Ecuador Voted Number One Retirement Destination Again

International living magazine has voted Ecuador as its number one retirement destination again for 2012 for its affordable living prices. While many people in the states are worried about how much less they will have than their parents when they reach retirement, if they choose Ecuador for retirement, they have much more than they could have imagined.

According to the magazine, you can live very comfortably in Ecuador for no more than $800 a month. If you are looking to live a little more luxurious, a mere $1,500 a month can make it a reality. The cost of living is in general much cheaper in Ecuador. For a few hundred dollars you can afford beach front property, or a mountain house with amazing views. Food is also very affordable, and gas is half the price in Ecuador in comparison to the states. There are more benefits too. Seniors enjoy 50% off public and private transportation within the county, 50% off tickers for cultural and sporting invents, 50% off electric and water bills, and free land line phone service. Many airlines including Taca and Copa offer 50% off international airfares.

I think I have already been convinced.

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Galapagos Tortoise Not Extinct?

They are one of Ecuador’s greatest attractions, the Galapagos Tortoises. Scientist have found descendants of a species of the giant tourists that were once belived to be extinct for the last 150 years.

Yale scientists say that there are 38 purebred tortoises still living on the islands, and 84 individual tortoises whose genes are from a member of the extinct species, C. elephantopus. This means that if children of C. elephantopus are still alive, their parents may be also, as it is common for the giant tortoises to live over 100 years old.

Thirty of the turtle descendants were younger than 15 years old, and since giant tortoises often live over 100 years, this data suggests some parents are still alive. Carefully breeding the hybrids may also allow scientists to revive the C. elephantopus species even if the purebreds cannot be found, Caccone added.

The study claimed to be the first to rediscover a supposedly extinct species by analyzing the DNA of its offspring, though Caccone said in an interview with the News that her team simply applied standard analytical techniques.

The islands are famous for the exploration of Charles Darwin in 1835, who discovered fifteen species of the giant tortoises, of which only eleven remain today.
The tortoises play an important role in the eco system, as they are the the only grazing herbivore native to the Galapagos. When their numbers started to decline, there was an increase in invasive plants and overgrowth. Some species became close to extinction because of hunters and whalers in the 19th century. In the past, sailers even brought the giant tortoises on ship to cut the throat of the tortoises because it acted as a water reserve.

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Campus Party Quito

Campus Party visited Quito last October, giving bloggers to meet others like them in the Ecuadorian Blogosphere.

Campus Party an annual week-long, 24 hour a day technology festival. Thousands of hackers, developers, gamers and geeks equipped with laptops camp out in tents on-site for the conference.

According to their website, “Campus Party the largest global technology festival encompassing innovation, creativity, science and digital entertainment. For seven days, thousands of “campuseros” live on-site, surrounded by a unique environment where lectures, workshops, competitions and hackathons take place simultaneously.”

Check out some of the bloggers here

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Columbia and Ecuador to being new geothermal energy project


volcanoeIn an attempt to provide a clean and renewable energy resource, Ecuador and Columbia will be working together to harness the power of three volcanoes that border the two countries.

Four Million dollars will be invested in finding a way to harness the energy of the three volcanoes, Chiles, Cerro Negros, and Tufino. Geothermal energy is produced by using the volcano to heat water or another liquid, creating steam which rotates turbines.

So great to see two countries working together for a productive cause. Very exciting!

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