Todo during visit


Cello rental


assisted living



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issues to investigate before visit

dental: teeth cleanings, fillings, root canal, xrays

lasar face


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Bringing Pets to Ecuador

(This is from the Ecuador Embassy on February 14, 2017 and translated by Google Translate)



What do I need to enter Ecuador with my dog ​​or cat? The main requirement for entering pets in Ecuador is the animal and cat health certificate issued by the official veterinary service of the country of origin in Spanish, in compliance with the sanitary requirements demanded by Ecuador.

This document must be presented with the pet upon entering the country. Requirements that must be attached in this document to hospitalize pets (dogs and cats) to Ecuador must meet the following requirements, depending on the country of origin:

• Requirements for dogs and cats from Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. TO DOWNLOAD

• Requirements for dogs and cats from the Americas. TO DOWNLOAD

• Requirements for dogs and cats from Australia. DOWNLOAD Join pet by air When the dog or cat arrives by manga (travel in the cabin of the plane) or arrive to the country for a border crossing, the pet immediately nationalize the passenger and does not need to obtain the animal health import permit, but Must have the animal health certificate of export, vaccination card and veterinary health certificate. When the dog or cat arrives by cargo (kept in the ADUANA cellar), in addition to the animal health certificate of export, vaccination card and veterinary certificate of health obtained in the country of origin, in order to be nationalized it must acquire, upon arrival, the animal health permit With the Agrocalidad inspectors including the following requirements:

• Payment of $ 25.96 for the issuance of the animal health permit for importation.

• Clinical review of the pet, by an Agrocalidad inspector. Procedure for the payment of the animal health permit and the animal health certificate for export. TO DOWNLOAD

(!) Note: No cash payments will be received, all proceedings will be treated with the presentation of the deposit slip and the current value that reflects the current rates

1.1. INCOME FROM OTHER ANIMALS TO ECUADOR For the importation of other animals Ecuador, before starting the procedures in Agrocalidad should obtain import permit at the Ministry of Environment with the following requirements:

• Application for importation of wild species as pet animals. TO DOWNLOAD

• CITES export permit issued by the Environmental Authority of the country of origin.

• Invoice or certificate of origin of the place where the animal was purchased. The application must be delivered to the Central Plant Archive of the Ministry of the Environment: Madrid and Andalusia Street, building of the former Conservatory of Music. With the achievement of this requirement, the following documentation must be submitted in Agrocalidad:

• The animal health certificate of export obtained in the official veterinary service of the country of origin in compliance with the sanitary requirements demanded by Ecuador.

• The import permit obtained at the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador.

• Information on the place of quarantine monitoring. TO DOWNLOAD

With this documentation at the time of arrival of the animal to Ecuador, the animal health permit must be obtained at the Agrocalidad office located at the airport in the area of ​​international arrival.

• Payment of $ 25.96 for the issuance of the animal health permit for importation.

• Payment of diagnoses that the animal be submitted according to the current rates.

• Clinical review of the animal by an Agrocalidad inspector and verification of the required documentation.

(!) Note: No cash payments will be received, all proceedings will be treated with the presentation of the deposit slip and the current value that reflects the current rates

Health requirements homologated for the entry into Ecuador of the following species

• Sanitary requirements for the importation of ferrets. TO DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary requirements for the importation of ornamental birds from Argentina. TO DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary requirements for the importation of ornamental birds from the United States. TO DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary requirements for the importation of chelonians (turtles). TO DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary requirements for the importation of ground urchins from the United States. TO DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary Requirements for the importation of rabbits from Brazil . TO DOWNLOAD

• In the case of the European Union, the entry of ornamental birds due to outbreaks of high and low pathogenic avian influenza is suspended.

2. EXPORT OF PETS The procedure is done at the offices located in the quarantine Agrocalidad country access points (ports, airports and border crossings) meeting the following requirements:

• Vaccination card (original and copy B / N). It must include dates and brands of vaccines, internal and external worming.

• Certificate of health of the pet (original and copy B / N). Valid for 7 days, signed and stamped by a registered veterinarian at SENESCYT.

• Clinical inspection of the pet by an Agrocalidad inspector.

• Payment according to current rates .

• Issuance of the export animal health certificate.

• When animals are sent to the European Union, anti-rabies antibody titration is required (this test is performed in a laboratory authorized by the European Union). TO DOWNLOAD

• When pets leave for countries such as Panama and Chile, they have to be affixed to the respective embassies.

• Requirements for Export Pet DOWNLOAD

• Declaration scroll to the European Union DOWNLOAD

• Certification pets displacement European Union DOWNLOAD

• Requirements for US export pet DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary requirements for export of reptiles to Chile DOWNLOAD

• Sanitary requirements for export of domestic rabbits from company to Bolivia DOWNLOAD

• Requirements for export of pets (dogs and cats) to Venezuela DOWNLOAD

Note: To remove animals as pets in our country, prior to applying the animal health certificate export, consult the respective consulates on the rules of entry of own pets in the destination country, in order to avoid setbacks to its arrival. Procedure for the payment of the animal health permit and the animal health certificate for export. TO DOWNLOAD

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Goals for Our Visit

The purpose of this post is to brainstorm things we need to determine from our visit to Ecuador. The purpose of the visit is not primarily to  take a vacation, but to determine if we want to live there.

  • Can we live with the internet? Install WoW on the laptop and try using it in Cuenca.  Try logging in to Netflix and streaming videos.
  • The best way to buy quality food at a reasonable price is in the local market. We need to try shopping in the local market. Issues: haggling, language, culture.
  • What is a reasonable expectation for living expenses?  We need to connect with expats and find out from the locals what is reasonable.  We need to determine what neighborhoods would work for us, visit them at various times during the day, and determine prices for rentals.
  • We expect to not have a car.  We need to spend time trying the various types of transportation to be certain that we will be able to get to the places we need to go.  Issues: language, culture, safety.
  • How much of a problem is crime? Again, we need to connect with expats and pay attention to what level of security people use. Are there bars, fences, barbed wire, guard dogs everywhere?  Is this going to be a problem?  Since we don’t live extravagantly, I am more concerned that our dogs might be poisoned . We will need to train them to only eat what we give them.  This is essential!
  • Will the altitude be a problem for us? At least we won’t have to go out of our way to answer this question.
  • Will the local cuisine make us sick?  We need to be sure to eat the foods we would anticipate eating if we lived there.
  • Check on availability of beauty salons that would be acceptable.
  • Check on maid service
  • Check on price and quality of clothing.
  • Check on assisted living cost and quality
  • Check on IT manager positions in hospitals
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Current Thoughts

We just watched a series of videos from an ex-pat family in Cuenca discussing negatives and how conditions have changed.  Here is my take-away from the videos:

The diesel buses are very objectionable, but this is improving. A light-rail system should now be up and operational (completed June 2015).  Diesel buses have to be replaced with electric or propane vehicles when they die.

The internet has made significant gains in reliability in the last few years. It may not yet be up to what we have here. I think it will be tolerable.  This is something we will need to pay attention to during our visit.

I believe women are second-class citizens in Ecuador.  Being treated as a lesser person bothers me. I need to determine just now much of an issue this will be.


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Renting in Cuenca: Furnished Vs Unfurnished

Frank and I are having discussions on renting furnished Vs unfurnished, and Frank suggested that I add a post on the issue.

Furnished, pros

  • Less outlay of cash initially
  • Less expensive if we decide that Cuenca isn’t going to work for us and we leave six months later
  • Faster, easier set-up of household

Unfurnished, pros

  • We would be starting with furniture that we like. We would be able to choose furniture that we find comfortable and appealing.  Renting furnished would mean that we take whatever is available because we would be basing our choice on the residence, not the furniture. Furniture in furnished residences is typically cheap, uncomfortable, and often ugly.
  • The monthly rental fee would be lower (possibly $200 per month or more)
  • Our animals wreak havoc on furniture. If it is our own furniture, we won’t have the expense of repair/replacement when the rental period ends.
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New Immigration and Tourist VISA law – February 2017

On Friday, January 6, was approved, in second debate, the new immigration law. Only the approval of President Rafael Correa is missing, which will be given in approximately one month if he does not propose changes.

By now these are the changes:

Article 56. – The tourist visa is for 90 days in the period of one year from the date of the first entry, and may be extended or extended for a single time up to 90 additional days, applying for the request and paying the fee.

If the foreigner is interested in extending his stay as a tourist for a maximum period of one year, they must apply for a special tourist visa, but they cannot carry out any activity other than tourism, demonstrating the economic solvency that allows that time to remain in the country Ecuador and paying the government fee.

All foreigners who come as tourists must have health insurance for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.

Article 60. – Temporary Residency is considered for any foreigner who enters Ecuador with the categories indicated below, will be entitled to a visa of 2 years, and can be renewed once.

1. Worker, The visa authorizes you to perform any work activity under a dependency relationship whether in the public sector, private or autonomously.

2. Pensioner. The foreigner who brings in his own resources, coming from incomes that produce or any other type of licit income, coming from abroad, or that counts on resources coming from Ecuadorian source.

3. Retired, the foreigner who has a retired pension abroad whose amount allows him to cover the expenses to remain in Ecuador.

4. Investor, a foreigner who has assets and economic resources of legal origin to carry out acts of production and trade

5. Scientist, researcher or academic: foreigner engaged in scientific, research or academic activities, contracted by public or private entities.

6. Sportsman, artist, cultural manager: foreigner hired by natural or juridical persons to carry out activities of this nature.

7. Religious or religious volunteer of an organization recognized by Ecuador.

8. Volunteer: foreigner who individually or with the support of a non-profit organization but voluntarily provides services to the community.

9. Student: foreigner who enters the country to undertake basic, secondary, undergraduate or postgraduate studies, with regular attendance at public or private institutions recognized by the Ecuadorian Government.

10. Professional, technical, technologist or craftsman: Foreigner who wants to pursue a profession or technical, technological or craft activity.

11. Resident by agreement. Foreigner who enters Ecuador under an international agreement signed by Ecuador.

12. Dependents: Children and spouse or partner in union of the holder.

13. Persons in international protection. Persons who have been recognized by Ecuador as asylum, refugee or stateless persons who do not meet the requirements to opt for a visa indicated above.

Article 61.-Temporary visa requirements:

1) Document proving the visa that will apply:

2) Minimum valid passport for 6 months.

3) Criminal records of your country or those who have resided in the last 5 years. (Note: the requirement for federal states will be the one that corresponds to national and state of residence).

4) Not to be considered a threat to the internal security of the country.

5) To accredit the licit means of subsistence of the applicant and the family nucleus.

Once the visa is granted, the foreigner must join either Social Security or private insurance.

Article 63. – Permanent Residence.

1) Accomplish at least 21 months as a temporary resident

2) Valid passport at least 6 months

3) Criminal record of Ecuador for the temporary stay under the temporary visa (Note: if you go to your country or where you have resided for the last five years, you must present the criminal record)

4) Not to be considered a threat to the internal security of the country.

5) To accredit the licit means of subsistence of the applicant and the family nucleus.

Summarizing, the changes we can highlight are these:

1. After 90 days (T3) you can request an extension of 90 days paying government fee.
2. There is a special visa only for tourism for 1 year.
3. Temporary residence is 2 years renewable once, with requirements that are like those of permanent residence at present. The visa requires affiliation to Ecuadorian social insurance or private insurance.
4. A permanent visa requires at least 21 months of temporary residence.


