Archive for October, 2009

Cotacachi Colonials:  A Family Home Torn Apart

Cotacachi Colonials: A Family Home Torn Apart

Another charming colonial building in Cotacachi, Ecuador, is a thing of the past, half of it ripped down for a restaurant expansion.  Gone are the singing birds, the garden courtyard and the reminder of a slower pace of life. For two years I have watched my neighbor’s unfolding family drama […]

Life in Cotacachi:  A Colonial House Frozen in Time

Life in Cotacachi: A Colonial House Frozen in Time

For some, life in Cotacachi remains much the same as it was a century ago throughout Ecuador.  A few doors down on Calle Bolivar lives a middle-aged woman in a colonial house with 3 old doors on the street side. Whenever I’d stop by for a visit, she’d leave her […]

Cotacachi Real Estate: The Boom Spells Doom for Many Cotacachi Colonials

Cotacachi Real Estate: The Boom Spells Doom for Many Cotacachi Colonials

With Cotacachi real estate experiencing an escalating boom in construction and sales, the face of the town is rapidly changing.  In the last three years, I’ve seen at least 6 old colonial buildings bite the dust, literally, as wrecking crews move in and pull them down. The colonial right across […]

Cotacachi Real Estate: Colonial Heritage of Ecuador is Still Reflected in Picturesque Old Houses

Cotacachi Real Estate: Colonial Heritage of Ecuador is Still Reflected in Picturesque Old Houses

Open Doors Offer a Peek into the Past Real estate in Cotacachi is varied and intriguing.  With it’s cobblestone streets that lead out into the countryside and interiors glimpsed when a door is fleetingly opened, this quaint colonial town is made for exploring.  Walking these streets  for exercise is an […]

Living in Ecuador: Serendipity is Just Around the Corner in Cotacachi

Living in Ecuador: Serendipity is Just Around the Corner in Cotacachi

Living in Ecuador just got better.  “Serendipity,” the first expat retail shop in Cotacachi, as far as I know, is open for business. The proprietress is Nancy Hannigan, a petite blond from Naples, Florida, with a sunny disposition and an outlook so positive she should be nominated for sainthood! Less […]