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Sheltering In Place In Cotacachi During Covid-19

What are the shelter-in-place conditions like in Cotacachi in April 2020? I am very concerned about the way some of the main stream press is portraying the conditions in Ecuador showing dead bodies on the streets, and claiming Ecuador is in very bad shape.  I can say that from our personal experience we are not suffering here.  It is important ...

Thriving Expat Business

January, 2020 Young US Expats Have A Thriving Specialty Meat Business (A version of this article also appeared in CuencaHighLife, June 27, 2019) There are a growing number of younger expats moving abroad.  Ecuador has attracted many retiring expats over the past decade, but there is also a trend of younger adults who are looking for different ways of living ...

Ecuador Coast Golf Resorts Near Bahia And Manta

January, 2020 Golf Course Resorts Near Bahia de Caraquez And Manta I have had a few inquiries about whether there are Golf Course Communities near Bahia or Manta, so I wanted to get this post out to answer the question. There are two existing communities that I am aware of with golf courses that are fully functional and have existing ...

Is It Safe For A Single Woman To Travel In Ecuador?

December 18, 2019 A 62 Year Young Expat Shares Her Solo Bus Trip Adventure To Baños A Guest Post by Janet Narum A friend of mine in the U.S. recently told me I was gutsy for traveling around Ecuador as a 62 year young American woman via local buses after the recent transportation strike and protests. I’ve never thought of ...

To Thrive-Listen To Your Heart

April 2019 Use your intuition and the wisdom of your heart to make decisions this year. I have been contemplating how to make a positive difference in this time of new normal changes.  People are talking to me regarding their confusion and indecisiveness about what plans to make for their futures.  There are many voices in the media who are ...

Featured Real Estate in Bahia

Looking for a professional, ethical real estate agent to help you in your search for your perfect home in Bahia? Please visit John Vollmeke at Ecuador Homes and Land for up to date information about Real Estate in the Bahia area.  John is a professional real estate agent, who had a career in real estate in the US.  As stated ...

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador 2019

February, 2019 "This bay could be one of the most beautiful ports of the world."     In his book, The Secret of Paradise, Patricia Tamariz wrote that Thomas de Berlanga a friar of the Dominican Order who discovered Galapagos Island on March 10, 1535 and then sailed to the coast of Ecuador reaching Bahia.  When the Friar's ship reached ...

Cotacachi Or Cuenca? Which Is The Best For You?

February, 2019 Cotacachi Versus Cuenca,Where Will You Feel At Home? I have lived in Cuenca and Cotacachi.  Like me, many residents of Cotacachi started out in Cuenca, realized it wasn’t for them and found their way to Cotacachi as an alternative.  I thought it might be helpful to share my opinion and experience of both places to help you decide ...

Cotacachi Healthcare: What Is Available?

January, 2019 What kind of healthcare can be found in Cotacachi? Many people thinking about becoming expats are concerned about the availability of medical care in Ecuador.  In larger cities such as Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, and Ibarra you can find up to date medical facilities comparable to what you might find in the US.  Because Cotacachi is conveniently located ...

Why I Hope Ecuador Doesn't Get 5G

November 30, 2018 How much do you know about 5G? I was reading the Solari Report today and I found a link to this International Petition to stop the roll out of 5G. I wanted to share it with you because it is vitally important to our health and well being.  I have read quite a bit about it, but I ...

Gratitude For My Life In Ecuador

11-25-2018 On this Thanksgiving I am grateful for the life of abundance we are living in Ecuador. How I measure abundance. Inspiration surrounds us thanks to clean air provided by the trees and rains and the natural beauty of Mt. Imbabura and Mt. Cotacachi reminding me daily of the power of mother earth and that human life is so short ...

CLIMATE CHANGE? CONSIDER MOVING TO ECUADOR

What you may not know about climate change. November, 2018   It is true that the mainstream news has been telling us that the planet is heating up.  If you look at the data we have been through a period with warmer summer temperatures.  But, what if there is more to the story?  What if the average temperatures are actually getting ...

BUYER BEWARE! 16 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY PRE-CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE IN ECUADOR

Posted October, 2018. We would like to share some information that may prevent you from having the heartbreaking experiences we had.   It is hard to resist buying a property that you see and fall in love with.  Many developments have beautiful websites that show pictures of what they say the property will look like and describe the amenities that ...

Bahia de Caraquez in 2018

A Visit to Bahia in 2018 We visited Bahia in April of 2018.  What we found was one of Ecuador's nicest coastal cities is getting updated.  As we walked about the city neighborhoods we were surprised by colorful murals that depict life around Ecuador in vibrant colors.  Some are fanciful and whimsical; others are artistic renderings of nature.  As we ...

