Healthcare options made easier for English speaking expats

If you live in Cuenca and would be more comfortable working with medical or healthcare professionals in English, there is medical resource available online that can help you.
The Cuenca Medical Resources Committee has created a web directory ( of English-speaking medical and healthcare professionals, and related services, available to visitors and expats in the Cuenca area. Over 100 professionals and services are listed including general physicians, specialists, dentists, facilitators, and various support organizations.

Professionals are not charged to be listed on the website but are invited to join when the committee receives positive recommendations from their clients.
There are also downloadable forms available that are useful to ex-pats who have chosen to make Cuenca their home.

JoAnne Jackson

New partner for the Hogar

Foundations often use a lot of buzz words to impress. But beyond the words is what do we do exactly to help those we serve? At Foundation Hogar de Esperanza we have an impressive list of partners who we work with every day to assist those who are in need. By working together, we can do so much more. We could not be prouder to add to the current list of over 20 partners, a new one, Fundacion Libertad Cuenca.

We work with many of those living on the streets. Many of those have drug addictions and many have HIV. Until now, providing assistance to them have been challenging. Fundacion Libertad Cuenca is a drug and alcohol treatment center who provides a closed facility and 6-month program either voluntarily or not to those needing treatment. They will provide space for clients of ours who are in need to treatment. We can now truly give a hands up to those living on the street and help them forever change their lives.

To run these programs, your support is desperately needed. January is a tough month and we need your support to keep running our many programs. You can make a donation at: Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

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: 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

90 days tourist visa extension, new fee

Hi all,

As you probably know, in Ecuador, the government fees, and fines, in almost everything, are calculated in base of the Ecuadorian minimum wage, a percentage of it (2%, 5%, 50%) or: one minimum wage, 2 minimum wages, 100 minimum wages, etc.

Since January first, 2022, the new Ecuadorian minimum wage is $425 and the new fee for the tourist visa extension, for 90 days, is now $141.67

Any questions, any time, free consultancy in visas to live in Ecuador.

Ulises Acosta: .

City: Cuenca

Finally permanent residence visa case approved

On September 29, 2021, Susan, along with her lawyer Dr. Lina Ulloa, applied for the 21-month Permanent Residence visa at the Azogues Zonal Coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility; on that date she was already eligible to request the above mentioned visa. Susan received the temporary residence visa in the month of December, 2019 and left Ecuador on January 17th, 2021 and returned on February 2nd 2021, she made use of the 90 days authorized to be absent from the country.


Leather (or pleather) sofa

Hello everybody,

Does anyone know where to get a full-back leather sofa in Cuenca? I would prefer custom, if possible, but ready-made is good, too.

Muchas gracias!

Gerri: 098 689 8827. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for 3 bedroom house for rent

Looking for 3 bedroom, semi-furnished house for rent in Cuenca, $400-$700, Must allow pets.

Cerrca eléctrica (electric fencing) Independent, no gated communities, 3 BR, 2 baths. A yard on three sides. Doesn’t have to circle the house.

Susan E Schenck:

Looking for someone to take a letter to mail in the US

If you are going to the US anytime soon and would be willing to take a letter to be mailed there, I would greatly appreciate it.

Julia Rux: 097 929 7490. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Portable oxygen setup

I need a company or person that can set me up with a portable oxygen setup.

Christopher Lindley: .

City: Cuenca

Selling Brita pitcher and 7 filters

Selling a Brita Pitcher and 7 filters. This is a lightly used pitcher that was purchased in Canada. I have a different filtration system now, so I do not need the Brita anymore. Feel free to send me a message if you want to see pictures. Price: $100 for the pitcher and the filters.

Danielle Drever: 593 99 979 7557.

City: Cuenca

Instant water heater and faucet, $150

InSinkErator H-HOT100SN-SS Instant hot water dispenser system with stainless steel tank, 1, satin nickel

Works perfectly. Retails in USA for $220
Only $150 or best offer

Michael: 098 638 7004 WhatsApp.

City: Cuenca

Ford Escort station wagon

96 Escort station wagon in good running condition. Manual transmission. $3500 or best offer.

Pictures upon request.

Joe Sala: 099 900 4006.

City: Cuenca

Home furnishings and appliances for sale

1. Bed with two-seater mattress, two pillows, two bedside tables, two lamps, chest of drawers and chair ($400). 2. Indurama brand refrigerator ($400) 3. Gas stove with four burners and oven ($250) 4. White wooden kitchen shelf with glasses ($50) 5. 18 kg white washing machine, LG brand, with 8 years warranty ($450) 6. Two mirrors 70 cm long by 50 cm wide and another mirror 150 cm long by 60 cm wide ($80). Contact that number by WhatsApp to show you the photos

Yenis Cuetara Hernandez: 098 384 1834.

City: Cuenca

Marcapura in Cuenca

Decorate your home with beautiful lamps that only here at Marcapura offer you.
Do not hesitate to visit us at Agustín Cueva 6-17 and Remigio Crespo
8:30 AM – 6 PM

Marcelo Jurado: 098 389 6436.

City: Cuenca

Cardboard boxes for moving – for sale

I still have a number of cardboard boxes for moving available for sale, various sizes. The medium ones run about 18″ x 14″ x 10″ high, various sizes. The larger ones run about 20″ x 18″ x 16″ but sizes vary. Let me know how many you need. I have a lot. Medium boxes are $1 each, larger ones are $1.50 each, and extra-large ones $2 each. Please contact me by text via WhatsApp or email. Do not call as I often cannot answer the phone.

Paulina: 098 890 7549.

City: Cuenca

Too many new products at CosasPrep

Big things are happening at CosasPrep. Our 2 sea shipments are now in Guayaquil, waiting for customs clearance. We will not have nearly enough room to display all of the current and new items in the space in the Sunrise Café, so we will be closing it and moving everything in our larger store at Simon Bolivar.

Anything we don’t sell at the Sunrise store will have to be moved to the larger store on Simon Bolivar. So … we are having a 1-day 40% off sale on Tuesday January 25. The sale includes security cameras, EMF blocking products, filtered water pitchers, AAA and AA and 9V USB rechargeable batteries, and more. We will keep you posted on the delivery of new products.

Meanwhile, we will still hold the old price of $149 for anyone that wants to get on the waiting list for our room air purifiers. After seeing the outrageous price increase in shipping costs, the new price (for anyone that isn’t on the waiting list) will be $169. Extra filters are also on the ship – $15. To get on the waiting list, just email us

Sunrise Café – Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo

Kent Mills

Spanish and English teacher

Ready to learn or improve your speaking skills? I’m Pamela your next Spanish tutor! I love teaching because I like to interact with people, share about my culture and explore different cultures and thoughts.

– Certified and Experienced.
– Kids & Adults
– More than 20 years’ experience working with kids, teenagers and adults.


099 719 4111

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.

Manuel Vega 11-41 Entre Lamar y Sangurima

Jose Martinez

Organization of spaces and professional cleaning

As part of my Catalina’s Garage Services entrepreneurship, I have the pleasure of providing my services in:

1) Organization of spaces.
We organize spaces in houses and offices. Cupboards, closets, cellars and files. Everything organized, clean, that inspires serenity. We adequately handle biosecurity measures, for your tranquility. We have more than 7 months of experience (in the process of international certification).
Ask for your appointment, we go to your house, or, via zoom, we will prepare a work plan together and organize the space to your utility and comfort.

2) Professional cleaning of houses and offices.
We carry out maintenance and in-depth cleaning of houses and offices. We use a hygiene protocol, taking care of your belongings and protecting your health by using your products properly and trying to save them. We adequately handle biosecurity measures, for your tranquility. We have more than 3 years of experience, verifiable.
Prices according to the size of your home or office.

Professional profile:
Patricia Ledezma
Venezuelan, professional in the environmental area with registration in SENESCYT, trilingual (Spanish: native / English: basic / Portuguese: intermediate).

Cuenca. Centro de Cuenca.

Patricia Ledezma
096 350 9889

The doctor is in the house (MedCare)

Dr. Ory Guerra Family Medicine and professor at the School of Medicine University of Cuenca, Provides home visits and consultation.


Dr Guerra

VIVEnow Cuenca travel agency and tour operator

We offer to our clients the best tours in Cuenca; different kind and options according to your activities.

Cajas National Park daily tours (2 people)

Artisan Villages full days (2 people)

Ingapirca Archeological Complex all daily tours, amazing landscapes and the opportunity to share with the locals and his communities.

Waterfalls in Giron just at the south of the city 1 hour 30 minutes) (2 people) Landscapes and good complements


Private tours are included

Tour guide

Private car

(Water) Optional

Let’s share with us the best experiences with Vive now

Please contact Us

Gabriela Calderón Villavicencio: (+593) 98 541 7342. Vive Now travel agency and tour operator. Cuenca, Ecuador.

Honorato Vásquez y Hermano Miguel, esquina.

Gabriela Calderon

Language lessons – Speak Spanish, English or French

Hello, My name is Romina, I’m a native Spanish speaker based in Cuenca.

I offer Spanish, English and French lessons for children and adults. We can work on everyday conversation, business-related topics, grammar/writing, preparation for exams (DELE, DELF TOEIC,TOEFL), etc.

I always start by assessing my students’ needs and level via a 5-10 min phone call. I provide digital material, such as worksheets and handouts, for free.

I’ve been working as a language teacher for 5 years, mainly with French clients (that’s why I also speak French) I’m very patient and have a true love for languages, both learning and teaching.

My fee is $10/hour. Lessons can be onsite or online. If you’d like more information or have any question, feel free to contact me.

Ordoñez Lasso, Edificio Palermo, Cuenca

Romina Normand
099 035 5171

Av Ordoñez Lasso


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. 

For those who prefer a more gentle touch I am also proficient in Activator Technique. 

The first visit includes a consult, exam and one adjustment for $25. Future visits are $15. 

I also may be able to help you with dizziness and vertigo depending on the cause. 

Please feel free to contact me with WhatsApp with any questions or to make an appointment. 

Thank you and see you soon. 

Mon. Wed. and Fri. 6:30 AM to 1 PM and 3 to 6 PM. 
Sat. 8 am to 11 am by appointment only 

Edificio Amazonas, Ground Floor, Los Pinos y Ordonez Lasso. 
Dr. Duane H. Connell, D.C.
099 114 6684 WhatsApp 
Facebook: Cuenca Quiropractico

Craniosacral therapy available 27-29 January at idiomArt

Sessions still available on 28/29 January.

Craniosacral relaxation and osteopathic mobilization does wonders for solving stubborn ailments like headaches, stiff neck, tinnitus, jaw tension, lower back and hip issues.

With our understanding of how many of these are symptoms of stress can also manifest as depression, anxiety, frustration being able to relax both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems eases the obstacles to energy flow and thus returns the body systems to balance leading to wellness and a ‘dissipation’ of symptoms.

Looking forward to supporting your journey,


Presidente Cordova 1-77 y Huayna Capac; diagonal from Coral

Daniel Pugh
+593 99 654 5233

Cuenca Consignment store is open!

We are pleased to announce that Cuenca Consignment store will reopen its doors after almost 3 weeks.

We want to thank you for all the support you have given us in these difficult times. We look forward to see you again.

Thank you.

Regular hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
11 AM – 5 PM.

Isabella 4-75 & 12 de Abril

Cuenca Consignment Store
098 459 3005

Tapiceria Moderna re-upholstery services and furniture repair

Count on Tapicería Moderna professional upholstery for all your upholstery and custom furniture needs. Call us for a free pick-up and delivery for your furniture.

Are you looking for repairs for your furniture? From cushion repairs to settee frame repairs, we’ll handle it all.

If you are looking for furniture that you cannot find at the local stores, we can custom make all kinds of sofas, relax, chairs, lounge chairs, sectionals and much more.

Our services:

Cushion Repair
Sofa re-upholstery
Chair upholstery
Repair of broken legs
Broken spring replacement
Settee frame repair
Foam replacement
Furniture Modifications
Leather Restoration
Leather upholstery repair
Foam products
Custom made Recliners
Out door fabrics
Spring replacement
Antique repair
Big collection of fabrics
Free estimates
Pick-up and Delivery
We speak English



Massage therapy

Massage therapy for muscle tightness, stress, tension or simply allow the body and mind to relax. My name is Josephine Tuttle, I studied Massage Therapy and Healing Arts in Arizona. I offer various techniques such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Sound Therapy. All with natural essential oils for Aromatherapy.

I have my own office in Remigio Tamariz and Av Solano
Contact me for more information!

Remigio Tamariz and AV Solano, Edificio Office

Josephine Tuttle


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

Spanish: stop translating in your head and start thinking in Spanish

Imagine this:

A Spanish speaker comes up to you and starts speaking to you in Spanish.

How do you see yourself? What do you do?

Are you fumbling for words?

Stuttering and pausing for long periods of time as you translate in your head and think about the different verb conjugations, etc.?


Recommendation for Café del Rio, restaurant/café

If you are looking for a lovely spot to have a snack or light lunch you must try Café del Rio. My favorite place is a table on the balcony where you can listen to the river while you watch all the birds that are attracted by the flowers and trees surrounding the café. Sit back and enjoy an empanada, tamale or sandwich. Or, if you want something sweet, try the cheesecake! Pair it with a glass of fresh juice, a smoothie or maybe a hot chocolate. Delicious.

Address: Two minutes from Cuenca Tennis Club by the biocorredor Yanuncay

Contact information: 098 589 9643 or 098 127 0326

Recommended by Kathy Osborne:

Recommendation for Olando Siguenza, transportation, driver

My husband and I used Orlando’s services recently to get us from Cuenca to Guayaquil (the long route since the Cajas route was still closed) and then back to Cuenca from Guayaquil using the Cajas route. He’s a charming guy, but best of all, made us feel safe on those winding, often foggy roads. What a treat! Not only does Orlando do long hauls like that, he is also happy to tour folks around to sights in the region, like Ingapirca, the Cajas, and city to city. You won’t be sorry contacting him. I can promise you that.

Address: Cuenca area

Contact information: +593 98 585 4587

Recommended by Elizabeth June Richards:

Recommendation for Edwin Loja, driver/touring

If you want someone that is very responsible and cordial. Then you will find that with Edwin. Speaks English well, and an excellent driver. Does not believe in speeding and follows the rules. I have entrusted Edwin with my daughter and grandchildren in the past. He is also very good for day trips. Best if you contact him through WhatsApp.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 371 3936

Recommended by Nathanal Jackson:

Keep Cuenca Beautiful group, call

To all the members of the “Keep Cuenca Beautiful” group, please mark your calendars for Tuesday February the 8th for a General Assembly to take place at the City Hall located on Calle Sucre, across from “Parque Calderón” at 3 PM.

Everybody is invited because we will be discussing very important subjects towards the activities for the current year.

February 8th. 3 PM, Free, The City Hall; Calle Sucre between Benigno Malo and Luis Cordero, Cuenca.

JT Neira: 098 662 8710

Language reading group in Carolina Bookstore

Starting Tuesday, January 25 at 11:30 AM, a Spanish language reading group will commence reading “Portrait of a Nation”, by Osvaldo Hurtado. Originally published in Spanish as “Las costumbres de los ecuatorianos”, the purpose of the group is to practice Spanish reading comprehension and pronunciation, and learn about the history and culture of Ecuador.

The group will meet twice weekly on Tuesdays at 11:30 AM – 1 PM and Saturdays 3 – 4:30 PM and be led by instructor, Christian Canseco. Cost is $5 per session. Contact Christian: to determine if your level of Spanish proficiency is sufficient. For more information on how the group functions and what it’s like to participate, please contact Linda Martin-Berke: or Jim McBride:


Delicious tiramisu

Hello everybody, For this weekend, I will offer delicious tiramisu and Delicado de Mango.
For 4 servings is $8
For 6 servings is $12

Please send a message by WhatsApp one day in advance.

Thank you for choosing us.


All days, Euclides y del Cebollar

Eulalia: 099 253 7133

Seven course menu, Mexican street food.

The whole month of January, La Guarida has paid tribute to Mexican street food. We began with making tacos, we experimented with tamales and the mouth-watering churros. We delighted our patrons with our Mexican breakfast and now is time to create a deliciously unique seven course menu highlighting all the flavors we have encountered on our way.

We cannot be more excited to create seven delicious dishes. Join us this Saturday beginning at 5 PM for a unique dinner that surely you won’t find anywhere else. The price per person is $30.

Come with friends, with your loved ones and delight yourself in Mexican flavors, sauces, preparations, cocktails.

Tequila anyone? Book now. 15 patrons only.
Tel. 099 806 8071.

February 29th, from 5 to 9 PM, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta

Andres: 099 806 8071

Thai Connection is back

Hello dear friends and customers, We are charged and full of energy; ready to serve you with our excellent and tasty food.

Our weekly specials:

Drunken Noodles: $8.50
Sweet and Sour Pork: $8.50
Spicy Korean Ramen soup: $8.50
Spicy Minced Chicken with Broccoli and Basil: $8.50
Authentic Thai Iced Tea $2.20

Call us or WhatsApp us at 098 704 6607 or 099 954 7006

Tuesday to Saturday from Noon to 7 PM, Honorato Vásquez 639 y Hermano Miguel

Ronny Bustamante: 099 954 7006

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:


Every day

Don Colon will be serving Cuy every day. Reservations only and remember Valentine’s is coming soon. Think surf and turf at Don Colon. Call 099 827 0703

All week long, Sucre y Benigno Malo

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703

Double D’s: There’s still time to order, but not much

We’re taking a virtual trip to the bayou with this menu. A casserole that incorporates the flavors and textures of jambalaya is paired with a fresh salad of green beans, red beans, and chickpeas in a tangy Creole dressing. The dessert features a traditional southern US sweet in a cheesecake bar.

Cajun Chicken & Rice Casserole: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Three-Bean & Tomato Salad: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Walnut Praline Cheesecake Squares: $3 each


Now Carlos is making apple pie in addition to ice cream; delicious

Homemade apple pie. What a delicious treat. And here are the details for the pie:
Homemade apple pie 9” / 6-8 servings
Available from Monday to Friday.
For the apple pie please place your order in advance.

Do you enjoy delicious homemade ice cream? Made with all-natural ingredients. Real cream, real sugar, real eggs, real fruit. No chemicals added.
I have the following flavors available for you this week. Enjoy:

1 liter $8 – 500ml $4.50
Banana and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mexican Horchata Ice Cream
Oreo Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee Ice Cream
Coconut Ice Cream
Mango Ice Cream
Lemon Ice Cream

1 liter $9 – 500ml $5
Apple Pie Ice Cream
Strawberry Pie Ice Cream
Cherry Pie Ice Cream
Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream
Brownie Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

500ml – $6
Pistachio Ice Cream
Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Sugar free ice cream made with Stevia
1 liter $11 – 500ml $6
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Coffee Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream

Vegan Option
500ML – $7
Vanilla Vegan Ice Cream with Cashews

Follow me on Instagram: vivaldi.icecream.cuenca
Pick up your order for no charge. Delivery available for $1.50 – $3, depending on your location

Available 7 days a week, Across Cuenca

Carlos Paez: 096 254 6303

Prayers for the Stolen; best film selection in Cuenca

La Guarida is proud to keep on presenting -on the big screen- the best films you’ll find in Cuenca. We carefully select each title and are always looking for quality and diversity. ‘Prayers for the Stolen,’ is a new Mexican film, a Latin American masterpiece.

Sometimes we miss great titles due to the quantity of films out there; however, we are here for you. Come join us.

Tuesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner are required
Tel. 099 806 8071.

Don’t miss the chance to come to La Guarida. Our dinner menu is incredibly diverse and delicious. We have items anywhere from $3.95 to our juicy and perfect beef tenderloin at $19.75.

Book now.
We are located at Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

January 25th, from 6:30 to 10 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071

Hacienda in the San Agustin countryside

Come enjoy an incredible naturalized place.

Tour ordered cows
Catch eggs.
Wood fire
Church Museum House.
Lunch breakfast or afternoon coffee
The best place to enjoy friends and family

Every day, $40, San Agustín Tarqui, Cuenca.

Carolina Mosquera: 099 118 6366