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jayamac03
6/9/2019 11:28 EST

I am a 65 yr old single retired male that is considering a VISIT before I possibly relocate.
What airport should I arrive?
Hotel suggestions?
What area-towns should I look at (to rent-buy)
Also I managed a business that took me to all of Central America. I found that hiring a good local person with a vehicle that speaks Spanish and English is the best method to tour-review-negotiate. .

Please contact me with any suggestions on any of the topics-questions above thanks Jeff

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EARLABS
6/9/2019 14:39 EST

RENT FIRST, short term then travel the country see where you potentially may like to live, then try it out for a while, many short term rentals are available. On the coast this is the low season so some good deals are to be found on furnished rentals. BE CAREFUL BUYING only after you are here and undestand the Ecuadorian laws governing realestate sales should you consider purchasing. Many expats have discovered that they should have waited before purchasing . Good luck,

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jayamac03
6/9/2019 16:52 EST

Thanks all good advice ...I will rent first...but where should I fly into ...and begin my search?...I do enjoy the ocean-water...Is end of July miserable weather wise in the whole country...or a good time to visit? Thanks Jeff

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kmoriarty45
6/9/2019 19:40 EST

If you like the coast then you should fly into Guayaquil International. For the mountains - Quito.


Weather in July-August is pleasant on the coast with breezy days and cool (not cold) evenings. In the higher climes, it's cool to cold, often rainy (sometimes snowy) days and cold nights.
This is our winter season at that time of year!

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Royboy
6/10/2019 13:07 EST

There really is no bad time to visit. July thruogh October is the dry season. A bit less green. Not so humid and less mosquitos.

Probably the most popular coastal cities for expats are Salinas and Manta. Others that you might also like are Montanita, Olon, Puerto Lopez and Bajia de Cortez. I mostly like Manta and areas nearby.

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gyuris
6/10/2019 19:19 EST

Actually in the central Andes mountains in Ecuador, during the "summer" months of July, August and Sept, the weather is dry and often quite windy, with clear blue skies, at least in the Pichincha province, where Quito is. It might get a cloud cover in the afternoons around 3 pm and once in a while thunderstorm will burst, which will last around 20-30 minutes until it drains itself, then it will be clear skies again, and the temps will drop 5-10F degrees..

These months of July, August and Sept., are the driest and hottest months of the year in Quito. This does not mean it never rains, because it will rain, but only occasionally (like maybe one good thunderstorm once every week or so), but it will not be raining every day like during the heavily rainy months of Jan to mid May.

When we say "hot" up here n Quito we mean an *average* of 65 F -75 F during the day, so it is not really HOT. Then it cools down in the evenings into nightfall to around 55F, so one needs a light jacket if you go out.

Then, normally, in the early hours of the morning, before sunrise, it can get down to 40F-45F but, then one is hopefully in a warm bed, so no problem with that.
However bear in mind that the differences in average daily temperatures from one season to the other is only about 5 degrees at best, so the temperatures are quite evenly distributed, and remain quite stable with no great variations between one day and the next, and from one season to the next, and nothing like the extreme Summer / Winter variations in the US. Some people have said that the weather here in Ecuador is somewhat "boring". I personally think it is one of the many great attractions of Ecuador, similar to a late spring weather every day.

All in all, the best times to visit Quito and the Andes Mountains is definitely during these "summer" months, not so much because of the temperatures, (which are always mild, no matter when), but because the rains are much less.

So...Welcome, have great visit, and enjoy what Ecuador has to offer.

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kmoriarty45
6/10/2019 20:04 EST

gyuris,


You apparently don't realize that the seasons are reversed SOUTH of the equator. Although we are near the equator here in Ecuador, we are nevertheless south ... ergo, what would be considered summer months in the Northern Hemisphere, are the winter ones here.


I don't know where you got your information from but Quito definitely ain't "hot" during that time. You obviously don't live there!

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Rickeedevo
6/10/2019 23:47 EST

Wow! Read the whole post and said to myself "this is exactly how I remember the climate in Quito" Lived there for 3 years. You nailed it. Then I looked and saw the "gyuris" handle. Of course it was you. Sorry, this guy knows more about Ecuador than god. And his advice is always right. Yes, he lives in Ecuador (maybe longer than you have), but we all looked forward to his sage wisdom over the years. My wife and I talked about you the other evening. Wonder what Gyuris is up to? Ecuadorians call winter here "summer" (their definition) and what we would define as winter in the states is their summer. Took us a few years to figure that out. Good to see you back, Gyuris! Are you still flying heavy lift choppers? We still have to get together in your home grounds of Tumbaco. We live in Cuenca now, (Comng up on 4 years) , so don't have to deal with the extremes. Cheers Gyuris. Rick

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gyuris
6/11/2019 00:20 EST

Oh, Buddy, You are soo wrong, it is not even funny. And let's get something straight, I am talking about the Quito weather only, nowhere else.

It shows you have no idea what the yearly weather patterns are in QUITO, as you obviously live elsewhere, but you are being a smart ass and showing your ignorance to the world. Don't do that... You need to research more on the QUITO weather patterns and study a bit of Eastern Pacific equatorial meteorology as well.
If you lived in QUITO you'd would know that the "hot and dry and windy" months in Quito are July, August and September. It has always been so. That is why we are just entering our forest fire season here , and again, as in every previous year, I will have to fly and make bambi bucket drops to help put out a bunch of these forest fires with the Quito Fire Dept helicopter. Yes, I will have you know I am a Fire Captain and pilot for the Quito Fire Dept. I live and work here and, unlike you, I am an Ecuadorian citizen.

And I know very well that the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere, but I will tell you a secret, in case you didn't know, that we are within a few miles of the EQUATOR here, and our seasons are not quite reversed like they are in, say, Chile and Argentina. Our seasonal colder temperatures here depend on the cold north bound Humboldt current, plus there is another seasonal ocean current called "El fenomeno del Niño" ( also called the ENSO, = El Niño Southern Oscillation) which causes monsoons around Dec Jan., and so our wet season is right after Christmas and into the first few months of the year,... read up in it, so you can become smarter.

Additionally, I will let you in another secret, the seasonal weather patterns in the Andes mountains are different from the Coastal weather patterns and the Amazon region weather patterns. I have worked in all these three regions and I should know.

Cheers,
A.T.
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gyuris
6/11/2019 00:36 EST

Hi ol' Buddy Rick,
Thank you for your support, he he... I am still here, just "righting the wrong"... I have been quite busy. The oil contracts in the Oriente dried up a few years ago, so we all closed shop there and now I am flying for the Quito Fire dept. as a Fire Captain. I helped them purchase their first helicopter (an A109K2) to do emergency on-site medevacs, high mountain rescues, and of course Fire Fighting with Bambi Buckets. We re doing God's work. for many of the victims. We are proud to be able to say we are the first and only Fire Dept in South America with its OWN fire helicopter. All the other fire depts use either the police helos or military helos for their aerial work.

Too bad you moved away to Cuenca from Tumbaco. I live in Cumbaya, next door, and we could have gotten together for some beers.

I tell you what, I will be making a trip to Cuenca to give some instruction and a checkout to some pilots there during the first weekend of November, maybe we could get together then, in Cuenca and the beer is on me.
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A.T.
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kmoriarty45
6/11/2019 00:57 EST

gyuris,


I will always admit when I am wrong and I do so now. I apologize and defer to your knowledge and experience. I shouldn't be so quick to be a smart ass and should have read thoroughly your post.


You are of course correct that I don't live in Quito. I'm in the complete opposite end of the country, in Machala.

Admittedly, I don't get to Quito that often. Being someone who has spent the majority of his 74 years in warm climates, I have always found Quito too cold for my liking, even though my wife likes it. Two of my step-grandchildren, who lived there for several years and visit every couple of months, absolutely love it and hate living down here on the coast.

Again, thank you for setting me straight.

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Rickeedevo
6/11/2019 12:00 EST

Hola El Capitan. Good work with the Quito FD, Doesn't surprise me one bit. Yes, let me know when you're going to be in Cuenca in November. Does your yahoo email address still work? I'll send you contract info there. Would never turn down a free beer (or two). Good to hear from you again.

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LasOlas1
6/11/2019 13:07 EST

Hello, I am located in Manta. I represent a golf, tennis and equestrian resort community located an hour north of Manta. I would be happy to provide you with a tour of our community. You can visit lasolasecuador.com for more information. While in Manta I can provide you with the names of English speaking guides for the area. Take care.

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