Pay all your bills in one place

Are you new to Cuenca and still trying to figure out where to pay for all of your services and utilities each month? Struggling with your Spanish while learning to navigate the systems here? Or perhaps you have lived in Cuenca for many years and just want to simplify your life while supporting a good cause. You can do it all and more at Hogar de Esperanza’s Expat Services Center. One stop shop for bill pay: Come on by to conveniently pay all your bills at once: water, lights, phone, cable, IESS and more. We speak both English and Spanish.


Skin cancer specialist/IESS question

This is a 2 pronged request:

1) I have had 16 skin cancers … 14 basal cell and 2 squamous cell and need a specialist in Cuenca that can do a complete exam and removal if necessary. Any recommendations?
2) Because I use private doctors for everything, I am thinking of not paying my IESS for 3 months while I am out of Ecuador. I was told that when I come back, I can just pay that one month and would qualify immediately for emergency care but would have to wait 3 months for other things. I haven’t used them in the 8 years I have been here so that wouldn’t bother me. Is that information correct?

Denis Cruickshank

Mujeres Con Exito back to school fundraiser

Mujeres Con Exito’s
Annual Fundraiser for School Supplies

It is time once again, for our mothers to start worrying about sending their kids back to school.

Our dilemma this year: 35 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 60 shelter children living outside the shelter = 95 students x $100 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies.


Six years and going strong

August 19, 2016 we first opened our doors. For six years now, we have turned your unneeded things into something valuable to those in need. Esperanza Thrift Shop is Cuenca’s only legally registered charity Thrift Shop. We have provided thousands of free items of clothing, household items, beds and linens to those who are in desperate need. Things that cannot be used or sold, are used in our craft programs. Nothing goes to waste at Esperanza Thrift Shop.

From the money we raise, we provide medicines, school supplies and more. The Thrift Shop is an integral part of supporting the work of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza. Inventories are low and we need your help in supporting those in need.

To schedule a pickup you can call or email us. Or you can drop off your donations to us at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre.

Fernando Alvarez: 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

MacBook Pro // Retina 13 inch

Hi everyone, I’m selling my laptop because the truth is, I need the money. It’s in very good condition, like 10/10 functionally and 8/10 physically. I think this computer is so comfortable to work while you’re traveling and so useful with every program. You know a Mac is always a good option.

So, you can contact me if you want to see it.

Daniela Alexandra Bravo Merino: Daniela: 098 977 2549.

City: Cuenca

Dog for Adoption

Kenso is still waiting for his new family and home. He is 7 months old, 40 pounds, neutered, good with other animals and extremely sweet. Australian Shepard and French Bulldog mix. He loves to be right by your side and has lots of affection to give.

He is a bit of an escape artist so he would require a gated home, but most importantly lots of love and attention. Since he is still a puppy he will also need further training but he’s eager to please and has been learning quickly.

We would keep him if we could but we already have another dog who was rescued from someone who was trying to use him for dog fights and while we’ve never had any problems before he’s started to show signs of aggressive towards Kenso and we’re worried about how things could progress so we’re hoping to find another foster home for him sooner than later because we want to make sure all our animals, him included, are safe.

If anyone can help with even another temporary home, please let us know.

Daphne Petty: +1 813 748 0014. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Honda CB500X

Now that the weather is changing a little. You need to get out and see this beautiful country. What better way than on this bike. It is a 2016 Honda CB500X with only 3500 kilometers. It has more than enough power for two riders and some items in the back case. The bike includes two helmets, bike cover and fun time.

Asking $9,500, negotiable.

Prefer contact through WhatsApp. But will answer all email inquiries.

Nathanael: 099 426 5808.

City: Cuenca

Dao Yoga – recharge and reconnect

Connect with yourself and improve your well-being.

All the classes will have great focus on the individual students and where they are.

