Ecuador is one of only 17 countries in the world classified as “mega-diverse” by UNESCO, with an incredible variety of birds, mammals and orchids.
— Ecuador Ministry of Tourism
Ecuador is known for its warm and welcoming people, rich history, culture and heritage, folklore, gastronomy, and perhaps most of all, for its spectacular and mega-diverse natural environments and wildlife.
Ecuador is located on the equatorial line in northwestern South America. Mainland Ecuador is bordered by Columbia to the north, Peru to the east and south, and by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west. Nine hundred and sixty kilometres from the mainland, the magnificent Galapagos islands, for which 90% of the land surface and all of the ocean territory to the national limits are designated as a national park, also belong to Ecuador.
Only in Ecuador can you climb the tallest active volcano in the world, kayak the rapids of the Amazon rainforest, and crisscross the Equatorial line on horseback, all in one trip.
— Ecuador Ministry of Tourism
Four distinct geographical regions offer an endless supply of diverse scenery: the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountains, the Galapagos Islands and the Pacific coast. An adventurer’s paradise – rafting and kayaking, trekking, mountain and volcano climbing, biking, bird, whale and land animal watching, canopy and jungle tours, fishing, snorkelling and diving, horseback riding, surfing – all the activities you can imagine, and more! And of course, there is always time for kicking back under the sun with the sand between your toes, while your neighbours shovel the snow off their driveways back home!
Investing in Ecuador
Over the next several years, Ecuador, and in particular the Pacific coast region around the coastal town of Manta, will be developing rapidly as commercial and residential expansion booms in a pattern that has been seen in regions such as Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Ecuador is the #1 retirement destination
— International Living
But what makes the Pacific coast of Ecuador the ideal location?
The Ecuadorian government has recognized the value of foreign direct investment and tourism. Foreign investors benefit from the same rights and obligations as nationals. There are no capital gains taxes on the occasional sale of properties.
High quality, affordable health care is available at public and private clinics throughout the country. In Manta, just 45 minutes north of Mirador San Jose, a state-of-the-art private clinic will open its doors in 2014, to complement the existing public infrastructure (hospital and clinics).
Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage cities, endless sandy beaches, the Amazon rainforests, the majestic Andes, the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.
Moderate temperatures year-round, without the extreme wet seasons that are common to many areas in the tropics. Due to the location at the equator, hurricanes and major tropical storms are an impossibility at Mirador San Jose and in Ecuador in general – this is a phenomenon that is unique to areas within the region of the equator, and is an added piece of security for your investment!
Low Cost of Living
The cost of living is approximately four times less than other industrialized countries and is the lowest in all of South America. Gasoline costs approximately 35 cents per litre, a taxi ride in Manta is $1, and a fantastic coastal meal of fresh fish costs $3 in a seaside restaurant. Round-trip flights between major tourist cities within Ecuador typically cost under $100. Property taxes on a 1 000 square foot home at Mirador San Jose are only a few hundred dollars per year.
There is no doubt that Ecuador is undervalued, but it won’t stay that way for long. Investment is pouring in to the Pacific coast region, and the 2012 extension of the domestic airport in Manta (45 minutes north of Mirador San Jose) to international carriers will mean you can be at your beach home shortly after stepping off the plane. This is anticipated to drive up land prices even further all along the coast. Now is the opportune time to purchase your piece of paradise at Mirador San Jose!
Want to know how you can own your piece of paradise? Contact us today to speak with one of our sales representatives about Mirador San Jose!
All you need is Ecuador – a documentary by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism