Penelope is alive and well in America

Dear friends, I am alive and well in America. My father is in very, very poor health, so I left in a big hurry to be at his side. As the old Peter, Paul and Mary song goes, “Leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.”

Penelope Ellis

City: Cuenca


Pickleball courts in Cuenca! Real pickleball courts with glass enclosed courts. West side of Cuenca about a 5 minute walk from la Glorietta!

Tim Murphy: .

City: Cuenca

Indoor Air Pollution – Part 2

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
Certain immediate, short-term effects of indoor air pollution are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.

Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.


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.

October 9th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, Calle Larga 7-93, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena:

Textile workshops at idiomART

This month we have a number of great workshops at idiomART!

We are so happy to announce that fiber artist Rommie Gerber-Reddington is back in Cuenca and will be giving two different textile workshops.

The first is “Felting: A Soft Addiction”. Felting dates back to pre-historic times and is a process that causes natural fibers, like wool, to fray slightly and fuse to the other fibers around it, creating a more solid appearance, which can be used in a variety of creative projects.


Common Grounds live music; Saturday 9th, 7:30 PM

This Saturday, October, 9th. 7:30 PM, Common Grounds presents: another new Cuencano band, “Funky Tu Madre” band in concert; one of the best bands in Cuenca.
Come with your friends and enjoy a night of great dancing music, awesome food, best cocktails, good service and nice atmosphere.

Cover $5. Info and reservations, call 098 107 9406 messenger, WhatsApp or Telegram.

For your safety and that of our employees, we follow all biosecurity protocols

October, 9th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Free wine with your dinner reservation.

La Guarida, the number 1 rated restaurant in Cuenca (according to TripAdvisor) will now open for dinner reservations only during Friday and Saturday nights. During this whole month we will give you a free glass of wine with your dinner reservation. Groups of 4 will receive a bottle of wine on the house.

We love what we do. We use organic produce and have the best distributors around such as CuencaSalmon, Nunkui and La Galleria Bakery.


Looking for distance learning options for high school students

Now that high school students in Cuenca are returning to classrooms for in-person learning, are there still any options for distance learning for those who can’t return to the classroom?

David Naccari: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for best locations for salivary PCR test for covid

I am looking for the best locations to receive the PCR saliva test for covid here in Cuenca. A low price is always welcome but reliability of the lab and quick turnaround on test results is also important.

David Naccari: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for a second-hand cell phone

Dear GP Community,

A former student of mine from the Achuar indigenous community is now in Quito and is training to be a nun. She would like to keep in touch with the outside world and learn English, too. If you have a cell phone that you would be prepared to donate to her, I could get it to her. If you have one for sale, I would consider buying it for her, too. Basic smart phone functions would be sufficient, she can buy her own SIM card and use the phone on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Bekes: 098 939 0277. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Stereo speakers or sound bar and recliner

Would like to buy a reasonable set of stereo speakers or possibly a sound bar.

Need this to listen to audio books, and some music.

It would be nice if I also found an affordable leather recliner too.

Thank you,

Boyd Garbutt: 095 895 3056. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Pump solution cistern technical service

Pump solution home cistern, water pressure, automation, electronic pump controller 1″HP 2″HP electrical power 110 volts 220 volts, guaranteed work. Plumbing and heating

Santa Isabel -Azuay

Geoffrey Beltran
098 606 6595

Handyman services and remodeling projects

At Ecuacarpinteria we can handle all kinds of projects, from small projects, handyman repairs to home renovations. Every project receives all the attention of our experts.


Renovations services
Old floors Renovations
Flooring installation (piso Flotante)
General carpentry
Custom made furniture
Handyman services
Kitchen cabinets Restoration
Painting interior and exterior
Stucco repairs and installation
Bathroom Remodeling
Window replacement
Door replacement
All kinds of repairs
Custom made pieces
Outdoor furniture
Free estimates



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.

I’m a fluent English-speaking attorney, and I can help you with legal issues such as: legal documents, lease contracts, legal advice, and much more.

I have experience working with Americans in Cuenca, and I really enjoy it. I am also a translator and interpreter who can help you translating any kind of document (legal, medical, documents for visa process, etc.).

I can help you as your personal interpreter for your appointments, errands, video conferences, and more.

Juan Montalvo 7-40 y Sucre

Javier Munoz
099 582 0754

$75 per bedroom, Sherwin Williams professional painting

Make your spaces feel better with clean professional painting services. All jobs are guaranteed.

$75 per bedroom, including patching cracks and holes, removing nails and we take care of your floors.
We leave your bedroom in mint condition.

Call for a free estimates 099 573 4584 Chris.

Cuenca Ecuador

Want to stay connected? Try the Buddy Circle

The Buddy Circle is an easy-to-use emergency monitoring system with which you and a chosen group of friends or family can remain aware of each other’s wellbeing. It has been designed as an automatic daily check-in system, on your cell phone, at a time of your choosing.

Each person can initiate only one circle of up to 8 people. However, he or she can be asked to join any number of other people’s circles if asked to by friends or family. To create a circle, an invitation must be sent to those you would like to be included in your circle.

Once you set a time to be notified, the system will ask you to check in at that time on a daily basis. If you fail to check in, the system will attempt to contact you two more times, at 30-minute intervals. If there is no response after three tries, it will alert your contacts that there is a possible problem. It will also provide your address and a Google map of your location.

The program is available now in English and Spanish in both the Apple and Android app stores. It may also be accessed through one of the following links:

There is no charge to the user.

If you have any questions, you can contact me,

William Dick


Wes the Mentalist will perform for your charity event…no fee

$1800 has been raised for Cuenca/Vilcabamba charities in the last two months. Wes will perform at a venue of your choice. No charge. All donations go to charity.
Schedule has a few openings before end of year.

Reach my agent at for Bob.

Cuenca, Vilcabamba and other locations.

Bob Elliott

I offer German language tutoring

If you are learning German and looking for help, you are at the right address. Please reach out for more information via WhatsApp.

I studied linguistics and I am offering tutoring online as well as in person in Manglaralto.

Manglaralto, Santa Elena


+491 590 674 0053

Galapagos Islands, the trip of a lifetime

Galapagos programs prices first class and luxury yachts

Galaxy First Class Yacht

4 Days/ 3 Nights Program
Nov. 10th to 13th
Nov. 20th to 23th
*Price p/person double occupancy for Ecuadorians and Residents w/cedula $990
*Price p/person double occupancy for International Tourist $1,253
20% Single Occupancy Supplement


Cleaning – inside or outside – EDVI Limpieza Total

EDVI Limpieza Total offers you the best cleaning solutions to your needs. We are a team of 3 family members who maintain the highest security levels and sanitation requirements while cleaning your location. We also do maintenance if needed. Our specialty is cleaning homes, apartments, offices. We clean windows and gardens, and also disinfect your bathrooms. We take the grease out of your stove. Need your furniture or rugs cleaned? We can wash them for you. Our team also cleans curtains. We will clean and sanitize the inside of your vehicle.

We bring our own cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaners, brooms; everything that we need to make you feel safe and sanitary. One of our team members speaks some English. We are ready to serve you. WhatsApp us to make an appointment. Please note, we are not newcomers – we are Cuenca residents who have been serving the community for 16 years. Reasonable prices. Recommendations upon request.

Vía al Valle barrio el Coco Cuenca

Edgar Viscaino

WhatsApp +593 99 382 0014

How do we guarantee and maintain a 100% rate of approved visas?

Expat Community is a firm that has been working for 8 years in foreign service. In these years of experience we have achieved the necessary expertise to advise our clients on which visa is perfectly suited to each specific case.

Once we find the visa that fits each client, we carefully prepare each file that we present to the Ministry of Human Mobility.


Cuenca Consignments is open today

Today is a Holiday for Ecuador, but we will be open with lots of specials.

Electric Lawn mower
Large potted plants
Artesa dishes

I’ve learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more.

Isabela 4-75 y 12 de Abril

Suzanne Ward

099 546 8580

Make more $$$ and grow your business with promo 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 of new customers and help bring you more clients/business. I also have 170K 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.


Josh Yentin

097 910 6722

Cleaning houses and apartments

Hello, my name is Juiannys and I offer house or apartment cleaning services, I do not speak much English but I use the translator on my phone, I am an honest person, responsible capacity.

You can contact me if you ever need my service. Thanks in advance.

City: Cuenca

Phone: 098 790 3783
Juliannys Reyes:

Coffee lovers – gourmet coffee event, 11 AM today at Flora Caffe

Coffee Lovers don’t miss this one.

