Latest citizenship test?

Has anyone taken the citizenship test lately? My test is this week (Thanksgiving Day) and I’m panicking. Any info would be helpful. To be clear, I understand that the test has been re-made, therefore the old bank of questions circulating from a few years ago would not be helpful – hence my concern.

Any info would be so appreciated.


Donation to help

We are a group of people who help poor families in the Baños-Cuenca area. For this we have organized a garage sale. Please, if you have any items that you do not use, clothing, decorations, etc., donate them.

We can help you by removing them or delivering them to Ricardo Duran 3-133

Ximena: 099 827 4492. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Donate to help

We are a group of people who help poor families in Baños-Cuenca, with medicines, diapers, glasses, therapy, etc. and we are organizing a garage sale for November 26 and 27, we need your help with any item, decoration, furniture, kitchen utensil, clothing, etc. that you no longer use Please contact us or send your donation to Ricardo Duran 3-133. Thank you,

Ximena: 099 827 4492. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Willing to carry some items from Europe free of charge. Dec 5, 2022

Will be arriving in Cuenca on Dec 5. Travelling from Europe. Willing to carry small items with me free of charge. Thinking documents, letters, etc.

Items would need to be posted to a UK Postal Code

You can reach me at

Jim: .

City: Cuenca

“Gastropod” podcast on coconuts

The folks at “Gastropod” do really good work, like their especially good 2-part series on coffee from back in March. This time around the topic is coconuts and it’s really fun as well as informative.

“All around the world, people who live alongside the coconut palm refer to it as the ‘tree of life,’ thanks to its ability to provide food, oil, fresh water, and the sturdy raw materials to build homes, clothes, and even musical instruments-all from one plant. This episode, Gastropod cracks open what makes coconuts so great, including their role as everything from a Presidential lifesaver to the missing ingredient in nuclear fusion.”

Title:”Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Water Wars and Coconut Oil Controversies”


File size: 46.6 MB, runtime: 48:28

David Johns

City: Cuenca

Donate to help

We are a group of people who help poor families in Baños-Cuenca, with medicines, diapers, glasses, therapy, etc. and we are organizing a garage sale for November 26 and 27. We need your help with any item, decoration, furniture, kitchen utensil, clothing, etc. that you no longer use. Please contact us or send your donation to Ricardo Duran 3-133.
Thank you,

Ximena: 099 827 4492. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Donation to help

We are a group of people who help poor families in the Baños-Cuenca area, for this we have organized a garage sale. Please, if you have any items that you do not use, clothing, decorations, etc., donate them.

We can help you by removing them or delivering them to Ricardo Duran 3-133.

Ximena: 099 827 4492. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Used iPhone

I am looking for a used iPhone 8 or newer model. The hard drive on my current phone is shot. Thank you.

Nathaniel Goodale:

City: Cuenca

Looking for 1 bedroom apartment for rent

Looking for 1 bedroom furnished apartment for rent in Cuenca, $300 – $450, I don’t have pets.

Looking to rent month to month, fully furnished apartment in El Centro or close by, including internet and utilities under $500/m. Call Email

Jozef: 099 809 6381. Call after: 10 AM

You deserve an in-home spa day enjoying my 90-minute 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:

Digestive problems
Aches and pains
Sports injuries

I have over 9 years of experience in massage therapy and take care of your specific needs. I use coconut oil to rehydrate the skin, leaving your body silky smooth. I add soothing, calm music to your massage to create an atmosphere of total relaxation, melting away stress, leaving you feeling rested and refreshed.

I follow all health and safety recommendations from local health officials.

1 hour $25
1.5 hours $37.50
2 hours $50

I should mention that there is an additional fee of $5 to bring my massage table for your convenience.

WhatsApp or call directly – 099 987 9713

9 AM to 7 PM from Monday to Friday

I speak English and Spanish.

Dora Quinche: 099 987 9713. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

ATV rental

Looking to rent a smaller sized ATV rental to navigate the trails of Amaru Zoo. Rental for 2 or 3 days early December. Must be powerful enough to climb the mountain trails, but not so wide that it won’t fit some of the narrower passages.

Mark D Newkirk: .

City: Cuenca

Key employee needed

To the Gringos that have Ecuadorian maids, facilitators, or other helpers, please pass this advertisement along to them and provide them with the opportunity to improve their lives.

Looking for a part-time girl/boy Friday to add to the team of a growing North American style BBQ restaurant. Friday and Saturday only, afternoon and evening.

What we are – We are a new restaurant in the historical district serving predominately barbecue foods similar to that found in the United States. We have a cult following for our smoked pork spare ribs, and our client base grows every week. We are adding a second BBQ smoker on the rooftop to increase our cooking capacity and meet the growing customer demand. We have a third-floor patio area with a great view of the historical district where we will place a couple of tables, together with a covered room that will also have a couple of tables.


Angel tree lit: CSK Christmas Ready!

Thank you for putting the star on the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Children’s Angel Tree!

Moving the star to the top of the tree means:

* every child will have a small but longed for gift
* families will have additional food for their holiday celebrations
* there will be moments of normalcy and joy for families

CSK works year-long to give those in need a hand up to a better life – but you are the real stars!

More information and questions:

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Oh, the Rose Guy just realized that this week is Black Friday

The Rose Guy would first like to thank everyone who has joined the block party and placed orders of our farm direct roses to any US address.

It is too late to order for Thanksgiving delivery but now is the time to get a head start on your Christmas orders. All orders placed this week will qualify for any delivery date up to December 31st.

I have decided to extend this incredible offer throughout this coming week because Friday is Black Friday.


Apartment for sale

I am selling an apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a cellar, a garage. 10 minutes from the city center, near Supermaxi, Coral Centro, one block from the Yanuncay river. Building has an elevator, electric generator, LED lighting for energy saving, cameras.

Ximena Salcedo: 099 827 4492

City: Cuenca

Legendary ChomChom pet hair remover

Best on the US market – ChomChom pet hair remover roller. Brand new, in the packaging. Special cat edition, but works for any pet hair. No adhesive or sticky tape, reusable again and again. Suitable for furniture, couch, carpet, car seats and bedding.

Alex: 097 905 9658

City: Cuenca

Super Sale Cuenca, Gran Colombia

Super Sale, all must be picked up by Wednesday the latest. After that everything will go to the Consignment Store.
Pick up in Cuenca Gran Colombia y Octavio Cordero.

– Smart TV 55″ TCL Android with sound bar. Price at Coral $800. Selling for $500.

– King size bed. Base and high quality Orthopedic mattress. $500 for both.


Paintings by Golbon

Original, signed, acrylic on canvas paintings at an affordable price. See the online gallery at or visit Haqque Furniture showroom on Gran Columbia between Unidad Nacional and Las Americas. Open until 7 PM weekdays and until 4 PM on Saturday. Custom furniture and original art: everything you need to make your house a home for the holidays.

Commissioned work also available: Have a favorite photo from your travels? Consider turning it into a painting.


City: Cuenca

Pájaro y Bestia

Deliberately different.

Gran Colombia 13-100 y Estévez de Toral


098 321 8273

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ special VIP party and show Dec 8

Celebrate the holidays with your friends at The First Annual VIP party and preview performance of Azuay Community Theater’s staged radio production of “it’s A Wonderful Life’ 

Join us on Thursday, December 8 at 3 PM for a holiday cocktail, delicious hors d’oeuvres from Mother and Son Family Kitchen and the music of Jazz Society regulars, The Ali Agca Trio in our new lounge decorated for the holidays…followed at 4 PM by a special preview performance of this year’s holiday show! Cash bar open during the party and at intermission. $25 Admission includes event and show. ($10 for those who purchased the Preseason special offer.) 


Pilates Cuenca at Physiogym

Now we give you more options to join our group classes: Mondays 10 AM / Wednesdays 10 AM and 11 AM / Fridays 10 AM and 11 AM. We offer you low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. You can visit our facilities anytime. Our staff is fully bilingual. You can choose to join our group classes or have a private session. Our studio is on the ground floor and has parking available. Write us an email and ask for a first session for free.

Isabel la Catolica 2-86 and Tirso de Molina

Pilates Cuenca
098 404 5949 / 098 423 0884

Facilitator and national tour guide

Translator and tourism guide around Ecuador and currently living in Cuenca Ecuador

I offer my services as helper for many reasons with my private transportation

I charge $13 per hour

English and Spanish

Please for more info my contact number its below

in addition I offer tours in Cuenca and the Cajas National Park and many other places close by.

Thanks, Paul C

Juan Montalvo

Paul Crespo
098 498 5805

Professional career teacher, available to tutor

I taught for 25 years in the USA. I will tutor or teach any age student. I hold current teaching certificates in English, science, and social studies and a master’s degree in educational research and psychology, as well as degrees in criminal justice and psychology. I am fully vaccinated and will work with you in person or online. I can address whatever skills or content you need. I can teach your student to read and write in English. I have experience with young children to graduate students.

My teaching fee is negotiable depending upon the task.



WhatsApp: 593 96 711 7397

Naturopathic, massage, and wellness services

Jimmy Quintero, licensed naturopathy technologist and massage therapist with 26 years of experience, offers deep tissue, Thai, Hawaiian, Swedish, Shiatsu, relaxation, trigger point, and at affordable prices for men and women. He can work deeply or gently to relieve stress or to target specific issues with excellent results.

Additionally, Jimmy is a personal trainer and yoga instructor and dance can do all of this in the privacy of your home. He offers combination packages with exercise followed by massage.


Vitamins and supplements

Now with 2 locations in Cuenca to serve our clients you can shop for vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition, herbal and homeopathic medicine, Essential oils and Diffusers, proteins, weight management products, detox kits, pain control medication, skin care products, nutritional supplements, sleep aid products, collagen, vegan protein, yoga equipment.

We accept special orders for all your vitamins and supplements needs.


High-dose vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant

Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant which increases extracellular collagen production and is essential for proper immune cell functioning.

High-dose vitamin C is beneficial any time you are under greater than usual amounts of stress, feeling excessive fatigue when your immune system needs bolstering to fight acute or chronic viral and bacterial infections when your skin needs to be restored to glowing conditions such as after sun damage or surgery and to help improve the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy like fatigue, nausea and vomiting.


Massage therapy – relax, heal and rejuvenate- 90 minutes session

Massage is generally considered part of integrative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Massage benefits can include:

• Reducing stress and increasing relaxation
• Reducing pain and muscle soreness, and tension
• Improving circulation, energy and alertness
• Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
• Improving immune function

Massage may also be helpful for:


Upholstery cleaning and 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

Av Gonzales Suarez

Freddy delgado
093 937 9979

Emilio Morocho

Emilio was our guide for four day-trips during our recent and first visit to Ecuador. I cannot understate how much we appreciated Emilio’s knowledge, friendliness, humor, and attention. We saw and experienced parts of Ecuador and its great culture we would not have experienced without someone of his caliber as a guide. Wonderful times and a wonderful man. We highly recommend Emilio to anyone who wants to dig into a better understanding of Ecuador. Thanks for your time with us.

316 Oakland Street

Ralph D Ramsden

Come today – don’t delay

CosasPrep is experiencing scarcity of some of our most popular items. Get em’ while we still have ‘em! (Sitting on the fence is not recommended. If you want one of the items below – hurry.)

