Taking pet to US

Yes, I know that you cannot take a dog to the United States at this time. But I still would like to know of a veterinarian that does microchips and can draw the titers and work with the approved laboratory in Brazil. Just trying to get my ducks lined up when the US lifts the ban.



Phone plans for text messages

I went to Jardin Azuay to open a bank account and they insisted that I need a local phone number to get text messages, even though I don’t need to call anybody who doesn’t have google voice, skype or zoom. I don’t need to add additional expenses to pay for services I don’t use and don’t want.

Does anyone know of phone plans that give you free text messages and minutes which don’t expire?


Exciting news from the Hogar

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza is excited to announce that Dra. Nicole, a registered Ecuadorian doctor and her partner Marilyn, from Guatemala, have joined us here at the foundation. Dra. Nicole will be coordinating all our patient treatments and will be the foundation’s doctor. She speaks English so is also available to those in the expat community who would like to see an English-speaking doctor for a general consult or second opinion. Marilyn is a professional business and project organizer and will be organizing all the services we offer here.

Nicole and Marilyn join our team of professionals which include Social Workers, Nutritionists, Psychologists and legal experts to give a broad base of professional assistance to those coming to us looking for help. We trust that you will find some time to drop in and welcome them to Hogar de Esperanza. We are located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Saving a life will change yours

Hi everyone, My name is Karina and I want to introduce you to Walli. He’s an adorable, friendly dog I rescued but, unfortunately, I already have a doggie and can’t really afford to keep this pup. He’s approximately one year old and I’m willing to fix him so he’s ready to go to his home forever… he’ll give you unconditional love. Please, contact me if you are interested.

Karina Cordero: karicordero1981@hotmail.com 099 840 1840. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

This little girl needs a loving home

This sweet and loving little girl was abandoned with her two little puppies in front of my home. I got them in my home, had them spayed and vaccinated. Fortunately, I was able to find loving homes for the two puppies. I need to find a home for the mother since I cannot keep her, I live alone and travel a lot. This little girl is extremely friendly and sweet, follows me everywhere around my home, all she wants is love. If interested please contact,

Samuel: 098 688 4752. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

One-year old Lab-retriever mix needs a loving home

Wally is a one-year old male, who looks like a yellow-Lab mix and golden retriever mix, abandoned by his former owner. He’s a fairly big, but gentle dog, weighing around 50 lbs (23 kgs) right now. He’ll probably fill out to a bit more when he fully matures (60+ lbs maybe). He was found in pretty rough shape by someone who was able to provide immediate/urgent care, but who is unable to provide a stable home. Wally is extremely smart, friendly and engaging, enjoys human contact, and is playful with children and other dogs. He is house-trained and exhibits no aggressive behavior, he seems very trainable, and answers to his name. Although his current caretaker (who recently rescued him from the streets) is unable to provide a stable home for him, she intends to get him neutered within the next week or so.


The last survivor

This sweet puppy’s pregnant mother was rescued as she was about to be hanged from a tree. The poor mother doggie died shortly after birth and then sadly, three of the puppies died subsequently as well.

This is the last little survivor that needs a loving home. She is 3-months old.

This baby girl loves kitties! Do you have room in your home and heart for her?

Please contact me for a meet and greet.

Jo Austin: jomarieaustin99@gmail.com 099 535 7387. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for raw goat meat

How anyone please tell me where I can purchase raw goat meat here in Cuenca?


Joe: 098 381 7188. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Fountain pen ink

I spent a day walking a few miles downtown looking for fountain pen ink. No luck. Does anyone know of a place in Cuenca where I would find both fountain pens and Ink?

I would be grateful.

Randall E Johnson: randy2905@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Deep tissue massage recommendation

Ideally in Centro Histórico or walking distance?

If you can also include prices? That would be appreciated.

Thank you,


City: Cuenca

Looking for an excellent Geriatrician or general medicine doc

Greetings, I would very much appreciate your help in finding an excellent geriatrician or general medicine doctor. Best if he/she also works with IESS. I will likely require several tests for a full check-up and to make sure my immune system is fine.

Thank you.

JB: .

City: Cuenca

Masks, good quality, where?

Masks are here to stay…I have a drawer full of cloth (double) masks. Not too effective. Does anyone know who is selling good quality masks?


Blaine Miller: 098 985 9879. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Dream household furnishings in Ecuador, Jan 24-28

Are you looking to move to Ecuador, furnish a house here, or furnish a rental or business?

I have the furnishings of a turn-key 3 BR household for sale, many carpets, new appliances, lamps, artworks, faux plants, antiques, chandeliers, sheets and linens, kitchen items, beds, tables, desks, mirrors… everything you need to fully furnish your casa. All very high-quality designer furniture imported from US or collected from around the world. I am a designer/artist. You will not find these items in Ecuador. These are new items, not shown before in a previous sale of another household.


Home furniture and appliances for sale

In good condition, home appliances, furniture and decorative items for sale as follows: 

12 Rattan Pika plastic chairs $18 each 
Glass table and mirror with iron structure $275 
1 Elegant Wooden Buda image $175 
4 Vertical carbon fiber heaters, with remote control $225 each 
1 Table heather $20 
1 High or reception table, 90 cm height, 65 cm deep, $45 
5 pieces decorative ceramic set $35 
1 Japanese room dividers 2 m height, 60 cm wide, $210 each 
22 squared colored cushions 66 cm whidth, 88 cm length $27 each 
8 colored velvet round cushions $25 each 
1 king size Feathers duvet $275 
1 short stand table 90 cm height, 30 cm deep $25 
1 corner table, $25 
1 short rounded table $20 
1 wooden, 3 levels bookcase, 1.63 height, 0.42 m wide, 0.26 m deep $70 
and more. Ask for pics. 


Notebooks and bags

Hi everybody, Thanks to everyone who recommended my notebooks. I feel really happy about it.

With your purchases and recommendations, you help me a lot to continue growing and to be able to take my business forward.

I have some notebooks in stock:

– 1 pocket notebook (4 x 6 inches) 100 sheets of natural paper (sugar cane paper) – $6
– 2 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
– 6 book bags different designs – $8 each.

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

Have a great week,

Mishelle: venomouspinknotebooks@gmail.com 096 906 4745.

City: Cuenca

Moving sale

Moving to smaller apartment. We are selling many different things.

Sale to be held on Tuesday 25, thru Wednesday the 26 of this month. Hours from 10 AM to 5 PM. Phone 099 529 2886 or email gatorpateone@gmail.com
By appointment.

Furniture: Two large rockers, recliners, custom built wooden chair with cushions, custom built love seat with cushions, coffee table
Gas oven
Clothes: Men’s size medium, Ladies size XL
Rugs large and small
Wall art
Ladies Bicycle
Other miscellaneous items

Gary and Dena Pate.
Edificio Palmero, Apartment 15I.
Av. Ordoñez Lazo across from Oro Verde Hotel No. 7-218 y Calle de los Claveles,
Cuenca, Azuay 010216
Security guard will admit.

Thank you.

Gary: gatorpateone@gmail.com 099 529 2886.

City: Cuenca

Gramm Bulkshop / coca leaves

Dear friends, we want to share with you some information about coca leaves:

Coca tea has been heavily used by indigenous people in South America for thousands of years and is made by steeping the leaves of the coca plant in boiling water. This allows the powerful phytonutrients to infuse into the water. In many parts of South America, this tea is known as mate de coca, and the greenish-yellow color is reminiscent of green tea.


Full motion TV mount

Full motion TV mount for TV from 37 to 80 inches wide and up to 110lbs/ 50kg. $15.

David K Ho: narbonne65@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Home furnishing, appliances, mattresses, etc.

JD’s Muebles offering appliances new and used for your home, kitchen, laundry, and outdoor needs as well as furniture for your living room, dining room, home office, and bedroom. We delivery and installation for home appliances, furniture and mattress. We carry kitchen products that include refrigerators, freezers, cooktops, stoves, wall ovens, ranges, microwaves, dishwashers etc.


iPhone 13 mini, 128gb

iPhone 13 mini, 128gb
Brand-new. Box still sealed. 128gb blue iPhone 13 mini.


David email: Dave.nelson7373@gmail.com
WhatsApp 99 586 4169

David: 99 586 4169.

City: Cuenca

Chiropractor & massage therapist

My name is Juan Pablo Segarra, I put my service to the community for health problems like: back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches hip pain, scoliosis, coccys, dislocations, frozen shoulder, dizziness, numbness, muscle contractures, stress, relaxing massage etc.

I am located Sígsig which is a hometown one hour from Cuenca. You can see some of my work on facebook typing like “Quiropráctica Salud Activa”. The cost of the treatment is $25 which consists of a general adjustment using different techniques depending on the case.

