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Jessamyn Salinas
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I've been working on something fun and new....a book about Ecuador! I just finished the rough draft and hope to have it available soon.

More info to come....

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I recently completed a complete update of my website. I've read every page that I wrote (almost 200) and made sure all the information is accurate and up-to-date.

I'm glad to say that you can read any page on my website as if it were written today.

I hope you continue to find helpful information about vacationing or living in Ecuador!

www.life-in-ecuador.com 

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In just two more weeks it will have been 20 years since my family first arrived in Ecuador. We first lived in the Province of Bolivar. Here's a photo of my dad last year in Guaranda, when we revisited the area. 
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Many people have moved to Ecuador and there are tons of articles out there that praise Ecuador as a retirement haven. The country has many different climates, which means different areas will be better for different people. How can you know where you should live?

I've put together the following guide to help you narrow down you ideal place in Ecuador. Choose your preferred climate(s). Then choose between big cities and smaller towns. A map is included so you can plan your scouting trip.



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As you have probably heard there was a 7.8 earthquake here in Ecuador last night. The most affected areas are along the coast with lots of damage reported as well as over 70 dead and over 500 hurt. We felt it here in Tena, but we are far from the epicenter which was near Pedernales.

Sadly earthquake aren't unheard of here. Two example are the 1988 earthquake in Bahia de Caraquez and in 1949 in Ambato. Both quakes left these cities in ruins. Ecuadorians (like humans the world over) are tenacious and bounced back from these sad events.

Here is a video taken during the quake last night: https://www.facebook.com/CNNee/videos/10153537523512644/ 

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When visiting the equator, most people go to Mitad del Mundo which is a short drive from Quito, Ecuador. Right next door is the Intiñan Solar Museum. They have some fun activities and their equator marker is closer to 0 degrees (we checked with GPS).

We went recently and had a lot of fun!

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Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa is the first to open the Presidential Palace in Quito to the public. We took the tour...

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The Panecillo is a hill at the far south of the Historic Center of Quito, Ecuador. This has been an important place since before the arrival of the Spanish. Today it is topped with a winged Virgin of Quito. The views from the hill are amazing!

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I took the bus tour of Quito for the first time earlier this month. I really enjoyed seeing Quito this way and I learned a lot of new things!

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There are a LOT of good things about Ecuador, but there are some things that some people might view as deal breakers when considering whether or not to move to Ecuador. This article focuses on some of those not-so-positive things...
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