Cooperativa other than JEP

I am happy with JEP, but I want to spread the risk by using other cooperativa(s) also.

My desires are:
$32000 insurance (what is the website for insured amounts?)
1 year: 8.5% interest
online access for savings and CDP’s
joint savings
transfer to/from other banking
renew instructions by email

TIA for advice.

Mike L: 099 159 3533. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

2nd vaccine shot

I just had my second Pfizer jab. I didn’t get a text message with any info, but as I had heard, I just went to the Coliseum at the same time as the appointment for my first one, on the date they had told me during that first appointment to return.

After waiting in line for 10 minutes I was told that, yes, I was scheduled for my second injection today but it wasn’t here at the Coliseum. I had to go to the University of Azuay Bicentenario campus in Baños. Thank heavens Romolo (099 255 6416) was with me to help with translation and to ferry me out to Baños.

I’m not trying to give anyone specific instructions on what you should do, but only to say to be prepared for a possible change of venue. And be patient. We are just so glad that vaccinations are being provided here in Ecuador.

Larry Cochran: .

City: Cuenca

Asking for good VPN for Ecuador

Looking for Internet versatility. VPN makes the IP invisible for email and websites to other countries. Now I can only login to American Airlines for example, or Young Living Essential Oils in the States, in Spanish. I see that Nord is a recommended VPN for Ecuador. I think I read something about this on a previous GringoPost.

Suzanne Cerny

Mac & Friends play Common Grounds today at 3:30 PM

Why not, right? I’ll be playing Bossa, jazz, and blues with some new Cuenca musician friends. Chill music with chill people on a chill afternoon.

Support local businesses and local musicians. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, $5, Common Grounds, Cuenca.

Andrew McLemore: 096 361 9018

Encouragement from Trinity Vineyard Church

Forgiven to Forgive

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

Motion causes friction. Doing life with real people can generate feelings of irritability and agitation. Real people in real life can get on your nerves at times. Our self-absorbed society elevates relational strife. Our proclivity toward selfishness accelerates the relational turmoil.

Followers of Jesus are not exempt from relational challenges. Every church family experiences tension, jealousy, and relational drift. We combat the tendency to turn inward and neglect relationships. Self-preservation prevents us from experiencing the depth of meaningful relationships God has for us.


Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs – Thursday, April 29

(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 the store with many tables.

Please support these vendors while stocking up on really healthy food:

Artesana Family Bakery (Kelbert’s artisanal bread)
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)
Freya Organic Cosmetics (Lourdes)
La Caprina Goat Cheese (Glenda)
Nan· mil y un deleites (Baked goods, specifically profiteroles)
KKOS Chocolate y Tu (Marangel’s products made with chocolate, truffles, & cacao)
Cafe Tierras del sur (Leonardo)
Amiel Natural Honey (Veronica)
La Delicias de la Abuela (Jeaneth)

The fun begins at 10 AM. To assist the vendors, the ending time has been extended to 4 PM.

Thursday, April 29, from 10 AM to 4 PM, free, Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral., Cuenca.

Lorena Flores:

Anyone going to Canada from Cuenca?

I have a letter I need mailed to a friend in British Columbia, Canada, so I’m looking for someone who’s going from Cuenca to Canada, who could mail it there for me. I’d be happy to pay for the service and the postage…Please call or email me if you can help. 096 974 6061

Bobette: .

City: Cuenca

Graham cracker

Where could I find a graham cracker crust or graham wafers?

Mark: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for 3 bedroom house for long-term rental

Looking for 3 bedroom unfurnished house for long-term rental in Cuenca, $200-$300, I don’t have pets.

I am looking for an apartment or house with 3 bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms. Location must be within 5 kilometer radius from Ciudadela la Kennedy o Ricaurte por eso sector. Green space would be a bonus, parks nearby, or outside space, patio would also be bonuses as well as good natural lighting, especially in the kitchen. Proposal: $250 +/-

Nicholas Barringer: 099 255 2355. Call after: 6 AM

Hanging chair/hammock with stand wanted, used

We are looking for 1 or two outside hanging chairs with stands and also a hammock .These items must be gringo traps because the prices I have seen are way to high. So, if you have a hanging chair and stand you don’t use any more and a hammock with stand or if you know where to buy these items at reasonable prices, please let us know.

Garnet: .

City: Cuenca

Contact info for woman who sells books for charitable donations

A few weeks ago, someone was selling books in return for donations to the charity of buyer’s choice. Does anyone know how to contact her?


Brahmi Ishaya: 1 843 450 6946 (WhatsApp). Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mule, Cuenca to New York

If anyone wishes to send a package, please contact me,

Diego Clavijo: 099 584 8988. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Housekeeping/cleaning, etc.

When you need someone to clean your house or apartment or help in the garden with plants and general maintenance, baby sit the children, go to the market, care for the pets, stay in your home when you go away or assist with errands, call me my name is Laura and I have been helping expats and others in the Cuenca area for over ten years.

I have excellent references available for you to contact, I am always punctual and trustworthy. I understand English and communicate very well. Please call me to see how I can help.

Cell 099 335 2819 email

For English call 093 970 0732

Laura Guaman. after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Upgrade your computer and get a free maintenance

Is your computer running slow and you don´t want to buy a new one?

Consider upgrading the disk and receive a free maintenance with the change.
Get 10 times the speed just by doing this upgrade.

Files backup and OS reinstallation included.

Available space:
1 TB


098 352 2685

Technical support (printer, computer, maintenance, iPad, wifi service)

• Do you need help with your phone or computer?
• Do you need a new contract with a fiber optic provider without any hassle?
• Do you need a new TV, printer, computer or any gadget?
• Are you having issues with your printer?
• Do you need technical support with your iPad/iPhone, MacBook Air/Pro or iMac?
• Magsafe computer charging not working?
• Are you new in town and need to set up internet & other services?
• Wifi running slow?
• Not getting the speed you´re paying for?
• fire TV stick acting up?
• Computer in the need of some maintenance?
• Experienced bilingual technician offering technical support service in Cuenca and its surroundings.
• 10-year experience
• Ink/supplies change or delivery to your door.
• Biosecurity guaranteed
• Affordable prices.
• At home service, no need to get out of home and expose yourself, very limited social interaction while working, service warrantied.

City: Cuenca

098 352 2685


Here is a wonderful opportunity to learn to paint with watercolors

Learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting from one of South America’s finest artists, Claudio Alberto Soriano this May at idiomART.

Beginning watercolor with Artist Alberto Soriano

Starting May 4th through the 27th, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 to 5 PM
8 Sessions — 24 hours of instruction.
Session dates: May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27.


Would you like to learn to do beautiful mosaic art?

A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assembling of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.

idiomART is introducing a beginning level mosaic workshop with two of Cuenca’s respected mosaic artists: Edgar Vicente Leon Segovia and Cristina Belen Quinde Herrera.

Monday and Wednesdays, starting on May 3rd, 2021.

Session dates; May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26.

Eight 3-hour sessions
9 AM to Noon

$160 total*

*Includes 24 hours of hands-on instruction and all materials/tools (valued at $40).

Limited spots are available.

Payment can be made directly via PayPal or by Cash.

Register via email to idiomART.

Artists Edgar Vicente Leon Segovia and Cristina Belen Quinde Herrera have their home and studio in Cuenca, Ecuador. They are accomplished muralists as well as known for their works in ceramics, mosaics, and painting.

idiomART is located at Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella


Save $20 on massage-facial at RadiantSkin Spa by Alejandra

Beat the weekend lockdown blues with Alejandra’s weekday special.

For a limited time, you can experience your Total Relaxation combo for just $55. It Includes a thorough Facial Oxygenation treatment plus a 75-minute relaxation massage.

The session will make you look and feel like a million bucks. Alejandra is well known for her spectacular massages. And her facial treatment will give you a firm, glowing complexion. It includes deep cleansing, deep hydration plus oxygenation, facial massage for proper muscle alignment, Gua-sha facial massage to relax the facial muscles plus LED therapy.

We invite you to book at the link using one of the messaging buttons in the About section.

Then Like the FB page and check our videos, great reviews, informational posts, photos and full Menu of services in the Photos section including a relaxing massage, deep tissue massage, facials, permanent eyelash curling, micro-needling, antiaging, waxing, lymphatic drainage and more.

You get a safe, professional experience with each visit to our lovely spa inside Mercy´s Alta Salon. Alejandra worked in a top Guayaquil spa for many years. And she uses biosafe protocols including a mask and facial protector and disinfects her spa after each client visit.

We speak English. Gift cards are available. Discounts available for packages of multiple sessions. Just a short walk from el Centro. We accept cash, debit and credit cards (+ processing charge for cards). Special offers are available only if performed at RadiantSkin Spa by Alejandra´s location. Not accepting new in-home clients.

Mercy¨s Alta Peluquería in the Kawsay Building at Ave. Paucarbamba 361, Cuenca

WhatsApp Message +593 99 101 5477

YarnLux will be open Thursday and Friday – we wait for you

Come and visit Cuenca’s luxury yarn store, YarnLux – boutique de hilo and Thursday and Friday. We have all the yarn and supplies you need for your knitting, crochet, weaving, and other fiber arts projects. If you would like to sign up for a private knitting class please email us at

YarnLux – boutique de hilo is located at Mariscal Lamar 25-95 y Av De Las Americas and open Tuesday-Saturday (Friday) from 10 AM to 3 PM.

We will be closed Saturdays due to the new curfew rules. We will resume our normal hours as soon as possible while following the government regulations.

Mariscal Lamar 25-95 y Av De Las Americas

Elizabeth Beale
099 772 2205

Attorney – Translator

I’m a fluent English-speaking attorney, and I can help you with legal issues such as: legal documents, end of life documents, wills, notary procedures, lease contracts, legal advice, and much more.

I have experience working with Americans in Cuenca, and I really enjoy it. I am also a translator and interpreter who can help you translating any kind of document (legal, medical, documents for visa process, etc.).

I can help you as your personal interpreter for your appointments, errands, video conferences, and more.

Juan Montalvo 7-40 and Presidente Córdova

Javier Munoz
099 582 0754

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
096 292 7668

Temporary/permanent visas… 100% guaranteed!!

If you are filing for a temporary/permanent visa, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. That’s right. If I don’t get you your visa, you pay nothing. My name is Isabel Mosquera. I am an Ecuadorian, who studied and lived in Canada for many years. I have been a Visa Facilitator for over 7 years and have assisted more than two hundred and fifty Expats in obtaining their Visas, Temporary and Permanent, Cedulas, Translations, Health Insurance, housing and much more. These services are available as one fee package or individually. I own a car, so transportation is always included at no extra charge. I have always gotten my clients their Visas, even under the most difficult of circumstances, such as unreadable fingerprints for FBI reports.

Have you moved to Ecuador without the required documents? Don’t worry, I can help. I offer free consultations, either by telephone, email or in person. I am at the Immigration office on a very regular basis, so I am knowledgeable about all recent changes in the law and am happy to share my knowledge with you. I will be happy to provide you with references.

I look forward to serving you.


Isabel Mosquera
WhatsApp +593 99 960 3663

Boston Tapiceria custom made recliners

We only provide the best leather furniture, because we only use the best quality materials.
If you really need a very comfortable chair, sectional, recliner or sofa, contact us. We will custom make the best furniture for you.

Leather: Premium leather with various finishing options of colors to choose from.

Fabrics: You can choose between our big selection of fabrics samples.

Frame: Our frames are constructed from dried solid hardwood. The wood drying process reduces the moisture content of the wood which contributes to frame durability. By removing most of the moisture in the wood the frame is less susceptible to warping and shrinking with changes in temperature and humidity over time. The joints are glued and L-braced at the corners to add to the longevity of our products.

Springs: Springs are design to provide maximum support and lasting comfort. They help to balance weight distribution while transferring the least amount of motion.

Cushions: Polyester fiber and density foam core are double-wrapped with hollow fill fiber to create a plush seat cushion. Our back cushions are individual baffled with polyester fiber to maintain its shape and to prevent migration.

Memory Foam: Our high density memory foam is as comfortable as it is durable, resilient and conforms to the shape of your body to providing maximum support.

Cuenca Centro


Carpentry services

When you look for a professional carpentry, handyman, and remodeling contractor contact us. We have what it takes to handle any job you may have, no matter how big or small your project is.


Tile installation and repair
Kitchen cabinets
Doors, windows
Bed frames
Outdoor furniture
Furniture Restoration
Hardwood flooring
Decks and patios
Home additions
Drywall repair
Finishing carpentry

Affordable Prices
1 year labor guarantees
Always friendly service
Thorough inspections of all handiwork
Post construction cleanup

Av Gonzalez Suarez

Juan Pablo

UK entrepreneur wants to do business

My name is Jack, I’m from London, UK, and I’m looking for business people or people who wants to sell their product/s in the UK marketplace. I’m open to all ideas and possibility. If you have a great product feel free to reach out.

My email is our conversation will remain discreet. Alternatively you can WhatsApp me on (0044) 75 720 8543. Thanks in advance.


Jack waza

Crazy deals at CuencaShop /King’s Smokehouse

I think we are losing it:

So time to enjoy some crazy deals:
(Deals end 6 PM Friday 30th April)

Crazy deals:
1) Jack Daniels Fire 1ltr + 1lb Bacon+Delivery =$70
2) Jack Daniels 1ltr+1lb Bacon+Delivery=$70
3)Jack Daniels Honey +1lbBacon+Delivery=$70
4) 1lb Bacon+1lb Sausage+Underanga Chardonnay+Camerbert Cheese+Delivery=$30
5) 3 Bars of Conexion Chocolate=$10
6) 5 Bars of Pacari=$10
7) Jim Beam+1lb bacon+Delivery=$40
8) 15% off doTerra & Young Living Oils Essential oils
9) 5 La Paz beers+ 1 Beer Glass+2lb Saugage+Delivery=$20
10) 300ml Maple Syrup+1lb Sausage+1lb bacon+Free Delivery=$25
11) Vanilla Extract+2Vanilla Beans+Small Box Lindt Chocolate+Delivery=$15
12) Johnny Walker Green 750ml+Free 1lb Sausage+Free Delivery=$79.95
13) Buy 4 wine, Free 5th wine (to equal or lesser value)+Free Delivery
14) 6x Biela Reserva Beer + 1lb Sausage=$10
15) 2 x 593 Lager+1lb Bacon =$10

While stock lasts
Don’t miss out.

CuencaShop/King’s Smokehouse 8-66 Coronel Talbot, Parque Sans Sebastian, Cuenca

098 402 6399

Run errands for you

Hello everyone, I am a young woman, I speak Spanish and good English. I offer multiple services, do the shopping and pay the bills, take the dog out, give the plants a drink while the hosts are on vacation, housekeeping, help with the assembly of a small piece of furniture or collect urgent documents on the other side of the city and practice Spanish. Thank you, Joelys

Address: Cuenca, Cuenca.


Recommendation for Tienda Nectar, health/wellness supplements and food

I don’t know if you have yet discovered a wonderful health, natural foods and artisanal store that recently relocated to Mariscal Sucre 1-127 y Manuel Vega, near Coral. Tienda Nectar features nutritious foods, supplements and healthy products from Ecuador and around the world to fully support your well-being.

The staff are extremely knowledgeable about health and how to use their products. They have helped me many times. They also offer massages and juicing programs. They are open from 10 AM to 5 PM and can also deliver directly to your home. It is well worth a visit

Address: Mariscal Sucre 1-27 y Manuel Vega

Contact information:

Recommended by Johana Sand:

Recommendation for Jesus Arellano, custom-built furniture

I have had several pieces of furniture made by Jesus. He made very good suggestions of design, and his work and materials are excellent. He is conscientious and dedicated to his craft. His prices are reasonable, and you will find him reliable and honest.

Address: Palet Fornitures

Contact information: 09 627 3971

Recommended by Sallie Ann Burnett:

Recommendation for Patricio Fernandez, driver/taxi service

My husband and I, as well as a number of our friends, have used Patricio for all of our driving needs. He speaks English fluently, punctual and reliable, is very covid conscious, and owns two vehicles — a truck that comfortably seats 5 and a travel van for larger groups of people. Patricio is kind and courteous and knows Ecuador well. We have used other drivers and Patricio is by far the best we have experienced.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 489 6472

Recommended by Page Maisano: 099 356 2414

Recommendation for Byron Fajardo, dog training

Byron has done an incredible job training our golden retriever! We have used him twice — once for obedience and socialization when Giuseppe was a puppy and now for service dog training. Byron is very patient with Giuseppe and completely understands dogs — how they think, how to work with them, and when they have had enough for the day. Byron’s services include: Canine Training, Rehabilitation Therapy, and Behavioral Modification. He also provides lodging and daily walking. I express enough how happy my husband and I are with the training Byron has provided! He has been amazing with Giuseppe.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 096 857 8174

Recommended by Page Maisano: 099 356 2414

Special baby back ribs on BBQ sauce at Sofy Glocal cuisine

So we are excited to annunciate to all of you our delicious special for this long weekend (starting from this Thursday, April 29 until Sunday, May 2nd):
– Mac & Cheese
– Coleslaw
– French fries
– Apple pie Price/ $12.50

You can come and enjoy our special plate in our restaurant from 11 AM to 6 PM, or get it by delivery until 8 PM (including Saturday and Sunday)
** You need to have a previous reservation to enjoy this meal**

Visit us: Simon Bolivar 7=79 y Luis Cordero (inside of the park house)
Reservations and delivery.
099 510 3974

Thursday, April 29, to Sunday, May 2nd, Simon Bolivar 779 and Luis Cordero


Cream’O’Gurt yogurt, free

DEFY (Dave’s Earth-Friendly Yearnings) wants to help you try some of our tasty products with no risk (from Covid-19 or to your pocketbook). Right now, you can get a full cup of Cream’O’Gurt Yogurt: Mango, Guanabana, Plain, Peach, Maracuya, Coconut, Strawberry, or Mora, for free. There are 250 billion live cultures in a 1-liter bottle and 13 different bacterial strains. It’s simply the best yogurt on the planet.

And, choose a piece of any DEFY dessert: Carrot Cake, Brownie, Reese’s Treats, Canadian Nanaimo Bar, or American Nanaimo Bar, free. plus, free delivery to your doorstep.

You’ll get regular email updates from DEFY on promotions, new products, etc. Check out our website to see more details on the yogurt and desserts. Depending on your selection and where you live, this offer has a value between $5 and $6. Just send us an email with your name, yogurt and dessert selection, and your address, and we’ll be happy to make you happy.

Wednesday, May 5th at noon, Jesus Arriaga 4-69

David Coote: 098 498 3562

Looking for the pastrami and corned beef sandwich for real?

At Pig & Cow we are dedicated and make you feel at home, traveling to those moments that made you very happy and surely our smoked pastrami sandwich or our corned beef can
make it possible, try our rye bread, Dijon mustard, sour pickles and our option to add Sauerkraut.
All our ingredients are handmade, made by us and our special collaborators.
It is the moment of the best Sandwich, come to Pig & Cow!
Ask any questions or call us on our phone number.
You can also order at home or arrive at our pleasant location where we have outdoor tables.
We are located on Juan Iñiguez Avenue between Moreno Mora and 10 de Agosto, diagonal to Edif Genova.

April 29th at 9:30 AM to May 2nd at 9:30 PM, av Juan Iñiguez between Moreno Mora and 10 de Agosto, in front of Edif Genova

Cesar Quintero Mucarcel: 096 297 2352

La Mia Goat Cheese at Cuenca Consignments, Thursday only

This week we will be at Cuenca Consignments. Thursday only. All of our products, including the new line of Grammy Pammy’s Dressing, will be available for free tasting. Stop by and sample some. See you there.

Thurs 4-29 ,11 AM – 2 PM, Cuenca Consignments, Isabela and 12 de Abril

Craig Carothers: 099 128 0415

Pei’s pot stickers (Chinese food delivery)

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 pick up or delivery with at least one day of notice. Thank you.

This is the menu:


2 new products at Cuenca Salmon

Two new products
Polish Keibasa Sausages. Peter brings the family’s recipe from Poland to make these outstanding sausages.

Smoked Deer Sausages. Last night was the first time I sampled the Deer Sausage. Very rare to find these sausages in Ecuador. Warning! – They are addictive.

Stock up sale
It’s a 3-day weekend. 10 items are on sale. Stock up on steaks, cold cuts, scallops, and trout.
Shop from our website Deliveries 7 days a week.

Thursday 4/29, Los Alamos y 3 de Noviembre

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238
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