US Passport renewal?

How and where do I renew a US passport here in Cuenca?

Patrika Vaughn

City: Cuenca

Looking for a CD player

My Bose broke down and I cannot find a replacement part so I am looking for a CD player to replace it.

All help and suggestions will be appreciated.

Pauline: .

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:


Looking for a couple we met

Hello, We met you in front of Tutto Freddo, El Centro. We talked for a while and realize we have a lot in common.
Of course, I don’t remember your names but I remember that:

you come from San Francisco
you have a Pomeranian
you live at Casas de Nogal
you recommended the restaurant Itza

I use a wheelchair. If you remember meeting us, we would love to get together. Our email is: phone # 097 980 0152


City: Cuenca

I need: safe driver and guide, based in Quito with larger, newer SUV/van

Greetings, I seek a safe and punctual driver and tour guide, based out of Quito, at the end of this month, for a few days. We (3 or 4 senior citizens) prefer a large and comfortable and newer van or SUV.

If anyone knows of a safe driver, who also is a tour expert of the Mindo and Quito areas, please refer them.

Thank you in advance for any assistance in the form of referral.


City: Quito (capital)

New starting time English Al-Anon meeting now at 10:30 AM

The Cuenca English Speaking Al-Anon is now starting at 10:30 AM

Al-Anon is for anyone who is or has been affected by another person’s drinking.

Thursdays at 10:30 AM.

Address: 7-68 Presidente Borrero

For more information call or email.

Holly Deckard: 098 894 7841. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Is Sasha too good to be true?

Sasha will make an exceptional companion. She has all the desirable attributes that dogs can have! She’s about 6 months old, spayed, vaccinated, wormed and given flea meds.

She is a very manageable, medium-size terrier mix. She was rescued at Christmastime after being abandoned and left in a box.

Sasha was adopted originally by a family who recently had a baby. They say the baby is allergic to Sasha.

Just listen to all the positive things that Sasha has going for her…

She is docile, affectionate and not too energetic. She is playful and also a gentle, cuddly lap dog. She’s good with children and cats and other doggies! She is leash trained, house trained and knows basic commands.

What else could you ask for? To schedule a meet and greet with this fabulous, adorable doggie, please contact me.

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

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

Southern specialities at Porto and Gaia wine shoppe

Come by Porto & Gaia, enjoy a glass of wine and pick up some of our Southern specialities. Original Pimento Cheese, Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, Chicken Pecan Cranberry Salad and Southern Style Potato Salad.

You can also send us an email for home delivery at
Unidad Nacional 3-86 y Batan.

Masters Famous Pimento Cheese…350 grams…$6.50
Chicken Pecan Cranberry…1 pound…$11.95
Masters In-creditable Egg Salad…350 grams…$6.60
Southern Style Potato Salad…350 grams…$4.50

Hugh Prather

City: Cuenca

iPhone XR

iPhone XR with case. Excellent condition $500

Queen size bed…metal headboard/frame. Beautyrest plush mattress/base guest room bedding, barely used. $550

Jackie C: .

City: Cuenca

Gramm Bulkshop

We are a little store in Downtown. We have a variety of bulk dried foods including flours, nuts, beans, spices, coffee, chocolate, tea and dried fruits.

Try our cardamom, vanilla, garam masala, seasonings, coca leaves, guayusa, dark chocolate covered nuts like cashew, macadamia, hazelnuts, mint, raisins, peanut, Orange, and many others.



I have some Corelle to sell. 4 dinner plates, 3 side plates for dessert or salad, and 3 cereal/ soup bowls.

Asking $35

Suzanne: .

City: Cuenca

Refrigerator, gas range, convection oven and BBQ gas grill for sale

White Indurama no-frost refrigerator in excellent working order, 25″ W by 59″ D, $150
Four burner gas range; silver, $140
Kenmore countertop convention oven $90
Two burner gas BBQ grill $75
Two US solid wood nightstands $45 each
Gas cylinder, white, $40
Any questions just message me.


Sarah: .

City: Cuenca

Used Yamaha 25 hp

2-month-old, used Yamaha available at affordable price. serious buyers should contact:

Derrick: +1 202 540 0729.

City: Outside of Ecuador

Cuenca Consignments is open today

New items arrive daily. Come and see our vast inventory of goods and clothing. Many are name brands from the US. Furniture and dining tables and chairs, bar and bar stools.

Do you need to reduce your items, or are moving? We can help you sell your quality things for cash. Call for more info.

We are located at Isabella 4-75 y 12 de Abril. West if the Coliseum and next to the tall 5 story white building.

Brenda Webb: 098 459 3005.

City: Cuenca

Queen size mattress base, blue, grey sofa

Chaide queen-size mattress base $40.
Blue, grey sofa $200.

Both pieces good condition. I can send photos on WhatsApp or email.

Sharon Burns: .

City: Cuenca

TCL 520L side-by-side refrigerator TRF-520

Capacity: 485 liters

Inverter compressor

Water dispenser LED light

Refrigerators equipped with innovative antifreeze technology, AAT freshness technology, intelligent oscillating airflow technology and internal partition storage.
This ensures proper cooling of food in all corners, ensuring freshness over a long period of time, with freezing as fast as two minutes.

JD’s Muebles

21-111 Gran Colombia and national unity, Otorongo building, Zona Rosa sector,
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 3 PM

Klever: 098 706 9136.

City: Cuenca

French classes for all levels, online and in-person

French language teacher (FLE – French as a foreign language ), graduated from Sorbonne.

10 years of experience with different types of public – kids, adolescents, adults in different structures – language centers, Alliance Française, binational schools and online schools.



Spanish conversation classes

My native language is Spanish and I am fluent in English, I give Spanish conversation classes, a place where you can practice and improve your skills!


Andreina Castellanos

Flute and music lessons for all ages

Learn to play the transverse flute from the first steps. It doesn’t matter how old you are.
You will also learn to read sheet music and understand the fundamentals of music. We can also play your favorite songs of any musical style.

Private classes at your home.



099 874 9118

Qhapaq Ñan…Camino del Inca…Inca Trail

Join us on our Llacao…Qhapaq Ñan Trip.

Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th, 2022

AM group: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM approx.;
Morning group we will be doing a small “Minga”…cleaning up the area …this way we can contribute to this great project for Llacao.

PM group: 5:30 to 8 PM approx.
Afternoon group we will be able to experience the sunset after Learning on the importance of conservation of this small 45 minute to 1 hour…expierence of walking on our Camino de la Sabiduria (Path of Wisdom)…Qhapaq Ñan – Llacao…Inca Trail.

Lunch will be a Traditional Pampamesa. For AM groups and cheese and wine appetizers for PM Sunset Groups.

Be part of the Team Socialization Project of the Conservation of our Arqueological Heritage in Llacao.

We will be having a Conversatorio at the Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes thanks to Dr.Juan Cordero & Sra.Anita López.
“Qhapaq Ñan…Camino de la Sabiduría…Astronomía “.

All will have an opportunity of having an open table on Conservation “Llacao – Inca Trail”.

Date will be confirmed, Reserve for your personal reservation and info ..

Reservations or more detailed information:
WhatsApp# 099 524 6166

Cuenca, Ecuador

Martin Avila

Concierge of Cuenca

All services in one place. Over 11 years of experience in Cuenca.

Dear Expat Community, My name is Carlos Quiroga. I lived in Canada for more than 17 years and I am offering:

Qualified technicians to fix and repair appliances
Opening of bank accounts
Investments with the highest payout percentage
Fiber optic internet
Apartment or house finder
IESS health insurance
Service assistance with car registration buys and sell
Purchase and sale of house or apartments
Shopping for furniture, home appliances
Going to hospital
Sim card for your phone
Making phone calls Immigration office
Pick up from the airport

Qualified technicians to fix your appliances

I can be your personal assistant. I have excellent references.


Carlos Quiroga
098 963 9889

Invitation for the elderly

Dear friends,

We’re glad to greet you from CCAM (Centro de Cuidados del Adulto Mayor) which belongs to GAD Municipal from Cuenca. We want to let you know that we have started offering our services regarding onsite attention since January, 2022. We provide quality service to our users in two different options, Day and Ambulatory Care for the elderly, from 65 years of age and older.

We’ll be organizing a meeting in which the necessary information regarding our services and details are provided so that members of the Gringo community can join us. Thank you for your attention, in case you need further information feel free to contact me.

Kind regards.

Alonso de la caballería y Pedro Muelles – Sector Parque Tarqui – Guzho

Marielena Luzuriaga
099 785 7559

Need: reputable car rental agency, at GYE Airport, for 1 week rental

Greetings, Does anyone have great experience with any particular Car Rental Agency?
We seek one with high standards, regarding vehicle maintenance and insurance, etc.

We are looking for a one week rental, from Guayaquil Airport.
We prefer a larger SUV or Van, as new as possible.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions by people who have recently rented.

Guayaquil Airport, GYE


Male grooming at C&C Unisex Hair Design and Barber Shop

In today’s age and era, grooming is something you should take to another level as a gentleman. You cannot underestimate the significance of looking and feeling good. Personal grooming boosts your confidence and it defines your personality. For men, one of the best and golden grooming tips is to keep everything neat and trimmed. It is vital to keep your eyebrows, mustache, beard trimmed. A sharp hairstyle makes you look presentable and with the best personal grooming regimen, you will stay focused and take everything in your stride as a result.


Recommendation for Jonathan Zhanay, general contractor

Jonathan came very highly recommended to me by people I’ve known for several years. He is an experienced general contractor in drywall, painting and repairs. He’s on time, does great work and wants your total satisfaction.

Jonathan replaced an old damaged shower head and fixed the resulting damaged ceiling. He also painted two bathroom ceilings with a premium grade, mildew-resistant Sherwin Williams paint.

I will definitely have Jonathan return for future work and repairs.

He speaks some English and has a very pleasant personality.

You can leave him a WhatsApp text message.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 096 777 6834 WhatsApp

Recommended by Alice Mendell:

Chicken soup and the two-year old lemon

This Saturday, May 14th, I will be serving my homemade chicken lemon soup. A traditional dish in Cambodia. This soup is a delicate balance of traditional homemade chicken soup but with a twist; lemon. Not just any lemon, in order to get the perfect lemon flavor without bitterness the lemons must go through a process cleaning, sun, sea salt and purified water. Only after being stored for six months are the lemons ready for my soup. One year is better and two years, Wow!

I have enough of my two-year old lemons to make 18-20 bowls of soup. My next batch of one-year old lemons won’t be ready until the middle of June. So, join me in a traditional Cambodian meal. A generous amount of chicken in a broth you will never forget and a mixed drink on the house as we celebrate “Cambodian chicken soup & the two year old lemon”

May 14, from 1 to 8 ON, San Sebastian Park Near The Museum Of Modern Art


Pig & Cow deli special

Hola Amigos,

The Deli Special for this Tuesday and Wednesday is:

Our incomparable Pastrami Sandwich made, from scratch, for you!

Pastrami Sandwich
Artisan Rye bread, Dijon Mustard, Sour Pickles, Pastrami, Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
+ Potatoes Chips (homemade)
+ Beer 600ml

We also have our premium vacuum packed products. You can see them in our WhatsApp business catalog.

See you soon,

May 10th, May 11th, from 10 AM to 8 PM, home delivery service only.

Eduardo Quintero: +593 96 095 3106 WhatsApp 096 095 3106

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

This menu celebrates our mom/grandma. Her birthday is Friday, May 13, and one of her favorite meals to eat and cook was Thanksgiving. Ours is slightly modified. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Virginia.

Chicken & Sage Dressing Casserole: $25 (6-8 servings); $19 (4-5 servings)
Creamy Broccoli & Corn Chowder: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Cranberry Cheesecake Shortbread Bars: $3 each


Sourdough pizzas in a wood-fired oven

Pizzeria between fire and wood
Invite you to enjoy our delicious and original pizza

Choosing a sourdough pizza will bring you many benefits it is also much more pleasant for your digestive system
Come and meet our pizza without yeast


Every day special

Don Colon is serving breakfast for only $3. Lunch $4. Dinner $5.95. We have lobsters, filet mignon, serving with onion soup, salad and garlic bread. Reservations only.

Every day, Sucre 9-14 y B Malo

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703 or 282 9397

Cuenca Salmon – Tuesday Specials

3 chances to win a Yapa (free present) with your next order. Today, while supplies last, all 150 g salmon portion orders will receive a 200 g portion in its place. That is 1/3 more salmon for the same price (limit 4 portions per order)

Order any 3 kinds of sausages and receive the 4th for just $1. Order $40 worth of product today and receive a free Wine Stand ($8.50 value)

Shop on our website 24/7

Tuesday May 10th, Los Alamos y 3 de Noviembre

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238

7 Bakery Coffee

Business Hours
From Monday to Sunday and holidays
Home deliveries via WhatsApp 098 862 7147 With 24 hours of anticipation.

Physical store
Address: Av Gonzales Suarez 14-90 and Luis Martinez
From 9 AM – 5 PM or while supplies last


Alafi Artisan Cheeses: Quality Cheeses with Venezuelan Flavor

Do you know the best Artisan Cheeses of Cuenca?

The Alfi Alimentos family invites you to try the entire line of cheeses that defines us, for all tastes. If you prefer fresh cheeses, try the semiduro, ricotta, mozzarella, clineja type, hand cheese and Spreadable Cheese 99% free of lactose. And if you like semi-maturated, we offer you the hard cheese, and the coffee shell. Cheeses of excellent quality and nutritious, which will delight your palate.

You can find us at Debbie’s place at the back of sunrise Cafe from Monday to Saturday and Puertas del Sol Feria with Artesana Family Bakery. On Saturdays from 8 AM to noon.

From Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Racar

Alafi: 097 892 0361

Taoism – Not a Religion but a Way of Life, workshop

Taoism Workshop – Fundamental concepts and relationship with Qigong

“The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.” ~Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching.

During this workshop you will be introduced to the basic concepts and philosophy of Taoism.

We will discuss and explore the nature of Taoism, its influence in society, and relevance to Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The Tao is unknowable and unspeakable, yet we will do our best to introduce its history and practical applications.

This workshop is suitable for both people who have no background in Taoism and for those who have studied it and want a new perspective.

LaoTzu wrote: “The Tao that can be expressed is not the Eternal Tao.”
Yet, he wrote about it and provided human kind with immortal wisdom.

Included with the workshop you will receive printed material with further information on the topic of Taoism and its propagations through history.

In English

A few blocks from the San Sebastian Park!

Limited spaces – contact us to reserve your seat.

Monday, 16th May, 2-4 PM, $30 for Pampamisayoc Students. $40 for non-students, 17 – 51 Mariscal Lamar between Octavio Cordero and Miguel Heredia., Cuenca.

Frida Strandberg: +593 98 777 4743

Wes the Mentalist…Synchronicity and Neuroplasticity

The above headline is a clue for the Intermission Quiz.

May 18th

Where is the event that will kickoff the Tour 2022?
Kolo Restaurant…Luis Cordero, 2 blocks north of Calle Larga

Why should I care?
You don’t want to have people telling you “it was a spectacular evening, should have been there.”

What is the cost?
Nothing. It’s for Charity. Food — a gift from Frank. Drinks are on you. Your donation to Cuenca Soup Kitchen will be gladly received.

Sleight of Mind, not Sleight of Hand. Skeptics Welcome. Enjoy an hour or so of mystery and fun.

Reserve seating at 5 PM. Pre-show 5:15 to 5:45. Show starts at 6 PM.

Reservations: 099 297 5788

May 18…5 PM Preshow (one on one mentalism)…Show at 6 PM, free, Kolo
Luis Cordero in Hotel Vieja Mansion, Cuenca.

Wes Elliott

Deb Davis and William Maher performing at Mansion Alcazar

Please join us this Thursday at the beautiful Mansion Alcazar and enjoy music from Deb Davis on guitar and William Maher on piano. Space is limited so reservations are recommended by calling 099 825 4613 and ask for Barbara Calanche. There is no entry fee.

May 12th from 6-8 PM, free, Simon Bolivar 12-55, Cuenca.

Deb Davis

A very special tribute to Selena

Each year Carnales Mexican Grill celebrates the life of Selena Quintanilla by organizing a tribute show honoring her musical legacy and highlighting the many social contributions that she made to her community.

In years past, a few extra dates were added due to the overwhelming demand for more shows, with each one selling out. We are now once again proud to announce the 6th Selena Tribute Concert scheduled for Saturday June 25th from 3 to 4:30 PM.

Tickets are $15, and includes a special menu made just for this intimate event, plus ice cold margaritas or beer.

June 25th, from 3 to 4:30 PM, $15, Avenida Gonzalez Suarez 858, Cuenca.

Richard: 098 434 8665

Dance to Banana Rock, Saturday, May 14th @ Common Grounds

Common Grounds
Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional
Music starts 7:30 PM, Cover $5
Fun, danceable music from the 1980s to modern times. Great setlist / great musicians.
We hope you will come and party with us.

Come, come, come, to enjoy and dance with us!

Music made famous by:

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

This Saturday, May 14th. Music starts 7:30 PM

$5, Gran Columbia y Unidad Nacional, Cuenca.

Jan Wallace: Common Grounds: 098 107 9406

This Week at La Guarida, last week of brunch

Our second week of May is here and La Guarida never ceases to grow, finding incredible films, scheduling outstanding concerts and most importantly creating amazing, delicious and healthy dishes for you. We are changing our services in order to concentrate more on the evenings and our cultural programming. More news below.

– Our Last Week of Breakfast / Brunch –. (Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM).
We regret to inform you that La Guarida will be suspending our breakfast/brunch service. Join us for our last week of omelets and other incredible breakfast dishes.


Djokano, Las Voces de la Amazonia

Between musical gestures, Afro-Amazonian rhythms and sacred chants, the rich heritage (fauna, flora, population) of French Guiana is represented in this artistic work.

Yannick Théolade alias Great Dôkô Sawani Makan is the founder of the Amazonian martial art Djokan and doctor in musicology.

We are waiting for you this Wednesday at the Sucre Municipal Theater at 7 PM to live this great experience!

Choreography that mixes traditional Djokan chants and body expressions of the dancer, Yannick Lebrun.

Together with:

Régine Lapassion: singer

Yannick Théolade: percussionist, fighter, warrior dancer, singer.

Endie Théolade: percussionist, choir, fighter, warrior dance.

With the support of the Institut Francès.

May, 11th from 7 PM to, free, Teatro Sucre, Cuenca.

Oceane Wauters:

Thai Connection’s Specials

Facts about Thailand:

Thailand has a few big snakes. You can find the reticulated python in Thai jungles, the world’s largest snake. The biggest one found was over 33 feet long. It doesn’t stop there, though. The longest poisonous snake in the world, the king cobra? Yep. You can find those in Thailand, too.

This week we will have Shrimp Red Curry, $10.

We are offering 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.
Our famous Carrot Cake. $3.00

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

Artisan Blackberry Syrup / Organic Products / Honey

Butter, fresh blueberries, raw crude honey, other organic products. We bring organic products of excellent quality at a good price. You can check the list below:

1 egg (free-range, organic) $0.35
1 lb fresh blueberries $7
2 lb Pitahaya pulp $4
2 lb Uvilla pulp $4


Board Game Club

Hi everyone! Do you like board games? PM if so. We are a small club of young friends who like to share time playing Colt express, Mysterium, Mouse Trap, Camel Up, and others. Meetings every Friday from 6:30 to 10 PM. If you are staying in Cuenca for more than a month, think about joining us! Pictures taken from our meetings. WhatsApp included in the info.

Friday, 6:30 PM, free, Centro, Cuenca.

Dexter: 098 025 5042

Herbs, nutrition, emotional management, spirit, etc…

Learn practical tips and tools connected with each element, so that you yourself can provide the healing your body, mind or spirit needs.

5 Elements Workshop

The answers to your health, well-being and strength might be right before your eyes!
Learn about yourself, your emotions and what makes you who you are through