US dollar acceptance?

Hello GringoPost,

Do US bills need to be in perfect condition in order to be accepted in Ecuador? I traveled in SE Asia and found that US money would not be accepted unless it was in new condition. The Google machine didn’t yield any results, with some information saying that US bills need to be in nice/almost perfect condition in order to be accepted in South America. Since Ecuador is on the dollar, I am hoping they will be more lenient.

Thank you,

Jefferson Johnson

Smaller phone book?

Picked up the 2022-2023 phone book today. It has half the number of pages that last year had. Also, this year is 2 columns per page vs. 4 columns per page last year. Print does not appear to be smaller. Does anyone have any idea what is going on?


Rescued pups need you!

Do you love animals but don’t know how to help?

This is a great opportunity to do so!

Please help us with donations of clothes, shoes, toys, stuffed animals, ornaments, appliances, etc.

Anything you think we can sell to raise funds is good for us, if it´s in your heart to donate dog or cat food, we would greatly appreciate it as well.


El Poncho – orange tabby!

Orange tabbies are considered to be the favorite type of cat by cat lovers all over the world. Why is that? Probably because the vast majority of orange tabbies possess several of the most positive and endearing attributes that people adore. Personality, being at the top of the list. Did you know that 90% of orange tabbies are male? A lot of orange tabbies have dog-like traits.

Meet El Poncho! He was recently rescued by a kind Ecuadorian family. Poncho appeared in their neighborhood. He was scared and hungry and so eager for human companionship. Poncho is 8-9 months old. He’s been sterilized, vaccinated and de-wormed. El Poncho likes dogs and children. He’s a genuine lap cat!

The rescuer has two dogs that don’t like cats so they have been staying outdoors and away from the kitty. Poncho likes to sunbathe on the lawn while supervised by his rescuers.

If you’re interested in meeting an affectionate, friendly and docile companion, please reach out to me.

He’s a great family cat.

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

City: Cuenca

Looking for cone-shaped styrofoam

Anyone know where I can purchase cone-shaped styrofoam form.

I purchase them last year at Importadora Cumpleaños out on Pan American Highway, but they do not have them this year.

Eva: .

City: Cuenca

Big, sturdy plastic storage bins/boxes

We are looking to buy secondhand or new, big, sturdy, plastic storage boxes for heavy weight items.

Annie: 099 925 3330. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca


Mexican train domino style.
Aluminum case, good condition.


Ben: .

City: Cuenca

Design, cabinets, interior/exterior design

Looking for a remote teacher for zoom sessions for different projects, and digital art. Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp. Once a week, 90 minutes.
Classes in English or Spanish.


Patricia Villegas: +593 98 738 0913. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Providing Mandarin or English training


I’m a native Mandarin speaker who also can speak fluent English. Please contact me via email or 097 979 3928 if you need personal Mandarin or English training.

Leo Liu

City: Cuenca

Looking for proofreading support for Amazon Rainforest website

Hi everyone!

We have a website called which is an Amazon Rainforest Encyclopedia. It was first made in Spanish but recently we used a paid app for automated translation called WPML.

However, we still need to check it out.

Most of the articles are very well written in Spanish by University professors or doctors as Dr. Rafael Cartay, historian, writer and economist who encouraged us to start this 3 years ago with the hope of earning some revenue from it somehow, some day.


Looking for a French teacher/tutor

We are ready to learn a new language and we are looking for someone to come to our home to teach us French. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Please send message via WhatsApp. Thank you!

Oti: 098 347 1982. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Fire TV cube, hands-free streaming device available for sale

Brand new Fire TV Cube, hands-free streaming device with Alexa, 4K Ultra HD, includes latest Alexa Voice Remote

-The most powerful Fire TV streaming media player – the ultra-powerful hexa-core processor delivers a fast, fluid 4K streaming experience.
-Hands-free entertainment – Put down the remote and dive right into your favorites with just your voice.
-Control the TV with your voice – Control compatible soundbar and A/V receivers, and change live cable or satellite channels with your voice.


Like new 13″ Dell laptop computer for sale

Like new Dell laptop computer for sale

Ideal for personal or business use, computer was bought in 2020 but it’s been rarely used.

Comes with original windows license
wireless mouse and charger


Big garage sale

I’m going back to the US and I’m selling everything. I brought beds, living room, dining room, kitchen ornaments. Saturday and Sunday only sale WhatsApp for location.

Tamy Will: 099 477 9236.

City: Cuenca

Crochet clothing and beyond

I have a friend in Cuenca who is an expert in custom-making crochet clothes, blankets, booties – you name it, she can do it! Her skills are handed down through several generations, and she started learning her art craft as a young girl, and her work is impeccable.

Her custom articles make excellent gifts, too! You can reach her directly (Spanish only) at +593 99 911 0369
English: +1 954 803 7124

Simon Coello: +593 99 911 0369.

City: Cuenca

Gaming PC for sale

Selling a Gaming PC because the owner is leaving Cuenca.

Price: $1150 (negotiable)

Info about the PC:

Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming B450M-PLUS II
Processor: Ryzen 3 3200G IGPU Radeon Vega 8
Ram: hyper x fury 8×2 16GB ram
SSD: 256GB Gigabyte NVMe M.2 SSD
PSU: Corsair CV650


Osprey Stratos 24 backpack $100

Internal Frame, blue. Place for internal water bag (not included). Originally purchased at REI in Seattle. From their website: List price $175 Also trekking poles $20

AirSpeed® ventilated suspension system distributes load weight and offers a supportive fit mile after mile.
Pack is made of recycled nylon with a PFC/PFAS-free durable water repellent (DWR) coating to help water bead up on the surface.
Panel-loading design with a burly zipper provides wide access to the main compartment
Internal hydration reservoir sleeve with back panel hose port gives you easy access to your water supply (reservoir not included)


New fitness tracker watch

Selling new ‘Heart-strong fitness tracker’
Black fitness tracker and watch.
Tracks steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, sleep monitor, sedentary reminder, and calories burned.
USB rechargeable and syncable to phone or computer

Never used: $20

Email for pictures

Tracker: .

City: Cuenca


Mexican Trail, in an aluminum case.


Ben: .

City: Cuenca

European fabrics and mattresses

Selling fabrics for upholstery, cushions, duvets, curtains and more…

We make curtains for you.
Visit the store and we advise you!

Also, we sell mattresses, blankets and sheets.

Open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Contact for pictures and information by WhatsApp +593 99 029 5933

Store: Casa Flores
Address: Simón Bolívar 6-58 y Presidente Borrero

Alex Flores.

City: Cuenca

Pure eucalyptus raw bee honey – directly from hives

Enjoy pure, raw, unadulterated, unfiltered eucalyptus honey at its finest.
Our honey is unpasteurized and totally raw. It has no sugars added. It still has naturally occurring pollen from the bees. The live enzymes and yeasts are present.

This is 100% raw honey!
Full frame of honeycomb available.


Cuenca Consignments, store is open today

Cuenca Consignment Stores, voted best Consignment Store in Cuenca each year. Visit our vast selection of items for your home and family, all at discounted prices. We have added new and pre-owned items to our inventory in the past week: Couches, coffee tables, office items like desks, computers, a 30-inch monitor, chairs and cabinets, some lockable. a beautiful hutch, an almost-new LG washer and GE gas dryer, gas and electric stoves, an Alto Saxophone, lots of men’s, woman’s, and children’s clothing, shoes, and Jackets, and much more.


Miscellaneous items for sale

Mac mini, late 2014, MacOS Big Sur operating system, 1TB HD, 8 GB memory ram, asking $375.
22” Samsung monitor, has hdmi and USB ports $90
HP ink tank wireless, color printer, scanner and copier with high-capacity tank $145.

Electric oil heater, medium-size $35
Kodak Easyshare 14MP digital camera $30
Computer speakers $15

Emily: .

City: Cuenca

Free comedy theater tickets for tonight, Saturday and Sunday

Azuay Community Theater is back with a side-splitting Broadway comedy.

Join with us in celebrating the return of Cuenca theater and our full 2022-2023 season.

Grab your friends and come see ‘It Had to Be You,’ A comedy in two acts by Renêe Taylor and Joseph Bologna


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, beers.

We are open Friday from 3 to 8 PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 8 PM. Contact us by phone or directly to WhatsApp for deliveries or reservations, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and google maps as Café Del Río. Note: we provide transportation service.

From Cuenca country club two minutes up to biocorredor Yanuncay you will see the sign on the right hand.

Angel Panchez
593 98 589 9643

Driver, facilitator and tour guide

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, Amazonia and more, tours to Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Sigsig, San Bartolomé, Giron el Chorro, Valle de Yunguilla, Ingapirca and more beautiful places.


Professional English editor

I will correct and/or develop your writing, academic or otherwise. I have edited novels, memoirs, autobiographies, poetry, short stories, essays, and theses to name a few.

Donna Stiteler:
More references available upon request

My fee depends upon the task.



WhatsApp: 593 96 711 7397

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

Spanish Classes for beginners in a small group for October

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).


Party Ecuador

Come join us at Party Ecuador and make your dreams come true, veteran run establishment for the discerning gentlemen.
Follow us on Tik Tok.


+1 (530) 702 9733

What is glutathione IV infusion therapy?

Glutathione is a tripeptide—a combination of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine, and glutamine. It’s present in most of the cells in our bodies, though it’s most often found concentrated in the liver.

Glutathione contains a sticky, sulphur chemical group that collects all the harmful molecules in your body and neutralizes them. These are called free radicals; when they’re eliminated, your immune system gets a massive boost.

Benefits of glutathione:


Need last minute filing?

Final tax deadline for individual and corporation returns is October 15.

Contact us: (786) 462 7899 or Email us:

Miami, Florida

Fulton Abraham Sanchez

Infusion of intravenous therapies

Serum therapy
Intravenous applications of vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper functioning of the body.

Vitamin C
B complex
trace elements
Amino acids
chelation therapy
Alpha lipoic acid
Highly qualified service at home

Home service

Lorena Paredes

099 680 1270

Plans for the weekend? – Always at Santacruz

Santacruz loves giving its customers the best service and food combined with a great place to eat. Colorful and bright, bringing that joy that cruises barriers. Check what we offer and don’t lose this experience!


Taco Tuesday 10 x 10 (Ten tacos for 10 bucks)
2X1 Martinis
3X2 Beer
2X1 Blue Margaritas every day!
Get to know our menu:


Botana Santa Cruz (Sampler)
2 people
4 people



(chicken/ beef / pork / shrimp / vegetarian. served with salsas and chips)


(chicken/ beef / pork / mushroom served with salsas and chips)

Crazy Burrito

Super big burrito mixto, served with salsas and fries.


(chicken/ beef / pork / shrimp)


(chicken / beef / pork / shrimp / black beans) …

To see more of our Menu, please go to our Facebook @santacruzrestaurantcuenca .

Hours: Monday – Saturday: Noon – 10 PM
Sunday: Closed

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

Santacruz Restaurant

099 511 2381

Concierge in Cuenca for you

Concierge in Cuenca for you
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
I can be your personal assistant


Carlos Quiroga
098 963 9889

Learning Spanish is fun!

We know that learning another language can be difficult and even daunting at times. CCC Spanish is different. We take the class out of the classroom and believe in the three C’s of learning a language: Conversation ~ Culture ~ Context.

CCC Spanish’s teaching method focuses mainly on conversation combined with grammar, cultural activities, field trips, and topics related to day-to-day life.

Our teachers are local Cuencanos who have decades of experience teaching Spanish. You will use a book created by the teachers and some of their other colleagues for homework. Our students love both the book and the teaching method.


Full body deep tissue massage – 90-minutes session

A deep tissue massage is a type of massage that aims to invigorate and heal a person’s muscles and connective tissue.

Deep tissue massage works on specific areas of muscle tension in the body. Stress, bad postures, or intensive physical activity can cause contracted muscles, and the best way to treat this is a good massage.

The main benefit of a deep tissue massage is that it can help relieve pain caused by stressed and strained muscles—the massage focus on targeting specific muscles and connective tissue.


Looking for patients with facial pain symptoms

Hi. It’s Dr. Mauro Urrutia. Dentist. I am currently doing my posgraduation studies at Catholic University of Cuenca – UCACUE.
This month we are looking for patients who have the following symptoms:

– Neck pain
– Facial pain
– Sleep problems related to dental grinding or “bruxism”.


Handyman “Gorge-Goody”

After 17 years working in the States as a handyman and constructor, I’m offering my services to the Cuenca community.

I’m especially good at finishing work such as plastering and painting. I know many techniques to make your interior a cozy and functional home.

Constructing, plastering and painting
Distressing furniture
Simple electric installations – lamps, etc.
Installing curtains, shelves, walls, etc.

Please contact me directly to make a visit without compromise.

Calle Ambato y Riobamba

Jorge Segarra
099 372 1956
WhatsApp 099 372 1956

Microsoft computer for sale

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 12.3″ touch-screen (2736 x 1824)
2 in 1 (tablet and PC)
Windows 10
Color platinum
Condition: used, like new

$450 (negotiable)

Isabel: +593 99 380 4536.

City: Cuenca

Beef or chicken teriyaki kabobs dinner/Joes’ Secret Garden

Saturday, dine-in restaurant – bar, restaurant and community gathering place.
Sunday is the takeout day – delivery or pickup and dine in the comfort of your home or favorite space.

The menu:
Dinner starts with a hearty bowl of:

Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp – delicious, not too spicy, curry-based broth, with fresh shrimp, and vegetables.

Followed with your choice of:


Tonight: Ali Agca Trio at the Jazz Society Café

This Friday, 23rd of September at the Jazz Society Jazz Society Café presents:

Turkish jazz guitarist, Ali Agca is back in town!
Ali Agca Trio with a fresh repertoire this Friday at the Jazz Society Café.
Enjoy a wonderful night out with delicious food from 6 PM and live music from 7 PM. The trio will feature bass player, Christian Tenorio, and drummer Freddy Abad. They will play romantic jazz standards, lively Thelonious Monk tunes, and Ali’s funky Turkish blues composition.

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmailcom
093 934 2714 English
096 322 3377 Español

7 PM Friday | $5 cover
WhatsApp 096 322 3377
Friday, 7 PM, 23rd of September, Jazz Society Cafe, Los Cedros y Los Claveles (one block North of Ordonez Lasso)

Debby Degamo: 093 934 2714 English 096 322 3377 Español

Delivered to you: sourdough, freezer meals, Southern biscuits

Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

We restored cookies at Cuenca Creators Co-op.

Here is our current product list for delivery:


Three cheese chicken and spinach lasagna $9.50
Chicken pot pie $7.50
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 $10.50


Now accepting donations for the Mujeres Garage Sale

Marie Kondo has made a fortune advising people how to simplify their lives by de-cluttering their closets, drawers and homes. If you have some items you no longer need or use or if you have leftovers from a sale you’ve had, please consider donating them to the Cuenca Women’s Shelter garage sale.


Live music with Luis Ullauri at the Otorongo Lounge

As every Friday, Luis Ullauri will be performing the best of his repertoire at the Otorongo Lounge this September the 23rd at 8 PM. Cover: a voluntary contribution.

September 23rd, from 8 to 10 PM, no cover charge, Plaza el Otorongo, Av. 3 de Novimembre, Cuenca.

Herbert Ullauri: 099 998 7932

A plant-based menu by Felipe Cordero and Andres Zambrano

La Guarida is proud to present

Cooking with Friends
featuring Felipe Corder
from Mala Fama.

Join us this Friday (from 5 to 9 PM) for a seven-course all plant-based menu. Felipe Cordero is a very young exciting chef who alongside La Guarida’s team will create a very unique dining experience. Seven courses, all plant-based, incredibly nutritious, delicious and diverse. A one-time-only event that you surely can’t miss.

Cost: $25
A four-drink pairing menu will be available.

Reservations are required.
Book by calling 099 806 8071.

September 23rd, from 5 to 9 PM, $25, Mariscal Lamar 22-23 y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071

Gran Feria at Sisa Bowl: blueberries and almonds

It is happening! Join us this Saturday for the Gran Feria at Sisa Bowl restaurant. We will have fresh blueberries and whole, raw, shelled almonds for sale.

Lots of vendors and great products waiting for you!
We hope to see you there.

Saturday, September 24th, from 10 AM, Free event, Paseo 3 de Noviembre, next to Puente Roto, Cuenca.

The Blue Biker:

Everyone knows Artepar! Beautiful products to accent your home

Amazing, one of a kind, painted creations by local artist Pablo Ramirez. A star of the ‘feria scene’, his creations, are available every day at Cuenca Creators Co-Operative!

They have a selection of planters, wall art, key holders, magnets all painted in ‘Artepar Style’! Large and small, plenty of items to choose for that perfect decoration or gift.


It’s almost time for trivia at Cuenca Creators Co-Op

Clear your calendars for Monday, September 26th, and let’s get together to see what we know about food!

Sit back and enjoy the conversation. Questions are meant to inspire conversation, not debate. So, clear the ‘fog’ from your brain and join us, Monday, September 26th for some snacks and coffee provided by our vendors – and some great conversation. This week, we are discussing food! I know, strange, but the questions are really quite interesting! Again, some questions easy…a few hard… but all guaranteed to make you “think.”