sábado, 3 de octubre de 2015


My name is Francisco, and I am a native of Quito, Ecuador. For more than 20 years, I have been assisting visitors and new residents to Ecuador in their needs for both visiting and settling in our beautiful country. My expertise is extremely wide-ranging, including my extensive knowledge of the history, culture, and heritage of my country, but also my ability to guide you in real estate and investment matters. My services range from simple escorted tours of the country to working with you in locating both residential and commercial properties for rent or purchase. I have been of assistance to members of the gay community in showing them places they want to go. Exposing my clients to the gay community and businesses of Ecuador and giving them an understanding of the total gay experience of my country.

I am completely at your disposal for whatever needs you may have from tourism to business and real estate investment. It does not matter if it is a weekend holiday or a month or more in Ecuador, I have the facility and expertise to be of total service for your needs.

viernes, 2 de mayo de 2014


This visit has changed my mind about living in Costa Rica.
Ecuador has so much more to offer and the cost of living in lower than Costa Rica.

Francisco Guayasamin  has a friend in the town of Banos who has an apartment available.
It´s my favorite town in Ecuador along with the pacific coast.
One can obtain a professional visa with a college degree to work in Ecuador. 

I toured Ecuador for 18 days in April and fell in love with the country and the people.
I hope to move there soon  and live in Baños  de Agua Santa 


jueves, 16 de enero de 2014

One More Reason To Think About Retiring To Ecuador

The Ecuador government has made a decision that is very good news for would-be retirees overseas and one more reason this country is one of the best places in the world to think about settling in for retirement.

Ecuador's national health care plan, managed by the country's Social Security administration, is now removing age and pre-existing medical condition restrictions for those who want to join the system voluntarily. "Voluntary" membership is open to all citizens and legal residents at a cost of just $70 a month.

Under the old rules, those over the age of 60 were not eligible for membership at all, and those with pre-existing medical conditions were either excluded or required to pay higher monthly fees.

The changes are intended primarily to benefit and will have the biggest impact on the hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians who have worked overseas, primarily in the United States and Spain, and who have not paid into the country's Social Security program. However, these changes are also very big and very good news for anyone considering retiring to this country.

The new health system provides full medical coverage, including doctors' visits with no co-pays or deductibles, dental care, and free or discounted prescription medicine. In case of emergency, members can go to any hospital in the country and the government will pick up all expenses. Although most routine medical services are provided at Social Security hospitals and clinics, it is also possible to receive treatment at hundreds of private health care facilities under contract with the government. Many private pharmacies also have agreements with the government for this program.

Ecuador has invested heavily in public health following the adoption of a new constitution in 2008 that mandates access to health care for all citizens and legal residents. The budget for Social Security health care services has increased almost four-fold since then, from $561 million to almost $2 billion in 2013. New hospitals and clinics have been built or are under construction, old facilities are being upgraded, and the government has doubled the number of doctors on contract with the system.

In addition, new equipment has been purchased, particularly for the system's larger hospitals. In Cuenca, for example, a new-generation linear accelerator has been installed in the oncology unit of Carrasco José Arteaga Hospital. The accelerator, one of only seven in South America, targets inoperable malignant tumors up to seven millimeters in size and has demonstrated a high cure rate.

Ecuadorians have given the expanded health care system a resounding vote of confidence. In less than four years, enrollment in the Social Security health care system has grown from 3.2 million to 8 million. Much of the growth is the result of workers who have been paying into Social Security for years but, not trusting the quality of government health care, had been paying out-of-pocket for care from private providers. As a result, the country's private health insurance industry reports a steep decline in the number of new policies being written.

What does all of this mean for expats and foreign retirees, specifically? It means that, legally resident in this country, you now have access to greatly improved and completely free health care. However, there are downsides to the public health care system that you should be aware of before signing up.

The expansion means growing pains and sometimes limited resources. Social Security patients in some areas, such as Santo Domingo and Ibarra, report waits of up to two months to see specialists, and shortages of medications have been reported in some areas. The government says it working to fix the problems and plans to hire an additional 2,000 doctors by the end of 2014; the country is actively recruiting in Spain and Cuba.