Room size air purifiers: 6 left -*-
Offline/online language translators: 6 Left
Security cameras powered by battery (No need for electrical hookup.) 2 left
Large rotating heaters: 3 left
Large dehumidifiers: 6 left
12,000 mAh power banks made especially for iPhones: 6 left


VIP Preview Party for ACT’s new show, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Celebrate the holidays with your friends at The First Annual VIP party and preview performance of Azuay Community Theater’s staged radio production of “it’s A Wonderful Life’ 

Join us on Thursday, December 8 at 3 PM for a holiday cocktail, delicious hors d’oeuvres from Mother and Son Family Kitchen and the music of Jazz Society regulars, The Ali Agca Trio in our new lounge decorated for the holidays…followed at 4 PM by a special preview performance of this year’s holiday show! Cash bar open during the party and at intermission. $25 Admission includes event and show. ($10 for those who purchased the Preseason special offer.) 


Medical facilitator, nurse practitioner and wellness consultant

I am a qualified, bilingual nurse practitioner working with both expats and Ecuadorians living in the Cuenca area.

As an independent practitioner, I have developed professional relationships with many healthcare professionals to ensure my clients receive the quality health care they require.

To assist my clients, I have developed a Wellness Care program to retain medical history and have available when there is a need to meet with a new healthcare practitioner and especially in case of an emergency.


Let’s make a card for Christmas!

A nice gesture for your friends and family!

Everyone from 9-years-old is invited to create a card with a Christmas tree in la “Casa de la Cultura Núcleo del Azuay”.

Thursday, November 24: 3 to 5 PM
The price of $5 includes 2 full hours and material.
The course will be taught in English and Spanish.

Please reserve your space via WhatsApp with Madyson, Alli Maki Crear y Relajar: 096 312 9138 or via email.

Don’t miss it!

Presidente Córdova 7-89 y Luis Cordero

096 312 9138

Learn Spanish by watching movies, reading books and listening to music

If you’re looking to improve your Spanish (especially listening comprehension , grammar and vocabulary) then you may want to download this free guide.

My team of native speakers and I at have put together a list of Spanish movies, TV shows, books and music (sorted by level, genre, etc.) to help you find an authentic Spanish resource that is suitable for you.

I’ve also included a short video that suggests how you can use these resources at any level.

I know it can be daunting to try watching a movie or reading a book in Spanish at a beginner level.

But it can be done.

You can still learn a lot from it and actually enjoy it.

I loved using TV, movies, books and music to improve my Spanish as it taught me the real, everyday Spanish used in different parts of the world.

Download your free copy here:

Canoa, Ecuador


Spanish Classes for intermediate level in small group in November

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!


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.

Avenida Viracochabamba y Princesa Toa

Juan Rodriguez

Painful Joints? Relieve and prevent rheumatism and arthritis.

Take this chance to bring in a smooth and silky feeling to all parts of your body.
Silk Reeling is a practice within QiGong and Tai Chi that promotes nourishment and lubrication to all of your joints.

The gentle and spiraling movements of Silk Reeling brings both strength and flexibility to your muscles, tendons, fascia and joints.

In the practice, deep and mindful breathing will allow you to deal better with any pain that you might have in your body, as well as promote a sense of calm and relaxation in your mind.
This workshop will be beneficial for anyone who wants more flexibility and mobility to their body.


Looking a job as a Personal Assistant in Quito 

I would like to offer my services as a personal assistant. I’m an experienced bilingual business professional (Spanish / English). I have organizational and computer skills, I have problem-solving ability, I have good attitude. My work would involve a wide variety of tasks, like: accompanying you to medical appointments, translations, interpreter and making phone calls. I’m available for work as an interpreter for individuals, businesses or groups. 

098 453 4019. Call after: 8 AM. 

City: Quito (capital)

Recommendation for Olga Polukarova hair stylist, Capelli hair salon

I had a great experience with hair stylist Olga. She is working in a very modern hair salon near Remigio Drespo. I was trying a few salons in Cuenca before and finally found a master, who is really professional, and was very accommodating to my needs and result was fabulous!

I highly recommend olga’s services.

Address: Padre Julio Matovelle 157, Cuenca

Contact information: 098 763 7628

Recommended by Ava Ava:

Recommendation for Andres Delgado, dentist

Based on the recommendation seen here on GringoPost, I visited Andres Delgado for some restorations that my dentist in North America was going to charge me $1,100 to do.

I was able to see him the next day. He was very personable, explained everything he was going to do and did 3, not 2 restorations plus a cleaning for $95. Of course, price is not the only consideration. He is very competent and kind. As the previous poster mentioned, there was no pain.

Highly recommended.

Address: Benigno Malo 10-96

Contact information: 098 746 4612

Recommended by Sandra Olson:

Recommendation for Paraíso Silvestre, dog lodging and daycare near Quito

Hi all! If anyone is looking for a great place to board their dog and/or doggie daycare in Tumbaco, near Quito, I highly recommend Paraíso Silvestre. It has ample space for dogs to run, play, and relax. I’ve boarded my dog, Jack, there and also visit on a regular basis for doggie daycare. The owner, Daniela, has more than a decade of experience and provides personalized care for each pup. I can see the results of her wonderful work of socialization with Jack, who’s generally been a shy boy with both other humans and dogs, but actually gets excited to go to Paraíso Silvestre! Daniela really makes dogs feel like they’re in a second home and she also offers post-surgery care. And her pricing is good too!

To find out more, message Daniela on WhatsApp at the number provided below. Or, if you don’t speak Spanish, you can message me here or by email and I’ll gladly help.

Address: Calle Las Minas, Tumbaco (between Quito and the Tababela airport)

Contact information: 098 920 3367

Recommended by Alicia M:

Thanksgiving at Don Colon’s Restaurant

Special Thanksgiving Dinner at Don Colon’s Restaurant

Stuffed Turkey with all the trimmings


Sweet potato
Garlic bread
Glass of wine

Only $12.95

Reservations please

Thursday, November 24,

Corner of Parque Calderon

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703

Delicious and homemade ice cream from Carlos at Vivaldi Ice Cream

Do you enjoy delicious homemade ice cream? The kind that you ate growing up! You will love these flavors! Many flavors are not available anywhere else in Ecuador. Give your mouth a treat! What are you waiting for?

All ice cream is made with all-natural ingredients. Real cream, real sugar, real eggs, real fruit. No chemicals added.

I have the following flavors available for you this week. Enjoy.

1 liter $8 – 500ml $4.50


Hacienda Chan Chan Dairy Products

Good day to all of you. This Tuesday at Dos Sucres, come pick up a plethora of fresh, farm products: This week we have Alpine cheese, mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh milk and cream. Also pick up some tasty fruit, veggies and fresh bread.

If you are not able to make it to the market, email your orders for home delivery or pick-up at the Smokehouse by San Sebastian Square or Tienda Nectar.

Tuesday, November 22nd from 8:15-10 AM,

Dos Sucres-Roberto Crespo Toral 3-56 (8:15 – 10 AM), Smokehouse (pick-up Tuesday after 10:30 AM), Tienda Nectar (pick-up after 11 AM)


Drum Circle at idiomART this Saturday

Our monthly drum circles have become an event that many look forward to. We have folks of all ages and skill levels come and join in the circle, which creates a highly energized atmosphere.

Not everyone who comes feels comfortable or ready to join the circle, and that’s okay. Dancers, singers, listeners and overall “appreciators” are welcome too!

We ask that you please bring your own instrument because we don’t have too many extras.

No reservations are necessary

Saturday, Nov. 26; 2:30 PM, $3 at the door,

Mariscal Lamar 14-25 y Estevez de Toral

Sarah HB:

City: Cuenca

Improv Storytelling open mic

Our first Storytelling Open Mic was a huge success and every agrees that we need to continue doing it, so…. we’re excited to announce our 2nd Improv Storytelling Open Mic!

Stories are a powerful way for us to connect to one another, sharing memories, emotions, sensations…making it possible to feel as though we are cutting through the superficial to the heart of the matter.

Our open mic is an opportunity for you to both practice telling your stories in public and listen to others…what they talk about, how they tell the story…


Reminder: Tai Chi in Parque de la Madre

Whether you’re a beginner to Tai Chi or would like to improve your practice, this group could be for you. Tai Chi is excellent for gently developing lower body strength and flexibility and for improving your balance as well as your overall health. Chen-style Tai Chi is a more than 300-year old practice that incorporates conscious breathing techniques into deliberate, meditative movements which benefit both mind and body.

This Introduction to Tai Chi practice will focus on fundamental movements of the 18 Form and the Eight Brocades Qi Gong routine, and on building toward the full Old Frame First Routine 74 Form. We welcome all ages and all levels from absolute novice to intermediate.


Paradise Indian Restaurant

Paradise is pleased to join the Cuenca Book Fair and other local businesses in sponsoring the launch of a new book. “His Mother’s Son: Memoirs of an Accidental Man” was written by local resident Paul Anthony, and the free event is presented by Cristina Flores of Walking Spanish Lessons.

The presentation will include an interview with the author, followed by a reception attended by members of the creative team involved in the project. Complimentary wine and snacks will be provided by Paradise Indian Restaurant and Café Libre.

Tuesday, November 22nd at 10:30 AM,

Gran Colombia and Benigno Malo (Escuela Central)

Paul Anthony: 098 462 8976 / 099 528 6389

Black Friday Jazz: Esteban Encalada Trio!

Live Music
We invite you to enjoy this amazing band this Black Friday at the Jazz Society Cafe. Esteban Encalada Trio!

Esteban Encalada
Edwin Clavijo
Josep Wazhima
Viernes 25 de Noviembre
7 PM
Cover: $5
Reservations: WhatsApp +593 96 322 3377


World cup at La Yunta

Come to enjoy the magic of football at La Yunta and if you don’t like football we have a non-football area

See you all soon


Every day during World cup,

La Yunta, Ave 1 de Mayo entre Americas y, Fray Gaspar de Carvajal

Soledad Riquetti: 098 945 6551

Get your orders in before Thanksgiving!

Hi Sunday Brunch Cuenca family. We will be closed the end of the week for Thanksgiving so please get you orders in by noon Monday for Wednesday delivery. No deliveries Friday. Thank you.

Here is our current product list:


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


Thanksgiving Dinner at Santorino’s

Santorino Restaurant Famous Thanksgiving Dinner is Back.
Celebrate with a FREE Glass of Wine. Limited Seating. New Location.
Save the Date Thursday, November 24– 2 Seating: 1 PM and 4 PM.

Mango apple crunch salad!
Main course:
turkey breast in cranberry sauce served with sautéed fresh mixed vegetables. Homemade stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes with gravy.


This Week at La Guarida

Thanksgiving week is here! We are showing one of the best new films of the year, host Northern Roots, cook the best Thanksgiving dinner in Cuenca and show the World Cup on the big-screen; we hope you can join us.

You may reserve for any of our events by calling or texting 099 806 8071.

– The Woman King –
Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:45 PM.
One of the best new films of the year with an incredible Viola Davis. In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protects the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Faced with a new threat, General Nanisca trains the next generation of recruits to fight against a foreign enemy that’s determined to destroy their way of life.


Patio Sessions concert: Canela Club Band

The Canela Club Band is coming back to idiomART and we are thrilled!dd Last year they played in our garden and we all had so much fun.

Each band member has been playing music professionally for decades and together they bring all of their charisma, talent and rhythm to the stage. The Canela Club Band plays an incredible mixture of Latin American and Tropical music that is sure to get your toe tapping and your dancing feet itching!