Seven Reasons We Live A Good Life In Cotacachi

March, 2018 It Is A Small Stable Community: People Know Each Other For us, thriving meant finding a place where we could live a less complicated and relaxed life. We were looking for a place where we could live simply, but comfortably without the hectic feeling we had living and working in the US.  How is life in Cotacachi like stepping into ...

ONE WAY TO DECREASE STRESS AS AN EXPAT IN ECUADOR

Confused? Hire a facilitator. Like many people who have moved to Ecuador we attended an International Living conference and we read a lot of websites and books, and listened to many interviews before we decided to move.  If you are not fluent in Spanish and if you have never lived in South America, you might be overwhelmed by all there ...

Peguche Wasi Workshop and Artisan Center Near Cotacachi

Posted March, 2018 What I love about living in Cotacachi is the people and the connection to historical cultural roots. There are many places nearby to learn more about the Indigenous culture and deepen your appreciation for the people. One such place is Peguche Wasi. When our friend came to visit last week from Cuenca she was eager to see ...

My Unpredictable Love Affair, Guest Post

  Posted February 25, 2018. This guest post from author Beverley Scherberger describes how she is thriving as an expat in Ecuador in her new career as a writer since she retired and moved to Cotacachi, Ecuador.  You can learn more about Beverley's work on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/beverleyscherberger or you can sign up to be added to her mailing list at  bev@bevscherberger.com and receive the occasional ...

TRANSPORTATION TO COTACACHI

Transportation to Cotacachi January, 2018  Here is a brief summary of transportation options to Cotacachi from Quito. There is not an airport in Cotacachi. The closest international airport, Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is just north of Quito. The Quito airport has won awards for the best airport in South America. There is a lot of useful information on the Mariscal Sucre ...

A Cotacachi Ecuador Morning

Posted, January, 2018.  To live in Cotacachi is to wake in the morning to the sweet chirpings of hummingbirds and the crowing of roosters, joined by the barking of dogs and the mooing of cows. The air in the Andean morning is cool, depending on the season, it is usually in the low to mid 50's F. If the sun is ...

Success Starting a Business in Cotacachi, Ecuador

Meet Yannick ,an expat from Germany who moved to Cotacachi and started a bakery. He is the proud owner of a successful bakery called Pandala Bakery in Cotacachi. We interviewed him to find out what it has been like for him to start a business here and to find out what you can learn from him. Deb: Where were you born? ...

Thriving in the New Normal

Bahia-Ecuador-Expats Is Now Thriving In The New Normal Greetings friends and subscribers, I have not posted for quite a while because we have been traveling and we are no longer living full time in Bahia. I re-named the Bahia-Ecuador-Expats website Thriving in the New Normal, Thriving as Expats in Ecuador. I will still be posting about Bahia, and you can ...

New Intensive Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture Classes at Rio Muchacho

Rio Muchacho Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday December 1, 2017 Rio Muchacho is  running a month long course on Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture at our National Geographic endorsed organic farm. During the 4 weeks teams of experts will pair classroom learning with practical application, including composting techniques, lunar calendar crops, and beekeeping. This holistic course will be valuable for anyone ...

The 2017 Immigration Law in Ecuador, Brief Notes

May 26, 2017 I recently attended a presentation by Attorney Santiago Andrade. I wanted to share some of the notes that I took so you have some idea of what is in the new law.  I have included some key points of the new Immigration Law in Ecuador for 2017.  The goal is to help you learn about the kind of ...

NORMAL ISN'T EVERYTHING by j.iver.petersen

Normal Isn't Everything! ( Actually, it Is Only For Sure An Appliance Setting 😉 <<< Astonishment Caught in the Freeze-frame of a Digital Rearview Video Mirror. (A spontaneously unguarded reflection from something abnormally far from the conceptual perception of normality that mostly doesn't exist.) Our actions or the lack thereof are the revealing feature transparent only to self. What is ...

The 2016 Children's Mission Christmas Party Update

The Children's Mission of Leonidas Plaza was envisioned about 5 years and has been growing ever since.   All events and services of the mission are provided by donations and by volunteers.  As you can see from the pictures the progress over the years has been very impressive.  The children first gathered on the dirt with no shade, now there is ...

Living Life According to the Tides, Part 2

Part 2 of Living Life According to the Tides from dictionary.com:  Tide Verb phrases tide over,  a.to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress. b.to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive. Idioms turn the tide, to reverse the course of events, especially from one extreme to another: The Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of the American ...

A Historic View of Bahia de Caraquez

The following is an unofficially translated and edited excerpt from an old book that was given to me by a friend who lives in Cuenca. The book was found in her aunt’s old home. It was in pretty bad shape with yellowing pages that were torn and partly eaten. The book had no title page, so the author and the ...

A New Poem and Photos from J. Iver Petersen - Bahia

HOLISTIC FRESHNESS Well spoken vegetables are lovely as are friends Both close or far radiating inward beauty as an oasis Midst desert flowers fragrant to thirsty souls …j.iver.petersen… 4th of March 2016 Bahia de Caraquez, EC

Living Life According to the Tides

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher Definition of Tide from Dictionary.com: Noun: The periodic rise and fall of the waters of the ocean and its inlets, produced by the attraction of the moon and sun, and occurring about every 12 hours. Anything that alternately rises and falls, increases and decreases, etc.: the tide of ...

New Book by Amy DuBoff - Web of Truth Released Today!

February 19, 2016 is release day for Web of Truth! The wait is finally over! Web of Truth, the fourth installment in the Cadicle series, is now live on Amazon! Like the other volumes, it is enrolled in KDP Select. You may buy it now on Amazon: order on Amazon. About Web of Truth Tension is mounting in the rift. ...

Puerto Lopez And Manta Rays Video Tour

Haven't traveled on the coast of Manabí province in Ecuador?  Below you will find a video from Ecuador a Tu Alcance showing divers swimming with manta rays and sea turtles.  There is also some footage featuring the local culture around Puerto Lopez.  The narration is in Spanish, so you can practice your listening skills while watching!          

Remodeling Projects in Ecuador - What We Learned That Might Be Useful to You

Many expats decide to buy real estate when they move to Ecuador.  Owning real estate in a foreign country provides many advantages.  There can be tax advantages as well as the usual perks to having a piece of property that you can alter to your personal tastes.  We have several friends who have purchased condominiums in older buildings and have ...

Poetry and Art by J. Iver Petersen

FLIGHT IS RARELY TAKEN Mornings my tiny bright small yellow friend sings to me whether she sees me or not Knowing I'm close and lingers warbling a familiar tune not fleeting as I often approach Interactively on the balcony to sit or stand at the railing about eight feet away with appreciation When on a day I was late not ...

Live Music at H Sports Café Saturday, 30 January!

Henry and Anna invite you to join them at their new Sports Bar and Café on the Malecon Saturday, January 30 for some live music.  The concert will start around 7:30 PM, Saturday night, but the Sports Café is open all day, some come by anytime.  Anna and Henry have done a great job creating this new space with a stage, TVs ...

A Passion for Pottery - Meet Duane in Bahia

Retirement can be a time of devotion to your passion.  Meet Duane a potter who has come to Bahia to retire and to spend his time creating works of beauty in ceramic.  Duane and his wife, who is equally talented, came to Bahia from Hawaii.  When he was working he didn't have time to devote to a hobby.  Now that he ...

Buying a Car in Ecuador

January, 2016    We recently purchased a car.  When we first moved to Ecuador a year ago we lived in Cuenca and we really didn't think we needed a car.  We were new to expat life and frankly we weren't ready to jump in a car and explore. We really didn't venture out of the city much.  If we wanted to leave the city of ...

Machalilla National Park

Machalilla National Park is a wildlife reserve on the coast of Ecuador near Puerto López.  It is a popular tourist destination and is known as the poor man's Galapagos because you see many of the same marine animals as on the famous islands.  You can see the blue-footed booby, frigatebirds, waved albatrosses (breeding season April–October), as well as sea lions.  Dolphins ...

Photography by Vera Bowman

Vera Bowman is best known for being an equestrian expert from Niagara Falls, Canada.   She moved to the community in Bahia several months ago to design,  implement and manage the Equestrian Center for a new development planned near Bahia.  She has enjoyed the beauty of the area which she has captured in photographs.  Here are a few of her photos that she wanted to share.   ...

Ten Things I Like About Living in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

(January 15, 2016) I have been living in Bahia now for almost a year.  Currently my husband and I live in a condo just across the street from the beach.  I wanted to share some of the things I like about living here. One:  The sound of the ocean right outside of my windows.  I have never lived at the ...

Foot Bridge on Canoa Beach

 

Canoa is a popular beach for surfing and for long walks with great sunsets.  Canoa is small town just north of Bahia de Caraquez along the coast.  You will find small restaurants and a variety of hostels and shops.

 

 

Places to stay around Canoa

 

Canoa-Beach-Hotel-GroundsCanoa Beach Hotel is located on the main highway along the coast between Briceno and Canoa. Coming from Bahia, you will see a bright sign on the right that points to the entrance road of the hotel which is on the West side of the road. You can reach the hotel and restaurant by taking a taxi or bus. The grounds are truly beautiful and relaxing. The hotel features a great outdoor patio lounge and restaurant with wonderful food. The ambiance is relaxing-exotic where the bamboo, wood and brick cabana compliment the beautiful gardens and the ocean beach. The owner, Greg and the bartender speak English.

Location: Km16 via Jama, Canoa

Telephone:  011 593 5-258-8062 or 011 593 98-519-8507

Website:  http://canoabeachhotel.net/index.html