Covid in Ecuador

Hi All

I am planning a trip to Ecuador and want to know what the Covid situation is in Ecuador. CDC says it is Level 4 High Risk. I have my 2 Moderna shots and want to hear from your perspective. Thank you all so much in advance.

Amy Ross

Capital gains tax

If an Ecuadorian person opens a brokerage account in the US and bought US equities and has a capital gain for the year, Does he/she have to pay taxes in Ecuador?

Thanks in advance.

Michelle J

City: Cuenca

ACT Cancels “The Dog Logs” and “The Last Romance”

The Azuay Community Theater is cancelling its production of excerpts from C. J. Johnson’s “The Dog Logs” and Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance” originally scheduled for April 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17 and 18. The cancellation is due to concern for the safety of our audiences and the uncertainty regarding government restrictions of entertainment venues over the next 30 days. Unfortunately, travel conflicts among cast and crew members prevent us from rescheduling the show.

Holders of $10 tickets for this readers’ theater production can exchange them one-to-one for $15 tickets to our full production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” scheduled for June 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24 and 25.

Ticket holders who cannot attend our June production should contact for other accommodations.

We hope to see you at the Azuay Community Theater soon!

Ray Lewis

City: Cuenca

Guayaquil appointment for notary

I have a May 4 appt for notary services that I am going to cancel. The consulate is currently booking out in July and the Quito embassy continues to be closed for this service. I could coordinate with you so you could pick up my spot if you’d rather not wait three more months. Let me know.

Mary: .

City: Cuenca

Stabbed during robbery attempt

A good friend was stabbed twice in the abdomen and was taken by ambulance to the ER where she received an ultrasound and x-rays to determine the extent of her injuries, then stitched up and went home in a taxi in her bloody clothes. When: 7:25 Friday morning and the only other person on the sidewalk. Where: Her taxi had just driven away and she was about to enter a building in Caspicara y Mariscal Lamar. How: Her attacker had a bicycle and stopped to ask her the name of the street and then for a dollar, adding that he was from Peru. As she removed her purse from a larger bag to get out a dollar, he grabbed at the purse. She instinctively held on so he stabbed her twice. If she had not been wearing two coats, her wounds would have been much deeper than 5 cm.

Read more…

Impact a hidden consequence of poverty

40.7% of children in Ecuador live in extreme poverty. For these families, food is a necessity and diapers are a luxury. Babies use up to 12 diapers per day, a cost many families cannot afford. There are many impacts of diaper need including physical, mental, and economic.

We believe all babies deserve clean diapers. We know you do, too and you can make a difference.
Small things impact big things. Every diaper counts and you can make the difference.
In kind donations will be accepted on April 16th and 17th at these locations:

La Yunta
San Senas Cafe
Inca Bar
Hearts of Gold

In partnership with you, Cuenca Soup Kitchen Volunteers and Supporters, Hearts of Gold Foundation, Club Rotario Tomebamba, and many other individuals and organizations.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

New loco living video this Sunday, (YouTube)

Epic video dropping this Sunday. I spent time at one of the best resorts in the country — c (Vilcabamba). This is part 2 of my vlog series there. Things got a little crazy…

Make sure to subscribe

Check out part 1:

Josh Yentin

City: Cuenca

Mate Mochilero – New YouTube video, Glamping in Urkuwayku!

Hello everyone. We have a new video up. This incredible farm located an hour outside of Quito produces so much organic and delicious food, and you can stay at the farm in a safari-like tent and enjoy this beautiful paradise. I very much recommend you visit this amazing place.

If you live in Quito, you can order their vegetables and they deliver in strategic locations in the city.

Here is the YouTube video so you can find out more about it. The video is in Spanish, but you can turn on closed captions in English.

If you enjoy the content, please consider liking, commenting and subscribing. Its free, and it helps me so much. There is a lot of amazing content coming every 2 weeks.

Mateo: .

City: Quito (capital)

This Week in La Guarida. A change in hours but not desire

These restrictions make it hard on us to continue our regular business; however, we will comply and reinvent ourselves. We won’t stop. We need to work and we love offering our cultural events and creating new menus for you to enjoy. We have a team that depends on us and with them families. This is a reality across the country; please support your local businesses.

This week, we’ll continue our brunch service from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Films and music showings will also continue. Don’t forget that this month is dedicated to Academy Award nominated films. Don’t miss out.


Paco’s Blues at La Yunta on April 7th canceled

Paco’s Blues at La Yunta on April 7th has been canceled due to new COVID restrictions in Ecuador. Stay safe everyone and we will see you next time.

Wednesday, April 7th, from 7 PM till later on, free, La Yunta Restaurante: 1 de Mayo between Las Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues

The Free & Fun Language Exchange on Zoom – all levels welcome

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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

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

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

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

ZOOM meeting link:
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

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

April 5th, from 6 to 7 PM. Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

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

Real Love – Meditate with Shambhala Sunday from home

Real love is born from understanding. ~attrib. Buddha

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


Washing machine, gas/electric dryer and refrigerator wanted

We are looking for any size second hand refrigerator, dryer and washing machine, they must be in good working order. If you are downsizing or moving and want to sell them, please let me know.

Thanks in advance,

Diane: .

City: Cuenca

Ceramic gas logs for fireplace

Looking for some gas burning ceramic logs for fireplace. Has anyone seen them in Cuenca?

Michael: .

City: Cuenca

Do you want to buy a nice and affordable car? Call Adrián.

Hello Dear Expats. My name it’s Adrian Mora. I am a local Tour Guide, personal assistant and Mechanic from Cuenca. I Have a lot of experience on this areas… if you are considering to buy a used car, doesn’t matter where you live, Cuenca, Vilcabamba, Manta, etc. I am your best option, I can work with your budget and needs to find the best deal for you, plus I do a full inspection of the car and if it needs any fix up I can do it in record time. I’ll cover all the details (paperwork, notary, private insurance, improvements) to give you a full operative vehicle to travel all around the country or around the city. I can also sell your car and get the best price for it. I can provide personal references if needed. Will be glad to help you folks. Have a wonderful day,

Adrián Mora Zea: 095 872 3741. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for Bragg Products

Does anyone know where I can get Bragg Products, specifically the vinaigrette salad dressing?

Thanks for your help.
Take care.

Alice: .

City: Cuenca

Items easily found in US but not in Cuenca?

Hi guys, my name is Jon, I’m an Ecuadorian-American who travels back and forth between Connecticut, USA and Cuenca, Ecuador. I always bring things from the US to sell, mostly clothes but was looking to get some suggestions on items that may be good to bring; items that are not easily found in Ecuador, preferably small things that can fit in a suitcase. It can be anything such as maybe SD cards (I was not able to find fast ones in Ecuador), portable hard-drives, maybe some small tools, etc. If anything comes to mind I would greatly appreciate it, thank you.

Jonathan Niola:

City: Cuenca

VHS video to Digital conversion

Does anyone know of a service in Cuenca for VHS to digital conversions. I have an old family VHS video I would like converted.

Paula Busbridge: 098 389 8250. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Granite or quartz countertop


I am looking for someone who can make a top for my damaged modern dining table. Instead of the previous material, I am looking for someone who can install a granite or quartz top.
This person would need references that we can call. And looking to have the project completed soon.

Thank you,

Cheryl: .

City: Cuenca

I need a letter mailed in the US

Greetings, If you are going to the US of A anytime before April 12, would you be so kind as to carry a letter to be mailed upon your arrival? I will have stamps on the envelope, so it would just need to be dropped off in a USPS or any mail service.

I would be super grateful.

Julia Rux: 097 929 7490. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Gardening and handyman services

I offer the following services:

• Cutting grass; I have my own tools, grass cutter and cordless grass trimmer.
* Irrigation system installation in house or apartment.
• Handyman
* Painting.
I have good references in the expat community in case you need them.

Luis Alejandro Luna: 099 879 2985 / 099 840 7961. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

APShipping May trip, last one before customs new rules


We will be making a trip on May 15th with a cutoff day on May 5th.

This is our last trip before the new government takes possession and new customs rules begin.

Start ordering. Now we have a lot of space but limited amounts of tablets, cell phones and laptops.

It will be another month after this trip before we deliver again. Therefore, I will advise you get your supplies for 2 months.

For more information visit

Margate, FL

561 809 5691

Alya Galapagos Luxury Catamaran special prices until June

Galapagos Alya Luxury Catamaran: 2021 Departures

“Alya” Galapagos Luxury Catamaran continues cruising with promotional rates continue!!


Itinerary C Southern Islands
6 days 5 nights
Saturday AM: Baltra Is. / PM: Seymour: Seymour
Sunday AM: Plazas Is.: South Plazas /PM: Santa Fe Is.
Monday AM: San Cristobal Is.: Interpretation Center /PM: Lobos Island
Tuesday AM: Española Is.: Gardner Bay /PM Suarez Point
Wednesday AM: Floreana Is: Cormorant Point/Devil’s Crown / PM: Alieri Hill
Thursday AM: Santa Cruz Is.: Highlands

April 10th to 15th
April 24th to 29th

*Price per person $1,699 (double room) For Ecuadorians or Residents with cedula
*Price per person $2,039 (single room) For Ecuadorians or Residents with cedula
*Price for International Tourist: $2,638 (includes ticket and Covid 19 PCR Test) (doble occupancy)
*Price for International Tourist: $3,106 in single cabin ( includes ticket and Covid PCR 19 Test)

Itinerary A Northern Islands
5 days 4 nights

Thursday PM: Santa Cruz Is.: Black Turtle Cove
Friday AM: Genovesa Is.: Darwin Bay /PM: Genovesa Is.: Barranco
Saturday AM: Santiago Is.: Sullivan Bay / PM: Bartolome Is.
Sunday AM: Santiago Is.: Chinese Hat /PM: Mosquera Islet
Monday AM: Santa Cruz Is.: Charles Darwin Station

April 15th to April 19th
May 29th to May 3rd
May 13th to 17th
May 27th to 31st.
June 10 to 14th.

*Price per person $1,499 (double room) For Ecuadorians or Residents with cedula
*Price per person $1,799 (private room for one person) For Ecuadorians or Residents
*Price for International Tourist: $2,170(includes ticket and Covid 19 PCR Test) (doble occupancy)
*Price for International Tourist: $2,544 in single cabin ( includes ticket and Covid PCR 19 Test)

All options include:
– Airfare to/from Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil
– Naturalist Guides certified by the Galapagos National Park
– Meals specified in the itinerary
– Accommodation on the Alya Luxury Catamaran ( all rooms have balcony)
– Excursions indicated in the itinerary
– Shared transfers airport – yacht – airport
– Personalized assistance in compliance with all biosecurity protocols
– Coffee, tea and purified water

Not included:
– RT-PCR Covid19 test
-Snorkeling Equipment
– Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $6 or $100 for International Tourist
– $10 per person Transportation Airport – Canal / Canal – Airport ($5 per way per passenger)
– Ingala ( Immigration Galapagos Card) $20
– Services not mentioned such as wet suits for snorkeling
– Tips

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

Quito or Guayaquil Airport

Contact information
Angela Hally

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

Himno Nacional y Bandera Nacional

Freddy Delgado
093 937 9979

Telling small batch Irish Whiskey at CuencaShop

The Spirit of Dublin

Telling Whiskey
Small Batch Irish Whiskey

Finished in Rum Casks
46% Alc/Vol

This Irish Whiskey will go quickly.

CuencaShop (King’s Smokehouse) 8-66 Coronel Talbot, Parque Sans Sebastian

099 131 4090

Need home healthcare?

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca is Cuenca’s premier home healthcare provider.
Here’s how it works: Our trained professional nurses and caregivers speak English and work closely with your doctor to provide care that continues uninterrupted from hospital to doctor to home. Many of our clients integrate care from alternative healthcare providers into their care as well. Whatever the combination of physical therapy, medication, diet, or basic homecare—our Clinical Supervisor will work with you and your Medical Providers to customize a single, all-inclusive plan that checks all the boxes. Your Caregiver or Nurse will use that plan as a road map to give you the best care possible right in your own home.

Our clients deal with a wide range of conditions from minor health issues and after surgery recovery, clear through to those who are dealing with dementia, cancer, serious heart conditions and hospice care. So, whether you need a few hours of in-home care each week, a doctor facilitator, or long-term 24-hour care, feel free to reach out to us. We would love to talk and see where we can be of assistance.

• VIP caregivers and nurses speak English, but can work with your providers in Spanish.
• As Cuenca’s Premier Home Healthcare Provider, we have the “horsepower” to provide a level of
in-home care that will maximize health and minimize discomfort.
• Our Registered Nurses and trained caregivers combine a high degree of training, skill,
compassion, and integrity. At VIP, client confidentiality is an absolute priority.

Check us out at our website and when the need arises, reach out to us. We look forward to meeting you!

Benigno Malo 12-41 y Gaspar Sangurima

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca
Phone: 098 329 8243

Why you need the new VIP MedAlert service

● Personalized help at the push of a button device
● From our 24 hour dispatch center
● For medical, fire, personal emergencies
● Anywhere in Cuenca
● In English or Spanish (2-way speech enabled device)
● VIP Team + 911 ready to respond
● All for a reasonable monthly fee

Benigno Malo 12-41 y Gaspar Sangurima

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca
098 329 8243

Hair Salón Mi Spa-cio de Belleza

Hi my name is Mariana Gutama. I’m the owner of the Hair salón Mi Spa-cio de Belleza which is on Carlos Arizaga Toral 1-80 y Luis Moscoso, Cuenca. Cell 095 919 4880. My service is 30% in each service: color, hair-cut, manicure and pedicure. etc.

Address: Carlos Arizaga Toral 1.80 y Luis Moscoso, Cuenca.

095 919 4880

Mariana Gutama

Plant sale

This is Leonardo, Cuenca’s #1 gardner and landscaper. Many expats have contacted me asking about indoor plants. Some do not have outdoor space and felt they might enjoy having live plants in their homes. Others felt better having something to watch grow while they spent more time inside. Sadly, most expressed having disappointing experiences after picking up plants at Plaza de las Flores.

Either they brought pests into their home infecting their other plants or the plants withered and died because the soil was poor or their apartment didn’t have the right conditions for the plants. To have the best chance at having a rewarding stress-free experience which is the goal, a little research and some planning has to be done first.

Indoor plants are all the rage in the States right now mainly because they are stress relievers, some even have real benefits for your indoor air quality and they are proven to make us feel connected to nature. Sure you can open a window and get the same air quality result, but our cool mountain air might make that inconvenient for those if you who like it less chilly. Many of you asked so I thought I’d answer your questions here.

First let me list some eye catching, lush and green low light tolerant plants that can be found here in Cuenca. Now if you have pets, that is another consideration and another discussion and you absolutely have to do your homework.

If you know where to look, depending on the time of year creating a stress free plant oasis in your home is possible. Some of these plants will not grow fast, given low light situations so getting the right size and very healthy ones for your space is key for a good plant experience. I recommend the easy to grow, almost bullet proof, plants:

Chinese Evergreens
Parlor Palms
Dragon Plants
Rubber trees
Snake plants

If you need help, let me know, I’m here to help. We’ll get through this time together.

Leo 096 904 8247
What app 096 904 8247

Cuenca City

096 904 8247

Make your life in Cuenca easy

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

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

Luis Alarcón y Rafael Zeas.

Paul Gonzalez
098 854 6113

Private service transportation

Hello everyone, my name is Roman Uyaguari and I would like to offer you my transportation service in my van fully equipment for your comfort in short or long rides fulfilling the legal requirements. Besides, I’m always open to hear your best bargain to settle on a price . Don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime.

– In and out of the city
– City tours
– Quito-Guayaquil airports
– Vilcabamba, Manta, Machala, etc.


Roman Uyaguari
099 186 7060/ 099 884 7524

Handyman services and remodeling projects

Our handyman service is here to help you to complete all the projects that you need to be done at home at a fair price. Our professional team helps the expat community in Cuenca. We can we help with curtain rails and poles installation grab rails on solid or hollow walls, usually bathrooms but also on outside walls, moving and assembling furniture, Roller blind installations, mopstick, hand rails this will require a visit to measure and check the bracket type required, shelves and small bathroom fittings, grass cutting, replacing tap washers, easing doors, gutter clearing on bungalows, small repairs Installing internal door locks, kitchen cupboards and drawers, hinge repairs, glazing door glass, re-putty, shed window re putty, toilet ball valve replacement, small fence repairs, painting small areas and large areas, lighting, change light bulbs, starters, strip lights jet wash patios, masonry, carpentry services, all kind of repairs.



Custom made sofas and reupholstery services

We provide custom upholstery services for all kinds of furniture. restoration and repair. We use high quality fabrics and supplies in all our work.
Our services are available for home and business furniture, We’re committed to offering competitive pricing and high quality work.

reupholstered furniture
recovery of old furniture restyling
alter the look of your pieces dining chair seats
choose new fabric for a new look and feel chair pads
add cushion or softness to wooden chairs cushions for outdoor furniture
fabrics for outdoor custom slip covers made to fit over your existing upholstery
leather reupholstery
antique restoration
restore your upholstered antiques to new chair reupholstery and repairs
custom made headboards
wing chairs reupholstery
sectional reupholstery
couch reupholstery
sofa bed reupholstery
recliners reupholstery
side chairs reupholstery
sofa upholstery
office chairs chaise
lounge reupholstery
upholstery foam replacement
spring retying
dining room chairs reupholstery
bar stools upholstery
love seats upholstery
refinishing make wooden pieces look brand new again

Av Gonzalez Suarez

Juan Pablo

A&B upholstery cleaning services and small repairs

We provide upholstery cleaning service at your home, office offering commercial and residential service.

We specialize in upholstery and carpet cleaning. We can clean upholstered furniture in leather, suede microfiber, silk and satin fine fabrics.

We have no hidden charges or, like most carpet cleaning companies, we clean and protect your leather sofa, upholstery cleaning, sofá cleaning, rug cleaning, blinds cleaning, curtains cleaning, Carpet cleaning Mattress cleaning, window cleaning, power washing, cleaning chair cleaning services



Need help with your home workouts?

We know the struggle of trying to work out by yourself. Ether time, knowledge or motivational wise, it is hard to get started. That’s why we are here to offer our services in everything related to physical care and health wellness. We are willing to provide you: – Physical Rehabilitation.– Physical training (based in the functional workout method).– Therapeutic massage. All these services in the comfort of your home. Home visit. Monday to Saturday (previous appointment) Carlos Cabeza: 096 292 7668

Home visit

Carlos Cabeza

Affordable prices at C&C unisex hair design / barber shop

Today everyone is looking for a relaxing visit focused on their well-being that helps them disconnect from their daily worries and reconnect with themselves. We create stylish looks for men and women based into the latest modern hairstyles. Our experienced and skilled hairdressers and Barbers at C&C are experts in delivering high-quality hair cuts, hair colorings, nails services, and barbering services.

So, whether you want to completely transform your hair with a bold new look or simply want to add a modern twist to a classic style, our friendly and professional team are here make you look and feel great.

Design, cut, & style. For her
A relaxing wash and blow-dry, with a customized haircut designed by your stylist to fit your individual style and preference.

Design Cut, Color, style for her $30 and up.
You can always get color to cover up your gray hair or simply because you don’t like your own natural color

Full Foil Highlights
$45 and up
Take your color to a whole new level with foil highlights and realize any color you can imagine! Includes a haircut and style. Go bold and have the best of both worlds. Choose your signature color with any highlight service.

Simply smooth express treatment as capillary botox
$30 and up
This treatment takes out the frizz and reduces some of the curl up to 50%. This treatment lasts up to 16 weeks and includes shampoo and conditioner.

Simply keratin therapy straightening
$50 and up
This treatment improves your hair to get a 95 % frizz and curly free. A keratin treatment is a cosmetic or beauty product used to straighten hair… it will make naturally curly or wavy hair straighter and smoother. It also removes hair frizz, improves your hair color shine, and healthy

Lip & Brow Wax
A lip wax for a clean and defined look, that also includes a brow wax.

Regular Manicure
Includes soaking your hands in warm soapy water to soothe and soften dead skin cells. a little hands massage with scrub exfoliating. Your fingernails are cleaned, clipped and filed. Nails are painted with a base coat, main coat and top coat of polish.

Gel Polish Nails Painted
Includes the same services as our regular manicure, but with an added gel coat and UV cure for added protection. It lasts more then 2 weeks

Regular Manicure & Pedicure Unisex
Includes the same services as our standard manicure, but also includes a little massage and soak of the feet to soften up calluses and clear away dead skin cells. A nail polish and top coat then complete the service.

Gel Manicure & Gel Pedicure
Includes the same services as our standard “mani & pedi“, but with an added gel coat and UV cure for added protection.

Fresh Look Package
$50 and up
Including a color, cut, and style, this package shows off our professional Goldwell coloring services. Seal in your color with our quick Alfaparf Milano keratin treatment to lock in your color and take our frizz for 4-6 weeks.

* Beard, mustache trim, shaving. Plus Hot Towel with line up $10
* Using clippers or shears to trim or shape facial hair, followed by a razor line up of the jaw, neck and cheeks. 
Using pre-shave oils and hot towels to prepare the skin for a close shave using a straight razor outfitted with a protective guard, followed by the application of after shave moisturizer and even more relaxing hot towels. Cold towels and other ointments may be used at the discretion of the Master Barber or Stylist.

Men’s haircut “Full” $5
Our signature cut, a service that makes us “The Shave”, a step above the rest. The “Full” includes all that is offered for our “Basic” men’s haircut but includes some enhancements that separate us from all of the competition…such as: a shampoo and style, blow dry, neck clean up . This service is highly recommended for our clients that want a real treat.

Our services are included with a hot coffee or hot Tea .
Our salon provides a cozy, friendly environment for all of your beauty needs. Call us today! 0988148902 or WhatsApp, IMessage, text message.

Avenida Ordoñez Lasso y los Claveles Riverside Building right next door from Pichincha Bank

Clemencia Vizhnay
098 814 8902

Recommendation for William Reyes, Physiotherapist, personal trainer

In late 2019 I had major back surgery lasting close to 5 hours. While the surgery was a success, I found I could barely walk, and my balance was terrible. I had the course of physio as advised by the surgeon, but even after that, I still had the problems as described.

Being a stubborn Irishman, I decided I could handle things myself and get better.

Well, some months later, after little or no progress, I found myself having to exit a sidewalk store facing just 3 steps down to the pavement….I started down the first step & basically felt myself falling…thankfully, there was another customer coming in, & he caught me & prevented me from falling on my face.

That was the moment I realized that I needed help. I had seen a recommendation earlier for William so I called him.

It is now 5 months since I started working with him, and my condition is amazing…my mobility is great and I can now walk without a cane.

My balance is up to about 60% better.

William is amazing, he has numerous exercises that help mobility and balance. He is very patient, and supports you on every effort. He is always there to catch you should you tumble. I honestly believe that were it not for William, I would have ended up in a wheelchair.

If any of this describes your situation, call William now. You will be thankful you did.

Mike Lentn.

Contact information:

Recommended by Mike Lentin:

Recommendation for El Cuadrilátero Mexican food, Restaurant

This is my favorite Mexican food. It’s so laid back, family style restaurant that you can just stop by for a treat and don’t feel like you have to make it an event. They have the front all opened, so it’s inside, but lots of space and air to help with social distancing. The flavor and sauces are amazing. Remember it’s real Mexican food, made by two cousins from Mexico. They have an extensive menu. It’s very tasty, great prices too! You can get fabulous Mexican style horchata here as well. The cousins had their separate places before (one was the Mexican food truck off the rotonda totum) but because of COVID they’ve now banded together at this location.

It’s a bit hidden (set back from the main road with the parking out front and another food spot that’s on the street kind of blocks the sign until your right on it), so look for the Fénix building, written vertically on the building, and the restaurant, El Cuadrilátero, is on the ground floor. There’re 3 parking spots out front.

Address: Enrique Arízaga Toral y Victor Tinoco Chachon Esquina

Contact information: 096 034 2897

Recommended by Sarah Labriel:

Recommendation for APU Cultivare, organic foods

Organic foods/vegetarian, vegan cafe/dry goods+

APU Culivare is a new store for 2021. It’s right along the Tomebamba. It’s on google maps. They have lots of organic products, sell dry spices and products by the lb. They have refillable biodegradable cleaning products and laundry soaps and the original bottle is included. They have something called chocolate honey and some very healthy oils for ingestion and external use. They sell some Cuenca made handicrafts as well. They have a cozy, outdoor garden café with very good vegan/ vegetarian burritos and hamburgers, among other things. On Saturdays from 7 AM- noon they have a little fruit and veggie stand with very good prices and will be expanding this and the store, as they grow and get bigger. Please support local, organic growers that sell through this new local. Walking distance from Gringolandia, and a big parking lot in front. It’s like a blue painted cement block wall out front and the local is a little bit set back in.

Address: Paseo Tres de Noviembre y Calle Ramón Cortazar

Contact information: 098 394 0905

Recommended by Sarah Labriel:

Recommendation for Best Ecuador Homes, house and apartment rentals

If you need any type of rental, Monica Gonzaga is the go to person in Cuenca! She has a great portfolio of properties at a myriad of price points. I rented an apartment from her for the last four months at a great price and location. Her company can easily meet all your needs! Thanks Monica!!

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information:

Recommended by Steve Why:

Recommendation for Geovanny Mogrovejo, general assistance

Geovanny is our young (24+) next door neighbor whose job was recently terminated when the US finance company he worked for closed their Cuenca office. He has his own transportation (both car and van) and is available for general driving, purchase and pick up of groceries, meds, etc. We have had him pick up plants we bought and plan to use him for general tasks. We trust him implicitly and have no problem sending him with cash to make purchases for us. He can be reached at +593 99 987 6868 on WhatsApp and through cell service at 099 987 6868.

Geovanny understands English and speaks “un poco”. I have suggested he charge $10 per hour for the services he is offering.

If you have additional questions, please contact me.

Address: Ciudadela Los Cantones, just North of Prim. de Mayo and Las Americas

Contact information: 099 987 6868

Recommended by Rex Ageton:

Recommendation for Mike Coffey physical therapist

I saw Mike Coffey a couple of years ago he helped with my lower back and hip pain in just a couple of visits. The pain I was experiencing was completely gone.

Then the pandemic hit, I was sitting more than normal and the pain started coming back.
I was able to see Mike last week and guess what, one visit and I’m pain free again.

I made an appointment for my wife the same week for a massage, she said it was the best massage she had in years, she gets a massage twice a month. She said wishes she had known about about him sooner.

He is very knowledgeable great hands and truly cares.
What more could you ask for?

Address: Don Bosco y Fernando de Argon

Contact information: 09 837 9726

Recommended by Jim Blodgett:

Natural casings

We offer natural casings of pork, lamb and beef calibrated casings, they are washed, ready to stuff. It is sent to all of Ecuador by transport to your home. Contact 098 715 0803 only by WhasApp contact.

April 3rd, from 7 AM to 8 PM, Santo Domingo

Pablo Alvarez: 098 715 0803

Do you like coconut and chocolates?

Sweet and Ice in Milenium Plaza for coconut and chocolate lovers

We carry Dikaty Chocolates – 2021 GringoPost Winner of the Best Chocolates and the Best Candy Store

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

We offer the following Coco Express quality products:

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

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

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

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

We also offer:

Dikaty 75% Fine Chocolate 1,000 gram bulk package – For confections and eating out of the package
We also have Dikaty Truffles and other specialty chocolates.

Custom Gift Packs from $5.50 to $15

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

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

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

We speak English

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

Alex Tapia: 096 935 6461

Thank you from the Best Bakery and Bagels 2021

Matthew’s Bagels and Bakery Store – bagels and so much more

We have ready-made-to-go food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

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

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

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

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

All of our breads are sourdough except for the bagels.

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

Whole grain Breads. Cakes: Carrot, Chocolate. Blueberry Muffins, Pies: Blueberry & Apple and Bagels. Cornbread, Scones, Brownies, Cheesecake and Pretzels. And now we have Cookies. Big yummy ones.

Zucchini, Banana, Chocolate Banana, Blueberry, Pineapple Coconut, Coconut, Orange Zucchini Breads and more.
Potato chips and other snacks.

We also offer Gluten-Free Bakery Goods. Just ask us.

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

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

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

We also have meatloaf and meatballs. ricotta cheese penne, chicken parmesan and mac & cheese.
Try our new Chicken Pot Pie. Each pie is a very generous individual portion.

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

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

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

Please use WhatsApp to text us a question or to place an order to go.

You can also send us an email for questions or orders at the email address listed below.

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

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

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

FaceBook: matthewbagelstore

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

Jeniffer Rodriguez: 099 860 4290 FaceBook: matthewbagelstore

7 Bakery Coffee, delivery

Home delivery service from 7 AM to 7 PM with 24 hours in advance, deliveries from Monday to Sunday. Only WhatsApp text 096 772 7777

Filled donuts
Boston Cream $1
Choco-Nutella $1
Choco- Passion fruit $1
Choco-Dulce de Leche $1
Vanilla Strawberry $1
Choco-Strawberry $1
Vanilla Blackberry $1
Reeses (Peanut Butter Cream) $1
Creme Brulee $1
Lemon Pie Donut $1
Promotion 6 filled Donuts x $5

Classic Donuts
Maple & Bacon $1
Classic Glazed $1
Chocolate $1
Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkles $1
Vanilla Rainbow Sprinkles $1
Raspberry Rainbow Sprinkles (Homer Simpson) $1
Cinnamon Glazed $1
Snickers (Peanut & Caramel) $1
Promotion 6 Classic Donuts x $5

Boston Cream $1.50
Passion fruit $1.50
Manjar $1.50
Nutella $1.50

Strawberry Cheesecake $1
Apple and Cinnamon $1
Peach $1
Nutella $1
Oreo $1
Manicho $1
Promotion 6 Muffins x $5
Promotion 12 x $10 applies mix between 6 donuts and 6 muffins

Apple Fritters $1.50
Blueberry Fritters $1.50
Blueberry Muffin $1.50
Cake Blueberry & Lemon $8

Minimum order 6 units per product, orders from 7 AM to 7 PM with 24 hours in advance.

Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Only home deliveries

Maria Eugenia Crespo: 096 772 7777

Paradise Indian Restaurant

Thanks to all of you who made our Easter Special a success. This week enjoy the flavors of India at our Parque de la Madre location, pick up a take-out order, or contact us for home delivery service. Every dish is made to order and spiced to your personal preference. Take your pick of veggies, meats, seafood, rice, traditional breads or dessert. Open every day to serve you.

Open Daily 10 AM – 9 PM, Federico Malo 1-160 between 12 de Abril and Tadeo Torres (Parque de la Madre)

Paul Anthony: 098 462 8976 Paradise Indian Restaurant

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

Hi beautiful people. The best cheesecake is now in GringoPost.

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

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

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

Chocochips Cookies
6 x $5
12 x $10

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

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

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

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

Cheesecake and Crumble: 098 770 7372

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

Hi GringoPost community.

This is our Tex-Mex and California menu

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

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

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

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

All with guacamole and Mexican Sauce

Everyday make your orders before noon For same-day delivery, Pickup or delivery I live in downtown Juan Jaramillo and Benigno Malo

Nathaly Vivas: 098 770 7372

Chef Rosemary, delivery food service

New this week:

* Cachapas Venezuelan (made with yellow sweet corn pancakes style) filled with cheese, chicken or beef, 2 portions $6.

* Jar of baba ganush (Arabian cream made of eggplant) $4.

* Pizza 6-8 portions vegetarian or with tomatoes cherries and basil $10.


* Cinnamon Rolls, 6 per package $4.

* 4 Cannelloni filled with beef, chicken or vegetables covered with Bechamel sauce and Parmesan cheese 1-2 serving $5.

* Crepes filled with beef, chicken or vegetables covered with Bechamel sauce and Parmesan cheese, 2 serving $5.

* Gnocchis 2 serving (Frozen they have to be boiled) $4.

* Pizza with red sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni or salami, sweet corn and mushrooms and black olives for 6-8 serving $10.

* Chicken or Meatballs Sandwich accompanied with French fries or salad $4.

* Tomato soup with celery carrots and chips $3.

* Jar of White sauce with mushrooms, garlic and parsley $4. With chicken $5.

* Jar of Red sauce with meat or chicken 430gr $5.

* Jar of Marinara sauce with mushrooms and black olive $4.5. Plain Marianara sauce $3.5. Chicken Marinara sauce $4.5.

Your favorites:

* Lasagna: 1 portion (Meat Sauce, mozzarella cheese, bechamel sauce) $4.
* Plantain Lasagna beef, veggie or chicken 1 portion $4.
* Fresh Ravioli (12 P) – choose: tomato, spinach or plain pasta. chicken, beef, or veggie. $4.
* Eggplant casserole 1 portion– great for keto dieters. $4 Zucchini, tomato, broccoli ricotta, & spinach. Add chicken or beef.
* Roast chicken with salad and baked potato or rice 1 portion $3.50 (choose leg, wings or thigh)
* Mini pizzas with cheese and peppers $1.50
Extra toppings: mushrooms, onions, extra cheese $0.50 each (simply reheat in a pan)
* Mini Pizza Keto with mozzarella cheese and red sauce (base made with chickpea flour) $2.
* Pint of pesto $4.
* Red or black bean soup with rice and cheese 1 portion $2. per serving
* Chicken pot pie with veggies 1 portion $3.
* Shepherd’s pie 1 portion $3.
* Venezuelan arepas (A flat, round, unleavened patty made with maize flour, then grilled) 2 for $1.50.

