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Gringo Prices In Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

Puerto Cayo, Ecuador I am going to share with you all a post from a resident in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. As you read the well written and honest thoughts of a local “gringo resident” keep in mind that this is a phenomenon not just in Puerto Cayo but throughout Ecuador. The truth is “gringo gouging” is common in many countries around the world. Particularly when no prices are established and “haggling” for a price is necessary. Please enjoy the post. Saludos,Dave 🙂 An important message from a friend in Puerto…

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Report on the Puerto Cayo area in Ecuador

Life has gripped me on the coast of Ecuador. Lately it is seemingly more and more difficult to spread the concept of time around. After moving to Ecuador just over 2 years ago now, I am finding it not so easy to relax and take a more “manana” attitude. The very reason for moving to the coast in the first place. The two main priorities we had was: Not be so stressed and work less Escape the cold Canadian winters Only #2 has been achieved thus far. I am finding…

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Final thoughts on the rental home construction

After nearly 7 months of construction and disruptions what are my final thoughts? Would I do it again? What would I change? So many questions could circle around in one’s head. Basically when it comes to building a home in Ecuador, one word stands out in my mind. That word is ‘patience!’In Ecuador, if you plan on retiring in ecuador while building a home or even just a vacation property, you need to understand that things are not always going to be quick, on budget or on time. It is…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Weeks 23-26

Work Weeks- 23-26 September 2-27, 2013 If you missed week 21 and 22 here it is.The next several work weeks were concentrated on getting the windows installed and entrance french doors. Another crew of workers continued to work on the driveway and walkways. There is a pattern of cut out left over ceramic tiles that will be placed into the driveway and perimeter of the walkways. The final touches are coming together. Working on pouring the concrete for the walkway and driveway. Pouring concrete for the walkways The first phase…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 21-22

Work Week 21-22 August 19-23 and August 26-30 If you missed the previous week of Week 17-20, get it hereThe two weeks of construction of this period mainly concentrated on the efforts of getting the landscaping started. The concrete wall was starting to take shape as well as the raised concrete flower beds. The yard is going to have a concrete driveway with a finish of a granular pebble look, lined with accented tiles as well as a poured concrete sidewalks joining the two houses.The electrician was also around for…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 17-20

In case you missed it, here is work week #14-16 July 22 – August 2 Week 17-18 During this 2 week period of construction good progress was made on painting the interior and exterior of the rental home. The painters were able to finish first and second coats of paint. The carpenter was also around and started to install the cabinets for the bathroom, and kitchen. The interior doors and the the closets have also been started. I decided to use a water proof particle board, that was more economical…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 14-16

In case you missed it, here is work week #11-13 Week 14- July 1-5, 2013This entire week will be spent on continuing the interior and exterior stucco as seen below. In the picture below you can see the conduit that has electrical cable in it running to the roof. This cable is for the air conditioning condenser that will be placed later on the roof. The conduit was chiseled into the bricks and then later covered with concrete. Here you can see the thickness of the stucco that was put on…

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