Home and business wood-fired oven users

I would like to do a story on people who use a wood-fired oven and I need your help.
My questions are simple:

What tools are needed, your personal tales and experiences, how you keep your kitchen clean of ashes, how often you use it, and your recommendations.
Please contact me as you have time. I am eager to chat with y’all.

Thanks a bundle, Robert

Robert Bradley

2 weeks Ecuador

I am planning my trip in the middle of January and will be for two weeks on the mainland in Ecuador before the Galapagos.

I have the following ideas:

Quito – 2 nights
Amazon/Cuyabeno – 4 nights
Cotopaxi – 2 nights
Quilotoa – 2 nights

and from Quilotoa I would like to go to Cuenca for the rest of the days. Would you recommend taking a bus to Quito airport and then fly to Cuenca


go from Quilotoa to Latacunga, then to Banos (stay 1 night) and take the bus to Cuenca the next day? Alternatively I could also go with the bus on the same day from Quilotoa to Cuenca.

Also, do you have any experiences with the Amazon during the middle of January? Will it be already dry?

What would you advise?


Cute, rescued puppy in desperate need of a home

We have an extremely adorable 4-month old puppy. A month ago, we rescued 2 little puppies, one female and the other male. We’re staying with the female and giving for adoption the male. He’s a Terrier mix; he won’t grow much. He is fully vaccinated and in perfect health. He is really sweet, playful, loves to keep company, he has a really good temper, not harmful at all, obeys and is curious. He will give lots and lots of love and kisses.

Anahi: anahizalamea@gmail.com 099 285 6566 – 098 488 4656. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mery needs your help

This one-year and two-month-old dog has been rescued from her former owners due to exploitation and beatings. We need a safe home for her. She already has some vaccines but she needs to be spayed and her eye needs to be checked.

Please, I need your help,

Karen Ortiz: karen.ortiz2796@gmail.com 099 554 5624. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Market research survey

My name is Tamara Valencia and I am a marketing student. I would like foreign people from the Cuenca city, Ecuador to fill out this survey. thank you,


I leave the link for the survey. Again, thank you very much for your time.

Tamara Valencia

Vaccination certificate necessary to enter any public institution

By Presidential order, starting December 1st 2021, confirmed by COE Nacional, the vaccination certificate will be requested to enter any Public Institution. If you are not vaccinated and require a service from either The Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any other Public Office that does not require your presence, you can do so by granting a special power of attorney to your lawyer or trusted person.

Lina Ulloa

For more information please contact us at:

Emails: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com
Telephone #: 410 3588 / 410 3790 / 098 420 5336

Building Address: av. Jose Peralta 1-19 y Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building office 312, near Milenium Plaza.

Lina Ulloa: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com 098 420 5336. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Permaculture and edible food forest

Free estimates to transform your yard into an edible garden with medicinal plants and herbs.

Neem, Moringa, comfrey, fruits, edible bushes, sweet potatoes, etc.

Organic compost

Rock, cement, pathways, planters, raised beds

We do it all.

15 years’ experience growing organically

Torrin: brauchtorrin@gmail.com +1 239 848 5876. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Yunguilla

How to handle a warranty repair with a laptop from the US

Looking for feedback on how to handle a warranty repair from Ecuador to US
Laptop in Cuenca. Problem with screen, covered under warranty by
Lenovo US.

Suggestions on how to handle this; shipping / receiving, etc.

Submitted on behalf of an Ecuadorian friend,

Jim: jgmcbride@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Restaurants: vegetarian options?

Which restaurants in Cuenca offer the best vegetarian options? Thank you.

Robert M. Smith: randssmith@comcast.net .

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for moving company

I would like your personal recommendation for a moving company based on your personal experience. Also, should there be someone/company to avoid using, please advise, email me.

Thank you,

Lane King

City: Cuenca

Looking for 3 bedroom apartment for long-term rental

Looking for 3 bedroom, unfurnished apartment for long-term rental in Cuenca, $600-$700, Must allow pets.

The apartment is needed ASAP. I’m a friend helping friends.

Barbara: batia13@rogers.com 98 415 5910. Call after: 10 AM

For sale brand-new 75″ Nagamichi Smart TV

New – box has never been opened – this very special TV offers the best. 4K.
Incredible price of $900.

The Nakamichi TV has an Android 6.0 operating system.
Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160) enjoy TV like never before.
You can download incredible applications from Nakamchi App.
Enjoy quality multimedia content through the HDMI and USB connectors.

Including a new sound bar. Still in the unopened box.
Ultra bargain price $900.
Great way to start out the new year in time for all the bowl games!

Ken: 096 865 1628.

City: Cuenca

Happy new year! Gramm Bulkshop

Dear Friends, we at Gramm want to express our gratitude for the year that is ending, and we wish you and us a new year full of health, peace and joy.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with healthy, fresh and delicious products. Your visit is always pleasant to us.

In our store you can get the freshest nuts, spices, different natural teas, organic chocolate, nutritional yeast, among others.


Intertek Lamp US

Price reduced / Update


White LED light 
Adjustable neck 

Marian Rios: mariamjrb2000@gmail.com 095 898 4212.

City: Cuenca

Marc’s Consignment

Hello Everyone,

On behalf of the Marc’s Consignment team we want to wish you a happy new year, that your homes and families are always full of blessings and successes.

Cheers to an excellent 2022!

Remember that we are having amazing discounts until next week so stop by the store and start the year by taking home your favorite items at the best price possible!

Call, text, email, or visit us to find out more about us.

Marc: marcsconsignacion@gmail.com 096 849 6409.

City: Cuenca

End-of-Life Document

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.


La Pretzeleria

You want delicious pretzels and more?
Visit us!
Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3:30 to 8 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM

Bolivar 9-88 y Padre Aguirre

Jennifer Galarza

099 225 9984

The Doctor is in the House (MedCare)

Dr. Ory Torres Family Medicine and professor at the school of medicine University of Cuenca provides home visits and consultation.


Dr Torres
099 098 1669

Santa Ana Clinic

Our laboratory is open 24 hours a day and offers home delivery M-F in the morning, we have promotion with antigens $10 and PCR RT $42.

And in the pharmacy, you will be given a discount of 5% on your prescription.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cuenca, Manuel J. Calle y Paucarbamba

Carol Pedauga
099 806 3062

Tour guide facilitator and driver

Looking for a reliable driver and a good tour guide who knows the beautiful areas in Cuenca and all over Ecuador? That’s me, Angel Pánchez, with experience for more than 12 years driving all around Ecuador; tours to Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Sigsig, Giron, El Chorro, Yunguilla Valley, Ingapirca and much more. Drive to Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Olon, Puerto López, Montañita, Baños de Agua Santa by Ambato, Puyo, Tena Misahualli – the monkey town, (drop and pick-ups).

Also, I help with anything you need like shopping, groceries, pharmacy, medical appointments, open bank accounts, carpenter, electrician, plumber and all your needs. You can contact me also by WhatsApp at the same cellphone number 24/7

El Oro y Galapagos

Angel Panchez
098 589 9643

Why are you waiting?

Your CosasPrep Buy-More-Save-More Sale ends today
Because being prepared feels good!

Store #1: Inside the Sunrise Café (Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo); Store #2; Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral

Kent Mills

Moving and packing services – short and long distance

Whether you’re moving to or from a high-rise apartment, condominium, gated community, or outside the city. We recognize what it takes to make these relocations successful.

We have more than 2-years’ experience moving household items. We know how hard it is; but we´ll make it easy for you.

Need someone to help you pack professionally? We handle things very carefully.

We do not raise transportation costs. Write us for free estimate.

Avenida Don Bosco s/n entre Pedro Bravo y El Salado

098 400 1020
281 8004

Private driver services in Ecuador

Hello, my name is Washington. I provide custom driving trips based on your interests whether it be cultural, historic, or natural history. I especially love nature and birds. I have been in the transportation services business for more than 20 years. I speak fluent Spanish and English. I have a van equipped with comfortable seats and enough space for luggage.

If you need more information please visit my web site at http://www.ecuadorprivatedrivingtrips.com.

Urb Los Pinos, casa 69

099 151 5876

Thank you!

Happy Holidays, Dear Friends and Clients,

As we approach the end of a challenging year, I want to thank you for your support and patience as we all learned how to adapt to changing times. Now as we approach the beginning of a brand-new year, I want to let you know that I am looking forward to continuing helping and assisting you with all you need in 2022!

I send my good wishes to you for a good year for you and your loved ones. Happy New Year!

Diana Vera


099 174 4740

New minute meditation YouTube video

Stressed out? Need some time to relax? Just a couple minutes to yourself? If so, come check out our newest video on the “Transport Your Mind” YouTube channel. Created and edited right here in Ecuador, looking to bring some new interest to the channel. If you enjoy the content, consider subscribing. That way you will not miss our next video and it also will help support us in making many more relaxing videos to come. It’s totally free. We have new videos coming out ever Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thanks for your time and we hope you enjoy.



Recommendation for Joseph Guznay, immigration attorney

There have been many stories about Cédula renewal – here’s mine: I’ve been a permanent expat resident in Cuenca for 12 years, single, on a retirement visa. My original cédula is due to expire in March (12 years after issuance, not 10 years, which is now the requirement). Having read horror stories of how complicated renewal is and how long the entire process could take, I thought I’d better start early. My everyday Spanish is pretty decent (ought to be perfect after 12 years, but ain’t). However, when it comes to interaction with governmental offices, I prefer to use a facilitator or lawyer.


La Mia, one more time

La Mia Goat Cheese will be at Cuenca Consignments on Thursday from 11-2 for one last time this year. We will have all of our cheeses including a fresh batch of Triple Cream Aged Cheese and Feta. We will also have Artisanal Liquors to help you celebrate the arrival of 2022 or better the departure of 2021. We will have our Baileys style Artisanal Liquor on hand. We will also have Banana Bread and Zucchini Bread to help celebrate. Please come by and say hi and let us wish you a Happy New Year.

Thursday 12-30 11-2, Isabela and 12 de Abril Isabela 4-75

Craig Carothers: ccar0050@gmail.com 099 128 0415

Cuenca Salmon – Tienda Thursday

Cuenca Salmon will be closed Dec. 31st Jan 1st, Jan 2nd. We will be open for deliveries
on Jan 3rd. The Tienda will be open on Tuesday, 4th.

New Year’s Eve special only

* 1 Kg Smoked Ham. $22.75
* Rainbow Trout $7.50
* 500 grams bacon $11

Our Tienda is located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta.

Our new hours for 2022 are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 11 AM – 4 PM
You can shop on our website 24 hours a day http://www.cuencasalmon.com
We deliver Monday – Saturday

Thursday December 30th, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta

Lenny Charnoff: info@cuencasalmon.com 099 122 1238

Zarza Brewing specials and New Year’s hours

We will be open the 31st and 1st this week from 2 to 10 PM with pay 2, receive 3 beers (applies to 12oz low ABV cervezas).

Thursday we will be open with our regular hours from 4 PM till midnight.

Happy New Year from all of us at Zarza.

Dec 31st and Jan 1st, from 2 to 10 PM, Zarza Brewing, Remigio Tamariz between Lorenzo Piedra and Alfonso Borrero

Gregory Gedeon: ggedeon@zarzabrewing.com

Double D’s menu for the week of January 3

After the holidays, it’s time to lighten things up a bit. The casserole is a low-carb, roasted eggplant dish layered with a not-too-heavy cheese blend and our homemade marinara. The salad (pictured below) is a Mediterranean twist on a classic leaving it light on your palate and light on your waistline. For those of you who are still looking for carbs, an herby focaccia pairs nicely with both savory dishes, and the sweet offers another Mediterranean twist on a traditional dessert.


Chifa ZhangHua

Exquisite traditional Chinese food, Madrid and New York style flavors. Home service. Hours of attention Monday to Sunday, from 11 AM to 10 PM
Address: Simón Bolívar 3-69 and Vargas Machuca
Tel: 098 751 3786 / 099 996 3339

Chow mien
Chicken gong bao
Stir-fried beef with broccoli
Sweet and sour chicken
Sweet and sour pork
Sweet and sour beef
Sweet and sour fish
Mushu meat
Spring rolls

11 AM – 10 PM, Simón Bolívar 3-69 y Vargas Machuca, Cuenca

Chan: 098 751 3786

Black Angus Grill, week deals

Don´t forget our daily specials:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 burgers, 2 fries for $10
Thursday half rack of ribs with bourbon sauce, 10 grilled BBQ wings and French fries.
Happy hours from 6 to 7 PM: mojitos, micheladas, Cuba libre and caipiriña just for $2.50

We will be happy to see you soon. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Noon to 3 PM and 6 to 9 PM, Gonzalo Cordero y Av Solano

Carolina Guevara: carolinagm2290@gmail.com 099 282 0782

2021’s last concert; a trio of voices to fall in love with

La Guarida is proud to present:

Los Decanos de la Música
in an exclusive dinner concert

Thursday, December 30th at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission: $10
Reservations with dinner requests are required
Limited capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071
Please bring your vaccination card.


Banda PanAmericana in Yaku for New Year’s Eve

This is gonna be sweet!

Banda PanAmericana plays Bistro Yaku for New Year’s Eve!

Banda PanAmericana brings together four of Cuenca’s best musicians, sharing their unique musical identities from countries across the Americas.


Don Colon’s New Year’s Eve celebration

After almost 2 bad pandemic years, it is time to celebrate. That is why Don Colon is putting together a New Year’s celebration special. Starting with a hot French onion soup and followed by a delicious and juicy twin lobster dinner with salad. And, of course, some champagne to ring in 2022.

Luis will provide the entertainment.
Taxi will be available for a safe return home

Friday December 31st., $25 pp, Sucre y Beningno Malo, Cuenca.

Don Colon: doncoloncampos@gmail.com 099 827 0703

Poker — cash games

Greetings to all,

I am someone who enjoys playing poker online but misses the live action with chips in hand and the social aspect.

I would like to set up a group, so we can have a good time and socialize playing poker.

I think we can set up 10/25 or 25/50 NL Hold ’em.

If any of you are interested or already have something set up, please let me know your thoughts.

Greetings to you all.

-Luis Flores

Any time works/Let’s talk about it, My place is a good place to start!

Luis: luisagomflo@gmail.com 098 932 5661

Punjabi Rasoi, Indian restaurant

Special Happy New Year offers – here’s our special offer:

For happy new year buy four dishes and get another two for free only in only in Punjabi Rasoi, the real taste of India.

Whatever dishes are a starter or main course or dessert get 4×2. So, what are you waiting for? Send us a message for delivery or come to our restaurant:

099 859 2132 or 098 379 1507
Calle Larga y Mariano Cueva
Cuenca Ecuador

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

Charan Dass: 099 859 2132

A Happy New Year to all; to say goodbye to 2021, 50% off

La Guarida wants to thank all of you for making an impossible year possible and very, very memorable. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Our last day of 2021 will be this Thursday and we’ll be saying thank you with a 50% discount on your second breakfast order *(only omelets). Come have breakfast with your friends at La Guarida, we would love to wish you a Happy New Year in person.

We’ll be coming back on January 11th.

We are located at Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. Tel. 099 806 8071.

December 30th, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Tanta la Madre Masa

We want to send you a warm greeting from 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: