My husband is from Ecuador but hasn’t lived there for many years. We want to call Ecuador home when we retire, and so we took a trip in September of 2008 to do some exploring. We were fortunate to have been referred to Richard by a couple we met by chance in Cotacachi in September 2008. The rest is history. Due to some scheduling mishaps, we only had one day to visit Manta, a place that we wanted to spend several days exploring. From the minute Richard answered our desperate call with openness and enthusiasm, we knew we had found the right person to introduce us to the Manta lifestyle. We were immediately caught-up by his high energy, his knowledge of the ex-pat lifestyle in Manta (he lives it & breathes it), and the local culture.
He knew instinctively what we would benefit from seeing. We spent a non-stop action-packed day with Richard. We met other warm and friendly ex-pats, viewed high rise condos, and development projects, visited homes, trekked through the hills surrounding Manta, and even climbed a homemade lookout post on a hilltop to view whales! All that and lunch (soup, main course & dessert for $2.50) too! We accomplished everything that we had hoped to in one day with Richard’s invaluable expertise! We could not have asked for a better introduction to Manta and the ex-pat lifestyle that we hope to adopt soon! Since our visit, Richard found us the perfect oceanfront condo in the building project that we fell in love with during our whirlwind tour.
Richard and Lorena are managing our condo for us, including the furnishing of it, which we know was a lot of work. To this day, and I know it will continue, they have been very responsive, caring, and always open to share ideas and information with us. We consider them our friends. Thank you, Richard, for your professionalism, care for your customers, and most importantly, your friendship.