Tex-Mex Food:
* Quesadillas chicken, beef or veggie accompanied with Guacamole 6 pieces $5.
* Tortilla soup 1 portion– chicken based with avocado, cheese, and chips. Yum! $4.
* Burritos – chicken, beef, or vegetarian with my special homemade salsa on the side. $6.
* Extra side of guacamole $5.
* Chili con carne with black beans 1 portion $4.
* Calzone Empanadas: Mozzarella Cheese, red sauce with ham, chicken or vegetables $1.80.
* Chilean Style Empanadas: Beef, Chicken or Veggie. $1.80.
* Cheese burger: with cheddar cheese & pickles on my special homemade bun $3.50.
* Wraps: chicken, beef, veggie or mix $5.
* Oatmeal cookies: chocolate chips, raisins, green apple and cinnamon, granola or plain.
300 gms – about 15 small cookies $3.
* Chicken noodle soup $2.

From Casa de Rosemary’s Mouthwatering Bakery:
* 10 Mini baguette made with whole wheat flour 8 different grains $3.
* Mini Baguette Rye and whole wheat bread 10 $2.50.
* Arabian bread (medium 8 pieces) $1.50. Big 12 pieces $2.50.
* Whole wheat bums 12 $4.50.
* Mini empanadas filled with chicken, beef, mozzarella cheese and turkey ham, package of 6 (they have to be fried or baked) $4.
* Tequeños or Mozarella fingers with cheese, package of 10 (they have to be fried or baked) $3.50.
* Apple pie $8.
* Lemon pie $8.
* Chocolate Marquesa: A no-bake cake made with chocolate cream and cookies 1-2 portion $4, 6-8 portion $10.
* Birthday cake 3 layers decorated. Options: fruits, funfetti, chocolate, etc. $25.
All requests are made-to-order. Please call or email at least 2 days ahead so we have time to shop and make your food fresh.

Every day, from 9 AM to 7 PM, Ciudadela Calderón

Rosemary Rodriguez: 099 879 2985

Fresh salmon arrives Friday 4-9

Fresh salmon arrives Friday 4/9 reserve your large fillet or smaller portions
New products
Grouper – 2 different sized portions
Smoked Grouper – 200 grams
Smoked chicken sausage regular and spicy

Robalo, Bacon, Smoked Mozzarella back in stock

Monday 4-5-21, Los Alamos y 3 de Noviembre

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238

Elsie’s carrot cake from DEFY

About 10 years ago I was given a carrot cake recipe from a Canadian friend named Elsie. I’ve tried other versions, but this one is the best. A “slab” (8 square pieces) comes frozen in a plastic refundable container. It’s super moist and yummy, made with sweet organic carrots and topped with cream cheese icing. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with this “healthy treat” And….I just made it yesterday along with a batch of my Brownies.

DEFY continues to make organic, vegetarian, gourmet soups and desserts. They’re conveniently frozen, so you can enjoy your treats whenever your heart desires. Greek yogurt is now available as well.

We have 384 variations of Sourdough Bread, even sliced if you want.

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

Browse our website and treat yourself to some gourmet delights. Check out our Facebook Page: Defy for Life.
Delivery is by bicycle and free for orders over $25.
The weekly order cut-off is at noon on Wednesday with deliveries on Friday and Saturday.

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

Wednesday, April 7th at noon, Jesus Arriaga 4-69

David Coote: 098 498 3562

Pei’s pot stickers

Hello friends!

My name is Pei, and I have been making homemade Chinese food here in Cuenca for my friends and fellow expats since 2019. Cooking has always been a passion of mine and I love making fresh, healthy Chinese dishes for all to enjoy.

If you would like to try traditional Chinese food, please feel free to place an order with me for pickup or delivery with at least one day of notice. Thank you, and enjoy—buen provecho!

This is the menu:
Noodles: Fried noodles with vegetable $5
Zhajiangmian $5
Scrambled eggs with tomatoes noodles $5

Dumplings: pork 12 pics / $5
Chicken 12 pics /$5
Shrimp pork 12 pics /$7
Vegetable. 12 pics / $5

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

Braised pork + rice. $6

Fry tofu + Fried green beans + rice. $5

Fried pork with celery + Fried cauliflower + rice $5

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

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

Sweet sour pineapple pork + cauliflower +rice. $5

Twice cooked pork + green beans +rice. $5

Single dishes:

Kung Pao chicken $8
Sweet sour pineapple pork $10
Crispy sweet &sour pork $10
Twice cooked pork $10
General Tso Tsung-tang $10
Chicken wrings with cola $8
Tofu $8
Vegetable dish $5
Red beans pasta $5 (around 300g)

April 5th, from 9 AM to 7 PM, Paseo Imbabura

Pei: 099 253 6116

Chicken pot pie + free dessert $6.95 – Chef Narcissa, EAT

This week’s special: Chicken pot pie with fresh salad + free dessert $6.95 
*We baked the pie when once you placed your order, it takes around 40 min 

Dessert options include: 

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

We also have our regular menu with delicious options: Lamb Burger, Shrimp Po’ Boy, Chicken Banh Mi, 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


Hello to everyone. I would like to ship some heavy items from US, such as kitchenware, vacuum cleaner, blankets, etc. but it’s not a container or lift van. Did someone used the cargo shipping service with Luis F Pareja?

His contacts:

If yes, please share your experience. Thank you.