Come taste the world’s best coffees, enhance your coffee knowledge and enjoy light gourmet, snacks at Flora Caffe, Cuenca’s new boutique, restaurant-galeria – this Friday, Oct 8 at 11 AM. Plaza del Otorongo. Stairs.

50% of your admission helps send local, award-winning baristas to represent Cuenca in a global coffee competition.


Very last minute Galapagos Luxury Cruise Oct. 14-18

6 spaces left onboard ALYA Luxury Catamaran
5 days 4 nights
Oct 14-18

Thursday PM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove
Friday AM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay PM: Genovesa: Barranco
Saturday AM: Santiago: Sullivan Bay PM: Bartolome: Bartolome
Sunday AM: Santiago: Chinese Hat PM: Mosquera: Mosquera
Monday AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station


Bringing mom home

Waking up at 5:30 AM to eat her breakfast and leave by 6 AM, she arrives at work at 8 AM and starts sewing bed covers around the bed frame. She recently turned 67 years old, she’s still in the States: Queens, NY, and works in New Jersey. That lady is my mother and she deserved her freedom. Well, I work as a waiter/ freelancer and make enough for all the bills at home. Since my father died due to covid-19 last year, April 2020, I have become the man of the house; mom has no bills to worry about. We have a small construction located here in Cuenca and we would truly appreciate it if someone can invest in our project. It’s a 6-floor building, 3 floors are done already thank you, God.


Working to please you – Cuenca Emilio of All Trades, Handyman

Hello friends,

We just got another great recommendation on GringoPost! Thanks. Our desire is that everyone we work with feels that we have done the greatest job ever, that we’ve understood their needs and individual requirements, and that we have completed all that they asked. That is our goal.

We offer a wide variety of services – too many to list here today, though we have listed them in earlier posts. When you need something, just contact us to see when we can come to give you an estimate based on your specifications.

Contact us now and solve all your problems. In Cuenca Ecuador, you have friends that can resolve your issues and even expand your horizons.

Check our Facebook page Cuenca Emilio of All Trades, Brothers Constructions, Handyman, for pictures of our work and recommendations. Also, check GringoPost recommendations. We’ve been working in Cuenca for years.

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

Emilio Morocho
098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 98 699 5694

Clove benefits / Gramm Bulkshop

Dear friend we share with you some information about clove.

Cloves are high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as vitamin A, C , E, K, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, selenium, folate, zinc, etc. which are all essential for our body to function properly.

Treating toothache
Clove is a natural pain killer and contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties which helps to reduce bacterial growth on tooth and reduces pain and inflammation.

Good for stomach
Clove is very beneficial for upset stomach and helps to reduce its issues related to gas, pain and acidity. Clove comes with carminative properties which helps to reduce formation of gas. Adding cloves in your diet also helps to prevent stomach ulcers.

Boost immunity
Clove is high in antioxidants and also contains vitamin C, both are known for boosting immunity. Clove also comes with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to treat and prevent cold, cough and flu

Clove has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and it also contains eugenol. Which is a compound that kills bacteria that can cause pimple & acne.

Skin health
Cloves contains anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties which helps to protect your skin from fungal infection. It also comes with anti-ageing properties which helps to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and encourages production of collagen which makes your skin firm and youthful.

You can use clove for cooking, baking or even for tea. Try it now.

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

We are at Sucre 14_14 and Estevez de Toral near to San Sebastian park, 099 505 9604 or

Monday to Friday. 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday. 10 AM to 2:30 PM

We also have delivery service.


City: Cuenca

Many beautiful things – designer decorating and household sale

By appointment only (please email or phone). Call or email for a convenient time.

Sale includes new Designer faux fur Throws, Contemporary and Antique carpets all sizes, Coffee Tables, End Tables, Bedside tables, Chairs, Lamps, Antiques and Antique Furniture, Household items, Fine Art Objects and Paintings, Decorative Pillows, linens-placemats, napkins, bedspreads, sheets–Beautiful flatware, New Dinnerware sets, Small appliances, Faux Ficus tree in pot, Electronics, 23″ Toshiba TV with DVD slot, brand-new PAX2 vape and grinder, Crystal and Silver items, Designer Ladies Clothing and Shoes (8-9 US), Indian saris and exotic fabrics and silks for dressmaking, Sealed Fine Perfumes, Jewelry, Books and Cookbooks, CDs and DVDs, routers, many, many things! (Many Items Brand New in Box).

Join us, bring your friends, you will not be disappointed! Items are all collected from around the world, or imported from US. I am an interior designer. High-end items priced to sell—we are making discounts this week. Brose below for a sampling…

See a few of the items at this updated link:!AvITZgGNlfLkrDar78wPM7Gbu3ND?e=w7COEI

Many beautiful Ladies Clothes and Accessories left! Prices reduced! Updated link:!AvITZgGNlfLkrDNQLgRFsCTUSX9J

Mary T: 099 925 8138.

City: Guayaquil

Garmin nüvi 255W 4.3-inch portable GPS

-PEG Picture Viewer, World Travel Clock, Currency Converter, Calculator and More
Voice Prompted Turn by Turn Directions
Includes window mount, car charger, USB cable and case.


Email for photos

Rick Smith: .

City: Cuenca

Cardboard boxes for moving – for sale

I still have a number of cardboard boxes for moving available for sale, various sizes. The medium ones run about 18″ x 14″ x 10″ high, various sizes. The larger ones run about 20″ x 18″ x 16″ but sizes vary. Let me know how many you need. I have a lot. See the photos for an idea of the boxes. Medium boxes are $1 each, larger ones are $1.50 each, and extra-large ones $2 each. Please contact me by text via WhatsApp or email. Do not call as I often cannot answer the phone.

Paulina: 098 890 7549.

City: Cuenca

Apple and cherry wood for smoking and barbecue

We have recently made a harvest of apple branch wood from our orchard, so we can offer green wood, ideal for smoking. Our pieces run 1-3 inches in diameter and 8″-12″ in length. Small (minimum order) 40 pounds for $40; medium order 100 pounds for $70, large order 200 pounds for $120. Free delivery in Cuenca or Challuabamba.

Our cherry wood available is seasoned (3-5 years), small pieces, split trunk wood, approx 1-2″ in diameter and 8-12″ in length. $1/pound with a minimum order of 40 pounds for free delivery in Cuenca or Challuabamba.

Cuenca Firewood; serving private and commercial clients in Cuenca for 7 years.

Catty Siguenza: 099 524 1088 (WhatsApp messages only, please no phone calls; we have poor reception in the campo).

City: Cuenca

Furniture and household items for sale

We are selling the following items of furniture:

1 Small occasional table: $30
3 Small desk/tables $30 ea
1 large industrial style desk: $50
1 metal hat rack: $20
2 office chairs: $100 ea
1 storage table, standard counter height: $40
1 midcentury storage cabinet: $30
1 plywood work table/workbench: $10
1 wooden dog house: $40
1 rug: $20

Electronics are also available:
3 electric heaters: $40 ea
1 DVD player: $25
2 computer monitors: $60 ea
1 Epson L210 printer: $100

Small items such as books, games, DVDs and other household items are also available.

Ethan Willis: +593 96 936 2263.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for La Yunta and Luis UllaurI, restaurant

La Yunta has teamed up with renowned guitarist and singer Luis Ullauri to present Wednesday evenings of good food, music and company. Luis is a master of Trova, classical Spanish guitar and possesses a fabulous voice, singing in Spanish or English.

Ruth Ann Sieber and I along with other Expats and Ecuatorianos enjoyed a fantastic evening. Watch for emails from La Yunta;, I believe this will be a weekly occurrence.

Address: 1er de Mayo y Avenida Las Americas

Contact information: 097 405 6366

Recommended by Anne Sangine:

Recommendation for La Cofradia, amazing breakfasts and more

Lately. I have been going to La Cofradia and have been surprised by their unique ways of serving their food. The service is always on point, you feel like a home. Breakfast starts at 9 AM and the best part about it is that the coffee is always refillable, Wi-Fi is always on point, City view of the beautiful Cathedral right across. I highly recommend their breakfast and plates of food; amazing plates they have. La Cofradia is located in front of San Francisco Plaza crossing the street towards the church. It’s the only high-end restaurant you’ll notice.

PS: Their cocktails are amazing

Address: Presidene Cordova 10-33 y Padre Aguirre

Contact information: 097 975 4210

Recommended by Mateo S. Leon: 097 975 4210

Recommendation for Ulloa Instalaciones, computer cabling – fiber optic

We needed the router moved and the fiber optic cable extended in our condo. Angela came with her helper Gaby and they were very prompt and efficient. Splicing fiber is a specialty in cabling and we were lucky to find her.

099 829 1276

Address: Antonio Vallejo 2-96 Eugenio Espejo

Contact information:

Recommended by Rick Smith:

Recommendation for Mustafa Aldawi, Technical, TV computer, phone, iPad, etc.

If you ever have any issues regarding your computer, television apps, your iPhone or anything IT. Mustafa is the man to connect with. He speaks excellent English, on time and very reasonable prices. Mustafa goes above and beyond regarding solving your problems. You can even text him after he has gone for issues that arise that you just didn’t quite understand. Very nice guy.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 09 408 7897

Recommended by Kash Sabir:

Recommendation for Adrián Puli Gustavo, driver, facilitator, translator

I have been retired in Cuenca for two years. I’ve been an adventurer all my life, and Adrián has facilitated in helping to learn about this new land on the equator. He knows the country very well.

Adrián worked on my condo, He fixed my water heater, installed railings and fixtures for hanging paintings, found a part for the portable gas heater that everyone else said was unavailable.

He is a trusted and reliable person. He recommended a lawyer for my second visa, IESS and end of life service. I don’t have to solve these issues myself.

He can help with vehicle registration and inspection. Adrian builds furniture. See the photos.

Adrián can provide personal references from satisfied clients

His prices are reasonable. He recently completely overhauling his taxi. He is consistent with having his car in good shape. My daughter had a good visit here. We went on tours to historic sites. We fished for trout in a lake high up in the Andes. Another time I had to go to the airport, but he made it an adventure by taking his family and me to the beach before I had to fly to the States for a visit. It was summer here, but December there. Amazing.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 317 4172

Recommended by Suzanne Cerny:

This Friday and Saturday at Toast

Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th at Toast

Tuna melt served with garden salad, choice of macaroni or potato salad, lemonade, and dessert…. $5.99

Come for breakfast and enjoy our 2 for 1 pancake platters while they last. Each platter comes with 4 pancake minis, 2 eggs, choice of breakfast meat, and fruit…$4.50

Regular menu items are available.

Dine in, take out, and delivery are available.

490 Horonato Vasquez y Mariano Cueva

096 304 2810

Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 3 PM

4-90 Horonato Vasquez y Mariano Cueva


Organic products, very good quality

We bring organic products of excellent quality at a good price. You can check the list below:

1 egg (free-range, organic) $0.30
1 lb fresh blueberries $6
1 lb 100% organic cocoa powder $2.50
1 lb 100% organic cacao $6

1 lb organic raw butter $3
1 lb mozzarella cheese $3.50


Double D’s menu for the week of October 11

This menu features four of our most requested items. The pasta casserole is light and lemony; the soup is thick and hearty, and the sweets–well, the sweets are always the ones we make pans and pans and pans of when they’re listed.

Chicken Piccata Pasta Bake: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Cream of Mushroom Soup: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Peaches & Cream Bars: $3 each
Almond Joy Bars: $3 each

Orders are due by 3 PM on Tuesday, October 12. When placing your order, please include the following information.

Preference of pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery
Preferred pick-up/delivery day (Thursday or Friday)
Delivery address, if applicable
Phone number

Pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery is available Thursday or Friday, October 14 or 15 between 10 AM and 2 PM. Once all of the orders are received, we’ll be able to confirm a more specific delivery time frame. Delivery is free for orders of at least $25.

Thanks to those of you who have ordered since we started our casseroles, soups, and salads in March 2020. We’re the same people with the same name making the same excellent food since August 2017. Continue taking good care of yourselves.

Deb and Dawn

Order by 3 PM Tuesdays, Pick-up or Delivery on Thursdays or Fridays 10 AM – 2 PM, Agustín Cueva 3-56 y Honorato Loyola, #201 (1.5 blocks from Clínica Santa Inés)

Double Ds Delights: 096 802 2545 (Spanish & English) Facebook: Double D’s Delights Cuenca

Cuenca Salmon – tienda specials

At Cuenca Salmon we are still celebrating our 5 year anniversary. That means more savings for you our loyal customers. Mention that you saw this ad in GringoPost and take advantage of these GringoPost specials.

Buy 1 Polish sliced ham and receive the second one for just $1
Buy 500 gram of ground lamb and receive the second one at half price
Buy $40 on your total order and receive a package of Polish Keilbasa free

Our Tienda is located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta. Our hours are Tuesday -Saturday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Can’t come to the Tienda? Then shop on our web site
Watch our 5th Anniversary movie.

Friday, Oct 8th, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238