You can contact me on whatsapp 097 917 9466 and I will be more than glad to help you giving dirrections.


Juan Pablo Segarra Lituma
097 917 9466

General carpentry services and custom made furniture

We offer a variety of carpentry services. We build custom furniture and all kinds of elements for the kitchen, bathroom, living room and much more. We can design, build, install, and repair. We can handle from small projects to big restorations projects.


Custom made furniture
Kitchen Renovation
Counter tops
General repairs
Custom made chairs
Custom made tables
Custom made outdoor furniture
Deck installation and repair
Window Installation
Door Installation



Kosher restaurant in Guayaquil

I read about Ecuador’s only Kosher restaurant. It is located in Guayaquil. It seems to be a diverse menu, and it says that all people enjoy going there, not only Jewish travelers.

Pita Grill (in the Plaza Comercial Urdesa) Av. Víctor Emilio Estrada 504, Guayaquil 090511, Chabad of Guayaquil / Shechitas Lubavitch

Suzanne Cerny

99 111 7777

Massage by Annie – therapeutic or relaxation massage

Hello! My name is Annie Schinsky, and after a little break, I am once again offering my services as a massage therapist to female clients in the Cuenca area.

I’m able to provide light-pressure massages purely for relaxation purposes, or I can provide deeper-tissue therapeutic massages upon request. Currently, I can travel to your location to provide a massage, but soon I should be able to offer services out of my own location as well.


World’s most beautiful roses – US delivery for Valentines

This is the lowest price we have ever offered for 12 and 24 long stem roses.

The Rose Guy will deliver 12 long stem roses to any US address with the exception of Hawaii for $57.99 or 24 long stem roses for $69.99. Includes delivery by FedEx or UPS. No additional fees.

To order go to our website, http://www.yourroseguy.com. Under the tab, “Gifts and Occasions”, select “Pre-Order Valentine’s Specials. No discount code is needed.

Maybe you want to order 50 long stem roses. Under the “Roses” tab, select “Fresh Roses”, Choose your choice of rose color and select “50 stems”. At checkout use the discount code, “valentines25” and you will receive a 25% discount on your order. Normal price $102. Discounted price, $78 which represents a 25% discount. Note: (This discount code is available only for an order of 50 long stems and cannot be used in conjunction with the Pre-Order Specials, above).

It is very important to order early this year. Due to the pandemic and the world wide demand for Ecuadorian Roses you can guarantee your order and your space on our carriers, UPS and FedEx.

I am suggesting Thursday, Feb. 10th as your delivery date because of the demand.

Hugh Charles Prather: yourroseguy@gmail.com 096 826 3588.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for La Pizza de Juanja, restaurant

We ordered pizza from La Pizza De Juanja and were so delighted with the quality. It was the best pizza we’ve had in Cuenca. We have been here for six years, and have tried several pizza restaurants. This was by far the best. Thin crust, gourmet toppings and perfect pomodoro sauce. Looking forward to being there in person.

Address: Rafael Torres Beltran, Cuenca

Contact information: 099 401 5749

Recommended by Celma Da Silva: clsilva1993@gmail.com

Recommendation for Hacienda Chan Chan, dairy

Want Buttermilk? My mother’s southern recipes call for buttermilk and baking soda in cornbread and biscuits. Despite following directions on how to make buttermilk from whole milk, I had not found a satisfactory solution until I asked Julie at Hacienda Chan Chan if she could supply buttermilk. It doesn’t look or taste like what I was used to, but it works for both the cornbread and biscuits. It also freezes well. Give it a try if you want buttermilk for cooking.

Address: Chiquintad, Azuay (nestled in the mountains above Cuenca)

Contact information: haciendachanchan@gmail.com

Recommended by Jean McCord: jean@harbornet.com

Recommendation for Leonardo Duran, technical support

This young man is very professional and knowledgeable. Leonardo is punctual
and very fair on his pricing. We have used his services several times and highly recommend him.

Address: Cuenca Ecuador

Contact information: techguyec2020@gmail.com 098 352 2685

Recommended by Keith A Hendon: keith@bigdogtape.com

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission Evening Prayer

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

In-person worship has resumed at 4 PM each Sunday, with COVID-19 protocol being followed. Masks and vacccination cards are required.

Address: Bartolomé de las Casas y 5-34 Tirso de Molina


A delicious deal from your King Smokehouse

Felix is offering the most delicious special this coming week. For only $25 you will receive 2 pounds of his insanely delicious ground turkey (that alone is a $1 savings) And, you will also receive a free, full-size of Aunt Betty’s Biscuit mix at no charge.

Want a simply scrumptious breakfast (or lunch or anytime)? Brown a package of King Smokehouse Ground Turkey. Salt to taste. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour until all the flour is clinging to the turkey meat. Then whisk in 1 ½ cups of Milk (or heavy cream-ahh yes). Stir over low heat until the mixture is thick and creamy. Liberally shake cracked pepper into the creamy goodness. Serve over freshly baked Aunt Betty’s biscuits.

Sooooooooooo good and satisfying. King Smokehouse’s ground turkey is hand ground with just the right amount of balance between the meat and a pinch of fat. Great in any recipe that calls for ground pork.

King Smokehouse is fully stocked with all the great products you love. Call or stop by now to enjoy this very special offer. Conveniently located on Coronel Talbot just across from Parque San Sebastian. +593 96 904 7724 felixkingsmokehouse@gmail.com

We also thank you for your continued support and hope you will vote for us again in Best of GringoPost.

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

Felix Salinas

Artesana Bakery Family with delicious breads at Sunrise Cafe

Hey friends, come to Sunrise Cafe Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:15 to 11 AM with fresh bread. If you want a special request please let me know.

We’ll be at the Feria in Puertas del Sol, Monday and Saturday from 8:15 AM to noon. and also Tuesday at the Dos Sucre Feria from 8 to 10 AM.

In our web store, you can find the products that you need and we’ll deliver to you or you can come to our place to pick it up.

You can also find our products in Nectar & La Glorieta. More places coming soon.

Every day, from 9 AM to 7 PM, Miguel de Santiago casa 1-100

Rosemary Rodriguez: artesanafamilybakery@gmail.com 099 879 2985

Chef Rosemary, catering and delivery food service

For fresh breads, cakes and pizzas please visit our website http://www.artesanafamilybakery.com.

Special dish this week:
– Fosforera, Venezuelan special seafood food, 2 portions $8.
Fosforera: It’s a hearty and nutritional dish. So much so that it earned the nickname levanta muertos, which means Fosferera can raise people from the dead. The soup includes fish head, crab, clam, squid, vegetables and shrimp.

Special gluten free:


Ali Kitchen

Chicken shawarma $4.25
baba ghanouj $4.50
hummus $4
pita bread $2
falafel sandwich $2.50
spinach stuffed sambousak with sumac $0.75 each
So, place your orders for Wednesday, Jan12th to be ready for pick up at noon at the smokehouse on Coronel Talbot 8/66 across from San Sebastian Parque
Jan19th noontime
Jan 19th, noontime, Coronel Talbot 8/66

Jan 26th noon, coronel talbot 8/66

Ali Ali Alkhoja: ali_alkhoja2000@yahoo.com 098 380 9210

Buy 2 and get 3 burritos plus a free apple pie enchilada

This Tuesday, 25th of January
TexMex Dine-in and delivery specials

Debby and James will be preparing your favorite burritos.
Buy 2 and get 3 burritos plus a free apple pie enchilada!

Available for dine-in with reservation via WhatsApp 096 322 3377
Please reserve your table or order for delivery by Monday, 24th of January, at 3 PM.


Paradise Indian Restaurant wants your vote

When you’re voting for GringoPost’s Best of 2021, please don’t forget to write in Paradise Indian Restaurant for best Indian Restaurant. We appreciate it, just as we appreciate your continued business. And remember we are open daily for dine-in, take-out, and home delivery service. Your favorite vegetarian, meat, seafood, rice, traditional bread, and dessert plates are all available whenever you are in the mood. Just call, Facebook, or drop by. We look forward to serving you the authentic flavors of India soon.

Open Daily 10 AM – 9 PM, Federico Malo 1-160 between 12 de Abril and Tadeo Torres (Parque de la Madre)

Paul Anthony: paradiseindianrestaurantcuenca@gmail.com 098 462 8976 Paradise Indian Restaurant

Santorinos is moving to our own place

Dear clients and friends, It is a pleasure to inform you that from Wednesday, January 26, we will be attending in our own place, located at 4-28 Imbabura Street and Remigio Crespo Av (in front of La Paz Park next to Fybeca). We invite you to keep visiting us and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We thank each one of you for being part of these wonderful dream. this wouldn’t be possible without you.

Wednesday January 26th, Calle Imbabura 4-28 and Av Remigio Crespo

Santorino: edgarmontaleza09@hotmail.com

A friendly reminder from Don Colon

We have twin lobster tails complete dinner including potatoes and veggies with a complimentary glass of wine $16.95 (reservations only). Also, every day breakfast from the regular menu and a special Huevos Rancheros or Don Colon’s famous omelet that includes a free mimosa. $4.

And now, by popular demand, we are serving cuy.. yes cuy (reservations only)
Come and join us.

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

Don Colon: doncoloncampos@gmail.com 099 827 0703

Basic Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) workshop

Limited availability – Book ahead to reserve your spot.

In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an introduction to the 5 Elements of TCM that form the foundation of TCM, Acupuncture, and Qi Gong, and information on the healing colors and sounds of TCM, as well as a few of the foods that are recommended for various dis-ease within the body…

You will receive instruction from a Qi Gong Master with over 60 years of practice and teaching experience.

Included will be printed material with basic information on the 5 Element System and their relationship to the internal organs.

Limited seats available (only 4 spots open. To reserve your spot, contact us, please fill out the application form & include payment and return your registration and payment to us.

Drop-ins are subject to seat availability.

Thursday, January 27th, 2:15 – 6:15 PM, $100, 17 – 51 Mariscal Lamar between Octavio Cordero and Miguel Heredia., Cuenca.

Perry Curtis: hperrycurtis@gmail.com +593 98 545 2054

Intro to Qi Channels and Acupressure Points – workshop

Very limited availability – Book ahead so reserve your spot.

Are you interested in learning more about Meridians, and to learn some useful Acupressure Points?

In this 2-hour Workshop, you will learn the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Qi Channel System and how the channels relate to the various internal organs… as well as a few of the more useful Acupressure Points so that you can locate them and use them on yourself and others in your daily life. This will be an interactive workshop where you will create your own Qi Channel Chart…

You will receive instruction from a Qi Gong Master with over 60 years of practice and teaching experience. Included will be printed material with basic information on the Channel System and their relationship to the internal organs.

Limited seats available (only 2 spots left). To reserve your spot, contact us and please fill out the application form & include payment.

Drop-ins are subject to seat availability…

Tuesday, January 25th, 2 – 4:15 PM, $50, 17 – 51 Mariscal Lamar between Octavio Cordero and Miguel Heredia., Cuenca.

Perry Curtis: hperrycurtis@gmail.com +593 98 545 2054

This Week at La Guarida

Last week of January at La Guarida. Remember that we serve breakfast from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Come try out our new Mexican breakfast.

January 25th (Tuesday, 6:30 PM): “Noche de Fuego”
Three young girls on the path to adolescence examine life in a town at war. An incredible new Mexican film that will represent Mexico during the Oscars. “Prayers for the Stolen,” is by far one of the best films of the year.

January 26th (Wednesday, 6:30 PM): “Being the Ricardos.”
Due to popular demand, we will be projecting this great film again. Nicole Kidman recently won best actress for her portrayal of the iconic Lucy.

January 27th (Thursday, 7:30 PM): “Renato Albornoz”
Come join us for our first concert of the year. Renato is an admired Cuenca musician that will take us on an incredible musical journey. Admission $6. Please know that this full amount goes directly towards the musician. Support your local artists.

January 29th (Saturday from 5 – 9 PM): Seven course Mexican Street Food Meal.
La Guarida has been paying tribute to Mexican food this whole month. We are finishing the month with an incredible 7 course meal that you shouldn’t miss. Dinner $30. Come enjoy an exquisite banquet where we will highlight Mexican flavors and ingredients.

Remember that for our music and film evenings reservations with dinner are required. Reserve now by calling 099 806 8071.

We are located at Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. A few meters from La Cuadra station.

January 25th, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

The Free & Fun Language Exchange on Zoom – all levels welcome

Join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment. After years of meeting in person, we are now continuing with Zoom.

All levels of ability are welcome, so don’t be shy–even if you don’t speak a word of the language you want to learn, you will be helped by those that do.

To facilitate conversation, we often have fun with tongue twisters, riddles, slang, crossword puzzles, etc. Or, we just simply converse on various subjects. Anything to practice speaking.

The Zoom meeting starts promptly at 6 PM every Monday, and we end at 7 PM

No need to confirm your attendance; just show up and enjoy . . . and learn!

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective

No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

January 24th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835