Ave. José Peralta 1-19 and Ave. 12 de Abril

Hours: M-F 8am – 6pm or by special appointment

Edificio Acrópolis, Office 311-312

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Phone:+593-07-4103588 Ecuador

Name: Ulloa & Zamora Asesores
Phone: (07) 410 35 88
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Cheap phones for our visit

Well, I got one of these to see if it would be okay to use when we visit Cuenca, Ecuador. It is a full blown (almost) smart phone for $60.
While we are a Apple house, Apple does not sell a CHEAP cell phone, and everything we have read says to avoid flashing your expensive toys around, or someone will take them from you. We initially intended to get flip phones, and found this one while searching.
First impression is this is a decent phone – well worth more than the retail price and a great value at $60 (if you don’t mind amazon ads). Since we shop a lot at Amazon, the ads don’t bother me.
The phone is actually very slow according to benchmarks, it is about 32,000 while the iPhone 7 (shorans) is about 180,000. But, even so, I don’t feel any lagging or stuttering. The speed issue is purely a function of gaming from what I can see – 3d games tend to drag themselves along. That is fine with us, we don’t play racing or combat games on our phones. For all the things we do, growing, email, Facebook, calls, etc, etc, etc. The phone is very snappy.
A second point everyone complains about with this phone is the camera is ONLY 8 MegaPixels. I took some existing light photos at night with it and I think they are fine for posting on FB and our web site.
Android is android – what can I say, there are things that annoy me (my being an Apple fan bois) but I can live with them.
So, it looks like we will each take one of these and if someone there decides they need it more than us, it will not be a great loss – compared to the $800 price sticker on Sharons iPhone 7.

BLU R1 HD – Amazon Prime Special

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OMG, No Road from Panama to Ecuador!

It turns out that there is no way to drive between Panama and Ecuador. There is a 60 mile stretch if jungle with no roads. So much for driving to Ecuador. It looks like we will need to leave the car behind and fly.

The thought of selling the car and flying to a country where I know no one and don’t speak the language is a bit frightening to me.  What if it doesn’t work out and we have to come back? Cars are essential to life in the US.  It would be difficult to afford buying a car, in addition to other moving expenses, if we decided that Ecuador wouldn’t work for us, or if Trump does something to anger Ecuador and the kick out all U.S. expats.

Frank came up with a perfect solution to this dilemma. We will sell the care to his daughter Rachel for $1, with the understanding that she will sell it back for $1 if Ecuador doesn’t work out for us. If we decide that we will stay in Ecuador indefinitely, Rachel will first right to buy the car from us for $3000. It’s a perfect solution! Rachel is even willing to drive down to pick up the car.

My next concern was for the logistics of a move. I pictured Frank and I wandering the streets of Cuenca with three dogs, two cats, plus luggage, looking for a place to stay in a foreign city where we don’t speak the language, wandering into dark and dangerous streets unaware.  This is not a pretty picture.

The solution: Once we are sure we want to move Frank flies out one or two weeks early and finds a rental for us. I fly out with the animals. Frank meets me at the airport. We all pile into a rented bussito and travel to our new residence. Easy peasy! Then we rent month to month until we either lave or find a perfect home for long term rental or purchasing.

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There are so many things to consider, where to start?

Since I have never been to Ecuador and do not even know anyone who has been to Ecuador, the first step is to visit the country and determine if it is a place we would be happy calling home.  I have applied for a passport.  This is the first step in visiting Ecuador. Frank claims that he doesn’t need to visit Ecuador, that he will be fine with it.

We don’t speak Spanish.  I had Spanish throughout grammar school and junior high.  I believe this qualifies me to speak with anyone else who has had grammar school Spanish.  I suspect native speakers would not understand me. We are starting to work on this with the Rosetta Stone course. Moving to a country where my native language is not spoken is frightening. hopefully, taking the Rosetta Stone course will alleviate this concern.

The house and land will need to be put on the market once we have made a firm decision to move. We will have paid off the extra 5 acre plot in October of this year, so this seems like a good target date to at least make a decision about the move.

An important consideration, when thinking about an international move, is the animals.  I have no special attachment to the ducks and chickens.  I am certain that they can be rehomed easily.  the dogs and cats are a different matter entirely. I want to take them with us. This opens a Pandora’s box of issues: how do we get them there?  Once we are there, can we find a furnished rental with 3 dogs and 2 cats?

We need to find a reasonably economic way to move two cats and three dogs, including two that weigh about 100 pounds each, to Ecuador.  Driving to Ecuador seems the most reasonable option, at this point and sounds like a true adventure. And we get to see 8 different countries on the way!

I have so many concerns: Is it safe? Will the cost be prohibitive?


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