December 28, 2015


Starting  January 1st of 2016, to receive a visa (non immigrant or residency visa) you should be aware of new government fees. Below is a table with the new fees, note that even if you applied for your visa in 2015, you will have to pay the new fee if you are going to...

August 3, 2015

You’ve come to Ecuador and want to stay. The problem is, this wasn’t the original plan and you’re on a 90-day tourist visa. Don’t worry, you’re in a land full of spontaneity and there are ways you can stay. We’ll lay it all out for you in an easy way to understand.



July 15, 2015


You're in Ecuador and want to get a visa and you need to get an aspotille for a specific document, but what does that really mean? Here, we lay out a straightforward description for you.


What is an apostille?

First and foremost an apostille is an official certificati...

June 22, 2015

In Ecuador, when value is added onto a property that you own or are selling, the seller is required to pay taxes on that added value. This tax, known as the “Capital Gains Tax” is charged directly by the local municipality of the town in which the property is located....

June 17, 2015

The Ecuadorian tax administration recently updated its policy on taxable assets in Ecuador. The new law declares that any Ecuadorian resident with assets valuing over $216,000 in 2015 must declare their assets to the SRI (El Servicio de Rentas Internas). Those in marit...

May 25, 2015

Living in a condominium in Ecuador is very common and an excellent choice! Condominium living combines security, social spaces, maintenance, and a beautiful living space all into one. It’s no wonder that it is a popular choice of expats.


On May 21st, 2015 a new reform...

April 6, 2015


Earlier this year Ecuador became the first country to have it’s own official digital currency. Named the Electronic Monetary System (EMS) this currency is set up so that instead of paying with cash, two people who both have EMS accounts can exchange money using their...

April 1, 2015


InterNations recently released the results of their 2014 Expat Survey and guess which country came out on top. You got it, Ecuador! The Expat Insider Survey is the biggest expat survey worldwide, surveying almost 14,000 expats in over 160 countries all over the globe....

March 30, 2015


Allow us to introduce you all to an amazing organization: La Reserva Biológica Cerro Seco, located in Bahía de Caráquez. Founded in 1996 by Marcelo Daniel Luque Intriago, the organization’s original purpose was to research and publish the native flora and fauna of the...

March 23, 2015

Ecuador is a country rich in diversity. Each of its regions provides a different culture with different customs and lifestyles. One of the most beautiful parts of this diversity is that there is a place for everyone in this country, no matter what kind of life you like...

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