How to get Covid Test before departure to USA (3 days in advance)

Hello, I am going to the USA shortly and am required to have a negative covid test with my name on it and it needs to be done 3 days before I leave or at least the date of the test needs to be no more than 3 days before my departure. If anyone knows where I can get a covid test and the results immediately, please let me know.

If you have experience with this, I’d really appreciate if you contacted me.



Visa waiting period

Hello expat community. I’m waiting for visa in Consulate of Ecuador in US, after my Attorney in Cuenca filed my paperwork to Consulate by the electronic system month ago and I got conformation number about it by email. But after waiting 3 weeks I called to Consulate and they do not see me in the system. Attorney advised to wait, just wait. Please any info about:1. How long approximately waiting time from date of conformation number (w/out app data) and get visa in US? 2. Does my documents correctly filed to Consulate in US or not to Ministerio Migracion in Quito and than Quito will send approved document to Consulate, where I get visa just by formal procedure? How it’s work correctly? Unfortunately I didn’t get any details from Attorney. I will appreciate for some explanations. G-d bless all.


City: Cuenca

Organic cotton t-shirts?

Good morning,

Where could I purchase organic cotton t-shirts in Cuenca?

Thank you,


Senior living

Most who read this forum probably know that, as far as I know, the first “Senior Living Facility” opened recently in, I think, Challuabamba. I took a look at the website, and it looks like a lovely place and at $1500 per month for one or $2750 for two, it would be a bargain compared to what something similar would cost in the USA.

Of course, for someone already here, $1500 sounds like a lot of many given that you can rent an apartment and hire someone to help take care of you, probably, for a much lower number. However, if you compare the cost of assisted living, independent living or other “life styles” in the USA, it seems like a real bargain.

There are many days I ask myself why more places this haven’t come along. If you think about the 75 plus million baby boomers in the USA and how many of them are struggling, why hasn’t this become more common an alternative to the $7 or $8 grand a month similar places in the USA might cost?

We came here with the intent of creating a multi-purpose, residential community where people could live, play, and if they wanted to, work. For the first four years we lived in Cuenca, we worked for companies in the USA. The concept was simple: If you could work from home, home could be anywhere.

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WhatsApp messages

Is there an easy way to send a WhatsApp message to someone who is not in your contact list?


Body is looking for a Beautiful home Mom or dad !!

Beautiful puppy available for responsible adoption. His mother was adopted from the street and was pregnant. The babies were born healthy and he is vaccinated, dewormed and is the only one with the mother. His brothers have already been adopted. He is a beautiful baby. You will not resist his charms. He looks for a forever home and a lot of love like her current mothers have given her.
Contact me if you need a little love.
Contact me for the most beautiful photos. You will fall in love.

Monica Gonzaga: .

City: Cuenca

Social service – vaccination in Ecuador

The Ecuadorian government has made available a website where seniors have to register in order to get vaccinated. At Ulloa & Zamora we are offering our services – free of charge- Wednesday and Thursdays from 4 to 5 PM. Please call or send us an email to schedule an appointment.

Note: We ask you to be patient since the website has been having some issues.


Lina: 07 410 3588. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Paco’s Blues Common Grounds, 1st Saturday night live, Mar 27

Common Grounds is starting a new music series of live music on Saturday night.

First up, Paco’s Blues on Saturday March 27th.

Be there or be square y’all.

Music kicks off at 7 PM and goes till later on.

It’s gonna be a great night… looking forward to seeing you there.

This event will have attendance limitations due to Covid restrictions. Come early to be sure to get in.

Saturday March 27th from 7 PM till later on, $5, Common Grounds: Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world. We play Sunday, March 21, starting at Noon to 2 PM (weather permitting). We will set up this Sunday at Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel.
We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

Come join us.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)

Sunday, March 21, starting at Noon to 2 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel, Cuenca.


Just do it: Invitation to meditate with Shambhala from home

There are only two mistakes one can make in the path toward truth: not starting, and not finishing.

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10.30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

Online meditation sessions are available at

To practice online regularly with a group, you can also visit

Contact , and visit us online at and Facebook:

If you would like to use it, the form we use at Shambhala Cuenca is outlined below, and you can search “Donna Williams Meditation” for instructions on YouTube, or contact us for instructions.

Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Practice:

Note that times and practices noted are commonly used, but shorter or longer times are beneficial too. Do what feels right to you.

– Opening prayer or recitation.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Walking meditation, 15 minutes.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Closing prayer or recitation.

Start with an attitude of friendliness and loving kindness toward yourself. Then, if you’re able, take an upright posture, on a cushion on the floor or in a chair, with the spinal column vertical. Notice your body sensations and be aware of any feelings that arise (such as anxiety, tiredness, anger, passion, boredom, indifference, etc.). Begin to completely identify with your natural breathing, in and out, maintaining some awareness of your body/posture. When thoughts or emotions arise, taking you away from the present moment, you simply notice them, without any judgement. Simply label the thought/emotion as “thinking” and return to awareness of your body breathing. Sitting meditation is a practice of simply being, touching into your awareness of that being, and letting go without trying to attain anything.

For walking meditation, take the same approach, except place attention on your feet as they touch the earth, and your legs moving through space. Join the hands at waist level and walk at a speed only slightly slower than normal (see photo).

Traditionally it’s believed that merit is accrued by meditating. In Shambhala, we dedicate this merit to the benefit of all beings, using the closing text below. Feel free to use it, or any other of your choosing:

“May basic goodness dawn;
May the confidence of goodness be eternal;
May that goodness be all-victorious;
May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory.”

“By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.”

Links for instructions:

Meditation instructions are available free online with Senior Teacher Donna Williams at

Pema Chodron Guided Meditation —

Sunday March 21 10.30 AM, free – donations to relief organizations are highly encouraged, your house., Cuenca.

Paul: +592 98 284 8203 with WhatsApp and Text. Call after: 9 AM.

St. Christopher YouTube – Evening Prayer online

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

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

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



Vision Statement
St. Christopher Episcopal Mission

In the future, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission (SCEM), in a collaborative successful partnership with Mision Sagrada Familia, will be a welcoming gathering place, a spiritual center in Cuenca and the surrounding neighborhood of a theologically humble group of believers worshipping God, meeting Jesus and demonstrating the practical love of Jesus to members, visitors and the poor.

Through action, SCEM will demonstrate what it means to be a follower of Jesus with a commitment to serve those in need by doing good works quietly, without fanfare or notice while fulfilling the question “what would Jesus do”?

SCEM will be a growing force for good in the community, known for outreach ministry.

SCEM, with the help of a Priest will offer Christian educational activities for spiritual growth through liturgical worship, group discussions, learning, and education filled with the Spirit of God’s love for us in our loving hearts and minds.

Visitors will experience Christ centered individuals within an inclusive, multi-cultural, bi-lingual, and multi-generational worshipping community of believers, with close bonds between members, committed to social justice while helping others.

SCEM offers an Episcopal liturgical worship service and experience to the community.

Sunday’s after 5 PM or anytime, free, YouTube:, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

Looking for a full address of Servientrega in Cuenca

I need to have something sent to Servientrega in Cuenca but I do not have an address. I need a full address. If someone could help me I would be very grateful. I think there are more than one. I remember seeing one on Jose Peralta but I am not sure and do not have the address to that office.


Lee: 093 976 2792. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for a tough glue product — like Gorilla Glue in US

I appreciate the name of a reliable ferreteria that sells this product or personal recommendation for a tough all-purpose glue like Gorilla Glue. I always bring some back — it is handy here but ran out and need more now.

Thank you.

Susan: 096 841 9412 WhatsApp only. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for Monterey Jack cheese

I have many recipes that call for Monterey Jack cheese. Does anyone know if it is sold in Cuenca?

Susan Moore: 098 083 4851. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Ceramic Sculpture classes (update)

Artist Dogmos (a.k.a Juan José Cobos)

This type of course is more free (no experience needed), for those who want to create their own ideas, you can tell me what you are interested in and the class will be about what each person is seeking to develop, my focus is ceramic sculpture so I teach different modeling techniques with ceramics to create objects and sculptures, without the use of wheel or molds, only with your hands.

General Goal: 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 or glazes.

What we could create:

• Animal Mask or every type of mask.
• Incense Holders with faces, or patterns like feathers.
• Flute with animal or fruit shape
• Pipe of any animal or character possible.
• Plant Pot of any kind.
• Vases with faces, or with any pattern.
• 45cm height sculptures of any animal, plant or character.
• Ceramic dolls
• The options are infinite….

You can take four, up to twelve classes per month. Each class has duration of one and a half to two hours. The number of pieces that you can make depends on the days you take. My personal recommendation is to work two classes minimum each week so you can work more freely and with continuity.

Plan A: 4 Monthly classes – 1 per week. One Utility Ceramic, or one small Sculpture or mask.
Plan B: 8 Monthly classes 2 per week. Two masks or One large sculpture (45cm).
Plan C: 12 Monthly classes 3 per week for advanced sculptural modeling.
$156. You get an apron for free.

What does the price of the course cover:
• Materials: Black, terracota clay, slips and glazes.
• Basic tools (Part of the workshop goods).
• Apron gift (just for plan)
• 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.


Group 1: 8 to 10 AM
Group 2: 11 AM to 1 PM
Group 3: 6 to 8 PM

From Wednesday to Friday.
@ Taller La Montaña en el Mar
Isabela St. 2-39 A, between Floreana St. and Española St.

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.

If you take 12 classes the price is $13, if you take 8 classes it is $14, and if you take 4 classes it is $16 every class. Every price is for instruction, materials and firing in kiln.

You can pay cash, bank deposit or transfer. If you pay until the 5th of April, you get the early bird discount and every class will be $13 (it won’t matter if you take 4 or 8 classes). Plan A will cost $52 and Plan B will cost $104.

April’s course will begin on the 7th of April. Hope you can come and create great things.

April 7th from 8 to 10 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM and 6 to 8 PM, $64. Isabela 2-39A, Cuenca.

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

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)

Looking for a job in the restaurant and catering business

I have more than 20 years of experience internationally, in hotel, restaurant, and bartending. In Cuenca, I have 2+ years of experience at Hotel Oro Verde. At the international level, I have more than 15 years of experience in several highly prestigious restaurants and bars in New York City: Pompei Restaurant and Caterers, Le Marmita, etc.

My working ethic is strict and on point, working hours are not an issue for both part time and full time.

My English comprehension is up to date in both speaking and writing.

Call: 096 934 3048
WhatsApp: 096 391 3839

Cornelio Criollo: 096 934 3048. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mule/courier package from USA to 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. 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 12 – 16 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.

Freddy H Gomez: 001 917 622 5890

Good prices, great discounts, and a professional Spanish teacher

Get a free first lesson, downloadable content, dynamic and engaging classes, and the best Spanish lessons that you can find, taught by a native Ecuadorian, with 15 plus years of experience teaching the language to hundreds of people from around the world.

Book your free first lesson today, let’s talk about your Spanish goals, if you want to learn so that you can travel freely, get to know your neighbors, hold a conversation with a local or socialize better, we have the method for you.

Give us a call today.


Carolina Machuca: 098 210 3187

Nebraska hypoallergenic steam cleaning

Experts on steam cleaning all type of fabrics in Cuenca. 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

1 de Mayo

Freddy Delgado: 093 937 9979

Sojo Spa–it’s all about your hair this week

With the rainy weather, it’s time to add some brightness and color to your world. This week’s special will do just that.

Color, highlight, cut, and style–$45

Appointments are required (Monday – Sunday: 8 AM – 6 PM) 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 al Tejar between Sarar y Duco

Armando Sojo: 098 385 7531
Facebook: SojoSpa

Personal assistant

Hi, my name is Anny. I am seeking a position as a personal assistant. I have bilingual secretary experience, organizational and computer skills, problem-solving ability, a pleasant personality, and a good work ethic. Services can include a wide variety of tasks such as: accompanying you to medical appointments, translation, interpreter, pet sitter, dog walker, housekeeping, cleaning, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss your specific situation and what services you need. I have excellent references and they can be made available on request. Cuenca 096 270 4783,

Buenos Aires, Sayausi. Cuenca.
096 270 4783

Anny Gonzalez

Great discounts, work with a professional Spanish teacher

Get a free first lesson, downloadable content, dynamic and engaging classes, and the best Spanish lessons that you can find, taught by a native Ecuadorian, with 15 plus years of experience teaching the language to hundreds of people from around the world.

