anything I've seen, but we never saw the first mosquito, and we drank fresh prepared tomatillo juice and I'm seeing talk of dengue fever,...what on earth is that? Last shots we had were probably 25 years ago and don't want any shots of any type, and we're back in Guayaquil now and we haven't seen anything to make us sick yet. Ecuador is a beautiful country! We drove right near Chimbarozo snow covered peak yesterday at 13,600 feet and it was beautiful! We went through Riobamba, and returned Ambato-Babahoyo route. I'm almost 72 and my wife is 62.
iamrich replied on November 24, 2014 with:
I probably should consider changing my name to IAMPOOR. This way nobody will want to help me and I will have to carry my own bags. LOL. The way prices are rising in the U.S. and Obama Care my new name will fit me well
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lional replied to the thread Clothing on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on November 25, 2014:
Brion initially posted:
My wife and I will be in Cuenca from Jan 1 - Mar 30 2015 staying in an apartment in El Centro. Alice is wondering about footwear and clothing. I've been watching the weather quite closely and it looks like rain almost every day. What kind of footwear do women there wear? We are in Western Canada do we bring light sweaters and dress in layers?
lional replied on November 25, 2014 with:
It is not unusual to have brief rain storms here in Cuenca. During the wettest months we often have a 30 minute shower everyday and often a bit longer storm at night. But for the most part rain storms come quickly and are over quickly. We receive on average a bit over 30 inches of rain annually. As for temperatures, when the sun is out it feels quite warm in the sun and when it darts behind a cloud you will feel cooler. However the actual temperature will probably be within just a degree or two from one event to the other. Layers are absolutely the best way to dress and protection (sunscreen) from the sun is a must. I always wear a hat as well. As footwear goes, wear what is comfortable. Many of the streets are very uneven and good walking shoes are a must.
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lional replied to the thread taxi fare in cuenca on the Ecuador forum on November 25, 2014:
leagle initially posted:
Can someone tell me what the cost of a round trip cab ride from San Joaquin to El Centro would be?
lional replied on November 25, 2014 with:
Probably around 3 bucks or so depending upon where in El Centro and the traffic. It could be closer to 4 if there is a lot of traffic.
casadecuenca replied on November 25, 2014 with:
Probably $6-8
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Mayra posted where to buy Chewing Tobacco in Cuenca on the Ecuador forum on November 25, 2014:
Hello, my husband chews tobacco but we've been unable to locate any in Cuenca. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how or where to buy? Someone said they may have in Guayaquil, but hopefully can have it bused here somehow? Your responses are appreciated. Thank you.
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Keylime replied to the thread US senior, low income, high hopes for Ecuador life on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum:
frantegus initially posted:
I'd like to exchange ideas/plans with another over-educated, under-financed "retiree." My aim is to locate an inexpensive rental in a village/small town--I'm looking for quiet, clean air, clean water. All else negotiable. Can't spend a fortune on travel to find this, so any information on likely spots would be so helpful. My Spanish is rusty but can be revived. Mountain setting first choice, but love the ocean, too.
Keylime replied on November 25, 2014 with:
lional Only in Cuenca can you safely drink water from the tap. I live in Vilcabamba, 35 minutes from Loja, in the Province of Loja. There are two firms bottling here in Vilcabamba because the water is very good.... in fact I have seen placards in Cuenca advertising it! I only drink out the the tap here, never had a problem... ... DonChema : The city of Loja has a population of 220k, Vilcabamba has 4-5000 and also a Gringo population of about 500.
GringoinQuito replied on November 25, 2014 with:
You can also drink the water in Quito!
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ecuadorjoe replied to the thread Cedula Replacement on the Ecuador forum on November 25, 2014:
MovingOut initially posted:
I need to replace my lost Cedula. At the Registro Civil office in Portoviejo I was told that cedulas for foreigners are only replaced in Quito and Cuenca. Can anyone verify or contradict this? If it is correct, any idea as to the turn around time in Cuenca from requesting a replacement to having one in hand? I was also told that just the cedula number is needed (I have copies) but I would thing at least my passport would be needed. Thanks for your help
ecuadorjoe replied on November 25, 2014 with:
I do not know about Cuenca, but in Quito I had the replacement cedula replaced the same day. Good luck. Joe
OceanHideaway replied on November 25, 2014 with:
Dana Cameron Agua_Plata@hotmail.com Good luck!
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OceanHideaway replied to the thread Salt in Ecuador on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on November 25, 2014:
greenmountain initially posted:
Much to our surprise, we have discovered that all of the two brands of salt found in supermarkets like Supermaxi in Guayaquil all contain fluoride which is a poison. I know it's in small amounts, but it's still a poison. So does anyone know the reason for this, but more importantly, does anyone know where we can buy sea salt? Thanks! Thanks is poor pay, but at least it's cash!!
OceanHideaway replied on November 25, 2014 with:
Which is why you purchase the sal parillada from a tienda... because it is coming straight from the beach.
cgeis replied on November 24, 2014 with:
The sal de parillada I've seen in Hypermart and Supermaxi all had floride in it!
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OceanHideaway replied to the thread SS and SSI on the Ecuador forum on November 25, 2014:
monell initially posted:
I am 3 and drawing SS. My granddaighter whom I raise is on SSI Does SSI continue in Equador?
OceanHideaway replied on November 25, 2014 with:
Sorry, that is correct...SSI is paid through the Fed...(but it is not the same as Social Security Disability Insurance Malcolm). It does cease when you leave the country.
dennisv replied on November 24, 2014 with:
An SSI recipient who is absent from the U.S. for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days or more is not eligible for SSI. Except for certain students temporarily abroad for study purposes or a child of military parents stationed overseas, an individual is not eligible for SSI benefits for any month during all of which he or she has been outside the U.S. Once an individual has been outside the U.S. for 30 consecutive days or longer, he or she must be back in the U.S. for 30 consecutive days to be eligible for SSI benefits. http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm (bottom of page)
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