I failed the new citizenship test (Nov, 2022)

I just took and failed the new Citizenship test (Evaluacion de Historia-Geografia-Cultura Actual 2022). It’s so hard that it’s unreasonable. No one could possibly pass, and likely no one will pass until they realize what they’ve done and change it to make it reasonable — or until all of the questions leak out as happened with the previous test. That way one can simply study the question bank. (No one in my group of four passed, no surprise).


Cooperativa SAC now in Cuenca

Cooperativa SAC offers you financial credit and investment services.
The investments with the best rate in the market are around 10% and have opened 15 agencies nationwide, the last being in the city of Cuenca.
Located in the historic center of the city of Cuenca on Sucre and Presidente Borrero streets.

Santiago Velez: jvelez@coopsac.fin.ec 099 802 1984. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Injured or killed in a traffic accident? Govt program offers assistance

The Ecuadorian government has a program that offers economic assistance to anyone injured or killed in a traffic accident on a public road involving a motor vehicle, whether driver, passenger or pedestrian. Even bicyclists who are hit by motor vehicles upon a public road within Ecuador are covered by this program. Determination of fault in the cause of the accident is not required, and there is no limit placed on the number of compensable victims in a single traffic accident.

Funding for the program is through fees included in vehicle registration (matriculación).


Help Jean McCord with medical expenses in Cuenca, Ecuador

Jean McCord, a well-known writer in Cuenca, Ecuador, needs help with medical expenses to cover a failed hip replacement surgery. Her left hip has dislocated three times after recent surgery, causing severe pain. She is at the IESS hospital in Cuenca but IESS does not have the necessary resources to do the surgery. The three private hospitals in Cuenca that could do the surgery have all refused to accept a transfer of Jean due to IESS’s ongoing financial problems and failure to pay its external medical providers. The cost of Jean’s surgery is estimated to be $30,000 to $40,000 which is also contributing to the private hospitals’ reluctance to accept a transfer. Jean has exhausted her funds.


Thanksgiving passed, but I still want to thank you all!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

One year ago, I made a survey about tourism in Cuenca that in a way helped me to start shaping my project, and later I made a video for Thanksgiving 2021 in which I thanked to the community living here.

I couldn’t post my message of Thanksgiving for 2022 on time for GringoPost, but I still want to thank you, and share with you a new video posted from the YouTube channel of my Tour Operator, which is part of this project built because of what I have learned from all of the people living in Cuenca, mainly people who came from abroad to make Cuenca their home.


Looking for a spot to do a garage sale

Hi, I am a Cuencana moving to another country in December and have a lot of stuff that is in good condition that I want to sell: clothes, shoes, shelves, jewelry and more.

I am looking to be part of a garage sale that is already organized or to join with more people that are interested and organize a garage sale in December.

Please contact me if this message resonates with you.

Ana: 099 384 9750. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for a Santa

Please, I need someone to dress up like Santa for various pictures, must have his own beard.

Pamela Acosta: 099 170 6439. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for wire frame for lampshade

Seeking wire frame for a drum lampshade. Any recommendations/suggestions for a location in El centro?


Marguerite: .

City: Cuenca

Scuba dive in Ayampe?

Has anyone dived in Ayampe, Ecuador?
If so, do you have some suggestions/inputs about the area/ services… maybe what to steer away from?

Thank you for your time.

Duncan: 98 276 6158. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Beautiful tall porcelain doll

Handmade porcelain doll 72 cm $60 negotiable

You can contact me on WhatApp, email or my mobile phone

Danielle Elatri: danielleelatri@gmail.com 096 740 3685

City: Cuenca

Cuenca Consignments is open today

Cuenca Consignments Store is where you can bring your items to sell without the hassle of garage sales, dealing with setting up and tearing down what you didn’t sell, people coming into your home, and other issues. We are not a bargain basement but rather a consignment store where shoppers can find slightly preowned items at a less-than-retail cost. We are accepting items that are clean, working properly and sellable. If you are downsizing or moving and don’t want to take everything with you, we can help.


$65 for used dumbbells

Perfect for a home gym
For sale $65
Adjustable strength

Dumbbells ~ 41 lbs or 18.8 kg
4) X 1.2 kg
4) X 2.5 kg
2) X dumbbell bars – 2 kg/ea.

Durability: Cast iron weight discs and steel bars.
Versatility: Large exercises: biceps, triceps, deltoids and pecs.
Ergonomic grip: Easy to grip and slip-resistant.

