What do chronic pain sufferers here do?

I have a friend that is considering a move to Ecuador. They take codone-type pain meds for chronic pain management, and have concerns about availability here. (They know they would need to select a doctor/specialist). I’ve lived here a year and it seems only Tramadol is available (I think). Are there any expats dealing with chronic pain management that can provide some information as to what meds are available?

Thanks in advance,

Cindy G


Ok, I do understand that Ecuadorians love their fireworks, but could someone Please explain to me why it has to be at 5:30 AM… 6 AM… throughout the day and into the evening when you like to sleep? All seems to be for no apparent reason at all.

Anthony G Valore

City: Cuenca

KCB’s San Sebastian-part two

Dear volunteers for the group “Keep Cuenca Beautiful”, we will have another minga this coming Saturday, the 25th, to continue helping at the San Sebastian area.

The meeting place will be at San Sebastian Park (diagonal to the Museum of Modern Art), on Saturday, at 8:30 AM. Please, as always, bring all your enthusiasm and your bucket and brush. See you there.

Juan Neira: jubefi@hotmail.com 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

This Friday, new concert of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

Cuenca, September 20, 2021.- The Symphony Orchestra of Cuenca (CSO) under the baton of Master Augusto Carrión Rhodes, director of the title presents a new concert this Friday, September 24 at 7 PM in the Old Cathedral. The entrance is free in capacity allowed by the cantonal COE (75%) and fulfilling all biosecurity measures.


Free mindfulness meditation sessions via Zoom – 60 min

I would love to connect to the greater community and I feel called to offer these sessions.

No experience required. An open heart and willingness to practice are needed.

Curious about mindfulness or meditation? Gotten away from your practice and need motivation? Feeling stuck in daily life? Need an easy practice to take with you anywhere, anytime? Looking to transform stress, overwhelm, or chaos into inner peace and calm?

Sessions tailored specifically to what you’re needing / interested in.

I’ll offer practical, easy ways for you to be mindful in your everyday.

Email me to schedule a 60-minute session via Zoom.

Open to any English speaker around the world.

For more information:

Instagram – meditatetoinspire

Monday – Friday, Free, Calle Larga, Cuenca.

Erin: meditatetoinspire@gmail.com

Last Friday of September with José María and Su Terry

Come join us for what has been 3 incredible Fridays with the super talented musician from Chile, José María Mardónez. We are honored to have him play in La Guarida. He is a young singer-songwriter who is also the leader of the popular rock band, AstroYaks. His songs are lyrical, dynamic and heartfelt. This Friday, the incredible Su Terry will join him once again; they recently played together at Teatro Pumapungo.

La Guarida will offer small plates and an incredible 2×1 in drinks.

Friday, Sept. 24th.
Happy hour: 4:30 PM – music 6:30-8:30 PM.
La Guarida
Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.
There’s no cover for this event.

September 24th, from 4:30 to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

An intimate music venue and a great choice to dine out

La Guarida presents:

with Mariangel Mundaray
& Hector Hernandez

in a concert dedicated to the Sounds of Spain.

Thursday, September 23rd, from 7:30 PM
Admission: $7 (100% of this entrance fee goes directly to the artist).
Doors open at 6 PM
Reservations with dinner required
Tel. 099 806 8071

Mariangel’s voice cannot be more perfect for the sounds of Spain. Her voice carries in the air the longing tone of the great flamenco singers – she has what in Spain they call “duende.” Duende, is that magical force that possesses musicians when they perform making each performance unique, some may say divine. Don’t miss this incredible journey through the music of beloved Spain.

We assure you a fantastic dining experience in La Guarida and we thank you for supporting our local talent. Don’t miss this musical journey and come try La Guarida flavors.

Take the Tranvía and get off La Cuadra station. You can’t miss us.

