Machala Immigration Office

Does anybody know anything about the visit registration there? If so, please share.

Thank you,


Mujeres Con Exito needs $2400 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over two thirds of the way to our goal of $9500, $7100 raised and only $2400 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $6405 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.


Saturday Artisan Feria at the Jazz Society Cafe

Come and see us today at the Jazz Society Cafe from 10 AM to 2 PM. Check out great artisan products from your local vendors.

We will be serving delicious breakfast and lunch.

See you there.

10 AM to 2 PM, August 28, 2021, free, Los Cedros y Los Claveles (one block north from Ordonez Lasso), Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: 096 322 3377

Freya artisanal skin-care products at Jazz Society Cafe

Exquisite artisanal soaps with natural ingredients. A special detail for your personal care, full of magic for your skin and emotional state. The ideal gift for someone special or even yourself.

At Freya we have right what you need. Our product line is made with 100% natural ingredients that bring light, freshness and nutrients to your skin.

Some details about our soaps:

* Made with natural ingredients
* Made without artificial coloring or parabens which can cause allergies
* Friendly with the environment
* We use essential oils that bring vitamins and incomparable scents
* Clean and relaxing feeling after each use

Saturday, August 28th, 10 AM – 2 PM.
Los Cedros y Los Claveles -Cuenca

Lourdes Alvarez: +593 99 801 1740. Call after: 9 AM 099 801 1740

Free Language Exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Selina’s terrace (Calle Larga 7-93) every Saturday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. This event is free, however, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– If the receptionist asks what you want, tell him/her that you’re a member of #YEES and there’s a language exchange at the terrace that you’re attending.
– Even though Selina’s terrace is an open space and they have all the biosecurity measures, the pandemic isn’t over yet so don’t forget to keep social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is switching languages every 30 minutes. You decide which language goes first.

August 28th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, Calle Larga 7-93, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena:

Volleyball–6 on 6: Sunday, new location and time: 2-4 PM

Note: We are moving again – back to Parque Lineal Yanuncay!
What: 6 on 6 regulation international volleyball where fun, friendship, and exercise are the goals.
We welcome all – including experienced intermediate players. If you are a beginner, or have not played in a while, come check us out – stop by to watch or come to play. We have players who represent countries from around the world.
Where: We will set up this Sunday at Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vicente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo
When: We will play Sunday, August 29, from 2 to 4 PM (weather permitting). We continue to experiment with different times and places to find the right balance of Sunday family time, church, typical rain time and taxi availability after the game. Come this Sunday and join the discussion
How: We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
Why: Last week we had a good crowd, good competitive games, and good weather. Come join us this Sunday!
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)

Sunday, August 29, 2021 – From 2 to 4 PM, Free, Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vicente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo, Cuenca.


Be here now – Meditate with Shambhala from home Sunday

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10:30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

Online meditation sessions are available at


It’s tonight! Martin Navarro Quartet with Jan Wallace

Please join us for the debut of the Martin Navarro Quartet featuring Jan Wallace on vocals. Your favorite Jazz Standards, plus what we call “Jazz-Pop”–some great popular tunes “jazzified.” We think even people who aren’t die-hard jazz fans will like this show. A great combination of music that’s both exciting and easy on the ears.
For reservations call: 098 107 9406.
See poster for more details.

Great tunes made famous by:

Ella Fitzgerald
Frank Sinatra
Diana Krall
Sarah Vaughn
Stevie Wonder
George Benson
Amy Winehouse
Gregory Porter
Thelonious Monk
The Modern Jazz Quartet
Horace Silver
and more…

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

NYC Jazz Quintet at Jazz Society Café, Saturday, Aug. 28th



* Never in our life have we seen such a passionate and powerful show. This band was on fire! Thank you for sharing your incredible talents with us!” —Wolf & Ellen Wilbert
* “The music was unforgettable. We were honored with the exquisite playing of the quartet, especially Jim Gala on piano. Beautiful venue, friendly staff, and lovely but affordable drinks and menu; I highly recommend it.” —Caroline Ackroyd
* “If you haven’t been to Cuenca’s Jazz Society Café yet do yourself a favor and check them out! I’ve been to jazz clubs and festivals around the world, and the music here blew me away, the acoustics are fantastic, and Jim Gala is undoubtedly an incredibly talented musician. I can’t recommend them enough, the music, the food and drinks, and the service – just phenomenal.” —Nigel Buchanan, July, 2021