Book your free first lesson today, let’s talk about your Spanish goals, if you want to learn so that you can travel freely, get to know your neighbours, hold a conversation with a local or socialize better, we have the method for you.

Give us a call today.


Carolina Machuca: 098 210 3187

Transportation services with English speaking driver

Greetings; expat-community, tourists, tour companies and everyone:
I provide completely legal, insured, and safe transportation throughout the whole country of Ecuador. I can service one passenger up to 40 passengers at a time.
The cars are completely sanitized.

My services include:

– Pick up and drop off to any airport (Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca)
– Transfer to and from any airport – (Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca)
– Taking you to other towns
– Driving you to any immigration office (Machala, Guayaquil, Azogues)
– Running any type of errands needed
– Facilitator (for shopping, doctor’s appointments, legal matters, driver’s license)
– we can deliver anything to your house.

Our insured and safe transportation services offer the use of a bus, car, SUV, pickup truck, or cab.

Note: This service is completely legal, safe, and insured transportation (it comes with free passenger’s insurance).

Available 24/7
Please feel free to contact me for a free quote at any time.

Many recommendations of my services can be found on:

FB exclusive transportation with Nestor Reinoso

GringoPost/recommendations/drivers/Nestor Reinoso.

Kind regards,

Av. 3 de Noviembre 1-56 (Plaza Ortorongo) Cuenca, EC ​.

Nestor Reinoso:
WhatsApp 096 742 1444 – – 099 623 9495. USA. 914 230 5429
Fb exclusive transportation with Nestor Reinoso

Going to Cuenca and Salinas on May 19th, 2021 for mule service

Hi Expats, I’ll be arriving in Guayaquil on May 19th, 2021 then going to Salinas for a few days then Cuenca, I have room for some expensive items if you like me to bring them to you, like cell phones and laptops, etc. Please contact me if interested I’ll send them to you via Servientrega or deliver in person. It must arrive at my home the latest May 17th, or 18th.

Address: 126 62nd St, outside of Ecuador.

Freddy H Gomez: 001 917 622 5890

Leaks, soggy walls, wet ceilings?

With all the downpours we’ve had in the last month, it would be no surprise if you found a problem in your residence – the bed is wet because the ceiling leaked; there is mold around a hole in your back room where water drips every time it rains; a wall has a big wet spot. These are just some of the after-effects one might experience. We can help.

At H.M. Construction, Emilio of All Trades, we don’t just repair leaks. Remember, we are the source for multiple professional resources: computer repair, installation or repair of fencing or heated flooring, plumbing, metal working, repairing walls, ceilings, roofs, or tiles, door locks, doing surveys, doing carpentry, making and installing window screens, and cement work. Just call to see what we can do for you. We can even remodel your home, making it more accessible, if need be.

Hope you’ll call me if you need anything in 2021. And if you need a driver, call me. I’m here to help.

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

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

A rural day at Bellavista. Sunday, March 21st

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, March 21st. 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.

– 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 Saturday, March 20th at noon.

Not included: accommodation, extra food, travel insurance, tips, services not mentioned in the itinerary.

Reserve your space and enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience.

Sayausi – Bellavista

Business contact information

Maria Lazo: 099 975 0193

Ruta del Sol tourist tour

We offer a tourist package for the route of the sun to three beautiful beaches of the Ecuadorian coast, Montañita, Olon, Ayampe. 1 night, 2 days. With biosafety measures.

Package Included:

– Private round trip transportation (With respective stops to go to the bathroom)
– Breakfast (Both days)
– Lunch (Both days)
– Snack (Both days)
– Dinner (Arrival day)
– Hydration
– Surf lessons
– Photos of the tour and video. With professional cameras, For the memory.
– Stay in a hotel with private bathroom, air conditioning, hot water, and wifi. Near the sea.

– Trip departure: Sunday April 4, from Cuenca to Montañita.
– Return trip: Monday, April 5, from Montañita to Cuenca.

– Private Tours limited places only for 10 people, friends, couples, family.
Price per person: $200
– Reservations 50% in advance. The other 50% boarding the transport unit.
information through our Gmail.

Centro Cuenca


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.

Saturday, April 3rd, and Sunday, April 4th.


— Private Transportation
— Bilingual speaking professional guide (English – Spanish)
— Native guide
— 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

Does not include:
– Extra meals
– Extra drinks
– Personal expenses
– Tips

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

For any questions or if you would like detailed information about the itinerary please do not hesitate to contact me

Provincia del Chimborazo

Maria del Cisne: 099 975 0193

Trip to USA

We will be leaving on March 28, for Dallas and returning on May 5th. It looks like the rules are changing for traveling so, hopefully, we will be able to get the Covid vaccine on this trip.

If you have something you would like to send to the USA, let me know and if you have something you want brought back, feel free to get in touch. This might be the last trip for a while. Airline fares seem to be doubling for July and August.



Steven Feuerbacher: 095 927 9375

Best Ecuador Homes real estate

Looking for the dream place? Move here. Ecuador is waiting for you. If you are thinking of living in Ecuador and need assistance in obtaining your resident visa, cedulas, and a place to live, and many other things for your relocation here, do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer the services you need in your new life in Ecuador. Contact us From the USA. You will have free instructions step by step for what you need to get from your country and bring here, to do your resident visa and to get your home, of rental or buying.

Hundreds of happy clients can certify our work.

Best Ecuador Homes is dedicating to do sales and rentals, property management house hunting, Construction projects, invest your money in the safest place in the world. Ecuador doesn’t have a crash market. Your land, apartment, or house never will lose the original value. If you invest here always you will have your money back when you want to sell it. I know many Gringos who earn a lot of money investing in real estate in Ecuador. Own your paradise here in Ecuador.

We also do rental contract mediations. Are you stuck with a bad landlord or a bad contract? Consult us. We have a lawyer to assist you in any legal case you may need it.

The two companies, Mónica Gonzaga Facilitator and Best Ecuador Homes, offer all the services you need with professionalism and experience. We have been working since 2014, so the experience is our best quality

Your happiness and tranquility is our goal.

Follow us in and
or email us to:
cell/WhatsApp: 099 517 4076
099 517 4076 / 098 384 1691

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Monica Gonzaga:

Monica Gonzaga facilitator services. resident visas and more

Monica Gonzaga facilitator services visas to Ecuador and other Countries

My professional price for visa has been the same since 2015. What have risen are government fees, notaries, translations, etc., but to all my clients I offered a complete package with all those expenses included in a single amount of money.

Monica Gonzaga Facilitator services has 5-years’ experience working with the expat community.
Nowadays is another change in the law so if they make hard to do your residency visa. if you have a hard case contact me to see how we can find a solution. There is always a solution.
I can do your residency visa while you are in home resting and forget about Ecuador bureaucracy. As well, I can do your cedula. The same for your driver license, car registration or any Issues you may have right now and just gives you headache.

If you do not have your FBI or State police record documents, I can help you to obtain them. Now, with the pandemic, everything is more difficult, so I recommend that those who want to come to Ecuador try to bring all the necessary documents and correctly apostilled no older than 6 months to have no problems.

If you are a tourist with these new changes in immigration law, my advice is that you do your tourism extension now. It must be done before the 90th day to avoid visa extension problems. I am almost every day in the Ministry of Human Mobility, but I am more than up-to-date on the new laws and migratory changes. Trust the experience, sometimes it weighs more than a professional title. If you come to Ecuador with your necessary documents to apply for a residency, Monica Gonzaga guarantees you 100% your resident visa in Ecuador. Consultations and help are always free. Just contact me now and save yourself a lot of trouble and money.

Here are the services I can do for you. 100% guaranty:

*Temporary residency visas for any category (pensioner, investor, professional, work, student etc. Hard case? Just bring it on I can solve it.
*Permanent residency (after two-year temp residency we can file your application when you are on your 21st month) to my clients 10% discount this month.
*Visas, Spain, Portugal or any other country. I can help you to obtain one.
*Ecuadorian police record (easy and fast)
*Cédula acquisition and changes
*CD renovations
*Visa transfer
*Passport renovations USA and other countries.
*Driver licenses
*Car register (Matricula)
*Power of attorney (POA)* Sworn statement End of life Plan, consult me,
*Last will, translation notarization does not need a Lawyer

Many of my happy clients can give you references.

Phone 593 98 384 1691 out of country
local 098 384 1691 also this is WhatsApp
USA phone number 609 423 4475 MJ

Benedicto XV 1-53

Monica Gonzaga: 098 384 1691

Do you want to go to La Selva? We have a new date for you

Hello Expat Community,

We have a new date available for our jungle tour. You can’t miss this great adventure with your family or friends. This is an organized tour for small groups, no more than 15 people. It is a 6 day / 5 night trip.

Here you can see a recommendation for our tour:

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.

Date: April 18th – 23rd, 2021
**The tour will be confirmed with a minimum of 8 people registered until April 12nd with a 50% deposit

Price from: $668 per person

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.

***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.

Gran Colombia 11-02. April 18 – 23

Maritza Cuenca: 099 960 4870

Hate to go out in the rain? Driver, facilitator available

It sure has been rainy lately. The rivers are full, land is sliding in many parts of the country, roads and highways are closed. Many people feel uncomfortable venturing out in the rain with slippery sidewalks, mud puddles, etc.

Wow! With all that happening, I wouldn’t blame you if you called for a driver (me) who knows the roads and knows how to get around obstacles. What if the road is closed – is there another way to get through?

Not only do I know Cuenca like the back of my hand, I also speak fluent English and can communicate your needs and wants to someone who doesn’t speak English – banker, grocery store, lawyer, doctor, etc.

Let me know your needs. I am here, willing and able to help you. I can drive you to your destination or appointment, or I can do the errands for you so you don’t have to leave the house.

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

Business contact information

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

Recommendation for Dr. Jose Medina Machuca, urologist/surgeon at Uroclinic

Looking for a first class Urological care in Cuenca? Look no further, Uroclinic is owned and operated by Dr Jose Medina Machuca, a urologist/surgeon who specializes in treating benign and malignant urological and congenital diseases: prostate, kidney, urethra and bladder, kidney stones, renal transplant and male reproductive conditions, etc. A practitioner since 1980 with extensive training in universities and hospitals abroad and USA. He had performed 10,000 surgeries and had operated on >100 Expats.He did my TURP and stayed overnight only. A member of the American Urological Association of USA. Uroclinic has a modern and state of the art equipment. He has 2 sons: one specializes in urological cancer and a psychologist as part of the team along with 15 medical associates and nurses.

Address: Inez Salcedo 1-103 y Agustin Cueva. In front of Santa Inez emergency room

Contact information: +593 07 285 0140 or 099 976 1576

Recommended by Don Camero Foronda: 099 311 9340

Recommendation for A Pedir de Boca, organic restaurant

I recommend the restaurant A Pedir de Boca, located at 5-54 Benigno Malo y
Calle Larga y Juan Jaramillo. Owner, Chef and master decorator in the European style, has multiple dishes containing the best prepared vegetables this side of heaven. Felipe combines cut and steamed vegetables with every meal. I like his hummus with bread, and a combined beet spread. This comes with a salad. The menu contains salads, soups. specials of the day, and meals to go. HIs prices are more than reasonable but the dishes are usually huge.

The hours are noon to 7:30 PM.

I see specials of the day: Made in Italy on Monday, In Indonesia on Tuesday, Ecuadorian on Friday, and English Luncheon Saturday. Wednesday and Thursday, Free Spanish lessons for beginners and intermediates. You will hear about current holidays in Spanish. He uses a White Board to illustrate what he is saying, so you can read the directions. Whatever you can’t understand you can make notes for your studies at home. For beginners in Spanish from English, I recommend Spanish with Paul on the Internet.

Felipe is a decorator bar none. His collections of paintings, sculptures, plantings, dried plants for ornaments help describe the homeliness of the restaurant.

Don’t go away, your chicken soup and other dishes have chicken if you ask for it, has spaghetti and other dishes with a choice of shrimp and sometimes even beef. If you like some wine, ask for the plain white wine to go with your meal. I like the caffeine-free green tea and my friend prefers the coffee.

