How to get money into a JEP savings account

Has anyone been successful wiring money from a US bank into a JEP account? Please describe your experience. Has JEP changed its policy and has started to accept US checks for deposit? Based upon my last inquiry, I think the answer is still “no.” Except for depositing cash, are there any other quick and easy methods to get money into a JEP account?

David Naccari

When are you being vaccinated, and where?

The reason I ask is because I’ll be offering translation assistance to the Ministry of Health and I want to gauge what days and where the assistance is most needed. Judging by the reaction of the staff set up at the Coliseum, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that’s where there’s a large concentration of expats, but I want to make triple sure that I’m volunteering at the right site.


Expat Services Center– get help with your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Do you still need help registering for your vaccine on the Ministry of Health’s website? Are you starting to wonder why all your friends have received a notification for their vaccine appointment and you are still waiting? Or maybe you received a robocall in Spanish, had trouble understanding what it was all about, and now are worried it was related to your vaccine appointment?

Let Hogar de Esperanza’s Expat Services Center help you find answers to your vaccine-related questions, and breathe a bit easier knowing that you are all set. While we don’t promise to have all the answers, we can share with you the information on what we do know, we can call 171 on your behalf, and just generally do our best to help you sort things out – all free of charge.

An update that we want to share with you is that IESS announced it is signing up its eligible members for their vaccines. However, it seems that not everyone they sign up is being notified of their appointment time. If you are a member of IESS, you can log into your online account and check there to see if you have an appointment scheduled. Or contact us if you need help checking.

The Expat Services Center is offering to assist anyone – at no charge – with registering for and confirming their vaccine appointments here in Cuenca. Send us an email, call us, or just stop by during our open hours. We are happy to help you get vaccinated, as this, in turn, helps our Cuenca community as a whole.

Open hours for the Expat Services Center are: Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM (except during the lockdown). The Center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop. Look for the bright yellow sign. Thank you for your support.

Victor Suarez: 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

What do you do to maintain optimal health?

In yet another one-way communication of an opinion piece published elsewhere on May 2 that this time wisely prohibited comments, once again I feel compelled to take a positive perspective and begin a productive discussion about what the world has been dealing with for too long. The rage the author had was aimed at those who are anti-vaxxers and anti-science, taking the safe and simplistic stance that if only every person receives the vaccine, we wouldn’t have lost so much. I believe rage toward those few is unproductive. No matter what the political bent of the US mainstream media, it appears nobody wants to discuss the elephant: sustaining an unhealthy lifestyle compromises the immune system, making one a perfect host for a virus. Chronic illness left unmanaged becomes acute illness in a pandemic, which results in a great burden on one’s family, community and the healthcare system.


Lost cellphone

My husband lost his Motorola smartphone yesterday (Monday) morning. He’s quite sure it fell out of his pocket as he was exiting the cab we took after grocery shopping. We don’t know the name/number of the driver/taxi, but we were picked up at Supermaxi el Vergel and dropped at Edf. Santa Maria on Agustin Cueva. The driver looked to be in his 20s, maybe early 30s. The Covid partition in his cab was a solid black material, not plastic or plexiglass as many are. My husband’s phone has a brownish-black cover and has phone numbers taped to the back of it, inside the cover. If you found this phone or if you’re the driver, please contact us.

Roxanne Thompson: 099 568 0439. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Judas and the Black Messiah

La Guarida is happy to present on the big screen:

Judas and the Black Messiah
a film directed by Shaka King
in English and Spanish Subtitles

Wednesday, May 5th at 5:15 PM.
Doors open at 4:15 PM
Dinner reservations necessary
Limited Capacity.
Tel. 099 806 8071

“Judas and the Black Messiah” tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal. An incredible and necessary tale. This year, Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for his role on this film. Don’t miss out.

May 5th, from 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071.


This year’s best foreign film

La Guarida is happy to present on the big screen,

Druk (Another Round)
a film directed by Thomas Vinterberg
in Danish with English and Spanish Subtitles.

Tuesday, May 4th at 5:15 PM.
Doors open at 4:15 PM
Dinner reservations necessary
Limited Capacity.
Tel. 099 806 8071

“Another Round” (from Denmark) is this year’s Best Foreign Film. Thomas Vinterberg’s latest masterpiece is a sweet, strangely modest tragicomedy about the pleasures of (mostly banal) excess. While its protagonists zig-zag their way in a drunken stupor, this brilliant Danish comedy-drama manages to navigate itself between joyfulness and somberness without so much as a stumble. Mads Mikkelsen is a revelation on this role.

Come watch this incredible film and dine in one of the best restaurants in Cuenca. We love cooking healthy and remember that our menu offers a wonderful array of seafood, chicken, beef amongst other vegan and vegetarian dishes.

May 4th, from 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071.

