MANTAEXPATSONLINE INFORMATION FOR COASTAL LIVING & PROPERTY       

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ECUADOR INFORMATION

ECUADOR
·    President Rafael Correa 2007 – Present (2017)
Ecuador is about equal in area to Nevada
·    109,000 sq. mi
·    Two high parallel ranges of the Andes, with the north & south are topped by tall volcanic peaks. The highest is Chimborazo at 20,577 ft.
·    Quito is about 10,000 ft.
·    is bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) west of the mainland.
Ecuador - 14.5 million
·    25 Provinces
Guayas – 3.6 million
·    Guayaquil – 2.2 million
Pichincha – 2.5 million
·    Quito – 1.6 million
Manabí – 1.3 million
·    Manta – 350k (working city, mainly fishing and fish processing)
The country has three main geographic regions, plus an insular region in the Pacific Ocean:
·    La Costa, or the coast, comprises the low-lying land in the western part of the country, including the Pacific coastline.
·    La Sierra, ("the highlands") is the high-altitude belt running north-south along the center of the country, its mountainous terrain dominated by the Andes mountain range
·    La Amazonía, also known as El Oriente ("the east"), comprises the Amazon rainforest areas in the eastern part of the country, accounting for just under half of the country's total surface area, though populated by less than 5% of the population
·    The Región Insular is the region comprising the Galápagos Islands, some 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) west of the mainland in the Pacific Ocean
Currency (Presently - US Currency)
·    Ecuador's monetary unit, the peso, was renamed Sucre (decree of March 22, 1884, effective April 1,).
·    Following the financial banking crisis of 1999, the US dollar became legal tender in Ecuador on March 13, 2000 and Sucre notes ceased being legal tender on September 11. Sucre notes remained exchangeable at Banco Central until March 30, 2001 at 25,000 Sucre’s per dollar. Ecuador now only issues its own centavo coins.
Banking and/or transferring money        Out – 5%
Language
·    Officially the Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador literally translates as "Republic of the Equator")
·    The main spoken language in Ecuador is Spanish (94% of the population). Languages of official use in native communities include Quichua, Shuar, and 11 other languages
Manta
·    mid-sized city in Manabí Province, Ecuador
·    second most populous city in the province
·    fifth most populous in the country
·    economically, the third most important city of Ecuador
·    existed since Pre-Columbian times
·    trading post for the Mantas
·    the 2010 census, the city had 300,000 inhabitants
·    main economic activity is tuna fishing
·    economic activities include tourism and a chemical industry with products from cleaning supplies to oils and margarine.
Manta has an international cargo airport
Eloy Alfaro International Airport and an important military base (known as Manta Air Base or Eloy Alfaro Air Base)
Between 1999 -2009, Manta Air Base was used by U.S. air forces to support anti-narcotics military operations and surveillance flights against Colombian drug trafficking cartels. The lease was not renewed by the Ecuadorean government.
Montecristi is a town in the Manabí Province of Ecuador
The town is renowned for the production of Panama hats, the best quality of which is named Montecristi Superfino after it. Straw hats woven in Ecuador, like many other 19th and early 20th century South American goods, were shipped first to Panama before sailing for their destinations in Asia, the rest of the Americas and Europe. For some products, the name of their point of international sale rather than their place of domestic origin stuck, hence "Panama hats."  When President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Panama Canal construction, he wore such a hat, which increased its popularity known at the Panama hats
Montecristi Golf & Villas
Presently, 9 of the original 18 holes are open. Cost is $25 for 9/18 holes, includes golf cart. Rental clubs available, FREE
Montecristi Golf Club and Villas is located 8 miles east of Manta. Already under construction with a PAR 72, 18 hole golf course, the first in Manabí Province. This project includes a private subdivision of beautiful landscape blessed by the sea breeze and micro-climate of nearby Montecristi solitary coastal mountains. All build on 184 Hectares (454 Acres)
Economy Exports        Gas is in Gallons NOT Liters
·    Oil accounts for 40% of exports
·    In the agricultural sector, major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in production and export), flowers, and the eighth largest producer of cocoa.  It is also significant the shrimp production, sugar cane, rice, cotton, corn, palm and coffee
·    The country´s vast resources include large amounts of timber across the country; Pines and cedars are planted in the region of the Sierra, walnuts and rosemary, and balsa wood, on Guayas River Basin.
Equator
SAN ANTONIO DE PICHINCHA, Ecuador — Middle of the World, Earth’s midpoint — 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds.
·    Except that it is not
·    The Equator is hundreds of feet to the north
·    The nearby land where the Equator runs is traversed by a ravine and that the ground there was not suitable to hold a monument, so the builders chose a different location
·    The current monument, built in 1979, is almost 100 feet high, topped by a globe five feet across
·    The builders believed they were placing the monument in the correct spot, except that measuring techniques at the time were not as accurate as they are today, so they were off by a few hundred feet
·    The monument is about 800 feet, or more than two football fields, south of the Equator
·    There are plans for a new monument that would stand exactly astride the Equator
Temperature ~ Manta
(F to C) Deduct 32, then multiply by 5, then divide by 9; (C to F) multiply by 9, then divide by 5, then add 32
Year: Temperatures typically varies from 21°C (69.8 F) to 30°C (86 F) and is rarely below 19°C (66.2 F) or above 31°C (87.8 F).
Warm season: February 21 to May 21, average daily high temperature above 29°C (84.2 F). The hottest day of the year is May 4th, average high of 30°C (86 F) and low of 24°C (75.2 F).
Cold season: August 16th to November 10th, average daily high temperature below 27°C (80.6 F).
Sun ~ Manta
Length of the day does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 11 minutes of 12 hours throughout. The shortest day is December 21st with 12:04 hours of daylight: the longest day is June 20th with 12:11 hours of daylight.
Earliest sunrise 6:03am on October 31st ; latest sunset 6:40pm on February 10th. Latest sunrise 6:34am on February 2nd ; earliest sunset 6:09pm on November 8th.
·    Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed
Clouds ~ Manta
Cloudiest on January 22nd; clearest is April 20th. Clearer part begins around March 6th. The cloudier begins around May 28th.
Precipitation ~ Manta
Precipitation is most likely around February 9th, occurring in 43% of days. Precipitation is least likely around September 28th, occurring in 3% of days.
Probability of precipitation at some point in the day
Over the entire year, most common precipitation is light rain, moderate rain, and drizzle
Type of Precipitation throughout the Year ~ Manta
During the warm season, which lasts from February 21st to May 21st, 25% average chance precipitation observed at some point during the day.
During the cold season, which lasts from August 16th to November 10th, 4% average chance that precipitation observed at some point during a given day.
Humidity ~ Manta
The relative humidity typically ranges from 58% (mildly humid) to 95% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 48% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is the driest around December 18th, relative humidity drops below 64% (mildly humid) three days out of four: mostly humid around March 10th, exceeding 92% (very humid) three days out of four.
Wind ~ Manta
Year: typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 17 mph (calm to moderate breeze)
Restaurants in Manta Area
Numerous restaurants
Business Around Manta
Manta Central Shopping Area
Flavio Reyes & Circunvalación

Supermaxi (Groceries)                              PYCCA (Household items)
Fybeca (Farmacia)                                    Banco Del Pacifico (Bank/ATM)
DC Computers (Computer sales/service)   Martinizing (Dry cleaners)
KAO Sports (Sporting gear/clothes)           TODO En Papeteria (Office supplies)
Las Fragancias (Fragrances/cologne)          Avianca (Air Lines)        
Juguetón (Toys)                        
TODO Hogar (Household items/appliances/patio items/etc.)

Centro Comercial Plastilopez    ElectroBriones
(Anything plastic)                    (Anything electronic, hardware)
Super Paco
(Office Supplies, Laptops, Printers, Etc.)
Mi Comisariato                         Mercado Central Municipal
(Groceries)                              (Local fresh market, vegetables, fruit & meat)

Plaza Del Sol                                                 El Paseo Shopping
In front of Howard Johnson Hotel                 (Mall shopping, hardwarestore)
(Numerous restaurants, dinner only)
Manta Beach                                                  Rental Cars
Swimming & Restaurants (Lunch & Dinner)    Avis & Budget
Playa El Murciélago Escénico
Los Esteros                                          Museum
Vía Puerto – Aeropuerto, Tarquí            Muso Centro Cultural Manta
(Fresh fish market & shipyard)               Ethnographic Cancebí - Avenida 3 & Calle 9

Hospitals / Health Clínica                         Private Health Care Insurance (under 65)
Doctors Several in Manta                        Ecuador health plans for expats

Manta Shipyard                                       Other Important Businesses
Handmade trawlers                                 Cerveza Distribución

Manta Express Transportation
Buses / Taxis Personal Drivers

Manta International Airport/Aeropuerto Eloy Alfaro (International Airport cargo only, not international passenger flights); must fly in & out of Quito only to get to Manta. Taxi from the Manta airport to the Manta city area about $5; south of the city $8 - $10
TAXI SERVICES MANTA $1.25 UNTIL 6PM ~ $1.50 EVENINGS
BUS SERVICE $.30;
Hotels & Hostels in Manta – Oro Verde Hotel, Mantahost Hotel, Best Western {under construction}
Numerous Hotels & Hostels throughout Manta
Go to Manta, EC goggle map for specific Calle/Street & Avenida/Avenue locations
English / Metric Measurements: 1 meter=39.37”; 1 SqMt=10SqFt; 50km/h=31mph; 88km/h=55mph
EXPATS
Expats Manta / Manabí Province
Manta Expats – Approximately 350 – 400 full time; 500 part time
Manabí Province – 800 + throughout
Manta American Communities – NONE ~ Expats live everywhere
Local Ecuadorians – Great people; friendly; always willing to help

For Retiree’s Over 65 Years Of Age, With A Residency/Living (Cedula) In Ecuador
BENEFITS
·    Discounts on airfare purchased flights initiated from Ecuador to anywhere in the world.
·    Discounts at local businesses throughout Ecuador to include movie theaters
To get the discounts you have to show your Cedula which will reflect your age
When property is in your name:
·    Discount with all the municipal taxes (show Cedula)
·    Discount with utilities (show Cedula)
·    Special discounts regarding telecommunications
·    In the banks & public businesses, no standing in general lines
·    Reimbursed on your IVA tax (must have bank account for direct deposit); to include meals in a restaurant
To get the discounts you must show a notarized copy of your property Deed with your name to include a copy of your Cedula.
IVA reimbursements can be done online
Residency / Visas / Citizenship
Cedula/Residency – 90 days/year; after 3 years – 18 mo. / 5 years
Pension; Property $25k; Investment; CD $25k; Professional
MANTA’S FUTURE: Expanding Airport; New Bus Station; Bigger Seaport; New Highways; New Shopping Mall & Business Center & more Condo Buildings

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