September 23rd, from 6 to 9 PM, $7, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

“Le Jazz Hot Quartet” at the Jazz Society Café – Friday Sept. 24th

“NYC Jazz Quartet” at the Jazz Society Café -Friday Sept. 25th

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.comm


“The Village Vanguard of Cuenca. I’ve spent $30 to $40 in New York just to listen to this quality of jazz. Cuenca is so lucky to have NYC Jazz. Great food and music.”
— Danielle Robertshaw

“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. The music, the food and drinks – just phenomenal!”
—Nigel Buchanan

Address: Los Cedros y Los Claveles Cuenca Ecuador
(one block north of Ordonez Lasso) Phone: 093 934 2714

Order of Eastern Star chapter being organized

The Grand Lodge of Ecuador is currently organizing OES Chapters across Ecuador including one here in Cuenca. Once a sufficient number of chapters are organized, they will form a Grand Chapter of Ecuador. All members of the OES, former members, daughters or granddaughters of Masons, wives, widows or sisters of Masons are invited to join. Please contact the undersigned, Master of the English speaking Masonic lodge in Cuenca and Past Patron of Sunnyslope Chapter #47, Grand Chapter of Arizona for more information.

Luis Cordero 5-65 entre Juan Jaramillo y Honorato Vazquez, Cuenca.

Ron: author@ronaldjwatkins.com

Poker vacations in Puerto Lopez

Semi-professional dealers
Ocean views with open terraces
Transportation discounts for groups
Lessons available

Daily, $40, 1001 Goodtimes BLVD, Cuenca.

Torrin: brauchtorrin@gmail.com 239 848 5876

Common Grounds Weekly activities

Common Grounds offers a wide variety of entertainment and specials ranging from Live bands on weekends and much more.

“Lets Go Trivia” Tuesdays. from 6:30 to 8 PM.
Bilingual Gringo Bingo Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30 PM.
Thursday Tacos and Margaritas, staring at noon ‘til close.
Friday Night Fun Karaoke. at 7:30 PM
Saturday Night Live music: This Saturday, Sep, 25th, 7:30 PM Gatos Negros is Rocking the night. $5 cover.

Weekday Happy Hour: 3 to 7 PM. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see what’s happening every week at Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill, best sports bar in town.
More info. 098 107 9406, Cristian.

September 25th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia., Cuenca.


I am looking for issues of the Ecuadorian magazine, Nan

I am looking for issues number one through five of the magazine, Nan.
Also any issues above number 14 if there are any.
The magazines were published around 2013.

John: veggielover38@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Slider chair

Please, Has anyone seen a slider chair?

Mary: overcashmary@yahoo.com 095 956 9214. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for 2 bedroom apartment for long-term rental

Looking for 2 bedroom, furnished apartment for long-term rental in Cuenca, under $450 inclusive, I don’t have pets.

Rent – available Nov. 10th (can overlap beginning Nov. 1st) Must have a firm bed. Inclusive cable, wifi, internet, water, electricity if possible (negotiable). yearly renewable lease option.

Jerry Straka: 098 280 5965 WhatsApp. Call after: 8 AM

Cast iron and ceramic pots

Seeking best place in Cuenca to purchase cast iron and ceramic pots/pans.


Alisha: solarbirdking@aol.com .

City: Cuenca

Looking for health insurance for cedula


I need health insurance in order to receive my cedula; only the minimum to satisfy immigration requirements. I can self-insure and am insured in Costa Rica.


Gerald Brown: garyjbrown123@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Help and suggestions needed. Moving back home.

Hello everyone,

Now I know there may be a lot of different answers regarding this but, please, anyone who has gone back home or has friends that can suggest the best option. I’m flying back to New Jersey with my doggie. She’s 5-years old.

I recently found out on July 14th a new law was passed regarding flying with pets. I do not have much information regarding this but I would truly love for anyone to help me with details regarding what I now need to get her on board with me.

My dog was registered as an emotional support dog 3 years ago but due to a sudden change of plans I postponed my trip and we stayed in Cuenca until now. So will registering her again help?

I just want to make this move as comfortable for her as possible. Thank you in advance for any information given. I truly appreciate it! Email is better.

Monica: mhappen678@gmail.com 098 712 2553. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

FBI & state background check

Looking for a local agent in the Quito area who can send fingerprints to the US and get my background check to be able to apply for residence visa.

Sam: oryx100@gmail.com 096 841 1177. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Quito (capital)

Driver in Quito

Looking for a driver with a car who lives next to the airport in Quito. WhatsApp for more details.

Sam: oryx100@gmail.com 096 841 1177. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Quito (capital)

Floor steam cleaner

Hello everybody,

Does anyone know where to get a steam cleaner mop for floors in Cuenca?

I’ve been looking, but can’t seem to find in all the usual places.


