COVID testing requirements for entering Ecuador

The US Embassy website list some requirements for entering Ecuador. It currently says you need a negative RT-PCR type test withing 72 hours.

I’m having a lot of trouble getting RT-PCR testing with expedited results. Has anyone had any success with the Rapid Antigen test?

If RT-PCR is really the only path, any tips you can share for getting expedited results?


Car accident

While driving, I got hit from behind by a reckless driver as I was turning left. Car repair estimate $10K to $15K. No insurance from both involved. The guilty party stated to a policeman that it was my fault. My abogado tells me it’s 50-50 to win. Has anyone gone thru car accidents and won the damages? How realistic is to get dinero?

Andrei Vankov

Bus map

Can anyone tell me where to get a bus map for local Cuenca buses? Thank you!

Kevin OKane: .

City: Cuenca

Baby sitter

Hello, how about my name is Cari. I am 28 years old from Cuenca, I am a responsible, honest person, and I have experience with children. I also speak English. If you need help with the children full time or by the hour, I can help you I have immediate availability. I will be happy to help you.

María Caridad: 099 576 9812. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Moving…need boxes

Recalling after I moved to Cuenca, I was able to give all those empty moving boxes to a friend who used them and then gave them to her mom. They keep recirculating. Now I am in need of boxes for what I hope will be my last move, ever.

Lane King: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for 2-3 bedroom apartment for long-term rental

Looking for 2-3 BR semi or unfurnished apartment for long-term rental in Cuenca, $350-$450, Must allow pets.

Move in by March 1st to the 15th. Sooner is negotiable. At least one walk-in shower without a bathtub. Elevator if not on ground level. I cannot climb flights of stairs. Balcony/terrace or patio if on ground level. Roomy closets and kitchen cabinets. Long-term rental means 2-4 years with landlord who does not actively dislike expats.

Nancy Belle Hofmeister: 096 789 3306. Call after: 9 AM.

Certified English translations?

Hello Everyone,

If someone can please suggest or help me with this mini standby situation I got going. I’m flying back home with my doggy. Already gotten everything out of the way: vaccines, also have waited the time period for each, now I am in the very last step and need to translate all of these documents in English and get them certified (sealed? stamped?) the CDC page says that there are online service translation providers. Can anyone suggest one or, if they know of one in Cuenca, that would be very helpful.

Thank you so much in advance for any information given. Please email me.

Documents must be submitted in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation. A certified translation is a signed statement on professional letterhead issued by a licensed translator declaring that the translation is an accurate and true representation of the original document. The translation must include the name, address and contact information of the translator and have a signatory stamp or elevated seal with the translator’s license number included. A certified translation service provider can be found online.

Monica: 098 712 2553. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for a wall mount / built-in gas oven

Hello, I am looking for a wall mount / built-in gas oven for my new kitchen. If you have a used one in great working condition, and the unit is in Cuenca (Paute area would be also great), please contact me. Thank you,

Erika: .

City: Cuenca

Zip-lining trip

Hello everyone in and near Cuenca. I thought I posted this, but now I cannot fund it. There will be two of us and we are looking for a tour or shuttle driver to take us on a zip lining trip near Cuenca. Not one of those short one zip lining. We want one that is really good and exciting and a longer zip lining than most of the others. Any suggestions on who to use and contact? We used to use Arutram Ecotours but I think they are no longer in business. There was this one guide we really liked to use all the time. He was with Arutam also. His name is Julio. Sorry, I do not have his last name. Anyone might know him and where he might be? Or anyone else you recommend. Thanks for your help! Bill Moen, cell: 095 976 6431

Bill Moen: 095 976 6431. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Recliners for sale

Take the weight off your feet and unwind in pure comfort on one of our relaxing recliner sofas, available in a choice of designs and styles from fabric recliners sofas. Whether you’re looking for a spacious reclining sofa or a cosy 2-seater, there’s sure to be something that’s just right for your home in our wide range of gorgeous recliner sofas at JDs Muebles.

At JDs Muebles we have a unique range of high-quality recliner sofas offering the ultimate in comfort, style and support. Our recliner sofas come with easy-to-use reclining systems and are available in a choice of luxury fabrics. With recliner options on sofa chairs, 1-seater sofas to 2-seater sofas and also a different variety of sofas, you can be sure to find a recliner that is perfectly suited to your personal style and décor.

We give you 2-year warranty

JD’s Muebles

21 111 Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional
098 706 9136

Klever: 098 706 9136.

City: Cuenca

Ford station wagon

‘96 Ford station wagon in good running condition. Manual transmission. $3,500 or best offer.
Pictures upon request. WhatsApp or email only please.

Joe Sala: 099 900 4006.

City: Cuenca

Miscellaneous items

Simple white bookshelf, 31 x 10 x 80, $70

Warping board for weaving and large thread projects $50

Full size white board with accessories $120

I have WhatsApp for pictures and to schedule pick up times

Thank you,

Cynthia: 098 600 6220.

City: Cuenca

Full length wall mirror

22 x 66″

Dark wood frame
I have WhatsApp for photos and pick up time.

Thank You,

Cynthia: 098 600 6220.

City: Cuenca

2012 MacBook Pro

A very nice, older model MacBook Pro

13-inch (mid 2012)
2.5 GHZ Intel Core i5
10 GB 1600 MHZ DDR3
Intel Graphics 4000 1536 MB
Well taken care of and no scratches or missing keys. Very Clean


I have WhatsApp for photos or schedule viewing times.

Thank you,

Cynthia: 098 600 6220.

City: Cuenca

Solid mosaic marble table

Custom made, mosaic, marble table, brought in from the US. Heavy and sturdy to support my 40 lb. sewing machine and embroidery unit without shaking.

Measurements include:48x24x32


I have WhatsApp for pictures or viewing times.

Thank you,

Cynthia: 098 600 6220.

City: Cuenca

Laptop for sale

HP Compaq laptop with brand new battery for sale. In good condition.
Hard srive: 500 gigabytes. Ram: 6 gigabytes. DVD, Camera Web with built-in Mic.
Wireless and ready for Zoom. Office in English: Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point.
Keyboard in English and Windows 10 Pro also in English.

Sale price: $190.
Call after 9 AM

Will: 099 556 1077.

City: Cuenca

iPhone 7+ 128GB for sale

Great condition. $275
Please message me on WhatsApp with any questions.

Josh Yentin: 097 910 6722.

City: Cuenca

Stock of notebooks

Hi everybody! I want to thank everyone who has placed their orders.

I have a lot of orders these days but I also have some notebooks in stock so you can email me if you’re interested.

– 1 pocket notebook (4 x 6 inches) 100 sheets of natural paper (sugar cane paper) – $6
– 3 traveler notebooks (8.5 x 4.7 inches) 50 sheets of 120gr – $8 each
– 2 notebook A5 (8.5 x 6 inches)100 sheets of natural paper – $10 each

You can email me if you want some pics of the designs I have available.

You also can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @VenomousNotebooks

Mishelle: 096 906 4745.

City: Cuenca

The Hop Factory: Best place for craft beer and coffee in Cuenca

Come to The Hop Factory this Thursday and Friday from 1:30 to 7:30 PM, for some great craft beer. We do home deliveries on Thursday from 8 AM to noon.

We are on east side of Cuenca, Calle del Himno y Bandera Nacional. We have darts and chess boards available to play, as well as outdoor seating.

Our available beers are: Bourbon Barrel (11.5%) $4, IPA (6%) $3, Pale Ale (5.5%) $3. We make a truly “old school” beer that is unfiltered and naturally carbonated.



In this time of COVID, the only way to take care of ourselves is by strengthening the immune system.

Biolife offers you Vitamin C serums in megadoses, trace elements, complex b, amino acids, glutathione, homeopathic.

Professional home service.

Lorena Paredes: .

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito, 2022 calendars

2022 Mujeres Con Exito calendars are on sale for $15 at the following locations:

Cuenca Consignments
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 AM to 5 PM
Address: Isabela 4-75 y Doce de April

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 AM to 3 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
Location: Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella

Mujeres Con Exito
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM to Noon
Address: Balthazar de Calderon 226 y Miguel Velez

Sunrise Cafe
Hours: Monday to Saturday 7:30 AM to 3 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM to 2 PM
Address: alle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo

Dianita Vazquez Bravo: .

City: Cuenca

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.

Biocorredor turístico Yanuncay two minutes from Cuenca tennis and golf club

Angel Panchez
593 98 589 9643
593 98 127 0326

Tour guide facilitator and driver

Looking for an experienced and reliable English-speaking driver?

I have 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

593 98 589 9643

Home assistant services are offered

My name is José Antonio Martínez, professional with 4th level of studies. I have been residing in Cuenca for 13 years now.

I can provide you with all kinds of support in the various tasks of the home. assisting with daily living tasks in meal planning and preparation, shopping for food, and preparing meals meeting dietary specifications. also running errands and other basic errands such as administering medications and involving patients in exercises or activities to keep them mentally and physically vital as well as accompanying them to doctor visits and other appointments.

My knowledge of the English language corresponds to a medium level, but with many facilities to be able to communicate and understand the different needs. I can teach them easily and practice the Spanish language. I really like pets and I take care of them very well with respect and affection, attending to their usual activities correctly.
I am an honest, empathetic, affectionate, organized person and I pay a lot of attention to detail.

Manuel Vega 11-41 entre Lamar y Sangurima

Jose Martinez

Vidal Sassoon/Jingles International Precision Haircutting and Color

Vidal Sassoon/Jingles International, educator and platform artist 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 your haircut and color. Fashion Forward haircuts, wave and hair color designed for your bone structure, hair texture and growth of your hair.

Day of Beauty available by appointment

5-33 Gonzalo Cordero Y Remigio Romero

Michael Offen
098 638 7004 WhatsApp

About C&C unisex hair design / barber shop

At C&C we are dedicated to the art of hair styling, barber care, nails care for women, men, and children. With the finest Alfaparf Milano, Tec Italy, etc. Italian products, we keep your hair healthy whether you choose highlights, lowlights, balayage, or full hair color, beard trimming.

Full service beauty destination
Finding the time to take care of all of your beauty needs can be a challenge. For your convenience, we also offer body care services such as threading. Our manicure and pedicure for her or him, services are relaxing experiences that leave you perfectly polished.


Avenue of the Volcanoes tour from Cuenca

Have you heard about the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes? Well, “Polylepis Tours Ecuador”, invites you to take this tour of volcanoes, a beautiful adventure to enjoy the best landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes. You will leave from Cuenca and stay in very nice hotels where you can sleep near the most important Ecuadorian volcanoes in a nice mountain Lodge or hotel to watch the sunset and wake up in the midst of all the Andean magic.

On the final day you will have a flight back to Cuenca.

This tour can be done in the opposite way too.

Departures: any day
Duration: 5 days 4 nights (1 additional night is possible to visit Mindo and the Middle of the World)

Price: from $739 pp (min 2 people)

Day 1: Cuenca-Chimborazo- Riobamba
Day 2: Riobamba-Av de las Cascadas-Baños
Day 3: Quilotoa-Pujili-Laso
Day 4: PN Cotopax- Rose Plantation-Pintag
Day 5: Antisana Ecological Reserve- Airport- Flight to Cuenca

It includes:
-Bilingual guide
-Private transport
-Breakfast and one meal if cortesy
-Flight by plane Quito to Cuenca
-Entrance fees

Does not include:
-Personal expenses
-Meals not detailed

Note: To obtain the complete itinerary. Request by email or WhatsApp

Calle Larga 6-28

099 355 7648

Pet sitting by M&E Pet Lovers continues this 2022 (vet students)

We are thankful to all the people who trusted in our professional services for their pets during the 2021. We would love to continue helping during this new year.

We are Mateo Ñauta Díaz and Elizabeth Gavilanes. As you know we are pet lovers and have lots of recommendations from Ecuadorians and Americans about our service that you can read on GringoPost.

We care for your pets (dogs, cats or any pet) in your home, enabling your pets to remain in their familiar space without stress, and you will have a housesitting service as a bonus. We adapt to your needs and can do any extra job like water plants or everything you need to keep your house safe and your pets happy. As vet students we understand perfectly all the requirements that a pet need, it doesn’t matter if it’s a puppy or an old pet or if your pet has a special or medical condition.


Gimp, hello Shaun

You called me Tuesday and offered to teach me how to use Gimp. Unfortunately, your number is not showing up in my call log. Please call me again.

7-24 Padre Aguirre

Carl Eidsness

099 101 7929

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

Nursing assistant

Hello everyone, my name is Domenica Quito, I am 21-years old and I am a nursing assistant. I have experience with adults, older adults. I offer my service every day or 24 hours if you wish, I can help you in several areas: injections, massages, medication according to schedules, accompaniment to walks, home care, etc.

WhatsApp: 099 881 1755


Domenica Quito

Custom reupholstery services and furniture designs

We give our best to create custom upholstery that our customers will treasure for years. We custom made chairs, sofas, and love seats. We provide customer satisfaction and quality craftsmanship.

Our services:

Chairs reupholstery
Cushions, pillows, seats
Cushions Refills
Foam replacement
Springs repair and replacement
Custom made sofas
Custom made Recliners
Custom made chairs
Big collection of fabrics
Quality foam
Custom made leather furniture
Leather repair and Restoration
Sofas and Love Seats
Furniture Refinishing
Furniture Modifications
Custom Furniture
We also offer
Antique recovery
Pick up and Delivery
Free estimates
Fair Prices



Couple of new items at Luvimar Gourmet Market

Hello everybody. I hope everything is going great. I wanted to let you know of two new products that have arrived at my little gourmet market.

As my customers already know, I’ve had whole Kalamata olives with pits for a long time. Now I have another alternative, which is the olives in halves.

The other item that I now have is Pure Extract of Vanilla, made with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans.

As always, you can find in my store imported and local aged cheese, export quality seafood, wines, crackers, chocolates and so much more.

– Friendly bilingual service (English and Spanish).
– Delivery available.
– I accept cash, credit cards, bank transfer and payments through the PayPhone App (For remote credit card payments).

Have a wonderful day.

Luis Moreno Mora #5-85, Between Nicanor Aguilar & Roberto Crespo Toral (2 houses from Cosecha Cafe y Vino. Yellow house with big yellow garage door and big blue sign)

Luis from Luvimar
096 895 7920
Website: / Facebook & Instagram:

Why you need the new VIP MedAlert service

● Personalized help at the push of a button device
● From our 24-hour dispatch center
● For medical, fire, personal emergencies
● Anywhere in Cuenca
● In English or Spanish (2-way speech enabled device)
● VIP Team + 911 ready to respond
● All for a reasonable monthly fee

Phone: 098 329 8243

Benigno Malo 12-41 y Gaspar Sangurima

VIP Home Healthcare of 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.

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

High-quality massage therapy, $10 off your first massage

Come and experience a top-quality massage at affordable prices. Beautiful room, relaxing warm environment, heated massage table and the most comfortable face cradle money can buy.

About Jan: Considered by many to be a “World-Class” massage therapist, Jan Wallace has been performing massage therapy since her original licensing by the Oregon State Board of Health in 1983. She has studied almost every massage technique out there, and over the course of 30 years, blended the best-of-the best into her own massage style that’s an incredibly relaxing, therapeutic, invigorating, and an almost “spiritual” experience.



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, trips, moving.

Please be aware, Use a facial mask.

Thank you.


096 335 4020

Recommendation for Jimmy Quintero, massage therapy

I have just finished my 2nd massage with Jimmy and he is amazing. Just the right pressure to make your muscles sing. I highly recommend Jimmy. He will even bring his massage table to your house. Booked another massage for next week, you should contact him for your next massage.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 430 1326

Recommended by Jodie Mansfield:

Recommendation for José Gabriel, personal trainer

Did you tell yourself over the pandemic that now that you were stuck in your house you were finally going to get in shape and get a workout routine going? I said the same thing but found it difficult to be consistent. So, I decided to look for help; a personal trainer who could ally with me to reach my health goals. José Gabriel is that ally and more. He comes to my house four times a week and works out with me, designing full-body strength and flexibility exercises that has helped me achieve a tighter core and more mobility in my knees. I cannot recommend this young professional enough.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 708 4339

Recommended by Kate Ramon:

Banana Rock your sox off! At the New Fractal!

The New Fractal, Cuenca’s newest music venue
Gran Colombia 9-41
entre Padre Aguirre y Benigno Malo
Reservas: 098 906 8972

Banana Rock plays a newer, fresher version of Rock and Pop than you’re used to hearing in Cuenca. All dance music all night long.

Michael Jackson
The Weeknd
Dua Lipa
Tom Petty
Bruno Mars
Daft Punk
John Mellencamp
Cyndi Lauper
Bob Marley
Amy Winehouse
The Beatles
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
The Outfield
Ray Charles
Joe Cocker
and more…

Friday, January 14, 2022, 9 PM, $5, The New Fractal: Gran Colombia 9-41 entre Padre Aguirre y Benigno Malo, Cuenca.

Jan Wallace: Reservas: 098 906 8972

Local Masons meet for breakfast on Thursday

Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69, the only lodge in Ecuador working in English and the North American rite, holds its monthly social breakfast at Kolo’s Restaurant, Luis Cordero 5-65 entre Juan Jaramillo y Honorato Vazquez, second floor of the Hotel Vieja Mansion this Thursday at 9 AM. All Masons, those interested in Masonry or those who simply would like to meet men who have lived here a number of years are most welcome.

November 11 starting at 9 AM, free, Kolo’s Restaurant, Luis Cordero 5-65 entre Juan Jaramillo y Honorato Vazquez, Cuenca.

Ron Watkins:

King Smokehouse has a sweet deal for you!

Wow! King Smokehouse is bulging at the seams. So many, many delicious goodies in every nook and cranny just waiting for you. To celebrate the New Year Felix is offering his amazing mixes at the end of last year’s prices: 3 for $10. What a sweet deal that is. He also has Cuenca’s best pork chops and, of course, melty cheese. Don’t forget his signature smoked items: bacon, sausage, bits and more. This is the week to get over to King Smokehouse and stock up for the new year. So convenient. Across from Parque San Sebastián on Coronel Talbot. 096 904 7724. As always, delivery over $25 is gratis. The Tienda Gourmet – your one stop delicious shop.

Daily from 9 AM until 5 PM (Sat. 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Closed Sunday, Coronel Talbot 8-66 y Simon Bolivar

Felix Salinas: 096 904 7724

Lobo Café suggestions this week

Gazpacho of cucumber with fresh prawns
Seabass with raratouille and bell pepper/apple sauce
Sabayon with vanilla ice cream and strawberries


10 Jan, Federico Malo 1-147 y Tadeo Torres

Nick: 098 469 5512

Delivery: real sourdough, bagels, and authentic Southern biscuits

Hi Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

Here is our current product list:


Three cheese chicken and spinach lasagna $9
Chicken pot pie $7. Each container is two generous servings. Comes frozen, uncooked, and ready to bake when you are.
3-cheese ravioli comes frozen in a pack of 32 for $10


Gran Roca, Wednesday Farm-to-Table Market at Tienda Nectar today

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.


Bacon, lamb, pork chops shrimp

Of course you know that we have Cuenca’s largest selection of seafood and sausages. But, did you know we also sell wine, honey, pickles, chutney, taco chips, salsa, lamb, pork chops, ginger beer and bread?

This week’s specials are:

* Authentic Polish Keilbasa
* Robalo
* Wahoo
* Rainbow Trout

Our Tienda is located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta. Our hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 11AM – 4 PM.

Can’t come to the Tienda? Then shop on our website 24/7. We deliver Monday – Saturday.

Wednesday, Jan 12th, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238