Email for pictures

weights: Gogokids_Expats@ourmail.com

City: Cuenca

Investment 10.25% in CD Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito 23 de Julio

My name is Marco León and I work in the investment area of the Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito 23 de Julio. I can help you with information and services related to accounts, investments, certificates of deposit, ATM cards, online banking, etc. Our Cooperative has more than 57 years in the financial market and is one of the largest Cooperatives in Ecuador. We have preferential rates of up to 10.25% per year on certificates of deposit or investments for the months of November and December. If you need more information, I will be happy to help you.

I work in Cuenca Totoracocha Av. Gonzalez Suarez and Calle 13 de Abril. You can contact me by phone or email.

Our risk rating in the financial system is AA-

Marco Leon: mleon@coop23dejulio.fin.ec 099 291 3161

City: Cuenca

Artesa dishware – like new

Selling set of Artesa dishes I no longer need. Includes 6 dinner plates, 4 dessert or salad plates, 4 dinner bowls, 2 cereal bowls.

Paid $154 new, selling for $110.

WhatsApp text only: 099 664 8605

Manya Arond Thomas: manya@awakeintheandes.com

City: Cuenca

Unique cup & saucer set for two

Unique artistic large cup and saucer set for two. Ideal for tea or cafe con leche (or whatever else suits your fancy). Like new condition.


WhatsApp text only: 099 664 8605

Manya Arond Thomas: manya@awakeintheandes.com

City: Cuenca

Intensive Beginner-Spanish course starting next Monday at ¡Vamos!

An Intensive Beginner Course is starting next week. If you need a boost in your Spanish and are looking for language and culture immersion, this class is for you. It takes place from Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and it can last for two weeks. The course fee is $125 per week and it includes a workbook and two guided trips into the city. The starting dates is Monday, November 28.


Celebrate the holidays at ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and preshow bar

What could be more fun that celebrating 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.)


Volunteer carpenters sought -Azuay Community Theater

Our 5 show season is off to a roaring start and we are headed into our holiday production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” opening December 9. http://www.actseats.com

With 4 more shows scheduled for the year, we are looking for more volunteers to build sets and to supervise set building at our own beautiful theater next to Cuenca’s Hotel Oro Verde. Now!

If you are handy, good at carpentry and can work independently with direction from our production leaders, we have some fun opportunities for you.


Rosa Linda rose with love by Dr. Rose Israel

Rosa Linda flower shop, is a family rose plantation, which has been dedicated to agriculture for more than 30 years. We offer roses of the best quality that you can find in Ecuador, where we preserve nature and have an intimate connection with this Land of the Andes where your roses come, directly to your table

Biblián, Challuabamba

Israel Lopez
096 958 5647

Angel Panchez facilitator, tour guide, transportation

Angel Panchez, tourism transport- facilitator and driver. For more than 13 years I have been offering my services as a driver, tour guide, transportation, drop off and pick up passengers to and from the airports in Guayaquil and Quito, tourism inside and outside the city, driver for grocery shopping, furniture, appliances, opening of bank accounts, medical appointments, lawyers, services of electrical installations and machinery, carpentry, plumbing, construction.

These are the places of transportation service that we offer:
Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Sigsig, San Bartolomé, Giron waterfall of El Chorro, Yunguilla Valley, Cajas national park, Guayaquil, Quito, Mindo, Otavalo, Cotacachi, Salinas, Manta, Olon, Puerto López, Montañita, Baños de Agua Santa, Puyo , Misahualli, Tena, Gualaquiza and many other beautiful places in our country.

If you require the services of complete laboratory medical examinations, such as blood, urine, feces, covid, clinical-molecular, andrology, Sandra Méndez, Premium Laboratorio, by the Hospital Santa Inés Arupo building, 098 589 9643,


Angel Panchez
593 98 589 9643

Cafe 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, cheese cake 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 PM 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 tennis and golf club two minutes up to bio corredor Yanuncay

Angel Panchez
593 98 589 9643

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


Did you win a Calvo & Co. gift card from Azuay Community Theater?

Calvo and Co. and Azuay Community Theater are pleased to announce that we have 2 winners from our recent feria table drawings. 

Isabel Calderon and Doug Zabroski each won a $20 Calvo & Co. Restaurant Gift Card. 

Congratulations Isabel and Doug! We look forward to presenting you with your prize this weekend. 

Stop by at our tables at future ferias, say hi and learn a little about our upcoming show and season. And, of course, enter to win a cool prize! 