Gerri: 098 689 8827. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Pet sitting services and more

Hello, my name is Emily. I am 17-years old and I am offering services like pet sitting, translating, assisting, and baby-sitting. I have a lot of experience. I am responsible and hard-working, feel free to contact me if you ever need any of my services, thank you.

Emily Iniguez: emily.iniguez2004@gmail.com 096 729 3960. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Large dogs need large beds

They’re coming. Finally! Dog beds for the larger citizen, 40 lbs. and up. Very, very well made with an orthopedic Chaide mattress; zip-off waterproof liner; removable water resistant cover for the whole thing; bolster pillows to rest a head on.

OK, they’re expensive – I wish it weren’t so. But that’s because . . . they’re very, very well made (see above).

Available October 1.

Please call or write me for more information.


Heather Conley
099 900 3991


Biolife greets you very affectionately, hoping you are very well. At the same time, it wants to put at your disposal the new drips of orthomolecular medicine suitable for each condition.


● Basic detox
● Advanced detox
● Anti-aging
● Obesity
● Metabolic syndrome. Fatty liver
● Osteoarthritis
● Fibromyalgia
● Chronic fatigue
● Depression. Anxiety
● Irritable colon
● Functional dyspepsia

Also drips of:

* Sodium bicarbonate
* oxygenation
* constellation of trace elements
* chelation
* amino acids
* antioxidants
* Supportive therapies in cancer

We look forward to serving and supporting you in your health care.



Lorens Paredes Obando
099 680 1270

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:

Los Cantones

099 335 2819

Serrano Health and Fit

Healthy food company, without chemicals or preservatives. Accepting glass as our healthiest container (it maintains the original flavor of the product, longer preservation time, zero contact with plastics and chemicals that alter its original flavor, friendly to the planet as it can be used for various purposes). Products for people who want to improve their consumption habits in favor of a healthier and fitter life. – Elite breakfast for athletes, as well as for people seeking healthy eating. – Favorite salt dressing for your meals such as: sandwiches, salads, minced, pasta and meats. – Product with a high protein level, as well as vitamins. – Product suitable for people with celiac disease, vegetarians, diabetics, overweight people, etc. Check our product catalog.

Orders here:

099 002 4887
Address: Emiliano Zapata 1-76, Cuenca.



Safety furniture and furniture for the office and home. We focus on the manufacture of custom furniture to the tastes and preferences of the client: complete or recommend improvements · modernize environments · re-model · re-upholster · re-paint · Ergonomics.

Address: Rumiloma 1-37 y Calle Vieja, Cuenca.

099 002 4887


Green juices

Do you live in Cuenca and want to give your body health in a glass? We bring an excellent green juice that will help you detoxify your body of accumulated toxins. These delicious juices will help you reduce cravings, increase muscles, eliminate fat, reduce appetite among other benefits. Don’t stop trying them.



099 550 5458


Hello, my name is Emily and I can help with whatever you may need. From dog sitting, or baby-sitting to translating or assisting. Feel free to contact me, I am at your service.

Cuenca, Center of City.

Emily Iniguez
096 729 3960

Amazing pictures of Cuenca and Ecuador to decorate your home

Hi, my name is Mauricio Fabara, I am a photographer based in Cuenca and I would like to invite you to see my new collection of prints with photos of beautiful places in Cuenca and Ecuador.

All the pictures come with a wooden frame and there are several sizes to choose, to fit any space and budget.

You will get a really nice piece of art while supporting a local photographer with this project.

To see more details about the pictures available, sizes and price, please go to my website:



Mauricio Fabara
099 973 0534

Looking for Cuenca’s best handyman to fix things?

Things break. Old age hits appliances, houses, cars, and people. We can’t help you much with your physical ailments, or even mental, but we are here to help you with an aging home. Whatever you need, just ask us. If we can fix it, we will quote you a fair price and, if you agree, do the work to the best of our ability using quality materials.

Here are just a few of the services we offer: plumbing, carpentry, metal welding, painting, remodeling, tile work, soldering, window screens, professional electrical work, interpreter, Dr. appointment, help getting a driver’s license, grocery shopping, paying bills, repairs or construction work and even property survey, more and more.

See our references on GringoPost or at our Facebook group Cuenca Emilio of All Trades, Handyman Constructions, where you will see real live examples of our work in living color.

Contact us for estimates and service.

Don’t forget Frisbee Friday in Parque de la Madre on Friday.

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

Emilio Morocho

098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 98 699 5694

Weekend cleaning chores get you down? Call Edvi Limpieza Total

Seems like after a busy week, there is nothing left but to clean on the weekend, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t you rather spend your weekend relaxing?

Edvi Limpieza Total can help. During the week or on Saturdays, we will come and clean your home or apartment. You don’t even have to stock up on cleaning supplies or buy a vacuum cleaner for us to use – we bring our own. Everything we need for your job is included in our price – even taxes are included.

We are a team of 3 or 4 family members that arrive at your door at the appointed time, briefly review the order you want us to clean, and go to work. We don’t waste time but dig right in. We might clean your house from the top to the bottom, but some clients want us to clean the office first or the TV room. We are happy to comply.

Call or WhatsApp me for an appointment. First, we visit to give you an estimate. When you agree, we come at a mutually agreed time and work until we are done. At the end, you receive a “factura” which includes our information as well as yours and will be used to satisfy our need to pay our taxes in a timely manner at SRI.

We have been cleaning Cuenca for almost 16 years and have many satisfied clients. See our recommendations here on GringoPost.com.

Vía al Valle Barrio el Coco Cuenca.

Edgar Viscaino

WhatsApp – 099 382 0014

Cuenca Salmon wants you

Cuenca Salmon wants you.
Cuenca Salmon is celebrating 5 years in business. We are seeking products from quality vendors to be sold on. our website http://www.cuencasalmon.com and at our newest location Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta.

We are especially interested in the following products

Jams & Jellies
Cooking Oils

Find out more about Cuenca Salmon by watching our movie https://youtu.be/f42quLJW0WM

You can contact me via email or WhatsApp

Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta

Lenny Charnoff
099 122 1238

Are your cats cold? La Mia Mascota Pet and Vet Shops

The weather hasn’t been very sunny lately and I’ve seen cats looking for a warm place to snuggle – the bed, under a blanket, in my lap, and as often as the sun comes out – in a sunny windowsill. At our multiple locations, we offer nice warm beds for dogs and cats. I could easily see a kitty snuggled into one of them and not wanting to leave. Prices are reasonable. Stop in and see which one your cat, or dog, would like. We also have clothing to keep the babies warm while outside.

It is our utmost desire to provide the absolute best in care and services to you, our clientele. We not only have the best clothing, toys, foods, accessories, medicines, and cleaning products but also provide consultations, housing for your pets, grooming, vaccinations, hospitalization, dental care, and treatments for parasites. If you need to transport your pet to another country, we can fill out the forms and provide the test results required by law.

A big thank you to all! It seems incredible that a short two years ago, we fulfilled our dream of opening a Pet Shop in addition to our Veterinary Service in Cuenca. Now, in just a short time and in spite of the pandemic, we have not just one, but 3, pet shops as well as two full service veterinary offices in the Cuenca area, which also include pet shops. Our veterinary clinic in Challuabamba is open and offers all services in addition to our location in Cuenca. You can find pet shops in the Las Americas, El Vergel, and El Batan commercial centers as well as in both of our clinics.

We deliver your orders if needed and can make house calls by appointment.

Veterinary offices: El Arrayan y Los Alamos, Cuenca and Commercial Center Plaza Sur Shopping #4 Challuabamba

Alexandra Montano

098 404 3395 / 099 020 6839 / 408 9255

High rates of return + safety/security

Because many GringoPost readers may not be familiar with Cooperco, I’d like to introduce this exceptional co-operative to you. Established in Cuenca in 1965, Cooperco has, until now, been focused almost exclusively on servicing the Cuencano community. That exclusive emphasis has begun to shift. In addition to continuing to serve the Cuencano community Cooperco, in 2020, expanded its capability to now include a strong initiative serving Cuenca’s international community. Starting from a decidedly strong base, Cooperco has only grown stronger. It is the cooperative that offers CDs with not only high rates of return but unparalleled safety and security of principal. That’s a combination that is hard to beat.

Cooperco has numerous offices throughout the city of Cuenca. We have English speaking account personnel that can easily explain our numerous CD options and, more importantly, how Cooperco provides a clear investment advantage. Check us out. Learn how Cooperco can help to make the difference for you. There is a reason that countless individuals as well as many financial institutions invest with us. We may not be the biggest but we are definitely the best. Call or email me for more information.


Juan Carlos Lara
(+593) 98 459 6148

Elia Liut 2-90 y Calle Vieja, Cuenca‎. Next to Supermaxi Miraflores, close to the Cuenca Airport

Juan Lara
098 459 6148

Thursday bonus – white wine

Are you a fan of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rueda, Pinot Grigio or White Wine in General?

Today’s bonus (This Thursday)
**20% off White Wine**

Yes, only for one day.

Yes, we deliver.

Cuenca Shop / King’s Smokehouse, 8-66 Coronel Talbot, Parque San Sebastian, Cuenca

098 402 6399

End of Life Document – Will

Do you need to have a Will or an End of Life Document made here in Ecuador?

I know legal paperwork can be confusing and stressful, and that’s why I know I can help you. I can prepare the documents you need and have the best notary for the legalization.

I’ll always make an English version of everything so you can understand and be sure of what you’re signing.

Making sure you get the best deal is my job and my pleasure.

Juan Montalvo 7-40 y Sucre

Javier Munoz
099 582 0754

Transpo Ecuador

Hi, I’m Jon and I drive a 4-door diesel dMax pickup truck that takes up to 4 people and all your luggage; Cuenca-Guayaquil or vice versa for $95.

I also do Vilcabamba, Montañita, Chordeleg, Giron, Ingapirca, Alausi day trips.

Let’s book Transpo…

Bolivar 6-40

Jon LaBouef
098 494 9008

Bluebox informs you

Illicit licenses in Ecuador will be revoked.

Around 35,000 licenses were revoked from the national transit system when dismantling a house adjacent to the national transit agency, they found hacked ANT programs and in addition to species and illicit documents, officials of the institution are being investigated since this criminal act could not have been carried out by improvised. In addition to this the ANT has issued a statement in which it reports that people who carry these forged documents could be deprived of liberty as a sanction. According to the COIP, forgery, destruction or adulteration of public and/or private documents is punishable with imprisonment of 5 to 7 years.

Using these documents, in this case the false license, knowing its illegal origin is also punishable with deprivation of liberty.

Authorities estimate that the loss to the citizens would reach $23 million and $2.5 million to the State. the impact would come mainly from the advertisements of false licenses posted on social networks.

The actions taken by the ANT seek to prevent corruption through the complaints filed by the prosecutor’s office. the objective is to improve road safety throughout the country.

There is still no method with which you can corroborate if your license is fake since the species were the same that are used for original documents, if you want to know more stay tuned to our publications that will be updated as soon as we have more news, our mission is to take care of you.

Telegraph link.


Av Ordoñez Lasso 555 y Los Cedros Edif Monte Carlo

Carlos Ramirez
098 246 5168

Buy 4, get 1 more free – Daisy’s Pet Food

We’re extending our super special through the end of the week. Get your orders in by Friday. Special is for all foods and treats, buy 4 and get one more free (maximum of 1 free gift per order).

See all of our foods and treats on our website – http://www.daisypetfood.com

We have the best, healthy and nutritious food and treats for dogs and cats here in Cuenca. Cooked and raw food options. Best treats in town.

Hayley J MarsdenKroll: daisypetfood@gmail.com 098 581 3770.

City: Cuenca

Gramm Bulkshop / short week

Dear friends

We inform you that on Saturday September 25th we will not attend our store.

If you require any of our products, please visit our store or contact us until Friday 24th.

We hope you have a great day.

Marla: 099 505 9604.

City: Cuenca

Mountain bike for sale

Tomcat mountain Bike MTB with 29-Inch wheels. We only rode it a few times. We paid $599 for it. Now I can let it go for $290

Shirley: lewisshirley895@aol.com .

City: Cuenca

Sugar-free jams

With Serrano Health & Fit, sweeten your life in a healthy way.

– Mango with kiwi
– Pineapple with raspberry
– Red fruits

SerranoHyF: 099 002 4887.

City: Cuenca

Artwork – handmade Ecuadorian railway

Beautiful scale railway, manufactured by hand by the artist and sculptor, Dr. Felipe Rios Ludena in 2008, taking care of every detail, with the strictest quality standards, being an icon of Ecuadorian culture for many years.