Wanted- guitarist

Electric and some acoustic, for a band currently in rehearsals. Playing many genres, from Miles to Manhattan Transfer, from Bizet to Boz, from Bruno Mars to Earth, Wind & Fire, from Peggy Lee to Rickie Lee Jones. Some of the qualities we’re lookin’ for:

– Competent and experienced in Jazz, Classic & current Pop/Rock/Funk, Latin
– Solid rhythm section player
– Good reading chops
– Some vocals are a plus
– Creativity-Bring it! We are not aiming to “do it like the recording”.

We will be performing in the Cuenca area, for starters.
We’re not looking for “the world’s best”, just a well-rounded, seasoned player. If you are the world’s best, that’s ok too.

So, if this sounds like you, and you’d like to play in a project that is high quality, high creation, and high fun, (and highly supportive of each other), call or email Pete. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Pete Mercer: 095 903 9058. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Housekeeping/cleaning, etc.

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.

Laura Guaman: 099 335 2819. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Professional carpet cleaning and handyman

Professional Carpet Cleaning. 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


Hi, my name is Gabby, I am an experienced manicurist/pedicurist and I come to your home and perform these services in your home. My vaccinations are current and I take all hygiene precautions i.e. mask, etc. My services are reasonable: $7 for a manicure and $11 for a pedicure, including travel within the city. Please call or email me. I understand and speak some English.

Los Cantones

099 128 3396

Haircuts and hair coloring in your home – men and women

I will come to your home and cut your hair for $10. For two persons at the same location, $15. No charge for travel within the central historical district. If you live in a location where I will need to take a taxi, then there will be an extra, minimal charge for round-trip taxi.

Request an appointment today via text message to WhatsApp or by email.


098 890 7549

Best Ecuador Homes real estate

Best Ecuador Homes is dedicated since 2014 to perform sales and rentals, property management, house hunting, etc.

Invest your money in the safest place in Ecuador.

We also do rental contract meditations. Are you stuck with a bad landlord or a bad contract? Contact us.
Coming to Ecuador? We help you with all: bring your container, get you a place to buy or rent.
Move out of the country? we can also help you in all, just contact us.
many happy clients can give you recommendations.

Follow us in

We are located in Benedicto XV 1-53 – Cuenca-Ecuador

Benedicto XV 1-53, Cuenca

Monica Gonzaga

Benedicto XV 1-53

Monica Gonzaga
098 384 1691

Rides around Cuenca

I can take you anywhere around Cuenca. Just call me and I will be at your place to pick you up. I work every day from 11 AM to 9 PM. Av Ordonez Laso Paola Salvador 098 336 9472

Av Ordonez Laso

Bertha Salvador

098 336 9472

Expat opinions and experiences wanted

A group of budding Latino entrepreneurs (and their North American sponsors) are looking for input from both the Latino and Gringo communities. We’d like to know which services or products are felt to be missing from the local scene.

An online questionnaire will be launched shortly, to help guide the conversation. Questions can be answered in Spanish or English. Or, if you prefer paper, Cuenca Salmon, on Mariscal Lamar at Luis Pauta, will have some surveys available. We will use GringoPost to let you know.

In the meantime, please think about aspects (products and services) of life in N. America, that might make life less difficult in Cuenca for all its residents. (No USPS, Sam’s Club, TGIF or all-day, all-you-can-eat buffets)

Edificio Dali

Sieg Braun

We carry out all services in Carpentry

– Home furniture
– kitchens
– closets
– tables
– wardrobes
– desks
– nightstands
– modern shelves
– different movable shelves
– kitchen islands
– room sets
– dining room furniture,
– sofa beds

We make the design that you like similar to your photo: apartment furniture, filing cabinets with insurance. We upholster your furniture. We restore and recover your furniture.



Melamine furniture

Melamine furniture is resistant to temperature variations, thus being an important quality for your purchase decision. The quality, the coating, its good price, its resistance and versatility make melamine furniture of great acceptance and excellent adaptation to new environments and decorations.

– We make all the designs and tastes
– Quote with us
– Works with guarantee and delivery included

– We make modern furniture designs with iron and different melamine all designs

Cuenca Centro



Hello Group, I am moving to Cuenca in a few weeks. I have previously lived in Vilcabamba. Is there a service here that provides shipping from Amazon, Zappos, Zuliy and other online shopping from the United States? There is a service in Vilcabamba that is excellent but it will be easier to use a service in Cuenca.

Thank you for any suggestions,



Monica Gonzaga facilitator and relocation services

Monica Gonzaga facilitator services, working since 2014 for the service of the foreign community. Many permanent and temporary residence visas have been delivered to our clients without any problem. 100% guaranteed from the first moment, 100 recommendations speak for us, at this point we can say that we can fix any problem you have
At Monica Gonzaga’s facilitator services we are dedicated to helping in all business that concerns expats who live in the city of Cuenca, even from other cities.


Spanish study books, study by yourself? Why not?

CCN, Spanish School, has prepared some Spanish Study books to help you improve your vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing production. They are all in Spanish, and you can also order your bilingual version (Spanish-English).

Here are the titles of our books:

“Dos libros recién salidos del horno”. Two books recently published,

Book 1: Reading Book, “Por eso, por eso, por eso te quiero Cuenca”. It is a collection of 15 stories told by Expats who have lived in Cuenca, Ecuador for quite a while. They tell why they chose to live here, their experience and anecdotes and also their recommendation to enjoy their stay the best possible way. (Level B2)
Here is the list of some of the chapters:
1. Un recorrido breve por Cuenca y sus museos (A short course on Cuenca’s museums)
2. Una guía para el caminante de la Cuenca histórica (A walker’s guide to historic Cuenca)
3. Un Expat encuentra un puerto seguro en Cuenca (An Expat finds safe harbor in Cuenca)
4. La Fanesca de Cuenca: Llena de tradición familiar (Cuenca’s Fanesca: family tradition)
5. La historia de Cuenca vive en los nombres de calles (Cuenca’s history lives…)
6. El Hojalatero (Tin man)
7. La iglesia de Turi (Turi Catholic church)
8. La puntualidad: ¿Por qué expatriados y ecuatorianos tienen percepciones tan diferentes sobre el tiempo? (Punctuality: Why do expats and Ecuadorians have such different perceptions of being ‘on time’?)
9… Etc…


Esika, L’bel & Cyzone

Hi, My name is Susy and I would like to introduce to you 3 brands that are made by a company that has been in business for 50 years and they promote beauty to achieve personal fulfillment through their brands:

Esika: My expression, my choice.
L’bel: Real beauty for real women
Cyzone: Dare with attitude

Your order will arrive at your home within 2-3 days, without leaving your home, payment with credit or debit card.


Susy: .

City: Guayaquil

Household goods for sale

Items brought from USA:

Coleman ice chest, used $45
Cuisinart Griddler, new $75
Walgreens humidifier, used $15
Cuisinart juicer, new $25
Bella food steamer, new $25
Meade Telescope, used $50
Craftsman tool box w/some tools, used $25

Items purchased here:

GE microwave oven, used, $50

Photos available upon request via email or WhatsApp: 096 290 6462

Thom Guzman

City: Cuenca

Household items sale

Proctor Silex coffee maker $10
Table lamp $10
Men’s casual walking shoes, new, size 10 $25
Sony wireless headphones, like new, $15
Camry digital bathroom scales (2) $10 each
Hamilton Beach toaster $10
Rogue full-sized left handed acoustic guitar, excellent condition, with electronic tuner and player manual $60
Advenor 8 position weight bench $75

Photos available on request. Please do not waste your time or mine with “offers”.

Brien Dana Clemens: .

City: Cuenca

AirPods for sale

AirPods, new in original packaging, with charging case.

Original price in USA $159, asking $120.

Silvia: 098 282 6003.

City: Cuenca

Selling paintings, weights (27 lbs. each)

Paintings are $300 each, purchased in 2010 by A Avilez.
Weights are $75, 27 lb. dumbbells, chrome steel.

Nicholas Barringer: .

City: Cuenca

Marc’s Consignment

Hello dear customers, we hope you had an amazing week.

Don’t forget to stop by the store to check out our items and remember that we are giving special discounts until the end of August. Follow us on social media so you can see the new items that arrive every day. Marc’s Consignment Store also helps you sell those things that you no longer need or use, call, text, e-mail us to find out more.
We are located at the corner of Simon Bolivar and Miguel Heredia.

Marc: 096 849 6409.

City: Cuenca

TP link Powerlite Wi-Fi Kit $65

Extent Wi-Fi to every room.

Brand new Wifi Extender sealed and boxed.

No need for new wires or drilling
Network passes through walls and floors.

Works with all routers and home plug power line adapters.
Expands coverage by adding more extenders.

Up to 300 meter/1000 feet over existing electrical wiring.

$65 includes set up installation.

Leonardo: 098 352 2685.

City: Cuenca

Fujifilm’s 50x zoom camera/video with accessories, for sale

The FinePix S1 is the only weather-sealed superzoom on the market. Good for outdoorsy people and those who want to maximize image quality via Raw.

The world’s first weather resistant 50x zoom camera (24x1200mm)
16.2MP 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor
Full HD movie capture (1920 x 1080, 60i)
3.0-inch, approx. 920K-dot, Vari-angle LCD monitor with 920k EVF
Wi-Fi connectivity

Accessories included:
Professional Tripod
Tabletop Tripod
SD Memory Card
HDMI Cable
Camera Bag for Fujifilm FinePix S1

Contact information: Ana Cruz 096 005 0978 (WhatsApp)
Price Camera with accessories: $300

Ana: 096 005 0978.

City: Cuenca

Coastal retreat opportunity

This is for someone low on cash but with a dream and the energy to make it happen.

I’ve been developing an acre of rental property on the antenna mountain in Rio Chico, south of Manglaralto.

The idea was a combination of renting campsites/private day-bungalows; a retreat center for yoga/calisthenics/MMA; a bar and restaurant; an ornamental cactus and native plant nursery, and fishing/kayaking/diving tours and rentals.

After three – five seasons developing the brand here, the idea was to then buy and construct my own place to expand the business.

On site is a raised house with covered area/bodega below; front and back terraza, pool with covered deck; garden plots, large fire pit/barby, all utilities, etc.

I have building materials (cane, planking, metal roofing, various electrical/plumbing stuff, etc.) and restaurant equipment including stove, hood, freezer, fridge, etc.

Buyout for material and equipment is $4000. Monthly rent includes electric, water, and internet: $450.


Serious inquiries only, please.
Bob Kezer
+099 447 0229

City: Cuenca

Yellow gas tanks, $47

Yellow gas tanks, $47, includes delivery in Cuenca. Call or send a message by WhatsApp. Paola: 098 336 9472. City: Cuenca

Paola Salvador: 098 336 9472.

City: Cuenca

Queen size Memory Foam mattress made in the USA

Looking to get a really good night’s rest? Your mattress can make a huge difference. Per the manufacturer the mattress was “Designed for Comfort and Engineered to Last.”

This Angel Memory Foam Mattress was highly recommended by my husband’s pain management doctor in the US. So, if you have back problems or are just tired of the hard mattresses common to Ecuador this could be just what you’re looking for.


Recommendation for M & E Pet Lovers, Pet and House sitting

Mateo and Elizabeth came to our rescue for pet and house sitting when our scheduled sitter got ill. They were wonderful and so caring.

They took us to the airport both leaving and returning, got our car’s oil changed and washed.

They would send pictures of the dogs daily. They are also vet students, so no worries if anything happened, which thankfully it didn’t. The dogs just loved them, which was comforting to see. We can highly recommend them both for house and pet sitting.

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information:
099 848 1355 and 098 525 7115

Recommended by Diane Brown:

Recommendation for Franklin Morocho, repairs of all kinds, construction

We discovered that we had had a leak in our roof. Franklin investigated on a rainy day and said he’d have to come back when it was not raining – the 3rd story, tile roof would be far too dangerous if it was wet. I agreed. Tuesday, he came, bringing a young man with him whose main purpose was to control the life-saving rope that Franklin would wear while out on the roof. The old choba (aluminum strip covering the joint between tiles and walls) had holes in it and needed replacement. Franklin had stored some excess choba here after a previous job, so all we had to do was get it to him while he was out on the roof. A plastic bag and broom stick worked well for that. He repaired the leaks, inspected the rest of the roof and the ventilator fan and returned safely inside. His fee was appropriate and his work was done in a professional manner. Thanks, Franklin.

Address: Calle Canton Saraguro s/n and Manuel Arturo Cisneros, Cuenca

Contact information: +593 98 967 3289

Recommended by Karen Kuenzel:

Recommendation for Kolo restaurant and bakery

Best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had. Great menu, can’t wait to try everything. Frank is the best host. Awesome atmosphere – beautiful architecture. Located on the second floor of the Mansion Vieja Hotel. Gorge! Luis Cordero y Honorato Vasquez.

Address: Luis Cordero y Honorato Vasquez

Contact information: 099 297 5788

Recommended by Paul Marquis: 099 291 6457

Cuenca Salmon, Saturday sausage samplings

Did you know Cuenca Salmon has 13 different sausages for you.

* Breakfast Lamb Sausage
* Mild Lamb Sausage
* Spicy Moroccan Lamb Sausage
* Polish Keilbasa Sausage
* Mild Chicken Sausage
* Spicy Chicken Sausage
* Mama Mia Spicy Italian Sausage
* Czech Spicy Country Sausage
* Summer Sausage
* Ham Sausage
* Salami
***** Our newest sausage – Spicy Cheddar Jalapeño Sausage

Stop by our new Tienda located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta. Mention that you saw this ad in GringoPost and receive 10% of your purchase.

Saturday August 28th, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Paute

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238

Items from the USA

Hi everybody, some friends of Tienda Nectar are doing a mule trip to Miami in the beginning of September.

$8 per lb. for most items

Email for full details.

September 2nd to the 10th, Miami to Cuenca


Kolo Restaurante and Bakery news…

Hello Friends, hope all is going well in your lives. We just want to let you know about what we do. We are a new restaurant in Downtown of Cuenca and we served Internacional/American food. We have a very big menu for breakfast and lunch and we do specials every week, always different. This week is huevos rancheros for breakfast and paella for lunch. On our menu we have biscuit and gravy, chicken fried steak, meatloaf, omelets, eggs Benedict and much more. Bloody Mary, mimosas. Stop and give us a try. You won’t regret.

August 28th from 8 AM to 3 PM, Calle Luis Cordero #5-65 between Honorato Vazquez y Juan Jaramillo .

Frank Gonzalez: 099 297 5788

Delivery: real sourdough, southern biscuits, bagels and more

Hi, Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

New product alert:
Homemade Southern Biscuit Mix, 2 lbs. for $10

You can make biscuits yourself whenever you need. Just add milk. You can also use as a topping for casseroles, cobblers, and more. Keep in the freezer and just take out what you need.

We now also have ravioli. Our 3-cheese ravioli comes frozen in a pack of 32 for $10. The pasta is homemade. Take out however many you need, boil, and then toss in your own sauce of choice. We recommend 8 per person. So delicious. You can’t beat homemade pasta. We’ve been eating them ourselves with slices of our sourdough.

Video of the process on our Facebook page at Sunday Brunch Cuenca

Ready to bake freezer meals: