Best of GringoPost 2021 Winners!

Thanks and congratulations to GringoPost Subscribers and, especially… CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS of the

Best Of GringoPost 2021 
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GringoPost’s Best of is a celebration of success.  It is a display of a collective appreciation of excellence.  The voices of “The GringoPost Community” have now been heard. It’s been a challenging year for Cuenca and Ecuador.  Thankfully, the adventurous spirit characteristic of expats shines through. To say we’ve met unforeseen challenges this year is quite an understatement. But, met them we have. Not without loss, not without adjustments but, here we are.  That makes us all…WINNERS.
We’ve reached for the stars — everything from the best view point to the best restaurants, historical sites and artists — and gotten them together for a compendium of why we love living in the shadow of the Andes, and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

As on every Valentine’s Day, the votes have been counted and turned into a compendium of our Best of GringoPost, 2021, full of dozens of awards celebrating the very best our area has to offer.

This year, more categories than usual did not receive sufficient votes to choose clear winners.  We will include these categories in future Polls so that as life returns to normal, members of the community will have the opportunity to share their appreciation for those that were not able to display their usual excellence this past year.

Now seems to be a good time to think about how we’d like our world to look in the months to come.  Hopefully, we are thinking about how our lives will improve as the virus fades. 

It’s a privilege to live among the Best of 2021 and then see who’s next…

Best: Emcee

Linda Chase Edificio Entrerios-Unidad Nacional y Los Totoms

Best: Chef

Giovanni Cambizaca, Le Petit Jardin, 096 819 1518,

Best: Caterer

Double D’s Delights, 096 802 2545

Best: Handyman

Emilio Morocho Address/Location Calle Canton Saraguro Y manuel Cisneros Phone number 098 699 5694 Email Blog / Website Facebook page Emilio Morocho Note

Best: Sushi

Origami Eddy:  098 722 6797 Email: origamicuenca@gmail.comCalle Larga y Benigno Malo

Best: Smoked Products

King’s Smokehouse Calle Roberto Aguila y Tres de NoviembreEmail:

Best: French Food

Le Petit Jardin, 096 819 1518,, Calle de las Brevas/San igual de Putushi

Best: Fine dining

Le Petit Jardin, 096 819 1518,, Calle de las Brevas/San igual de Putushi

Best: Cooking classes

Alianza Francesa with Chef Marc Dullin the French chef Address/Location Tadeo Torres 1-92 Y Av. Solano Phone number 098 745 6825 Email

Best: Butcher

King Smokehouse. Coronel Talbot across from Parque San Sebas.

Best: Shipping company (Containers)

Relocation Services Ecuador, Paul Wilches+593 7-410-3991

Best: Health care facility

Hospital del Rio Address: Americas avenue and 24 de mayo Phone: 245 9555 Website: Hospital Universitario del Río Updated by: Julio Molina:

Best: Gym

Fox Gym Fitness Center Email:

Best: Handyman

Emilio Morocho, Calle Canton Saraguro Y Manuel Arturo Cisneros:

Best: Hairdresser

Lee’s Hair Salon Address: Solano 8-51 y Alfonso Moreno Phone: 0968921026 Email:

Best: Dog trainer

Alex Flores – Club Canino Cuenca Address/Location Isauro Rodriguez y Miguel Tenorio Phone number 0990694342 Email Facebook page Alex Flores or Club Canino Cuenca

Best: Doctor

Dr. Anthony Guillen. Crespo y Americas. 0995398105. dr_aguillen@yahoo.comAustro

Best: Computer repair

TIE: Alex Mejia & Tony Bishop Alex Mejia: 099 289 3125. Calle Miguel Angel Estrella Tony BishopEl Centroinfo@dernachtwind.net098 026 5238

Best: Car rental company

Cuenca Car Share. Emilio Morocho: 098 699 5694 Calle Canton Saraguro y Manuel Arturo Cisneros

Which is better in Quito, Netlife or PuntoNet?

Dear friends, I need high speed and stable internet service, I have high requirement for internet service, it shall be fast and stable in both downloading and uploading, I am now using 20 MEGAS (20mbps) fiber optic of PuntoNet. Is there any other internet supplier in Quito that is better than PuntoNet? It is said that Netlife is very good. Are there some friends who have the experience of using Netlife? How do you feel about Netlife? If you are now living in Quito and using Netlife, I want eagerly to hear your comments. Thank you for your help in advance,

David: .

City: Quito (capital)

Ecuadorian PCR test

If you are going to return to Ecuador within 10 days of the date of the negative PCR test taken in Ecuador, can you use the same test to return back to Ecuador?


City: Cuenca

Organ donation – opting out

I vaguely remember being compulsorily opted in for organ donation when I applied for my permanent residence cedula at the Registro Civil in Cuenca. This was just a month before the pandemic started and I believe I did not give much thought to it at that time. However, over the course of the past year, my views on organ donation have changed somewhat (for religious and other reasons) and I am curious to find out if there's a way I can opt out of organ donation now?

Thank you all in advance for your kind feedback.


Landslide victims need your help

An 82-year-old woman was rescued alive, after being dragged by the massive slide that occurred in Chunchi.

Her son, 50, was trapped beneath a structural pillar which broke his legs.

These are just two of the hundreds of people impacted by this landslide.

Chunci and Changchan, Ecuador were hit by a massive landslide on February 12, 2021, displacing hundreds and threatening to displace many more.

Changchan, a small town, could disappear and Chunchi is also in danger. Many families have been evacuated from their homes. These families are currently being housed in schools and makeshift shelters. The pandemic makes this an extremely dangerous situation.

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen in partnership with Hearts of Gold ask for your help. We are collecting donations in order to send needed items including:


Free & Fun Language Exchange postponed 1 week for Carnaval

The long-running intercambio will be postponed one week because of the Carnaval. On that Monday (February 22nd), please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

All levels of ability are welcome, so don't be shy--even if you don’t speak a word of the language you want to learn, you will be helped by those that do.

To facilitate conversation, we often have fun with tongue twisters, riddles, slang, crossword puzzles, etc. Or, we just simply converse on various subjects. Anything to practice speaking.

The Zoom meeting starts promptly at 6 PM on every Monday. We usually end at 7 PM, or shortly thereafter.

No need to confirm your attendance; just show up and enjoy (and learn!).

ZOOM meeting link:
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

February 22nd, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100-1 Zoom y 101-1 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

Did all the taxes go from 12% to 30%?

I'm confused, is the sales tax IVA now 30% and not 12% anymore? Anyone know how long this is going to go on? It makes everything suddenly really expensive and not in budget now. Will it end?


City: Cuenca

Only four A.C.T. Angel spots left

We want to thank everyone who responded to our call for Angels to help the Azuay Community Theater continue through 2021.

As you know, due to COVID, Azuay Community Theater has had virtually no income for the past year. Even with help from our landlady over the last six months, our coffers are near empty and we must renew our lease at the end of March. While we have future productions in preparation, COVID restrictions and our concern for the safety of our audiences currently restrict future shows to 30 attendees per performance.

Therefore, in order to commit to a new lease, we need a base of funds to support our 2021 season. We have been seeking 25 A.C.T. Angels to commit to a $10 or $20 donation for each of the next 12 months. Thanks to the response we have received there are only 4 slots left!

In addition to the satisfaction of keeping A.C.T. alive for the next year, each $10 Angel will have the opportunity to buy two tickets per production prior to public sale. Each $20 (or more!) per month Angel will also receive a handsome ACT mug to remind them of their generous support of the arts with every morning’s coffee or tea (act fast, supplies are limited).

With only 30 seats per performance, we expect shows to sell out quickly, and, because of the limited seating, we must keep the number of Angels at 25.

If you wish to become one of our final four A.C.T. Angels, please email!

Ray Lewis: .

City: Cuenca

Looking to buy a clean 20-foot shipping container

Looking to buy a 20-foot shipping container.

Clean, no leaks, solid (not much rust).

Able to be delivered to Vilcabamba.

Many thanks,

LLQH: +1 505 369 5978 WhatsApp. Call after: 2 PM.

City: Loja

Looking for personal assistant job

I would like to offer my services as a personal assistant, I'm an experienced bilingual business professional (Spanish / English). I have organizational and computer skills, I have problem-solving ability, I have good attitude. My work would involve a wide variety of tasks, like: accompanying you to medical appointments, translations, interpreter and making phone calls. I'm available for work as an interpreter for individuals, businesses or groups.

Alice: 098 453 4019. Call after: 8 PM.

City: Quito (capital)

Just moved to Cuenca, need a dentist, preferably that does implants

I need a little general dentistry done soon and would appreciate your recommendations. Preferably someone you have used personally. Also, I want to start looking for someone to do couple of implants, if anyone has personal experience with a dentist who does this here thanks for your time.

Nate Bristow: 093 937 3546. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Are your children having trouble with on-line learning?

On-line learning is a real challenge for youngsters and if they are English speaking with classes in Spanish, it can be even worse. Why not ask a real, live teacher to come to your home to tutor them? She has her own children, so knows how to reach a child. 

My friend is looking for work from 2 to 6 PM. She is a 42-year-old teacher with two teenagers who is currently earning a measly $200 a month. Her husband suffered from leukemia for a long time and has now died. She has to pay medical bills for him and is struggling just to make ends meet on that salary. Her children are in school and she works in the morning but needs a job in the afternoon to provide enough income for the family to eat properly and have the bare essentials, and to help pay the bills. She doesn't speak English but is able to use Google Translate. She can tutor, cook, clean, and do gardening or other tasks around the home or office. 

There is nothing like having a native speaker of Spanish assist your child with their Spanish classes. If you can't employ her for a whole week, even an afternoon or two would help and hopefully someone else could employ her the other days. If you have a heart to help, please contact me,

Emilio Morocho: 098 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Personalized yoga classes at home

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, At your time and day.

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

Ana Carolina Lozada Calle: 096 258 6493

Best Lodge in Ecuadorian Amazon, discounted prices 2021:

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: WhatsApp 099 251 9679

Quito or Guayaquil Airport. According with Itinerary

Angela Hally

Important information about Nunkui shop and gallery

A year ago, we started activities in our gallery store of the Nunkui project, although it has been a year full of difficulties, we are very grateful to our community partners, clients and friends, who have trusted in our work.

We are convinced that there are alternatives for local development, that respect the ways of life of native peoples and that conserve natural resources, and the Amazonian communities with whom we work also believe it, so we have had a greater offer of new bio-enterprises of different parts of the country, for this reason, in order to expand our offer, and at the same time seek to reach more people who know about the project, we inform them that Nunkui store gallery, is moving to a new location, which will be located on Simón Bolívar and Estévez de Toral streets.

We are almost ready, but it's necessary to temporarily close our attention to the public, so from Thursday, February 11, the store will be closed (we maintain the home delivery service) and we will inform you in a timely manner of the opening of the new store.

We count on your support, welcome.

Simón Bolívar and Estévez de Toral streets.

Paul Sánchez: 099 586 7670

Guitar repair and guitar lessons

Guitar repair, professional, reliable and guaranteed. 40 years’ experience. Guitar Lessons, all levels and styles. Lessons are $5 per hour in my home. I supply learning materials. John Marshall 097 952 0634


John Marshall

Citizenship test and Spanish/English study material

Along this program you will…
… have simulation tests as well as simulations interviews to make you ready for taking Ecuadorian citizenship real test.
… get lots of practice with knowledgeable Ecuadorian teachers who use our study booklet (in Spanish and/or English), 300 flashcards and much more.
… get to know enough Ecuadorian history (flag, coat of arms and National Anthem) to pass the test.
… enjoy and learn the most complete and updated information on test for Ecuadorian citizenship in a meaningful way.

– We’ll take you to accurate Spanish level for taking real test.
– Your Spanish language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) will be enhanced in record time.
– Take the morning session (two hours) or the afternoon session (two hours). Or just take the hours you need based on your knowledge of Spanish, your availability and the date of your test.
– Classes are given twice, three times a week or every day, Monday thru Friday.
– You can take this program for four weeks or for four months. It is up to you.
– This program is exclusively prepared to meet your needs and expectations.

Recommendations from participants:

“Thanks to attending the language school “CCNations, Escuela de Idiomas” I was able to pass the Ecuador citizenship written and interview exams, and will soon become a naturalized citizen. With their homework materials and instructional classes, my level of Spanish increased to where I could study, learn, and pass these essential subjects: the history of the tri-color Flag (“la bandera”); the Coat-of-Arms Shield (“el escudo”); the National Anthem (“himno nacional”); the important battles, persons and events for gaining Independence; and the primary Presidents of Ecuador. These study materials include bilingual booklets and guides, flash cards, simulation tests (from the official examinations), and multiple practice sessions.

Classes can be scheduled on flexible hours for individual sessions, or with small groups of other students. Additionally, this private 18-year language school can also help applicants to pass the examinations to obtain a drivers’ license (“Licencia de Conducir”). This is one of the top language schools I have ever attended!”

Recommended by Bartley

“My success in passing the test on my first attempt was primarily due to CCNations, their time, efforts and patience in guiding me towards success. I really couldn’t have done so well without them. For this reason, I highly recommend this school to anyone who needs help with Spanish in any capacity.”


You want to study by yourself? No problem. Now, you can buy all our material…

1. A study booklet (in Spanish and/or in English),
2. Flashcards of Ecuadorian national symbols.
3. Flashcards of important people and dates, and some other information.
4. 10 20-question-practice tests with answer key.
5. Audio of 17 interview questions (male and female voices).
Contact us today and find out more about how to enroll in our citizenship program or how to get our material.

Mariscal Lamar 16-63 and Miguel Heredia.

Antonio and Misael: 097 916 1784

Immersion Spanish lessons

Immersion Spanish program:

• Lessons are given Monday thru Friday.
• You can take three hours in the morning (from 8 or from 9 AM) and/or take three hours in the afternoon (from noon or from 1 PM).
• During this program, you will…
· …learn topics of Ecuadorian and Latin-American culture, history, foods, arts, music, etc.
· …learn to handle conversations in different situations, such as, giving directions on a taxi, shopping at different stores, making a doctor’s appointment, , etc.

When can I start?
You can start anytime.

Where are the lessons given?
They can be given online (SKYPE or ZOOM).

Can I come to the School in Cuenca?
Sure. We’re at 16-63 Mariscal Lamar, between Miguel Velez and Miguel Heredia. We’re in the north of Cuenca downtown. Just ring the doorbell at the door and you’ll be very welcome.

How long does this program last?
It lasts three weeks.

What should I do to start my immersion program?
Before you begin taking this Immersion Course, you will be interviewed to know your interests in topics you would like to discuss and talk about during this course. You will also have to take a placement test, which is free, to know your level of Spanish, so we can prepare a lesson plan for you and your partners.

Will I really learn to understand and speak Spanish?
Sure, you will! We’ve been teaching languages, Spanish included, for almost 20 years. Your Spanish will be enhanced in record time.

How do I pay for my lessons?
You can pay cash.
You can deposit or wire money to any of our savings accounts (Pichincha, JEP or Guayaquil)
You can pay thru PayPal with Xoom, a PayPal service.

What did participants say about our lessons?
“We got a small group of friends together who were frustrated in our mutual lack of advancement in Spanish after 2+ years in Cuenca. CCN’s approach to teaching, patience and encouragement has provided a fun environment in which to learn. In just a few short weeks, most of us have learned and retained more than other classes and online teaching.

We love our experience and look forward to each week’s class that is opening up a whole new world for us.”

“I am very pleased to recommend CCN’s Spanish teachers here in Cuenca. I have been taking private lessons from them for the past four weeks now and I continue to look forward to each new class with them. I am a naturally inquisitive individual and I like to ask lots of questions. I have previously taken group classes elsewhere but would come home frustrated, because I would rarely get the opportunity to have more than a few of my questions answered. The concepts I needed to understand were being left as a mystery to me. This is not the case with CCN’s Spanish teachers. They are amazingly patient and also very flexible. They always allow me to focus or redirect my private lesson toward the things I would like to learn. When I first met with them, they spent an hour with me free of charge, assessing my incoming Spanish abilities. Each subsequent class has been based on working from my current level and helping me improve. I really like the fact that they always type out our conversation on their computer screen as we are talking. I am a very visual learner and when I can also see on their screen what we are discussing, it really reinforces the entire learning process. This also means I do not need to take notes but can concentrate on the speaking/listening aspects of the learning process. When I get home, the notes which they created during our class are waiting for me in my email inbox. Now how cool is that? I can go back over everything we talked about in class as a review, at my leisure.”


Should you have any questions, we’ll be happy to assist you.
We look forward to helping you out with your Spanish.

Contact us today to sign up for your Free Spanish diagnostic test in order to start your Immersion Spanish Course.

Mariscal Lamar 16-63 and Miguel Heredia.

Antonio and Misael: 097 916 1784

We are here to help you

We are a group of women that need to work to cover family expenses. We can clean your house (sweeping, mopping, dusting, shining objects, making beds, doing laundry, washing the dishes, watering plants…). Besides, we can take care of children and go to the stores to get your stuff.

Av Ordonez Lasso. Everyday

Bertha Salvador: 098 336 9472

Hairdressing service, massages and waxing

Atrévete Room: Attended by Miriam and María. Services: hairdressing ladies and gentlemen, colorimetry, highlights, hair root retouch, we have great offers for this month of ignauracion, we also have manicures and pedicures, body waxing. We are located in Gran Colombia 5-10 and Mariano Cuevas, C.c Luzuriaga ground floor, local 11, telephones: 09 637 0945 / 098 602 3320 and by mail, by appointment.

Gran Colombia 5-10 y Mariano Cuevas C.C Luzuriaga planta baja local 11. María León y Mirian León salón atrévete

María León

Need help with your home workouts?

We know the struggle of trying to work out by yourself, ether time, knowledge or motivational wise, it is hard to get started. That’s why we are here to offer our services in everything related to physical care and health wellness.

We are willing to provide you:

– Physical Rehabilitation.
– Physical training (based in the functional workout method).
– Therapeutic massage.

All these services in the comfort of your home.

Calle Camino a Racar y Daniel Toral Malo. Monday to Saturday (previous appointment)

Carlos Cabeza: 096 292 7668

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

Spanish lessons at a new community-focused Academy in Cuenca

Our teachers hold degrees in Language Teaching, and our passion is teaching adults to speak Spanish.

We also love reading, so we promote literacy at all levels: we help you develop the necessary skills for you to learn how to read in Spanish.

We are also happy to help you settle in Cuenca; we include it in our program if it is necessary.

Join our conversation circles where coffee is on us.

Juan Jose Flores 1-29 and Paseo de los Canaris. We're open Monday to Saturday, please call in advance.

Adriana Diaz: 098 781 3965

Reminder of holiday hours

LaMiaMascota Pet Shop in the CC Plaza de Las Americas, which will be open from noon until 6 PM during Carnival, Monday and Tuesday, 15 and 16 February to serve you. On Ash Wednesday, February 17, we will be open regular hours.

Supermaxi Las Americas will be open from 9:30 AM until 7 PM during Carnival, but all the smaller shops and islands will open at noon and close at 6 PM on Monday and Tuesday.

If you need pet foods and can't get to the store during our reduced hours, we can deliver to you. We can also use Datalink to receive payments via National Credit Cards (International cards are accepted in the store, but do not work on Datalink. Remember that we have certain on-going promotions and we always have a discount of 5% when you pay in cash or with your debit card.

Enjoy your holidays.

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

Alexandra Montano: 098 404 3395 – 099 020 6839 – 408 9255 WhatsApp + 593 98 404 3395 / +593 99 020 6839

Facilitator with great recommendations/driver

I have facilitated for many expats here in Cuenca and around Ecuador. My skills include translating for doctors, in the hospital, helping resolve issues with banks, bills, and shopping, and lawyers if you have a legal issue. Without bragging too much, let me say that my English and Spanish are first class - when you tell me your need in English, I have no problem understanding what you want and explaining it in Spanish to whomever may need to know.

I love driving and visiting with people - it gives me a window on the world and sometimes, I can open a window on Ecuador for you as well.

When you tell me where you need to be and when you need to be there, I make sure to schedule appropriately. I know how long it takes to drive to Quito or Guayaquil, or even just to go shopping here in the city or visit outlying communities to search for jewelry or shoes or other specialties. I know the best places to eat along the way, too. If the roads are bad, I ask you to leave earlier so that we do not arrive late to your destination. If I am late, I notify you.

I have driven in the US as well as Ecuador. I drive safely, not rushing to get somewhere nor cutting corners on foggy roads. Need to go to Guayaquil to the Consulate or airport? Ask me. Want to go shopping in Guayaquil? I’ll take you. Feel like visiting the beach at Salinas? Or taking an exciting drive through the Route of the Volcanoes? I’d be happy to provide planning and driving. The car we use will depend on your needs – it could be a small car, an SUV or even a moving truck if you need to relocate. Maximum 3 people.

I keep my car clean and sanitized for your comfort and safety. In fact, one lawyer here in the city told one of my clients that she always uses Emilio because he cares about his passengers and watches out for their safety not only when driving but also by sanitizing his car and the passengers - something other drivers she has used have not done regularly.

Reasonable rates. Don't forget to bring your water and sanitizing equipment, though I do carry alcohol to share with you when we stop somewhere.

If you want references, just ask me – I have lots of them. Contact me on Facebook or WhatsApp.

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

Emilio Morocho: 098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 98 699 5694

Nursing services / home care by Nurse Rosario Jaimes

I offer nursing services to the general public.

- Injections
- Intramuscular or EndoVenous Treatment
- Home patient care

Please contact me with any questions.

Phone: +593 96 371 4136
WhatsApp: +58 426 236 9784

Edif. Pinar del Lago, Av. Ordoñez Lasso.

Nurse Rosario Jaimes

Recommendation for Merlot, restaurant

If you like Italian food, good wine, drinks and friendly professional service, you'll definitely like Merlot. Sometimes one tries a new restaurant with some reservation, especially if you are eating solo. Merlot is a half a block off Solano on Gonzalo Cordero.

I had a nice Caesar salad, some excellent lasagna and light cream dessert. By the way, the Merlot, like its name was great. For a restaurant that is only open around a month, I must say they know what they are doing. It's a family-owned restaurant and you get that feeling as soon as you sit down.

Whether you speak Spanish or English you will get excellent service. I look forward to my next visit to try another dish. Everything I saw that came out of the kitchen looked delicious. Merlot is a fairly small place and you can sit safely either inside or out. They adhere to Covid regulations. Give it a try for either lunch or dinner. You'll be glad you did.

Address: Gonzalo Cordero Davila 1-57 y Fray Vicente Solano

Contact information: 098 411 8242

Recommended by Steve Waxman:

Recommendation for Franklin Morocho, metal working, practical repair solutions

We brought a 7 ft, tall, 1000 light, Christmas tree when we moved to Cuenca and soon after, discovered that one of the supports was broken - call it a leg with a wheel. We managed with it that way for several years, but in 2020 (when else?), just after decorating it, the wheel broke off underneath the tree leaving it very lopsided. I contacted the manufacturer (the base for this tree costs $89 without shipping, handling, and customs), hoping they would have a replacement part.

There was no response. When Franklin stopped by, I had him look at it. Since the leg was plastic, there wasn't any welding that could be done, but he did know how to fix it - with some kind of strong, epoxy-like glue. He took the leg with him and returned it yesterday, glued and ready to work. It was nicely finished and works perfectly. The fix cost me less than $20 - much more economical than insisting on getting a new part from the manufacturer.

You can contact Franklin by WhatsApp: +593 98 967 3289. He understands a lot of English and uses Google Translate very successfully. Franklin and his brother, Emilio, have worked in our house numerous times and are always friendly. They are completely honest - I will leave them working in the house alone with no problem whatsoever.

Thank you, Franklin.

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

Contact information: 098 967 3289

Recommended by Karen Kuenzel:

Recommendation for Diana Vera, medical facilitator

Ever been lost in the forest and needed a compass to find your way through and back into the open field? Let the forest be the Ecuadorian medical system, public or private, that uses, primarily, the Spanish language. Let the compass be Diana Vera. With 8 years of experience, Diana knows her way around and is very easy to work with. She can help you with anything medical: translation, choosing MDs, make appointments, explain medical issues, maintain a medical file for you, end of life paperwork; whatever meets your medical needs.

She made my recent visits to multiple MDs so very, very easy. We still have to travel farther through the forest, but with Diana as my compass, no worries.

Are you lost in the forest? Call Diana. She will get you through and back to the open field of health again.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 174 4740

Recommended by Lynn J.:

Recommendation for M&E Pet Lovers, pet sitting

Elizabeth and Mattias were great. We came home to happy pets and a clean house. They walked our - sometimes difficult - husky without problems. Our animals were very happy to see them when they returned our key. They are professional and veterinary students.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 593 99 848 1355

Recommended by Adrien Winger:

Recommendation for Nebraska Hypoallergenic steam cleaning

Cleaning of rugs and draperies

We had great experience with Freddy's services. He came to give us a quote and scheduled the cleaning the next day. He cleaned area rugs and custom draperies with valances. He removed the drapes and returned them and reinstalled them next day. He is on time, professional and fluent in English.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Adrien Winger:

Honored and proud; thank you Cuenca

King Smokehouse is so honored and thankful to all of you for supporting us through this difficult year. And we are especially thankful for you voting us as Best Butcher and Best Smoked Products. With your love and support we look forward to an amazing 2021 while continuing to maintain the highest standards, in our products, in our commitment to you, and to maintain the highest quality of security for your health. We also look forward to “after Covid” so we can invite all of you to a huge, Thank You! party at the Smokehouse. Wear your mask and stay safe. We love all of you.

Daily from 11 AM until 6 PM, Coronel Talbot 8-66 y Simon Bolivar

Felix Salinas: 096 904 7724

Pei’s pot stickers

This is the menu:

Noodles: Fry noodles with vegetable $5
Zhajiangmian $5
Scrambled eggs with tomatoes noodles $5

Dumplings: pork 12 pics / $5
Chicken 12 pics /$5
Vegetable. 12 pics / $5

Buns: pork and red beans pasta Each one for $1

Braised pork + rice. $6

Fry tofu + Fried green beans + rice. $5

Fried pork with celery + Fried cauliflower + rice $5

Kung pao chicken + Fried potatoes slices +rice. $5

Fried chicken wrings with coco cola + Fried cabbage + rice. $5

Sweet sour pineapple pork + cauliflower+rice. $5

Twice cooked pork + green beans +rice. $5

Single dishes:

Kung Pao chicken $8
Sweet sour pineapple pork. $10
Twice cooked pork. $10
Chicken wrings with cola: $8
Tofu $8
Vegetable dish $5
Red beans pasta $5 (around 300g)

Everything is handmade, fresh and wholesome, no preservatives, additives colorants.

February 15th, from 9 AM to 6 PM, Paseo Imbabura

Pei: 099 253 6116

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables for sale

Kinti Wasi is an organic farm located in Cantón Suscal in the province of Cañar. We grow the best varieties of vegetables and fruits:

We deliver in Cuenca every Wednesday. Harvested directly from the farm to your house. If you would like to order please email us until Tuesday night: or send us a WhatsApp. 098 736 8822.

Thank you.

February 15, 2021, Suscal

Carmen Loja

New products available from El Mundo Orgánico

Firstly, we want to apologize to anyone who went to our website last week to try to find our expanded list of products, but the list did not include the new products. (There was a mix-up with putting the new list on our website).

Secondly, the new product list includes many, many more of our organic, natural, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and biodegradable products for sale in our store and for home delivery, which is now available for viewing on the Home Page of our website (

Don’t forget—as an additional limited-stock offer, you can now purchase a 4 oz. size bottle of “Angry Serbian” Prepared Horseradish for $6.50.

In addition to the beautiful, fresh and delicious organic vegetables and natural fruits we offer, we also now feature a gourmet selection of products, both in our store and for home delivery, from “+K, Maska la vida” and “SIZÚ Lab”.

Our “+K, Maska la vida” brand products include a delicious selection of vegan/vegetarian toppings for sandwiches, burgers and breads or for use in salads. For example, we have chopped eggplant in olive oil, chopped hot peppers in olive oil (and I mean hot!), and a tangy pepper/amaretto marmalade, as well as vegan hamburger patties and vegan sausage links.

From “SIZÚ Lab”, we now carry in our store “SIZÚ”’s vegan, vegetarian, and organic products. We have on hand olives in an herb-infused olive oil, garlic confit, onion chutney, hummus, green pepper relish, an organic salty toffee sauce for desserts, pancakes and waffles, sugar-free sweetened almonds, cilantro pesto, basil pesto, granola and sugar-free peanut butter bars.

Check our website Home Page for the prices and sizes/weights of both the “+K, Maska la vida” and “SIZÙ Lab” products.

Don’t forget; we also carry a selection of organic wines from France, Chile and Spain.

The minimum order for a “Build-Your-Own Basket” is $17 for free delivery. (Orders for less than the minimum value of $17.00 will have a $3 delivery fee added.)

You are also invited to visit our store. Although we will be closed on Sunday and Monday, 14-15 February for Carnaval, we will be back open on Tuesday, 16 February.

Our location can now be found on Google Maps, provided you enter the name “El Mundo Orgánico” (not “Mundo Organico” or you will end up in the wrong place).

Remember, if you have a special request for a fruit or vegetable (or any other edible product for that matter), please let us know, and we will do our best to find it for you.

Have a great day.

Francisco Cisneros y Autopista #582 — Via Cuenca-Molleturo-Naranjal (also known as “Enrique Arízaga Toral”)

Armando Espinoza, 093 906 2640 (text only, please!)

February 15, 2021, Francisco Cisneros y Autopista Via Cuenca-Molleturo-Naranjal (also known as “Enrique Arízaga Toral”)

Delivery: real sourdough, Southern biscuits, cornbread, 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


Try our products for coconut lovers at Sweet and Ice in Milenium Plaza

We are located just inside the back entrance of Milenium Plaza on the ground floor near the elevator.

We offer the following Coco Express quality products:

Crunchy coconut cookie $ .60
Crunchy coconut and chocolate cookie $ .60
Crunchy coconut with oats cookie $1
Soft cookie sandwich with dulce de leche filling --
small $ .50 and large $1

Hard Serve coconut ice cream on a Stick $1
Original Flavor - Coconut and Milk
Vegan Coconut and our New Flavor Chocolate and coconut

Soft Serve Coconut Ice Cream
Cone $1 4 oz cup $1.20 6 oz cup $1.50

Coco Express 100% Coconut Water Medium bottle 375 ml $1.50

We also offer:

Dikaty 75% Fine Chocolate 1,000 gram bulk package - Call us for availability and price

Custom Gift Packs from $5.50 to $15

Delivery Options: Free delivery Sat and Sun with purchase of $8 or more. Or your order can be delivered to your home by motorcycle

Call or text using WhatsApp 096 935 6461 for orders and questions
We can also video chat on WhatsApp to actually show you our products

Or you could visit us and see for yourself all the fine businesses located in the Plaza

We speak English

Hours: Mon thru Sat 10 AM - 8 PM. Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM, Milenium Plaza

Alex Tapia: 096 935 6461 WhatsApp 096 935 6461

New York City mom and pop bakery – Cuenca style

Matthew's Bagel and Bakery Store - bagels and so much more.

Come in and visit us at our new location with the front entrance on Avenida Las Americas and the back door on Calle Los Alamos 2 blocks from Ordonez Lasso on the Rio Tomebamba side.

Two blocks south of Supermaxi Las Americas. The new Tranvia has a stop about one block from us on Las Americas.

Next door are our great neighbors El Calvo Restaurant with Spanish Cuisine and El Jeque with Middle Eastern Cuisine. And, also La Tapita Espanola Restaurant entrance on Av Las Americas.

There is also a new pizza and beer business called 11 Cerveza and Pizza. Great places to hang out with outdoor seating too.

All of our bakery goods are made fresh daily in our store and we offer:

Whole grain Breads. Cakes: Carrot, Chocolate. Blueberry Muffins, Pies: Blueberry & Apple and Bagels. Cornbread, Scones, Brownies, Cheesecake and Pretzels.

And now we have Cookies. Big yummy ones.
Zucchini, Banana, Chocolate Banana, Blueberry, Pineapple Coconut, Coconut, Orange Zucchini Breads and more.

Potato chips and other snacks.
We also offer Gluten-Free Bakery Goods.

Select Coffees
Beers and Wines
Soft Drinks and Yogurt Drinks
Kefir and Kombucha
Specialty Teas

Our Newly-Expanded Deli Selection includes:
Potato, Tuna, Chicken, Macaroni salads and Cole Slaw and much more.
Also try our New Chopped Salad Bar.

Cheeses, Yogurt and various flavors of Cream Cheese Spreads to eat with our delicious Bagels.
Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Tortilla Soup
Jams and Spaghetti sauces

We also have Meatloaf and Meatballs. Ricotta Cheese Penne, Chicken Parmesan and Mac & Cheese.
Try our new Chicken Pot Pie. Each pie is a very generous individual portion.

Come in to our New Store to eat and relax or to take with you.
We have indoor and outdoor tables with proper social distancing.
We also offer a restroom for our customers' comfort and convenience.

It's like having a little slice of New York City here in Cuenca.
We also speak English.

You can also have our goodies delivered to your home.
Local delivery charge is $2.
For outside area delivery text us for delivery charge.

Please use WhatsApp to text us a question or to place an order to go.
You can also send us an email for questions or orders at the email address listed below.

We are sorry that we are unable to take calls at this time.

Also starting this New Year we will no longer be using plastic bags for purchases only paper. Please bring your own reusable bags.

Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate our customers and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Hours are Mon thru Sat: 10 AM to 8 PM, Sun 10 AM to 5 PM, Comercial Eloy Alfaro. Avenida Las Americas

Jeniffer Rodriguez: 099 860 4290 FaceBook: matthewbagelstore

Shrimp, corvina or chicken tacos + free dessert at Foods

Today's special will have you craving some more. Chef Narcissa has prepared a finger-licking menu: delicious shrimp, corvina or chicken tacos in a wheat or corn tortilla (gluten free!). You can order it all through Sunday and Carnaval. Plus, you get one free dessert. Options include:

- Cheesecake
- 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

*You need to 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! Remember we’ll be working Monday and Tuesday as usual.

10 AM to 9 PM, Cuenca

Andrea: 099 262 4044

Mujeres Con Exito, Wednesday delivery

Orders are received until Monday at 5 PM for Wednesday delivery. Delivery occurs between 11 AM and 1 PM. Delivery is included in all meal pricing.

Barbecue wings (8) and fries. Served with our house mayonnaise. $15.
8 Egg Rolls (shrimp, pork, vegetable) Order fried or ready to fry. Served with Vietnamese sauce and Sriracha sauce. $15.
1 Quesadilla, served with chips, guacamole and Pico de Gallo. $12
4 mixed pieces Fried Chicken lunch. Served with Mashed potatoes and salad. $12.
Minestrone soup. Special recipe of Chef Bruce Wilkins, who has taught our Chef Arlin to make this delicious soup. One liter for $10 includes delivery
Sriracha sauce. Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. $5.
Vietnamese salad dressing. A tasty condiment used as a salad dressing or dipping sauce. consisting of sugar. rice vinegar. garlic, freshly chopped chilies, fish sauce, water and lime juice. $5.

Fresh Red Fruit Jam, 250g jar. $3.50.

Distance: A Pandemic Cookbook. Spiral bound. $12.

Mujeres Con Exito is the job training branch of Casa Maria Amor, Cuenca’s battered women’s shelter. Food service is one of the areas training is available. The women have specific food items that they can deliver to you on Wednesdays.

Deadline for food order is February 15th, Delivery is February 17th, Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez, Cuenca

Debby Larsen:

Time for your reservation to Jerry Joe Holland concert, Friday

Come on out and hear me perform my newly-revised Blues Show. I will be playing great blues music from multiple regions and eras.

See me at Bistro Yaku (great food).

Show starts at 8 PM, but come early and enjoy the tasty vittles.
Friday February 19th. 8 PM

It's time to make reservations since they are filling up.
There will be a $5 cover

Reservations on WhatsApp: +593 98 748 6890

February 19th, From 8 PM on. Luis Cordero 5-66 y Honorato Vasquez Cuenca, Ecuador


The Amazon Vanilla Company

There are over 250 flavor components in pure vanilla. Artificial vanilla has just one. Our pure Amazon vanilla will make your desserts – Exotic.

We support, source and involve indigenous growers in the Amazon basin of Ecuador to preserve the rainforest ecosystem. Each grower restores or protects the forest canopy.

Check out our story:

February 13, Quito

Carmen: 098 453 4019
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