Next up is ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, a staged radio show for all ages, opening Friday, December 9 with a special VIP Preview party and performance on Thursday, December 8. We will be decorated and ready for the holiday with social hour starting at 3 PM in our new cash bar lounge and performances at 4 PM over 2 weekends. 

Ticketing and more info at http://www.actseats.com

And stop by Calvo & Co. for delicious Burgers and other delectables at their location in Gringolandia – Los Cipreses 1-133 https://www.facebook.com/Calvoyco

Happy Holidays, Everybody!

Corega tablets in Eloy Alfaro Pharmacy

Dear community,

I make available the Corega tablets that were in short supply.

If you need more info, please contact me.

Ordoñez Lasso Avenue and Álamos

Roberto Benavidez
099 563 2090

Super 2 day sale – 15% off everything at Cuenca Shop

This is your bonus.
Whether it be wine, licor, chocolate, coffee, essential oils, sauces, housewares, puzzles or toothpaste – everything at Cuenca Shop for 2 days has 15% off.

Yes, we accept credit cards.

Perfect time to stock up on bourbon and whiskeys.


Black Friday 30% discount on dental implants

If you are in need of a dental implant or 2 or 3, etc. This information will come in handy.

The manufacturer of the dental implants we use, which by the way; is the best brand of implants in the world, has offered us a 30% off “Black Friday,” one-day-only discount on the cost for the implants. So, we would like to share this special discount with our dear patients.

We are also throwing in the initial consult for free.

Plus, Dra Daniela’s office also gets a discount from the X-ray lab upstairs, so the MRI that you’ll need of your teeth will only cost $60, while everyone else gets charged $130 for the same.


Cat scratchers and towers for cats

Constructed entirely of good wood, strong and stable solids, with strong sisal and high-quality carpet fabric. I have different designs and models. Your cat will like it very much.

Include delivery




Avenida de las Américas


Dimplos cleaning services

Mattress cleaning. We kill 99.8%+ of dust mites, bed bugs and hard-to-kill viruses.

Simon Bolivar 17-25 y Miguel Heredia

Juan Pedro Malo

099 413 6993

Professional English editor

Novels, memoirs, autobiographies, poetry, short stories, essays, and theses to name a few.


Donna Stiteler: stitelerd@gmail.com
More references available upon request

My fee depends upon the task.



WhatsApp: 593 96 711 7397

Baby sitter

I am a very reliable nanny, patient with children. I have 5 years’ of experience. I have cared for many children of American people. I can take care of them in your own home or in my house, as you want. My schedule is flexible. I can take care of them when you need in the morning, afternoon or night. I have a vehicle available, to take them to the park, remove them from school or take them to the doctor when they need. In addition, my 11-year-old son accompanies me and children can practice Spanish with him. If you need reccommendations I can give you several.


Katerine Coellar

098 386 2146

Central and comfortable rooms

Comfortable rooms in downtown near the train station, one with private bathroom and one with shared bathroom, wifi, laundry, breakfast included, different extra food services on request for lunch or dinner.

Mariscal Lamar and Presidente Borrero


099 987 3886

Dental clinic with lots of experience with expats and dental tourism

Ecuador Dental Care and Dr. Pamela Acosta and Dr. Andres Vega, invite you to our dental clinic: general dentistry, prosthodontics, oral rehabilitation, implantology, endodontics, periodontics, smile design, cosmetic dentistry, etc. We have a long history of dental practice in the family for more than a 100 years. We have served thousands of Ecuadorians, Americans, Canadians and Europeans, people from all over the world and lots of dental tourism. I invite you to come over and feel like home. We will treat you as we would treat ourselves, always looking for your wellbeing. Free first appointment for check up.

Eduardo Muñoz y Gran Colombia, Edificio Alcala, planta baja

Pamela Acosta
099 170 6439 / 282 2561

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

Train your brain to think in Spanish

Are you thinking in Spanish or are you stopping to translate everything through English first?

If you’re not sure, just look at the Spanish interactions that you’re having.

Are they slow, choppy and exhausting? If they are, then you’re still translating in your head.

Or, do your conversations flow naturally and seem effortless at times? If you answered yes to this question, then chances are you are thinking in Spanish!


Collagen + Vitamin C: IV for your joint pain and arthritis

Joint pain and arthritis are conditions that a significant majority of the population will face in their lifetime. The pain is usually attributed to inflammation and poor joint health due to malnutrition.

Collagen can help to support the strength and flexibility of the tendons and ligaments and aid recovery after exertion alongside vitamin C; the benefits of collagen might be even further heightened.

Collagen is a protein that plays a significant role in building the body’s structures. When it comes to muscles, ligaments and tendons, collagen provides elasticity, which allows the tissues to stretch.


Cuenca Friends!

Translation and assistance services for expats:

i.e. purchase and set up of sim cards, setting up internet, extension of 3 months tourist visa to 6 months, buying groceries, getting tranvia or bus cards, social security IESS, dog walking, medical facilitator, anything you may need help with your transition to move to Ecuador. Our focus is expats who speak English & do not yet have the necessary Spanish language skills.

We are fully bilingual in both Spanish and English. We are also kind, patient people who would love to help you with any needs you may have transitioning to your new life here in Ecuador.

From $12 – $16 hour

Calle Larga

Cuenca friends
099 447 1149

Recommendation for Cooperativa SAC

I highly recommend Cooperativa SAC. They offer you financial credit and investment services. The investments with the best rate in the market are around 10% and have opened 15 agencies nationwide, the last being in the city of Cuenca. Located in the historic center of the city of Cuenca on Sucre and Presidente Borrero streets. Check them out, very friendly people and free coffee 🙂

Address: Sucre y Borrero esquina

Contact information: ecuagoty4@hotmail.com

Recommended by Goty B. Lopez: ecuagoty4@hotmail.com

Recommendation for Anna Beatriz Mendez

Cleaning and other household management servicesAnna was recommended by a friend when we first moved to Cuenca and she’s been amazing. Anna is very good at helping me keep my house looking and smelling great, she’s very efficient with her time and very good at what she does.

Anna and her husband have also helped us with small projects around our home, some painting, woodwork, electric work and some handmade decorations.


Recommendation for Visa Angels, passport, visas, cedula facilitator

My wife’s passport and mine were going to expire in a year as were our visas and cedulas. I had heard horror stories of people attempting these renewals by themselves. So, I was dreading it increasingly as the date approached. I had had good luck for years with expats’ advertising, buying, selling and recommendations on GringoPost. A search for “Passport Renewal” in GringoPost yielded a rave review for Visa Angels.


Blueberries and almonds at Sisa Feria

Sisa Restaurant will be hosting its feria this Saturday. Come have some fun, sample some tasty products, and say hi! We will have fresh blueberries and whole, raw, shelled almonds for sale.

We hope to see you there.

Saturday November 26th from 10 AM to 1 PM, Free event,

Sisa Restaurant Paseo 3 de Nov, next to Puente Roto

The Blue Biker: cuencablueberries@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Sisa Bowl Gran Feria

Join us Saturday, November 26
Gran Feria at Sisa Bowl
18 unique vendors

Sisa Bowl specials this week include wings and fries, paninis, and our Signature Bowls.

And don’t forget to try our Danish Blue Bacon Blaster Burger; Our signature Bacon Blaster Burger topped with Danish Blue Cheese. Served with your choice of Regular or Sweet Potato Fries.
(Vegetarian options available)

Don’t forget about our Signature Sisa Bowls.


Birdless Black Friday at Pájaro y Bestia

Are you up to your gills in turkey, leftover turkey, turkey salad, and turkey soup? Well then come join us at Pájaro y Bestia on Friday when we will not cook a single bird (not even chicken).

This week:

Beef ribs
Pork spare ribs
Pork Belly
Fried onion hamburgers


La Nostra Pizza celebrates Black Friday

La Nostra Pizza celebrates Black Friday with this promotion: For the purchase of 2 XL pizzas you pay the price of 2 L-size pizzas and receive free: 1 1-litre Pepsi + free delivery Home delivery only – order now: 098 305 6004

Inspired by the world-winning recipes of chefs Roberto Petersen and Sumito Estévez, our perfect pizza crusts are topped with farm-fresh ingredients and homemade Italian sauce.

When was the last time you had a real gourmet pizza?

There are seven types of pizzas to choose from:


Saturday at Don Colon’s Restaurant

Don Colon’s Restaurant – Saturday Dinner Specials

Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp or Chicken
Filet Mignon

Both include:

Onion soup
Baked Potato
A glass of wine

Only $12.95
Reservations please

Saturday, November 26,

Corner of Parque Calderon

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703

Saturday Language Exchange at ¡Vamos!

We kindly invite you to join our language exchange group Spanish-English/English-Spanish in the school, ¡Vamos!

The sessions are aimed at people willing to improve their conversational skills by putting them into practice in a realistic environment with native speakers.

The sessions are guided by a bilingual facilitator (a teacher with extensive experience in the field) who proposes the activities and conversation topics.