Archivo del Autor: Mark Cowtan

¿Qué tan seguros son las ciudades costeras?

(English) If you live in middle class North America or Europe, it is easy to become blasé about personal safety and petty theft. It’s not something you need to be concerned about. But in 3rd world Ecuador, you must be more vigilant or you’ll get burned.


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Puede Surf en Engles?

(English) If you’re sharing the waves with locals, why not learn a few common surf terms in Spanish? Knowing a little Spanish can go a long way. Isn’t it better to hang out with locals, rather than staying in your clique? Here are some terms you may find handy.


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Daily forecast of Ecuador UV Index

Your mommy always told you to avoid the midday sun, and she was right! See the daily UV Index forecast, and you can see why. At the beaches in Ecuador, the UV index at midday is four times the index at 9:00 am.


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Independent House or Community?

If you want to buy real estate in Ecuador, which type of housing should you buy? Whether you buy an apartment or condo, a stand-alone house, or a home in a gated community, each has its pros and cons.


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Biodiversity and Extinction Exposure

The flip side of biodiversity, is the increased risk of species extinction. Ecuador leads the world with the highest number of animals and plants at risk of extinction.


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Surf championship Montañita, Ecuador

The annual ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Montañita went off without a hitch this April – Wave conditions were excellent throughout the event, especially during finals, with 6-8 ft glassy waves for most of the day. Guess who won…


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Avoiding Sunburn on Ecuador Beaches

According to the Hyperion Report from the Ecuadorean Civilian Space Agency, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia receive the highest UV radiation on the planet. What can you do to avoid sunburn when you go to the beach in Ecuador?


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Wild horses roaming around Ayangue!

On the way to Montañita, we came across a family of wild horses, with a new born foal, wandering aimlessly across the four-lane Ruta Del Spondylus, near the turning for Ayangue. It was wonderful to see.


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Rocks Walk and Sands Shift at Capaes!

When you buy a house at the beach, and then overnight the beach is overrun by rocks, it is a bit disconcerting. Are the rocks walking, or is the sand shifting? Or is it a bit of both?


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Who Cleans Salinas and Chipipe Beach?

Even in high season, the two main beaches in Salinas are usually spotless and the sea is clear of trash. How is this possible, when a few thousand beach-goers hit the beaches every weekend from January thru March?


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