Police asking for ID follow up

Today a friend and I went to San Francisco Plaza hoping to see the “police” that asked for my ID. We didn’t see them, of course, but we did talk to a couple of the vendors who said they had seen these “police” several times approaching foreigners and asking for ID and taking pictures. We then went to the National Police office on the west side of the plaza and talked to an officer. He was very concerned and said they never take pictures of ID and when asking for ID, show their own police ID first. This may be a very large and well-organized scam against gringos so be careful and always ask the “police” for ID. I hope this saves someone from being hurt or robbed. I may contact the US consulate as well if they are approaching gringos. Be careful.

Janet Crumley: jingles1945@icloud.com .

City: Cuenca

24 oz or larger tumblers?

Does anyone know where or if one can buy either glass or acrylic tumblers in 24 oz. size or larger in Cuenca?

Gypsie R


Hello. I’m looking for a cardiologist with pacemaker experience. Any suggestions? Thanks.

— Tom

Fillers here in Cuenca

Can someone please recommend an experienced doctor or perhaps a spa where I can get face fillers…no botox…just fillers?

In advance, thank you for your time and have a great day!

Russell: mikerusslynn@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Hotel recommendation in Quito

Hi everyone, I am taking a flight out of Quito and will need to spend the night-before there.
Could someone please recommend a hotel close to the airport that will not cost me an arm and a leg?

Thank you so much,

Russell: mikerusslynn@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Looking for a sales and marketing pro

I’m hiring a sales and marketing assistant and would love to find someone, potentially an expat who also lives in Cuenca. We are also advertising this position in a global search. This is a part-time (4 hours a day) moving to full time position if successful. English as a first language preferred with no accent distinction and B2B sales experience in a tele-consulting role. You understand B2B Sales.

Responsibilities include 1) Primary focus on appointment setting for me as SVP of Product with HR/Talent Leaders and Chief Innovation Officers (20 dials an hour), 2) executing direct mail campaigns, managing CRM and Linked-In Advertising. Technology aptitude + Winning phone Personality

Innovation Minds is a Silicon Valley company offering both consulting and AI driven technology to re-invent today’s hybrid workplace. Our team consists of top experts and thought leaders in Employee Experience and Innovation and we’re opening an Idea Lab this March in San Jose, CA. If you’re kind of bored silly, want an opportunity to be part of a cutting-edge company and work with really smart people, reach out and tell me why you’re the sales and marketing pro we are seeking. We’re hiring right away!

Starting Salary: $12-15 per hour with bonuses for appointments/results.

Rosemary Rein: rosemary@innovationminds.com .

City: Cuenca

High rates of return + safety/security

Because many GringoPost readers may not be familiar with Cooperco, I’d like to introduce this exceptional co-operative to you. Established in Cuenca in 1965, Cooperco has, until now, been focused almost exclusively on servicing the Cuencano community. That exclusive emphasis has begun to shift. In addition to continuing to serve the Cuencano community Cooperco, in 2020, expanded its capability to now include a strong initiative serving Cuenca’s international community. Starting from a decidedly strong base, Cooperco has only grown stronger. It is the cooperative that offers CDs with not only high rates of return but unparalleled safety and security of principal. That’s a combination that is hard to beat.

Cooperco has numerous offices throughout the city of Cuenca. We have English speaking account personnel that can easily explain our numerous CD options and, more importantly, how Cooperco provides a clear investment advantage. Check us out. Learn how Cooperco can help to make the difference for you. There is a reason that countless individuals as well as many financial institutions invest with us. We may not be the biggest but we are definitely the best. Call or email me for more information.


Elia Liut 2-90 y Calle Vieja, Cuenca‎. Next to Supermaxi Miraflores, close to the Cuenca Airport

Juan Lara

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

Haircuts to you

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

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

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

The Barber, Carlos


Carlos Acosta

098 345 2544

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

Temporary/permanent visas…100% guaranteed

If you are filing for a temporary/permanent visa, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. That’s right. If I don’t get you your visa, you pay nothing. My name is Isabel Mosquera. I am an Ecuadorian, who studied and lived in Canada for many years. I have been a Visa Facilitator for over 8 years and have assisted more than three hundred Expats in obtaining their Visas, Temporary and Permanent, Cedulas, Translations, Health Insurance, housing and much more. These services are available as one fee package or individually. I own a car, so transportation is always included at no extra charge. I have always gotten my clients their Visas, even under the most difficult of circumstances, such as unreadable fingerprints for FBI reports.

Have you moved to Ecuador without the required documents? Don’t worry, I can help. I offer free consultations, either by telephone, email or in person. I am at the Immigration office on a very regular basis, so I am knowledgeable about all recent changes in the law and am happy to share my knowledge with you. I will be happy to provide you with references.

I look forward to serving you.


Isabel Mosquera
Whatsapp +593 99 960 3663

House or apartment cleaning

I offer my services to clean houses or apartments. I am a serious and responsible woman with the recommendation of an American citizen. I live in the city of Cuenca.
More information to my WhatsApp 099 584 6688,


Susy Lovera

Recommendation for Rosa Lojano, medicine – at-home nursing care

Recently I had to have IV antibiotics every 8 hours for a period of 10 days. This was a challenge – getting an RN to come to my house daily at 7 AM, 2 PM and 9 PM. I was more than pleased to have Rosa help me. She was never late, always upbeat and very competent. Rosa’s phone number, which I give here with her permission, is 098 192 7126.

Rosa understands some basic English and is working on her English. If you need intensive or complex care and you do not know basic Spanish, I would suggest you seek a nurse who is fluent in English, which Rosa is not (yet).

Address: she will come to your home

Contact information: 098 192 7126

Recommended by Sharon Walker: Sharon.Walker222@gmail.com

Recommendation for Karla Merchan, pet care

Karla has been walking my dog, Elsa, for over a year. She loves dogs and is very patient with them. Karla helps me get Elsa treated for parasites economically

Also, she will economically groom her clients and trim nails during their walks.

Also, if you need somewhere to keep your pets for a day or week or even months, Karla and her family boards them lovingly.
No kennels No dog runs.
Your pet is a member of her family for the duration.

5 stars! Call for her great prices.

Address: Cuenca area

Contact information: +593 98 096 9070

Recommended by Garnett Stewart: garnettstewart@gmail.com

Recommendation for eslanguagelearners, Spanish classes

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 and adults
– More than 20 years’ experience working with kids, teenagers and adults.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: eslanguagelearners@gmail.com 099 719 4111

Recommended by Pamela Tin: eslanguagelearners@gmail.com

Selling 3 *never worn* Lands’ End Polos – 2XL tall

This is a great find, because large men can’t find 2XL shirts in Cuenca. I ordered these directly from Lands’ End in the US, and had them forwarded to me by my shipping service in Florida. But they are too big and too long for me.

The elastic-banded bottoms look better than simply hemmed bottoms. I paid $88.40 for them on sale. Selling them for $75 so I can order my correct size.

See the attached photos for colors, styling, etc.
Here are the blurbs about them on Lands’ End’s website:


Porto & Gaia your outlet for Artesana’s great breads and pastries

Porto & Gaia/Cuenca’ Famous Cakes is now an outlet for the great breads, pastries, pizzas and lasagna from Artesana.

Come by and visit today, or tomorrow from 10 AM to 8 PM.

We are located near you.

Unidad Nacional 3-86 y Calle Del Batan

Hugh Prather: hprather01@gmail.com 096 826 3558.

City: Cuenca

Furniture, home appliances, mattresses, and more for sale

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.

We offer a wide variety of furniture products including but not limited to: living room chairs, ottomans, recliners, sofas, sofa sleepers, loveseats, sectionals, dining room tables, dining room chairs, bar stools, buffets, office desks and chairs, bookcases, armoires, beds, chests, dressers, nightstands, and mirrors. In addition, we carry Chaide & Chaide mattress sets, box springs. We also have mattress accessories such as pillows, sheets.
Save Money · Shop Smart · Shop Local

We look forward to seeing you at JD’s Muebles

Visit us today, and get good deals

JD’s Muebles
21 111 Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional
Otorongo Building
Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM
098 706 9136

Klever: kleverprado@hotmail.com 098 706 9136.

City: Cuenca

Honey bee

Honey Bee 100% Natural

Guaranteed, it has no sugars, chemicals or additives.

Free shipping in the city of Cuenca

1 Kilo $12
500 Grams $6
240 Grams $3.75
120 Grams $2.50

More information, Esteban: 099 985 3026.

City: Cuenca

Beautiful, tall doll with patterns of costumes from last centuries

60 cm, handmade, for collection, display or decoration of a shop window.
Comes with 5 patterns of costumes from XVI to early XX centuries (to choose from hundreds) free of charge.
These patterns could be adapted to dolls or a person.

Bargain price: $60

Saturday from 9 to 12
Paseo Tres de Noviembre 2-451 y Escalinata (in front of Parque de la Madre)
On the bridge, looking at Escalinata, turn right on Paseo 3 de Noviembre.

There are 2 houses then my building. Press the button ‘Danielle’

Danielle Elatri: danielleelatri@gmail.com 096 740 3685.

City: Cuenca

French and English second-hand books

Grammar, vocabulary, methods, conversation, reading for different levels of language, etc.
Very low prices (from $2) very good condition
Saturday from 9 to 12
Paseo Tres de Noviembre 2-451 y Escalinata (in front de Parque de la Madre)
On the bridge, looking at Escalinata, turn right on Paseo 3 de Noviembre. There are 2 houses then my building. Press the button ‘Danielle’

Danielle Elatri: danielleelatri@gmail.com 096 740 3685.

City: Cuenca

Neewer 700W professional photography 24×24 inches/60×60 centimeters

The kit included:(2)24″X24″/60x60cm Softbox+(2)85W 5500K CFL Light Bulb+(2)88″/224cm Light Stand +(1)Carrying Bag This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial, scientific and technical photography, photographic reproduction.
(2)24″X24″/60x60cm Softbox diffuses the light and gives you perfect even lighting when you need for the best shots possible.With E27 socket, you can directly connect light bulbs, fluorescent lamps, or slave flash to offer the light.
(2)85W 5500K CFL Light Bulb:Low operating temperature so they don’t get hot like the more common photo bulb choices. Provide bright environment for taking product photo.
(2)88″/224cm Light Stand: Constructed from aluminum alloy, giving them exceptional strength for heavy duty work. And use quick single action locks, providing fast precision height adjustment.(1)Comes with carrying bag to transport and protect the equipment easily.


I have WhatsApp for photos

Thank You

Cynthia: 098 600 6220.

City: Cuenca

Hi-speed Internet

Looking for someone to install high speed Internet

Cal Espejole Nicanor Merchan 2/78 Eugenio

098 460 5980

Monica Gonzaga needs your vote as the Best visa facilitator

Hello dear friends and customers. As you know, every year GringoPost conducts a vote that rewards the best places and businesses. Therefore, I want to ask you to vote for me in the “Best visa facilitator” category.

I think I did a very good job and I deserve to win this category, since I got a lot of visas and a lot of happy costumers. For me it is an honor to help the Expat community.

Finally, if you can also vote for my Real Estate business “Best Ecuador Homes” in the “Best Realtor” category. That would be great too. Thanks for everything, the voting link is this:



Benedicto XV

Monica Gonzaga
098 384 1691

Driver facilitator and tour guide

Looking for an experienced and reliable English-speaking driver?

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

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

-Baños de Ambato
-Puerto Lopez

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

Café Del Río

To the delight of all our clients we opened “Café Del Río”, far from the noise and pollution, with a good atmosphere, good music, two minutes from Cuenca tennis and golf club through the Yanuncay tourist biocorridor. We offer coffee, hot chocolate with humitas, tamales, meat and cheese empanadas, a blackberry shake, strawberry shake, juices, beers.

Contact us by phone or directly to WhatsApp for deliveries or reservations, follow us on Facebook or Instagram as Café Del Río. Note: we provide transportation service.

1km from Cuenca Tennis Club. Take the road to Biocorredor Turístico

Angel Panchez
098 589 9643

Home furnishings manufacturer

– We work all wood, carpentry projects, furniture, sofas, tables, beds, doors, shelves, closets.
– We do furniture upholstery.
– We do home painting work.

You can send a reference image. With pleasure we send free quote.

Cuenca Centro


Wood works

– We make your furniture to your liking, big or small.
– We carry out plumbing work, we uncover bathrooms.
– We fix water heaters.
– Glass work.
– Painting work and furniture restoration.
– We are manufacturers of furniture any design and style of your preference

Melamine and wood works

Cuenca Azuay


Sofa convertible, for sale

Good condition
Saturday from 9 to 12

Paseo Tres de Noviembre 2-451 y Escalinata (in front of Parque de la Madre)
On the bridge, looking at Escalinata, turn right on Paseo 3 de Noviembre. There are 2 houses then my building. Press the button ‘Catherine’

Catherine Pichon: catherinehpichon@gmail.com 095 971 2680.

City: Cuenca

Ceiling lamp

Brand new ceiling lamp in metal (still in box) – Very modern 
Paid $150 sell it for $60 
Saturday from 9 to 12 
Paseo Tres de Noviembre 2-451 y Escalinata (in front of Parque de la Madre) 
On the bridge, looking at Escalinata, turn right on Paseo 3 de Noviembre. There are 2 houses then my building. Press the buttton ‘Danielle’ 

Danielle Elatri: danielleelatri@gmail.com 096 740 3685.

City: Cuenca

Dyson cool tower fan

Safe as there are no blades or grills
Perfect condition
220 Volts

Price $100 (bought $300)

Saturday from 9 to 12
Paseo 3 de Noviembre 2-451 y Escalinata (in front of Parque de la Madre)
On the bridge, looking at Escalinata, turn right on Paseo Tres de Noviembre. There are 2 houses – then my building. Press the button ‘Danielle’

Danielle Elatri: danielleelatri@gmail.com 096 740 3685.

City: Cuenca

Retractable clothesline

5 lines heavy duty. Extends up to 10m = 51m of drying space
Outdoor or indoor
Brand-new, still in box
Saturday from 9 to 12
Paseo Tres de Noviembre 2-451 y Escalinata (in front de Parque de la Madre)
On the bridge, looking at Escalinata, turn right on Paseo 3 de Noviembre. There are 2 houses then my building. Press the button ‘Danielle’

Danielle Elatri: danielleelatri@gmail.com 096 740 3685.

City: Cuenca

Organic products, very good quality

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


Sunday filet mignon, salmon and langostino special

This Sunday enjoy your favorites at home.

Please place your order by Saturday at 3 PM for Sunday delivery from noon to 5 PM.


Beef Wellington Bites $5 (6 pcs)
Spinach and Ricotta Puffs $5 (6 pcs)
Caprese Skewers $5 (7 pcs)
Lumpia (Egg rolls) $5 (5pcs)


Cuenca Salmon, Sunday football specials

Saturday only super sale. Order online for delivery Saturday afternoon.

* Salami 550 grams. $12.50
* Smoked Mozzarella 240 grams. $3.50
* Kabanos Sausage(3) $5
* Maduro Queso Fresco Ahumado (325 grams average weight) $7
* Mama Mia Hot Italian Sausage (330 grams). $7

Shop for all our products at. http://www.cuencasalmon.com

Saturday Jan. 29th, Los Alamos y 3 de Noviembre

Lenny Charnoff: info@cuencasalmon.com 099 122 1238

Ali Kitchen

Treat yourself to a good meal:

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, Feb 2nd. They will be ready for pick up at noon at the smokehouse on Coronel Talbot 8/66 across from San Sebastian Parque.

Feb 2nd noon, Coronel Talbot

Ali Alkhoja: ali_alkhoja2000@yahoo.com 098 380 9210

7 Bakery Coffee

Home delivery service from 8 AM to 6 PM with 24 hours in advance. Deliveries from Monday to Sunday. Mobile: 098 862 7147

Donuts (minimum order 6 units):

Filled donuts
Boston Cream $1
Choco-Nutella $1
Choco- Passion fruit $1
Choco-Dulce de Leche $1
Vanilla Strawberry $1
Choco-Strawberry $1
Vanilla Blackberry $1
Choco-Blackberry $1
Creme Brulee $1
Lemon Pie Donut $1
Tres Leches Donut $1
Oreo – Cookies & Cream $1
Piña Colada $1


Delivery: sourdough, biscuits, bagels, and freezer meals

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


No Gran Feria Sabatino’s on Saturday, February 5

Again, out of an abundance of caution and despite being totally outdoors, there will not be a fair at Sabatino’s on Saturday, February 5. We’ll try again for Saturday, March 5, but that’s the weekend after Carnaval, so, who knows if that will happen?

Stay safe and well and remember to take care of yourselves and those around you.

Saturday, March 5 (hopefully), Entrance is free, Roberto Aguilar y 3 de Noviembre (one block west of Plaza Otorongo), Cuenca.

Mauricio and Dawn

St. Valentines Specials at Don Colon’s

Don Colon’s St. Valentine Special. Surf and Turf or cuy with veggies and garlic bread; and the live entertainment of Luis’s music; a truly romantic evening. Make your special someone feel just that…S P E C I A L…

Sunday, February 13th, $16.95, Sucre y Beningno Malo, Cuenca.

Don Colon: doncoloncampos@gmail.com 099 827 0703

It’s impermanent, so meditate – with Shambhala Sunday

“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.” Thích Nhất Hạnh, 1926-2022

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10.30 am. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.