Registering a “foreign” vaccination certificate with the government?

An ad yesterday read: Registering a “foreign” vaccination certificate with the government. To register a vaccination received in another country enter the requested data in the following web site. The process was fairly straightforward. They recommend using Firefox browser (which I did). Scan your vaccination card too since they ask you to upload the file.

Well guess what? Using Firefox I was able to access the site, but it would never send me the code needed to verify my email. With internet explorer or Google Chrome, I could get the code but could never advance to the page to put it in. So, I thought I was smarter than a 5th grader. I entered my information on Internet Explorer and got the code. But the Firefox application ejected it! I gave up!


2% withholding on interest of a CDP?

If a CDP is short-term, then 2% of the interest is withheld. This can only be gotten back if you file an Ecuadorian income tax return.

Some coops say it will be withheld if the term of the CDP is less than 1 year.
Others say withheld if term is less than 6 months.
Anyone know what is correct?


A few questions from a newbie

Hello everyone:

Do you suggest having a US number for banking purposes? Although I have Traveling Mailbox, how do you get credit cards through the mail? I am still waiting, over a month to receive a letter, registered mail, from the US.

Your answers are always helpful.


Sunshine needs a guardian angel

Sunshine was “loaned” to us as a surrogate mother for five rescued puppies whose mother died shortly after giving birth. Sunshine was only able to provide minimal milk due to her neglected and malnourished condition. She was very eager, however, to cuddle and dote on the pups.

The puppies’ rescuer has been taking care of Sunshine for 4-5 weeks because the previous owners do not want her back and have threatened to put her out on the street. The rescuer lives in an apartment and her landlady wants Sunshine out of the apartment immediately.

Sunshine is an adorable 1.5 year-old Terrier mix. She is spayed, vaccinated and wormed and has received flea meds. She is a manageable small-medium size!

We highly suspect that Sunshine endured abuse (possibly by a female) at her original “home”. Because of this, she is very tentative and nervous in new situations. She wets herself when you raise your voice to her. It’s best if she’s crated at night and has access to the outdoors during the day. She needs lots of love and patience with a special, dog-savvy person, who understands how to deal with past trauma. She appears to be fine with other doggies and older children.

But wait… there’s more! What if I told you that Sunshine comes with a complimentary doggie training session with Cuenca’s expert, Heather Conley? She is willing to offer her services free of charge for Sunshine and her person! Transportation outside of Cuenca and translation services, if needed, are not included.

Would you be willing to open your generous heart and home to Sunshine, either as a temporary foster or permanent placement?

Jo Austin: 099 535 7387. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Injured dog found January 12th

Found dog

Mixed breed Shepherd, age 3, not neutered and about 50-60 pounds.

This dog was injured in some way and lying in the grass outside the front gate to my apartment. He was very weak and did not want to stand, but was friendly enough to let me touch him. He was causing all the neighbor’s dogs on the block to bark ceaselessly.

I called Dr. Gallardo, who took him to his clinic. Later in the afternoon, after medication and food, the dog was on his feet and in much better condition. He doesn’t appear to be a stray or street dog. He’s well fed, clean, and otherwise appears in good health. He’s very friendly, not timid or aggressive.

This was in the Heroes de Verdeloma and Presidente Borrero neighborhood, a block uphill from Rafael Maria Arizaga and Borrero.

Please contact me if you own or recognize this dog.

Robert Horowitz: 099 576 2345. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Qhapaq Ñan Survey

Greetings, I am a student at the University of Tourism Specialties, I am developing a survey with the aim of making tourism products with the destination Qhapap Ñan.

In this regard, I ask in a restrained way to take this survey:

Very grateful for time, nice day.

Tania Encalada: .

City: Cuenca

Bubble wrap and packing materials

I saw a recent post offering free, used packing materials. Are you still there?
Or if someone would like to donate, please let me know.

Thank you.

Lane King: .

City: Cuenca

Attention!! Pinochle players wanted

Do you play double or single deck Pinochle? We are a group of people looking for additional people to play in a group setting at 2 local restaurants. We play twice a month when enough people are available. If you are interested please contact me.

Victor Lewis: WhatsApp 093 979 1823. Call after: 11 AM.

City: Cuenca

Nutritional yeast

Does anyone know where you can buy Nutritional yeast?


City: Cuenca

Booster shot

Looking for a booster shot location. I’m located near Universidad del Azuay. Thanks!

Jerry Straka: .

City: Cuenca

Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage

Rejuvenation Home Massage of Cuenca understands the mental and physical challenges we face in our lives daily, today reducing stress promotes better health and well–being. Massage is a natural way to reduce these tensions and have a positive effect on other common health conditions:

Digestive problems
Aches and pains
Sports injuries


Seeking advice on cataract surgery


I have just been diagnosed with cataracts and the doctor recommended surgery. 

If anyone has any information that would be helpful to me in deciding whether to have the surgery or how to go about it here in Cuenca, please share it. 

This is a big decision and I will appreciate hearing from you. 

Thank You

Marv: . 

City: Cuenca

Medical assistant

Hello, my name is Fernando Ochoa. I am 24-years old. I am a medical student. I can help you with the care of elderly patients 24 hours a day with experience in the administration of medications, injections, massages to improve your health and everything related to health care.

Patient, it will be a pleasure to assist you Cuenca-Azogues.

My cell phone number # 098 422 6793

Fernando Ochoa: 098 422 6793. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Spiritual retreat

Are there any other pilgrims out there that are also looking for a spiritual retreat?
It’s time! All we need now is a group and a coordinator.

There is a retreat coming up at Inti Kamari that is just what we are looking for but it is only in Spanish.

Well, we’ve put it out there.

Dave Thomas: .

City: Cuenca

You can still get your yellow sweet corn from Bernan’s

Bernie and I are staying healthy and busy here at home. When we do go out, we always have our masks and of course we are fully vaccinated.

We will be getting a shipment of yellow sweet corn from Cotacachi in the next week or two and there is still some available for you! But… due to the weather and Mother Nature, the ears for this harvest will be “seconds.” That means the ears will be smaller and the kernels will be too. One of our customers said that she always purchased the smaller ears because the kernels are more tender…


Like-new, unlocked, ready-to-use iPhone 12, 64gb

Like-new iPhone 12, unlocked to use with any carrier.

Space gray color
64gb storage
Sim free
90% battery life
Still under warranty until mid-February
Includes usb charger, case, screen protector and original box.

For more info and photos please email or WhatsApp me at:

Leonardo: 098 352 2685.

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

Artist easels for sale

Quality artist easels for sale from the US. I am downsizing my art studio in Cuenca, and have the following art easels for plein air and studio. Google product name to get detailed specs. Most are new and in still in original box.

Napoli Lightweight Steel Field Easel(used)…$25
Van Gogh Creative Mark Table Easel…$48
French Easel half-box, original Julian Paris Collection with carrying case…$135
Daler-Rowney St. Paul’s Folding Travel Easel…$69
Mabef Basic Field Easel M-29…$69
Soho Urban Artist x-large Portable Drawing Board, 5 positions…$69
Saint Remy Multi-angle, Double Mast H-frame, hold canvas up t0 6” x 82”…$275
Jack Richeson medium 692043 Print Rack…$85

Evelyn: 098 798 7330.

City: Cuenca

Santa Ana Clinic

My name is Carol Pedauga and I work in sales at the Santa Ana Clinic. I would like to offer our services in the area of pharmacy. We offer delivery to your home from our pharmacy (8 AM – 10 PM) and it is open 24 hours a day.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Manuel J. Calle Cuenca

Carol Pedauga
099 806 3062

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

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.

– It helps with blood circulation
– Eliminates dead cells
– Lowers cholesterol levels
– It helps you lose weight
– Helps fight respiratory problems
– Healthy and smooth skin

Services and prices:

Drawer baths + machine massage $10 (1h)
Therapeutic massage + Cupping Therapy $35 (1h 30m)
Reflexology $20 (1h)
Pain therapy $20

We also have hydro-colonic therapy $20 (1h 20m)

Come to Girón on Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM or Wednesday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Direction: Bolívar y Eloy Alvarez. (Girón)

Bolívar y Eloy Alvarez (Girón)

Daniela Carrasco
099 732 9710

Chevy Aveo 2012

Hi All, I have a nice, cheap cash car for you. It’s at the Feria de Carros.

Only $5800.

Bolivar 6-40

Jon LaBouef
098 494 9008
07 285 6866


Fabrics for upholstery curtains and household items: I am looking for a seller / part time. Salary with commission. It is not necessary to have experience in sales but it needs an extroverted person, with a presence and great organizational skills.

Coronel Talbot 10-50

Patricia Villegas

098 738 0913

Palermo parking space

Looking for indoor parking conveniently located at low cost? This one is located next door to Banco Pachincha across from Oro Verde Hotel on Ordonez Lasso, one mile from Las Americas SuperMaxi. and many good tiendas.

Just $20/mo. with new remote control for gate for refundable $40.

Ed. Palermo, Ordonez Lasso

Dr. Sylvia Zook

099 086 2839

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.

– It helps with blood circulation
– Eliminates dead cells
– Lowers cholesterol levels
– It helps you lose weight
– Helps fight respiratory problems
– Healthy and smooth skin

Services and prices:

Drawer baths + machine massage $10 (1h)
Therapeutic massage + Cupping Therapy $35 (1h 30m)
Reflexology $20 (1h)
Pain therapy $20

We also have hydro-colonic therapy $20 (1h 20m)

Come to Girón on Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM or Wednesday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Direction: Bolívar y Eloy Alvarez. (Girón)

Bolívar y Eloy Alvarez (Girón)

Daniela Carrasco
099 732 9710

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

Recommendation for VIP Home Health Care, medical

My husband fell in the bathroom with his back blocking the door for entry. I used the Medical Alert Monitor to call VIP for assistance.

This team answered immediately, asked pertinent questions and were here in my home very quickly.

They were able to gain access to the bathroom, administered to my husband and ultimately accompanied us to the hospital. Poulin explained to the doctors what had happened so they could take the proper action in a timely fashion.

Poulin contacted and collaborated with our medical facilitator, Diana Vera.

This medical alert system is excellent and well worth the cost. It not only efficiently took care of the problem but gave me peace of mind.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 329 8243

Recommended by Susan McBride:

Recommendation for Kolo Restaurant & Bakery, restaurant

We have been frequenting Kolo Restaurant & Bakery regularly, usually several times each week, since its inception. We have observed many changes over the last year because, as with any business, there have been growing pains and significant improvements. Recently, there have been lovely improvements to the menu and attentive improvements to the service. A big thanks to Ron, an accomplished restaurateur, for his consulting and influence, and to Frank Gonzales for his open approach. The food quality is excellent.

We strongly recommend Kolo as a go-to restaurant for breakfast or lunch!

Address: Luis Cordero 5-65 y Juan Jaramillo

Contact information: +593 99 297 5788

Recommended by Roman De Rhodes:

Recommendation for MyCuencaNerd, Computer/TV

We had been having lots of internet and TV problems, so we had David come in and set up a whole new system for us. It has been great. We rarely have buffering and don’t have to jump back and forth between VPN and local sources. We have thousands of programs to choose from including live TV. I highly recommend David for all your internet and TV needs.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 665 5450

Recommended by Pat Simmons:

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.

January 15th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, Calle Larga 7-93, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena:

A friendly reminder from Don Colon

We have twin lobster tail complete dinners including potatoes and veggies with a complimentary glass of wine for only $16.95 (reservations only).

Also, Sunday’s breakfast from the regular menu and a special Huevos Rancheros or Don Colon’s famous omelet that includes a free Mimosa, only $4. Come and join us.

Every day, $16.95, Sucre & Beningno Malo, Cuenca.

Don Colon: 099 827 0703

Questions about living in Cuenca? Free Information Fair

Whether you arrived last week, or have been here a while, many expats still have questions about, and need information on living in Cuenca.

This Information Fair is designed just for you. An Open House –Questions Answered about Expat Living in Cuenca– at one time in one place and in English. What could be easier or more convenient? Experts include:

Area Businesses Name


Paco’s Blues at Common Grounds, Saturday. Come out and dance

Paco’s Blues is starting off 2022 at Common Grounds on Saturday, January 15th.

Come out and join us for a great night of music, dancing, great food and drinks, and good times!

Music kicks off at 7 PM and goes till later on.

$5 cover (luckily some things don’t change).

Looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

Saturday, January 15th from 7 PM till later on, $5, Common Grounds Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues:

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables for sale

Kinti Wasi is an organic farm located in Cantón Suscal in the province of Cañar. We grow the best varieties of vegetables and fruits:

We deliver in Cuenca every Wednesday. Harvested directly from the farm to your house. If you would like to order please email us until Tuesday night: or send us a WhatsApp. 098 736 8822.

January 14, 2022, Suscal

Carmen Loja

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

1 lb organic raw butter $3

1 lb peanuts $2.50
1 lb almonds $5.50
1 lb walnuts $5.50

400 g. of artisan blackberry syrup from Ibarra $4

500ml Honey $6
1 liter Honey $10
1 liter Honey with design of the bottle $12
1 liter Raw Pure Honey $15

0.5lb Bee Pollen $7

1 Ghee 200 g $6.50
1 Ghee 400 g $12.50
1 Ghee 550 g $15.50

Place your order. For purchases over $15: free shipping.

If you need another product that is not on the list, let us know and we will look for it to deliver.


Visit us:

Follow us:

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WhatsApp (only WhatsApp):
098 146 0912

7 AM to 7 PM, Delivery

Daniela Carrasco: 098 146 0912 Instagram Qorighee

Gran Roca Farm-to-Table Market at Los Balcones next Wednesday

Please note the change of venue for the Gran Roca Farm-to-Table Market at Los Balcones (Only 4 blocks from Parque Calderon) next 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.


Cancelled! Banana Rock at Fractal, Friday, January 14

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Banana Rock event for Friday, January 14 has been cancelled. We hope to see you at a future event.

Friday, January 14, Fractal, Cuenca.

Jan Wallace: