What to do in case of an emergency?

When you have an emergency the best thing to do is to call a trusted contact if you do not speak Spanish and do not have a broker. Why call a trusted contact? you should have a trusted contact that can help you by calling 911 if you do not have medical insurance in Ecuador and you need public attention, but the attention will be exclusively in Spanish. If you are lucky you can find attention in your language. The best option is to ask for help so that they can give the address of your home or the place where you are, describe your symptoms, and they can provide information about your condition, if it is critical or an emergency that can be controlled from home.

When you do not have a private medical insurance in Ecuador the waiting times are longer, since the health centers due to the pandemic are generally collapsed and access to a public health service can become more complex than you expect, since you will have to wait in the emergency rooms for several hours as is the case of the IESS. In this place your emergency will depend on the severity of your symptoms – if it is mild, severe or chronic. If the health center has the necessary information about your condition, and if the health center has several patients waiting you could wait up to four hours, but if the place is clear it could be an hour or two. The attention will be in Spanish and if someone speaks English he/she will be able to help you in your language.


Seeking temporary loving care for our kitty

Would you like to enjoy an adorable, tranquil 11-month-old cat for 3 months while we are out of the country?
Our littie Mavi is a neutered Blue Point Scottish Fold who needs a loving home August-October. She is a very low maintenance indoor cat, sweet and responsive, not at all destructive or aggressive.

The 23 hour trip on 4 flights to our home in Turkey is just too much, not right for a little animal. So please spare her this trauma.

We will provide all her needs: cat box and litter, food and toys.

Martha: marthahooper04@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Urgent aid to victims

We need urgent help for 16 families that were affected by the floods. Most lost all their things, others had their houses filled with mud and other families had their houses washed away by the river. We have children and elderly pregnant women who need everything to start again.

Tamy: tamyvillavicencio@gmail.com 099 477 9236. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

7,200 pounds of food delivered: more needed

Your donations towards this situation have made it possible for the Cuenca Soup Kitchen, in partnership with Hearts of Gold Foundation, to deliver 7,200 pounds of food to those impacted by the recent flooding in and around Cuenca, Ecuador.

Our focus is on the outlying areas where farming communities were particularly hard hit. Many lost not only their homes but also their crops, livestock, and tools. Hundreds of families are in need. It is going to be a long recovery and they will need ongoing support in order to rebuild their lives.

Please watch this short montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnaXyGcqBR4

If you are moved to help, please consider donating to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen. In partnership with Hearts of Gold Foundation, we will continue to purchase and deliver the supplies these areas need as they rebuild their lives.

PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

Online: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Ecuadorian bank transfer: Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

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


Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Poker vacations to Puerto Lopez

Come play Texas hold’em at Goodtimes

Puerto Lopez’s newest condominium, bar and ocean view terrace.

Poker on the terrace

New condominiums available

Transportation available


Torrin Brauch: brauchtorrin@gmail.com +1 239 848 5876. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Yunguilla

The unique profiteroles in town

Naná mil y un deleites will be back at Cosas Prep Entrepreneur Fest in its 4th edition.
Come and join us. We’ll be offering the unique profiteroles (cream puffs) in town.

See you there!
#BuyLocal #BeHappy #Profiteroles #CreamPuffs #Desserts #Cuenca #Ecuador

This coming Saturday, June 5, from 10 AM to 3 PM., From $1, Simón Bolívar 13-49 and Estévez del Toral., Cuenca.

Maria Elisa Espinosa: nana1001deleites@gmail.com 099 619 1208.

The Kokopelli Moonlighters, upcoming events

The Kokopelli Moonlighters are pleased to announce two upcoming events:

Sunday, June 6th from 4 PM to 6 PM, at Santorino’s we will be playing our ukes and a variety of other great instruments with a wide selection of music from the Americas, in English and Spanish. Cover is $5.

On Friday, June 18th, we will be at La Guarida from 4 to 6 PM showing off our eclectic ukulele style with more music of the Americas, songs in English and Spanish. Come join us for musical fun and good food. The Cover at La Guarida is $10.

Sunday, June 6th at 4 PM and Friday, June 18th at 4 PM, $5. Santorino’s 1-13 Manuel Maria Palacios and Remigio Crespo, Cuenca.

Karen Kennedy: 099 435 1962.

Kolo’s Presents … Deb Davis for brunch

Join us this Sunday, June 6, for brunch and listen as Deb Davis performs, with her guitar, soft rock and country songs from the 70s ‘til now.

There is no cover charge but all tips will be donated to Hogar de Esperanza to their Children’s kits fund. Reservations not required but will be accepted.

June 6th starting at 11 AM, Free, Luis Cordero 5-65, Calle Larga – Juan Jaramillo (Hotel La Vieja), Cuenca.

Deb Davis: 096 761 3210.

A week celebrating Venezuela. La Guarida.

Good news in La Guarida. This month we will be paying special attention to Latin America. We start with Venezuela.

Tuesday 6:30 PM: Pelo Malo. (Bad Hair).
Junior is a 9-year-old with “bad hair”. He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture just like a fashionable pop singer; this puts him at odds with his mother Marta. The more Junior to make his mother love him, the more she rejects him, until he is cornered, face to face with an unexpected decision. A small window into Venezuela through the eyes of an innocent child.


Movies and Dinner in La Guarida: Fargo

La Guarida presents on the big-screen:

a Coen Brother’s award-winning film
in English with Spanish subtitles
with incredible performances by Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi

Wednesday, June 2nd at 6:30 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner required
Tel. 099 806 8071

Limited capacity to comply with strict social distancing guidelines.

About: Poor Jerry Lundegaard. He’s deep in debt. His wealthy father-in-law has no respect for him. He cheats customers at the car dealership where he works. And now he’s hired a bumbling duo to kidnap his wife–a plan that goes horribly awry, leading to homicide. Enter Marge Gunderson, one of the most fabulous movie cops in film history. The very-pregnant Marge–played marvelously by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning and career-defining performance–just goes about her everyday business, eating (in nearly every scene), talking to the people in the community, and examining bloody corpses as if no day is different from the next. A multiple murder in the small town of Brainerd, Minnesota–home of Paul Bunyan, as the sign claims–seems to have little effect on her. Yet she has an innate cop sense–she is very, very good at her job and determined to solve the case in her offhanded manner.

June 2nd, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071.

Looking for someone to mail for me in the US

My taxes are done and I seek someone who can mail them in the US in the coming weeks. They are documents only…no payments are included. They are stamped and addressed and ready to go.

Please contact me via my email address if you can help with this.

Gary Kissel: yourlinkcoach@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Looking for a kind soul willing to donate a TV

The TV is for my Venezuelan friend with two small children. I am trying to help her get on her feet. She lives with the bare minimum of things and during the past month of weekend lockdowns her children were stuck inside their tiny one room place that has no windows and the kids were miserable not being able to go outside. It would be immensely appreciated. Thank you.

Eve Donald: cuencabutterfly@yahoo.com cell: 096 994 1866, WhatsApp +593 96 994 1866. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Plan your life, enjoy the peace that caution brings

Life is beautiful and you have to celebrate it. To fully enjoy each day we must organize all our personal affairs in such a way that we do not worry about what will happen tomorrow.

For example: If tomorrow I am sick a lot and I don’t speak the language very well, who is going to help me to choose the best medical care until I recover?
Who will ensure that the doctors are choosing the best medical treatment for me?
If one day I die, who will handle the legal processes such as death registration and funeral services?
What will happen to my body if I ever die?

When you plan your future you plan your present, you plan to live in peace and enjoy your life to the fullest because you have everything under control.
We help you to plan your present by making your health power of attorney, end-of-life file and will.

Florencia Astudillo

Karina Urgiles

Cheese Tuesday, once more at Luvimar

Hello everybody. I hope you’re doing great.
This is a small reminder about cheese Tuesdays, because it is officially a thing, and you don’t want to miss it.
I did make a slight change, which will make it even more interesting.
Every Tuesday, all local cheeses have a 15% discount, and all imported cheeses have a 10% discount.
Check Luvimar’s website to see what’s available.

– Friendly bilingual service (English and Spanish).
– Delivery available.
– I accept cash, credit cards, bank transfer and payments through the PayPhone App.
To use the PayPhone app, you can either download it, register any credit card, local or international, search for my business by typing the name in the business directory and type the amount to pay, or I can send you a payment link with the amount.
Or if you don’t want to install the App, you don’t have to. I can just send you a PayPhone secure payment link, which once you open, it will ask you to enter your credit card information and done.
It’s a great option for remote payments if I’m sending your products via delivery service and you don’t have the cash on hand.

Did I tell you I don’t increase the price if you pay with credit card?

Have a great day.

Luis Moreno Mora #5-85, Between Nicanor Aguilar & Roberto Crespo Toral (Half a block from the Rione Hotel. Yellow house with big yellow garage door and big blue sign)

Luis from Luvimar
Cell Phone & WhatsApp: 096 895 7920
Website: https://www.luvimargourmet.com / Facebook & Instagram: luvimar.ec

Take Spanish classes with a native person

Speak with a native person and improve your Spanish pronunciation skills. Let’s get along. This is the best way of learning a new language.

Write me at my WhatsApp


099 987 5757
instagram: _paaaaaaaaaaz_

Arabica coffee a superior quality bean

Arabica is considered the best coffee beans, since although it has less body than robusta, it is more balanced, aromatic and has a very pleasant acidity. Also, it has less caffeine than other varieties.

Arabica has between 0.8% and 1.4% caffeine, a far cry from the 4% that a robusta coffee can have. It is undoubtedly a subtle, delicate and elegant coffee with a great balance between flavor and body.

I am Andrés Guillermo, the only distributor in Cuenca and Azuay of 100% Arabian coffee, grown and harvested at 1,300 meters above sea level, in the province of Loja. I have roasted coffee in two presentations: ground and beans, 450-gram bags so that you can make your breakfast or afternoon coffee a delicious experience in your mouth. Contact me: WhatsApp or call,


Andres Guillermo
099 647 2877

Professional carpet cleaning and handyman

No matter what has happened to your carpet, chances are that we can help you get it looking good again. We are happy to talk with you about your situation and tell you just how we can help you get your carpet back to top shape. What’s more, we are so confident in our abilities that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That’s right: You love the result, or we make it right with you.

Our services are:

Carpet Cleaning
Upholstery Cleaning
Car interiors


Handyman services
General construction

Gonzales Suarez

Freddy Delgado
093 937 9979

Plumbing cistern electronic pump controller residencial-comercial

Elecronic pump cistern controller, 1 hp, 2 hp.the right water pressure in home. Residential-Commercial, guaranteed. Ask for more information call or email. Delivery Nationwide

Santa Isabel – Azuay, Ecuador

Geoffrey Beltran
098 606 6595

Van service

I like to offer our van service in our licensed vehicles and professional, very experienced drivers to go anywhere in Ecuador and also local driving for $10 an hour. We specialize in transfers to airports for very affordable prices compared to taxi price. Any time, one way to Guayaquil $80, up to 3 passengers. For $100, up to 5 persons in a seven passenger van with plenty of room for 10 pieces of luggage. Reserve your van 24/7


+593 98 305 0346

Experienced architect

It’s all about details; architects are obsessed with that…

I hold a master’s degree in architecture and I have been working as an architect for the past 7 years. Over the years, I have designed buildings, interiors, landscapes, and furniture for clients based in the US, Europe, and Asia. I deliver top-notch designs in an array of styles from classic to modern or post-modern which specifically address American, Mediterranean, European or Oriental needs as my career has been all about designing harmonious spaces according to your needs and the functionality you want.

I present all plans and designs with meticulously detailed, realistic, and visually appealing 3D renderings in order to give you a realistic idea of your new house, office, or space before you start knocking down walls or begin construction. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

When it comes to construction, I work with arguably the best architectural firm in Ecuador. They bring in over 5 decades of experience in construction and dealing with Ecuadorian bureaucracy so you make sure that your project is done hassle-free in the shortest period of time.


099 280 5290

Recommendation for El Girasol Cafeteria

My wife and I, with friends, have enjoyed sandwiches and beverages many times with good service, good food, eating outside. The menu is simple. No FF. Prices are Ecuadorian. Example, Cubano – $2.

Address: 7-78 Plaza de Otorongo y tres de Noviembre, bottom of Plaza stairs

Contact information: pedroburbahoSerraho@gmail.com 098 417 8061

Recommended by William Wilson: 097 936 8615 greengo2917@gmail.com

Recommendation for Narcisa Peña, long-term housesitting

We have known Narcisa here in Cuenca for almost 10 years. She has assisted us with many tasks before. Narcisa is a thoughtful and responsible person who takes pride in doing a great job. She knows how to flow with the system and has a knack for resolving the challenges that invariably arise while living in Ecuador. Narcisa is available for long-term housesitting at this time. If you are interested, I´d be happy to be your intermediary with her (who speaks Spanish). Please send me an email message to the address listed here (for Silvana) and include your WhatsApp or Telegram number for ease of communication. Or you can contact Narcisa directly if you speak good conversational Spanish. If you want your property to be in good hands, Narcisa is a find.

Address: Cuenca area

Contact information: nachitap10@gmail.com

Recommended by Silvana Spano: silvana_spano@yahoo.ca

Recommendation for Alex Mejia, tech guru

Another big shout-out is due to Alex. He’s been my go-to tech guru for almost a year now. First, he collaborated (behind my back) with my daughter (in the US) and my best friend here in Cuenca to buy a new (surprise gift from my daughter) laptop and delivered it, fully loaded, ready to fire up.

Since then, I’ve spent numerous hours with Alex in remote sessions (TeamViewer and AnyDesk) for periodic “scrubbing” and software installations and little tweaks and problem-solving. Most recently, he spent 3 hours helping me install a new software package, which was quite an ordeal, but with Alex’s infinite patience, we got it done.

Alex is not only super-experienced (25 years) and knowledgeable, he’s also an all-around nice guy, reliable, punctual, his English is excellent, and his rates more than reasonable. I can whole-heartedly recommend Alex (Alejandro) Mejia for all your computer-related issues. I understand he also does other tech work, but I have not had a need for anything else so far.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: amejiaguzman@gmail.com 099 289 3125

Recommended by Ingrid Triki: 096 927 1008

Corned beef sandwich special day in Pig & Cow

It’s time to change our special dish of the day, our corned beef sandwich, and special price, only $10, including free potato chips and soda. Always remember Pig & Cow, the best artesan made food, made by our hands with totally premium quality for you.

June 1st, from 9 AM to 9 PM, Juan Iniguez Av between 10 de Agosto y Moreno Mora,

Cesar Quintero: pigandcow.ec@gmail.com 096 297 2352

Fresh Kimchi at Thai Connection

Facts about Thailand:

Thailand has a few big snakes. You can find the reticulated python in Thai jungles, the world’s largest snake. The biggest one found was over 33 feet long. It doesn’t stop there, though. The longest poisonous snake in the world, the king cobra? Yep. You can find those in Thailand, too.

Fresh delicious Kimchi is back at Thai Connection, 400 gr. for just 5 dollars.

Come and enjoy our specials of the week:

Shrimp Fried Rice with Basil. $8.50
Drunken Noodles $8.50
Spicy Korean Ramen $8.50
Sweet and sour Pork $8.50

This week we will have our delicious Carrot Cake and authentic Thai Iced Tea.

Tuesday to Saturday from Noon to 7 PM, Honorato Vásquez 639 y Hermano Miguel

Ronny Bustamante: 099 954 7006

International bakery, sourdough breads

International bakery offers you excellent quality sourdough breads made in a 100% natural wood oven. Among the products we have vegan, wholemeal, white breads among others.

It is also delivered at home after noon with a minimum cost for delivery.
We are available from 9 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Saturday and Sundays only half a day.

June 1 from 9 AM to 6 PM, We are located in the great Colombia (The other store is located at Juan Jaramillo 5-18 and Marino Cueva, we open from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Sundays from 9 AM to 3 PM)

Gabriel Quito: 099 222 5344

Meatloaf sandwich + free dessert $6.95 – Chef Narcissa

This week’s special: Meatloaf sandwich with salad or fries + free dessert $6.95

Dessert options include:

– Cheesecake
– Apple Crisp
– Death by Chocolate cake

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

We have 4-portion trays of lasagna:

– Meat Lasagna $16
– Chicken Lasagna $14
– Vegetarian Lasagna $12

*Please order your lasagna at least 3 hours in advance

They all come with delicious homemade garlic bread.

Our Facebook was blocked so we have a new page, find us as Foods Cuenca. Feel free to call or WhatsApp, I’ll be happy to help.

Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 9 PM, Cuenca

Josellys: 099 262 4044

Double D’s: There’s still time to order, but not much

With the cooler and wetter weather here, it’s time for our chicken and dumplings. They’ll warm you from the inside out. The casserole is keto friendly but hearty enough that you won’t miss the carbs. Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and yellow squash are roasted then tossed with our decadent, cheesy cream sauce and baked until golden. The Mango Crumb Bars were really popular a few weeks ago so we’re tweaking them a bit with the added tang of pineapple. Finally, a new dessert finishes off this menu. It’s a fusion of a popular Italian sweet with a creamy baked cheesecake filling.

Cheesy Keto Veggie Bake: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Chicken & Dumplings: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Pineapple-Mango Crumb Bars: $3 each
Cannoli Cheesecake Bars: $3 each


We offer fresh artisan smoked pastrami

Recently smoked, we proudly offer our artisan smoked pastrami

– Pastrami by pound $12.
– Pastrami sandwich regular (1/2 pound of pastrami, rye bread, mustard, arugula, cheddar cheese, pickled cucumber and honey mustard) $7
– Pastrami sandwich lite (1/4 pound of pastrami, rye bread, mustard, arugula, cheddar cheese, pickled cucumber and honey mustard) $3.50

This week specials:
– Baked turkey breast
– Artisan smoked pastrami