The locomotive is made of wood, resin, aluminum, copper, iron, sand and corrosive paints, which gives it an aged but elegant appearance, the machine combines the colors red, black and copper, being an exact replica of the real-size locomotive, as the details of both the body and its wheels and rails, brings elegance and stability to this beautiful work of art.

Its dimensions are
Body: 72cm long x 21cm wide x 24cm high
Rails: 89 cm long x 30 cm wide x 2 cm high
There are only 5 pieces of its kind

Maria Calle: magucalle77@gmail.com 098 358 1908.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Dr. Juan Valdivieso, dermatologist

Dr Juan Valdivieso is an outstanding diagnostician. He is thorough, professional, timely, and has a good sense of humor that helps put patients at ease. He explains procedures, diagnosis, and outcomes completely. He speaks English and several other languages. I highly recommend him for any dermatology concerns.

Address: Hospital Universitario del Rio, Consultorio 410

Contact information: juanpvaldivieso@hotmail.com 098 423 5053

Recommended by Phyllis Theodos: lptheodos@juno.com

Recommendation for Roosevelt Rojas, back or neck pain

I had a car accident many years ago resulting in back, neck, and hip pain. Spending too many hours at my computer exacerbated the problem. I’ve been working with Roosevelt over the last year and found great relief. His work is gentle and helps reposition bones and muscles to restore alignment and proper posture. Roosevelt is a true healer, using a variety of techniques and his intuition to get the best outcomes. He has a comfortable new office in Zona Rosa, in the buildings just above Common Grounds, with a massage table that’s extra comfy; wide and long enough for North American bodies. Whether you see him for a few sessions or work long-term with him like I do, you are in for a remarkable healing experience.

Address: 427 N Tatnall St

Contact information: Contact information: kimyar20@gmail.com 098 162 6813

Recommended by Lynne Klippel: lynneklippel@gmail.com

Recommendation for Kolo’s, restaurant

Frank Gonzalez has opened a fabulous breakfast/lunch restaurant to which – after the great lunch we had today – we will be back again and again. Rene had the Cuban sandwich and I had a hamburger which was cooked exactly the way that I like it which is rare. Rene enjoyed her Cuban sandwich and the garlic fries are to die for.
Give Kolo a try because you won’t be disappointed!

Address: Calle Luis Cordero # 5-65 Between Honorato Vazquez y Juan Jaramillo

Contact information: 099 297 5788

Recommended by George Fedyna: gfedyna77@gmail.com

Recommendation for Miiira, novelty store

If you are looking for unique gifts, look no further. Miiira has them — fine jewelry, aromatic candles, ceramic pieces, wallets and purses, bird feeders, dog collars, t-shirts and more!

Owner, Alexandra Gálvez, is a delight. She is always cheerful and helpful. There is a state-of-the-art dressing room if you want to try on the t-shirts.

Since we all have to stay protected from the deadly coronavirus, you might like a decorative, organic mask. She has lots of colors and designs.

Where is it? The address is Miguel Cordero Crespo 4-16 y Pasaje Miguel Cordero. It is below a new apartment building called La Verona.

Here’s how you get there if coming by taxi: In the Puertas del Sol neighborhood after you pass Melatte on 12 de abril, continue towards the Cajas and along the Tomebamba. Just before Rio Alto I, there’s a roundabout. Take a left at the roundabout. Then go 2 blocks and take a right. Go forward. You will then either go left or right…go right at Edificio Amalfi. Continue forward and Miiira will be the next building on the right underneath Edificio La Verona. There are even places to park if you have a car.

Address: Miguel Cordero Crespo 4-16 y Pasaje Miguel Cordero

Contact information: info@miiira.store

Recommended by Harper Spino: 098 994 3874

Recommendation for Angel Pánchez, tour guide, driver, facilitator

Angel has numerous great reviews on GringoPost, and this will be another one.

Recently Angel helped me to pick up a large picture I had reframed and take it to my home. This is my first time using Angel, but definitely not my last.

He is very professional, bilingual (lived in the US for eight years), responds quickly to inquiries on WhatsApp, and does everything from facilitating and short local trips, to customizing long-distance tours

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: anhelp.68@gmail.com 098 589 9643

Recommended by Jeff S: JeffinCuenca@gmail.com

Recommendation for Diana Vera, facilitator

I met with Diana Vera for the first time to talk about assisting in communication with doctors in the hospital 2.5 months ago. She is always very attentive and punctual, thorough and detailed. Diana always offered and found solutions in difficult and not ordinary situations and quickly resolved them. Her friendly manner made me feel comfortable with Diana. Her English is impeccable and she is a true professional. I am deeply grateful to Diana, not only as a translator but also for her sincere part in our difficult situation. I call her “my angel”.

Address: Diana Vera contact +593 99 174 4740

Contact information: +593 99 174 4740

Recommended by Liuba T: lualtv55@gmail.com

La Casa Azul resto/bar

We are very pleasant to invite you to our outdoor restaurant and have a look to the art exhibition (12 beautiful paintings on sale) by Catalina Carrasco a local artist: http://www.catalinacarrasco.com, 40 years of artistic endeavor, and international art portfolio.

Casa Azul (at Gallery and Resto Bar) invite you to have a very good time. Tasty meals and drinks, breakfast time, lunch time, tablas, etc. We are open from 8 AM until 11 PM.

Live music on Fridays!

During cold days we set the gas stoves all around so you are able to be outdoors in a very comfortable environment with the beauty of El Parque de San Sebastián and El Museo de Arte Moderno. All Covid protocols on for your safety.

An Iconic place of the city in your hands. Our phone for reservations: +593 99 574 0277

Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 11 PM, Parque San Sebastián, Calle Sucre in front of the Museum of Modern Art.

Catalina Carrasco: 099 574 0277 / 099 214 9751

Pumpkin spice and other things nice

We have rich pumpkin spice (happy belly brand) at 25% off at Café Ñucallacta just in time for fall season. In fact, many of our store items are on sale: from Tom Maine´s fluoride free toothpaste to natural whey protein powder. Supplies are limited.

Don´t forget, Thursday is Vegan day at Ñucallacta; 20% off our vegan pastries, breakfast and fast food. Try our vegan apple pies, vegan pancakes, vegan Santa Monica burritos and much more. We also have a special fall season gluten free pumpkin spice zapallo cake, available by the slice or whole.

We are Cuenca´s very own artisan coffee roaster. We use some of the best coffee in Ecuador and roast in small batches so that you receive at its optimum in flavor and aroma. We have four roast levels available of this 100% arabica, mountain grown Ecuador coffee. Our dark roast is $5.50/400 grams and our light, medium and espresso roasts are $6/400 grams. Free delivery in Cuenca´s urban area for 5 bags (2 kilos).

Visit our shop or order via WhatsApp any day of the week.

Every day, Hermano Miguel 562 entre J. Jaramillo y H. Vasquez

Ruminahui Duchicela: 096 311 4958

Bang bang shrimp tacos

The title says it all. Our bang bang shrimp tacos are out of this world. They are crazy good. Once you have them, you will not be able to stop thinking about them. Why are they so good you ask? While the answer seems obvious it is somewhat elusive because your brain has rewired itself. There is nothing like them in Cuenca.

Each order comes with 2 tacos (burrito size tacos) $6.95

9 AM to 6 PM, Cuenca

Andres: 098 358 6298

Steak and Shrimp at Joes’ Secret Garden, join us

This Week at Joes’ Secret Garden

Steak and Shrimp Kebobs’ Dinner – Teriyaki or BBQ Grill Style …
Saturday, Sept. 25th … in restaurant dining with the bar and garden open at 4:30 PM.
Sunday, Sept. 26th. The same menu prepared for delivery or pickup to dine in the comfort of your home. 11:30 AM to 5 PM.

Besides the comfortable lounge and bar where Angel, your host, makes great cocktails, with local and imported wines, and a variety of 10 beers. A beautiful garden invites you to chat and meet before dinner.

Here’s the dinner menu at Joes’ this weekend:


Julia’s Orange, Avocado and Beet Salad
with a slightly sweet cider vinaigrette

El plato de entrada (main course):

Grilled Premium Beef and Shrimp Kebabs or Skewers, Teriyaki or BBQ Grill flavors,
ever popular grilled “meat-on-a-stick”*

Very tender filet of beef and sweet large shrimp marinated in soy, ginger, garlic, and molasses sugar threaded on a bamboo stick, then grilled over smoky charcoal or our Joes’ BBQ Sauce …
with onions, sweet peppers. and Vegetables


Boneless Chicken Teriyaki or Grilled BBQ Skewers with the Same Vegetable Selection as above


Our Popular Herb, Garlic and Rosemary Oven Roasted Chicken
All main courses served with our special rice and vegetables.

Big Island Fried Rice
long grain rice sautéed with ginger, garlic, pineapple, sweet red peppers,
green onions, and special herbs and spices

Just dessert:

Pina Colada Bread Pudding
Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg make this tropical bread pudding a delicious treat that you will love

Please: Reservations or Orders 24 hrs in advance.
All BioSecurity measures practiced for in-house dining, masks required except while eating, drinking or in the garden.

Prices, pictures and order form at http://www.joessecretgarden.com
Questions or problems, give us a call KP or Ken, +593 96 865 1628

Saturday, Sept. 25th, Restaurant dining; Sunday, Sept. 26th, delivery or take-out/pick up, 11:30 AM to 5 PM. Address at time of order.

KP and Ken: eat@joessecretgarden.com

Xylitol, eritritol, monk fruit, nuts and more

Hi everybody,

I would like to let you know the nuts and types of sugar that we have been selling for five years with good acceptance and recommendations between the city.

Below is the list of products:

Monk Fruit 200 grm $6.
Monk fruit 450 grm $12
Eritritol 200 grm $6
Eritritol 450 grm $9.50
Xylitol 200 grm $6.
Xylitol 450 grm $12
Psyllium Husk 200 grm $6.50
Xanthan Gum 200 grm $5.50

Walnuts 454 grm $5.60
Almonds 454 grm $5.50
Raisins 454 grm $1.50
Prunes 454 grm $3.50
Cranberries 454 grm $ 4.
Pistachio 454 grm $10.
Cashew 454 grm $11.50
Almond flour 454 grm $7.
Green pumpkin seeds 454 grm $6
Pecans 454 grm $11.50
Chia seeds 454 grm $2.50
Mixed nuts (walnut, almond, peanut, dried pineapple, raisins) 454 grm $6.

We can make the mix that you want, with the nuts of your preference, we agree on quantities and prices and deliver it to your home within the urban area with no extra fee.

It will be a pleasure to serve you again.

23-09-2021, Cuenca

Sandra: sandramcobosm@hotmail.com 095 905 8058

Calvo & Co., close to home

From the beginning, Calvo & Co. wanted to be that place of trust, for friends, for neighbors, to meet and eat something with a glass of wine or a beer. He never wanted to be more than that. That is why our clients return, because they feel at home.

Although … we also make the food very good.

We’re looking forward to your visit.

Every day from 11:30 AM, Los Alamos 343 and Arrayan St. We have entrance by Americas av also.

Jose: 095 879 3723


Friday, from 6 to 9:30 PM, come to Don Colon. Regular menu – free glass of wine and listen to Luis with favorite songs. Call for reservation. Call Colon: 099 827 0703

Friday, Sucre y Benigno Malo

Colon Campos: doncolon45@gmail.com 099 827 0703

Double D’s: No casserole next week. Come see us at Sabatino’s

Usually around this time, we post the casserole, soup or salad, and sweets we’re making for the following week. However, next week is different because we’re #gettingbacktonormalish.

There is no casserole as we will be preparing for our return to Gran Feria Sabatino’s on Saturday, October 2. Below is what you’ll find on our table if you arrive early enough. Of course, you can always pre-order by 3 PM on Wednesday, September 29, to ensure availability.

Mini Quiche: Ham and Asparagus and Spinach and Mushroom $2.50 each
Strawberry Shortcake Trifles $4 each
Vanilla Latte Cupcakes $3 each
Fresh Blueberry Scones $3 each
Flourless Chocolate Mini-cakes $2.50 each
White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Biscotti $2.50 each
Beef & Black Bean Chili $4/half-pound
Jalapeño Cheese Cornbread $2.50/slice

We look forward to seeing your masked faces between 10 and 2 on Saturday, October 2, at Sabatino’s located one block west of Plaza Otoronto on the cul-de-sac Roberto Aguilar.

Deb and Dawn

Pre-order by 3 PM, Wed. Sept. 29; Fair on Saturday, October 2, 10 AM – 2 PM, Roberto Aguilar y Tres de noviembre

Double Ds Delights: doubledsdelightscuenca@gmail.com 096 802 2545 (Spanish & English) Facebook: Double D’s Delights Cuenca