Covid PCR test

We are leaving for USA on Saturday at 1 AM and need to have the Covid test taken and the results returned within 72 hours of our departure and arrival in USA. If anyone has had this test performed could you please let us know:

1) Where you had the test done?
2) How long it took to get it back?
3) The cost?
4) Did you need to make an appointment?



Steven Feuerbacher

Giving new purpose to things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission of helping those in greatest need.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you.

Teresa Eklund: 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Juanita Ruth One died

The beautiful, loving, Juanita Ruth One died peacefully Sunday night. Will post details and services

Ned: .

City: Cuenca

Survival Spanish class

to learn Spanish but not ready to commit to long term classes? Commit
to one month with Survival Spanish. Get the Spanish you need to manage
your daily affairs. Survival Spanish consists of 13.5 hours class time
plus a market tour. The cost of $95 includes materials. New class
beginning May 2. Contact Kathy at​

Bloomberg article about Ecuador’s Sunday elections and bond markets

Bloomberg had a good analysis of the situation here in Ecuador. As of Sunday night it looks like a three-way runoff between Lasso, Araus and Yaku Perez (Cuencano).

Why Ecuador’s Sunday Vote Matters for the Bond Market: QuickTake
By Stephan Kueffner and Sydney Maki | Bloomberg
Feb. 7, 2021 at 5:17 p.m. CST

A record 16 candidates are on the ballot in the first round of Ecuador’s presidential election on Feb. 7. But coming just months after the nation’s 11th default or debt rescheduling since its founding in 1830, the vote comes down to a binary choice: whether to accept potentially harsh economic reforms, softened by loans from multilateral banks like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, with the goal of integration with nearby countries and freer trade with the US; or to return to a socialist Venezuela-style model of heavy government involvement in the economy. Those stakes mean the election will be watched beyond Ecuador’s borders, particularly in the bond market.

1. Who are the main candidates?

Guillermo Lasso, 65, is a career banker from the coastal hub Guayaquil and the favored candidate of conservatives. Andres Arauz, who turns 36 the day before the vote, is a left-wing economist.

He’s the protege of former socialist President Rafael Correa, who is in exile in Belgium, having been convicted in absentia for graft. Yaku Perez, a 51-year-old lawyer and anti-mining activist for the indigenous Pachakutik party, consistently places third in polls, behind Lasso and Arauz. If no candidate wins an absolute majority or obtains a minimum 40% with a 10-point margin over the runner-up, a runoff is scheduled for April 11.

2. What’s the issue for markets?

Ecuador is notorious in the bond market as a serial defaulter, having restructured $17.4 billion in debt just last year — Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar — and owing $45.4 billion in total foreign debt. Investors will be on the alert for signs that the next government will honor the terms of that agreement.

The new administration will also be judged on how it maintains austerity measures required under a deal inked in September with the International Monetary Fund. Austerity is less likely should Arauz be elected. That could stoke a selloff in the new bonds and further threaten the nation’s debt sustainability. A victory by Lasso, by contrast, could bring the nation back to international debt markets by 2022, in the view of one strategist.

3. Has the IMF deal stabilized the economy?

The IMF front-loaded $4 billion in the $6.5 billion rescue package in the second half of 2020, representing approximately 4% of the country’s annual GDP. This crucial influx of money has allowed the administration of President Lenin Moreno, who opted not to seek a second term, to largely stay current with civil servants and pay off some debts to government contractors, in turn allowing them to pay salaries and debts. Ecuador’s economy likely shrank a record 8.9% in 2020, according to the central bank.

4. What do the candidates promise?

Lasso’s main pledge is to strengthen investor confidence through orthodox economic reforms, reducing red tape and increasing private-sector hiring, using neighboring Colombia and Peru as models. He also promised to raise the minimum wage to $500 and to reform public health care hit hard by Covid-19, and picked a doctor as his running mate. Arauz promises to kickstart growth by distributing $1,000 each to 1 million needy families — using $1 billion of central bank reserves — in his first week as president. He also wants judges to review the case against Correa and allow him to return from exile. Perez says he would pursue negotiations with creditors in hopes of easing the nation’s debt payments, perhaps by extending maturities.

5. What’s the backdrop to all this?

From his exile in Belgium, Correa played a key role in picking Arauz, a relative political unknown, to carry on his legacy. Correa featured prominently in ads and on posters until they were banned by the National Electoral Council on the grounds that his conviction had stripped him of the right to campaign.

During Correa’s presidency, from 2007 to 2017, Ecuador’s relations with the U.S. soured as he aligned the country with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran. China became a crucial lender, providing billions for infrastructure built by Chinese companies. Since 2017, under Moreno, Ecuador restored ties to the U.S., and in the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. struck a deal to help Ecuador repay billions of dollars owed to China.

Ann Fourt

City: Cuenca

Looking for new places in nature to visit during the pandemic?

Hi everyone! My name is Mateo, and my wife and I started a new project on YouTube showing beautiful places of Ecuador to visit, hike, and explore. We just started, but we have a few interesting places you can check out. The videos are in Spanish, with English subtitles. If you like them, we would really appreciate it if you can subscribe to our channel to discover about some amazing places. You can search us on YouTube as “Mate Mochilero”

Mateo: .

City: Cuenca

Ecuadorian Amazon, it’s closer than ever with 40% off the Best Lodge

Best lodge in Ecuadorian Amazon, 50% off

The best Lodge of the Ecuadorian Rainforest offers special of 40% off until April, 2021:
Sacha Lodge

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

Visit 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: What’s app 099 251 9679

Coca, Orellana Province. Mondays or the 5 days program and Fridays for 4 days program

Angela Hally: 099 251 9679

Carnival in a cabin in the countryside

Enjoy a family getaway to the incredible Country Cabin of Constructora Andrómeda. Savor carnival delicacies completely free, bundle up in the fireplace, take photos, enjoy a coffee with us and learn everything about the construction of our rustic cabins.

A day to enjoy with your family and pets.
– Learn about our constructions and wood works.
– Enjoy a field experience.
– Learn about the materials and finishes of our cabins.
– Learn how this beautiful cabin was built.
– Enjoy the view from the loft.
– Come with your pets.
– Walk to the forest path.
– Incredible views to take photos.
– Gallery of rustic furniture.

– Free event
We have all the biosecurity measures.

Schedule your visit at:
Contact: 099 310 5431

February 11th thru February 14th from 9 AM to 5 PM, free, Cantón El Pan, Cuenca.

Erick: 099 310 5431. Call after: 9 AM.

Ceramic Sculpture Workshop *update, pay per month*

Workshop with Dogmos (a.k.a Juan José Cobos)

General Goal: (No experience needed)

Learn how to design or sketch an artifact or work of art, learn the basic building techniques for ceramic sculpting, to create whatever artifact or work of art that you plan on doing. Learn how to paint them with soil slips in raw ceramic and exhibit your pieces at a closure exhibition.

Specific Goals:

• Learn how to design your mask character witch its personality and physical characteristics.
• Learn how to build a mask with a paper mold.
• Learn how to build a mask with pinching technique.
• Learn how to build an abstract plant pot with worms technique.
• Learn how to make a small animal pipe or flute sculpture with empanada or pinching technique.
• Learn how to make a face incense burner with worms technique.
• Learn basic knowledge of face anatomy.
• Learn how to make an animal or plant sculpture with worms technique.
• Learn and practice how to paint with slip.

Works of art to create:
Session 1: Animal mask.
Ecuadorian Culture mask.
Session 2: Small animal sculpture, pipe or ocarina.
Abstract plant pot.
Face incense holder.
Session 3: Figurative or abstract medium size sculpture.

You can take just one or two of the sessions (one month per session) or the whole workshop of 3 sessions (3 months).

If you take the whole workshop you will get 6 final works of art made by you showing the development of your creation. We will exhibit every creation of the workshop in a gallery to display your works of art.

What does the price of the course cover:

•Materials: Black, red and white clay, slips and glazes.
•Basic tools (Part of the workshop goods).
•Apron with the logo of La Montaña en el Mar (for you)
•Place to work with all health measures.
•Clean and cozy workshops with plants and good music, with a funny little dog. Bathroom in the workshop
•Firing in a private kiln


All the classes are between Wednesday and Friday at Taller La Montaña en el Mar (located near Coliseo Jefferson Perez). The workshop has two main spaces to work in one indoors which has space for two persons to work and one outdoor garage with roof for the other two persons.

There will be space just for 12 persons, 4 persons each schedule.

Group 1: 8 to 10 AM
Group 2: 11 AM to 1 PM
Group 4: 6 to 8 PM

The course is done in 12 days each month, 3 days a week with 2 hour session per day. Every class has a price of $13 for the instruction, for materials and firing in kiln. So, it would be $156 for a month, and the final price for the three months will be $468.

In order to separate your space on your favorite schedule you have to pay for the number of sessions you are willing to take as soon as you can as a deposit to the artist account. If you sign up with your best friend or partner by the 15th of February you will get a 10% discount and it will cost you one session $140 or for the whole workshop $420 dollars for each person, after it you can pay until Monday 1st of March without the discount.

This is the closing date to enroll in this marvelous course, in order to have it we should reach the amount of persons needed for it, 8 persons, so if you can help me by sharing this information, it would be wonderful.

The course will begin on the 3rd of March. The closing class is the 21st of May. At the end there will be an exhibition which its estimated date will be Thursday, 3rd of
June in a gallery of the city (place to be defined).

Ask me on WhatsApp, Facebook, email for the brochure of the workshop.

In the next days I will have a open studio visit, for you to get to know me and to know the studio space.

March 3rd of 2021 from 8 to 10 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM, 6 to 8 PM, $156, Isabela 2-39A between Floreana and Española Near Colliseum Jefferson Perez, Cuenca.

Juan Jose: 099 866 1486. Call after: 9 AM.

Movies and dinner in La Guarida: Best in Show

We are happy to say that this Tuesday’s projection of “Buena Vista Social Club” is totally sold out. On Wednesday, we are presenting

Best in Show
a film by Christopher Guest
in English with Spanish Subtitles

Wednesday, February 9th, 6:45 PM
Limited Capacity
Reservations with dinner requests only
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: Prissy poodles, droopy-eyed bloodhounds, and neurotic weimaraners compete for the gold in this largely improvised comedy that takes place at the Mayflower Kennel Club. A yuppie couple, a fly fisherman, and a pair of hairdressers are a few of the pet owners who primp, pamper, and prime their pooches for the big day in this hilarious “dogumentary.”

February 9th, from 6:45 to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

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

Tour, Rafting and Adventure in the Jungle (Baños and Tena)

Saturday February 13th
5 AM Cuenca-Baños
Lunch in Baños de Ambato (not included)
Visit Pailón del Diablo at Rio Verde
Travel to Tena, arrival 5 PM
Dinner included at hotel

Sunday February 14th
8 AM Private transportation to the jungle (1 hour), visit to waterfalls, hike jungle trail, cultural interpretation by local guides who will show you cultural and natural attractions.
Box lunch included
Visit to the Caves in the jungle
Dinner not included in town/hotel

Monday February 15th
7:30 AM Rafting or Kayak at Jatunyacu River
Lunch in the river (included)
4 PM Return to Baños de Ambato
Free dinner in town/hotel (not included)

Tuesday February 16th
Visit local attractions: Includes entrance to the Swing. Other activities according to your preference not included (bungee, parapenting, and etcetera)
Lunch included in Baños
Return to Cuenca, arrival 6 PM

• Bilingual guide
• Specialized guides for rafting / kayaking and Jungle guides.
• Safety gear for Rafting/Kayaking
• Food indicated on itinerary as “included”
• Transportation: Private transportation with guide-driver up to 3 people, more tan 4 people at 7 passenger bus.
• All nights at hotels.
• Water
Not Included:
• Dinners specified on itinerary as “not included”
• Tips for guides
• Activities in Baños specified as “not included”

Tour by Amazing Southamerican Tours, the adventure travel agency of Cuenca.

From February 13th to 16th, 2021, $459, Tena-Baños, Tena.

Felipe Neira: +593 98 068 4577. Call after: 7 AM.

Archaeologist for a day / 20th Feb, 2021 / last spots

Have you ever dreamed of being an archaeologist? “Polylepis Tours Ecuador” invites you to be part of this new type of excursion that we will have during 2021. For this first adventure we will visit “Los Petroglifos de Chiviaza”, a site located 3 hours from Cuenca in the Morona Santiago province.
Here the participants will help to find and clean new rocks with petroglyphs that are found in the middle of the vegetation, this will help to turn this place into one of the most important archaeological complexes in the country in the future.

Would you like to be part of the team of archaeologists for a day?

Date: February 20th, 2021 Price: $99 pp (part of this money will be used to improve trails and signs) Minimum of 10 people required until February 12, to confirm the excursion.
It includes:
* Bilingual Guide + Local Guide
* Private transport
* Typical lunch (maito) also vegetarian options
* Guarapo (cane juice)
* Tickets
* Safari hat
* Instruments for cleaning rocks

To get the full itinerary and photos, contact us:
cell: 099 355 7648

February 20th, from 7 AM to 7 PM, $99, Calle Larga 6-28, Cuenca.

Edison: 099 355 7648. Call after: 3 PM.

Looking for a hairdresser / hairstylist

Hello looking for a good hairstylist, who knows how to work with colors; especially with blonde. Really need help finding one who knows what he or she is doing. Thank you,

Ann: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for a used office chair

Would like to find an office chair in good condition and comfortable. Quality vinyl or will consider good leather; black or dark brown.

If you have something you think will work, please text me a picture or two.

WhatsApp or Telegram +593 98 076 3926

Greg Goodwin: 089 076 3926. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for vacuum repair

Looking for someone to repair a Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner. I just replaced the battery and now know that it wasn’t the battery but the vacuum that needs repair. Please help.

Thanks in advance,

Pauline: .

City: Cuenca

Honey, I shrunk the…

…merino wool cardigan.

I love this cardigan and have always been careful with it but for some reason it made it into the dryer.

Sooo, does anyone know an expert at unshrinking wool. I have seen some YouTubes on how this is done, I tried it but I was not as successful as I had hoped.

Please message me on WhatsApp.

Rebecca: 099 142 0092. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Nebraska Hypoallergenic steam cleaning

Branches in Quito and Manta and now in Cuenca offering high-quality professional steam cleaning, using only all-natural plant based hypoallergenic shampoo, in combination with industrial strength cleaning equipment imported from the US. Cleaning services offered for:

Upholstered furniture
Auto interiors
We are fluent in English. Reasonable rates. Call now for a free estimate.


Handyman services
Surveillance system installation

Av 1 de mayo. From 8 AM to 6 PM

Freddy Delgado: 093 937 9979

Domestic work and pet care

Hello, I can help you with shopping, cleaning and caring for children and pets, for $20 for 4 hours. I am a sociology student at the University of Cuenca.

Francisco Cisneros.

Deni Carrion: 099 509 5380

A unique experience among desert, local community, and mountains.

Two incredible days of adventure, where we will visit the only desert in the central Andes, walk through trails surrounded by mountains and visit indigenous communities that will welcome us with a smile. We will get to know closely a project of social support to the indigenous community. And to close with a flourish, we will walk to the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) following the railway and ancestral paths.

Feb. 24th – 25th

— Private Transportation
— Bilingual speaking professional guide (English – Spanish)
— Local tour guide (second day)
— 1-night lodging
— Breakfast per night of accommodation
— Meals (from lunch first day until lunch the second day)
— Snack
— Coffee or tea after the cooking class
— Entrance fee
— All activities described in the itinerary
— Biosecurity protocols

Not including:

– Extra meals
– Extra drinks
– Personal expenses
– Tips

Price per person: $224 double occupancy
Price per person: $279 single occupancy

Contact: Maria del Cisne / Cellphone: 099 960 4870

Guamote – Alausi (Nariz del Diablo) – Provincia del Chimborazo.

María del Cisne: 099 975 0193

New products have arrived at Luvimar

Hello everybody. I hope you’re doing amazing.

You wanted Tahini, so I searched and searched until I found the real Lebanese tahini, imported to Ecuador from Samih Hassan Al-Yaman & Sons. 1 lb for $6.75

Also, hot sauces by Trappey’s. Louisiana original recipe, 355 ml $4.95 and the Red Devil cayenne pepper hot sauce, 355 ml $5.95
Last but not least, Gulden’s spicy brown mustard, 340 g $6.

Go to for all products, prices, and availability or visit my Facebook fan page. Just search for

I also offer friendly bilingual service (English and Spanish), delivery service, and besides cash, I accept credit cards at the store, and I also take payments through bank transfer and the PayPhone app.
Have a great day.

Luis Moreno Mora #5-85 & Roberto Crespo Toral (Half a block from the Rione Hotel, 2 houses to the left of Distribuidora Cosecha 93, yellow house with big yellow garage door and big sign). Monday to Friday 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 to 6 PM. Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM. (Except Holidays)

Luis From Luvimar: Landline and WhatsApp business: 07 281 4249 / Cell Phone: 099 439 6619 Website: / Facebook & Instagram:

Furniture reupholstery services and repair

We provide reliable and professional upholstery restoration services. Scratches, stains, and discolorations may look like big trouble but they are no problem for us. You can trust your sofas and antique pieces to us. We will restore your treasured pieces to its original condition.

We have a special offer for this month: Bring your old sofa or any furniture and we will take it as a part of the payment for your new furniture.


Furniture reupholstery
Leather work
Custom made leather furniture
Leather Repairs
Antique furniture Restoration
Furniture Refinishing
Furniture Modifications
Recliner reupholstery
Recliner Restoration
Foam replacement
Springs replacement
Out furniture restoration
Custom made outdoor furniture
Pick up and delivery
Free estimates
Professional services

Challuabamba. 9 AM


Personalized yoga classes at home with Carol Lozada Calle

My name is Carol, I´ve been a yoga teacher around 5 years and practicing for almost 10 years. We are Vibra Vital Yoga + Arte and this last month we were giving face-to-face classes.

We have our studio in Batan and el Oro, at the very corner, and also this personalized class can be in your home (just urban area). Our teacher is Covid’19 negative.

If you need more info, please, contact me.
Love and light

Batán y El Oro, corner. At your time and day. Monday to Friday

Ana Carolina Lozada Calle: 096 258 6493

La Mia Mascota February special on food for urinary difficulties

This month we are running a sale on prescription food for dogs who have urinary problems. Our Royal Canin Urinary 5/0 products in three presentations – normal, moderate calories, and ageing – are now available at 15% off for Cash and Debit Cards There is no discount for credit cards. We can advise you on the best product for your pet. If you don’t have a prescription for it and your pet is having problems, don’t hesitate to call for an appointment. Keeping the urinary tract healthy is of primary importance for your dog.

CC Plaza de las Américas, La Mia Mascota Pet Shop local #27; Clínica Veterinaria: Arrayán y Av. De las Américas.

Alexandra Montaño: 098 404 3395- 099 020 6839- 408 9255 WhatsApp +593 98 404 3395 + 593 99 020 6839

Phisiotherapy Center

Dinamic Phisiotherapy Center. Helps you with all kind of pain like:

-Neck and shoulders
-Low back pain
-Uncontracturing Massage

Av. de las Américas y José Vinueza. February 2nd, from: noon to 1 PM

Max Cedillo: 099 297 6489

Make your life in Cuenca easy

Hello Everybody, My name is Paúl González and I am very happy to offer my services to the community as a general facilitator. I have experience in facilitating medical appointments, rental agreements, home relocation, bank accounts, setting medical appointments with IESS, civil registry business, writing your accusations in the Domestic and Violent Crimes Unit, and general translation.

I am a native Ecuadorian and a graduate the University of Cuenca. My first language is Spanish, but I also have a TOEFL certificate (Test of English as Foreign Language) that allowed me to do advanced study in Germany, all in English. I am looking forward to helping you with anything you need — and if I can’t help, I know someone who can. Don’t hesitate to contact me.

Luis Alarcon L-6 y Rafael Zeas. From 9 AM to 6 PM.

Paúl González.: 098 854 6113

Mat Pilates en RumiSol

Mat Pilates classes work on strengthening your core and your balance. No experience is required. The classes are taught in English with Ludwig, our Pilates instructor. The next cycle of classes begins on Tuesday, February 23rd. The cost is $25 a month for 8 classes. 10 to 11 in the morning. Please call, email, or WhatsApp to reserve your spot as spaces are limited.

The third floor of Remigio Tamariz 2-100 and Augustin Cueva. Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 11 AM.

Aubree Jeanne: 099 255 6981

Ecuadorian Amazon, it closer than ever with 40% off the Best Lodge

Best lodge in Ecuadorian Amazon 50% off

The best Lodge of the Ecuadorian Rainforest offers special of 40% off until April, 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

Visit 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. Mondays or the 5-day program and Fridays for 4-day program.

Angela Hally: 099 251 9679

Galaxy first class Galapagos Yacht reduced prices continue 2021

Promotional prices Galaxy yacht first class: 2021

4 days / 3 nights program:
Baltra Island
Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
Bartolome Island: Bartolome
Seymour Island: Seymour
Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach


March 6 to 9
March 30 to April 2
April 10 to 13
April 17 to 20
April 21 to 24
April 24 to 27
May 1 to 4
Price p/person Residents with Cedula and Ecuadorians
• Double occupancy: $899
• Single Occupancy: $1,079
• Foreign Tourist: Double Occupancy: $1,402
• Foreign Tourist: Single Occupancy: $1,622

5 Days/ 4 nights Progam Pice:
Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Highlands
Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay
Bartolome Island, Bartolome
Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach
Santiago Island: Bucanero Cove
Santiago Island: Egas Port
Santa Fe Island: Santa Fe
South Plaza Island: South Plaza


March 2 to 6

• Price p/person Residents with Cedula and Ecuadorians
• Double occupancy: $1,199
• Single Occupancy: $1,439
• Foreign Tourist: Double Occupancy: $1,770
• Foreign Tourist: Single Occupancy: $1,764

All options include:

– Airfare to/from Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil
– Naturalist Guides certified by the Galapagos National Park
– Meals specified in the itinerary
– Accommodation in air conditioning cabins at the Galaxy Yacht
– Excursions indicated in the itinerary
– Shared transfers airport – yacht – airport
– Personalized assistance in compliance with all biosecurity protocols
– Snorkeling in the authorized places according to the itinerary
– Coffee, tea and purified water

Not included:

– RT-PCR Covid19 test
– Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $6 , $100 for Foreign Tourist
– $10 per person Transportation Airport – Canal / Canal – Airport ($5 per way per passenger)
– Ingala ( Immigration Galapagos Card) $20
– Services not mentioned
– Tips

**We provide information about laboratories authorized by the Ministry of Health for PCR Covid 19 test

For any inquiry please call: Angela Hally: WhatsApp # 099 251 9679

Quito or Guayaquil Airport. According with Itinerary.

Angela Hally: 099 251 9679

Travel into the heart of the Andes

Our new private tour to the Central Andes is a great mix of natural highlights (Quilotoa, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo) and local culture – from a cooking workshop to rural hikes, visiting artisans, stays in quiet and cozy lodges.

Day 1 Cuenca – Devil´s Nose – Guamote
AM Private transportation Cuenca – stop at Devil´s Nose viewpoint –Guamote
PM Cooking class, learn how to prepare the real Ecuadorian empanadas

Day 2 Andean Communities – Isinlivi
AM Our community tour gives you an authentic look into daily life in the Andes: visit an educational project, a rural school, a choza and a traditional weaver.
PM Transfer to Isinliví, located on the famous Quilotoa Loop in Cotopaxi province

Day 3 Guantualo – Isinlivi
AM At sunrise, practice yoga. After breakfast 3 to 4-hour rural hike to Guantualo
PM Visit the local wood workshop. Free time to enjoy the spa and gardens of the lodge

Day 4 Quilotoa – Tigua – Hacienda
AM Excursion to Quilotoa Crater Lake, optional hike or kayaking
PM Visit Tigua gallery and transfer to hacienda

Day 5 Cotopaxi – Salinas de Guaranda
AM Excursion to Cotopaxi National Park, hike around Laguna Limpiopungo
PM Transfer to Salinas de Guaranda, model of a successful community enterprise

Day 6 Salinas – Chimborazo – Riobamba
AM Visit the cooperatives of Salinas, taste excellent cheeses, chocolates and salami
PM Afternoon excursion to Chimborazo Reserve, spot vicuñas and hike to second refuge. Transfer to Riobamba

Day 7 Riobamba – Guano – Cuenca
AM Short tour of Riobamba and Guano, Pueblo Magico. Departure to Cuenca (travel time 5 hours).
PM Arrival in Cuenca You can start this private tour on any day with a minimum of 2 people.

2 – 3 people $795 per person
4 – 6 people $675 per person

– private door to door transportation
– English speaking guide
– accommodation in cozy lodges plus 1 night in hacienda, based on double room with private bath
– daily breakfast in the accommodations
– 3 x dinner
– all activities as detailed in the itinerary
– entrance permits National Parks and Reserves
– biosafety protocols applied in transportation, accommodation and excursions

Interested in the detailed trip itinerary? Or would you like to customize the program according to your personal interests? Contact Popkje van der Ploeg at Julio Verne Travel

Remigio Romero Mz H Lt 9 Riobamba. Private tour, departure any day

Julio Verne Travel: 099 416 7350

Transpo Ecuador

I’m Jon and I take up to 4 people and all your luggage to or from Guayaquil – Cuenca for $95. I also do daytrips to Chordeleg, Ingapirca and trips to the coast.

Let’s book Transpo

705 Putters Green Way. 24/7

Jon F Labouef: 098 494 9008 / 07 285 6866

Celerity fiber optic by Puntonet

-Are you having issues or slow service with your network?
-Do you want to get a better deal with your internet service provider?
-Have you had your contract for over 1 year and still get the same speed for the same price?
-Do you need to move your service to another location?
-Do you need to waive additional installation, moving and upgrading fees?
-Are you new in town and need to have a contract/service without leaving home?

Do it all from the comfort of your home.

Get Up to 200GB for free starting at 10 PM until 6 AM and free installation with a new contract (2-year minimum)

*service offered in Cuenca by PuntoNet except in some areas (Centro Histórico). Restrictions apply.

Leonardo: 098 352 2685. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Nav Nail gel manicure, spa and beauty

Very pleased with Naf Nail gel manicure by Myra. Very professional, high quality manicure for $13.

Address: Daniel Muñoz y Rafael Fajardo

Contact information: 098 722 7839

Recommended by Katryn Holmes: 098 197 9533

Recommendation for Klever Services, transportation

We needed to pick up an item at Mt. Sinai pharmacy and called Patrick (Patricio or Klever) to help. He was in Challubamba and had already committed to a project there, but told me he could come at a specific time to pick us up and take us round trip to the pharmacy. When that time had passed, we received a phone call. Patrick was still unloading machinery from his double cab pickup and would be delayed. He asked if it would be ok to come later – we said “yes.” A little while later, we got another call – he was 5-10 minutes away in heavy traffic (Friday late afternoon can be heavy) – please wait. He came and took us to the new Mt. Sinai pharmacy. There was no parking anywhere on the nearby streets, so he stayed in his truck somewhere until we called to tell him we were ready. He came immediately and returned us to our home. On Sunday, election day, he came in to take us to vote and waited nearby to bring us home again. He saw us leave the building and came quickly to our side, asking if we wanted him to bring the truck around so we didn’t have to walk. We were fine.

He provides great service, speaks excellent English, and is available for many trips by appointment. Even trips to and from Guayaquil or elsewhere in the country. He is responsible and takes care that his passengers are comfortable. Since he has a pickup truck, he can also carry loads for you. He has worked moving fine furniture and appliances, doing gardening, clean up, carpentry, and as a facilitator. We have known him since we first visited Cuenca in 2010.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 093 939 9441 WhatsApp +593 93 939 9441

Recommended by Karen Kuenzel:

Recommendation for Rafael – baker, bakery

I’ve been ordering for a while now from Rafael. He has great sourdough, classic round or rectangular loaves. He has a professional slicer and the sourdough comes in mild/regular or sharp (which I really like!) I recently tried his peasant or “Country” bread and it brought back memories and was fantastic.

He also made for me pineapple rolls with anise that I really love. Try one. You won’t be able to stop eating them, they are so unique.

He delivers, so, text him with your address and order. You won’t be disappointed.
WhatsApp +593 99 993 6734 – Rafael

Address: Delivery only

Contact information: 099 993 6734

Recommended by Dusty Rhodes: 098 076 3926

Move for Health (post #5) from DEFY

Last week we examined the wonderful benefits our brain receives from exercise. This week we’ll see what the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association have to say about the benefits of exercise.

According to the Mayo Clinic ( exercise can improve our lives in the following ways:

Exercise controls weight.

Exercise boosts HDL cholesterol and decreases LDL cholesterol, so decreases our risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Exercise boosts HDL cholesterol and decreases LDL cholesterol, so decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Exercise can help us prevent or manage stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

Exercise improves mood by stimulating various brain chemicals that may help us feel happier, more relaxed and less anxious.

Exercise boosts energy. It can improve our muscle strength and boost our endurance.

Exercise promotes better sleep. It can help us fall asleep faster and experience deeper sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, to avoid sleep problems.

Exercise can be fun and social.

Exercise can improve our sex life.

And the American Heart Association adds these benefits:

Physical activity improves the quality of life.

Moderate exercise helps in the battle to quit smoking.

It provides a way to share an activity with family and friends.

It helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains the quality of life and independence longer for seniors.

These are just some of the benefits of moving our bodies (with exercise) regularly.

*Next week we’ll look at how exercise helps prevent some more serious health problems. *

DEFY (Dave’s Earth-Friendly Yearnings) continues to make organic, vegetarian, gourmet soups and desserts. They’re conveniently frozen, so you can enjoy your treats whenever your heart desires.

We have various types of Sourdough Bread, even sliced if you want.

We also have Melody of Plants plant-based world class personal and home care products and Cream’O’Gurt Yogurt (absolutely the best on the planet). This yogurt has 250 billion live cultures in a 1-liter bottle and 13 different identified bacterial strains.

Browse our website and treat yourself to some gourmet delights. Check out our Facebook Page: Defy for Life.

Delivery is by bicycle and free for orders over $25.

The weekly order cut-off is at noon on Wednesday with deliveries on Friday and Saturday.

We’re looking forward to treating you and Planet Earth, with dignity.

Wednesday, February 10th at noon, Jesus Arriaga 4-69

David Coote: 098 498 3562

Free-range grass-fed organic eggs

Happy hens!!
Free-range eggs, free of antibiotics, hormones, and stress. All natural.

$8 for the carton (30 eggs) delivered
$4.50 1/2 carton (15 )

8 AM – 5 PM, Cuenca

Alex Duran: 099 378 4886

This week’s special: Shepherd’s Pie + free dessert for $6.50

Craving some homemade food? We got your back. Chef Narcissa from EAT has a special menu this week: Shepherd’s Pie with Salad + free dessert for only $6.50. It’s 100% lamb meat, so good. Dessert options include:

-Mocha Walnut Pie
-Apple Crisp
-Death by Chocolate

We also have our regular menu with delicious sandwiches like Shrimp Po’ Boy, Chicken Banh Mi, Grilled Lamb Burger and more. Plus, all your favorite plates: creamy Mac and Cheese, Buddha Bowl, Shrimp Tacos…

If you’re craving some lasagna*, we have 4-portion trays:

– Meat Lasagna $16
– Chicken Lasagna $14
– Vegetarian Lasagna $12

*Please order the lasagna at least 3 hours in advance.

They all come with delicious homemade garlic bread and two free desserts.

Our Facebook was blocked so we have a new page, find us as Foods Cuenca. Feel free to call or WhatsApp, I’ll be happy to help!

10 AM to 9 PM, Cuenca

Andrea: 099 262 4044

Welcome to Negroni Rooftop

We already open the best place in Cuenca

Visit us and enjoy our delicious breakfast from 10 AM to noon. Taste our varied gastronomy and an extensive menu of cocktails, wines and spirits. With the best view of our historic center, we are waiting for you.

Monday to Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM, Calle Bolivar 8-44 y Benigno Malo. At Vatex Gallery Terrace

Giovanny Gonzalez: 098 167 4745

Valentine’s at Hotel Victoria – El Jardin Restaurant

Still don’t have a Valentine’s Day plan? Make your reservation for Valentine’s Day today, we await you with open arms.

Request more information by calling 09 930 9913 / 07 282 7401 or visit us at Calle Larga 6-93 and Presidente Antonio Borrero, Hotel Victoria.

We have all the biosecurity measures.

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February 2021, Calle Larga y Borrero

Daniel Duran: 099 309 9131

TexMex delivery: taco combo and pollo verde chili soup

Please place your order by 6 AM Tuesday for lunch delivery or by 11 AM for dinner delivery.
Lunch delivery between 12:30 and 1:30 PM.
Dinner 4 to 6 PM delivery.

Build your own taco kit.
soft corn tortilla or flour tortilla
Served with fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream and chips.

Mixed Tacos $9
4 tacos of your choice
(beef, chicken, fish or shrimp)

Tacos and Enchiladas
2 tacos of your choice plus 2 pcs enchilada verde $9
1 tacos of your choice plus 1 pc enchilada verde $5

Tacos and Black Bean & Corn Salad
4 tacos of your choice plus a pint of black bean and corn salad $10
2 tacos of your choice plus black bean and corn salad $6.50

Chicken Tacos (3 tacos) $8
Beef Tacos (3 tacos) $8
Spicy shrimp tacos (3 tacos) $8
Fish Taco (3 tacos) $8

More TexMex Options

White Bean Pollo Verde Soup $7 a quart $4 a pint
Chili Con Carne Soup $7 a quart $4 a pint
Sopa Azteca (Mexican Tortilla Soup)
Vegetarian $5 a quart
With chicken $6 a quart


Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken $9*
Mexican Chicken Skewers with Rice $9*
Tequila Lime Pork Tenderloin $9*
Served with black bean and corn salad, fresh chips, guacamole, sour cream and salsa!

Black Bean and Corn Salad $3 per pint
Texas Style Chili $7 per lb
Chicken Chili $7 per lb
Veggie Chili $5 per lb
Salsa 8oz & Guacamole 8oz w/ Totopos (Mexican corn chips 150 grams) $5
Salsa $3 a pint $5 a quart
Guacamole $4 a pint
Totopos (Mexican corn chips) $3 250 grams

Flavorful Fajitas
Served with fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream and chips.
Shrimp, Chicken or Pork Fajitas $8
with 3 flour tortillas.
Family Size Fajitas Shrimp, Chicken or Pork $25
12 pieces of flour tortilla

Served with fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream and chips.

Chicken Verde-Sour Cream Enchiladas $8*
Chicken with savory sour cream sauce with jalapenos and cheese.
Family Size Chicken Verde-Sour Cream Enchiladas $25
12 pieces enchiladas

Beef with Mole Sauce Enchiladas $8*
Family Size Beef with Mole Sauce Enchiladas $25
12 pieces enchiladas
Sweet Potato and Black Bean with Mole Sauce Enchiladas $8
Family Size Sweet Potato and Black Bean with Mole Sauce Enchiladas $25
12 pieces enchiladas
Shrimp Enchiladas with Jalapeño Sour Cream Sauce $9
2 medium size flour tortilla enchiladas smothered in a rich, jalapeño cream sauce.

Big Burritos
Served with fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream and chips.

California Style Big Burrito $8
available in
ground beef
pork tenderloin
with black beans, sweet corn, lime-cilantro rice, sour cream, cheese.

Other menu
*meals big enough for 2 serving!
Southern Fried Chicken $9*
Southern Fried Corvina $9*
Southern Fried Shrimp $9*
Chicken Fried Steak $9*
with green beans, mashed potatoes or fries, vinegar coleslaw or classic coleslaw and 2 biscuits.

Meatloaf with gravy $8*
with mashed potatoes and walnuts green beans.

Sweet Treats

Fudgy Chocolate crinkles $5 6 pcs
Baked in extra virgen olive oil
Fudgy Brownie $2
Fudgy Brownie with walnuts $2.50
Peanut Butter Cookies $4 6 pcs.
Ginger Cookies $4 6 pcs.
Chocolate Chip Cookies $4 6 pcs
Chocolate Chip with Walnuts Cookies
$5 6 pcs. $9 for a dozen
Chocolate Chip-Walnut Scone $2
Orange Cranberry Scone $2
3 Berry Scone (Raspberry, blackberry and Strawberry) $2
Blueberry Scone $2
Classic Scones $7 half a dozen
Southern Style Biscuits $5 half a dozen
Classic Cinnamon Buns with cream cheese frosting $2 per big bun

Tuesday Feb 9, Cuenca, Ecuador

James Dahili: 096 322 3377 or 098 945 6051

Nathaly Vivas, chef; we cook your favorite food, weekly service

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

~We cook your favorite food 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.

Every day. I live in downtown Juan Jaramillo and Benigno Malo

Nathaly Vivas: 098 770 7372 Instagram @nathalychef

Yummy New York Cheesecakes, brownie, cookies, cakes, pies and more

Hi beautiful people, the best cheesecake is now in GringoPost.

°Medium cheesecake $15 (6 or 8 portions)
Strawberry, blueberries, blackberry, raspberry, Nutella, Dulce de leche, chocolate, pasión fruit, kiwi

°Large cheesecake $20 (12 or 14 portions)
Strawberry, blueberries, blackberry, raspberry, Nutella, Dulce de leche, chocolate, pasión fruit, kiwi.

4 x $8
6 x $12
12 x $22

Chocochips Cookies
6 x $5
12 x $10

Sweet Box $20
4 brownies, 4 cheesecake (strawberry, blackberry or blueberry), 6 chocochips cookies.

* Red velvet cake $20
* Guinness cake $20
* Mojito cake $20
* Carrot cake $18

Pies and Crumble
* Apple Crumble $12
* Fruit Crumble $12
* Apple Pie $15
* Lemon pie $15
* Fruit Pasión pie $15

Every day make your orders 24 hours before, Pickup or delivery I live in downtown Benigno Malo

Cheesecake and Crumble: 098 021 1815

Tex – Mex, California burritos and more by chef Nathaly Vivas

Hi GringoPost community.

This is our Tex-Mex and California menu

°Large Tex-Mex or California Burrito
Beef, chicken or veggie
* 4 large burritos x $24
* 8 large burritos x $48

°Small Tex-Mex or California burritos
Beef, chicken or veggie
* 6 small burritos x $18
* 12 small burritos x $36

°Beef, chicken or veggie chili (with Nachos, guacamole and tomatoes sauce)
1/2 pound $8
1 pound $15

° Black beans Beef, chicken or veggie Enchiladas
° 4 portions x $15

All with guacamole and Mexican Sauce

Every day make your orders 24 hours before, Pickup or delivery. I live in downtown Juan Jaramillo and Benigno Malo

Nathaly Vivas: 098 770 7372

Gramm Bulkshop / chocolate covered Nuts

Because we all deserve something good, something special and delicious, Gramm brings you, some exquisite Pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, Golden Raisins, almonds, peanuts, Orange peel covered with pure and organic chocolate.

Our chocolate is 100%, chocolate, without hydrogenated oils, super delicious and healthy.

You can contact us on 099 505 9604 or

Or visit our cozy store, at Sucre 14 -14 and Estevez de Toral near to San Sebastián park.

We also have delivery service.

Marla: 099 505 9604 / 096 060 3748. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Are you looking for the best products for a superb breakfast?

We offer
– Smoked pork bacon as thick as you like
– Organic Eggs (free range hens)
– Highlands gourmet coffee
– Bratwurst sausages

We also offer artisan chorizos
– Turkey
– Argentinian
– Pork chorizo with basil
– Pork chorizo with rosemary

La Karlota Delicatessen – high quality products:

– Beef cuts
– Chicken (whole or cuts)
– Pork (ribs, chops, loin, fritada)
– Lamb (rack, chops, T-bone, whole leg, ground meat)
– Organic eggs from a happy hens farm (free running hens)
– Aged Cheese
– Sausages
– Turkey Ham
– Turkey Bacon
– Thick Smoked bacon (pork)
– Organic Chocolate
– Organic Jam
– and more

Visit us at Remigio Crespo 13-33 and Latinoamericana (Right across to Batan Shopping) or call us 099 299 0224, we do deliveries.
Please check out our:
– Facebook fanpage:
– Our catalogue:

We speak English

Mon-Fri 10 AM to 7 PM. Sat 10 AM – 4 PM (1 – 2 PM out for lunch), Remigio Crespo 13-33 and Latinoamericana (Right across from Batan Shopping)

Erik Feican: 099 299 0224

Thai Connection specials

Facts about Thailand:

Males were all Buddhist monks for a while. There was a time when all young men in Thailand (including royalty) were required to become Buddhist monks–even if only for a short period of time–before they turned 20. This practice is not observed as it used to be these days, however.

Our specials of the week are:

Shrimp Fried Rice with Basil. $8.50
Drunken Noodles $8.50
Spicy Korean Ramen $8.50
Sweet and sour Pork $8.50

Of course our delicious Carrot Cake and authentic Thai Iced Tea.

Call us or WhatsApp at 098 704 6607 or 099 954 7006


Tuesday to Saturday from Noon to 7 PM, Honorato Vásquez 639 y Hermano Miguel

Ronny Bustamante: 099 954 7006

Café Ñucallacta – Fun new products

We are Cuenca’s very own artisan coffee roaster. We use some of the best coffee in Ecuador and roast in small batches so that you receive at its optimum in flavor and aroma. We have four roast levels. The light, medium, and medium dark are at $5.99 per 400 grams and the dark roast is at $5.50 per 400 grams. If you purchase three (3) or more bags free delivery in Cuenca’s urban area.

We brought up some fun products from the US. All-natural toothpaste and soaps, as well as some sriracha sauce. We also have some fresh jams, peanut butter and raw honey made right here in Ecuador. Of course, we always have fresh brewed coffee and delicious food items available at our shop or for delivery. We have your breakfast, burrito and pastry needs. Check out our full menu on our website at or send us a WhatsApp.

We are open every day of the week, including holidays. Visit us or give us a call.

Every day, Hermano Miguel 562 entre J. Jaramillo y H. Vasquez

Ruminahui Duchicela: 096 311 4958

Smoke and Bones Thursday TexMex special

This Thursday is Smoke and Bones TexMex. In addition to my sour cream chicken enchiladas, mole beef enchiladas and big burritos, I will be delivering New Mexico-style pork adobada chili stew with a side of street corn salad and corn tortillas. Order by noon on Wednesday for delivery Thursday between 3 and 6 PM.

Enchiladas (chicken or beef): $8
Big Burrito (chicken or beef): $8
Pork adobada (w/ street corn salad): $9
Scoop of Spanish rice and refried beans: $4
Pint of rice OR beans: $4
Pint of street corn salad: $4
Pint of Texas-style chili: $7

All entrees served with fresh pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. Enchiladas and burritos served with chips. Stew served with corn tortillas and street corn salad.

This Thursday February 11th from 3 to 6 PM, Smoke and Bones delivery only

Smoke and Bones: 096 951 7977