I have to agree with most of the recent comments that Ecuador seems pretty ideal for a fruit based humans like most of ourselves.
http://internationalliving.com/countries/ecuador/visa/ (VIsa/citizenship Info)
_Example fruit communities for people to joining or just assimilating the info from_
So let's get down to the opinions, info and input :)
Personally I am going to the tropics by fall 2013. I'm not sure about what land im looking to buy. I am hoping to check out a few places with various fruit trees ready to be eaten with water and lush vegetation, ideally with like minded neighbours. I think these links above are a good bet or obviously connecting with people on here to pool for more funds or just meet and collaborate ideas or future fellow entrepreneurs.
Long term funding: Farmers market, volunteers, health resort, local jobs?
Ideal locations: elev, mountain, beach, near Quito or Cuenca, town 5 or 50 miles?
Favourite Buildings: Rammed earth, bag homes/super adobe, storage containers, plywood? .. :p
Goals for self sustainably: Solar panels/ Electric, Permaculture, recycling, fasting?
really like your ideas and i have very similar plans for 2013... i will add you as friend here and lets get talking, maybe we could help each other. :)
let me know when you are plan to get there, i will be going to ecuador and tropical brasil around the same time as you..
Fall of 2013 is my wide angled window for timing right now. What are you planning on doing and going?