Visit Ecuador in ’21?

Hello, My wife and I live in Seattle, WA, USA and are both fully vaccinated. After staying home for more than year, we’re hopeful to begin some level of travel again and are very curious about Ecuador as a future live-abroad location possibility.

What I’m wondering for any expats in Ecuador today, is it a good time to visit Ecuador? (likely Cuenca and Quito) How does it feel there now? Understanding the health considerations are complex and don’t really expect easy answers on all of that. Really just curious for those already there, is it “come on down” or “better to wait longer” approach? Thinking may be July for a visit.

Welcome any input if you’re in Ecuador now. Gracias,


Impact poverty and get a free wine, beer, soft drink, or coffee

Babies need diapers and you can help. When you give a little, we want you to get a little.

On Friday and Saturday there will be freebies for you in exchange for your donation at two of our drop-off locations :

* La Yunta will give a free wine, beer or soft drink with every donation, 11 am – 6 pm, April 16 and 17
* San Sebas Cafe will give a free coffee with every donation,
10 AM – 3 PM, April 16 and 17.

Donations of diapers, wipes, and cash will be accepted at the locations below on April 16th and 17th as well as at La Yunta and San Sebas Cafe:

Inca Bar 11 AM – 6 PM
Hearts of Gold 10 AM – 3 PM


Trip report

In my normal fashion, this will be long winded because that’s my nature…it’s one of those teaching old dogs new tricks problems. I also don’t have a lot of editing time to be brief and I apologize in advance for my verbosity. Please, feel free to stop reading at any moment but also, please, to those who want to criticize for the fun of it, maybe you could just stop reading instead?

So, we made another long trip from Cuenca to Guayaquil to Fort Lauderdale to Dallas and I thought some might be interested in how things are going in terms of airlines, covid test and vaccinations.

The way we do this trip it’s a bit over 24 hours from the moment we leave Cuenca on Saturday, March 27, to the time we land at DFW in Dallas. It begins when the van picks us up at 11 AM at the house. This time, we rented the entire van at a cost of $80. The last trip from Cuenca to Guayaquil we had used Opera Azuay and it wasn’t much fun riding with a full van, no AC and also, it seemed, no suspension. Sherry actually got sick about halfway thru the Cajas. So, no more full van rides for us.


Learn to knit at YarnLux – boutique de hilo

This week we are offering a $5 discount on the supplies for your first knitting class. Book your private class now by emailing us at

We are located at Mariscal Lamar 25-95 y Av De Las Americas and open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM or by appointment. We look forward to seeing you at Cuenca’s luxury yarn store, YarnLux – boutique de hilo.

Mariscal Lamar 25-95 y Av De Las Americas

Elizabeth Beale
099 772 2205

Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs on Saturday April 17th

There will be several vendors and we expect a great turnout of customers. (The required health precautions will be implemented.) The feria will be held at the CosasPrep store on Simón Bolívar. There is a large room in the back of our store with many tables.

Some of the vendors will be: Artesana Family Bakery (Kelbert’s Atesianal Bread); Hacienda Chan Chan (Julie’s cheese); King Smokehouse (Felix’s meats); Cuenca Shop (Tyrone’s chocolate, coffees, liquors, essential oils, vitamins, etc.); Adicciones Saludables (Hernan’s-Gluten-free, organic deserts); Sweet and Light (Ximena-Sugar-Free, high protein pastries), Cuenca Muesli (Gabriel’s granola energy bars, cupcakes, bread); Organic Cosmetics (Lourdes); Goat Cheese (Glenda); Naná mil y deleites (Baked goods, specifically profiteroles); KKOS Chocolate y Tu (Marangel’s products made with chocolate, truffles, and cacoa); Green Art (Karina’s organic products).

Credit cards will be accepted for sales from all vendors. Try your luck for free gifts on our spinning wheel. Driving? There is a parking garage across the street. Vendors: Sorry – we are sold out of tables.

Look for future ferias at the same location the first Saturday of every month. Let’s celebrate our entrepreneurs with great local food and great local products.

Saturday April 17 from 10 AM until 2 PM, Free, Simón Bolivar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral, Cuenca.

Lorena Flores:

Horseback ride this Sunday; San Joaquin Riding welcomes you.

An awesome horseback ride in the Andes: Your day will begin by being picked up at Supermaxi, Las Americas at 9 AM and taken to the fields opposite the JEP Bank in San Joaquin where the horses will be saddled up and waiting for you. When you book, just let us know your level of riding so we can set you up with the appropriate horse, like us, they all have their own personalities.
Beginners are welcome this weekend…

The ride will begin at 9:30 AM for approx 2-3 hours, depending on which trail is chosen for the day, but each ride goes through different villages where the locals always get excited when we ride through, and the scenery is definitely worth the travel up into the mountains.

Lunch is around 12:30 PM and we will be served in a lovely, family owned, licensed restaurant just up from the San Joaquin Golf Course. Lunch is a la carte (and optional) and is not included in the price. Why not check out their website on facebook … “Campana Huaico ”

When lunch is finished, our private van will deliver you straight to your home.

Cost: $45 Includes the ride and transport and you can pay Jane at the beginning of the ride, gracias.

Bookings are essential by Fri 5 PM…

On booking, to make your day as pleasant an experience as we can offer, you will receive more detailed instructions.

Ph Jane: 097 879 7350
Facebook: San Joaquin Riding

Sunday, April 18th, from 9 AM to approx 2:30 PM.., $45, San Joaquin opposite JEP Banco, Cuenca.

Jane: 097 879 7350. Call after: 8 AM

1st OBG dance for this year!

Hello Everyone. Hope you are all well and happy. Many people have asked when we plan on resuming the Oldies But Goodies dances. We are excited to announce that we are planning our first OBG dance of the year on Wednesday, April 21st, at Common Grounds Sports Bar.

Music from 7-10 PM with happy hour from 4-7 PM.

As we want everyone to be safe, temperatures will be taken at the door and wearing a mask sensibly is required.

Common Grounds is a fun place to eat, drink and dance the night away. However, the number of attendees will be limited. Please respond and let us know if you are coming and how many people will be in your party.

Attendees will be welcome on a first come response to our email so please confirm or reconfirm.

Location: Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia
Venue: Seating re-designed to accommodate our dancers
Parking: Free parking information: Behind Common Grounds on Jose Asutillo
Bus service: Bus service to Common Grounds location: #13, #14, #19, #3 & #50
Donation: $5 per person. Exact change is helpful.
Bar service: Full-service bar at reasonable prices.
Dancing: All styles are welcome to the music provided.
Music: A variety of music styles including Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll supplied by George, played through our own proper sound system
Smoking: Smoking of any kind (including electronic) is permitted outdoors only.
Club: This is a private party of people who just want to have fun dancing, without complications. No dues. Please do not be shy. Just get up and dance as the mood strikes you. Most of the songs invite different dance styles, so don’t worry, just do your own thing, whether alone, as a couple, or in a group, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to invite your friends and come with the intention of having fun, and you will.

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor

We’re all here to have fun.

April 21st. Music 7-10 PM. Happy hour 4-7, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia, Cuenca.


Seeds for sprouting

Does anyone know where I can get mung beans, alfalfa, etc. seeds to make sprouts? Thanks in advance

Margit: .

City: Cuenca

Basic computers needed for environmental projects

They will be donated to indigenous nations as a part of Andes Amazon Conservancy projects.

They just need to be able to run email, Zoom and other basic tasks.

Affordable or donations accepted,

Adam Gebb: .

City: Cuenca

Bread pizza oven

Hello, I am an Italian guy. I am looking for a good bake oven where I can make some great Italian breads, pizzas and focaccias to start a little business – or a partner.

Open for any suggestions.

Grazie Mille.

Giovanni: +57 322 762 4774. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Bajo Alto, Ecuador

Looking for recommendations for Bajo Alto coast/beach area near the Machala area. Have you been there? Did you like it -pros/cons? For one day visit? Stayed for several days? Hotels and restaurants on beach/coast area?


John and Alisha in Yunguilla Valley

Alisha: .

City: Yunguilla

Help needed – Woman refused surgery because of positive Covid test

My neighbor’s Mom was rushed to hospital yesterday with extreme stomach pains. She was told she needed surgery to removed gallstones. When they tested her for covid, the results came back positive. Despite her being asymptomatic, the hospital refused her the surgery because of her positive covid results.

She went to every other public hospital in the area, and they all refused her surgery because of her positive test result. She’s had to check into a private clinic where they are willing to operate at the cost of $3000.

Her family does not have the money to pay for this surgery. She’s in extreme pain and needs to somehow raise the money. If you can help, please let me know and I can either put you in direct contact with this family, or I can pick up cash donations and deliver to them. Thanks for reading.

Hayley: 098 581 3770. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Inversion table

I’m looking for an inversion table I can buy/rent/borrow.


City: Cuenca

Native Partner Program (ESL volunteers needed)

Native Partner Program: Cañar Language Connection welcomes native English speakers to participate in our Native Partner Program. The Native Partner Program is a volunteer program designed to provide English language practice and a two-way cultural exchange. Classes of students enjoy exercising their speaking and listening skills and learning more about American culture as they interact with native English speakers.

The primary purpose of the program is for CLC students to gain practice in English with a native English-speaking volunteer. Often the volunteer partners are interested in learning the MLC student’s native language. This is perfectly fine and volunteers have ample opportunities to engage in an exchange of practicing English and helping the volunteer learn his or her native language. Current level of English to the target school is beginning. Volunteers will help with basic pronunciation of vocabulary and verb conjugation. Volunteers with work towards more complex English grammar like simple sentences. Support and training will be available. This a partnership with local schools so the curriculum is provided by the Ministerio de Educacion. Students are hopeful to practice their language and begin to develop an ear for American English.

We will match volunteers with volunteer hours, and provide the volunteer with transportation from Cuenca to the school. Children are welcome to interact with other children while parents are volunteering. Retirees of all ages are encouraged to make a difference in this community program.
If you are native English speaker and interested in volunteering as a partner, please email:

Antuco Araujo Fores: or call 098 753 0482

City: Cuenca

Visit us in Keter Clothing Shop, Supermaxi las Americas

Hello, I opened my boutique. We have many styles of clothes and bags of different brands from USA: Adidas, Fila, Puma, Calvin Klein and many more with very good prices compared to the prices here. Both men’s and women’s. Bags start from $19 to $29.99.

Come visit us to our local in Supermaxi de las Americas and I can help you also by sending you many designs and visit you with any style you like to try in your home for only $1.50 extra. We speak both English and Spanish. All kind of clothes: sport, casual, kancan jeans for $58 and much more.

Hope we can see you all soon.

Address: Supermaxi las Americas, Cuenca.

096 361 8104

Birdwatching Tour in Cajas NP

Hello dear friends. If you like nature, “Polylepis Tours Ecuador” invites you to take one of its Birdwatching tours in Cajas National Park or anywhere in the country you want.
This week 2 x 1 Boxes National Park birdwatching Tour.


It includes:

Bilingual guide
private transport

More information:
cell 099 355 7748

Calle Larga 6-28


High-quality massage therapy, $10 off your first massage

Come and experience a top-quality massage at affordable prices. Beautiful room, relaxing warm environment, heated massage table and the most comfortable face cradle money can buy.

About Jan: Considered by many to be a “World-Class” massage therapist, Jan Wallace has been performing massage therapy since her original licensing by the Oregon State Board of Health in 1983. She has studied almost every massage technique out there, and over the course of 30 years, blended the best-of-the best into her own massage style that’s an incredibly relaxing, therapeutic, invigorating, and an almost “spiritual” experience.

She can perform very light to very deep tissue techniques, and encourages the client to express their preferences, so she can create a custom experience for them.

Regular price: $40 for 90 minutes
New client’s first visit is always $10 off this price, therefore $30
Schedule at:
Monday thru Friday: 2 PM and 4 PM, (and 6 PM if necessary)


“I highly recommend you experiencing a massage with Jan Wallace, an excellent masseuse. I cannot give her enough accolades. Being the physically active woman that I am, I have had many massages in my lifetime and she easily ranks in the top 1%. No kidding. Give her a try. You’ll be so happy you did.” Eve Donald, Cuenca

“Jan gave me a fantastic massage. Her apartment is easy to find and the massage room is very spa-like. She’s easy to communicate with and makes sure you’re comfortable at all times. I highly recommend her.” Sandy Brown, Cuenca

“I had a great massage experience with Jan. She listens to your needs and pressure preference. The atmosphere is quiet, comfortable and relaxing. She is conveniently located. I would highly recommend a massage from Jan.” Adrien Winger, Cuenca

“I had overstressed a muscle in my back last week and was in a lot of pain. Jan lives in the same building as I do so I called her and she was able to fit me into her schedule. After 90 minutes with Jan, the pain was gone! I was hoping simply for the pain to lessen, but it was totally gone. Needless to say, I think she is great and highly recommend her!” Linda Chase, Cuenca

“I had three or four massages with Jan while I was in Cuenca a few months ago, just after she opened. I would second the comment above about having had many massages in my lifetime and the fact that Jan is in the top 1%. I’m a retired medial professional and can’t wait for my next visit with Jan. Renee Woywitka, Cuenca /Canada

Near Los Totems / Batan Shopping

Rosa Linda, roses with love

Rosa Linda, best rose service for 6 years. We have for you beautiful roses of different colors, with long duration. It is a family business where our priority is to deliver the best roses with a lot of love and care for the environment. We also offer you private tours for 2 to 3 people. Delivery is free.

Our price is super accessible, only $10 for 36 roses. Our roses are super fresh; we cut them a day before. With that we make sure that you receive super fresh and durable roses, with a lot of love for you.


Israel Lopez
096 958 5647

Spanish-English language and interpretation assistance

Hello. I am a British EFL teacher living in Cuenca, offering assistance with any situation in which a fluent Spanish speaker is needed. I have a Master’s degree in Spanish translation, from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom, and have lived, worked, and traveled all over Latin America over the last 20 years.

I am punctual, reliable, cheerful, and very familiar with Latin American culture and customs. I can meet you wherever you live in Cuenca to accompany you to doctor’s appointments, veterinary appointments, banks, utility companies, government offices, or even just to the grocery store! Additionally, I can translate any documents you may have from Spanish to English.

I charge $8/hr for time spent with you (with a minimum one-hour charge), with discounts for multiple-hour engagements.

Please feel free to call or WhatsApp me at 099 071 3501.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this advert. I look forward to helping you make your life here a little smoother.


Fiona Mitchell
099 071 3501

IVA refund

I help you with any kind of procedures at the SRI, banks, and at the IESS. Also, if you are 65 and you want to apply for IVA refund, I help you. Just send me an email,


Monica Crespo
098 280 2955

No preexisting, no copayment, 24-7 care

With a one-time monthly payment you’re covered for 24-7 ambulance house calls and Dr.’s appointments plus basic dental care. At Mady Insurance we have come together in alliance with a complimentary service that will help you in many different situations, especially if you have no insurance or have a high deductible plan but also need some basic care.

We have 5 new ambulances in the of Cuenca and are ready to serve you. This service also works great for when you need transportation after surgery. Why? Because this service is unlimited in every manner. There’s no limit to your preexisting conditions and no copayments, just one low monthly payment. Same price for all ages. Costs start at $14.50.

I’ll be happy to talk to you about this via phone, email or at my office.

Address: Los Alamos and Ordoñez Lasso Corner, Cuenca.

Madeleine Gonzalez Mensch
098 630 4185

Private health insurance tips

There are various kinds of policies available it depends on how high / low deductible you want and if international coverage is a must or national coverage is sufficient. Your policy should cover you in the most extreme cases to the minimal.

Make sure you use the once-a-year checkups, don’t let illnesses sneak up on you, prevention can save your life.

Have a clear understanding of preexisting conditions how they’re covered in your policy and the how a preexisting condition is defined in Ecuador.

Take advantage of the free online, and phone Dr.’s which can get you prescriptions and also 24-7 house calls at $10 a visit.

Know your network well, that way you can do as much copayments as possible.

My team and I make sure you’re taken care of whether it’s advice on what Dr.’s to choose or help with your claim. We’re here for you.

Please visit my website for more details on specific questions on car, home owners, renters and health insurance.

Corner of Los Alamos and Ordoñez Lasso. Edificio Alamos Plaza oficina 202

Madeleine Gonzalez Mensch
098 630 4185

Transpo Ecuador

I’m in Olon, if anybody needs a cheap ride back to Cuenca.

4 people and luggage for $140 (normally), now $70!

Let’s book

Bolivar 6 40
Jon Labouef
098 494 9008
+593 98 494 9008

Nebraska Hypoallergenic steam cleaning

Do you have carpet that you think is just too dirty or run down and needs to be replaced? and just don’t have the money to replace. Give us a call and get your carpet looking new again.

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

Himno Nacional y Bandera Nacional

Freddy Delgado
093 937 9979

doTerra essential oils/products at CuencaShop

These are the doTerra set prices in Ecuador (including taxes):

(Mention this GringoPost ad and get 10% off your doTerra order at CuencaShop)

If we dont have it we can order in within a week:
Arborvitae 5 mL: $34.65
Basil 15 mL: $31.50
Bergamot 15 mL: $42.65
Black Pepper 5 mL: $34.65
Black Spruce 5 mL: $28
Clove 15 mL: $22
Cardamom 5 mL: $40.50
Cassia 15 mL: $29.35
Cedarwood 15 mL: $18.65
Cilantro 15 mL: $41.35
Cinnamon 5 mL: $33.35
Citronella 15 mL: $28
Clary Sage 15 mL: $57.35
Copaiba 15mL: $54.65
Coriander 15 mL: $40.50
Cypress 15 mL: $24
Douglas Fir 5mL: $30.70
Eucalyptus 15 mL: $22
Fennel 15 mL: $24
Fractionated Coconut Oil 115 mL (Massage Carrier oil): $18.50
Frankincense 15 mL: $109.50
Geranium 15 mL: $42.50
Ginger 15 mL: $61.35
Grapefruit 15 mL: $25.30
Helichrysum 5 mL: $117.30
Juniper Berry 5 mL: $30
Lavender 15 mL: $32.50
Lemon 15 mL: $16
Lemon Eucalyptus 15 mL: $18.70
Lemongrass 15 mL $16
Lime 15 mL: $19.95
Marjoram 15 mL: $30
Myrrh 15 mL: $81.30
Oregano 15 mL: $37.50
Patchouli 15 mL: $46.70
Peppermint 15 mL: $32
Peppermint Beadlets-125 perlas: $19.95
Petitgrain 15 mL: $38.65


The all-important VIP MedAlert difference

Most emergency buttons work like this: Push the button and it alerts a dispatcher to call public emergency services on your behalf—a useful piece of tech indeed.

The VIP MedAlert does have a button and dispatchers, but for us, that is just the beginning. In our case, the VIP dispatchers not only alert the public emergency services when needed but additionally has its own team of bi-lingual, licensed nurses and emergency medical technicians available for immediate dispatch 24/7/365. The button device allows us to communicate with you when you are able–when not, we use the built-in GPS coordinates in conjunction with your pre-submitted emergency info to determine where you are, what you likely need and how to get help to you fast. This button comes complete with its very own, on-call medical team, in addition to the public emergency services.

We are often the first ones to reach you, complete with medical kit. If your emergency is minor, our own team can often be at your location in minutes and provide the needed assistance or at least mitigate further damage prior to the arrival of the public emergency services. When the local ambulance is not timely or the client has requested a medical facility other than IESS, we have our own ambulance service on standby, ready for dispatch to your location.

So this is the MedAlert’s unique difference. Once you subscribe to our service, you have our own professional team, ready to deploy to your emergency location and provide competent, compassionate care in your time of need—rain or shine, day or night! Public emergency services plus a specialized private emergency response team—the perfect combination of speed, comprehensive care, and flexibility can make all the difference when disaster strikes!

VIP worked for over a year to design this program and work through the approval requirements of the relevant government agencies. With over 35,000 hours of medical service provided to the Cuenca Community and voted Cuenca’s Best Home Healthcare 3 years in a row, VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca’s same, high quality medical care, is now available and ready for your emergency needs at the push of a button.

Contact us for details about this one-of-a-kind service. VIP looks forward to hearing from you.
098 329 8243

Benigno Malo 12-41 y Gaspar Sangurima

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca
098 329 8243

Dimplos, cleaning services

We have qualified and trusted staff who accompany us from our firsts. To enter our company they must follow some procedures and tests, for the qualification of them, as well as recommendations of previous work and after review on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

Simon Bolivar 17-25 y Miguel Heredia

Juan Pedro Malo
099 413 6993

Let’s go to the jungle – We have a new date available

Hello adventurers,

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: May 9th – 14th, 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.

Misahualli -Tena

Maritza Cuenca
099 960 4870

Going to Cuenca and Salinas mid-May; returning 3rd of June

Hi Expats, I’ll be arriving in GYE on May 19th. 2021. and returning June 3rd, I still have room for laptops and cell phones, mail or anything in particular that you need and deliver in person in Guayaquil, Cuenca or Salinas or ship it via Servientrega to your location at your cost, laptops. I charge $80, cell phones $50. On my return I’ll be happy to bring your mail and mail it from my home for free for those who request my service or at a minimal cost (price of postage) for everyone else or anything else you need to send back to the US

126 62nd st.

Freddy H Gomez
001 917 622 5890

Recommendation for Jesús Arellano, Pallet Forniture

Jesús is my guy for specialty furniture. A year ago I WhatsApped him, looking for a bistro height yet small table. He had one in stock and delivered within 2 hours. This year’s dilemma was my puppy was pulling down the PuntoNet fiber optic modem and router from a nightstand I bought at Kywi. I needed to both hide the 2 coils of wires and box of the installation that are puppy chew toys and also elevate the equipment to get a strong signal through the house. We collaborated via WhatsApp. He sent me pictures of what he could build. I chose this piece that was both functional and funky, showcasing mementos of my childhood and of Ecuador. He built it and delivered in 10 days. This piece probably could be wired for spots too!.

Picture gallery on Instagram @paletforniture

Address: Miguel Heredia, Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Sandi Curry:

Recommendation for Pallets Meubles Cuenca, furniture building

My elderly mother is not strong enough to work the footstool on her recliner, so we needed a footstool for her instead. Who knew that a footstool would be so difficult to find here? I contacted Jesus Arellano and he custom made 2 footstools for her – exactly as we ordered and for a very reasonable price. Prompt delivery as promised. Very, very pleased and highly recommended.

Address: Miguel Heredia

Contact information:

Recommended by Bella La Coste:

Recommendation for Filipina baker, Debby Degamo, restaurant

There are several ads mentioned for cinnamon buns but I gave Debby’s cinnamon rolls a try and they were awesome. Huge buns, soft, buttery and so cinnamony. She not only has the best cinnamon rolls but her biscuits, cookies and scones are the best. WhatsApp here to place an order.

Address: Los Cedros y Los Claveles

Contact information: 096 322 3377

Recommended by Danielle Robertshaw:

Recommendation for Marisabel Curso, Comida Tipica Cooking Class

I signed up for Marisabel’s Ecuadorian Cooking class. I enjoyed it very much and so did my classmates. Right on time, Marisabel picked us up at our respective homes. We stopped at the Arandano Market in Gringolandia to buy eggs, avocados and a few more things. Arandano is a destination in itself. They have an exciting assortment of nuts, flours and grains sold in bulk as well as very fresh produce, meats, cosmetics and more.

We arrived at Marisabel’s house and gathered in her cozy kitchen. I felt inexplicably happy to be handed an apron. It is my favorite garment, because it is so closely tied to cooking and eating — my favorite pastimes.

Marisabel (I love that name) was relaxed and well organized. Her enthusiasm set the tone. We chatted, relaxed, observed and sipped a little wine. What could be more pleasant?

The cooking demonstration and instruction ended with a fabulous sit-down dinner of Locro de Papas, a traditional potato soup, Montepillo, made with hominy and eggs, and ending with – Budin de Pan, which is bread-pudding. This was a family recipe. We all had seconds! Were it not for our manners, we might have had thirds.

Chef Marisabel filled a container of each dish for us to take home. We also received copies of the recipes. Then, Marisabel drove us back home again. What could be easier?

The cost for the class was $45 per person, a very good value considering we had two delicious meals and several days-worth of bread-pudding. I learned the names of and how to prepare new foods. The fellowship was great, and being picked up and delivered back home eliminated all stress!
Our little group is still chatting, trying to coordinate a meet-up at a Mexican Restaurant. I hope she has another class soon, because I could definitely do this again.

Marisabel’s WhatsApp 099 930 7524

Recommended by Sissel W. Robertson:

Recommendation for En Espiral, shop/ workshop

I would like to recommend a lovely little new shop/ workshop right by the Tomebamba river next to escalinatas (Casa Cidap). It’s called En Espiral (found them on instagram and Facebook)

En Espiral is also a nice community of knitters weavers and creatives who gather every week.
There are monthly, weekly and daily memberships available which allow you to share their cozy space and meet lovely people as well as having guidance and tutorials given by the owners themselves.

I’d definitely recommend to pay them a visit and enjoy a cup of tea or shop and support local artists designers and makers.

Address: Paseo 3 de Noviembre next to Escalinatas by the Tomebamba river

Contact information: 098 345 9101

Recommended by Elizabeth P:

The Pastrami Weekend Sandwich

Greetings everyone, we are Pig & Cow! Many of you already know our flavor, some of our sandwiches and our attention. We want to add more friends to our venture and this idea you will surely love, is “The Pastrami Weekend” from Friday, 16th, to Saturday, 17th, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

We will have the freshest and best made ingredients, a whole festival of flavor. New York Style Pastrami of 200 gr, the XL of 400 gr and the twin: two sandwiches of 100 gr ideal for couples.

With the purchase of any of them get a 50% discount on our artisan smoked bacon. 20% discount on semi-hard cheese and 30% off on smoked chicken. All super recommended!

Come and rediscover the flavor that you miss so much.

April 16th until 17th between from 9:30 AM and 3 PM, av Juan Iñiguez between Moreno Mora and 10 de Agosto, in front of Edif Genova

Cesar Quintero Mucarcel: 096 297 2352

Cooking classes

Ecuadorian traditional cooking classes

What do you want to learn to cook? Chumal? Locro de papas? Tamal? What is your favorite Ecuadorian dish?

Have a great time with me. I take you to different places to buy food and stuff for cooking and then i open the doors of my kitchen (my favorite place ever), and I teach you how to do in the right way the best traditional recipes.

Make a group of 4 and have a nice afternoon!

$45 per person

You choose the date, Roberto Crespo

Marisabel Neira: 099 930 7524

El Andaluz cafeteria

“El Andaluz” cafereria: We are a Cuenca cafeteria with 30 years in the market specialized in the production of different types of sandwiches, French fries, natural juices, etc. We attach our menu with prices and current promotions so you can take advantage of them.

Menu el Andaluz

Sandwich “Tradicional Andaluz”. Price: $3.95
Combination of American ham, Dutch cheese, tomato, fresh lettuce, and white house sauce. In a sesame bread.
Contains gluten, contains lactose.

Tukey Sandwich. Price: $4.95
Baked turkey seasoned with a light mayonnaise, tomato, fresh lettuce, and white house sauce. In a sesame bread.
Contains gluten, contains lactose.


Café Ñucallacta – Cuenca´s favorite coffeehouse

We wouldn´t be an authentic coffeehouse if we didn´t roast our own beans. Always roasted in small batches to ensure that you receive at its optimum in aroma and flavor. Our coffee is mountain grown, 100% arabica and export quality. Our coffee is available ground, whole bean or by the cup. We have a wide range of coffee and non-caffeinated beverages. Pumpkin spice lattes, flat whites, Chemex filtered coffee, blueberry juices, detox drinks and much more. Order your favorite drink at our café.

We also have three talented chefs that prepare our breakfast, pastry and fast food menu items to enjoy at our shop or for delivery at home. From our Huevos Rancheros and hash browns, to our Cajun style Chicken sandwiches and homemade North American pies, you will not be disappointed. Order online at, call us via WhatsApp or visit us any day of the week. Hope to see you soon.

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

Ruminahui Duchicela: 096 311 4958

Goat cheese, pickles and more

La Mia Goat Cheese will be at Cuenca Consignments Thursday and Friday 11-2 Come see us and sample some of our great aged cheeses like Triple Cream Callimanta and Roquefort. We will have Banana Bread and Zucchini bread along with Sour Goats milk Biscuits. Dill Pickles, Sauerkraut and Feta.

Thursday and Friday 4/15/ 4/16 11-2, Isabela and 12 de Abril Isabela 4-75

Craig Carotherss: 099 128 0415

Today at Nunkui, beef from the Amazon

Today we offer you, beef from the Amazon. Fed only on grass, this beef has a superior taste, free of chemicals. It comes from sustainable farms owned by the Shuar, indigenous Amazonian people, who control deforestation and carry out a responsible use of the soil.

As we thank everyone for the good reception given to our beef, we apologize to the people to whom we were unable to deliver the last week because our stock ran out very quickly due to limited quantities. We have just arrived from the Amazon, and we have managed to supply ourselves with a greater quantity of beef and some new cuts, such as sirloin or picaña.

You can order in advance, by email or WhatsApp, for home delivery or pick-up.

WhatsApp: 099 586 7670

Nunkui business hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM to 1 PM and 2:30 to 6:30 PM. Saturday: 9:30 AM to 1 PM., “Casa San Sebastián”. Simón Bolívar 13-86 y Estévez de Toral.

Paul Sanchez:
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