Seeking travel advice

Looking for travel advice. My husband and I are in Guayaquil. We were supposed to go to Cuenca today, but can’t get there with the road closure. We have two more days before free and would like to leave Guayaquil and go somewhere else. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.


Let’s pay the Cuenca Kichwa to teach us Kichwa

Following the model of the Cuenca Spanish conversational events, is there a church or restaurant or municipal facility where we could have regular weekly Kichwa conversational events of the same type? So, something like, tea is served, possibly of some glamorous or forbidden type, and the Kichwa workers who are Cuenca citizens, or their children, turn up and get paid provided they diligently try to converse, and we turn up, and pay $5/hour or something, and possibly some university professor or seminary student turns up to keep it all orderly, and we learn Kichwa and they get money and all are happy. Can anyone do this?

Lucy Hancock

Professional massage at home

I offer relaxing massage service giving relief in every part of your painful area such as back pain, muscles, legs, neck and others.  Affordable prices. Separate your appointment in advance.

Dora Quinche: 099 987 9713. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Oldies but Goodies, Spooktacular Halloween Dance

The Halloween Dance will be on Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Happy hour is from 5 – 7 PM with great food all evening

Drink specials and music from 7 – 10 PM

Prizes for the best male and female costumes

For the costume impaired we will have masks available for purchase.

Location: Common Grounds, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia

Venue: Seating re-designed to accommodate our dancers

Parking: Free parking information: Behind Common Grounds on Jose Astudillo

Bus service: Bus service to Common Grounds location: #13, #14, #19, #3 & #50

Donation: $5 per person. Exact change is helpful.

Bar service: Full-service bar at reasonable prices. Please do not bring your own drinks since this is the revenue for the venue, and we must be fair to them.

Dancing: All styles are welcome to the music provided.

Music: A variety of music styles including Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll supplied by George, played through our own proper sound system.

Smoking: Smoking of any kind (including electronic) is permitted outdoors only.

Club: This is a private party of people who just want to have fun dancing, without complications.

No dues. Please do not be shy. Just get up and dance as the mood strikes you. Most of the songs invite different dance styles, so don’t worry, just do your own thing, whether alone, as

a couple, or in a group, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to invite your friends and come with the intention of having fun, and you will.

Suggestions: Please email us at and tell us if you are coming and the number of people joining you. This way we can keep everyone abreast of all developments and we can set up the venue for the expected attendance. 

Come early, enjoy great food and happy hour.

Bring along the phone number of your favorite taxi service.

Wear your dancing shoes, be prepared to boogie and have a great evening.

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 7 to 10 PM, $5, Common Grounds Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia, Cuenca.


Come as you are ~ all are welcome; bring the kiddos

At Trinity Vineyard Church, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people. And, we have the most comfortable church chairs in all of Cuenca.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of the love of Jesus.

At Trinity Vineyard, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace. We are a church for all people of Cuenca.

All are welcome ~ come as you are. Bring the kiddos. They will have fun in our children’s program or they are welcome to join us adult church.

Join us this Sunday morning as we continue our series on the book of James. This Sunday we will explore what James and his big brother Jesus say about being patient.

We meet at the Castle on Sunday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM. Come early for complementary coffee and pastries.

The Castle is located on the Tomebamba River in El Centro. There are two entrances, one on 3 de Noviembre (200 feet downriver from the Broken Bridge) and one on Bajada de Todos los Santos.

To learn more about us, please visit our website at

October 13, from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, The Castle, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards:

LaGuarida still serves breakfast/brunch despite the strikes

We are happy to inform you that La Guarida will be opening today for breakfast. We are having a tough time finding our usual items like sourdough bread but most of our menu remains intact.

We hope you are keeping safe and if you feel like going for a stroll in these troubled times come by and visit us. We will be happy to feed you and chat about what’s going on.

Our menú includes traditional dishes like tigrillo and bolón; however, we don’t forget about the early morning craves and we can serve you any type of eggs you desire with an awesome artisanal sausage and incredible hashbrown potatoes.

We are humbled to be called ‘a hidden gem’; however, we want you to get to know us.

Come join us for breakfast/brunch and don’t forget our Movie Nights and Special Events.

Info and reservations: 099 806 8071.

October 10th, from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres:  099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Watercolor workshop – Artist Mauricio López, art professor

Artist Mauricio López, Founder of Urban Sketcher Quito / Co-representative International Watercolor Society Ecuador / Watercolor University Professor

New dates for the class: Oct 25 & 26

The instruction will be:

Topics to explore and techniques to develop in:

1) Watercolor experimental

2) Flowers

3) Rural landscape or Urban landscape

$105 without materials / $140 with materials (does not include brushes and board),

* Please email the artist, Mauricio López, to send links to his website.

Dates: Friday and Saturday / October dates: Friday and Saturday / October 25 & 26. Class hours: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 to 6:30 PM Total: 14 hours, $105/$140, Pedro Leon 2-96, Cuenca, Cuenca., Cuenca.

Mauricio: 098 465 5992. Call after: 1 PM.

Sunday Worship at Calvary Chapel Cuenca

Sunday Worship at Calvary Chapel Cuenca. We would love to have you join us for Sunday Worship at Calvary Chapel Cuenca. We have two Spanish services at 8 and 11 AM and an English service at 9:30 AM. We are located eight blocks west of Coral Centro, which is on Avenida Las Americas. The church is at the intersection of Juan Pio Montufar and Primera Convención. Montufar is the street directly across from Coral Centro. It has no street sign. Bus Line 22 has a stop in the block in front of the church.

Every Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, Free, Juan Pio Montufar and Primera Convención, Cuenca.

Charlie Carroll:  098 822 6365. Call after: 7 AM.

ACT production of “Mornings At Seven” postponed

Official notice: Azuay Community Theater’s production of “Morning’s at Seven” has been cancelled for Oct 11, 12, 13.

The shows, provided there is calm and public transportation, will be presented next weekend with an additional date on Oct 18, along with Oct 19 and 20, and again on Oct 26 and 27

If you have already purchased a ticket for this weekend (11, 12, 13), please contact Marilyn by email at to reschedule/refund/rain check.

We want to keep everyone as safe as possible, and are hoping for the best outcomes for Ecuador.

Thank you to all our patrons for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at this great show as soon as it is safe for everyone.

Azuay Community Theater Av. Ordonez Lasso, next to Hotel Oro Verde. various see post

Ray Lewis

Pain management – medical marijuana/PRP/neural therapy

Casa Bienestar Integrative Health Center 

Dealing with chronic pain is a debilitating and frustrating way to live.

Fernando Juca, MD MSc specializes in regenerative medicine for chronic pain and is licensed to dispense medical marijuana for appropriate conditions.

Another option is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which consists of placing an injection of the client’s own platelets in an affected area such as shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, ankle, foot and spine. It may also help tendons and ligament issues such as a calcaneal spur, frozen shoulder, bursitis, tendon ruptures, and hypertrophic scars among many other applications. 

Also available is Neural Therapy which was developed in Germany and is practiced extensively in Europe and Russia. It diagnoses and treats local disturbances of the autonomic nervous system and is useful in treating chronic pain and disease. Micro-doses of procaine are injected into certain locations of the body, re-educating the nervous system, and reducing pain

During your initial consult, Dr. Juca will do a comprehensive medical history and physical exam and will order appropriate lab/blood work which can be taken care of at our in-house clinical laboratory. Once your assessment is complete, he will recommend a treatment plan to address your pain.

Fernando Juca, MD has a Masters in Biological Testing & Diagnosis with additional Certifications in Cellular Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics, Neural Therapy, IV Nutrition, Medical Marijuana, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Chelation. He is a Professor at Universidad Catolica de Cuenca teaching Pathology.

By appointment only.

Our Health Center is Bilingual with free translation services available.

Cornelio Merchan 7-94 y Padre Sodiro (one block from Av.10 de Agosto). Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 6 PM.

Beth Shahda: 093 982 0306 / 07 281 5579

Berenice Studio welcoming Skincare services by Alejandra

Exciting news for beauty lovers…

Berenice Studio’s Vicky Andrade and Cosmetologist, Alejandra Maldonado are teaming up to offer you the convenience of a complete beauty experience inside Berenice Spa.

Coming very soon…

Alejandra´s relaxation massage, facials, anti-aging treatments including Dermapen, depigmentation, waxing and more…and, of course, to Berenice Studio´s haircut, color and style, make-up, manicures and beauty products.

Renovations are underway throughout the salon including the addition of a private skincare department.

Meanwhile, services will be available at your home for the next few days.

Call Vicky or visit our Facebook page to book your complete beauty experience.

Paucarbamba 5-16 y Tomillos. By appointment.

Vicky: WhatsApp/Text/Voice 098 963 9264

Nathaly Vivas, professional chef at home

Hi Everyone, My name is Nathaly Vivas. I am a chef. I offer you my chef services at home.

My services consist of:

* I design your menu with American/Asian/Mediterranean/European/Latin American food or what you want to eat.

* I make your shopping list and, if you prefer, I can do the shopping for you. Guaranteeing your economy.

* I can cook for you, all week meals once a week.

* Cook in a special event and so your guests can enjoy a delicious meal.

* I make all kinds of food, vegan, vegetarian, I have special knowledge is food for diabetics.

* Normal or sugar free desserts.

if you want to know more about my service write me and I can indicate your menu with the meals you want

At home. Every day.

Nathaly Vivas: 098 770 7372 Instagram

Home organizer

House cleaning: If you need help with the organization and cleaning of spaces in your home, do not hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to provide you with help and security when hiring comprehensive cleaning services and especially friendly to the environment. We do electricity, carpentry, and gardening work. We speak English and we are Cuencanos. We have personal references from Expats and we can send our police record.

Contact us at 099 875 7001 or 099 898 6482

Av. Solano y 10 de Agosto. Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 7 PM

Gaby: 099 898 6482

Tracy’s Treasures update

Due to the transportation issues, Tracy’s Treasures will not be at Cafe Nucallacta on Thursday.

Otorongo Plaza.

Tracy Rose:

Cafe Ñucallacta Plaza Otorongo open

Tired of being stuck at the house, stop by for breakfast, dessert or coffee. Our Hermano Miguel local is too close to the action, however, Plaza Otorongo has been very calm. As we roast our own coffee we have plenty of some of the best coffee in Ecuador in stock, to sell by the cup or by the bag. See you soon.

Every day, Plaza Otorongo near the staircase

Ruminahui Duchicela:

Karaoke Friday’s at Common Grounds Bar and Grill

Super fun Karaoke at Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill every Friday night.

~Incredible Sound System

~Over 300,000 songs to choose from

~Happy Hour Drink Specials all night long

~Great food served through the night

All that’s needed is you.

7:30 – Midnight

Friday, October 11th, from 7:30 PM to midnight, Common Grounds is located at the corner of Gran Columbia and Unidad Nacional – on the hill

Gary G:  096 808 7291

Sale of organic red wine

Everyone, We continue to sell organic red wine. We want everyone to get this wine and enjoy this good wine. It comes from Spain and is called Viña Tomilla. It has the designation of Origin of the Stain and Organic Certificate of CAEE.


On the nose; very fruity, aromas typical of the grape

Nuances; blackberry and strawberry

Mouth; Semi-dry, fair and very pleasant to the palate

Color: Strong Ruby

Excellent tear in cup

It is 100% Orgánic

Elizabeth Vila: 099 987 9713. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Sale of organic extra virgin olive oil

Hello Everyone, I have extra virgin organic olive oil, imported from Spain. The consumption of olive oil helps prevent cardiovascular diseases, reduces cholesterol levels, promotes digestive function, helps fight constipation, improves intestinal absorption of nutrients.

Motto: Virgin olive oil gives flavor to your meals preventing diseases.

PUV: olive oil differs from others. Because it is the perfect product for dressing salads, for breakfast with tomatoes and toasts, it is used both raw and in prepared preparations and recipes. It is the only oil that comes from its fruit, the olive.

Elizabeth Vila: 099 987 9713. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

No bacon? No problem

King Smokehouse will deliver free in Cuenca this week. Call or text. Limited supplies of our fine products. Special pricing and package deals too. We want you to have all the great King Smokehouse products so let us know what you want. Don’t do without.

Wed. Oct. 10th to Oct. 13th, Coronel Talbot 8-66 y Simon Bolivar

Felix Salinas: 096 904 7724

Cancelled – Las Pulgas del Tomebamba

Due to everything that’s going on in the country, the performance by Las Pulgas del Tomebama has been cancelled. Look for their performance to be rescheduled.

We apologize for this cancellation but look forward to seeing all of you soon…

11 October 2019, Hostal Santa Canela

David Kirkwood:

Annie’s sushi: authentic Korean food and Kimchee

Hi Everybody, We deliver healthy homemade Korean food and probiotic kimchee. You can see our new menu on GringoPost every week.

This week we have limited material for cooking.

So, some orders will be finished early.

Kimchee is not available for a while because of strike.

This week’s menu:

1. Sushi roll

Beef roll: beef and various veggies: $5

Spicy pork roll: spicy pork and various veggies: $5

Avocado and cheese roll with various veggies: $5

Fried shrimp roll: with various veggies: $6

Bacon & Asparagus roll with various veggies : $6

Spicy tuna roll: with various veggies: $6

Walnuts & cream cheese roll: with various veggies: $6

2. Jeyook Bokkeum: pork marinated with sweet spicy gochujang sauce with rice and veggies: $8

3. Bulgogi rice bowl: beef marinated with Korean bulgogi seasoning with rice and veggies: $8

4. Napa cabbage Kimchee: crunchy cabbage Kimchee: $5 for 400g

Free delivery in Centro area for order over $20.

Orders less than $20, delivery will be $2- $3 depending on your location

October 10th, from 8 AM, Luis Moreno Mora 4-71

Myungae Kang: 099 822 1856

Delicious Saigon food in Cuenc.

Asian food daily delivery:

Menu 2 course: $8/pp

☆ Crispy wonton with ground pork.

☆ Spicy chicken curry with coconut, carrot, zucchini, sweet potato. Served with rice.

– Fried egg roll with shrimps $5/3p.

– Spring rolls with shrimps. Lettuce, carrots, coleslaw. Coriander. $5/3p

– Steamed rice rolls with ground pork. $5/3p

– Crispy wonton with ground pork $5/8p

– Half moon pie fried with veggies, ground pork. $5/4p

– Coleslaw salad with shrimps. $5

– Chicken filet with Chinese mushroom. $6 Served with rice.

– Crispy pork belly with steamed rice and coleslaw salad. $6

We will serve special menu from 11 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays at cafe Ñucallacta plaza Otorongo

Oct 11th, La Condamine 13 .88. (Otorongo Plaza)

LanN: Cell phone and WhatsApp: 098 341 3469

We continue normally

At Calvo & Co we expect everything to normalize as soon as possible and until then we continue to attend normally at our usual time. We are far from conflict and safe.

From Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 10 PM, Los Álamos 343 y Arraya, y Avda Las Américas 3-33

Jose:  095 879 3723