Moving to conacachi,ecuador

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  1. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    my wife and i are thinking about retiring to ecuador.we will be coming down in mid october,and taking a look at conacachi.62,4 dogs,1 wife and a couple of bikes.any local advice?thanks,tim.
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Post up when the house warming party details are all sorted, always nice to have friends in high places:lol3

    Enjoy the good retirement life, you've got a good idea:clap

    btw; you might ought to check out Colombia too, I heard most of the drug trade has moved on to Ecuador= possible more troubles I really like Colombia!
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  3. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    good info,thanks.
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  4. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Check Colombia,especially Medellin before settling for Ecuador.I spent 10 years in Ecuador.
    Now 4 years into Colombia and wild horses would not drag me back to Ecuador!!!
    Al
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  5. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    one of the things that is very important to me is being able to ride a motorcycle.i am primarily a street rider,but do enjoy off roading/exploring.i'm hearing pro/con about safety.any input??thanks.
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    I didn't stop there on my way south but the location seems ideal. You're close to Quito and can ride to Colombia or Peru without too much difficulty.
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    cu260r6 Been here awhile

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    Cuenca is phenomenal! In my ride south I marked that and Boquete, Panama as two retirement destinations to seriously consider.
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    snohobo Supermoto hippy

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    Reading this from Boquete as we speak. I'll make a pass through Cuenca in Nov. No helpful info here.
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    Cuenca was cold and rainy when I was there but I think it has the cleanest centro I've seen in Latin America. They have some pretty serious cleaning crews going through town in the mornings. They must really want the gringos to move there. :lol2
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  10. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    we have some friends in cuneca now,and they love it there.the size of the city puts us off,but they say it"lives"like a much smaller town.we will visit them,and then on to conacachi.
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    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    we are going to fly down for our first visit,but i would like to drive to bring some things down.how is the pan am highway?rough,safe,banditos,love gringos???
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  12. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi PJ,

    There is the problem of the Darien Gap. You would have to ship your vehicle and things over the Darien by container since the PanAm ends in eastern Panama at the swamp. And by the time you add that cost to wear and tear on your vehicle, gas, food, lodging, border crossing and insurance expense through eight countries minimum down the PanAm to Ecuador, you would spend more than shipping by container from home and flying down.

    In my experience, it is best to bring as little as possible with you when moving to a foreign country. Sell as much as possible in New Mexico where you are or store it. Buy inexpensive things in Ecuador or whereever you end up as you need them and concentrate on bringing only things with high costs in your target country such as electronic goods. The less you have, the less you have to worry about. It is always wise to rent a place for a year in a new country (preferably furnished) and see if you like the area. Most people don't follow my advice though.

    I remember years ago in Hawaii, I was working for a rich Greek guy who owned a shipping line He had just moved to paradise and was building his dream mansion. (This is a common theme in the older wealthy guys I have worked for over the years who are feeling their mortality) . Anyway, I was working on his house. He built a garage just for his and hers Mercedes 450SLs which he shipped over to the Big Island. So his wife flies over to decorate and it turns out she is terrified of bugs. The 4" flying cockroaches and cane spiders were just too much for her, so they bailed the next month.

    The moral of the story is: no place is perfect on the planet. Paradise is in the eyes of the beholder. Some places are nicer than others. Santa Fe used to be pretty nice back in the 70s. Conacachi Ecuador sounds nicer!

    Kindest regards,
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    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    thanks.i knew we had to cross the gap,just didn't realize it would be so expensive.plus,we have 4 dogs and don't want them in the belly of a plane.
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    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    4 dogs. Hmmmm. They would have to fly over the Darien. Unless you take them on the sailboat from Panama to Colombia. Mind you, it would be an adventure. I am strictly speaking from a practical standpoint. It is a looooong way down the PanAm from New Mexico to Equador. A month on the road with all your stuff, 4 dogs and the wife. Through eight border crossings and over the Darien. Versus a long day of flying from the States to Quito. It will be an adventure either way. Best Luck!

    Cheers,
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    CourtRand Been here awhile

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    I would be more than happy to help you with some nice routes and motorcycle rides while you visit here. Whether or not you rent a bike from us! (If you do rent a bike from us though I can probably take care of your dogs - I have two already and they have learned to ride a scooter everyday with me through Quito traffic!)

    Ecuador is a great place to be and to live - and if you have a motorcycle here, it is almost heaven - with so much diversity in the climates and geology - there are very few places in the world where you can see so much change in landscape in so few miles of riding.

    Feel free to contact me - I would love to help any rider out with the task of getting settled here!

    -Court Rand
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    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    thanks court.are you a native of ecuador?we will stop in cuneca,cotacachi and the coast.i'll shoot you a pm as we get closer.tim.
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    CourtRand Been here awhile

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    I am a Hoosier / NH Granite State (Live Free or Die) but have been in Ecuador and Latin America for the past 3 years.

    I am i n Quito - look forward to meeting up with you!
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    looks very nice,but maybe a little too"sterile" for us.thanks for the link.
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    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    o.k. it looks like the only legal way to bring a bike into ecuador is new,or within a year of new,and on an approved list of vehicles.plus a hefty tarrif.are there many used bikes for sale?i have found one site,but most appear to be off brand.also service/parts?i'm sure you need to be a major city.are the gas stations independent,or state owned?i know i will be able to answer most of these questions when we get down there,i'm just anxious now!thanks,tim.
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