El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana

El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana
The Conquistador who put the Amazaon baisn "on the map"....Francisco Orellana

Monday, November 21, 2011

“When I Bought a Home in Ecuador, I Hit the Jackpot”

By Darius Fisher
I was at the International Living Live and Invest in Ecuador Seminar 2011 that wrapped up about a week ago. I wish you were there, too. We learned why Ecuador makes so much sense for anyone looking to find a way to stretch their modest savings and social security checks...and yet enjoy a high quality of life.
One of my favorite presentations was from John Curran. Like many North Americans, he grew tired of the hustle bustle of modern life—“riding the merry-go-round,” as he calls it.
“I’ve never won anything. But after buying a home in Ecuador, I finally know what it’s like to hit the jackpot.”
John and his partner Sue were sick of spending thousands of dollar a month just to get by—on health care, on taxes, on food. They were tired of stress and traffic jams.
Put simply, they needed a change. So they finally did something about it…
At just 44 years old, John and Sue retired from teaching to the lush green mountains of Vilcabamba, Ecuador. And they’re happier, healthier and richer than ever.
Wouldn’t you be, too, if you could buy an amenity-packed, two-bedroom house (with a separate guest house) on 1.5 acres for five figures?
Get a gallon of gas for $1.48…
Grab a cold pilsner beer for 75 cents a bottle…
Enjoy world-class, English speaking, health care at bargain prices…
And pay just $62.52—a year—for property taxes?
John shared everything about his new life here in Ecuador…his monthly budget…his strategies for stretching his savings as far as possible… his favorite place to live…and his stories about what life’s really like, once you finally get the courage to hop off the “merry-go-round.” (Hint: It’s much, much more relaxing!)
But John also shared his #1 tip for success in Ecuador. It makes perfect sense to me and it will to you, too, when you learn what it is. Follow their lead and your life will cost far less and cause you much less stress indeed. (You can pick up a recording of his presentation here.)
When Sue got injured while riding a horse, she had to go to the ER.
An ambulance—with English-speaking medics—promptly picked her up and took her to the best private hospital in the area.
After getting world-class care, x-rays, CAT-scans, three delicious meals a day in a private room, and medication…the total bill came out to less than $800 dollars!
Compare that to back home—you wouldn’t even get able to get into the ambulance for less than $1,000.
If this low-cost, high-quality care doesn't have you thinking about packing up and starting a new life in Ecuador, I’m not sure what will.
In fact, there's so much that Ecuador has to offer that it should be at the top of your list. (It is International Living’s #1 retirement destination, after all.)
With the help and advice of people like John and our other experts—who’ve been there and done that—attendees at the Ecuador event got all the insider intelligence they needed on this beautiful country to make it their best place to live, retire or invest.

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