Can I enter the States as a tourist?

Hi there, it’s Amy. I am residing in Cuenca, and I am not a US citizen nor resident. My daughter is studying in Boston. I am planning to see her in early June. I have a US tourist visit visa which is valid. Does anybody know whether I can enter the States as a tourist from Ecuador? Any restrictions at the moment?


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Episcopal evening prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate!



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Mature, reliable woman offering care for elderly

I will do all the tasks to keep you well including housekeeping/cooking as well as bathing if you need to stay well and avoid any falls or take you out for daily walks. I am a transplant from Venezuela now living in the Mostly American sector of Cuenca. I will offer you all the above for just $30 a day to earn your trust .

Helena: WhatsApp +593 98 461 8401. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

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USA Valet courier

I am happy that USA Valet is back to delivering again.

They are shipping every 2 weeks so we can order anytime and they will deliver as soon as your things arrive. The next order deadline is May 15.

The website asks that we notify them when we make orders each time so that they know what is coming.

Suzanne Cern

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Best lodge in the Amazon 50% off until June 2021

Best lodge in Ecuadorian Amazon 50% off

The best lodge of the Ecuadorian Rainforest offers special prices until June 30, 2021:
Sacha Lodge

This rate includes: accommodation, all meals, private guides:
4 nights/ 5 days: $690 p/p in double room & $790 for single room
3 nights/ 4 days: $590 p/p in double room & $690 for single room

*5 days program starts on Mondays or Thursdays
*4 days program stars on Fridays

Includes: Accommodation in Air Conditioning First Class Cabins, all meals, transfer from and to Coca to the Lodge, coffee, tea, purified water unlimited, Visit to the unique and only observation tower, suspension bridge, night walks and the most important customized private program with a Naturalist Native Guide in Spanish.
(additional price for English Guide applies)

For information: Angela Hally: WhatsApp 099 251 9679

Coca, Orellana Province

Angela Hally
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Remember: All your legal processes with a 25% discount

For mother’s month get a 25% discount on all our services.
Free yourself from the stress of your visa processes, Health POA, End of Life, Will, etc.

Promotion valid from May 1 to May 31, 2021.

For more information contact us:

Florencia Astudillo

Karina Urgiles
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Physical therapy, massage therapy w/ Mike Coffey

Massage special.
I have a couple of openings for the next couple weeks while clients are out of town. So, I’m offering a special: a 2 hour massage for $50 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Contact info is below.

Fernando de Argon y Don Bosco

Mike Coffey
098 379 7226
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Submit reimbursements online nationwide / virtual office

In efforts to provide better service especially during this pandemic, I’ve implemented online 24 hours reimbursements for you. This is available to you at

This feature can be used for any claim, hospital, pharmacy etc if your not my current client I can gladly assist you free of charge.

As well as a detailed guide in the FAQ section on how to submit claims or go with copayment.

Lastly, I’ve made it handy to be able to download and print all the forms you may need from the various insurance companies.

Thank you for your time.

Ordoñez Lasso and Los Alamos Corner. Edificio Alamos Plaza oficina 202

Madeleine Gonzalez Mensch
098 630 4185
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Taxi driver

Hi, My name is Javier. I’m a legal taxi driver in Cuenca. I can help with transportation in or out of the city. Just call or text to 099 815 0756



099 815 0756
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Work from home with ease and earn handsomely

An urgent need for three persons that will have great service delivery, working from home. Flexible hours with weekly good pay.

Omaha, NE

Paul Anderson
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New Oxygenero super-facial with introductory price

New, from RadiantSkin Spa by Alejandra. Let your skin breathe with Oxygenero. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In three steps, this ultimate facial treatment:

1 Attracts oxygen from within the skin to encourage skin renewal,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 Gently exfoliates dead skin cells and improves the skin’s texture while preparing it for active
ingredients absorption,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3 Nourishes and soothes the skin to promote long-lasting results.

US price $200. Ecuador $70. Introductory price just $59.

We invite you to click the link to view the short Oxygeneo video -first post on our Facebook page- then book using one of the messaging buttons in the About section.

Please like our page and check all our videos, great reviews, informational posts, photos and full menu of services in the photos section including a relaxing massage, deep tissue massage, facials, permanent eyelash curling, micro-needling, antiaging, waxing, lymphatic drainage and more.

You get a safe, professional experience with each visit to our lovely spa inside Mercy´s Alta Salon. Alejandra worked in a top Guayaquil spa for many years. And she uses biosafe protocols including a mask and facial protector and disinfects her spa after each client visit.

We speak English. Gift cards are available. Discounts available for packages of multiple sessions. Just a short walk from el Centro. We accept cash, debit and credit cards (+ processing charge for cards). Special offers are available only if performed at RadiantSkin Spa by Alejandra´s location. Not accepting new in-home clients.

Mercy’s Alta Peluquería in the Kawsay Building at Ave. Paucarbamba 361, Cuenca

WhatsApp Message +593 99 101 5477

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Best Ecuador homes by Monica Gonzaga

Looking to relocate to Ecuador?

I facilitate your life in Ecuador – Temporary and Permanent Visas; look for the experience and the good recommendations. I can assure you that Mónica Gonzaga can do all your procedures here in Ecuador. Simply sign her contract and she will take care of everything, while you are at home relaxed waiting for your visa has been delivered to her electronic mail; If you bring the 3 main papers she can guarantee your visa, she helps you in many cases even in the most difficult situations, all 100% successful.

Find out right now what you need for your temporary or permanent resident visa in Ecuador, if you are in the USA, Canada or anywhere in the world, before coming to Ecuador Contact Monica and she will help you obtain everything you need so that later, whether you are in Ecuador, you are not regretting not having brought your necessary papers to apply for your residence visa.

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Melamine furniture

Melamine furniture is resistant to temperature variations, thus being an important quality for your purchase decision. The quality, the coating, its good price, its resistance and versatility make melamine furniture of great acceptance and excellent adaptation to new environments and decorations.

– We make all the designs and tastes.
– Quote with us
– Works with guarantee and delivery included

Vega Muñoz

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Scratching posts, towers, gym and cat houses

The cat by nature is a very curious and playful animal. Scratching is one of his “hobbies” that helps him file his nails and is a way of channeling his anxiety. If your cat scratches the sofa at home for any reason, you do not have to be angry. Perhaps you are not offering him another alternative or you do not know that he needs a toy to channel his energy. That is why you have to know the star toy, the scratching post for cats.

– The scraper helps keep your nails healthy and strong.

– It serves as a refuge for you when you seek tranquility.

– One of the most important benefits it provides to your cat is that it keeps him active and helps him avoid health problems.

– Helps calm your instinct for curiosity.

– To play and release stress.

We make to order and deliver in 3 days. Strong, solid and stable.
Includes transportation.

Miguel Heredia

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Need a handyman? Cuenca’s best handyman

These days of being locked up in the house give us an opportunity to see all the little details that we wish we could fix, don’t they? Leaking roof, paint is scratched or dirty, grout is ugly or chipped, tiles need changing or repairing, wiring is bad – all that stuff. Cuenca’s Best Handyman is here to help. We can do your home repairs efficiently and cost effectively. Just ask us and we can give you an estimate.

We offer a wide variety of services at Cuenca Emilio Of All Trades, H.M. Brothers Constructions, Handyman. We, Franklin and Emilio, have expanded our offerings to include a professional surveyor, installation of ceramic tile (or repairing it). We also provide the following services: plumbing jobs, carpenters, metal welding, painting, remodeling, tile work, soldering, window screens, professional electrical work. In additional, we can serve as an interpreter-facilitator, go with you to your Dr. appointment, help getting a Driver’s License, grocery shopping, paying bills, repairs or construction work and even property survey, more and more.

What’s more, I am an experienced driver. I know my country well and can take you where you need to go during the week so you can be in an area that does not have weekend lockdowns.

I also continue with my own business Cuenca Car Share.

Contact us now and solve all your problems. In Cuenca Ecuador, you have friends that can resolve your issues and even expand your horizons.

Calle Canton Saraguro s/n and Manuel Arturo Cisneros, Cuenca

Emilio Morocho
098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 98 699 5694
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iPhone 12 pro max for sale

Just like-new, I have two. Got one as a gift recently.

Diane Sally: .

City: Santo Domingo de los Colorados

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Recommendation for Mike Coffey, massage

I was able to take advantage of the massage special that Mike offered this week and it was fantastic.
Two hours went by so quickly.

Over many years I have attended many different types of massage, and none more effective, than that of Mike. His hands work marvels, not only at the time of the massage, but the effects of the massage are rewarding. I find I bounced back into my exercise regime with confidence after a massage, as the massage is thorough and effective.

Mike is very knowledgeable and professional he is able to explain what’s going on with my body and gave me some tips and exercises to help with some of the daily issues I have.
I can’t wait till our next session.
Thanks again Mike.

Address: Don Bosco y Fernando de Argon

Contact information: 098 379 7226

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Recommendation for La Danesa Pan Artesanal, specialty bakery

There are new bakers in town and she and her husband are making a wide variety of delicious breads and sweets and more just like they did in Banos for many years. I particularly like the cranberry muffins.

Stop by and meet Vibeke and Luis soon and give them a try. Located across the river from Otorongo Plaza in the patrimonial building on the southwest corner of 12 de Abril y Av Loja.

Address: 12 de Abril y Av Loja

Contact information: 098 486 8313

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Recommendation for Jonathan Arias, facilitator; Monica Gonzaga, facilitator

After contacting Monica Gonzaga for help with my missed first dose vaccine, she said her office could assist. She was leaving for the US, but put us in the capable hands of Jonathan Arias, who works in her office.

Jonathan met us at the Coliseo at 10:30 AM this morning. He took my registration paperwork and within 10 minutes the paperwork was being filled out for my first vaccine. We were out of there by 11:25 AM. He confirmed several times that I return to the Coliseo or the second shot. The date is on the paper they gave me.

My spouse never received a paper for the first shot. Jonathan made sure of the location for the second shot for him as well.

For an entire hour, the fee was only $15. I cannot praise Jonathan enough and those who work at Monica Gonzaga’s office. They always come through for us.

*Monica is out of the country for 10 days, so best to use the email address, which others in the office will respond to.

Address: Benedicto XV 1-53 Cuenca

Contact information: 098 384 1691

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Recommendation for Orlando Siguenza, driver, facilitator, tour guide

I’d like to recommend Orlando Siguenza as a driver, tour guide, and all-around great person who can help with almost anything.

I began working with Orlando for help with errands in Cuenca and renewing my passport. As time went on and Covid changed things, he became my go-to person for regular errands. He’s always on time, a safe driver, a great negotiator/translator, and a true gentleman.

Orlando has driven me to Guayaquil and more recently, to Quito. I dreaded the long drive, but I had a lot of luggage, and it turned out to be pleasant and comfortable. He has a large SUV for airport runs as well as a sedan for shorter trips.

During the Quito drive, despite some iffy weather, I also got the benefit of Orlando’s tour guide skills. His body of knowledge about Ecuador and background accreditation as a tour guide made the long trip far more interesting.

He’s a real asset. Please contact him directly for local errands, tours, longer trips or airport runs.
Contact info for Orlando is: phone or WhatsApp: 098 585 4587; +593 98 585 4587

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 585 4587

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Recommendation for Marcelo Parra, facilitator

I have known Marcelo for several years and have used his services whenever we need someone to help us run errands. He has a roomy SUV with plenty of space. He is an extremely careful and safe driver who knows the city and surrounding areas very well. He is available to assist with shopping, doctor’s appointments, car registrations and travel to the coast. His English is excellent and is available through WhatsApp. I highly recommend him as a facilitator.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: +593 98 483 8899

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Delivery: real sourdough, Southern biscuits, freezer meals, and more

Hi, Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

Here is our current delivery menu:
Ready to bake freezer meals:

Three cheese chicken and spinach lasagna $9
Chicken pot pie $7
Each container is two generous servings. Comes frozen, uncooked, and ready to bake when you are.

Breads and more:
Cornbread (6 squares for $6)
Cinnamon rolls (6 rolls for $8 with icing in separate container)
Large Southern-style biscuits (Pack of 6 for $6. They freeze well.)
White meat chicken sausage patties (Patties come uncooked and frozen in a pack of 6 for $8 or 12 for $15) These fit great on the biscuits.
Sourdough and yeast bagels (6 for $6)
Loaf sourdough bread $5.
Loaf brioche $4.50
Frozen waffles 8 for $8
We make the waffles fresh and then freeze them so you can pop them out to toast and enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack anytime.

Black bean veggie burgers and wheat buns:
Buns come fresh in a pack of 6 for $3.50
Veggie burgers come frozen in a pack of 6 for $6.
Take out of the freezer and cook on the grill or in a frying pan. Add the veggies and condiments of your choice for a quick, healthy, and delicious meal.

Our products are homemade with real butter.

You can visit our Facebook page and Instagram for pictures: @SundayBrunchCuenca

Order Instructions:

Please place your order via email at by Monday before noon for delivery Wednesday between 9:30 AM and noon or place your order before noon on Wednesday for delivery Friday between 9:30 AM and noon.

Please send your orders by email only to make sure they do not get lost and include your address and phone number for the delivery.

Made to order, online

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Specials at Sunrise Cafe Saturday and Sunday

Special Saturday
American sausage comes with hash browns, eggs, biscuit, coffee or tea $4.99
BBQ day. Ribs, brisket, chicken comes with potato salad or French fries coleslaw corn bread. includes lemonade or ice tea $7,99
Sunday Special celebrate Mother day.
Breakfast Queen
Pancake home fries or hash brown, 2 eggs, sausage and bacon, coffee, tea or juice $6.99
Lunch special
Fish and chips comes with French fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and limonada $6.99
Sunday includes a free dessert… for Mother’s Day.

May 8th from 7:30 AM to 3 PM, Calle Larga 9 – 40 y Benigno Malo

Orlando Ortiz: 098 824 6499
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Double D’s menu for the week of May 10

This menu brings you four brand-new recipes. Both mains feature wide pasta tubes filled with either chicken and spinach or spinach and mushrooms and baked in a creamy white sauce. For those of you who loved our Tiramisu trifles from the bygone, safe fair days, we’re combining those with our ooey, gooey brownies. If chocolate isn’t for you, the other sweet is two thin buttery cookies filled with strawberry jam. As a reminder, both mains are fully cooked and ready for you to enjoy right away or to freeze and eat at a later time.

Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Spinach and Mushroom Cannelloni: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Tiramisu Brownies: $3 each
Italian Sandwich Cookies: $6/half-dozen

Orders are due by 3 PM on Tuesday, May 11. When placing your order, please include the following information.

Preference of pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery
Preferred pick-up/delivery day (Thursday or Friday)
Delivery address, if applicable
Phone number

Pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery is available Thursday or Friday, May 13 or 14 between 9 AM and 2 PM. Once all of the orders are received, we’ll be able to confirm a more specific time frame. Delivery is free for orders of at least $25.

Thanks to those of you who have ordered—some every week—since we started our casseroles, soups, and salads last March. We’re the same people with the same name making the same excellent food since August 2017. Continue taking good care of yourselves.

Deb and Dawn

Order by 3 PM Tuesdays, Pick-up or Delivery on Thursdays or Fridays 9 AM – 2 PM, Agustín Cueva 3-56 y Honorato Loyola, #201 (1.5 blocks from Clínica Santa Inés Emergency entrance)

Double Ds Delights: 096 802 2545 (Spanish & English) Facebook: Double D’s Delights Cuenca
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Mother´s day orders are almost closed at La Karlota Delicatessen

Don’t cook this Mother’s Day, La Karlota Delicatessen got your back, we offer
(delivery only):

– Roasted Lamb with herbs (whole leg or chops)
– Baked turkey breast
– Baked/smoked turkey drumsticks
sides with:
– Greek pasta salad
– Quinoa Salad
Lamb chops 150-170 gr per serving. side with Greek Pasta Salad or Quinoa Salad $9.50
– Whole Leg of lamb 2.5pounds (6-8 pax). side with Greek Pasta Salad or Quinoa Salad $45

Orders will be received until Saturday 4 PM.

If you wanna cook at home this weekend:

Delivery only:
Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 2 PM

La Karlota Delicatessen – high quality products:

– Beef cuts
– Chicken (whole, quarters or cuts)
– Pork (ribs, chops, loin, fritada)
– Lamb (rack, chops, T-bone, whole leg, ground lamb)
– Turkey (Breast raw or baked, bacon, ham)
– Organic eggs from a happy hen’s farm (free range hens) sold out (more next Tuesday)
– Sausages
– Thick Smoked bacon (pork)
– Organic Chocolate
– Organic Jam
– and more

Calls or WhatsApp 099 299 0224. This weekend lockdown only deliveries.

This Wunday noon – 2 PM, Remigio Crespo 13-33 (Delivery only)

Erik Feican: 099 299 0224
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Calvo & Co changes its schedule

From Monday, May 10, we will open every day. Finally, you will be able to come and enjoy our delicacies on Monday and Tuesday.
Tell all your friends.
Calvo & Co also on Monday and Tuesday.
We are looking forward to your visit.

From Mondays to Sundays, from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Los Alamos 343. And we have an entrance by las Americas Av.

Jose: 096 982 4465
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Organic products (raw butter, ghee, bee pollen, pure honey,..)

We greet you from QoriGhee.

We bring organic products of excellent quality at a good price. You can check the list below:

1 lb raw butter $3
1 lb mozzarella cheese $3.50
1lb peanuts $2.50
1 lb almonds $5.50
1 lb walnuts $5.50
1 lb semisweet cocoa powder $2.50
400 g. of artisan blackberry syrup from Ibarra $4
500ml Honey $6
1 liter Honey $10
1 liter Honey with design of the bottle $12
0.5lb Bee Pollen $7
1 Ghee 200 g $6.50
1 Ghee 400 g $12.50
1 Ghee 550 g $15.50

Place your order and we will deliver on Monday.

For purchases over $10 shipping is free.

7 AM to 7 PM, Delivery

Daniela Carrasco: 098 146 0912 Instagram: Qorighee
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Pei’s pot stickers

Hello friends,

My name is Pei, and I have been making homemade Chinese food here in Cuenca for my friends and fellow expats since 2019. Cooking has always been a passion of mine and I love making fresh, healthy Chinese dishes for all to enjoy.

If you would like to try traditional Chinese food, please feel free to place an order with me for pick up or delivery with at least one day of notice. Thank you.

This is the menu:


pork • $5
chicken • $5
shrimp and pork • $7
vegetable • $5

hand-made noodles

veggie stir-fry • $5
zhajiangmian • $5
eggs with tomatoes • $5
Chicken with broccoli. $8

single dishes
over rice

Kung Pao chicken • $8
Coca-Cola chicken wings • $8
crispy sweet and sour pork • $10
sweet and sour pineapple pork • $10
twice cooked-pork • $10
general Tso’s chicken • $10
fried tofu • $8
veggie delight • $6
salt and pepper pork • $10
salt and pepper chicken • $8


pork • $1
chicken • $1
red-bean • $1
mix and match dozen • $10

red bean paste (300g) • $5
Chinese bread buns (5) • $2.50
Fresh plain noodles(1lb) • $8
Extra sauce (spicy ) 100g. $3
Pancake ( 2 orders ) $5

May 8th, from 9 AM to 7 PM, Paseo Imbabura

Pei: 099 253 6116
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Real Estate

For sale: 2-bedroom garden suite in prime Downtown location

This two-bedroom garden suite in a prime and desired Downtown Cuenca building, is a favorite of expats, both those living permanently in this friendly and ideally-located condominium or for owners looking for a fabulous turnkey rental or Airbnb investment property.