All day opening for artist Lorena Duca’s exhibition

Dreams and Memories from Tomorrow
(Sueños y Memorias de Mañana)

Acrylic and watercolor paintings.

All day opening at idiomART
Friday, May 7th, 2021
10 AM to 5 PM.

Exhibition continues through May 28th with regular gallery times, Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

“Life is not the one that one lived, but the way in which one remembers, and how one remembers, in order to tell it”

(“La vida no es la que uno vivió sino la que recuerda, y como la recuerda para contarla.”)

~ Gabriel Garcias Marquez
Premio Nobel en Literatura

About the artist…

Lorena Duca was born in California almost 3/4 of a century ago, and was greatly influenced by the cultural revolution of her generation in the ’60s and ’70s.

She took her first of many trips out of the country at 19-years old, visiting most of Europe. After returning home to study Anthropology and Spanish language and Literature at San Francisco State in the late sixties (while being a hippie), she left for Latin America in 1968 and worked 2 years in Mexico City as a translator for a Mexican writer/investigator/poet. It was with Señor Magaloni and his investigating colleagues of all things Pre-Columbian, that Loren was encouraged to travel to the great Mayan and Incan cities (“ruins”) of the Americas.

Some of her early adventures include sneaking in and spending the night on the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico, and later, walking for 5 days on the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu with her husband and 2 others, without seeing another soul (only a curious Condor!) She explored rivers and jungles and Andean peaks in Colombia and Ecuador off and on for 40-50 years, but it was the friendly people and music that brought her back to retire in Cuenca, Ecuador 6+ years ago.

After 11 years between Colombia and the US, she and her family finally settled down to live in the beautiful small town of Ashland, Oregon, working as a Bilingual Educator and program coordinator for 35+ years and raising her family there. Every summer she and her family would travel somewhere, through Mexico, Central and So. America, and later to China, Middle East, Africa. She was a summer missionary for 6 trips, always carrying a sketchbook and small high-quality watercolors in her backpack. She filled many travel journals of what she saw, people and cultures she observed, and lives imagined or idealized.

Her colorful themes are a reflection and collection of people and places she has met, and from there she paints her memories – past, present and future.


Friday, May 7th, from 10 AM to 5 PM, Presidente Cordova 1-77, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega, Cuenca.


Income tax services

From the desk of tax accountant: The income tax filing deadline is May 17. This means taxpayers have chance to e-file tax returns until then without filing the extension form 4868. To request a tax extension, all you need to do is to submit Form 4868 by May 17. It also provides taxpayers an opportunity to claim 2020 stimulus payments, if not received, simply by filing 1040 for refund.

Kay Forgione: 098 384 1776 or 310 742 4724. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking to buy silver

Wanted: to purchase silver coins. Thank you.

Eve Donald: .

City: Cuenca

Share a van to the coast

If you are ready to leave the cold and rain of Cuenca, then join me in a van to Ayampe. The van is bio-secure, and Roman Uyaguari, the owner, is a model of safe driving. He charges $50 per person. Maximum four passengers.
Leaving Cuenca on Thursday, May 20 at 6 AM.

If your destination is Olon, Montanita, or Puerto Lopez you can ask him what extra charge that would be.

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

City: Cuenca

Facilitator in Guayaquil

We are in need of a Facilitator to assist us as a witness in Guayaquil. Can anyone recommend one who also speaks English and can pick up at hotel and drive us to the consulate to get a document notarized and witnessed then take us to the DHL office then back to our bus transportation in GYE?

Rick Crook: .

City: Cuenca

Can you help my friend, she will clean your home with excellence

My young friend with two babies so needs work. Do you need your house/apartment cleaned? She is a first-rate house cleaner. She will make your place shine from top to bottom and very conscientious, honest and completely trustworthy. She will water your plants, do your laundry, walk your dogs, gardening, house sit if you go out of town or run errands if you so desire. You can contact me at the info below. Thank you in advance.

Eve Donald: cell: 096 994 1866, what’s app +593 96 994 1866. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Concierge of Cuenca

Concierge of Cuenca for you. All services in one place. Over 11 years of experience in Cuenca.

Dear Expat Community, My name is Carlos Quiroga. I lived in Canada for more than 17 years and I am offering: Fiber optic internet apartment or house finder, IESS health insurance service, assistance with car registration, buys and sell. Shopping for furniture, home appliances, going to hospital, Sim card for your phone, making phone calls, immigration office, Pick up from the airport.

I Can be your personal assistant. Have excellent references.


Carlos Quiroga
098 963 9889

Next shuttle departures to Izhcayluma eco-resort / Vilcabamba

The next shuttle departures from Cuenca directly to our eco-resort are:

– Thursday 6th of May
– Friday 7th of May

We still offer the door to door service, that means we pick you up at your front door in Cuenca, between 1-1:30 PM
Price is $20 per person one way.

Next shuttle departures back to Cuenca:
– Monday, 10th of May
– Tuesday, 11th of May
Departure at 8 AM from Izhcayluma
Price is $20 per person

For reservations and information on accommodation please contact us through our web-site or write an email.

We still have our closed gate policy at our resort to offer you more safety.

Greetings from a sunny Vilcabamba
Peter, Dieter & Raik

Izhcayluma eco-resort / Vilcabamba

Peter Schramm
099 915 3419

Temporary/permanent visas… 100% guaranteed!!

If you are filing for a temporary/permanent visa, I offer a 100% moneyback 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

JDs Expat Services, legal housekeeping, cooking, shopping, and more

JD’s Expat Services along with Jenny Beltran has over 5 years’ experience offering fully IESS and SRI compliant services for all your needs. Weekly, bi-weekly, and daily maintenance and more offered for about $6/hr. Complete schedule flexibility including vacations.

Avoid the risk of a large separation settlement for only a couple of dollars per service. No additional month wage obligations. No risk. Just high-quality satisfaction guaranteed services from our highly recommended staff.

Call today for a free estimate and consultation. Bilingual.

JDs Expat Services
Edificio El Otorongo
Gran Colombia 21-111 y Unidad Nacional
Mon-Fri 11 AM – 5 PM Sat 11 AM – 2 PM
+593 98 818 7723

Gran Colombia 21-111 y Unidad Nacional

JDs Expat Services
098 818 7723

Fabric bags to use and reuse

Mother’s Day is almost here – and we have the perfect gift for you.
We’re a community of makers and creatives, inspired to bring the art of designing and making market bags and tote bags into your hands; market bags and tote bags with special architectural designs to use and reuse.

Show Mother Earth some love by carrying your groceries or daily essentials in one of our eco-friendly bags.

Don’t miss your chance to get 20% off our bags.

To order, send me an email or WhatsApp

Av. del Bombero, Chaullabamba

Monica Garcia
096 074 5835

Professional carpentry services and construction

We offer a full bespoke service to our clients. We can complete all kinds of construction and carpentry projects.

We specialize in designing unique staircases, storage solutions, kitchen and bathroom units, wooden furniture, windows and much more. All our projects are custom made just for you in our workshop.

Our services:

Storage Solutions
Wooden Furniture
Roof Structures
Timber Framed Buildings
Windows & Doors
Custom made wood pieces
Frames installation
Painting interior and exterior
Antique Restoration
Melamine shelves
Melamine furniture
Custom made tables
Custom made Barstools
All work related to wood

Av de las Americas

Juan Pablo

May specials on dog food – home delivery available

La Mia Mascota Pet Shops and Veterinary Services are currently running specials on the best foods available at all our locations in Cuenca.

The Royal Canin Maxi Puppy offer is good until May 31 or until we run out of stock. 15 kilos bags now have an $18 discount. All discounts are for cash purchases only.

Does your dog like Barf’s Prime Pet cooked premium dog food? It’s on special from May 3 to 16 or until we exhaust our stock. Buy 3 packages of 1 kilo each and receive 2 free packages of 250 grams each.

Is your dog eating Club Performance Adult? It’s on sale until the end of the month or until we run out of stock. Save $15 now on cash purchases of 15 kilo bag.

Club Performance Junior is also on sale until the end of May or we run out of stock. $15 off on a 15 Kilo bag – cash purchase.

La Mia Mascota Pet Shop and Veterinary Services will provide home deliveries during the weekends of the lock down. We will answer phones and deliver food and essentials to your home from 8:30 AM to 7 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Place your orders by calling the numbers listed below.

Home delivery is available any time, but especially during this emergency. We urge you to plan ahead and avoid running out of food or medicine for your pet. Contact us on the cell phones below with your request.

We also wish to inform you that our veterinary services will continue to be available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. We offer in home service when possible, or transport to the veterinary office if needed.

Remember our Las Americas location offers engraved pet tags with their name and your phone number for service while you wait.

All biosecurity protocols will be observed at all our locations.

Clínica Veterinaria: Arrayán y Av. De las Américas y – PetShop: CC Plaza de las Américas local #27, Sucursal 2: Cc El Vergel

Alexandra Montano

098 404 3395 – 099 020 6839

Blinds and curtains. Tymarq creative home, home delivery

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

– Construction and interior design prices from 3.50 m2
– Curtains and blinds to measure prices from $19 m2
– Maintenance and repair
– Home automation and motor systems
– Wallpaper
– 3D Panels
– Synthetic grass and vertical garden
– Carpets wall to wall
– Floating floor

** Check the fanpage:

Luis Cordero 10-21 and Gran Colombia

Andrea Carrion
093 909 3911

Jesse needs a bath and grooming

Jesse is a sweet dog. He is a giant Labradoodle. He has a chronic sore nose due to Lupus. So, the groomer must treat his face gently and avoid his nose if possible. His hair is long and matted. If a groomer has a large enough tub and wants to take him as a client. I would be so grateful.

St. Miguil du Putuschi

Dodie Rippon Lovett

Covid-19 vaccination plan facilitation

Hello Expat Community. I know that all of you are anxiously trying to get vaccinated under “the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan” while struggling with getting hard-to-find information. Many of you may know that you can register for a vaccine appointment on the web, confirm your appointment schedule by calling 171, and check your schedule on, the Ministerio de Salud system. The challenge is that it is all in Spanish.

My name is Paul Gonzalez, and I am a native Ecuadorian and a graduate of the University of Cuenca. My first language is Spanish, but I am also proficient and fluent in English. I can arrange to help you set up your appointments, accompany you on the appointment to ensure that everything goes smoothly and schedule your follow-on appointment if necessary. I look forward to helping you get your COVID-19 vaccine. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Luis Alarcón y Rafael Zeas.

Paul Gonzalez
098 854 6113

Translator – attorney

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

Saraguro weekend getaway

Saraguro nature, relaxation and harmony 4 days / 3 nights
Friday. May 7th to Monday, May 10th.

Includes: – Sauna – Relaxing massage -Energetic clean – Accommodation – Breakfasts – lunches –
Guide – Tour to the mountains of Cruz Loma, Laguna and Loma de Puklla – Ritual in the mountain – Dinners with live music – Snacks during the walk.
Itinerary day 1 check-in: 2 PM. 3 PM Enter the baños de cajon. Baths that are accompanied by drinks, a mask, fruit smoothies, music, scented candles and incense to provide you with all the relaxation you need. Followed by the massage room to finish with an energetic cleanse and strengthen your aura and energy. In the evening we have dinner with the best of the traditional music of Saraguro. 9 PM break
Day 2 8 AM Breakfast. 9 AM Departure to the Cruz Loma mountain, where we will perform an energizing ritual and enjoy a lunch on the mountain. 2 PM Descent, 3 PM Afternoon rest. 7 PM Dinner. 8 PM break.
Day 3 8 AM Breakfast, We prepare to go out to the Puklla lagoon and climb the highest mountain in Saraguro. It will take us 90m minutes to reach the top. We will take snacks and drinks for the way while we will observe the landscape and the flora and fauna of Saraguro. It is a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air. 3 PM We will descend after enjoying an exquisite lunch. In the afternoon we will have a break. 7 PM Dinner, 8 PM break
Day 4 8 AM Breakfast, 9 AM return to Cuenca

Value per person $150….Quote made for a minimum of 4 people.

Safety bio protocols followed…

Spaces limited…reservations,
WhatsApp# 099 524 6166


Martin Avila

Outdoor furniture for sale

We are manufacturers and importers if all kinds of hammocks, outdoor chairs, and outdoor furniture.
We offer high quality products and we custom made all kinds of designs.
We sell online. We don’t have a show room but we do have a workshop where we build all our custom-made pieces.
Affordable prices
We offer guarantee in all our products.

We have this outdoor furniture set available:

Hanging chairs
Outdoor tables
Plant holders
Vertical plants
Artificial Grass
Garden Benches
Garden swings



Electrical services, Cuenca

We provide the right electrical services to keep your home well lit, safely wired, securely monitored, and connected.
Our expert electrician team is happy to assist with your residential electrical needs.


Light bulbs replacing
Cameras installation
Door openers installation
Automatic door openers
Automatic Blinds
ceiling fans, outlets,
switches, home networking
home theatre
integrated networks
doorbells security ,and alarm
indoor and outdoor for deck
patio, landscaping, pool or spa
Construction: new or remodel,
restorative, rewiring, or additions
fuse box
electrical panel upgrades
electrical safety inspection
general electrical wiring and repair

Av Gonzalez Suarez


APshipping June trip

Our next trip is scheduled for June 15th. We will be accepting packages until June 5th.
For this trip we will have limited space so please order early.

Questions? email us at

Visit us @



561 809 5691

How the vaccination process is progressing in Ecuador, by Bluebox

“Bluebox the expat one choice for all their insurances needs”

The vaccination process in Ecuador has not been easy, due to the limitations in the negotiations of the current government with the big producers of vaccines against covid 19; a government that is in the last days of its term of office. One of the most significant proposals of the new president, Guillermo Lasso has been the promise to vaccinate 9 million Ecuadorians in the first 100 days of government; a feasible goal, if we consider the number of health centers nationwide, but what about the number of vaccines available in Ecuador? This number of vaccines is increasing since Lasso was appointed as the new president. Ecuador has received significant donations of vaccines from other countries, which is why Ecuador is in negotiations with Russia, Chile and China to purchase as soon as possible the necessary vaccines to vaccinate the entire Ecuadorian population. The vaccination process started in march and is active in its first stage, which has been extended more than expected.

If you reside in Ecuador and your immigration status is regularized but you have not been able to enroll in the vaccination process, please contact us and we will help you with the whole process without any additional cost. We have helped dozens of people to access the vaccination process, as the page is in Spanish and often can be a limitation for the foreign community in Ecuador.

Bluebox Asesores cares about you. We have a wide network of service providers that can help you solve any type of immigration problem. We help you channel your paperwork through our office.

Av Ordoñez Lasso 555 y Los Cedros Edif Monte Carlo

Carlos Ramirez
098 246 5168

Transportation, facilitator

Facilitator and transportation
Dear Expat Community,

My name is Orlando Sigüenza, I have been working with the expat community for over nine years.

My services include:

– Transfer to any airport-at any time
– Pick up and drop off to any airport (Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca)
– Taking you to other towns, Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Ingapirca, Giron, Paute, etc.
– Day trips around Cuenca and out of Cuenca
– Driving you to any immigration office (Machala, Guayaquil, Azogues)
– Running any type of errands needed
– Facilitator (for shopping, doctor’s appointments, legal matters, driver’s license
– I can deliver anything to your house.
– I move your stuff local and statewide.
– Apartment and homes find.

Please contact to me for a quote 24/7.

I have a good recommendation on GringoPost.

Orlando Sigüenza: WhatsApp 098 585 4587.


Reupholstery services

We offer a wide variety of essential, professional services designed to help repair, revitalize and restore your furniture. One of the best ways to breathe new life into older or even antique furnishings is by reupholstering these pieces.


Sofa reupholstery
Custom made leather Recliners
Leather repair and Restoration
Chairs reupholstery
Upholstery Repair
Upholstery Restoration
Upholstery Refinishing
Refinishing Upholstery
Upholstery Furniture Repair
Furniture Upholstery Fix
Furniture Fabric Repair
Wood Furniture Upholstery
Fabric Restoration
Sofa Refinishing
Antique Restoration

We have a promotion for Mother’s day
Sofa set for only $580

Cuenca Centro


IVA refund, IESS, and banks facilitator

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 can help you. Just send me an email to


Monica Crespo: 098 280 2955

Recommendation for Jose Rodriguez, appliance repair

Jose has been to our home two times for appliance repairs. Both times he has brought the necessary parts for the repairs, arrived on time, and has checked to make sure everything was working properly before leaving. Jose’s prices are very reasonable, and he is fluent in English.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 707 4688

Recommended by Alison Andrus:

Recommendation for G&G accounting services, CPA

We have used the services of G&G for the past 3 years. It is a family-owned accounting firm, run by CPA Jacqui Guerrero. Jacqui speaks English, and their client service is excellent. They are located at the corner of Calle Alfonso Borrero y R. Ramirez (runs parallel to Remigo Crespo). Give Jacqui a call at 098 776 3540 / (07) 404 4478.

Address: Calle Alfonso Borrero y R. Ramirez, close to SRI)

Contact information: 098 776 3540

Recommended by Varsi Padayachee:

Recommendation for Paul Hernandez – APC, computer sales and repair

I have needed a new computer for a while and found a great deal at APC Tecnologia located next to Kentucky Chicken in Millennium mall
Got a great deal on a PC.
Paul speaks English you can call him at 096 141 1535.

Address: Next to Millennium Mall, Cuenca

Contact information: 096 141 1535

Recommended by Gary Sisk:

Recommendation for Mudanzas Moving Trucks, moving company

This is a recommendation for Mudanzas Moving Trucks. This is my second time using them. I like them because first of all Jamil is honest and considerate in addition to being very professional. His team are super strong and really take care of your furniture. If you need someone to move your precious belongings, I highly recommend Mudanzas Moving Trucks. Thanks so much Jamil!


Contact information: 098 400 1020

Recommended by Veronica Williams:

Recommendation for M&E Pet Sitting

We had last minute plans to be away for the weekend and Mateo and Elizabeth were very accommodating. Mateo was able to stay at our place for the lock down to take care of our cats.
Mateo sent pictures and updates daily and it was great to see our babies healthy and well taking care.

When Mateo came back to return the keys both our cats came to say hi to him. Our cats usually don’t like too many people but they enjoyed Mateo’s company and care.

I highly recommend M&E for Pet Sitting needs.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 848 1355

Recommended by Thais Campos:

Recommendation for Dr. Stella M. Caraballo, clinical psychologist

There are not enough words to describe the comfort I feel after each session with Dr. Caraballo. Exceptional service and she was very response. She was very professional I would recommend her to anyone.

I have learned that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. I have been going through the most difficult time with the confinement and social distancing. I have gained perspective on these challenging times and therapy has been very supportive. I would recommend Dr. Caraballo to anyone I love.

Address: Los Cipreses y Paseo 3 de Noviembre

Contact information: 099 617 4103

Recommended by Eickleberry Harrrison:

Recommendation for Stella M. Caraballo, clinical psychologist

I am happy I had counseling with Dr. Stella M. Caraballo. I used to struggle with impulsiveness, anger and trust issues towards my partner. When I first talked to Dr. Caraballo, she listened to me attentively and politely. Dr. Caraballo taught to me manage conflicts, express myself clearly, manage my emotions while speaking and receive love. Now, I enjoy my relation with loved ones, and there is no place for anger and hate in me anymore. I am so thankful to Dr. Caraballo for guiding me there.

Address: Los Cipreses y Paseo 3 de Noviembre Cuenca Ecuador

Contact information: 099 617 4103

Recommended by Stephen Jacob Simpson:

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
Ground beef, chicken or veggie
* 4 large burritos x $24
* 8 large burritos x $48

— Small Tex-Mex or California burritos
Ground 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 order before noon for delivery at the same day, Pickup or delivery I live in downtown Juan Jaramillo and Benigno Malo

Nathaly Vivas: 098 770 7372

This week at T-Rex Burgers Pub

Hello everybody…
Lots to do this week. Lots of food to be cooked.

Here are our specials:

Wednesday, May 5th from 4 PM till 7 PM: 5 de Mayo
Beef nachos $6.50
Margaritas $4.50

Friday, May 7th, from 4 PM till 7 PM: Noche de Honduras.
Appetizer: Beef enchilada
Main course: Honduran typical plate (beef and sausage kebob, fried beans, chismol, advocato. cheese, fried ripe plantain and fresh tortillas
Dessert: Coconut-pineapple torreja
Reservation required

Sunday, May 9th, from noon till 3 PM: Mother’s day.
Chicken parmigiana with alfredo fresh pasta and salad
Last day to place your order: Friday morning.

We might be closed on Wednesday from noon to 4 PM. Call first.

See ya,

Wednesday 5th, Friday 7th and Sunday 9th, Calle Larga 8-63 y Luis Cordero

Cesar Mejia: 096 272 0330

Yakumama and Bistro Yaku

Dear friends and customers,

Since the government has implemented new curfew measures, Bistro Yaku and Yakumama are changing our operating hours.

Our restaurant will be open Monday – Friday, from 8 AM until 7:30 PM, with enhanced bio-security protocols in place, including social distancing. We also have new outdoor tables in our garden.

Delivery service is being offered during our operating hours, with the addition of Saturday until 1 PM.

Yakumama originated from an idea of setting up a hostel and also to create a space with a pleasant and cozy atmosphere to meet up with family, friends and travelers. This project, which was a dream of brothers, has now been established.

Bistro Yaku has been built in one of the most difficult times for humanity, however, our dreams and objectives are much bigger than all these adversities. We continue working with dedication, passion and love in what we do.

Now, the Yakumama family team, has the satisfaction of offering its new space with contemporary gastronomy, exquisite desserts, coffees and drinks.

We are always happy to have you in our restaurant. Please call or send a WhatsApp at: 098 748 6890 for delivery or if you have any questions.

Team and family Yakumama

May 1st to 20th, from 8 AM to 7 PM, Luis cordero 5-66 y Juan Jaramillo

Alejandro Pepo: 098 748 6890

Organic butter, very good quality

Hello, We greet you from QoriGhee. We hope you had a good weekend and that this beginning of the week is also full of blessings.

We return after a week of absence to bring you good news. We bring new products of excellent quality at a good price; you can check the list below:

1 pound raw butter $3
1 pound mozzarella cheese $3.50
1 pound of almonds $5.50
1 pound of walnuts $5.50
1 pound semisweet cocoa powder $2.50
400g. of artisan blackberry syrup from Ibarra $4
1 Ghee 200 g $6.50
1 Ghee 400 g $12.50
1 Ghee 550 g $15.50

For purchases over $10 shipping is free

7 AM to 7 PM, Delivery

Daniela Carrasco: 098 146 0912 Instagram Qorighee

Free artisanal yogurt

As a community service to help you to safely try out new products during the covid-19 health emergency, DEFY (Dave’s Earth-Friendly Yearnings) is offering a trio of freebies. 1. A free cup of Cream’O’Gurt Yogurt: Mango, Guanabana, Plain, Peach, Maracuyá, Coconut, Strawberry, or Mora. 2. A free piece of dessert from DEFY: Reese’s Treats, Canadian Nanaimo Bar, American Nanaimo Bar, Carrot Cake, or Brownie. 3. Free delivery to your doorstep.

You’ll get regular email updates from DEFY on promotions, new products, etc. Check out our website to see photos and details of the desserts and yogurt. Depending on your selection and where you live, this offer has a value between $4.50 and $6. Just send us an email with your name, dessert and yogurt selection, your address, and phone number. Why not treat yourself today?

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

David Coote: 098 498 3562

Friday BBQ and Feria Artesano at the Jazz Society Cafe

Join us on our 2nd Artisan Fair at the Jazz Society Cafe this May 7, Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Cesar of Pig & Cow and James of Mother and Son Family Kitchen will be hosting a BBQ party along with your favorite Artisan Vendors.

If you choose to stay at home, we will be live selling so you can buy items from our vendors delivered to your doorstep.
Lots of healthy Mother’s Day gift ideas to choose from.

Adicciones Saludables
Alafi Alimentos
Cuenca Muesli
GreenArt Ecuador
La Mia Goat Cheese
Kkos Chocolate y Tu
Paws with Hope Cuenca
Pig and Cow
Sweet and Light

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May 7, Friday 9 AM to 2 PM, Los Cedros y Los Claveles (corner bldg. – one block north of Ordonez Lasso)

Debby Degamo: 096 322 3377 WhatsApp and Telegram

Chicken Adobo, Pancit and Filipino desserts delivery

Filipino Feast, Lumpia and Chicken Adobo available daily from Mother and Son Family Kitchen

Cassava Cake $3 (2 servings)
Leche Flan $2
Brazo De Mercedes $2 per slice

Please place your order by 8 AM for lunch delivery or by 11 AM for dinner delivery.
WhatsApp or email us for pick up and delivery.

Taste traditional Filipino food in the comfort of your home; Filipino meals that are absolutely worth feasting on.

Filipino Feast $9

What’s in Filipino Feast Meal:

– pancit bijon (gluten free), rice noodles loaded with veggies and savory sauce
– 2 Filipino BBQ style chickens skewers
– 3 pieces lumpia (Filipino egg rolls)

Chicken Adobo Meal $15 (6 to 8 servings)
For gluten free soy sauce add $2
Served with a quart of white or brown rice

Chicken Adobo is a dish made by braising chicken (whole chicken cut in serving sizes) in a sauce made up of Apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black pepper. It’s tangy, salty, garlicy, & slightly sweet.

Pancit Bijon $18 (Family size, 6 to 8 servings)
Rice noodles loaded with veggies and savory sauce
Vegetarian, with chicken, pork or shrimp

Wednesday to Sunday May 5 to 9, Cuenca, Ecuador

Cleve James Dahili: 096 322 3377

Organic products, very good quality

Hello, We greet you from QoriGhee.

We bring new products of excellent quality at a good price. You can check the list below:

1 lb raw butter $3
1 lb mozzarella cheese $3.50
1 lb almonds $5.50
1 lb walnuts $5.50
1 lb semisweet cocoa powder $2.50
400 g. of artisan blackberry syrup from Ibarra $4
1 Ghee 200 g $6.50
1 Ghee 400 g $12.50
1 Ghee 550 g $15.50

For purchases over $10 shipping is free

7 AM to 7 PM, Delivery

Daniela Carrasco: 098 146 0912 Instagram: Qorighee

Cakes and pies for Mother’s Day – Ñucallacta

Place your orders by Friday if you would like us to bake a fresh cake or pie for this Sunday. We will be delivering all day.

Peach & Walnut $12
Chocolate Mojado $12
Coffee & Amaretto $12
Apple Pie $12
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie $12
Cherry Pie $14
Berry Pie $14
Pumpkin Spice Pie $14

We also have other delicious pastries baked in house. ChocoChip or Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Blueberry and Oreo Cheesecakes, Peanut Butter Fudge, Brownies and much more. Place your orders this week to make sure we can deliver on time.

Not in the mood for sweets, no worries. We have a special Mother´s Day Brunch for 1, 2 or 4 people, starting at $8.99:
Pancakes, Smoked Bacon, Eggs, Fruit, Coffee, Juice, Fudge Brownie and a Rose.

Send us a WhatsApp to see our full menu or visit our website at to order online.

Of course we have fresh roasted coffee available, $5.50/400grams for dark roast and $6/400grams for medium, light or espresso roasts. Purchase 3 bags and get free delivery in the Urban area of Cuenca.

Mother’s Day, May 9th, Hermano Miguel 562 entre J. Jaramillo y H. Vasquez

Ruminahui Duchicela: 096 311 4958

Mother´s day afternoon lunch at Hotel Cruz del Vado

Indulge Mom this Friday May, 7th. At “Cúpulas Azules” restaurant by Hotel Cruz del Vado. Bring your loved ones to enjoy an unforgettable lunch time at the best Roof Top of Cuenca. Celebrate Mother´s Day with your family and the most delicious Ecuadorian gourmet cuisine accompanied with traditional cocktails and drinks specially made by our bartender. Our menu consists of 3 courses:

Amuse Bouche: Custard Apple Macaron

Appetizer: Turkey Mousse on a sourdough toast and salted fruit & vegetables with cranberries.

Main course: “Del mar al viche” deconstruction of a typical seafood from Ecuador, delicious prawns topped with squash, corn, sweet potato and mussel sauce.

Dessert: Dessert from Pacific Sea, fulfilled cup of fruits topped with lemongrass and lime syrup and a gentle portion of soursop ice cream.

Cost: $45 per person, includes: glass of rose wine for the guest of honor, bread with house dips, natural water and taxes.
Ask for our vegetarian options.
Enjoy our menu with the outstanding performance of The Velvet Baritone, Umberto Ballone, singing to all mothers this afternoon.

May 7th, from 12:30 to 3:30 PM, At Hotel Cruz del Vado, La Condamine 12-56 y Tarqui

Santiago Peralta: 098 252 4041

El Andaluz Cafeteria

“El Andaluz” Cafeteria
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.


Today, we offer you the best beef in town

Thanks to you all, our customers and friends for the great reception you have given to the Amazon beef we now offer weekly. Your votes have earned for Nunkui the GringoPost title of best butchered beef of 2021. This makes us proud and helps us to continue providing you a superior quality, chemical free meat. Your support helps the momentum for actions to reduce the impact of livestock on the Amazon through silvopasture and ecological conservation using biological corridors.

Only limited amount can be produced using those techniques and consequentially we have a short supply. Today we have tenderloin and steak, available for pick up at the shop or free home delivery.

WhatsApp: 099 586 7670.


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

Paul Sanchez:

Pei’s pot stickers

Hello friends,

The Mother’s Day is coming. Pei still works 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:

12 pieces

pork • $5
chicken • $5
shrimp and pork • $7
vegetable • $5

hand-made noodles

veggie stir-fry • $5
zhajiangmian • $5
eggs with tomatoes • $5

single dishes
over rice

Kung Pao chicken • $8
Coca-Cola chicken wings • $8
crispy sweet and sour pork • $10
sweet and sour pineapple pork • $10
twice cooked-pork • $10
general Tso’s chicken • $10
fried tofu • $8
veggie delight • $6
salt and pepper pork • $10
salt and pepper chicken • $8


pork • $1
chicken • $1
red-bean • $1
mix and match dozen • $10


red bean paste (300g) • $5
Chinese bread buns (5) • $2.50
fresh-noodles(1lb) • $8
Spicy sauce ( 300g ) $3

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

Pei: 099 253 6116

Yummy New York cheesecakes, brownie, cookies 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

Delivery: real sourdough, Southern biscuits, freezer meals, and more

Hi, Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

Here is our current delivery menu:
Ready to bake freezer meals:

Three cheese chicken and spinach lasagna $9
Chicken pot pie $7
Each container is two generous servings. Comes frozen, uncooked, and ready to bake when you are.

Breads and more:
Cornbread (6 squares for $6)
Cinnamon rolls (6 rolls for $8 with icing in separate container)
Large Southern-style biscuits (Pack of 6 for $6. They freeze well.)
White meat chicken sausage patties (Patties come uncooked and frozen in a pack of 6 for $8 or 12 for $15) These fit great on the biscuits.
Sourdough and yeast bagels (6 for $6)
Loaf sourdough bread $5.
Loaf brioche $4.50
Frozen waffles 8 for $8
We make the waffles fresh and then freeze them so you can pop them out to toast and enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack anytime.

Black bean veggie burgers and wheat buns:
Buns come fresh in a pack of 6 for $3.50
Veggie burgers come frozen in a pack of 6 for $6.
Take out of the freezer and cook on the grill or in a frying pan. Add the veggies and condiments of your choice for a quick, healthy, and delicious meal.

Our products are homemade with real butter.

You can visit our Facebook page and Instagram for pictures: @SundayBrunchCuenca

Order Instructions:

Please place your order via email at by Monday before noon for delivery Wednesday between 9:30 AM and noon or place your order before noon on Wednesday for delivery Friday between 9:30 AM and noon.

Please send your orders by email only to make sure they do not get lost and include your address and phone number for the delivery.

Made to order, Online


Chill & Chela Brew Pub

Due to all the government restrictions we have a new schedule to all our clients to enjoy our variety of craft beers and delicious food.

We have promotions every day and also delivery.
It’s time to support local entrepreneurs

We have more than 30 styles of national and international craft beer and also pizzas, burgers, wings, ribs

Tuesday to Saturday from 1 to 8 PM, Calle Larga 8-69 y Benigno Malo

Pablo Castillo: 099 551 9095 IG and FB: chillandchelapub
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