Smaller than Nevada but that’s a good thing

Ecuador is just slightly smaller than the state of Nevada in the US.

This geographic factoid becomes increasingly difficult to believe once you begin to explore the incredible diversity that Ecuador has to offer.
The spectacular Andes mountains run north to south and roughly divide the country into thirds.
In the central Andean region, you will observe towering volcanoes (many still active) and snow and glacier-covered peaks. In the surrounding valleys and foothills are attractive colonial cities, colorful indigenous markets, high elevation lakes and hot springs, and historic haciendas.
On a clear day in Quito, ride up 3,600 feet to a final elevation of over 13,000 ft on the “teleferico” (gondola). From there you will see the vast extent of the highlands, including three very impressive volcanoes (Antisana 18,700 ft; Cayambe 18,725; and Cotopaxi 19,347 ft). If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there are endless activities to keep you busy!

Tom approaching the summit of Cotopaxi
Lynn biking in the Andean foothills
Donkey we befriended along the bike ride
In the eastern third of the country, the “Oriente,” you find yourself in the headwaters of the Amazon Basin. This is the land of cloudforests and rainforests teeming with waterfalls and abundant life including jaguar, monkeys, tapir, and dazzling tropical birds. Tom and I actually saw 8 species of monkey in 2 days near Ecuador’s border with Peru! Here in these remote areas exist an impressive diversity of indigenous groups, many of whom still maintain their traditional ways of life. There are jungle lodges to visit, white-water rafting trips to take, and more hot springs to soak in.

El Jardin in Puyo

Rafting on the upper Pastaza
Rainforest at Tashapi (near Puyo)
Then of course, heading west you will drop down to the Pacific Ocean. We enjoy travel to the Andes and the Oriente but for living purposes, we absolutely love the coast!

Tom’s mom, JoAnn, enjoying a book and a good “hammocking” session at our house in Crucita

Tom, Eduardo, Paola and Red (who purchased a beachfront lot from us last March) making sushi rolls from fresh tuna
The beach in Crucita where we live
The icing on Ecuador’s cake of course is the Galapagos Islands, 300 miles off the coast.
Young sea lion
Blue-footed boobie with baby
While Ecuador is not a big country, we hope you’re beginning to recognize that there are so many amazing places to visit and explore!
And being small definitely has its benefits! A flight from Quito to Manta is a mere 30 minutes!
So imagine leaving your home on a cold wintry morning in the US, landing in Quito around 4pm and then arriving to the coast in time to enjoy your seafood dinner at sunset! Yes, this can and does happen! We invite you to give it try!

January 2010 Condo Update

Construction of the beautiful beachfront condos in Crucita progresses according to schedule. Rafael, the lead engineer just informed us that the 7th floor was poured this month. The 8th and final floor will be laid during the beginning of February.

The amenities for the condos are impressive:
  • Pool and jacuzzi
  • Elevator
  • Private, gated parking
  • Exercise room and game room
  • Restaurant/bar
  • On-site guardian and maintenance person, available 24 hours
  • Walkway access to the terrace of the adjacent condo where folks get together to grill, sun-bathe, sip a cocktail as they marvel at another beautiful sunset.
  • Back-up generator to keep water flowing and the elevator running in case of a power outage
Maintenance fees for all these services will be $20/mo.
Each condo is 91 square meters or 980 square feet with 2BR/2BA. There are 2 condos per floor, both with expansive ocean views. If you want one large condo, you could buy two adjacent condos and ask Rafael to join them and personalize your floor plan!
As of last week, there is still one condo available on the 5th story, the best view remaining as the 6th story condos have already sold. The 7th story (and uppermost) will be a penthouse suite for Rafael and his family (lucky dogs). For January and February prices and current availability please visit our condo page at: http://www.ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com/Condos.html
Pre-construction prices continue to increase as the project nears completion so if you are interested, the sooner you act, the more money you will save! Once completed, these will be THE premier condos in Crucita and will make for an excellent investment.
Views of the beach directly in front of the condos
Send us an email with any questions or to reserve your condo! Rafael has completed purchases from the US so you can jump on this deal without having to wait for a trip to Ecuador.
tom at ecuadorbeachfrontproperty dot com