Covid Antigen testing

I am leaving Ecuador at the end of April and will need a Rapid Antigen test before I go. Can someone tell me where I can the test done in Cuenca? Thanks,

Ann Dodson

Entry requirements to Ecuador

A quick Google search reveals that Ecuador requires a negative PCR test within 10 days of entry, but still random testing at the airports is still possible. Has anyone traveled recently, and can you tell me your experience?

Andrew F Coonce: .

City: Cuenca

Thanks from Lee Hair Salon

Thanks to all my clients who took the time to vote and help obtain the GringoPost Best Hairdresser in Cuenca, it is a big help to keep going especially in these difficult times. Thank you GringoPost for the opportunity you give us business owners. God bless you all. Ligia M. Vega.

Ligia Moscoso: 096 892 1026. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Best rose delivery service – Rosa Linda

The Rosa Linda team would like to thank you for your vote for Best Rose Delivery Service. Since the year we started delivering roses we have received your support. Thank you with a lot of heart, you are always on our mind. All the Rosa Linda team thank you.

Israel Lopez: 096 958 5647. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from Joes’ Secret Garden

We are humbled and proud of the incredible support you have given us for the 2021 “Best of Cuenca” GringoPost readers awards.

Best Fried Chicken
Best Barbecue
Best Dinner with Entertainment

It’s our pleasure and privilege to serve you and are truly grateful for your business and friendship … it makes every week a joy.

We look forward to more wonderful evenings together at this very special place as soon as it’s safe to meet again.

We thank all of our loyal guests, friends, staff and associates for making this job such happy work… we are indeed lucky.

And you … you are the best.

Thank you ….KP and Ken, Joes’ Secret Garden

And a special thanks to the people of GringoPost for hosting this expat community each and every day … you help unite us.

KP: .

City: Cuenca

Free Language Exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Café Lirée (General Torres 8-20) every Saturday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. This event is free, however, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– The exchange will be one on one, 2 people per table, to maintain social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is switching languages every 30 minutes. You decide which language goes first.
– There are only 14 spots, so try to come early.
– Café Lirée is not an “open cafeteria,” however they have all the biosecurity measures and excellent food.

February 27th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, General Torres 8-20 y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena:

Horseback ride in San Joaquin this Sunday, 28 Feb.

Take a break for the day and come with us on an easy ride up into the mountains surrounding San Joaquin.

The ride will take 2-3 hours, finishing for lunch at the family restaurant, Campano Huaico (just up the road from the San Joaquin Golf Club.).

For this Sunday only, we recommend your level of riding to be intermediate/experienced.
(But every other weekend, beginners are very welcome).

Bookings for this Sunday need to be in by Friday 4 PM (today), please.

9 AM: Pick up at Otoronga Plaza or Supermaxi, Las Americas.

9.30 AM: Ride commences from San Joaquin (opposite the JEP Bank, San Joaquin)

12:30 PM (Approx) Lunch is a la carte and not included in the price, but it is a great family priced restaurant, lovely menu and licensed premises.
Check out their facebook page: “Campana Huaico.”

2 PM : Home delivery drop off will be after lunch.

Price: $45

Contact me for more information any time.

Feb 28, from 9 AM to approx 2 PM, $45 ea, San Joaquin opposite JEP Banco, Cuenca.

Jane: 097 879 7350. Call after: 7 AM.

Aerial Cuenca invites …

… to enroll at the following course:

Actoral therapeutic techniques (aimed at people of all ages)

It’s never too late to tread the boards! This acting course offer an introduction to acting in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, classes provide the chance to explore acting technique in a playful, accessible and practical way.

Speak more confidently and overcome shyness, unlock your creativity, sharpen your mind, meet new friends and have fun all at the same time.

This no stress intro to acting class will focus on getting to the students-actors comfortable training and relaxed games, scenes, monologues and lots of fun!

Gabriel Osorio (Actor, singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, director and audiovisual producer, theater and circus worker with more than twenty years of professional career)

The classes taught by Gabriel Osorio consist of learning through the practice of:

– Basic exercises of disciplines such as Yoga, Tai Chi-Chikún, Meditation,
– Aesthetic awareness, Dance, Singing, Body and vocal expression, Silent acting and Panthomimes, Improves
– Scenic games, Analysis and interpretation of literary, theatrical and cinematographic texts) with the intention of motivating the course participants to represent comedy scenes in season of exhibitions open to the public, or simply as a formative approach to multi- knowledge diverse of the performing arts and its benefits for the body, mind and development of individuals.

Duration: The course will initially have an extension of three months (48 hours)

Schedule: Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Start: Classes will start on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Place: The classroom will be located at the headquarters of the Aerial Cuenca Fitness Center academy located in El oro Street between Remigio Crespo avenue and Galapagos street

Cost: The cost of the workshop will be $40 per month and $100 quarterly

Contacts: 099 420 7251,

Sign up:

PS: I have experience working with people from all walks of life.

Let me know what you think. I would be glad to answer questions or talk by phone.

Starting: March 16, during three months, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to noon, $40 monthly or $100 Quarterly, El Oro Street between Remigio Crespo avenue and Galápagos Street, Cuenca.

Gabriel Osorio: 099 420 7251. Call after: 8 AM.

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

New principal conductor of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra debuts with works by Rossini and Mozart.

The maestro Augusto Carrión Rodas (Ecuador) who was appointed on February 18, by the Minister of Culture and Heritage, Julio Bueno Arévalo, as the new principal conductor of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, debuts this Friday, February 26 at 7 PM at the Pumapungo theater with works by Rossini and Mozart. All biosecurity and social distancing measures will be respected. Free admission until the capacity authorized by the Cantonal COE (30%) is filled.

The repertoire includes: The Italian in Algiers, in C Major – Overture by Gioacchino Rossini and The Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 Linz by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Augusto Carrión Rodas – Director of the Symphony Orchestra. Loja-Ecuador. His musical training was carried out at the Salvador Bustamante Celi Conservatory. He served as a teacher at the Cuenca and Quito conservatories, he was a member of the symphonic orchestras of Loja, Cuenca and the national orchestras of Ecuador as principal violist. In 1990 he changed his residence to Mexico, a country where he worked in the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico OSEM with which he toured Europe, China and the United States, Chamber Orchestra of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico . He is the creator and founder of the Toluca City Council String Quartet and the Toluca Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was the first Artistic Director. He was director for the period of 11 years of the Esperanza Azteca Bicentenario Symphony Orchestra and the Esperanza Azteca State Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Toluca.

The Italian in Algiers, in C Major – Overture by Gioacchino Rossini. Premiered on May 22, 1813, at the San Benedetto theater in Venice, The Italian in Algiers is a comic opera by the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini based on the crazy libretto by Angelo Anelli, which was not even original. In this overture, we find very catchy songs with a great capacity to be retained by the public. It earned Rossini an extraordinary success, due to the combination of several elements: on the one hand, the originality and brilliance of the melodies; on the other, for using the resources offered by the orchestra to color and match the voice, especially on wooden instruments; and finally, by the rhythmic liveliness, which generates a continuous sensation of movement.

Funny, funny, witty, catchy would be few adjectives with which we could describe this great overture.

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 Linz by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Linz Symphony, which opens Mozart’s series of five great final symphonies, and which according to the same composer was written in four days during a stopover in the Austrian city of Linz on his and his wife’s way back to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783 to accommodate the announcement of the local count, learning of Mozart’s arrival in Linz, from a concert, certainly shows no signs of a rush. Only a genius like his allowed him to compose a work so beautiful in four days that it has gone down in history as a tribute to this Austrian city, Linz.

We thank our audiences for visiting the Digital Concert Hall on YouTube in which so far we have 44 concerts for all tastes that they can enjoy and share from anywhere on the planet to the time and as many times as you wish.

Find us at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Issuu

Looking for KitchenAid mixer and gas heater

I am looking for any size KitchenAid mixer and gas propane heater. Please let me know if you have them for sale.

Thanks in advance,

Beth: .

City: Cuenca

Khloe – abandoned kitty needs help

Khloe is a sweet 2-year-old female kitty has been abandoned by her owner. Apparently, the owner has gone to the US. She needs either a permanent or foster home as soon as possible. She will be spayed before placement.

Photo to be posted this morning.

Jo Austin: 099 535 7387. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Momma kitty and baby kitten available for adoption

Momma kitty and her three babies were abandoned in a box and left on the side of the road. After being rescued, two of her kittens have since been adopted.

Momma is a 1.5-year-old, spayed, Siamese-Torti mix. Her little daughter is about 3-4 months old and will be ready to be spayed at around 6 months. Both of these beauties are looking for permanent homes. They may be adopted together or separately.

Photos to be posted this morning.

Jo Austin: 099 535 7387. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Perimplant dental office

Doctors Valentina Martinez, Andrea Romero, and Miguel Lugo take the time to treat each patient individually, making sure all of your needs are specifically met. For many years, we have provided care for most Cuenca residents and out of town visitors that are aware of our reputation who want to make sure they are getting nothing but the best.

Schedule your consultation today, and experience the difference of our service and professionalism. We will perform a simple exam and speak to you about your goals for dental treatment. Our staff and doctors will discuss with you our recommendations, helping you make the most educated decision.

Contact the Perimplant Dental Office to make an appointment. Our hours fit your schedule. After all, our practice is centered on your needs! Call us today.

We are located at : Avenida 10 de Agosto and Francisco Moscoso, Bldg Torres de Yanuncay, on the Francisco Moscoso side of the Bldg. Press “A1” 1st floor Suite # 5-30

Telef: 099 590 0289 / 098 413 2456


City: Cuenca

Graphic artist for logo

Need graphic artist to design logo for business cards, banners, etc.


Bob Elliott: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for an expert in Instagram

I want to add images to my Instagram account. One was added today by a friend who was helping. I want to delete it. I read the help menu on Instagram. I couldn’t find the three white dots under the photo I wish to delete. I read the tutorials. I couldn’t see the icons on my home page.
I see my name, logged in. I don’t see my account page with the icon to see the few photos I have posted.

Suzanne Cerny: .

City: Cuenca

Health time – ambulatory care – Ecuador

Health plans Individual $14.50 Owner + one $19.50 Owner + Family $24.99 Outpatient care in the health network, free medication in all our care. Unlimited dental care in the health network. All plans have: Unlimited Emergency Care * without copays. Scheduled Transfers (With reservation of shift). Telemedicine * Unlimited Transfers within the city. * Unlimited and without costs. Home health care in: * Medical consultation without restriction of preexistence. * Medical attention of control. Telefonica Legal Advice. Medical attention for COVID19 09 95309508 // 0988118864 Follow us on: facebook

Address: Cuenca, Cuenca.

Business contact information: 0995309508

Health Time

Chef, kitchen manager for Holistic Hosteria in Paute

We are looking for an experienced kitchen manager/chef to supervise our kitchen staff, organize menus, food inventory and manage group events. Free overnight accommodations are available if you do not want to commute.

TOSA Blue Mountain in Paute, is a beautiful all-inclusive destination resort featuring vegetarian meals, holistic health services, spa and extensive trails and meditation areas. We host retreats for groups and individuals.

Please email with your work history, salary expectations and questions.

Robert: .

City: Cuenca

Mule/Carrier service From USA to Major Cities in Ecuador

Hi Expat Community, I’m offering a new mule/ courier service from USA, to major cities in Ecuador, like Cuenca, Salinas, Manta, Quito, Guayaquil, etc. via packaged courier. Could be clothes, shoes, sneakers, lamps, spices, vitamins, kitchenware, pots and pans, etc. Or anything Legal. Please do not request anything illegal like guns or drugs. Unfortunately, no cell phones. Used laptops are OK.

This is how it works: you tell me what you need and I buy it after you deposit in my account or you buy it online and ship it to my address here in New Jersey 07093. I’m a prime member on Amazon, but you can buy anywhere like Macy’s, Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, etc. Once it gets here you pay for the shipping and it will get to your city in Ecuador within 10 – 15 days for you to pick up. FYI in my locality there’s no tax on shoes and clothes, everything else if I buy in person, tax is only 3.5%. If you or I buy online, tax is 7%. I will send you a receipt.

To give you an example I just bought a house in Salinas and Cuenca and furnished my 2 homes with sheets, towels, smart faucets, smart front door locks, kitchenware, LED lamps. Any tech that you may not find or, is too expensive in Ecuador, I’ll ship it to you. I also helped my friends and collaborators with this offer for the past 5 years and I decided to help the Expat community as well.

If interested please email me or WhatsApp or text me. I’ll answer any questions or concerns regarding price, payment or any other questions you might have. You have many choices of payment in Ecuador via transfer or teller, to my account in banco del Pichincha or banco del Austro. In the US via deposit or transfer to my Chase checking account (You must have a Chase account to deposit cash FYI) thru Zelle, PayPal, Venmo. I will need your full name, your address in Ecuador your cell # and your Cedula #. The Ecuadorian customs requires this info, when your package arrives to your city. The shipping company will text you to retrieve it. Quick reply and tracking of your goods.

Now the most Important Issue you may have? Why should I buy it, ship it to his home and I’ll never see him again or won’t reply? I truly understand the skepticism and distrust, I’m here to help you, I’ve been here for almost 45 years. I own my home and rental properties here in NY/NJ and Florida as well as in Ecuador, I’m also about to retire back home in the next 2 years and I understand when I get down there with my wife it’ll be a bit different and would hate to travel back just to get some new tech or whatever every time if I can’t find in Ecuador.

With that said, I can only say that you can trust me. I’ve learned the culture of honesty, punctuality, respect to others that this great country has taught me, Thanks for your time.

126 62nd st. 7 AM to 8 PM

Freddy Gomez: 001 917 622 5890

Trips in Ecuador…

Do you need a ride to the Guayaquil airport, or are you coming from the airport to cuenca? We can offer you quality transportation and the lowest fees around town in a safe and modern vehicle. Additionally, we can offer tours to various sites of interest, shorter trips around Cuenca, or anywhere in Ecuador you want to go. We have excellent references from other expats, and we’ll gladly provide you with their contact information upon request. Call or write us on WhatsApp at 097 866 2475.

Said Herrera Barroso

Totoracocha, Ciudadela Une 1-55.. Anytime you want, all the time, 24h

Said Herrera Barroso: +593 97 866 2475

Sojo Spa: Two packages await you this week

Let Armando treat you to one or both of these packages to get your hair and face looking their best. Your hands and feet get loving care, too.

Haircut or treatment, color, pedicure and manicure–$50
Microdermabrasion followed by a Casmara facial mask–$45
*Packages are available through Sunday, February 28

Appointments are required to ensure maximum allowed capacity is not violated. Masks are also required. All other bio-security norms are also enforced.

We look forward to helping you look and feel your best.

Camino del Tejar between Sarar y Duco. Monday – Sunday: 8 AM – 6 PM

Armando Sojo: 098 385 7531 Facebook: SojoSpa

Storage space available–

The storage space–in private home–one bedroom on main floor—another space off garage– and another smaller one under the stairs. Clean, secure and easy to access because all are on main floor. This is a private dwelling so 24-hours notice required. The larger space is $50, the other two are $25 each.

Lizardo Abad and Alfonso Jaramillo Leon) off 1 er de Mayo. Available now

Barbie Simmons:

Problems with internet, phone, electricity, water, healthcare bills?

I am a law student at the University of Cuenca, I have finished all my courses and am writing my thesis, so almost-but-not-quite a lawyer. I can help you with any difficulties you are having with billing (facturas) for internet service, phone plans, electricity or water bills, coordination between hospitals and health insurance plans, etc.

I can take a look at your current internet or cell phone plan and see if there is a cheaper alternative. I am not a health insurance agent and do not represent insurance companies, but if you are having difficulties in communicating with a private insurance company and your agent isn’t being helpful, I can advocate on your behalf to get the health care benefits that you have paid for.

Internet and cell phone service providers periodically lower their monthly charges for internet packages, but existing customers must ask for the new, lower prices to receive them. Otherwise, the company will keep billing you at your originally contracted rate. Some ETAPA water customers are suddenly receiving bills of $90 or more after months of paying the normal $12-$15.

Do you need an advocate to fight for you in the event of billing errors? Do you just need someone to call your internet provider to report outages or slow internet or to request that a repair team come to your house to check the connection? I am not a technology expert and do not troubleshoot internet problems, but can help you with dealing with the internet provider to report slow internet or internet outages.

I recently assisted a same sex couple to JEP who were having difficulty opening a joint bank account (the U.S. marriage certificate was not accepted). I accompanied them to the Registro Central to get their marriage registered in Ecuador, and we then returned to the bank to open the joint bank account. The constitutional law in Ecuador has changed but sometimes businesses and banks have not yet updated their procedures to reflect the new law. My law school classes covered LGBTI legal matters in Ecuador and I am happy to assist expats with LBGTI questions.

I charge $10 an hour, but if it takes more than two hours to resolve your problem, there is a discount of 20%, to $8 an hour (so four hours would be $32). If we need to travel in person to an office and a taxi is needed, that will be extra (but is usually minimal). Let me be your advocate!

I will come to you, or we can meet in Cuenca. To be determined by mutual agreement

Paulia Urgiles: 098 890 7549

Shipping and receiving cargo to U.S.A. port of Miami

We are receiving cargo to go to U.S.A. port of Miami, any type of articles, from huge items and or very heavy items to small ones as well. Cargo arrives at our Warehouse in Miami and you can either pick the articles there or we can deliver to any State within the U.S.A.

Mirtos 708 y Ficus. March 2021

Luis: 099 092 2662

Jorge Tosi sends thanks, apology and great news!

Jorge Tosi – Grand Master of Gizmos and Rajah of Repairs – wishes to thank so many loyal customers who have this year become dear friends. He apologizes for any inconvenience or delays caused by the sudden and unanticipated move to a new (and improved!) location.

Jorge looks forward to serving all your repair needs with more enthusiasm and efficiency than ever before at his new locale – corner of El Tejar and Los Cerezos. Just a few doors up from Arnadano Super Despensa (Heading out of town on Ordonez Lasso, turn right at the light just past Hotel Oro Verde and head up the hill.) Whatever the problem, Jorge and his family look forward to making it all better… and quickly.

El Tejar and Los Cerezos.

Jeff Salz: 098 410 8678

Let’s go to the Jungle

Hello adventurers,

We started this year with our first jungle tour with total success. Our passengers were happy to meet, enjoy and do different outdoor activities.

We have decided to establish three new dates for the tour, so you can plan your vacations and do not miss this great adventure with your family or friends. This is an organized tour for small groups, no more than 15 people for a 6 days / 5 nights trip.

In our trip to the jungle, we combine visits to the Andes and Jungle. We will stay at Suchipakari Ecolodge in Misahualli and we will enjoy hiking in the rainforest, learn more about the Quichua culture, and navigate the waters of the beautiful Napo River. On our way to the jungle, we will visit Baños de Ambato and the Chimborazo volcano, on the way back to Cuenca.

March 14th – 19th, 2021
April 18th – 23rd, 2021
May 16th – 21st, 2021

Day 1:
– Depart from Cuenca to Baños de Agua Santa – Activities at night
Day 2:
– Waterfalls Trail – “Pailon del Diablo” waterfall.
– Check in Suchipakari Lodge – Activities in the Lodge – Hiking
Day 3:
– Suchipakari Lodge: Hiking in the Jungle and visit to a Quichua communities
Day 4:
– Suchipakari Lodge: We will cross the wonderful Ecuadorian jungle in the waters of the Napo River. Contact with the wild life close to the river and the lagoon.
– Chocolate demonstration, artisanal elaboration techniques
Day 5:
– Free AM – Time to relax
– Transfer from Suchipakari to Riobamba.
Day 6:
– Visit to The Chimborazo Volcano – Hiking to the second refuge!
– Transfer to Cuenca.

Prices from: $668 per person
**The tour will be confirmed with a minimum of 8 people registered 7 days before the departure date with a 50% deposit.

***To get the full itinerary and photos or you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me: Marithza Cuenca: / Mobil and WhatsApp: +593 099 960 4870

This rate includes:

* Bilingual guide (English – Spanish) all time with the group and also a native guide in Suchipakari Lodge
* Private transport all time with the group
* Hotel accommodation – Tourist superior class
* Breakfast per night of accommodation
* Meals (specified in the program)
* Entrance fee to all visitor sites listed on itinerary
* Activities, 24/7 assistance, taxes
* Biosafety protocols

Not included:

• Meals (Except those specified in the program – 03 lunch / 01 dinner)
• Beverage or alcoholics drinks
• Tips and personal expenses

Note: Due to the current situation and for the safety of all our travelers, we request a negative antigen test (swab) performed 36 hours before departure day.

Misahualli, Tena. March, April and May

Marithza Cuenca: 099 960 4870

Haircuts and hair coloring in your home – men and women

Thank you for all your kind donations to my GoFundMe campaign, it is ongoing. If you wish to read more about it or contribute, the link is

I will come to your home with mask, gloves and alcohol and cut your hair for $10. For two persons at the same location, $15. No charge for travel within the central historical district. If you live in a location where I will need to take a taxi, then there will be an extra, minimal charge for round-trip taxi.

I also can do coloring, highlights and other hair care.

Request an appointment today via text message to WhatsApp or by email. WhatsApp 098 890 7549, or e-mail to

In your home. By appointment

Paulina Urgiles

Blinds and curtains. Tymarq creative home, home delivery

We are Tymarq creative home. We make curtains and blinds. We give you a free estimate and bring you the catalog, with sanitary precautions and guaranteed service.

– Construction and interior design
– Curtains and blinds to measure
– Maintenance and repair
– Home automation and motor systems
– Wallpaper
– 3D Panels
– Synthetic grass and vertical garden
– Carpets
– Floating floor

** Check the fan page:

Address: Luis Cordero 10-21 and Gran Colombia. Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM

Andrea Carrión / Luis Velasco: 093 909 3911

CDSA health care services

We provide professional and quality health care services at your door.

Our services include:

* Medical consultations
* Professional medical translators available for in person/online doctor’s appointments
* English to Spanish-Spanish to English translation
* Recreational therapy
* Palliative care
* Specialized Geriatric care
* Laboratory services
* Administration of medical treatments and control of vital signs
* Personal Hygiene and assisted comfort at home
* We also offer Natural Medicine services
* Massages
* Physiotherapy

Spanish: 096 740 2790 ( Eva)
English: 098 118 3867 ( Harsha)

Cuenca. Every day, time depending on the services

We take care of health CDSA S.A.S: Harsha: 098 118 3867. Eva: 096 740 2790.

Pet sitters: Mateo and Elizabeth (Vet students)

Hello, We are Mateo Ñauta Díaz and Elizabeth Gavilanes. We are pet lovers and have many recommendations from Ecuadorians and Americans about of service.

We care for your pets (dogs, cats or any pet) in your home, enabling your pets to remain in their familiar space without stress. We are vet students at Cuenca’s University (Mateo in the last year and Elizabeth in the third), completely prepared to do that job and any special request, all with a low cost.

Cuenca. Any time

Elizabeth Gavilanes: 099 848 1355

A rural day at Bellavista. Sunday, February 28th

If you like nature and countryside activities, visit Bellavista with us, in our special tour. Our previous visits to explore this area were very successful. Now we offer a new outing for Sunday, February 28th.

Don’t miss this experience with Mother Earth. This visit offers you fun experiences full of history, traditions, landscapes, rivers, mountains, and organic gardens. Ideal for connecting with “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). We begin with the Chakana or Andean Cross Ceremony, an ancestral ritual for the renewal of the spirit, a link between man and nature.

After this wonderful experience, we will visit an artisan brewery, where we will learn about the elaboration of the “Cantana” beer, whose main ingredient is water from the mountains of the Cajas National Park. Includes tasting.

Then, Doña Blanquita welcomes us to her organic garden where we find vegetables, fruits, legumes, aromatic plants, or medicinal herbs among other varieties, where we will harvest organic products.

Next stop a place with height, “the Mirador de la Cabaña” located at 3,000 m.a.s.l. ideal for photography, relaxation, and distraction of our mind watching a beautiful landscape of mountain and city.

Lunchtime, delicious food made with products from the garden, in a homely place and friendly people. Then we will practice the traditional game “el topeteo del sambo”, an ancestral game that was practiced for fun in some rural communities. Sambo is a vegetable grown in the gardens.

Last but not less, we will visit a private orchid garden, where its owner tells us how she dedicated herself to the planting of beautiful orchids while we tour her garden.

Includes: – Transportation – Professional local tourism guide – Artisan beer tasting – Lunch “from the garden to the table” – Local souvenir – Activities described in the itinerary. Rate per person: $39.

The tour will be confirmed with a minimum of 5 people registered until Friday, February 26th Not included: accommodation, extra food, travel insurance, tips, services not mentioned in the itinerary.

Reserve your space and enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience.

Bellavista – Sayausi.

Maria Lazo: 099 975 0193

Garden design and maintenance

Winner as the best Gardener GringoPost 2021 *****
Leonardo’s Five Star Landscaping Service.
We offer weekly or monthly garden maintenance service.
Available for any size job and for any kind of project in Cuenca.
If you need gardening supplies or firewood? We can do it. You didn’t come here just to live, you came to thrive and your life and home should reflect that. Fill your home and yard with plants. We speak English, understand the value of being on time and on budget. Give us a try you won’t regret it.

We deliver many types of gardening supplies, set up your garden and deliver firewood, for those cold Cuenca nights. Below are some of the items I can deliver to your home and help you set up and maintain the garden of your dreams.

• Rich black planting soil
• Organic fertilizer
• Healthy outdoor and indoor plants
• Decorative garden rock
• Large ceramic pots
• Vegetable starter plants
• Seeds, vegetable and fruit
• Herbs, baby plants of rosemary, basil, thyme and more
• Gardening tools, hoses, all supplies for your gardening needs
• Firewood delivered and stacked

You satisfaction is guaranteed
Please note: my new cell phone number: 096 904 8247
Whats App 096 904 8247


Leonardo: 096 904 8247

Recommendation for Isabel Mosquera, facilitator

We just got our permanent visas and Isabel exceeded our expectations. For our temporary, we used a different facilitator who we could not recommend. This experience, however, was painless as we never went to Azogues, airport, etc. She handled it all. She confidently guarantees her work and does not collect her fee until you have your visa. This is the true mark of an honest business person. She was up front about her (lowest price we could find) flat fee and there were no surprises. She is bilingual English/Spanish and has her own car. No additional driver/translator to pay.

Address: Contact Isabel via WhatsApp or email

Contact information: 099 960 3663

Recommended by Danielle Lino:

Smoke and Bones Sunday BBQ and Fried Chicken Special

This Sunday, in addition to my popular slow-smoked BBQ ribs and sausage, I will feature my famous Southern-fried all-white-meat chicken meal. Served with sides of ham-and-onion green beans, mashed potatoes and a biscuit, my fried chicken meal has been a staple of Cuenca’s home delivery scene for the last 4 years. Order by Saturday at noon for delivery on Sunday between 3 and 6 PM.

Fried chicken meal: $9
Half-rack ribs: $9
Full-rack ribs: $18
Smoked sausage: $2 per link
Mashed potatoes, mac-and-cheese or green beans: $4 per pint
Texas-style chili: $7 per pint
Breakfast patty sausage: $6 per half lb
Pickled jalapenos and carrots: $6 per jar
Bone Broth (Beef, Chicken or Pork): $10 per liter

All BBQ entrees are delivered with fresh bread of the week and homemade BBQ sauce.

This Sunday February 28th from 3 to 6 PM, Smoke and Bones delivery only

Smoke and Bones: 096 951 7977

Chicken confit, with macaroni and cheese and coleslaw $8

Hello amigos
It’s Friday.
Come and enjoy:
Chicken Confit, with macaroni and cheese and coleslaw $8
BBQ rib with mashed potato or French fries and salad $8.50
Fish and chips, coleslaw $8

February 26th from noon to 9 PM, Roberto Aguilar and 3 de Noviembre (one block from Otorongo plaza)

Mauricio: 098 704 2538

Sourdough bread in Cuenca

Hi everybody, we are International Bakery and we offer a variety of sourdough bread made in wood oven:

– Ciabatta
– wholemeal
– with nuts and cranberries
– with turmeric
– baguette
– Rye
– Barley multiseeds
– sweet croissants
– Bagels
– Cinnamon rolls
– Purple corn
– Pumpernickel
… and more

Make your order 1 day before.

From Monday to Saturday from 8:30 AM to 7 PM, Juan Jaramillo 5-18 and Mariano Cueva street

Gabriela: 093 964 7798

Mujeres Con Exito, Wednesday delivery

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

— 8 Barbecue wings 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. Served with Mashed potatoes and salad. $12.
— 1 Liter Minestrone soup. Special recipe of Chef Bruce Wilkins, who has taught our Chef Arlin to make this delicious soup. $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 March 1st, Delivery is March 3rd, Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez, Cuenca

Debby Larsen:

This weekend at the new Jazz Society Café


Greek yogurt and granola bowl $4.50

Sourdough Pancakes
(2pcs) $3
(3pcs) $4

Croissant Breakfast Sandwich $4.50
(2 eggs, bacon, avocado)
served with seasonal fruits

Jazz Omelet $5.50
(2 egg omelet with kale, bacon bits, black olives, cherry tomatoes)
Served with multi grain toast and seasonal fruits

Jazz Scrambled Eggs $5.50
(2 egg omelet with kale, bacon bits, black olives, cherry tomatoes)
Served with multi grain toast and seasonal fruits

Cinnamon Bun and Coffee $3

Lunch Special $5.50

Meatloaf Lunch
with mashed potatoes and green beans

Tamale Pie Lunch
with chips, guac, salsa and sour cream

Southern Fried Chicken Lunch
with mashed potatoes and green beans

House salad with balsamic vinaigrette or creamy garlic dressing $5
with butter garlic shrimp $8
with grilled chicken breast $8
Japanese Salad with carrot ginger dressing $5
with Tonkatsu or Torikatsu $8

Shrimp Tempura $8
Mixed Shrimp & Veggie Tempura $8
Veggie Tempura $8

Nigiri Sampler (Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Tamago)
Simple $5
Double $9
Salmon Sushi Roll $9
Tempura Sushi Roll (Langostino/Prawn) $9
Vegetarian Sushi Roll $8

Filet Lunch
Filet Mignon with balsamic glaze $14
served with mashed potatoes or herb potatoes, roasted mixed veggies (cauliflower, carrots, zucchini and sweet peppers)

Salmon Lunch
Crispy-skin Salmon with dill chili mango sauce $12
served with mashed potatoes or herb potatoes, grilled asparagus, honey glazed carrots.

Express delivery via WhatsApp

Friday to Sunday Feb. 26 to 28 9:30 AM to 3 PM, Los Cedros y Los Claveles a block north from Ordonez Lasso

Deborah Degamo: 096 322 3377 or 098 945 6051

Last minute Ecogalaxy cruise ship, March 2 to 6 and March 6 to 11

March 2 to 6, $899 per person 5 days 4 nights


AM San Cristobal: Airport (San Cristobal)
PM San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island
AM Santa Fe Island: Santa Fe
PM South Plazas Island: South Plaza
AM Seymour Island: Seymour Island
PM Mosquera Island: Mosquera
AM Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
PM Bartolome Island: Bartolome Island
AM Santa Cruz Island: Highland
PM Baltra Island: Airport (Baltra)

March 6 to 11 $1199, 6 days 5 nights March 6 to 11 (We have 4 spaces)

Itinerary B

Saturday PM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
Sunday AM: Isabela:Moreno Point
PM: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
Monday AM: Isabela: Urbina Bay
PM: Isabela:Tagus Cove
Tuesday AM: Fernandina: Espinoza Point
PM: Isabela: Vicente Roca Point
Wednesday AM: Santiago: Egas Port
PM: Rabida: Rabida
Thursday AM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove

It includes:

– Airfare to/from Galapagos
– Naturalist Guides certified by the Galapagos National Park
– Meals specified in the itinerary
– Accommodation on the EcoGalaxy First Class Catamaran
– 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:

– Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $6
– $10 per person Transportation Airport – Canal / Canal – Airport ($5 per way per passenger)
– Ingala Card $20
– Services not mentioned
– Tips

Payment policies, changes or cancellations

Payment of 100% at the time of confirmation of the reservation.
– Payment via paypal, credit card, cash or transfer.
– If the passenger cannot travel for issues related to Covid, you can change the date of travel without any charge.
– Offer does not apply refund only applies change of date.

Please feel free to contact by me my personal email: or to my number 098 174 8742.

I will be really happy to answer your questions anytime about this trip.

March, Guayaquil Ecuador

Jessica Gabriela Verdezoto Martinez

Double D’s: What is Greek Chicken Pasta?

Double D's
Double D’s

We’ve already had a lot of interest in next week’s Greek inspired menu. Here are more detailed descriptions of the pasta dish and the tuna salad to help you make your decision:

Greek Chicken Pasta: chicken and pasta are mixed with spinach, tomatoes, red and yellow bell pepper (cut large enough to pick out), and mushrooms then tossed with an ooey, gooey, creamy, cheesy sauce. All of this is topped with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese then baked to a golden brown.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad: Tuna mixed with olives, radishes, hearts of palm, celery, cucumbers (peeled & seeded), cherry tomatoes, and green onions tossed with a light, lemony vinaigrette.

As a reminder, here’s the rest of the menu and ordering details.

Greek Chicken Pasta: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Mediterranean Tuna Salad: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Fig Bars: $3 each
Rice Pudding (Rizogalo): $6/lb (2-3 servings)

Orders are due by 3 PM on Tuesday, March 2. When placing your order, please include the following information.

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

Pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery is available Thursday or Friday, March 4 or 5 between 9 AM and 2 PM. Once all of the orders are received, we’ll be able to confirm a more specific time frame. Delivery is free for orders of at least $25.

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

Deb and Dawn

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

Double Ds Delights: 096 802 2874 (after 8 AM, English only); 096 802 2545 (after 8 AM, Spanish and English) Facebook: Double D’s Delights Cuenca

Meat lasagna + free dessert $6.95 – Chef Narcissa

Don’t miss our special this week: meat lasagna with salad and garlic bread + free dessert for $6.95

Dessert options include:

– Cheesecake
– Mocha Walnut Pie
– Apple Crisp
– Death by Chocolate cake

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: Mac and Cheese, Buddha Bowl, Meatloaf…

We have 4-portion trays of lasagna:

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

*Please order your lasagna at least 3 hours in advance

They all come with delicious homemade garlic bread.

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.

Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 9 PM, Cuenca

Josellys: 099 262 4044

Chinese Gourmet Bistro Friday

* Sesame chicken: smooth and rich, unmistakable nutty sesame finish
* Sweet and Sour pork or chicken: tang, sweet and spice

Simple fresh ingredients, hand ground five spice, and authentic crafted finishings make these gringo-Chinese legends pop with gourmet flair. You won’t forget or find better in Cuenca. Served with steamed rice. (Gen. Tso coming soon!)
Dinner sized portion (2 persons): $12

Feb 26, (Fridays) lunch thru dinner, Mariscal Sucre y Coronel Guillermo Talbot

Andreas: 098 398 2821