Social Security mail for you in the downtown Post Office (?)

Just a helpful notice: I finally checked my Post Office Box in the downtown Post Office (still shut down, but two clerks were inside), and there were two envelopes addressed to my mailbox from the SSA (Office of International Operations in Baltimore, MD). The helpful clerk then pulled out a stack of about 30 other similar mail addressed to other gringos, to see if there was any more mail for me (and there indeed was a third such envelope for me, and all were income tax statements). Also, when I offered to pay for any back-rent due for my mailbox, he said not now, and to continue waiting until the government decides what to do with the postal system here.

Bartley Dalfonso

City: Cuenca

Please help me find Marty a home (he needs surgery)

Hello, I rescued Marty from the streets. He is a small dog who has been run over by a car on his right leg, he is a sweetheart and very friendly. I cannot keep him; I already have two dogs.

I called the vet and looks like he needs surgery, I´m not sure, but he cannot walk or press down his right leg. Any suggestions welcome for treatment until I find him a new home.


Alex: 098 634 3536. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Transformational breathwork

Experience the healing power of breath, and journey into your inner realms in a safe and natural environment. Transformational Breath Workshop with Becca Tzigany from Vilcabamba. This Sunday only. $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Space is limited, so you must reserve. Becca will confirm and send you a list of what you need to bring. Get ready to expand your life as you expand your breathing.

Sunday (29 Aug) 1:45-6:30 PM, $30-$55 sliding scale, Condominio Manza​neros, 2-18 Manzaneros y El Cañero, Cuenca.

Rebecca Tozer: or 099 454 9123

The Mini Feria at the Sunrise Café is growing

Mini Ferias and a Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs:
Every Friday morning, there is a Mini Feria at the Sunrise Café. There you will find bread, cheese, baked goods and more. From 10 AM until 1 PM (Kelbert often arrives at 9:30 AM)

The vendors will be at least the following:

* Artesana Family Bakery (Kelbert’s artisanal bread)
* Chan Chan Cheese (Julie – flavorful cheeses and yogurt.)
* Nana Mil y Un Deleites (Maria Elisa – scones and other baked goods.)
* Sweet and Light (Ximena – sugar free, high protein pastries and special coffee.)
* Lourdes Alvarez (Soaps, Facial Moisturizer, Bath bombs, Essential oils from doterra
And more vendors…

Also, on the first Saturday of every month, there is a Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs from 10 AM until 3 PM at the CosasPrep store on Simón Bolivar.

The Next Gran Feria at CosasPrep will be on Saturday September 4. Stay tuned for the (large) list of vendors. This will be a super feria with a full house of vendors.

Mini Feria: Friday August 27. Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs: Saturday September 4, Free, Mini: Inside the Sunrise Cafe: Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo. Gran Feria at CosasPrep: Simon Bolivar 13-49 y Estevez de Toral, Cuenca.

Kent Mills:

Looking for Arnica

Where might I find Arnica` products in Cuenca?

Linda Wooten-Green: 098 732 3044. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Exciting volunteer opportunity

Native English Speakers with Intermediate Spanish Skills.
KISTH – the Kichwa Institute of Science, Technology and Humanities – is seeking volunteers for an 8-week online cultural and language exchange program with Kichwa speaking students and professionals aged 18-40 who want to practice English.

Volunteers will participate in two one-hour sessions per week for 8 weeks, beginning in Octobers and will have opportunities to learn about Kichwa language and culture and practice their Spanish. Each exchange will be half in Spanish and half in English.

To register, connect to:

Nina Sazer ODonnell: .

City: Cuenca

Pinochle Player

We are a group of older gentlemen that play double deck Pinochle looking for a fourth person to play twice a month. Age, sex, or race not important. If you are interested please text Victor on WhatsApp 093 979 1823

Victor Lewis: .

City: Cuenca

La Mia Mascota vet and pet shop has multiple locations to serve you

We opened a new, complete veterinary service in Challuabamba in July. We offer full service – grooming, examination with the most up-to-date laboratory equipment, medical treatment, toys, medicine and top-quality food in one location near you. Veterinary services by appointment or in an emergency. Just call. We are open Monday – Sunday.

If you don’t live in Challuabamba, you can still visit our complete veterinary service in Cuenca near Las Americas (address below). We also have pet stores in El Vergel, El Batan, and Las Americas. We sell a wide variety of products, not just dog and cat food, but also fish food, hamster food, and bird food. We have toys for your pets that allow them to develop their capabilities and relax.

Ask us about our Royal Canine special for sterilized cats. Great food at a good price.

Come see us soon at any location. There is an English-speaking attendant at our El Batan location.

We can deliver your orders to you.

Main office Vet: Arrayan y Alamos; Location 1:CC Plaza Las Americas local #27; Location 2: El Vergel Centro Comercial ground floor – first shop from the entrance; Location 3 El Batan shopping in front of Multicines; and Location 4: CC Plaza Sur Shopping #4 Challuabamba

Alexandra Montano

098 404 3395 / 099 020 6839 / 408 9255

Need some exercise? Join Frisbee Friday, Cuenca Car Share

Every Friday at noon a group of Frisbee enthusiasts gather to enjoy life at Parque de la Madre for a lively exchange of Frisbees, sponsored by Cuenca Car Share. Those who can’t play are welcome to laugh and coach. Laughter is healthy exercise, too. Just show up – no registration required. We welcome any and all ages. Masks required, of course. Check out our pictures from previous Fridays as we enjoyed the grassy park and the antics of the little ones. See them on Facebook – search for Frisbee Friday. If it rains, wear rain gear. Simple.


Pro Movers Miami

If you are looking for the best Florida movers, you have definitely come to the right place. Our company, Pro Movers Miami, fits the description perfectly. Not only are we skilled in almost all types of relocation, but we can also provide some of the most-wanted special services when it comes to relocation. Feel free to check our website for more information about this one. In any case, if you are looking for the best Florida movers, give us a call and we will prove that you did not make a mistake.

Address: 475 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131, USA, Outside of Ecuador.
307 707 7007

Pro Movers Miami

Rob’s Reflexology, September special

Certified 20-year experienced reflexologist specializing in stress reduction, relaxation and natural health remedy.

Single session: $35 (60 minutes)

Special offer: $100 for 4 session package (60 minutes). Save $40 and get optimum results.

Reflexology may help…

Reduce stress
Encourage relaxation
Improve circulation
Restore sleep patterns
Improve immune systems
Boost energy levels
Calm digestive problems
Ease muscular tensions
Back/neck/shoulder pain
Plantar Fasciitis
Repetitive stress injuries
Restless leg syndrome
Stimulate nerve function
Reduce migraines
Lymph drainage

Conditions such as allergies, hormonal imbalance,
arthritis, high BP, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, heart
disease, diabetes, oedema, eczema, psoriasis,
sinus problems.

Edificio Geranio- Diez de Agosto and Los Pensamientos near Parque El Vergel

Rob Lumpkin
096 975 7287
WhatsApp 096 975 7287

Megaclean laundry services

We offer free pick-up service and delivery of your laundry without cost. We are open every day from 8 AM to 7:30 PM.
My fees are:

20 pounds $4.65
30 pounds $6.70
40 pounds $8.75
50-60 pounds $10,

including detergent, softener (up to you). alcohol for disinfection, drying and folding. We have dry cleaning too. 3 suits for the price of 2, every day; comforters $3 each – every day.

Remigio Tamariz 5-38 y Lorenzo Piedra

Byron Salamea

099 910 3876

Queen duvet, toaster ovens and slow cooker

Designer queen bedspread/duvet with two sham pillow covers, and two accent pillows $60.

Two Oster toaster ovens. One stainless and the other with black metal and stainless trim. $55 each.

Instamatic slow cooker $60

Photos on request.

Oro Verde Area

Thank you.

Boyd Garbutt: 095 895 3056.

City: Cuenca

Used black leather recliner sofa

Good used condition with recliners on either end and fold down cup holders in the middle. I have lain down to watch TV and fallen asleep many times on this comfortable sofa. Photos available on request. $400 firm.

Mark: .

City: Cuenca

Gramm Bulkshop, short week

Dear friends, we inform you that on Saturday, August 28, we will not attend our store. If you require any of our products, please visit our store or contact us until Friday 27.

Have a nice day.

Marla: 099 505 9604.

City: Cuenca

Tahini / Gramm Bulkshop

Dear friends, In our shop we have tahini.

Our tahini is made of 100% hulled sesame seeds.

1. High in healthy fats and essential amino acids

2. Great source of vitamins like thiamine, along with minerals, including magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc.

3. Helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol

4. Improves skin health because it contains amino acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, trace minerals and fatty acids that all help with skin cell rejuvenation. Also provides minerals like zinc, which are needed to repair damaged tissue and produce collagen

5.Boosts nutrient absorption dressings, smoothies,

You can use tahini to make sweet and salt recipes, like dressings, smoothies, humus, cookies among others.

We want to reduce the use of plastic, we use paper covers and we invite you to bring your favorite bag, as well as your containers to fill them with the necessary amount.

Call us 099 505 9604, 096 060 3748,, or visit our cozy store located in Sucre 14-14 and Estevez de Toral, we will be happy to assist you.

We also have delivery service.


City: Cuenca

Marc’s Consignment

Hi everyone, we hope you are doing amazing. Don’t forget that this week Marc’s Consignment store is with special discounts in selected products. Also remember that in our store we can help you sell those things that you no longer need or use. Follow us on social media to find out more about us.

Marc’s Consignment wishes you a great day.

Marc: 096 849 6409.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Luvimar, gourmet market

I wanted to make a special dinner for my partner and thought I’d stop by Luvimar to get some cheese. I walked out with a pound of Canadian salmon, 3 different types of cheeses, some gourmet tuna steaks, spicy green mango relish, red curry paste, a bottle of nice wine, and delicious vegan chocolate with sea salt and caramel that the owner let me try in-shop.

I was very pleasantly surprised with the variety of products compared to my last visit. There are more cheeses (get one of the blues or goudas!), more types of vinegars, oils, and sauces (including BBQ sauce, hot sauces, pesto, and Dijon), sauerkraut and pickles and olives, all kinds of nuts and organic honey, salami and other meats and plenty of seafood options…but the real standout here is the Asian line. My goodness, I thought it was impossible to find reasonably-priced products for Asian cooking, but Luvimar sells miso, tahini, plum sauce, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, hoisin… even a few different types of wasabi.

The bilingual owner, Luis, has really stepped up his game. He had some great recommendations for me, and was very accommodating. Also – so nice to have multiple payment options. My partner loved the dinner, and I was thoroughly impressed with Luvimar. I will definitely be returning (or placing a delivery) and I can’t recommend this place enough.

Address: El Vergel: Luis Moreno Mora #5-85 & Roberto Crespo Toral. 1/2 a block from the Rione Hotel, right near Cosecha 93, yellow house with a sign

Contact information: 099 439 6619

Recommended by Peyton March: 098 635 5288

Today, we offer you the best beef in town

Today, we offer you the best beef, only grass-fed, chemical-free and produced in environmentally friendly production systems.

Available for home delivery without surcharge within the city of Cuenca.

August 26, 27, 2021, Paulino Ordoñez y Angel Figueroa.

Paul Sanchez: 099 586 7670 WhatsApp

Jazz and “Jazz-Pop” this Saturday at Common Grounds

Jazz Standards and “Jazz-Pop” — a little something for everyone. This Saturday at Common Grounds. 7:30 PM.

Saturday, August 28th, 7:30 PM, $5, Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional, Cuenca.

Jan Wallace: 098 107 9406 for reservations

Cappuccino Restaurant on Miguel Morocho

I just noticed this morning that the new restaurant near us, Cappuccino, has changed their hours of operations – for the better, in my opinion. Their new hours are 10 AM to 9 PM. Their hours of operation used to be 1 to 9 PM. So now I can have a nice breakfast there at a reasonable hour, for me. They only have 4 entries on Trip Advisor from patrons who liked the restaurant/coffee shop + beer, wine and spirits. Their menu is attached in a photo. Just up the short hill from JD’s Muebles and same building as Bigotte Barber Shop and Men’s SPA. Look for the lime green umbrellas. Outside seating as well. I have not been able to get a decent photo of their menu but, they have just about everything from the usual breakfast menu, hot beverages, lunch, hamburgers, hot dogs, 14 different sandwiches, French fries, salads, cold drinks and a soft serve ice cream machine. For dinner they have lomo fino, pork, ribs, corvina or a mix of seafood. Not to mention adult beverages: wine, beer, rum, Pina Colada and one I do not recognize…Negro Peleon. Hope the menu photo comes out. This is their second location. Their first location, since 1986 is at Padre Aguirre and Simon Bolivar.

Aug. 25th. 10 AM to 9 PM, below the Dali Building on Miguel Morocho just a short walk from Gran Columbia (1/4 block).

Richard Crook: 283 4763 landline

Special presentation

Remember, Friday from 6 to 9 PM, Luis will be plying at Don Colon.

Menu: Caesar salad, garlic bread, veg, baked potato, filet mignon for only $12.95

Every Friday, Sucre y B Malo

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703 Restaurante Don Colon

Best coleslaw recipe with the best pork, King Smokehouse

Hola Amigos. What a deal at your King Smokehouse. Buy one of our delicious, succulent smoked and glazed mini hams and receive a full sized bag of Carolina hand ground grits – free! Yes, free!! Felix has a new batch of pulled pork, smoked and slow roasted to perfection and ready to heat and eat. Our recipe of the week is the perfect accompaniment to either the ham or the pulled pork. Tangy and sweet, this is the go to coleslaw for pork. Enjoy friends. Conveniently located on Coronel Talbot just across from Parque San Sebastian. Stop in or call for delivery ($25 order qualifies for free delivery).


• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk with ½ teaspoon vinegar)
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
• 1 and 1/2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
• 2 and 1/2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
• 4 cups shredded then diced cabbage (about 1/2 of a medium head)
• 1 medium carrot
• 1/4 medium onion minced


1. Shred the cabbage and carrot and dice finely. Mix all veggies in a large mixing bowl. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the veggies and stir all with a wooden spoon. Cover the bowl with a saran wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Stir again before serving.

Daily from 10 until 5 (Sat. 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Closed Sunday, Coronel Talbot 8-66 y Simon Bolivar

Felix Salinas: 096 904 7724

Punjabi Rasoi restaurant

Here we go: offer of the week:

Free, free, freeeeee masala potato fingers made with chickpea flour with Indian spices and house made green sauce.

Now get Masala potato finger free with your order of three main course dishes; any one of chicken, mutton, vegetarian or vegano. So, what are you waiting for? We are open from Tuesday to Tuesday 9 AM – 11 PM.

Feel free and safe to come to our restaurant. If you can’t, we come to you by delivery.

Enjoy your favorite Indian food from Punjabi Rasoi Indian restaurant.


Calle Larga y Marino Cueva, 5-48 Cuenca, Ecuador
099 859 2132
098 379 1507

#indianfood #punjabirasoi #indianrestaurant #cuencaecuador #cuenca #callelarga #masalapatatoesfinger

All day Sunday to Sunday (Time 11 AM to 11 PM), Calle Larga 5-48 y Mariano Cueva

Charan Dass: 099 859 2132

Diego Buitron art collection now at San Sebas

“Dialogues with the Earth” by Diego Buitron – Painter | Sculptor
August 26-29, art collection on display at San Sebas Cafe in Cuenca

Diego Buitron presents his eclectic pictorial exhibit composed of three series; despite their diversity, the corresponding correlation between them is unmistakable, especially when the chromatic and the relaxed line are concerned, born of the soul of the Earth itself. His technique is a mixture of acrylic on canvas and collage, using recycled materials.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Diego’s work in person. All art is for sale.

August 26-29 daily until 3 PM, free, San Sebas Plaza, Cuenca.

Jane Brinton:

Cuenca Salmon Tienda, Thursday

Come visit our new tienda located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta.

10% discount on all items which include:

* Salmon
* Aged beef from Uruguay
* Loin pork chops
* Ground lamb
* Grouper
* Smoked salmon pate

Thursday, August 26th, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Paute

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238