Another factor to consider is that the quality and availability of services vary from cities to towns and rural areas. Those living in Cuenca, Quito, and Guayaquil have access to the best doctors and services, while those in rural areas may not receive the same level of care or will be required to travel to facilities in larger cities.

In addition, it is an undeniable fact that government-run programs involve a high level of bureaucracy and red tape. An expat not fluent in Spanish could have trouble navigating the system.

Despite the drawbacks, expats who have used the government system report that they have received excellent care and saved thousands of dollars. An expat who lives in Quito says she is extremely impressed by the system's improvements and expects things to continue to get better.

This expat offers some advice for others who are thinking of relocating to Ecuador and possibly taking advantage of this new health care option. If you are not fluent in Spanish, she says, have an Ecuadorian friend or acquaintance go with you on your first visits to clinics and hospitals. Your friend not only can serve as a translator for you, but as an advocate, as well. This expat with experience also points out that many English-speaking private practice physicians work for the Social Security health system, too, and can be invaluable in making arrangements for their expat patients.

Although application for voluntary enrollment can be made at any Social Security office in Ecuador (officially the Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad, or IESS), it is also possible to sign up on line at www.iess.gob.ec.

In addition to health care, voluntary members of the system are also entitled to other Social Security system benefits, including low interest loans for home purchases, funeral expense assistance, and unemployment benefits.

Although joining the government program is not for all expats, it is a great option for those who might not otherwise be able to obtain low-cost health insurance.

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-peddicord/retire-to-ecuador_b_4561063.html 

Earlier on Huff/Post50:

lunes, 15 de julio de 2013


"Quito, our capital, has been recognized as the leading tourist destination in South America at the World Travel Awards.

Quito won another prestigious award. The city was named the leading destination in South America by the World Travel Awards which are considered the Oscars of tourism. Quito beat out Lima, Bogotá, Río de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago and the Galápagos.

For the fifth year in a row, International Living has chosen Ecuador as the #1 retirement destination in the world. And for good reason. You can read all about it here.

But when North Americans come to Ecuador, they often bypass the capital city in favor of other destinations. Why? Beats us. Because in our estimation, Quito is one of the most beautiful cities in South America...

Why do we love Quito, Ecuador?

The sweet-natured people... the extraordinary weather... the gorgeous scenery... the great restaurants, shopping, the first-class infrastructure and services... and, of course, the affordability...

It's a city where you can still take a taxi anywhere in town for $1 to $5 and find a menu del dia... usually a four-course meal of soup, salad, meat/rice/vegetables, dessert and beverage... for $1.50 to $2.50. Yes, there are gourmet restaurants where you can spend more but compared to back home, it's a bargain extraordinaire..
Today's Quito is a world-class metropolis with happy surprises tucked in so many corners. You wouldn't know that, of course, if you've only flown in and out of its international airport. If your only experience of Quito is spending time stalled in traffic on your way out of the city, your opinion may not be high. But spend even a few days getting to know her and we think you'll agree that Quito is a very special place.

Often called the "most beautiful big city in South America" for its location in the palm of a valley cupped between towering Andean peaks, Quito has so many parks and plazas, it's hard to pick a favorite.

The 14,000-acre Parque Metropolitano, bordering the city's Bellavista neighborhood, is the largest urban park in South America. (For comparison, New York's Central Park is just 834 acres.) Hiking here, in the maze of forested paths, is a nature lover's delight--the air smells of eucalyptus and pine, and from atop the eastern ridge, the views of Quito to the west, and to the east, the valley and volcanoes beyond is something you'll not soon forget.

On a clear summer day in Quito, in fact, you'll see the snow-topped Antisana, Cotopaxi and Cayambe volcanoes looming over the city. (That's the way it appears, but they're actually some distance away.)

Of course, when we use the word "summer" it means something different here than it does back home. In Ecuador there are only two seasons: summer--or the dry season--and winter, our rainy season. It's hard to decide which we like best...the crisp, sunny days of summer or the cool, fog-enshrouded evenings of "winter." In either case, average temperatures hover around 75 degrees during the day and 45 or so at night...every day.

If you only have one day in Quito, spend it in Old Town, the first-ever locale in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Covering more than 800 acres, this is the largest historic center in the Americas, with an over-abundance of ancient thick-walled, tile-roofed colonial buildings, churches, museums, and more. We never get tired of exploring the gold-gilded La Compañia de Jesus Church and the neo-gothic Basilica del Voto Nacional adorned with animals native to Ecuador instead of gargoyles. We dare you to climb to the top of its bell tower...

Art lovers, go directly to the Bellavista neighborhood to the former home of famous Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín and one of the city's most impressive art museums, the Capilla del Hombre, dedicated to the indigenous and exploited people of Latin America. Maybe it's voyeuristic, but we always love snooping around in an artist's studio and this one doesn't disappoint. The museum itself, with its large-format murals, is hauntingly impressive.

Shoppers will love La Mariscal, also called "Gringolandia" because of the hordes of tourists and backpacker hotels here. Plaza Quinde, at the intersection of Calles Reina Victoria and Foch, is our favorite place to settle in with a cocktail at an outdoor cafe and do some serious people watching. This is also the place to satisfy your shopping lust. Take a few bucks (that's all you'll need) and poke into the handicraft shops lining Avenida Amazonas or head for the large artisan mercado at the corner of Reina Victoria and Jorge Washington Streets. You'll find carved items, ponchos, sweaters, scarves, rugs, ceramics, gourds, textiles of all kinds, and my weakness...artisan chocolate.

We could go on and on... If you take away one thing from this, let it be: Quito isn't a place to pass through enroute to somewhere else. It's a fabulous, grows-on-you destination and well worth your time to discover its many Old- and New-World charms.

domingo, 14 de julio de 2013


Francisco Guayasamin was our guide while in Ecuador. Yes, he knew his the culture and politics very well with various options for travel and lodging. He gave Alex and me a plethera of activities to experience while in Ecuador.

He is a marvelous guide. He knows a lot about tourism but he is quite knowledgeable about becoming a citizen and getting a bank account. What is happening is lawyers are hiking their prices on wealthy EXPATS and expats who have property are taking advantage of expats who are moving their as they are pushing cost up. He has assisted many gay expats and they continue to go to him for things they don't understand. He refers to the expats as his children.

I like Alausi which is a small town in the highlands. I love Cuenca, which is in the highlands (about 8,200 ft. above sea level) offers more activity and gay community. I went to their Gay Pride Celebration while there.

Talk with Francisco to see how he can accommodate you. He more than met my expectations. He had an agenda to follow BUT he was flexible as we made changes in some areas which I don't regret. We were together night and day for 15 days. He is more like extended family. (He introduced a handsome professional man to me and we hit it off.) Ecuadorians are kind, loving, and accommodating people.

I like the people that Francisco introduced to me. They are all professional and friendly. Thank you for the experiences you gave me, oh!!! and the handsome cyclist, unforgettable.

Glenn Owen

domingo, 5 de mayo de 2013


My name is Al Walles. I am an American living in Quito, Ecuador. I have known Francisco Guayasamin for just over a year now.

Francisco Guayasamin has helped me find an apartment, has given me tours of Quito and the Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World park at the Equator), and has helped me many times with medical problems that I have had. He has accompanied me to doctors, translated for me and even helped me at home when I was laid up with a broken leg.

I have talked with many people who have used him for a tour guide and everyone I have talked with seemed to be very happy with him. I also know one man who bought a condo down here with Francisco’s help. Francisco assisted him in finding the condo and getting him together with an attorney and even ran some papers around to get them certified for the lawyer.

I would recommend Francisco to anyone who comes to Ecuador as a tour guide and as a helper with moving here and setting up you life as a retiree.


"Today it's official! ( May 10, 2013) I am officially a permanent resident of Ecuador (as well as a citizen of the USA). The long wait is over and at last the party can begin!

Seeing today is the birthday of both Brahms and Tchaikovsky, I'm taking suggestions of what music of theirs to play for the celebration.

Many deserve thanks, but the biggest goes to Francisco Guayasamin, who saw me through the bureacracy from beginning to end."