There is a 12% VAT (Value Added Tax) included on most goods and services purchased in Ecuador. You can get this refunded if you are a foreign tourist. The following is how to do it. The first section lists the requirements outlined from the government site. This is hard to find sometimes so I reprinted here. The second section has more detailed instructions on the actual process at the airport.
Cliff & Bridge Jumping - How To Jump Safely
This article was originally published on Fearless Men.
I have a bit of an unusual hobby while traveling. I like to find bridges and high places to go cliff jumping into the water below. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of leaping off a cliff, free falling through the air, the shock of hitting the cold water and plunging deep down into it, and finally coming up for air realizing you’re still in one piece. Sounds a little crazy and intense?
Well, you’ve probably seen it done in movies and wondered what it felt like. If you’ve got some daredevil inside you and are itching to try it out but weren’t sure how to go about doing it safely, here are 8 tips to keep you out of harm’s way when seeking the thrill of jumping off cliffs.
If you spend any time in Latin America you are bound to hear some Reggaeton music. It will be playing at the clubs, at house parties, in restaurants, in taxis and even in the streets. It originates from Puerto Rico and Panama and is a hybrid of many different musical genres including Latin merengue, bomba, Spanish reggae, Latin hip hop, Latin rap, salsa and electronic dance music. It has a heavily percussive beat called "Dem Bow" which comes from Trinidad's "Soca" music. I love listening to it and it's fun to dance to. Here's the list of my top 10 favorite reggaeton jams.
I spent close to 3 months traveling the length of Vietnam starting in the Mekong Delta in the south and heading north. The following are my notes and photos from that trip. Stops included Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Dalat, Nha Trang, Danang, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi and Sapa.
How To Get A Student Visa in Medellin, Colombia
Medellín is not only a great place to live but it's also an excellent city to study Spanish in. The Spanish spoken in Colombia is widely considered to be some of the purest and easiest to understand. This past June my six month tourist visa was expiring and I needed to obtain a different visa type in order to stay. I was already interested in improving my Spanish as well so a student visa seemed to be the best option. For some reason, I have a curious fascination with the visa process and have ended up writing a lot about visa extensions on my blog. Previously, I wrote about the current requirements for tourist visa extensions in Medellín, why I had to leave the country once, and my 12 hour border hopping run to Venezuela in order to extend a visa.
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7 Countries Around the World Where You’ll Want to Stay Put
Most of us have an underlying fear of breaking away from the norm and branching out to pastures new. Change is sometimes a little scary, so it’s only natural as a society to lean somewhat on what we’re more familiar with.
Today, we’re going to challenge that notion by taking a look at seven countries around the world where you’d probably want to stay put if you did travel there in the long-term.
The Germans currently possess one of the most powerful economies in the world, with locals citing job security and confidence in the economy as higher here than in most other global spots.
Any speed freaks will also love this central European nation, with rules which mean there are legally no speed restrictions when it comes to travelling on their motorways (the autobahn).
A bevy of gorgeous food also makes Deutschland a more than sustainable permanent place of residence, as well as the incredible beers the nation has become famous for.
Despite holding a reputation for being one of the most oddball countries in the world, Japan’s uniqueness is actually what makes it one where you’ll probably want to stay put for the long-term.
Incredibly efficient public transport – where refunds are offered if trains are so much as a minute late – are just the tip of the iceberg, with world class convenience stores and delicious food all also on offer.
The layout of the island nation means beaches and other points of interest are readily available to check out, as well as a number of other touristy areas which locals and travellers alike are often found to visit.
After coming home from work each day, you probably clear out your mailbox, first throwing away all the annoying advertisements and junk mail, then flipping through the bills, and finally leaving a big pile on a table somewhere with the intentions of opening them as soon as you get some free time...which never comes.
What if I told you for the last 2 years, I have not needed to throw away one piece of junk mail, have hardly handled any mail myself, and have not even had to go to a bank to deposit checks for that matter.
How did I go about doing that you ask? Keep reading and I will show you how to lead a virtually paperless existence using the services of Virtual Post Mail (VPM).
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is an amazing natural wonder that's off the beaten track. Today I'll discuss which hotel to stay at and what you should do if you only have a few days to visit.
If you are looking for a hotel in Split, Croatia I recommend the accommodations at Base Rooms.
The location is great as Base rooms is right inside the palace walls. You can't get any more central than this!
Another great restaurant in Sucre, Bolivia is Abis Patio.
After living in Argentina for 8 months, this restaurant by far has the best and friendliest service I have experienced here.
Everyone was super courteous and attentive. I am so impressed that I decided to write this review while still at the restaurant!
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 has been one of my favorite cameras that I've used during my travels.
If you find yourself in Sucre, Bolivia you have to go to El Huerto restaurant for lunch. First off the service is excellent. My waiter patiently answered all my questions regarding the menu.
A wonderful essay on what it means to be a traveler by Stephanie Dandan at www.infinitesatori.org.
We have been called many things. Travelers, by default. But we like to be called nomads. Explorers. Vagabonds. Adventurers. Wayfarers. Modern gypsies. Wanderers. We've adopted them all. A growing breed of humans with restless feet and the inability to stay still, the inability to stay in one place.
A few photos from my time spent in southern Brazil including Iguazu, Florianopolis, Paraty, Curitiba, Ilha Grande and Rio.
One of the questions I get asked the most often is, "How do you travel for so long?"
It's a great question but not an easy one to answer. More than anything else, it requires a certain mindset. To better understand my philosophy on travel, I'm including the following excerpt from the book "Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel ":
Of all the outrageous throwaway lines one hears in movies, there is one that stands out for me. It doesn't come from a madcap comedy, an esoteric science-fiction flick, or a special-effects-laden action thriller. It comes from Oliver Stone's Wall Street, when the Charlie Sheen character — a promising big shot in the stock market — is telling his girlfriend about his dreams.
"I think if I can make a bundle of cash before I'm thirty and get out of this racket," he says, "I'll be able to ride my motorcycle across China."
Located on the coast of Ecuador, Montanita is a tiny beach town that reminds me of Ocean Beach in San Diego by day and Ibiza by night. Here are a few photos highlighting my time spent in Montanita.
I'm currently in Quito, Ecuador. I've spent the last two weeks exploring this city and wanted to share a few photos from my time here. I'm staying in La Mariscal, which is a lively neighborhood filled with great restaurants and bars.
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