Is PCR required to come to Ecuador?

I’ve heard that a permanent resident of Ecuador who is fully vaccinated does not need to have PCR done. Can anyone confirm it for me? Thanks,


Need corrective chiropractic care (herniated discs)

I’m looking for corrective chiropractic care. 16 months ago, I fell down six stairs and my knee took all the impact and my back got hurt indirectly. I had lived with the back pain knowing my limits until I went to therapy 2 months ago fistoperithia. This guy saw my x-ray and said I can fix that. My lower disc became raw and I was told that was normal when it has been the same for a year, just aching mildly. I just had an MRI and now I have two herniated discs.


Guard dogs

I am looking for a couple of guard dogs. Not overly aggressive, just intimidating. Let me know, I will provide an excellent life and take very good care of the dogs.


Dan: 09 590 7179. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for classes of banjo

Hello. I am looking for classes, school, teacher or private lessons of Banjo in Cuenca. I’ve seen a lot for guitar and others instruments but not for banjo.
Any info would be very appreciated. It’s for my 16-year-old son. Thank you so much.

Vanessa: 098 652 6664. Call Noon.

City: Cuenca

MJ Solutiones

All plumbing, all-electric, all carpentry. No job is too big or too small — we do it all. 10% discount to seniors and vets.

We can install/repair/replace: doors, drywall, baseboards, moldings, laminate floors, hardwood floors, carpet, landscaping, sinks, faucets, toilets, bathtubs, drains, light fixtures, ceiling fans, spigots, windows, garbage disposals, cabinets, handles, knobs, tile installation.

Tree care, landscaping, backsplash, kitchen, window installation, door installation, plasma installation and many other handyman jobs.

Please call me for any questions. You name it, I do it. Save money. Free estimates.

Miguel Juela: 099 553 5099. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca


To all of you Cuenca peeps. Do any of you know of someone that can get rid of pigeons that are in my roof/ceiling and seal the entrance that they are using?



City: Cuenca

Driver/shopper assistant

Needed: dependable, mature, experienced help with recommendations: Thursdays 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
(Go to Apps and click on Telegram.)

Jon, contact number: Telegram 099 086 2839

City: Cuenca

The rose guy, 50 long-stem roses farm direct Ecuador to any US address

Today, The Rose Guy is going to make you the best offer he ever has for 50 long-stem roses delivered direct from our farms in Ecuador to any US address…

For the next 7 days you can order 50 (one color, long-stem roses) for a total cost of $78. The regular price is $105. A $27 discount. (Please note: This offer is only available for 50 fresh long-stem roses purchase).


Moto G6 – tempered glass screen protector (free)

This protector comes with a guide to ensure perfectly accurate application.

Moto accessories are hard to find here… This item is free.

Eric Fraterman:

City: Cuenca

Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike – incredible buy

This high-quality, Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike is in excellent condition and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles: 29″ wheels, trip computer, safety lights and a water bottle holder. Purchased several years ago with a value of $1400+ (documentation included), it has been rarely used and has also been tuned in the meantime to assure the continuance of quality.

Incredible bargain – must sell due to move. $500

Trish LaPlaca: 099 030 8597.

City: Cuenca

Thanks for the great demand! For this week, free 7 fruit pulp pack!

Thanks to everybody who buys our fruit pulps. This week we will be giving away with your purchase over $10 free delivery and a free 7-pack fruit pulp so you taste every flavor.

Remember our fruit pulps are
100% organic
0% added water
0% sugar

Wanna order online? Follow here
You pay when you receive your order.

Galo Chica: 096 407 8576.

City: Cuenca

Timberland high boots and diving fins

Original Timberland high boots for women or girl.
Size 6.5
Ideal for hiking
Used, like new.
Price $59

A pair of diving fins.
Size: L-XL
Adjustable buckles
Price $35

Estefany: .

City: Cuenca

Art sale, up to 50+% off

Oil paintings, pastels and some watercolors. Excellent quality materials. You can consult the link where you´ll find a PDF catalog with the pictures, measurements and prices. I can take them to your house so you can check them before buying.

I also do commission work: portraits, still-lifes, murals, etc. If you want more information, contact me by email or WhatsApp.

Pablo Silva: 099 830 0338.

City: Cuenca

Meeting room table

Have you been thinking of increasing the size of your work team’s office? Welcome to the world of desk-side meeting room. With six seats, this table is perfect for your newly opened office. Measures: 2.20m length, 1 m wide.

$450 price

Angeles Bonilla: 099 137 2791.

City: Cuenca

Beautiful and useful

Yep, they are just what you think they are… bracelet helpers.

Handmade, sustainable bamboo, some with locally made silver charms.

$15 ea. Each is individual and supply is limited to what is pictured. Please provide first, second and third choice.

Close-up photos available on request

Patty: .

City: Cuenca

Private Spanish lessons

Personalized, private, face-to-face Spanish lessons in the city of Cuenca. Native speaker, with a degree in foreign languages. I speak English fluently, and also German.

Gran Colombia – Cuenca

Juan Carlos

Wholistic massage and rejuvenation specialist

Recover your body circulation, flexibility, posture and muscles — regeneration head to toe. Let’s fix any breathing issues. I can help. Whether you want a relaxing massage, a medical or sports therapy session with acupressure or muscle recover and stretch session.

Over 25 years’ experience, 1 – 2 hr. appointments.
This therapy affects over ninety percent of all illnesses. If that’s what you want contact asap.

Cuenca, Las Americas and Manuel Corral Jouregui

Bryan Varnia Bey
095 980 2621 or 099 667 3117

Danish blue cheese is back in Luvimar

Hello everybody, Just wanted to let you know that the shipment with Danish blue cheese arrived in Ecuador and It has just been delivered to my gourmet market.

A small reminder that the Korean fish sauce is back and the Gochujang too. Also, I’ve added Kimchi to my fridge again.
You can check my website to see what I have and what’s out of stock. I’m slowly getting the products back.

Have a great day.

Luis Moreno Mora #5-85, Between Nicanor Aguilar & Roberto Crespo Toral (2 houses from Cosecha Cafe y Vino. Yellow house with big yellow garage door and big blue sign)

Luis from Luvimar
096 895 7920
Website: / Facebook & Instagram:

Words of Wisdom from Pájaro y Bestia

Blues music…

Am I in heaven now?

Gran Colombia 13-100, y Estevez de Toral

Leroy Kent Siegrist

Mariachi Thursday is back – Santa Cruz Restaurant

Don’t you miss the Mariachi nights! (no cover is charged)

Listen to the excellent Mariachi Santa Cruz Band, while you enjoy delicious Mexican food.

As always, we have the best deals. You can get:

2X1 Blue Margarita
2X1 Martini
3X2 Beers

See you there.

Esmeraldas #222 y Remigio Crespo (one block east of the Totems).

Santa Cruz Restaurant

099 511 2381

Special promotion on Berenice Studio and SPA

We invite you to discover our new spa. Our cosmeticians are specialized in Argentina and have a professional license. They do the best job and act with professionalism.

We have different services such as relaxing massages, deep cleansing facials, anti-aging treatments with radiofrequency and galvanic therapy and many more.


Diana Vera medical and general facilitator/translator

Hello Dear Expat Community! My name is Diana Vera. I am a general and medical facilitator/translator and personal assistant. I have good references at the expat community and that’s why I want to offer my services to you.

Do you need help for private or IESS specialist doctor’s appointments? Or do you want to have a primary Doctor? You should have new lab tests and checkups to keep your information updated on your doctor data system or at the IESS data base. In case anything happens, it can save your life.


Red Tag Moving Sales gets you top dollar fast!

Leaving Cuenca, moving and want to downsize, or just want to clean out the closets and bodega but don’t want the headache of organizing, sorting, pricing, taking the pictures, writing the ads, marketing your items and then dealing with the public to schedule appointments with people that may or may not show, answer all the emails and telephone calls, etc.?


Professional carpet cleaning & handyman

Professional Carpet Cleaning and upholstery steam cleaning. We are happy to talk with you about your situation and tell you just how we can help you get your carpet back to top shape. What’s more, we are so confident in our abilities that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! That’s right: You love the result, or we make it right with you.

Our services are:

Carpet Cleaning
Upholstery Cleaning
Car interiors


Handyman services
General construction

Gonzales Suarez

Freddy Delgado
093 937 9979


Good day, If anyone is looking for storage space for suitcases or small boxes, I can help. Please feel free to contact,



Professional English teacher/English editor

I taught English for twenty-five years in schools in the USA. I will tutor you/your child or edit for you. I hold 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 vaccinated and will work with you in-person or online.


Tour guide, facilitator and reliable driver

Do you require the services of a professional tour guide or driver?

That’s me, my name is Angel Panchez. With more than 15 years’ of professionalism, I continue to offer: my transportation services, tour guide and facilitator, trips to the airports of Quito, Guayaquil, the entire Spondylus route, tours to Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Sigsig, San Bartolomé, Giron el Chorro, Valle de Yunguilla, Ingapirca and more beautiful places.


Café Del Río

Do you want to have a good weekend? Café Del Río, invites you away from the noise and pollution. With a good atmosphere, two minutes from Cuenca Tennis and Golf Club through the Yanuncay tourist biocorridor, you can enjoy a delicious coffee, hot chocolate with humitas, tamales, meat empanadas and cheese, desserts such as carrot cake, fig cake, cheesecake or a coffee with homemade bread with cream from Grandma’s hacienda, a Blackberry shake, strawberry shake, juices and beers.


Visa facilitator

Hello everyone! I offer my services as a visa facilitator, accompaniment for medical procedures, business, among others. Individual Spanish classes. Constant advice and support. I have 4 years of experience carrying out procedures for expats in Guayaquil and Manta; now in Cuenca. Contact me if you need my help.

Misicata Cuenca

Deilianis Machin
096 320 2297

Delicious Mexican Food? Always at Santa Cruz Restaurant

Santa Cruz Restaurant gives you great options so you can choose your best deal! Check out these amazing combos and specials:

1) Mega Combo $21:
Quesadillas + Nachos full + 4 tacos + 1 L coke

2) Super Combo $12
Tacos + Chili Cheese + 1 L coke

3) Super Combo $15
Burrito + Nachos full + 1L coke


Galapagos Yachts, reduced prices; do not miss it

September 2022, reduced prices!!
Galapagos Programs Prices First Class and Luxury Yachts
Galaxy First Class Yacht
5 Days/ 4 Nights Program
September 13th to 17th
September 27th to Oct. 1st
*Price p/person double occupancy $2,170
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% when booking three people)
6 Days/ 5 Nights
September 17th to 22nd
September 22nd to 27th
*Price p/person double occupancy $2,710
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% when booking three people)
Ecogalaxy First Class Catamaran
5 Days/ 4 Nights
August 30th to September 3rd.
*Price p/person double occupancy $2,910
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% single booking three people)
September 27th to October 1st.
*Price p/person double occupancy $2,610
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% single booking three people)

6 Days/ 5 Nights
September 8th to 13th
September 17th to 22nd
September 22nd to 27th
*Price p/person double occupancy $3,060
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% when booking three people)

Alya Luxury Catamaran
5 Days/ 4 Nights
September 1st to 5th
*Price p/person double occupancy $2,680
50% Single occupancy Supplement, (30% when booking three people)
6 Days/ 5 Nights
September 10th to 15th
*Price p/person double occupancy $3,900
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% when booking three people)
September 29th to October 3rd

*Price p/person double occupancy $3,900
50% Single Occupancy Supplement (30% when booking three people)

All options include:
– Airfare to/from Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil
– Naturalist Guides certified by the Galapagos National Park
– Meals specified in the itinerary
– Accommodation in air conditioning cabins at the Galaxy Yacht
– Excursions indicated in the itinerary
– Shared transfers airport – yacht – airport
– kayaks and paddle boats
– hiking sticks
– Snorkel Equipment: wet suit, fins and mask
– Personalized assistance in compliance with all biosecurity protocols
– Coffee, tea and purified water

Not included:
– RT-PCR Covid19 test
– Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $6 National Tourist/ $100 for Foreign Tourist $6 for Ecuadorians and Residents w/cedula.
– $10 per person Transportation Airport – Canal / Canal – Airport ($5 per way per passenger)
– Ingala (Immigration Galapagos Card) $20
– Services not mentioned

*Note: Vaccination Covid 19 card completed 14 days prior arrival or PCR Covid 19 test within 72 hours prior arrival.

Quito or Guayaquil Airport

Angela Hally

Home healthcare—is it “a thing?”

Check this out:
• 9 out of 10 seniors want to grow old at home
• Home Healthcare is a huge global industry and growing rapidly as people want alternatives to extended hospital and facility stays ($305 billion industry 2018)
• Roughly 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease
So, yes! Home healthcare is kind of “a thing.”
In Cuenca, over the past year, VIP Home Healthcare has helped clients deal with the following in their own homes (under doctor supervision of course).


Recommendation for, Natural organic shop

The best selection in town of natural oils, organic tea blends and delicious honey. Great prices for top quality and locally sourced for a lot of things. They also offer personalized creams and cosmetics, made specially for your personal needs.

Highly recommend visiting!

Address: Av. Remigio Crespo 1-37 y Federico Proaño

Contact information: 098 411 9885

Recommended by Anastasiya Batura:

Recommendation for Ksenia Tolokonnikova, hairstylist – color and cuts

What a great experience I had with Ksenia today, it being my first time and I didn’t know how it would turn out. Yet, I trusted the many recommendations I had seen for Ksenia’s hair coloring and cuts. Well, I was most definitely pleased! It turned out lovely and done in less time than I had experienced at other salons. In addition, I had a delightful time getting to know her over a cup of fresh coffee she had just brewed.

For your next color and/or cut, give Ksenia a try. I think you will be glad you did.

Address: She works out of home near Mall del Rio

Contact information: +593 99 576 4914

Recommended by Lusa Nelson:

Recommendation for Dr. Andres Astudillo

Bariatric surgeon, Hospital Clinica Latino

As recently as last Friday I underwent surgery for a hiatal hernia with Dr. Juan Andres Astudillo at the Clinica Latino. It is now Tuesday and I feel as good as new! The entire process and recovery have been extremely easy due the amazing care and attention I received from Dr. Astudillo. From the moment the process had begun, both he and all Clinica Latino staff with whom I interacted were exceptionally accommodating and professional.

My husband and I were also very impressed with the room accommodations at the Clinica Latino hospital – on par with a 4 star hotel! Over the course of our 11 years living in Ecuador, this was certainly the best medical care experience we have ever encountered in any of the major hospitals.

Dr. Andres was trained in the United States and speaks English perfectly. His excellent reputation precedes him based on his expertise, surgical talent and patient care. I could not recommend him more highly.

Address: Clinica Latino #512, Av. 3 de Noviembre y Unidad Nacional

Contact information: 099 446 0499 WhatsApp

Recommended by Trish LaPlaca:

Recommendation for Tech Master, computer repair

My laptop hard drive no longer would boot up and I thought I lost all my years of pics and music. Mustafa came to my house and picked up the laptop and returned it on the day we agreed to with all my important files restored and a new SSD, solid state drive. I highly recommend him for his expertise and reliability.

Address: Frey Louis de Leon y Jose Zorilla 3-36

Contact information: 099 408 7897

Recommended by Tomas Sutberry:

Saturday, 23rd of July, Mariangel and the Jazz Devils

This Saturday at the Jazz Society Café. Great jazz, delicious food, romantic atmosphere! 7 — 10 PM.
Address: Los Cedros y Los Claveles (one block North of Ordonez Lasso)
Cover Fee $5
Saturday, 23rd of July 7 — 10 PM, Jazz Society Cafe, Los Cedros y Los Claveles ( one block North of Ordonez Lasso)

Deborah Dahili: WhatsApp 096 322 3377

Sourdough pizza in wood-fire oven

Have you ever enjoyed sourdough pizza in Cuenca? Come and visit us with your family and friends. We are Entre Fuego y Leña Pizzería team. Here you can eat healthy and delicious pizza, yeast free.

Find us at Historical Center.

Some options:

Black pizza (with shrimp)
Onions and peppers
Fugazza (double dough)
Special figs and three cheeses and more!
In addition, we offer delicious coffee, cappuccino, tea, and desserts.

We have home delivery.

From Monday to Saturday from noon to 9 PM, Juan Jaramillo 5-10 and Mariano Cueva

Gabriela: 096 884 7990

Zarza Brewing $1.25 tacos every Wednesday

Every Wednesday enjoy $1.25 shredded beef or chicken tacos in Zarza.

Mínimum order 2 tacos and your choice of beverage.

Every Wednesday, Remigio Tamariz between Alfonso Borrero and Lorenzo Piedra


Sisa Restaurant

New on the menu this week:

Pulled beef sandwiches and wings, both with your choice of any of our delicious homemade sauces. Choose from Teriyaki, Honey Ginger Garlic, Honey Mustard, Garlic Yogurt, Green Goddess, BBQ, Pesto, BBQ Jalapeno and more.

Signature Bacon Blaster Burger topped with Smoked Provolone and your choice of Regular or Sweet Potato Fries
Paninis, Appetizers and more.


Ceramic Route

We would love for you to be part of the Ceramic Route organized by the Ceramics Association of Ecuador. We are happy to tell you that on Saturday, July 23, we will have a tour of 3 workshops of our incredible artisans and artists and 1 industrial workshop. You will know each of the processes from design concept, molding, painting, baking and much more. We know you will love it.

Your visit includes an incredible guided tour of all the workshops, a snack, transportation to all the workshops and a souvenir from the Association. You are just in time to register.


Final July activities at idiomART

It’s hard to believe that July is almost over and we’ve been in our new location for over a month.

Between the move, the grand opening and the paro (national strike)…it has been a crazy time to say the least and July has been hopping for us.

To finish out the month of July, we have a few more incredible activities and we hope you’ll join in the fun!

Flow Painting Art Demonstration with artist Pamela Goodwin:


Su Terry & Alki Steriopoulos at the Jazz Society Cafe

Powerful Jazz duo Su Terry and Alki Steriopoulos at the Jazz Society Café.
Thursday and Friday, July 21 & 22
Don’t miss this extraordinary jazz duo performing the best from “The Great American Songbook”! — Jim Gala

Social hour starts at 6 PM; the Jazz concert starts at 7 PM
Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmailcom

Thursday & Friday, July 21 & 22 Social Hour starts at 6 PM; the Jazz concert starts at 7 PM, $10, Jazz Society Cafe Los Cedros y Los Claveles, Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: 093 934 2714 English 096 322 3377 Español

Gran Roca Wednesday, farm-to-table market and lunch at Los Balcones

Come to the Gran Roca Wednesday farm-to-table market and have a one-of-a-kind fresh, healthy and delicious lunch from noon – 2 PM at Los Balcones on Presidente Borrero 12-08 y Sangurima, (Only 4 blocks from Parque Calderon), where you can pick up our fresh, healthy and delicious products like our harvested-in-the-morning fresh vegetables and herbs, milk products, chicken and duck eggs, chicken, turkey, beef, pork and smoked products. We will also be bringing more of our fresh-made products from our commercial kitchen.


Every day special

Don Colon is serving vegetarian dishes with salad; only $6.95. Breakfast $3. Lunch $4. Friday, fish and chips $4.

Every day, Sucre 9-14 y B Malo

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703

Sourdough bread in Cuenca

Hi everyone, we are International Bakery team and we offer to our dear customers healthy sourdough bread, free yeast, vegan and some desserts made in wood-fire oven, organic free chemicals.

You can find us in the historical Center.
We have home delivery.

Some breads:


Travel with Paco’s Blues to Vilcabamba August 4 – August 7

Paco’s Blues will be playing at El Carro Azul in Vilcabamba again on Saturday August 6. We are getting a large comfortable tourism bus for the trip. We will have extra seats available, so if you have an interest in spending a weekend in Vilcabamba and want to come along please let us know by sending us an email at

We will be departing from Parque San Sebastian (next to Cafe San Sebas) on Thursday, August 4, at 10 AM and returning to Cuenca from the central park in Vilcabamba on Sunday, August 7th at 2 PM (returning to Parque San Sebastian in Cuenca).

The cost will be $30 per person (round trip). This is for the bus trip only and you will need to make your hotel reservations separately.

It’s going to be a great time, come with us.

Thursday, August 4th, to Sunday, August 7th, $30, Parque San Sebastian, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues