Best Health Insurance Coverage

I need help choosing the best health insurance coverage for my husband and myself. We are both healthy.

Over 30 months, we’ve gone from Confiamed to IESS to BMI. We switched to BMI because we thought it was the same as United Healthcare. It’s not.

I’m ready to change insurers — again. What is the best way to make sure all major accidents and illnesses are covered? I’m ready to pay out of pocket for the small stuff. The important thing is to be protected.

I want to say, Blue Box Insurance have been very helpful brokers. But it’s still confusing. I’m embarrassed to show up at their door again. Mostly because of the issues I’ve had with BMI Insurance.

I appreciate your advice.


GYE airport hotel question

Leaving Cuenca for trip via GYE. Any suggestions for a hotel I can safely walk (at 5:30 AM) to the international terminal in GYE with suitcases?

Also has anyone heard if there’s a site in the airport offering rapid result COVID test for flight back to USA? Thanks


Any game players in town?

Hi all, I enjoy playing games from time to time. Nothing too serious and I just enjoy the conversation, sometimes even more than the games. But if you know how to play Farkle, Euchre, Tripoley, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, or any other type of card or dice games, I’d appreciate hearing from you.
Maybe even some Cards Against Humanity, You Don’t Know Jack or video games would be fun too.

I just feel stuck in a rut, sometimes, trying to meet new people and games like these are fun to me and I’ve enjoyed playing them with others back in the States. Also, if anyone has a Wii system, I have quite a few games for it but sadly, I didn’t have space in my luggage to bring a console.

Life’s too short to be seriously competitive all the time and some of us (me) aren’t in prime physical shape to be overly active. If you’re interested, or think you might be, hit that reply button now! Operators are standing by to welcome you!



Lost dog

Darling one-year-old rescue dog bolted when the leash gave way. She out ran the dog walker and was lost in the Puerto del Sol park area. She is black, 17 pounds and looks
like a mini-Lab. She has a black leather collar and was wearing a blue and white scarf. If you find her, please care for her briefly and she will be picked up when you contact me.

Thank you so much,

Cherie Rose: 095 881 8365. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Foley Mill for puree and jams

Has anyone seen a Foley mill for sale in any of the kitchen or restaurant supplies. It looks like a shiny metal saucepan with a perforated bottom and a crank handle coming out of the top. The crank turns a big blade at the bottom of the pan to force cooked fruit or veggies through it to make a puree or juice or whatever but filters the skins, pits, seeds, etc. out. Mine did not survive the coastal weather. Thanks in advance.

Reid Tanner: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for a cat

We would like to have or borrow a cat to take care of for a while. Located in San Cristobal. Cat must have all shots, be spayed or neutered or be a kitten, and have no diseases.

Helen Batchan: +1 617 407 8648. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Guayaquil

Looking for 3 bedroom country house for sale

Looking for 3 bedroom, unfurnished country house for sale in Yunguilla, $90.000 – $250,000, Must allow pets.

I am looking for my clients properties – Quinta in Yunguilla or outside of City. Also apartments or house in the city to buy or rent.

Please write me or write me in WhatsApp 093 905 5399.

Thanks so much,

Carla Encarnacion Gonzaga: 093 905 5399. Call after: 8 AM.

Looking for 4 bedroom house for rent

Looking for 4 bedroom, unfurnished house for rent in Cuenca, $300-$400. I don’t have pets.

Looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom house with minimum 2 full bathrooms in Cuenca. Preferably within the bounds of Avenida Americas or within walking distance

Denis Cruickshank:

Twin bunkbeds (can be used “un-bunked”) with mattresses

Wooden twin bunkbeds with mattresses. They can be set up bunked or un-bunk them for two twin beds. That’s how we’ve been using them for the last few years. My kids are just too tall for twin size, so I updated their beds and need to sell these. I have lots more pictures I can email or WhatsApp to you.


Sarah: 093 919 1433.

City: Cuenca

Are you prepared for water rationing?

CosasPrep can help you prepare by providing up to 100 gallons of clean drinking water in the event of rationing or other water emergencies. The Waterbob that we carry is likely to be the only one that you will find in any store in Ecuador.

While storing water in a bathtub is fine for “brown” water (for flushing toilets) after a short time dirt and dust makes it undrinkable. The Waterbob is a clear sleeve that keeps your water clean, and even has a handy dispenser for accessing the stored water. It comes in a box that is small enough to easily store in the back of a closet or under your bed.
Flash Sale:
Was: $64.11 Sale: $39.90

Video (YouTube) instructions: 1 minute, 31 seconds

Inside the Sunrise Café (Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo) or at our store on Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral

Kent Mills: .

City: Cuenca

Selling gold and silver (want to sell all)


John Matthey 10 Troy Ounces .999 Fine Silver Bar – $259.70 – 1 QTY
Engelhard 10 Troy Ounces .999 Fine Silver Bar – $259.70 – 2 QTY
SilverTowne 5 Troy Ounces .999 Fine Silver Bar – $129.35 – 1 QTY
Generic Mint 5 Troy Ounces .999 Fine Silver Bar – $129.35 – 1 QTY
Mixed American Minted 1 Troy Ounce .999 Fine Silver Bar – $26.17 – 12 QTY
1985 Engelhard American Prospector 1 Troy Ounce Silver Coin – $37.48 – 2 QTY
American Eagles Random Dates Year (2004+) Silver Coin – $32.99 – 21 QTY
Two Silver Necklaces and One Bracelet .999 Silver – Price Unknown – Weight Unknown – QTY 1


1982 South Africa 1/10 oz Gold Krugerrand (Sealed) – $325.49 – QTY 1
Caciquez de Venezuela Gold Coin 1957 – Price Unknown – Weight Unknown – QTY 1
Gold Pendant about the size of a 1/10 oz – Price Unknown – Weight Unknown – QTY 1
Small Gold Plated Bracelet – Price Unknown – Weight Unknown – QTY 1

I live in Zamora, near Loja. You would have to come here to buy the gold/silver or I could come to Cuenca, but you would have to make a deposit and pay additional for my travels. Please do not hesitate in contacting me if you/re interested in buying it all.

Nicholas Barringer: .

City: Cuenca

MacBook Air 13.3″ 2014 core i7 for sale

In good working condition MacBook Air 2014, great for everyday use, very light and easy to carry around, comes with charger and extension cord.


MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 MB
Serial Number: C02NJ3CZG5RP

Email or WhatsApp for pictures and more info.


Leonardo: 098 352 2685.

City: Cuenca

Class of piano in Spanish: Spanish or just piano

We want to help you to improve your Spanish skills throughout music, enjoying and learning at the same time.

Native Professor of Spanish & Master’s degree in Music Education.

If you don’t learn, we will refund your money!

Jezie Zhunio: 098 346 2392.

City: Cuenca

Ford Escort station wagon

1996 Ford Escort station wagon in good running condition. $3,500. (WhatsApp or email only) 099 900 4006. Pictures upon request.

Joe Sala: 099 900 4006.

City: Cuenca

iPhone 6 plus

iPhone 6 plus, unblocked, 64gbs in very good condition. 099 900 4006 (only WhatsApp)

$225 or make a reasonable offer

Joe Sala: 099 900 4006.

City: Cuenca

Underground garage parking spaces for rent

We have 4 underground, first level, parking spaces for rent if anyone is interested. They are located in Edificio Fragata right next to ItalDeli on Solano. The building is one block from Mount Sinai Hospital.

Rent is $25 a month, plus a refundable $30 security deposit for the automatic garage door opener.

If interested, email or WhatsApp only to or 1 732 314 6688.
Responses here will not be answered.

Ryan James: 1 732 314 6688.

City: Cuenca

A Chiropractor can help you relieve pain and improve your posture

I also can help you stay healthy, feel great and well-adjusted. 

My name is Dr. Duane H. Connell D.C. I ran a family Chiropractic practice for over 20 years in Virginia and I have relocated to Cuenca. 

I do primarily hands-on adjusting and I use a variety of techniques including Gonstead, Divirsified, Drop Table, Toggle and Biophysics.


Recommendation for Adrián Puli Gustavo, driver, all-around helper

I recommend Adrián Puli Gustavo as an experienced, bilingual driver. HIs van seats seven passengers. Based in Cuenca, he can tell you what you wish to know about Cuenca and other locations. As a new expat, I was surprised that a driver had so much knowledge. He found parts for my gas heater when gas tank deliverers said that parts didn’t exist. Adrián designs and builds furniture. Over time, he continued to help me. He fixed my hot water heater, hung my pictures, adjusted locks, showed me how my electronics worked.

He has recommended professionals that I wanted to consult. A medical doctor came to my house and examined me for my recurring hyper ventilation. He determined that I was anemic. I have since built up my health through better diet. Adrian introduced to an MD who is an acupuncturist, thereby reinforcing my knowledge about eastern medicine as well as homeopathic. I was a credentialed massage therapist. I studied eastern and western massage.
I am an artist and painter.

Address: Cuenca based.

Contact information: 098 317 4172

Recommended by Suzanne Cerny:

Spanish lessons

As an English teacher myself, I recognize and appreciate good teaching. I have enjoyed many classes for Spanish with Soledad. We talk, we laugh, and Soledad never makes me feel stupid. She’s supportive, encouraging, and I seldom feel like we are teacher and student. We are friends. She makes each class comfortable and personal, so I learn vocabulary and grammar without even realizing it. Get a class with Soledad and you’ll love learning Spanish!

Soledad Maldonado, +593 98 773 0401 WhatsApp

Donna McLemore

+593 98 773 0401 WhatsApp

Carpentry and renovation services

Our team of highly skilled carpenters are committed to custom carpentry cabinetry services and renovations.

We specialize in a wide range of home improvements, and provide all kinds of carpentry services including, but not limited to, new decks, building a portico, molding and trim work, reframing of walls, removal of walls, all types of flooring, handyman work and interior and exterior doors.



Carpentry, Aleppo furniture and design

We make and design furniture to your taste and needs and we work with wood, melamine and its derivatives. We have 20 years of experience. We have a showroom and workshop. We have verifiable references with foreign clients. We speak English. @aleppo_fd

Cuenca, Avenida Ordoñez Lasso y Calle Las Totoras 13-13.

Fernando Mora
098 781 8622

Wood melamine, restoration, upholstery

Hello, my name is Carolina Lucena. I am an interior designer. I can help you restore your furniture, upholster it, make the furniture you need according to your taste and needs. I have my workshop and showroom. We speak English. Cuenca.

Cuenca, Avenida Ordoñez Lasso.

Carolina Lucena
098 781 8622

Cuenca Catholic English Mass

Public Service Announcement:

Catholic English Masses continues on Sundays at 10 AM presided over by Father Kevin Codd at San Francisco Church.

I invite you all on behalf of the entire Cuenca English Mass congregation to attend our Sunday services.
All Biosafety protocols apply.
Everyone is welcome.

Parroquia San Francisco Presidente Cordova y Padre Aguirre

Don Camero Foronda

099 311 9340

Professional English teacher/editor

I taught English for twenty-five years in public schools in the USA. I will tutor you or edit for you, in English, as you prefer. I hold current teaching certificates in English, science, and social studies and a master’s degree in Educational Research and Psychology, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

I am fully vaccinated and will work with you in-person or online, as you like.

We can work on your vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, speaking, writing, academic skills, or whatever you need. We can take our practice into social circles if you like. I am open to your ideas, or I can determine your needs and work to develop your skills.

If you need editing services, I will correct and/or develop your writing, academic or otherwise. I have edited novels, autobiographies, poetry, short stories, essays, and theses to name a few.

I have experience with and work well with young children to graduate students.

My tutoring fee is $10 per hour.

My editing fee is negotiable and depends upon the task.


Maureen Seals
WhatsApp: 593 96 711 7397
WhatsApp: 593 96 711 7397

The Doctor is in the House (MedCare)

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


Dr Torres
099 098 1669

Driver facilitator and tour guide

Looking for an experienced and reliable English-speaking driver?

With more than 20 years as a professional driver touring Ecuador and with 13 years of experience as a national tour guide knowing the beautiful places of Ecuador.

My name is Angel Panchez and I continue to offer my transportation services, tour guide and facilitator, trips to the airports of Quito, Guayaquil, to the entire Spondylus route, tours to Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Sigsig, San Bartolomé, Giron el Chorro, Valley de Yunguilla, Ingapirca and more beautiful places.

-Baños de Ambato
-Puerto López

I also help with shopping, supermaxi, appliances, furniture, medical appointments, opening bank accounts, electrical installations, carpentry and more.

You can contact me at my email, cell phone directly or my WhatsApp in the following information.

El oro y galápagos

Angel Panchez
098 589 9643

Vidal Sassoon/Jingles International, Michael Offen

Michael Offen is proud to announce the opening of his new Salon at Amanpuri Spa. Completely Private Service.
In association with Jacquelina Álvarez, a specialist in facials, Micropigmentación and all forms of skin care.
Call for a complementary consult on you. Fashion Forward haircut, wave and hair color designed for your bone structure, hair texture and growth of your hair.

Gonzalo Cordero 5-33 y Remigio Romero

Michael Offen
098 638 7004 whats app

Start this New Year building the best version of yourself

This is the best time to give your life the physical and mental changes you need.

I offer my services as a personal trainer, designing special routines for you and your condition, whatever your goal (lose fat, muscle hypertrophy, joint mobility, cardiovascular resistency…) , I’ll help you to achieve them, because your objectives are mine.


Drawer bathroom / massages / natural therapy

In times of stress, come and relax with our services of drawer baths, massages and natural therapies.

We help our clients achieve complete well-being through relaxation and breathing services.

Drawer bathrooms: The drawer bath is one of the variants of the steam baths. The drawer bathroom, being in a more closed environment, in a canvas cabin, gives greater warmth and its benefits are enhanced.


Haircuts to you

Hello, My name is Carlos. I am a barber that is looking to provide my services. I can come to your place to cut your hair, beards, and provide a style to your liking. I have expat/American referrals.

I charge $5 per cut with a small fee for taxi services.

Message/call WhatsApp: 098 345 2544 Cuenca Carlos the Barber 098 345 2544

The Barber, Carlos


Carlos Acosta

098 345 2544


Hi, my name is Edwin.

I’m from Cuenca, I’m available as a driver for anyone who needs to go shopping, medical appointments, buy something, moving, trips,

Please be aware use facial mask.

Thank you


096 335 4020

Visa to Ecuador: guidance, advice, free consultancy

Good morning.

Any questions about visa, cedulas, lost cedulas, visa-cedula renewal, I am offering free consultancy, feel free to contact me on email or WhatsApp-Telegram.


099 370 9519

Recommendation for Paw Lovers, pet salon

Hello, my name is Maria. I’d like to recommend the pet grooming and spa services provided by Paw Lovers. They’re professionals committed in providing a great service and experience to all pets under their care.

I decided to adopt a small puppy over a year ago. His name is Milo. Rescued dogs need special attention and devotion to help them overcome their anxiety and Paw Lovers provides just that for my boy.

Paola Zuñiga, the owner, is a very sweet and kind lady. She’s a true animal lover. She speaks English and is always willing to help you with everything you need.

Address: Miguel Cordero 1-124 y 1-126 y, Ave Francisco Moscoso

Contact information: 098 672 2197

Recommended by María A. Castro:

Recommendation for Diana Vera, facilitator

Diana Vera is an extremely comprehensive facilitator. She can assist with translation, doctor’s appointments, SRI, IESS, shopping, visas and cedulas. We utilized her services for end of life care. She sent us the forms to complete in English, then she translated them, and finalized them with us at the notary. She was very thorough, explaining every process and translating as needed. Her fees are very reasonable.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 174 4740

Recommended by Lorraine Theodos: 099 115 9173

Gran Roca Farm-to-Table Market at Tienda Nectar on Wednesday

The Gran Roca Farm-to-Table Market will be at Tienda Nectar this week on Wednesday. We produce everything we sell on our sustainable permaculture farm in the Yunguilla Valley, about an hour southwest of Cuenca. Our wide variety of products, including fruits and vegetables, milk products, eggs, chicken, beef and pork, provide everything you need to give your family fresh, healthy, delicious meals.


Cafe Del Rio

To the delight of all our clients we open “Café Del Río”, away from the noise and pollution, with a good atmosphere, good music two minutes from Cuenca, Tennis and Golf Club through the Yanuncay tourist bio-corridor, a coffee, hot chocolate with humitas, tamales, meat and cheese empanadas, a blackberry shake, strawberry shake, juices, beer.

Contact us on the phone or directly on WhatsApp for reservations, we provide transportation service.

Friday’s 2 to 7 PM. Saturday’s 8 AM to 7 PM. Sunday’s 8 AM to 7 PM, Vía Cuenca Tennis and Golf Club. Two minutes to Biocorredor Yanuncay.

Angel Panchez: 098 589 9643 / 098 127 0326

New year, new ideas at La Yunta

Hi all dear friends and customers.

I am a wine lover so starting this weekend we at La Yunta are going to be offering a special selection of wines on our menu

This month we decided to go for Malbec

So come and enjoy a fantastic selection of Malbec wines with your meal.

Cordero con piel de lobo. Malbec 2020 $18

Los Cardos Malbec 2019 $18

Norton DOC Malbec 2019 $20

It is always great to see you.

Reservaciones 098 945 6551


Every day in January, Ave 1 de Mayo entre Ave Las Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal

Thomas Gould:

Added date for ‘Being the Ricardos’

After a short break, La Guarida is back. We are happy that we are completely sold-out for our first projection of the year (on Wednesday night). We understand we are under a health crisis and for this very reason are not adding extra seats for Wednesday night, instead we are adding a new date in order to social distance patrons and keep our capacity to a very minimum.

Being the Ricardos
a film by Aaron Sorkin
in English with Spanish subtitles
with incredible performances by
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem

Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner are required
Tel. 099 806 8071


Follows legend TV icon, Lucy Ball (1911-1989) and her husband Desi Arnaz as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. An incredible window into the lives Desi y Lucy.

We are located at Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

January 11th, from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071

El Lugar Del Arte, open house and reception

Join us to learn more about the mission and activities of this community center. Local artists, including children’s art will be exhibited. From there, we will have a reception at the home of Philip Combs, 2 blocks away. A complementary glass of wine and appetizers will be provided and Deb Davis will provide entertainment.

January 15th and 16th 4:30 – 8 PM, $10, 23-50 Mariscal Lamar Sector La Cuadra, Cuenca.

Deb Davis:

This week at idiomART

We have an exciting week coming up with a number of great activities.

Tuesday, Jan. 11 we have 3 different events:

Conscious Connected Breathwork class with instructor Lisa Jones.
You will learn a technique that combines active meditation and guided breathwork to attain a state of altered consciousness and achieve various benefits such as reduced stress and anxiety, increased energy, presence, correct bad breathing patterns and more,
The class is from 10:30 AM to 1 PM $35


Butter, fresh blueberries and organic products

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


Lobo café suggestions this week

This week we have our specials:

– gazpacho from cucumber with shrimp
– seabass with ratatouille and bell pepper applesauce
– sabayon with vanilla ice and strawberry

Hope to see you,



Parque de la Madre

Nick: 0 498 469 5512

Ali Kitchen

So far, so good. I got my foot back in the door. Let us see if I can get my whole leg in the door this week.

Treat your taste buds to something really good.

Chicken shawarma $4.25
baba ghanouj $4.50
hummus $4
pita bread $2
falafel sandwich $2.50
So, place your orders for Wednesday, Jan 5th to be ready for pick up at noon at the smokehouse on Coronel Talbot 8/66 across from San Sebastian Parque
Jan 5th noon time
Jan 5th, noon time, Coronel Talbot 8/66

Coronel Talbot 8/66

Ali: 098 380 9210