Dao Yoga is a mix of Hatha/Vinyasa, Qigong and Dao Yin – this means a blend of Vinyasa flows together with the pulsing and dynamic motions of Dao Yin, as well as the philosophy and teachings of both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Public transportation in Quito

Hi folks, I’m updating a guidebook on Ecuador and have a couple of things to check for Quito, which perhaps some of you who live there might know…

1. How much is the cost of a taxi ride (yellow cab), more or less, from one end of the city to the other?
2. Do they use the electronic cards on buses there now (i.e. no cash), like in Cuenca?

Thank you so much for any info on these two points….

Fi Mitchell: .

City: Cuenca

21.5” 2015 desktop iMac in like-new condition

21.5” 2015 iMac with the following specs: 

– 8GB RAM 
– 1 TB Hard drive 
– Core i5 Quad-Core 2.8 GHz 
– Comes with original box, Magic Mouse, and Magic Keyboard 

Excellent condition. Great for designing, editing videos, etc. Works great, fast, and no flaws. 

Price: $850 

Jonathan +593 993 055 437

City: Cuenca

New ultrasmooth facial treatment – dermaplaning

Let Cuenca’s #1 cosmetologist, Alejandra, design a customized, relaxing facial for a clearer, more youthful appearance. Experience reduced wrinkles and tightened face, neck and body.

Alejandra has introduced Cuenca to a large variety of sophisticated facial equipment, products and years of training. So, no matter what kind of complexion you have, Alejandra has a great facial treatment for you – at a price that you can afford.


Beautiful kittens up for adoption

Hello. I have baby, honey-colored kittens looking for a home, they want to receive affection, love and care. I don’t have enough space to have them please help me raise them by doting them. They are 2-months old and play a lot.

Any information, please write to my WhatsApp at 093 902 2010

City: Cuenca


Looking for Scandinavian currencies and Euros

Hello Cuenca friends,

I am wanting to purchase Danish Krone, Swedish Krona, Norwegian Krone, and Euros. If you have some of these currencies leftover from recent travels, let me know.

David Ho: +593 98 911 2262.

City: Cuenca

Looking for 2 bedroom apartment for rent

Looking for 2 bedroom furnished apartment for rent in Cuenca, $500, I don’t have pets.

Looking for apartment El Vergel area September 1. Older expat gentleman. 095 993 7999.

Warren R. Johnson: 095 993 7999. Call after: 8 AM.

Cleaner looking for new customers in Cuenca

Cleaner Janet is looking for new customers in Cuenca. Janet is very experienced professional, respectful, thorough. Speaks Spanish and uses her Translator App when needed.

Contact her: Janet (Spanish) 098 362 4519 (WhatsApp)
James (English) 099 471 0510 (WhatsApp)

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You.

James Skalski:

City: Cuenca

Looking for counter person at Deli on Cuenca

Looking for counter person at Mathews Deli in Cuenca.
Person must speak English and Spanish.
Full or part time.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You.

James Skalski: 099 471 0510. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Cooperativa Policia Nacional

Am interested in anybody’s experience working with this cooperative and opening up a Plaza Fijo or CD.

Did they make your monthly payments as promised? Did you have to pay any fees to have money transferred within another Ecuador bank? They have an excellent rating of double AA-. But I am very interested to hear some responses here especially during COVID shutdown times in 2020 and 2021 did all moneys show up in your accounts as promised with your Plaza Fijo?


Steven Schrift

City: Loja

Looking for baby sitter and person who will cook/clean

Looking for energetic friendly babysitter to cook and clean Monday-Friday
For August 8-September 2
Does not need to speak English because I am fluent in both English and Spanish!
I will pay weekly.

Dafhnee Jimenez: 098 739 8171. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Guayaquil

Geodesic domes and spheres for sale

We build Glamping domes, backyard mother-in-law cabins, and man caves. These are custom geodesic structures from 8 to 60 feet in diameter. A 24′ diameter dome (450 sq ft of living space) can be transported in a pickup truck. As a mobile structure, no permit is required. If you are in a rental, they can move with you.


MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro Retina, 13 Inch laptop in good condition, 100% functional with original charger and original extension. I have been the only owner and I have taken great care of her. It has no bumps or scrapes. You can talk about the price and I can send photos if you need.

Daniela: .

City: Cuenca

Exquisite entertainment center

Dark wood entertainment sectional comes in two pieces. The bottom part is 2 meters (6 feet) in width with 4 shelves and one large, deep drawer. The top part has numerous display shelves. This Entertainment Center can accommodate a television of up to 65 inches.

Price: $350

Please contact by WhatsApp at 098 864 8241.

Located in the El Vergel neighborhood.

David Kaplan

City: Cuenca

Unique coffee table with hidden wine bar

This dark-wood, square coffee table (31 inches by 31 inches) has two glass-covered display compartments. The coffee table opens to reveal space for wine/liquor bottles, glasses, and more.

Price: $130

Located in the El Vergel neighborhood.

David Kaplan: 098 864 8241.

City: Cuenca

Items for sale

Colineal L-Shape sofa: $550
Decorative table: $95
Samsung 65” TV: $775
LG 60” TV: $700
Turntable: $125

Fabricio: 096 778 0454.

City: Cuenca

4-piece outdoor seating group

Custom-made heavy wood seating (chair, loveseat, and couch) with seat cushions and back cushions. The table has a removable glass cover that provides protection from the sun and rain. Also included is a two-shelf metal unit with a canvas cover in which to store the cushions when not in use.

Price: $750

Please contact by WhatsApp at 098 864 8241.

Located in the El Vergel neighborhood.

David Kaplan

City: Cuenca

Large outdoor umbrella on dolly with locking wheels

This large umbrella measures nearly 10 feet in diameter. It has a heavy, concrete base to anchor the umbrella in place. I had a custom-made wood dolly with locking wheels built, so the umbrella can easily be repositioned as the sun moves across the sky. The umbrella cover is beige.

Price: $300

Please contact by WhatsApp at 098 864 8241.

Located in the El Vergel neighborhood.

David Kaplan

City: Cuenca

Cuenca Creators Co-op, a store dedicated to artisans

Good food, good art, good life.
Stop by and see what our Creators have for you!
Opened since Monday, August 1st, Cuenca Creators Co-op, is a store dedicated to artisans in the Cuenca area.
From fresh bread, Oil paints, hats, scarfs and delicious goods, we have a lot of options for you.
Stop by today and see what our Artisans have created for you.
Inside Sunrise Cafe, Calle Larga y Benigno Malo, Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM, Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM

Tanya: 098 400 9551.

City: Cuenca

17″ Dell laptop and 15” HP laptop for sale

17″ Dell Laptop, Windows 8, Intel core I3, 500GB. The battery needs to be replaced. Asking $125 for it.
15″ HP laptop, Windows 8 Intel core I3, 500GB, Battery needs to be replaced as well. Asking $90 for it.
Serious inquires only.

Emily: .

City: Cuenca

Stainless steel works

It’s a pleasure to help you in all your stainless-steel work, I make kitchens, tables, work tables, shelves, different pieces of furniture. You can write to me by email and I’ll send you photos and a quote.

The main advantages of stainless steel are:

High resistance to the corrosion.
High mechanical resistance.
Appearance and hygienic properties.
Resistance to high and low temperatures.
Good weldability, machining, cutting, bending and creasing properties

Cuenca Centro


Spanish Classes for beginners in a small group

Spanish Classes for beginners in a small group. Immerse yourself in a new concept of learning Spanish quickly and efficiently. Learn Spanish with a qualified and experienced teacher. You will cover basic topics, useful for everyday conversation, including talking about yourself, making hotel or dinner reservations, take taxis, etc. You will be introduced to various language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with group exercises and weekly homework).


Landscaping Service

Leonardo’s Landscaping Service
Weekly or monthly Garden maintenance service…
Winner as the best Gardener GringoPost 2022!
Available for any size job for any kind of project in Cuenca, Ecuador
My name is Leonardo, I have been named Best Gardener in GringoPost for the past 3 years. I am available to help you with the best selection of plants and Pots. It would be my pleasure to serve you.
Need gardening stuff or firewood?


What kind of treats are good for your pet? La Mia Mascota Pet Shop

Sometimes your baby has been so good or done something special deserving a special treat. What will you give it? Most human food is not good for your pet. Sweets can be deadly. We have a variety of Knibbles – cookies for dogs. They have lots of vitamins and minerals that will strengthen your pet. They are healthy and strengthen bones and muscles. Find them at all of our locations.


Carpentry, wood, painting and other services

– I manufacture furniture in wood, melamine, MDF, dining rooms, tables, chairs, closets, beds, and murphy style beds.

– I manufacture sofas, dining rooms, and sofa beds of different sizes

– ceramic installation


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

Sunday lunch? – Always at Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz loves giving their customers the best service and time at the restaurant, so please, check out these amazing combos and specials and get what suits you the most.


Taco Tuesday 10 x 10 (Ten tacos for 10 bucks)
Mariachi Thursday
2X1 Martinis
3X2 Beer
2X1 Blue Margaritas every day!


VAN/ SUV/ transportation service with English speaking driver

Greetings; expat-community, tourists, tour companies and everyone: I provide completely legal, insured, and safe transportation throughout the whole country of Ecuador. I can service one passenger up to 40 passengers at a time.
The cars are completely sanitized.

My services include:


Are you looking for your new TV LG – Samsung?

I offer brand-new TVs. Some of the latest models of LG and Samsung for the best prices in town.

If you need references from my happy customers, I will be more than pleased to provide you.

Kind regards,


Nestor Reinoso:
WhatsApp 096 742 1444 / 099 623 9495. USA. 914 230 5429
Fb exclusive transportation with Nestor Reinoso


Cumbe, Calle Sucre

Nestor Reinoso Reinoso Guaman
WhatsApp 096 742 1444 – – 099 623 9495 …USA. 914 230 5429
Fb exclusive transportation with Nestor Reinoso

Cumbe, calle sucre

Nestor Reinoso Reinoso Guaman
WhatsApp 096 742 1444 – – 099 623 9495 / USA. 914 230 5429
Fb exclusive transportation with Nestor Reinoso

Cuenca Monica, relocation consultant services

Hello, my name is Monica Gonzaga. My profession is accountant, business graduate in UTM in Machala; I also studied business at DeVry University for 3 years. I studied web design at Mercer Community College in New Jersey.
I have been working for almost a decade with the Expat Community making their lives in this country a lot easier.


Spanish Classes for intermediate level in a small group

If you’re an intermediate level speaker, chances are good that you have these problems:

1. Difficulty understanding native speakers
2. Translating in your head before you speak
Learning to speak Spanish is a wonderful adventure. And adventures shouldn’t stop!
So, if you’re stuck at the basic level don’t settle or decide to stay there. You’ve got places to go and things to learn.


Want to buy or rent a property? Best Ecuador Homes is here

We have been in the Real Estate business since 2014, to perform sales and rentals, property management, house hunting, etc.

Right now for rent, we have available a modern fully furnished apartment and a big two + attic floor house. We also have a lot of properties and investment opportunities here in Cuenca, and on the Coast in Salinas.

Start your own construction by buying a land. We have big lands located in the best rural areas of the city: Challuabamba, Deleg, Solano, Tarqui, etc

Check our website:

Benedicto XV 1-53

Best Ecuador Homes
099 517 4076

Ferias coming!

So yeah, here I am making you move your beautiful legs to my store, no matter what! Hahah… I´m happy to tell you people that we are having events, with more artisans that we don´t have at the store. So, when is it going to be? I´ll tell you, just with one condition, you have to come! We are going to have ferias Mondays and Tuesdays, two times a week. I know, we are the best.
So come this Monday and Tuesday, and also every day of the week, because I´m here every day!

Some of our vendors:

Artesana Bakery, Pei´s Dumplings, Zaruma Coffee, Jesmer Huertos, Mieles del Sol, Anne Sangine with awesome and beautiful jewelry, Barbara Van Able´s weaving, Elizabeth Beale´s fabulous knitted items, Cuenca Sunday Brunch, I can go on and on because there is a lot more on the way.
Cuenca Creators Co-op
Inside Sunrise Cafe. Calle Larga y Benigno Malo.
Monday-Saturday, 8 AM-2 PM
Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM

Sunrise Cafe, Calle Larga y Benigno Malo 9-38

098 400 9551
095 862 2251

Recommendation for Alex Mejia, tech and computer expert

My husband and I had Alex work on our computers and were impressed by both his technical knowledge and service. He went beyond the simple items we asked him to help us with, checking our overall computer systems and implications for our computers’ performance. He recommended additional work on my older, clunky computer, giving me several options and prices. I went ahead and scheduled for a convenient time in the future, which he made note of and then followed up with me on – not used to that in Cuenca! I was blown away by how much faster and smoother my computer is running now, even though I took the easier and cheaper option he offered. Thank you, Alex!

Address: 4-45 Miguel Angel Estrella (between Calle Large and Presidente Cordova), Cuenca

Contact information: 099 289 3125

Recommended by Roz Reymers:

Recommendation for Ayllu Medicina, plant medicine

Hello, If you’re searching for a plant medicine retreat in Ecuador, I recommend Ayllu Medicina. I had a life-changing experience attending their retreat, which included sweat lodges, womb wisdom, Ayahuasca ceremonies, and a San Pedro ceremony.

I have sat in different ceremonies in South America and can confidently say with Ayllu Medicina it was the most magical experience. The ceremonies respect the plants and traditions. They also ensure you are comfortable and supported throughout your time with them.

They are based close to Manglaralto on the coast at Bromelia retreat center in Dos Mangas. They run regular sweat lodges and public ceremonies off-season. Retreat season begins again in November:

Address: Ayllu Medicina

Contact information:

Recommended by Emma Charley:

Recommendation for Leonardo Duran, computer, TV and cell phone repair

I had Leonardo Duran set up a Firestick on my TV and install a new Claro chip and back up my cell phone for me, he is friendly, patient and knows how to deal with all the ins and outs of TV, and computer and cell phones issues. I will call him again when I need some help.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: WhatsApp +593 98 352 2685

Recommended by Sean Doherty:

Recommendation for Alex Duran, farm fresh chicken, with free delivery

I’m a chicken connoisseur and Alex’s birds are, hands down, the best flavor I’ve found. But more importantly Alex is part of a new generation farmers that really care about the bird’s health. Good feed and a lot of time outdoors makes for a healthy animal. That formula creates nutritious food with excellent flavor.

His lamb is excellent as well, and if you like beef give his a try, Alex really knows quality meats. Good restaurants are now buying his meats.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: +593 99 378 4886 WhatsApp

Recommended by Michael Edwords:

Gastronomic event

Join us: Meet new people and make friends.

Have social dining and feel at home. The menu will be delicious and healthy:

Crispy bread with pate
Gratin bolognese slipper gourd
Stuffed pasta with ricotta cheese and quail eggs
Cardamom Crème Brûlée
Cocktail / Glass of wine

Pets allowed!
Only 6 people / Collaboration $35 per person
When? August 11th, 6:30 PM
Where: Cuenca, near to Parque San Sebastian

August 11th, 6:30 PM, Presidente Córdova y Coronel Talbot

Karla Rachadell: 097 966 9643

Stock up your freezer

Happy Weekend Sunday Brunch Cuenca family!
Thank you for supporting small family businesses.

Here is our current product list:


Three cheese chicken and spinach lasagna $9.50
Chicken pot pie $7.50


We are open early for breakfast at the Jazz Society Cafe

Our breakfast services starts at 8 AM til noon!

Freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, fresh juices, blueberry scones, cinnamon buns and more!

Vegan breakfast is available

*Breakfast items are served with seasonal fruits

Vegan Breakfast $6.50
Tofu Scramble served with avocado, roasted cherry tomatoes and
roasted sweet potatoes


Sunday Delivery Special: Juicy pan-seared pork tenderloin medallions

We make your Sunday special at home. Mother and son family kitchen makes your Sunday very special at home.

Juicy pan-seared pork tenderloin medallions $12
with mushroom gravy served with mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and honey glazed carrots.

Blueberry Scones $2
Cinnamon Big Bun with cream cheese frosting $2.50



The Jim Gala Trio at the Jazz Society Café – tonight 7 PM

The Jim Gala Trio in Concert with a very special guest!

Food and Beverage service begins at 6 PM. Jazz concert at 7 PM.



“Cuenca is blessed to have such an artist in Jim Gala. I’ve played with some of the greats on both sides of the Atlantic yet I have never heard such a transformative unique jazz pianist as Jim Gala. Simply put he’s a true musical genius.” —Bill Scott Broadway Singer Composer & Arranger

“No one around plays like pianist Jim Gala. At first, I couldn’t figure out what he was doing musically. I couldn’t analyze the music. It was just too beautiful and beyond my scope. All I could do was let the music wash over me and accept its effect. Jim is one of my musical idols. He is a real soul man. No one plays like him. His musical philosophy sensibility and taste are impeccable. He changed my life with his music. I actually quote him often and wrote about him in my book.”

—J. Riley Cain Jazz Anthologist author composer pianist

Saturday 7pm, 6th of August, Jazz Society Cafe, Los Cedros y Los Claveles (one block North of Ordonez Lasso)

Debby Degamo: 093 934 2714 English 096 322 3377 Español

Sourdough pizzas in a wood-fired oven

Welcome. Come and enjoy our yeast-free sourdough pizzas in a wood-fired oven for demanding palates. 100% natural

for home deliveries or reservations 096 884 7990

Address: Juan Jaramillo 5-10 Mariano Cueva next to the Internacional Bakery where we also make sourdough bread.
Juan Jaramillo 5-18 Mariano Cueva and Gran Colombia y Manzaneros

You can book to this number: 096 891 1592
Free tasting

We happily deliver your favorite pizza and bread to your home.

City: Cuenca

Every day, Juan Jaramillo 5-10 Mariano Cueva and Gran Colombia y Manzaneros


You are welcome here ~ come as you are

Join us on Sundays at 10 AM as we study what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit and how we can have a better understanding of who God really is. This Sunday we take a look at how to discover God’s will for you.

We are a diverse church with people from many different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. We come together to explore the true meaning of God’s word and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community.


Today is the day–Gran Feria Sabatino’s opens at 10 AM

Our vendors have had time to replenish their supplies and create even more products to entice you.

Alafi Artisan Cheeses
Amrita Canna and Vegan Supplements
Artesana Breads by Rosemary
Blue Biker Blueberries
Capadocia Fermented Products
Double D’s Delights


Sivar “Salvadorean Pupusas” – original Salvadorean Pupusas

Sivar “Salvadorean Pupusas” – original Salvadorean Pupusas
One of the most famous Latin American dishes arrives at Cuenca. Enjoy the typical Salvadorean dish Pupusas. A soft corn tortilla stuffed with pork, beans, cheese or mixed (In El Salvador we call it “Revuelta”). Ask for Cindy or Orlando (2 Salvadoreans that bring you the authentic Pupusa dish). Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Check our Instagram for more information. We will be glad to serve you.

We serve specialty coffee from Loja, other dishes, and light beverages. Free wifi and pet-friendly Wednesday to Sundays, Padre Julio Matovelle y Agustin Cueva Orlando: 098 384 6260

Wednesday to Sundays, Padre Julio Matovelle y Agustin Cueva

Orlando: 099 295 3088