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7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Ecuador

By Domenick Buonamici

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Summary: Alone, cheap cost of living is a bad reason to move to another country, that could change overnight! Buonamici shares 7 other reasons.

Living in Ecuador - 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Ecuador

Most move to Ecuador because it’s cheap… yawn… but thankfully there’s a bit more to do in Ecuador than that.

For example, here are 7 things I bet you didn’t know you could do in Ecuador…

7. Rent a bike for $5 high in the Andes, in Baños, then be amazed as you casually descend through the foothills of the Andes into the Amazon Jungle Basin (60 km). Then catch the bus with your bike back up. Can be done in 1 day, only a moderate level of fitness is needed.

6. Deep-sea fish for Marlin for a fraction of what it costs in Mexico or Oyster dive with locals near Salinas.

5. Gamble in the Casinos of Guayaquil, or take an all-you-can-drink 2-hour river-boat cruise similar in style to what I’ve seen in San Diego, Toronto and London. (This is how I met my last ex-girlfriend.) Leaves almost every night in Guayaquil.

4. Eat strawberries the size of your fist in Ibarra, cheese made in a leaf (Hoja de Queso) in Ambato, and entire fish cooked on a grill along the coast (pescado asado)…all delicious!

3. Get certified as a glider pilot near Otavalo for a little over $1000… they say if you can fly a glider plane (it looks like a small airplane, but with no engine) flying a plane with an engine is even easier.

2. Help harvest cocoa on a plantation in Machala then visit an active gold mine later that day.

1. Eat Filet Mignon for $6 then get 5-10 years taken off your face - -not exaggerating -- with the treatments of skilled Dermatologists in Loja for a fraction of what you’d pay in the States. Dentistry and other medical treatments are also world-class and at a low cost in Loja!

Alone, cheap cost of living is a bad reason to move to another country, that could change overnight! But as you can see, Ecuador offers a lot more than that, in fact, I’d live here even if it were more expensive than the States (but not a lot more).

About the Author

Domenick Buonamici is an avid Ecuador property investor and is the lead reporter for EcuadorRealEstate.org, the ideal first stop for any new investor in Ecuador.

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these all sound like fun, but this article was written in 2011. Can you still do all of the 7 items listed? Jean Mayer

First Published: Oct 08, 2011

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