The building is located between the famous street, Calle Larga, and Cuenca’s stunning Tomebamba River and there are entrances in both areas. Calle Larga has countless restaurants, excellent hotels, historical ruins, beautifully restored early 20th century mansions, antique shops, artist workshops, traditional bakeries, and cloisters. A colorful, indigenous mercardo — where you can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and meats – is just a 1/2 block away, and across the river, an easy 10-minute walk through the lovely Parque de la Madre park, is the modern supermarket, Supermaxi, and “New” Cuenca. There is also direct staircases to El Barranco – the riverfront walkway and bike path – an ideal place to stroll along the banks of the beautiful river, picnic, or walk your dog.

This one-of-a-kind condo is a two-story gem, with perfectly appointed custom-designed furniture, top-of-the-line appliances, and stunning artwork with a tropical feel. This light and bright 88 sq. meter (947 square foot) condo boasts 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and has elegant marble floors throughout.

The gorgeous gourmet kitchen was designed by a Cordon Bleu Chef. An eat-in quartz island and a small dining table provide the perfect spot for casual or elegant dining. The Master Suite is located on the second floor and has a large Master Bath with double sinks, marble countertops, and a walk-in closet. The second bedroom, located on the main floor, features a custom, white leather sofa bed with a German-made mechanism for ease and comfort. This room can also be used as an office, as there are two desks in the room for convenience and workability.

There is also a large storage closet in this guest room, perfect for luggage, holiday ornaments, or outdoor patio chairs.

The apartment is completely turnkey, with lovely dishes, glassware, all appliances, sheets, towels, artwork, furnishings, and more. All of the lights in the condo are LED for reduced electric bills. The apartment is pre-wired for a security system and the building has Fiber Optics Internet. A huge, common rooftop deck providing spectacular views of the rivers, the Cajas Mountains, and the historic cityscape is available for your enjoyment at any time.

This offering is in one of the most exclusive developments in Cuenca’s Old Town, Casas del Nogal. Built by the famed development team, ISAM, their projects have been featured in various publications including The New York Times, The Financial Times of London, INHAUS, Revisita Habitar, Construcción & Diseño, Casas, RQ, and the book “1000 x Architecture of the Americas.”

The building is located between the famous street, Calle Larga, and Cuenca’s stunning Tomebamba River. Calle Larga has countless restaurants, excellent hotels, historical ruins, beautifully restored early 20th century mansions, antique shops, artist workshops, traditional bakeries, and cloisters. A colorful, indigenous mercardo — where you can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and meats – is just a 1/2 block away, and across the river, an easy 10-minute walk through the lovely Parque de la Madre park, is the modern supermarket, Supermaxi, and “New” Cuenca. There are also direct staircases to El Barranco – the riverfront walkway and bike path – an ideal place to stroll along the banks of the beautiful Tomebamba River.

The asking price for this two-bedroom garden suite in a prime and desired downtown Cuenca building is $175,000. The HOA is $80.

Furnished, $175,000 negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Calle Larga y Padre Aguirre, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620402623

I am a real estate agent, Ecuador At Your Service: 099 547 5116

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Condo with all the features of a penthouse

This condo is a one-of-a-kind architect designed showplace. Every room has designer upgrades that far exceed the average Cuenca condo. This condo is designed for the buyer with an eye for detail with features that delight the senses.

The condo is close to Cuenca El Centro; 5 minutes on the Tranvia (stop 1/2 block from condo). The Tranvia goes directly to the bus station and airport. It is not necessary to have general-public amenities with a unit like this. Rarely do residents use community outdoor swimming pools because of the relatively cool weather year-round. River Palace door staff are high quality dedicated individuals ready to be of service.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom shower is designed to make use of the existing space with the bathroom door closed and the shower door opening inward. A floor door-stopper keeps the master bath entry door from swinging past parallel with the side wall. The shower is sloped down and away to a slot-drain at the rear of the shower stall. The shower is lit by a separate light switch. Unlike most Ecuadorian condos, all bathrooms have designer Moen hardware to include bath-towel bar, robe hook, hand-towel bar, and toilet paper holder. In addition, the master bath has floor to ceiling mirrors on the far wall and two contemporary mirrors that were wired special to operate independently. The master bath floor is heated by wall controls that can be operated manually by temperature or set by timer to come-on and shut-off at designated times. The toilet is a contemporary design with stylish low back, two flush water settings, and a large elongated bowl. The bathroom cabinets were extended from the standard single bowl to custom specifications designed by an outside architect and unlike any standard issue. The granite is upgraded in quality and color to match the gray cabinetry and wall tile for a harmonious experience in a luxurious modern functionality.

The condo has three full bathrooms, all with ample amenities for owners and guests. Both en-suite bathrooms have heated tile floors and sealed tile grout in showers and floors.

Living Dining

The floor to ceiling sliding glass walls extend 10 feet high and transform the large atrium living area into an inside/outside paradise. The glass walls stack all in a row to create a true indoor/outdoor showplace. The architect-designed glass wall panels are so large, they had to be hoisted individually 5 stories outside the building. Upgraded tile extends from interior to the full length of the large outdoor terrace. Programmable heated floors warm the living room sitting area and gourmet kitchen. Three light grids were designed into the ceiling lighting that showcase living, dining and bar areas with warm canister lights. Pergola track lighting extends the size and diversity of the atrium-extended living and dining areas. A modern double-chandelier showcases the dining table for entertaining or an intimate dining experience. An intercom and front-desk com system is at your fingertips. Hard-wired internet is installed to the living room TV and kitchen bar areas. Ceiling sun shades calm the rays of the mid-day sun.


The large terrace wraps around two sides of the condo with window walls or sliding glass doors on all sides. The terrace is accessible from all living areas and bedrooms. This penthouse-like view of the river and mountains is both tranquil and dramatic. Hot and cold water for an outdoor shower and watering plants, electricity, and gas for a BBQ were extended out onto the terrace. In addition, the terrace was upgraded to carry the increased weight of a jacuzzi. Terrace plants are lit at night on a timer and an automatic drip system has been installed. A gutter was installed to carry away high volume rainfall water from the pergola directly to a terrace floor drain keeping water splatter away from the glass walls and doors.

Master Bedroom

The river master has a see-though fire place slot, heated floors, TV wiring, sitting area, window/door shades, and custom king bed. The side master features a queen Tempur-Pedic mattress, sitting area, and black-out shades. The side master includes extended bath size with heated floors, rain-bath shower heads, Moen fixtures, and upgraded granite and tile. Both have upgraded custom cabinets and drawers.

No builder grade options remain. All upgraded.


Kitchen cabinets are upgraded shinny white. The cabinets and drawers were extended 3 times original capacity. The bar was designed and upgraded to accommodate 5-6 persons. Gourmet kitchen includes Viking 6 burner gas cook top, dishwasher, oven, refrigerator/freezer with water and ice maker. Heated floors, TV and internet hookups. Increased electric outlets. Under cabinet lighting.

Take a look at this 2-bedroom condo with an amazing open area and inspired views to the exterior. It comes fully furnished, ready to move in, internet service already connected, HOA dues are around $120 per month. Electric average $25 per month and internet $30 per month.

Contact us today and don’t miss this unique Condo in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Furnished, $285,900 negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Edificio River Palace, Av 3 de Noviembre y Unidad Nacional, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620407675

I am a real estate agent, Lourdes Mendoza: 099 227 9398

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Luxurious, spacious hacienda with US-style design and amenities

400 m2 of construction per architect/builder (4305 sq ft) 
56,312 m2 of land (13.91 acres; 5.6 ha) 

For Sale 

This spacious, single-level 3+ bedroom home offers the fresh air, peace and tranquility of country living without sacrificing any of the conveniences of the city. Enjoy breathtaking views of Cuenca from the front of the house or take in the incredible unspoiled natural beauty of the Gordeleg River valley from the rear. Yet you’re only 20 minutes away from the Cuenca autopista. 

We searched in every direction around Cuenca for more than a year before finally finding this perfect property. Typically, choosing to live outside the city necessitates giving up many of its advantages. Not so with this property. Every city amenity is available and provided here: clean, potable city water from ETAPA (same provider as Cuenca), high-speed fiber optic internet service, trash pickup, gas delivery, 110/220V electric service, city bus service, telephone, and streetlights all the way into Cuenca. Tiendas, hardware stores, ATMs, restaurants, pharmacies, auto repair and many other services are all available in nearby Santa Ana less than a mile away. 

After finally finding and purchasing this beautiful mountaintop property, we then devoted another year to custom designing the home and vetting a number of architects/general contractors to build the house. We ultimately selected one of the most respected and premier architects for the job, Arq. Gabriel Reyes. No detail was overlooked in the design, construction or finish of the home. Site preparation, foundation, structural integrity, high ceilings, open floor plan, multiple skylights, radiant heat in the floors throughout the entire house, a huge chef’s kitchen equipped with imported high-end North American appliances and designed for both the gourmet chef and for entertaining, double-pane windows, porcelain tile throughout the entire house, abundant total LED lighting and so many more quality amenities rarely found in even the most exclusive homes in Cuenca are just a few of those myriad details. 

The features built into this house are simply too numerous to list completely but also include en-suite bathrooms with large walk-in showers in each very spacious guest bedroom (each also features a large American-style walk-in closet with custom cabinetry), a huge built-in entertainment center in the den, solar panels to augment hot water for the thermostatically-controlled and zoned whole-house radiant heat system, a 50-gallon tank-type water heater imported from the US that serves the kitchen/ laundry room/ master bedroom (and a separate calefon for the guest bedroom wing), central gas, a large walk-in pantry, a true American-style garage with remote-controlled overhead door, and a master suite so large that you could get lost in it. 

The master suite occupies its own separate wing of the house and includes a sitting room, a huge area for king-size bed/armoires/ dressers and more, his-and-hers large walk-in closets with custom cabinetry, an oversized master bath with dual lavatories and cabinetry with tons of storage, a two-person jacuzzi, a giant walk-in shower with dual shower columns and rain-shower heads, and a separate water closet room. Additionally, the master suite also features an adjoining 12×14 office/library that could be easily converted into a workout space or even a fourth bedroom if desired. 

Outside you’ll find a large outdoor kitchen with oversized horno de leña (pizza oven) and wood grill, a huge wrap-around patio with bench seating and gas-fired firepit, a large storage closet for lawn equipment, a barbecue pit supplied by a central gas outlet, soffit down-lighting surrounding the entire house, a 2500-liter reservoir tank that collects rainwater for irrigation, engineered water-management systems to control runoff and immaculately landscaped grounds surrounding the home. 

There is so much more, but you just have to see this masterpiece for yourself to appreciate all the designer touches. The list price is for an unfurnished sale, but the owners are willing to sell the house “turnkey” if the buyers desire. Also, a Lexus RX450-hybrid with about 55,000 miles may be included in the purchase at a negotiated price. Come see this gem and make us an offer — we are motivated sellers for health reasons and are ready to entertain any reasonable offers.

Unfurnished, $495,000 negotiable.

Address: Santa Ana s/n, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1611950702

I am the owner, Karl Sweetman: 096 060 5268. Call after: 7 AM.

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Wonderful apartment, 2 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 2 garages

Beautiful apartment, exclusive building 8 apartments, located on Yanuncay near the river.

Semi-furnished, $105,000, negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Lope de Vega y 12 de Octubre, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620261987

I am the owner, Xavier: 099 985 9115

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Warm and cozy apartment with terrace

The apartment is located in the second floor of a historic building. This unit is modern without losing the charm of the colonial times. The bedroom # one has a queen bed, with a great mattress, neat sheets, pillows, duvet and duvet cover, the second bedroom has a double bed.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with abundant hot water and the living room has a very comfortable sofa to enjoy a night movie. The apartment has a private terrace and laundry is available once a week. The house is located in one of the oldest and most charming streets of Cuenca, close to supermarkets, fruit markets, bakeries, and museums. The unit has an excellent Wifi and all utilities are included in the monthly rent.

Available on May 15, 2021.

Please do not inquire if you don’t like colonial style architecture.

Furnished, $465, negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Rafael Maria Arizaga and Luis Cordero, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620308221

I am the owner, Flor: 416 533 5972

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Luxury 2 BR, 2 Bath – La Martina, furnished, $500

Master bedroom has an en-suite bath
Edificio La Martina.
Enjoy this spacious apartment with great airflow, loads of natural light and a magnificent view of
Pumapungo Ruins.
This apartment is on the 6th floor so there are no neighbors above you. The building includes security guards 24/7, Airphone to security station, 20+ Cameras for security guards, 2 parking spaces in secure garage with control to open door, ample roof terrace for walking or catching some rays with a great view of the Cajas Mountains. No large animals allowed in the building.

The landlord is an Ecuadorian English speaker and is super attentive to any needs.

§ Two Bedrooms with comfortable queen-sized beds with linens.
§ Zebra and blackout window shades throughout
§ Two bathrooms with glass shower enclosure and rain shower shower heads.
§ Kitchen is equipped with everything you need -Gas 5 burner cooktop/convection and regular
oven, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator.
§ Laundry room with generously sized washer and dryer in the unit with laundry soaking sink.
§ Living room furnished with modern furniture/Dining room table and chairs for 6.
§ Private Gymnasium one floor below
§ Two clean elevators. Building has full time cleaning and is impeccably maintained.
§ Location: 12 de Abril and Paurcabamba facing the Rio Tomebamba.
§ Near Parque de la Madre and Millennium Plaza, Pharmacies, Hospitals and Doctors offices
§ Rent $500 per month (not including services)
§ Alicuita $80 (covers common charges-Gas/Hot water/security)
§ General utility
§ Water $13 monthly, 2 occupants
§ Internet (Fiber Optic Punto Net available)
§ Electricity $15 monthly (Depends on consumption)

Furnished, $500, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: La Martina 12 De Abril 2-45, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620342566

I am a friend of the owner, Lisa Rose: 099 510 1389

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Offer price, 2-story furnished city view condo

This city view condo with parking is located in a safe and modern 2014 construction. The unit is located walking distance from Downtown Cuenca and the historical district. There is a shopping center 5 minutes from the building area and easy access to all the restaurant and other entertainment in the downtown area.

This Condo in Cuenca Ecuador is located in a building with only 8 apartments and self-access. The condo space is around 117m2 in a two-story unit, 2 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms with a large living area downstairs. The bedrooms are both upstairs with a large living area between them. That living area can also be converted to a sleeping area.

The floors are all wood flooring with matching tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. All finishing and fixtures are of high quality. There are also two separate patios one next to the kitchen and the other next to the living areas with views of downtown and the mountains.

Furnished, $124,900, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Juan de Salinas, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620341880

I am a real estate agent, Lourdes Mendoza: 099 227 9398

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Unfurnished apartment, 2 BR – 1 bath, ground floor, with green yard

Location: The apartment is located around 15-20 minutes from Downtown, bus stop is few meters. Ordoñez Lasso is around 7 blocks from the house and Racar Mall is 7 minutes car distance.

Description: It´s a 2-story house, The owner lives in the second floor. The apartment has a private entrance. It has a small green yard, living and dining room, full bath, 2 small bedrooms and a backyard terrace where the laundry hookups are located.

More photos? Google map location? More listings? Please request by email.

Unfurnished, $250, Includes water and Electricity. Not negotiable. Small pet is OK.

Address: Av. Los Cerezos, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620355752

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 098 400 1020

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House for rent in Paute

Paute property for rent. 1,800 meters of land. Includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, barbecue area, covered terrace, home with panoramic mountain and village views, 35 minutes from Cuenca, downtown. The house is new.

Unfurnished, $500, negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Paute, el Cabo, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620353531

I am the current tenant, Jose: 099 267 2924

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Short-term sublet

Beautiful 4 bedroom house on quiet street off Ordoñez Lasso available June 15th – August 15th, 2021. Front garden and back patio, well-appointed chef’s kitchen, master bedroom with huge en suite bathroom and Jacuzzi tub, yoga meditation room, fireplace, secure and great neighborhood, 2 blocks from the Tomebamba River and organic market.

Call with any questions or to set up a virtual tour.

Furnished, $700 includes all utilities and fiber optic internet. Not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Calle las Margaritas y Los Cedros, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620232341

I am the current tenant, Kristin Anderson: +1 802 579 8517

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Unfurnished remodeled country house, chaullabamba area, w/ huge green

Location: It is located on Km 14 ½ on the Panamericana Norte avenue, in the back of a small gated community; between 30-40 minutes from city center of Cuenca, this area belongs to Chaullabamba, warm weather and surround by nature. The bus stop is in the main avenue, that can take you to the city in around 30 minutes high traffic. If you want to go to the nearest grocery store it is on the main avenue near chaullabamba center, around 5 minutes´ car distance

Description: This is a one story house, and has around 6561.68 square feet of land and 984 square feet of construction. The big land has a playground field, gardens, lots of trees, fruits, guard house, park games for children, and lots of green grass. Inside the house there are: 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, social bath, living room, dining room, kitchen and a chimney. The house is surround by alarm system and works with water heater by gas.

More photos?, google map location?, more info?, please request by mail

Unfurnished, $800 negotiable. Does not include utilities. Pets are allowed.

Address: km 14 1/2 Panamericana Norte avenue, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620269535

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 0984001020

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Furnished, one bedroom apartment with view over garden.

Fully furnished, lots of natural light, one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. Dining/living room with small Turi-view balcony, full separate kitchen with washer/dryer. Lots of built-in closets. Bathroom has tub and shower. Second floor with elevator. Secure building with 24-hour guard/receptionist.

Close to the new mall El Batan, pharmacies, banks and restaurants. Indoor secure parking space available.

Long term preferred.

Furnished, $330 plus aliquota negotiable Does not include utilities. Small pet is OK.

Address: Edificio Entrerios, 393 Avenida Unidad Nacional, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1619042902

I am a friend of the owner, Luz Maria Crespo: 099 982 6223

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Fully furnished apartment for rent in Puertas del Sol Neighborhood

Fully furnished apartment for rent located in Puertas del Sol Neighborhood, near Avenue Ordoñez Lasso. Walking distance to Supermaxi Americas, Río Tomebamba, Feria libre, Oro verde Hotel.

The apartment has 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, all appliances and utilities included (Cable TV, internet, gas and water – electric bill is not included), fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, washer and dryer. It has large windows and thus receive a lot of natural light. Very spacious.

Furnished. $650, negotiable. Pets are allowed

Address: Rafael Sojos 1-10 & Rafael Fajardo, Cuenca

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620103086

I am the owner, Lara Jerves, 099 925 7919

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Short term furnished rental – June, July, August

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, furnished, 1600 sq. ft. condo for rent; June, July, August. Located in a residential neighborhood 2 blocks from Super Aki Arízaga y Tarqui. It is on the 2nd floor above a dental clinic with only one person above.

Master bedroom view of Domes and up to Turi. Few blocks walk to El Centro. Contact Mark for photos and any questions.

Furnished, $450 month, negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Alberto Munoz Vernaza, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620146166

I am the current tenant, Mark: 099 827 6450

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Grand house for rent – remodeled bathrooms – 4600 sq ft – 15′ wall

We are Americans currently living in this house and are helping out the owners find new renters. This house has 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, large kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, master suite has a walk-in closet. Utility room, maid’s room. Most bedrooms have built in closets. All wood floors throughout on the 1st floor. All bathrooms have been updated with new toilets and rain shower heads. Some with new floors and countertops. 2 bathrooms had a complete remodel.

There’s a courtyard in back with grass (perfect for dogs). Large bodega. Glass covered paver patio. Grass in the front yard. Car gate door with opener leads into a bricked driveway. Very secure. 15′ wall with electric fence on top. Great location. The wall really makes it quiet.

13 skylights. Conservatory windows off the dining room. Indoor built-in planters. Wine rack room.

When this house was built, no expense was spared. Very well constructed house. Gorgeous wood everywhere and the entire house is in excellent condition.

The house is 4600 square feet. The house will be available on June 10th. It is $1000 a month rent. You pay utilities. Located on Los Cedros and Ordonez Lasso. One of those surprises behind the wall.

Please email me if you want to see more photos. Also please email (instead of calling) to set up a time to view.

Unfurnished, $1000, not negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Los Cedros y Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1620152410

I am the current tenant, Keith: 098 992 2149

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