The tables are comfortable and seat 2 to 4 persons. More for a big party. Website: APedirdeBoca.Com/

This is a great location when shopping in this part of town, such as upper Calle Larga. There is Parcadero on Benigno Malo a few doors on the opposite side of the street.

You will find the big Cuenca bookstore open in the middle of the block on the same side as the restaurant. A few doors up is a good copy shop. On the corner is Arte Art supplies. Across Juan Jaramillo a few doors up on the opposite side is a wonderful shop with alpaca sweaters and ponchos, blankets and backpacks. Near there are shops with umbrellas, boots and raincoats. I would say this is a great neighborhood. Little known, you turn down off Presidente Cordova onto Benigno Malo. On that corner is a shop with radiating colors on the corner sign.

Address: 5-54 Benigno Malo y Calle Larga

Contact information: 593 95 925 2782

Recommended by Suzanne Cerny:

Recommendation for Transpo Ecuador, transportation

Recently, two of us made a 10-day, return trip to Olon with Transpo Ecuador. Jon LaBouef’s driver, Freddy, picked us up at the agreed upon time and provided a safe ride. Jon picked us up personally for the return trip. His rates were far better than any of the others and the service couldn’t have been better. He is our go-to guy from now on.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 07 284 6408 or 098 494 9008

Recommended by Bob Tremble:

Cooking class at the Alliance Française

Celebrating International Francophonie Month

Temperature checked at the entrance and personal registration
Gel and antiseptic spray available and obligatory
Mandatory mask and social distancing – Limited attendance

Classic Royal Algerian Couscous (Vegetables, lamb, chicken and merguez)
Gateau de manioc, three milk, chocolate chips and coconut
$10 AF members – $15 public

Class executed by yours, humbly, Chef Marc Dullin (Retired in Cuenca)
Afterward, we will enjoy this wonderful lunch together with proper social distancing

To reserve your place, please only register and prepay with Lore or Daniela at the Alliance Française – No walk-in …

Attention: Alliance Française is no longer accepting cash payment (Credit card or bank transfer)
Banco del Austro # 0300164560 – RUC 0190117898001

Price includes a set of all recipes, a generous serving/tasting of the menu + free knife-sharpening (so please bring yours) and always … a glass of chilled Chardonnay
Class fills up quickly and space is very limited
Come and see why the Alliance Française’s cooking classes were voted
Best of Cuenca ~ Gringo Post 2019, 2020 & 2021
(Spanish, English and French spoken)

Saturday, March 27th – 9 AM – 1 PM, Tadeo Torres 1-92 Y Av. Solano


We have your safety in mind at El Mundo Orgánico’s “Gran Feria”

El Mundo Orgánico is hosting a “Gran Feria” at our store location on Tuesday, 23 March.

For your safety and that of our vendors and other “Gran Feria” participants, we are requiring everyone to wear a mask and we will have alcohol for people to spray their hands. We will also be practicing social distancing with all the vendors being spaced to meet these requirements. Your health and safety is of utmost importance to all of us here at El Mundo Orgánico.

Many of your favorite stores and sources, such as the Cuenca Shop, King’s Smokehouse (smoked pork products), Hoppe Café (organic coffees), La Mía (goat cheeses), and several new artisanal product providers will have many of their tasty foods and beverages for sale. If you are hungry, we will have freshly made humitas, tamales and a few other hot items available for purchase at the Feria.

Find our store location on Google Maps by searching for “El Mundo Orgánico” (not “Mundo Orgánico,” or you will end up in the wrong place).

To purchase items for home delivery, our full “Product and Pricing List” and “Ordering Instructions” are available on the Home Page of our website ( In addition to many fresh, organic and natural fruits and veggies, we also offer a wide variety of very tasty vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, sugar-free, gluten-free foods and biodegradable products.

Remember, if you have a special request for a fruit or vegetable (or, for that matter, any other edible product for yourself or your pets) that is not on our product list, please let us know, and we will do our best to find it for you.

Have a great day.

March 20, 2021, Francisco Cisneros y Autopista Via Cuenca-Molleturo-Naranjal (also known as “Enrique Arízaga Toral”)

Armando Espinoza: 093 906 2640

Double D’s Menu for the week of March 22

We’re going farther east this week for inspiration. We’ve had several requests for our Garlicky Sweet Thai Chili Chicken so we’re incorporating it into this week’s themed menu.

Garlicky sweet Thai chili chicken with fried rice: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Thai Peanut Salad: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Coconut Cupcakes: $2 each
Mango Crumb Bars: $3 each

If you’d like a more detailed description of any of the menu items, please contact us. Orders are due by 3 PM on Tuesday, March 23. 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 25 or 26 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 last March. We’re the same people with the same name making the same excellent food since August 2017. Continue taking good care of yourselves.

Deb and Dawn

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

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

Jerry Joe Holland in concert this Friday

Republica Sur presents: Blues Night with Jerry Joe Holland
Friday March 26th at 8 PM.
Cover $5
After decades of live performances, Jerry has spent the last 3 years in Cuenca refining his Blues Show. Great Blues music from multiple regions and eras. Muddy Waters, 3 Kings, Willie Dixon, Savoy Brown, just for starters. Real Blues.
Come escape in the Blues at Republica Sur.
More info and reservations: 098 889 7891 Tim
098 107 9406 Cristian
We follow all the bio security protocols. 50% occupancy.

Friday March 26th at 8 PM, Presidente Cordova 5-55, Cuenca

Cristian: 098 107 9406 Cristian

Delivered to you: sourdough, freezer meals, Southern biscuits

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


Saturday special at Sunrise Café

Huevos rancheros, comes with coffee or tea $4.99
Smoked BBQ ribs, brisket, chicken. Comes with potatoe salad or French fries, corn bread, coleslaw, iced tea or lemonade $7.99

March 20, from 7:30 AM to 3 PM, Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo

Orlando Ortiz

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 22nd, Delivery is March 24th, Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez, Cuenca

Debby Larsen:

Full Creole Venezuelan flavor restaurant

Along with the weekend came the best 2 × 1 hamburger promotion. Remember that they are available throughout the month of March.

Happy hour is from 5 to 9 PM M. From Tuesday to Sunday. What flavor do you prefer? ¼ pound of meat – Grilled chicken – Grilled beef tenderloin – Smoked pork chop. All burgers include; Artisan white bread, cheddar cheese, fried egg, fresh tomato, onion, lettuce, chips and house sauces.

We also have Vegetarian or Vegan burgers, prepared with Chickpea Croquette or Lentil Croquette and if you want it gluten-free we prepare it with corn tortilla, also accompanied by French fries and house sauces.

We wait for you in our restaurant with authentic Creole food with Venezuelan flavor, so you can taste this great 2 × 1 Promotion with your family, friends or that special person. These hamburgers are known by the name of Asquerositas in the streets of Venezuela. We are going to eat in the Best Venezuelan Style.

Tuesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 9 PM, Gran Colombia 13-72 between Esteves del Toral and Juan Montalvo

Miguel Gil: 098 424 4928

The best lamb meat and unbeatable price

Don’t wait more, we offer fresh lamb meat at the best price.
• Rack of Lamb $25 (frenched)
• Stew meat $4.80 / pound
• T-bone $7.20 / pound
• Chops $7.20 / pound
• Ground lamb $5.80 / pound

Sandwichs on the go
• Chicken
• Pulled pork
• Turkey
• Smoked Pork Belly
• Pastrami

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 hen’s farm (free running hens)
– Sausages
– Turkey Ham
– Turkey Bacon
– Thick Smoked bacon (pork)
– Organic Chocolate
– Organic Jam
– and more

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

We speak English

Monday to Friday 10 AM to 6 PM – Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM (out for lunch 1 to 2 PM), Remigio Crespo 13-33 and Latinoamericana (near Batan Shopping and right across to Casa Farah)

Erik Feican: 099 299 0224

Breakfast in La Guarida

We won’t be opening on Saturday. We are back on Tuesday. Come join us.

March 23rd, from 8 AM to 8 PM, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta

Andres: 099 806 8071

Kolibri, new restaurant in Cuenca

Hotel Carvallo, an 18-year-old hotel in the Historic Center has opened a new restaurant called Kolibri, run by a Guatemalan family, with international chef, Arlene Meneses.

Located at Gran Colombia 9-52 between Padre Aguirre and Benigno Malo, just a block away from train station Santo Domingo.

Josue Meneses: