Seeking recommendations for long-distance movers

Looking for recommendations for reliable/safe movers to move a relatively small amount of furniture and household furnishings and as many plants as possible from the coast to Cuenca. Someone with a large tall-ish truck would be great. Thanks in advance.

Reid Tanner

City: Cuenca

Seeking Fire stick professional

Can anyone recommend a top-notch Fire stick programmer, based upon your experience?
With much appreciation and gratitude.

Tres Eres: .

City: Cuenca

Is little Jimmy your new buddy?

Jimmy is about 2-years old and is at his adult size of 9 kg and is 50 cm – tall to his head. He’s neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. He’s a quiet little guy and not zappy at all. Hikers discovered him and another dog in an abusive situation, tied up and malnourished, in a remote area 30 minutes hike from the road. They took a video and arranged for FAAN to rescue the pair. Here’s what Jimmy’s foster mom has to say about him:

“I knew his rescue story and how FAAN worked for 6 months to improve his health. I expected to encounter a skittish, damaged doggie, but was astonished at this little guy’s resiliency. Within the first hour, he snuggled in the alpaca blanket on my lap, allowing me to pet him with a nubby grooming glove I bought at Coral. He couldn’t snuggle close enough! He’s been tolerant toward my high-energy puppy. Although he did play with the other shelter dogs, particularly the one he knew from his former life, he likely would prefer a lower energy companion or to be the only dog that looks at you adoringly. He’s still adjusting to a life indoors that comes with toys and attention. Things like stairs are strange to him. He needs a little guidance on not lifting his leg indoors. I started him on UDerm Omega gel daily to get his coat in tip-top condition.”

This awesome pup is ready to come home with you!

Jo Austin: 099 535 7387. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks to all those who participated in our survey

As mentioned last week, our entrepreneur group is looking for input on goods and services, to make life better for all residents of Cuenca. One of the participants is going to be offering self-defense classes. Erick has a black belt in Karate, and has been helpful in helping us address our feeling vulnerable. Watch for an announcement for classes in Zona Rosa.

The entrepreneur class consists of both Cuenca natives and survivors/victims of Venezuelan governmental policies. All are either unemployed or underemployed and are eager to receive feedback from both Gringos and their Latino community.

This survey is being conducted for the development of new products or services. Thank you for taking the time to answer, we appreciate your feedback. Please forward to other local folk, to further the effectiveness of this effort, with our thanks.

Survey in English:

Survey in Spanish:

Cuenca – Ecuador

Sieg Braun

City: Cuenca

Feria at Santa Canela today

Special feria at Santa Canela today where you can purchase unique products from different vendors from 10 AM – 4 PM. BBQ ribs, chicken, steak, burger with potato salad and beans from noon – 2:30 PM.

For the first time in Cuenca, Santa Canela is offering mechanical bull ride at the bar this Sat. from 4:30 PM till late. Any cowboys/cowgirls out there come check us out.

Sept. 4th Sat. 10 AM – 4 PM , free, Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca, Cuenca.

Freddy: 099 726 9237

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, 2-4 PM

Note: We are playing again in Parque del Vergel!
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 del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel.
When: We will play Sunday, September 5, from 2 to 4 PM (weather permitting).
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, September 5, 2021 – From 2 to 4 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel, Cuenca.


Pánica Smoothies await you at the CosasPrep Entrepreneurs Fair

Come this Saturday, Sept 4 to the CosasPrep Entrepreneurs Fair to enjoy the exotic flavors of the Pránica Smoothies:

– Dates Delight
– Green Inspiration
– Orange Glow

Come with the family and enjoy the exotic combinations of Pranic Smoothies and fill your day with natural energy.

Sept 4, 10 AM to 3 PM, free, Simón Bolívar 13-49 and Estévez de Toral,, Cuenca.

Harold Arcos: 096 279 2117

A Saturday full of profiteroles

The day has come. This Saturday, Naná, thousand and one delights, is back at Cosas Prep Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs with our unique profiteroles. There will be not only an assortment of profiteroles (cream puffs) full of the richest fillings and toppings but also the spectacular “Karpatka”, a very special cake made with pate choux, the “leit motiv” of our desserts. Haven’t you tried it yet?

September 4th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, From $1, Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez del Toral, Cuenca.

Maria Elisa Espinosa: 099 619 1208

Resuming in-person worship. St. Christopher Mission

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

In-person worship will resume the 19th of September at 4 PM with COVID-19 protocol being followed. Masks are required. If you would like to attend, please contact us as seating is limited. Please see contact information below.


Paco’s Blues, Common Grounds tonight. come on out and dance

Paco’s Blues is coming back to Common Grounds on Saturday, September 4th.

Come out and join us for a great night of music, dancing, great food and drinks, and good times.

Music kicks off at 7 PM and goes till later on.

$5 cover.

Looking forward to seeing you again.

Saturday, September 4th from 7 PM till later on, $5. Common Grounds Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues:

Just breathe – and meditate with Shambhala, Sunday from home

Just breathe. Attention to the breath is a sort of bridge that connects the mind to the body. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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.


Your trip of a life time, the unique Galapagos Islands

Galapagos programs prices first class and luxury yachts
Galaxy First Class Yacht
4 Days/ 3 Nights Program
October 7th to 10th
October 10th to 13th
*Price p/person double occupancy for Ecuadorians or Residents w/cedula $990
*Price p/person double occupancy for International Tourist $1,253
20% Single Occupancy Supplement
5 Days/ 4 Nights
28th September October 2
October 2nd to 6th.


Pamper yourself with a healthy, stress relieving massage

Rejuvenation Home Massage of Cuenca understands the mental and physical challenges we face in our lives daily, today reducing stress promotes better health and well–being. Massage is a natural way to reduce these tensions and have a positive effect on other common health conditions:

Digestive problems
Aches and pains
Sports injuries


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

• Does your computer or phone need some repair?
• Do you need a new contract with a fiber optic provider without any hassle?
• Do you need a new TV, printer, computer or any other gadget?
• Are you having issues with your printer?
• Do you need technical support with your iPad/iPhone, MacBook Air/Pro or iMac?
• Magsafe computer charging not working?
• Are you new in town and need to set up internet and other services?
• Wifi running slow?
• are you Looking for a senior discount on your services?
• Not getting the speed you´re paying for?
• fire TV stick acting up?


Have you been thinking of doing physical and mental life changes?

This is your opportunity, enroll in a process were we’ll personally help you to achieve your goals giving your body and mind the changes you needs.

Age or physical condition is not a issue, our method is bases on the functional training, which is resume it’s all about health wellness.

No matter what your goals are, we’ll help you to achieve them, because your objectives are ours.

José Gabriel Cabeza – Personal Trainer
Phone: 098 708 4339

Home visit

Jose Gabriel Cabeza

Contact lenses

I am trying to find an optometry business in Cuenca that provides contact lenses.

Fernando Aragon y Primero de Mayo


Yunguilla Valley Bike Tour

Live a day of cycling surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the warm Yunguilla Valley.
Spaces available for this great adventure.

Cycling at any level!

Date: Sunday, 5 September, 2021
#Biketour #yunguillavalley #biketrip
More info and register:


Adrian Bravo
099 508 0481

Grow your brand/business, make more $$$ with a promotional video

Hi everyone, My name is Josh Yentin. I am a young Canadian living in Cuenca. I have a YouTube channel called Loco Living (thanks to those who have subscribed!) and I also make promotional videos for businesses. I am looking to take on new customers and help bring you more clients/business. I also have 130K+ followers on Tik Tok, a booming social media platform here in Ecuador and around the world, which will definitely help grow your business even faster.

Here is an example of what my team and I did for Hosteria Izhcayluma:

Please message me on WhatsApp if you are interested. I will be more than happy to give you a free consultation, listen to your needs and provide high quality content for your brand/business.


Josh Yentin

097 910 6722

Hotel Patrimonial

Dear friends,

Live a stress-free happy living at hotel Patrimonial. To know more about special offers and packages WhatsApp now.

Mariscal Lamar, Mariano Cueva 4-51

Giovannni Lopez

098 394 3833

Facial-massage special by licensed cosmetologist, Alejandra

Harmonize your face and body with a massage-facial special treatment at RadiantSkin Spa by Alejandra.

Experience for yourself why her clients rave about how they look and feel fantastic.

Special includes full body, relaxing, 90-minute massage plus deep facial cleansing and hydration with hialurónico acid, peptides and vitamins.

Normally $85. Now through September 15, just $60 in our charming spa.

Book today through our Facebook page at

Then check all our videos, great reviews, informational posts, photos and full menu of services including a relaxing massage, deep tissue massage, facials, permanent eyelash curling, micro-needling, antiaging, waxing, lymphatic drainage and more.

You get a safe, professional experience with each visit to our lovely spa inside Mercy´s Alta Salon. Alejandra worked in a top Guayaquil spa for many years and undertook years of education and training while obtaining her license.

And she uses biosafe protocols including a mask and facial protector and disinfects her spa after each client visit.

Gift cards available. Natural skincare products available.

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

We communicate in English and Spanish.

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

Messages please. WhatsApp +593 99 101 5477

Airless Wagner

The Wagner paint crew paint sprayer applies a variety of paints, primers, and stains, including today’s thick exterior latex paints. This airless piston pump sprayer creates the same quality finishes as contractor units, but is designed for use by homeowners. Whether you are staining your deck, painting your fence, or priming your garage, the Paint Crew provides simple, trouble-free operation and cleanup. The paint crew uses standard reversible spray tips and comes complete with hose, tip, and metal spray gun.

The Wagner paint crew paint sprayer package includes:

Wagner paint crew paint sprayer
Spray gun
413 reversible spray tip
25-foot spray hose

Features include the unit’s piston-pump technology, which helps maintain a consistent flow of paint.

This versatile sprayer applies paint, primer, or stain and has a high-capacity hopper for tackling large projects.
On-demand piston pump technology maintains pressure
The Wagner Paint Crew’s 0.5-horsepower motor provides plenty of power for quickly delivering spray from the unit’s innovative piston-pump delivery system. The on-demand piston-pump technology provides 2,750-psi to maintain a consistent, even flow of paint for professional-looking results. And the precision-machined pump components mean you get the highest-quality parts where you need them most.
Two-Gallon Hopper Increases Spray Time and Convenience
Whether you’re painting the entire exterior of your house or touching up the stain on your favorite rocking chair, the Wagner Paint Crew is the ideal tool for the job. The high-capacity, two-gallon hopper with lid is capable of handling big projects without having to be constantly refilled, saving you both time and effort.

Professional-grade spray gun with reversible tip delivers a great finish
The Paint Crew’s professional-grade spray gun controls material flow to your project surface. The gun has a forged aluminum body for maximum durability and features a full-sized in-line filter that accepts standard G-thread (7/8-inch) accessories.

The gun also features a 413 reversible spray tip that creates the spray pattern and can be used either horizontally or vertically. Because it’s reversible, clearing clogs from the tip is as easy as turning it 180 degrees with a twist of your wrist. An added bonus, a tip holder is built into the gun for total convenience.

Designed for Versatility and Convenience
The Wagner Paint Crew is a versatile system that does more than just paint. It can also handle stains, primers, preservatives, and other nonabrasive materials, so you can stain your deck or wood fence, apply primer before painting your garage, coat your outdoor furniture with long-lasting preservatives, and much more.

The Wagner paint crew system weighs just 25 pounds and has a convenient carrying handle, so it goes where you go. Centrally located controls simplify operation from startup to cleanup, and a 25-foot high-pressure hose makes it easy for you to tackle multi-storey projects.

The Wagner paint crew system is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What’s in the box:
The Wagner Paint Crew, spray gun, 413 reversible spray tip, and 25-foot spray hose.

Xavier: .

City: Cuenca

Handmade notebooks

Hi everyone, I want to say thank you to all who buy a notebook.

I also made a cute – practical bag for your notebooks, tablet or your essentials. Ask for models available. The cost of the bags is $8.

I’m ready to do more cute / practical notebooks for you. You can text me through WhatsApp or Telegram and I will send you pictures of all my designs.

My notebooks are made with love and dedication. I bind every notebook with 100, 150 or 200 sheets, you can choose between 120g sheets (perfect for any writing or drawing instrument), print with lines, points even sheets for write music or just white.



Car for sale – Peugeot Berlina 206

Affordable family car, excellent for the city

Papers up to date 2021
Price: $ 6,400 (Negotiable)
Year: 2004
front tires new 10/10
rear tires 7/10
Manual Transmission
Telephone / Contact: 0992987016 (Calls or WhatsApp)
Always kept indoors
4 Doors
Air Conditioning
Cuenca – Ecuador
Peugeot 206
Automobile vehicle car used cars Cuenca, Ecuador

David Armendariz: +593 99 298 7016.

City: Cuenca

Marc’s Consignment

Hello Dear Customers,

US Labor Day is just around the corner.
Marc’s consignment store wants to celebrate with you by having enormous discounts for an entire week. You can come to the store this Saturday the 4th until Friday the 10th. Don’t lose this amazing opportunity and bring to home your favorite items. Come visit us at the corner of Simón Bolívar and Miguel Heredia.
Call, text or email us if you have any questions.
Marc’s Consignment wishes you a great day.

Marc: 096 849 6409.

City: Cuenca

Gramm Bulkshop / Moringa

Dear friends, In our shop we have organic moringa. We share some benefits of it with you:

Also called the “Miracle Tree” and “Tree of Life,” moringa has been heralded as a superfood even more amazing than kale. Research confirms its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and cancer-preventive powers. And it is great for environment too.

According to a Fast Company article, “In a gram-for-gram comparison with kale, moringa has more than twice the protein, six times the iron, and 97 times the vitamin B2.”

Several moringa species are native to South Asia and East Africa, today, it is widely cultivated in other areas around the globe.


Brand-new, 2-year warranty Epson EcoTank L3110 USB printer, for sale

Size down your printing cost.
Are you looking for a good quality and cheap printer to print your photos and documents?
Now back in stock, Epson Ecotank L3110 USB connection, up to 12,000 prints included (4 bottle set included).
2-year warranty. Price includes delivery, installation set up and how to use training.

other models available:

·Epson L3150 (usb, wifi)
·Epson l4160 (double sided print, wifi, usb)
·Epson L5190 (ADF, network, wifi, duplex)

Leonardo: 098 352 2685.

City: Cuenca

For sale, one regular mattress and two sponge mattresses

Hello wonderful people from Cuenca, My name is Elix and I’m selling a regular mattress for 1 person and 2 sponge mattresses (colchon esponja). The 2 mattresses are new and the regular bed has only a few months of use. For everything it is $60 ($40 bed – $20 the two sponge mattresses) and the regular bed goes with a blanket which covers the whole mattress so it doesn’t get dirty so fast! My number is here if you want to see some photos or more information.

Elix: 096 043 1473 – Email:


City: Cuenca

Price slashed, awesome deal.

For sale
Toyota RAV 4 Limited
155,000 miles
Made in Japan
Everything works. AC, heat, automatic windows and seats. Interior in top condition. Seats 5 comfortably.
See attached link for video.
Call today. 098 788 6153 I also have WhatsApp.

Kelly: 098 788 6153.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Visa Angels, help securing visas and cedulas

+ on your arrival and with the original documents plus the translations, Visa Angels takes the documents through the legal process. (We were required only to be present to sign for a temporary Power of Attorney, so they had our authorization to represent us at government offices and for the finalization for obtaining the National Identity Card.)

+ Visa Angels also helped us secure the required health insurance so we could obtain the national ID cards (Cedula) and get signed-up for the National Health Insurance (IESS) program. We gave Visa Angels our documents on the 29th of June and completed registration for the National Health program on August 20th.
We were exceptional pleased with the personnel and with the costs to obtain our visas, cedulas, and to be entered into the national medical system.

Address: Visa Angels Ecuador Edificio Maldini D401 Gaspar de Villarroel y Isabel la Catolica Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information:

Recommended by Richard and Carmela Bartels:

Recommendation for Diego Maldonado, professional tour guide

Looking for a professional and certified tour guide? I would like to recommend Diego Maldonado of Amazing South American Tours ( for your next adventure. Diego has over 20 years of experience leading tours in Ecuador and 5 years leading tours in Peru and Bolivia. Diego specializes in birdwatching and cultural tours.

We have toured with Diego in the past and hired him again recently when a friend visited us from the United States. Our tour of Ingapirca was extraordinary and made even better because of Diego’s passion for Incan history. Every minute of the day he shared fascinating details about the Canari and Incan history of those ruins. On another day, we hired Diego to bring us to Gualaceo and Chordeleg. Even though we had visited these places in the past, we had never toured these places with Diego. In one day, we visited guitar-makers in San Bartolome, a kitchen garden in a traditional home where the owner made us Horchata tea and biscuits, the Mercado in Gualaceo, the amazing Ikat weavers in Casa de Makana, the orchid labs in Ecuagenera, and saw how the exquisite silver filigree jewelry is made in Chordeleg.

Diego shares many heartwarming life experiences about our area as only a native Cuencano can.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 841 2450

Recommended by Debra Rose: 093 990 6685

Recommendation for M&E Pet Lovers, pet sitting

We recently used M&E Pet Lovers, Mateo & Elizabeth, to check up on our two senior cats while we went on a long weekend trip. One of my cats is senile and wears a diaper and required someone to come by our house and change him 3x a day.

Mateo & Elizabeth were wonderful – they listened to all of the important information and truly cared about taking care of our kitties. Very professional yet warm and friendly service. I felt that my cats were totally safe in their care.

I highly recommend them for pet sitting or pet walking.

Address: Quinoas y Pucacocha, Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 099 848 1355

Recommended by Laura O.:

Recommendation for Mateo and Elizabeth (vet students), pet sitters

Do you need loving, experienced, and reliable care for your pets while you are away? I would like to recommend Mateo and Elizabeth of M&E Pet Lovers. They are both vet students at the University of Cuenca. Mateo is going to graduate next March and Elizabeth is in the fourth year. Their training provides the expertise to care for your pets and handle any emergency that may arise.

They have cared for our precious dog and cat and we wholehearted trust them with our home and our plants as well. We have gotten free house-sitting as a bonus at no extra cost! Our animals adore them and we get pictures and videos of them daily while we are away assuring us our pets are happy and healthy.

Mateo and Elizabeth are extremely professional and provide a contract and reasonable rates. They even have reduced prices for longer timeframes. Having them stay with our pets at our home is a win-win for everyone. Our pets get to stay in their familiar space, reducing their stress, and we get to travel knowing that they are extremely well cared for.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 848 1355 or 098 525 7115

Recommended by Debra Rose: 093 990 6685

Recommendation for Stefany Canino, mani/pedi

If you’re looking for someone to come to your house for a mani/pedi, Stefany Canino is the person you want. My husband’s feet were in desperate need. He was very fearful because his feet hurt and were very sensitive. Stefany came over and gave his feet the treatment they needed with no pain. She also gave him a manicure. She’s kind, honest, and very professional. Best manicure and pedicure in Cuenca. Contact: 593 96 081 0363 WhatsApp.

Contact information: 096 081 0363

Recommended by Eileen Barnhart:

Recommendation for Pho Vietnamita Bistro, restaurant

My husband and I had dinner last night at Pho Vietnamita. It was wonderful.

Our server was very attentive, and spoke English.

We highly recommend this place. Stop in and give it a try.


Address: Estevez De Toral

Contact information: 098 788 6153

Recommended by Kelly Magiera: 098 788 6153

Made to order: real sourdough, bagels, and authentic Southern biscuits

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



We want to send you a warm greeting from Sourdough Tanta la Madre Masa, I hope you are well and safe. We are baking new products and always with security measures. It is important to remind you that our breads are sugar free, free of animal products, without chemical preservatives, lactose free and very low in gluten thanks to the fermentation process.

We still have everyone’s favorites:

• Classic sourdough (900 gr.) price: $4

• Whole wheat sourdough 900 gr. (oatmeal, wheat germ, linseed.) price: $4

• Rye sourdough 900gr. price: $4


Smoked Salmon Saturday at Cuenca Salmon

This Saturday, 9/4, if you purchase smoked salmon you will receive smoked salmon pate for 50% off the retail price.

Buy our Czech Country Sause and receive the second package at 50% discount

Buy our Rainbow Trout and receive the second fillet at 50% discount

We are located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta


Saturday 9/4, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Paute

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238

Bang bang shrimp tacos

Our purple plate special for the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is our bang bang shrimp tacos for $5.95 –so the purple plate special is the best so far. Our bang shrimp tacos are “Better than Bone Fish Grill” – Lightly breaded and fried shrimp (from the sea, not farmed), our homemade coleslaw and our proprietary bang bang sauce. Each order comes with 2 big tacos. These are our #1 best-selling items on the menu.

September 4th, from 6 AM to 4 PM, Yanuncay

Andres: 098 358 6298

La MIa will be at the Gran Feria Santa Canela

Saturday, Sept 4, La Mia Goat Cheese will be at Santa Canel Calle Larga y Vargas Machuca. We will be represented by Marcelo Masache. We will have all of our goodies there including the new small rounds of Mildly aged Callemanta for only $4. If you are looking for a specific item please call Marcelo at 093 975 2827 and he will bring it or deliver it. Pam and I will be back in November.

Sat 9-4 9to4, Calle Larga y Vargas Machuca

Craig Carothers: