Day: January 9, 2023

Cuenca Post Office

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year. Has anyone heard the latest news regarding Cuenca reopening a post office?

It was supposed to happen November/December, 2022.


Question about EC voting

Hello Everybody!

Does anyone know when you are required to start voting? I’m a permanent resident, but thought you could only vote when you’re a citizen?



Getting money to the US

Hi. I hope everyone is well. I have a question. I have been trying to send money to a relative in the States. That doesn’t sound like a difficult thing to do, but everything like PayPal, Venmo, Western Union, etc. has failed for some reason that I never understand. Furthermore, no one seems to care. I have been trying for two weeks and I would be very grateful for any help.

Sherry Nadeau

Bus from Quitumbe terminal to Quito airport

Good morning,

Anyone know what time the last bus leaves Quitumbe for the airport?

Or what Transit authority or bus company I could email to find out?

And do the buses leave Quitumbe hourly or more frequently?

Many thanks,


Medicare enrollment questions

I am soon approaching Medicare age. I have lived in Ecuador for several years and have no physical address in the US. I am hoping that my fellow expats can help me with the following questions:

Can I use my virtual mailbox (which has a street address) as my address? Or
Is there an advantage to using a friend’s address?

Do you have traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage?
Why do you prefer one over the other?

Thank you very much.

65 and older airfare discount

If anyone reading has had experience with using a local travel agent to book senior discounts for airfare, please respond with your comments, especially the discount details. My next trip will be as an aged traveler and I want to be up to speed, thanks!


Nice things to visit around the Quito airport . . .

Dear GringoPost Reader,

If you had a layover at the Quito airport, and had about 4-5 daylight hours to visit the surrounding area, what would you do? What would you visit? I prefer not to head over towards Quito – that would be too complicated. I also prefer not to hang around the Quito airport, or check into a nearby hotel or hostal. I could take a look at TripAdvisor or similar sites, but I prefer to hear your suggestions.

David Naccari: .

City: Cuenca


Does anyone know an ophthalmologist in Cuenca that speaks English?


Safe and private transportation

Dear GringoPost community, it is a pleasure to be able to offer you the best, safest and most private transportation service, 24-7. I lived six years in the United States. I speak English.

Legal service: I am a lawyer.

SUV 4×4 at your service.
Cell phone 098 648 6600 WhatsApp: 098 648 6600. Call after: 7 AM.
Pablo Bravo.

City: Cuenca

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


ISO Neodymium magnets

If one of you reading knows of a place or places that sell neodymium magnets, you’d be doing a great service to me if you share the info.

Thanks so much!


Jack Roberts: 098 307 9109. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for 1 bedroom apartment for rent

Looking for 1 bedroom, furnished apartment for rent in Olon, $400 – $500

We have family heading to Olon and they are looking for a one bedroom apartment for rent in Olon for the month of February or for February 5th to the 28th. If you know of any availability, please contact us by WhatsApp: 593 099 150 3794. Thanks.

Jerry Ackerman: 593 099 150 3794. Call after: 10 AM

Like-new Android phone, $125

Used, like-new Real me Android phone! Used a couple of months, comes with usbc charging cable.

Operating System: Android 10
DISPLAY Size: 6.5 inch
CPU: Unisoc T610
RAM: 4 giga ram
Storage: 64 GB
Camera Triple camera: 13+2+2 mega pixel

For pictures an additional info please email or WhatsApp

Leonardo: 098 352 2685

City: Cuenca

Sony Bravia 40″ TV with Apple TV 3rd Gen-$350

Both items in good condition, purchased locally in Jan. 2020.

Both items have working remote controls.

No boxes or instructions.

David: dcrockett762@gmail.con

City: Cuenca

Free props for DJI Phantom 4 drone

Do you have a DJI Phantom 4 drone? If so, I have a couple of sets of props that I am no longer using. I sold my drone to a person on Easter Island, so I can’t get these to him. One of the sets has LEDs on the blades, for interesting night use.

Email me if you own such a drone, and would like to have these. Feel free to pass this along to someone you know owns such a drone too.


City: Cuenca

Various items for sale

32-inch smart TV (8-months old) paid around $300, will sell for $175
Instantematic slow cooker $35
Ho-me powerful blender $60
Brown leather recliner, plush arms, pillow back cushions $160
Top freezer Indurama no-frost refrigerator $180


City: Cuenca

Mountain-fresh air in your home

Itchy morning eyes and scratchy throat? Dust accumulating on your furniture? Our air purifiers and 5 stage filters can help keep the air in your home clean and keep your lungs healthy.

They feature a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, a carbon filter, a UV-C lamp and an anion (negative ion) generator. There are 3 speeds: Quiet, Normal, and Heavy Cleaning. This air purifier will service an area about 20 to 35 square meters.

$179. Extra filters are available for $15. Free delivery to anywhere that Servientrega delivers.
For online orders over $50, use code SHIPFREECP.

Visit our store on Simon Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral or order online at

We accept cash, credit cards, major crypto or PayPal (preferred).
P.S. There are only 4 left. We don’t know when we will receive more.
P.P.S. An air purifier purchase qualifies for a mind-numbing amount of yapas! (Including a $10 gift certificate to KOLO.)

Kent Mills:

City: Cuenca

Moving sale winding down

Hi everyone!

A few big items left that we must sell before leaving.

We have created a site to list the bigger and some small items that we have available for sale. When items have been paid for, we remove it from the site.

First come and best offer will get the item.

We have:


Gramm Bulkshop break, January 16th through 22nd

Dear friends of Gramm Bulkshop:

We want to inform you that we will take a break the week of January 16th through 22nd, 2023. We will see you again on Monday the 23rd.

Please visit our store or place your orders until Saturday, January 14th.

Thank you very much for your support. We wish you a year full of joy, health and good friendships.

We want to reduce the use of plastic, we use paper covers and we invite you to bring your favorite bag, as well as your containers to fill them with the necessary amount.

Visit our cozy store in Sucre 14-14 and Estevez de Toral, near to San Sebastián Park.
Phone 099 505 9604,

We will be happy to assist you. We also have delivery service!

Jessica: 099 505 9604

City: Cuenca


Gramm Bulkshop wants to share some information about Moringa with you:

Moringa also called the “Miracle Tree” and “Tree of Life,” has been heralded as a superfood even more amazing than kale. Research confirms its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and cancer-preventive powers.

The leaves are edible fresh or used as a powder when dried and ground up. They are rich in vitamins, essential minerals, and antioxidative phytocompounds like polyphenols and carotenoids.

According to a Fast Company article, “In a gram-for-gram comparison with kale, moringa has more than twice the protein, six times the iron, and 97 times the vitamin B2.”


Laminar flow cabinet – Bioair

I am selling Laminar flow cabinet: A horizontal workbench which creates a particle-free working environment by taking air through a filtration system and exhausting it across a work surface in a laminar or unidirectional air stream.

It can be used in medical research laboratories, hospitals, manufacturing facilities and other production environments.

126 hours of use. The last maintenance done a year ago.

For pictures and documents, WhatsApp.

The asking price is $1500. Negotiable.

Beth Shahda: 098 395 9515

City: Cuenca

Happy 2023 to you all from Emilio Driver

2023 is just 9-days-old and I wish the very best for each and all of you. Voting will open Saturday for Best of 2023 on GringoPost. I hope you will vote for me.

Are you seeking a driver who can really speak English? Someone who knows not only Cuenca, but the roads to and from Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Salinas and more? Who can take you on an adventure to local sites and businesses? Who knows his way around nearby towns and villages and where to get the best of everything?


Cleaning, painting, gardening – Edvi Limpieza Total

Welcome to 2023. We pray this year will be filled with happiness and prosperity for you and yours! Thank you for your support in 2022.

Please vote for us as best cleaning company starting this Saturday on GringoPost.

As the rains fall, mud tracks into the house, and cleaning is essential. Paint peels, gardens grow, and cars get dirty. We are here to help you with all your cleaning needs. We bring our own supplies and vacuum cleaners as well as anything else needed for your appointment, except that you must buy paint if painting is needed.

We cannot do on-line quotations because our prices are based on reality. We will set an appointment with you to review the work needed and give you an estimate. Upon satisfactory completion, we will give you an invoice. We have served Cuenca residents for over a decade, with many satisfied customers.

Please contact us via WhatsApp or by text so we can follow up with you. Thank you again.

Vía al Valle barrio el Coco, Cuenca

Edgar Vinicio Viscaino Maldonado

099 382 0014; WhatsApp +593 99 382 0014

Vitamins and supplements

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.

Primero de Mayo: +593 97 878 0387
Los Pinos: +593 96 257 6354

2 locations to serve you In Cuenca – Los Piños y Ordóñez lasso, Edificio Amazonas, Cuenca, Ecuador – Primero de Mayo y Felipe II, Edificio Altamisa Cuenca, Ecuador

Ezzatollah Rohani Seissan
+593 97 878 0387

La Mia Mascota Pet and Vet wish you Happy 2023

Best wishes to all our friends and clients for a prosperous and happy 2023.

We look forward to seeing you in our locations to view our selection of prime products – pet foods, locally made sustainable Beethoven bedding and products, as well as a large selection of Kong and other toys and items for your pets. Did you know we carry sunflower seeds for rabbits, hamsters, birds? And we have housing units for them, too.

Please vote for us in the Best of 2023 contest coming this Saturday.


Craftsman, woodworker, carpenter

Carpenter to the rescue in Cuenca.
* Manufacturer of custom furniture.
* Restoration.
* Digital sketches.
* Laser cut.
Quotes without obligation.

Miguel Velez y Sangurima Esquina

Daniel Rivera


Cuenca Friends!

We are Ecuadorians, 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 & 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.


Cuenca friends
099 447 1149

Vinyasa Flow Yoga at Amapola Bistro

Hello Cuenca Community,

Vinyasa Flow yoga is a dynamic style of conscious movement based upon the breathe. The classes are bilingual, and it is helpful to have some familiarity with the yoga postures.

Starting Tuesday, January 17th, at 9 AM I will be teaching twice a week at Amapola Bistro. An amazing restaurant/gallery space located at Turi just next to Eduardo Vega’s space.


Driver service

I offer driver service for $8 per hour.

Roma 2/58

Juan Perez Cordero
099 521 5086

I am selling action at Tennis and Golf Club in Cuenca

I am selling action at Tennis and Golf Club in Cuenca. Price negotiable.

Miguel Cordero 6-140 y Av. Solano, Consultorios Monte Sinai 3rd floor, oficina 304

Paul Wilches
099 925 6953

Myer’s Cocktail IV Therapy Package – Get an IV Boost!

Myers’ Cocktail IV is a powerful combination of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and fluids; this well-known IV drip will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. In addition, the Myers’ Cocktail is touted as an effective therapy to maintain wellness and alleviate the symptoms of acute or chronic illnesses and diseases.

The cocktail can increase the blood concentration of several essential vitamins and minerals much more significantly than can be achieved by taking those supplements orally.


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

Cuenca Car Share – welcome to 2023

First of all, thank you to all our friends and clients for their support over the past years and for naming us the best car rental in Cuenca year after year. As you may know, Best of 2023 GringoPost voting will begin on this Saturday, January 14th and close on, Sunday, January 29th.

If you have had the happy opportunity to rent a vehicle from us in 2022, please take the opportunity to vote for us for 2023 “Best of” on GringoPost.


Spanish tutor online

Hello, my name is Isabel and I can teach you Spanish or help you practice it virtually.



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

Movers for any distance

As your trusted moving company, we can help ease the burden of moving any distance, long or short. Movingcrew company has helped many people with their moves, so no matter the size or distance of your move, we can help create a move plan tailored to your needs. We know what needs to be done in order to make your move as easy as possible.

Write us or call for free estimate.

Avenida Don Bosco s/n entre Pedro Bravo y El Salado

098 400 1020

Visa facilitator

If you are filing for a temporary/permanent visa, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. That’s right. If I don’t get you your visa, you pay nothing. My name is Isabel Mosquera. I am an Ecuadorian, who studied and lived in Canada for many years. I have been a visa facilitator for over 9 years and have assisted hundreds of Expats in obtaining their visas, temporary and permanent, cedulas, translations, health insurance, housing and much more. These services are available as one fee package or individually. I own a car, so transportation is always included at no extra charge. I have always gotten my clients their Visas, even under the most difficult of circumstances, such as unreadable fingerprints for FBI reports.


Recommendation for Zoe Craw, pedicure and manicure for men

The little market in ed. La Cuadra ll not only sells groceries, but Zoe, from Burma, also provides fabulous pedicures and manicures for men in a quiet back room. Although her business is aimed at men, she gave me, a woman and a resident of La Cuadra ll, the best pedicure I’ve ever had. She has had experience with diabetics, and is extremely gentle, careful, and thorough. The entire procedure took almost 2 hours, so don’t go if you don’t have time to relax!

The pedicure service is $15 and includes either a glass of wine, a beer, or a cup of coffee. It definitely was worth every penny!

Address: Ed. La Cuadra II, José Astudillo (west end) y Eduardo Crespo Malo, Cuenca

Contact information: WhatsApp +593 98 085 8325

Recommended by Bobette Jones:

Recommendation for I.C.M.A., rugs/carpets

I have bought 3 rugs from Luis Cabrera, Propietario of Alfombras I.C.M.A. and have been very pleased with the quality of the rugs and their reasonable costs. Luis is so helpful and makes shopping easy. He installs wall-to-wall carpets and does cleaning of rugs, as well. If you’re looking for a good selection of rugs at good prices, you’ll want to visit Luis at his store.

Address: Guayas 3-64 y Remigio Crespo

Contact information: 099 072 7330

Recommended by Luisa Nelson:

Recommendation for Roosvelt Rojas, massage therapy

I am a long-term client of massage therapist Roosvelt Rojas. From sports injuries to the general problems of growing old, Roosvelt’s exquisite knowledge of physiology has helped me immensely. As a certified Rolfer, he uses deep tissue manipulation of both muscles and fascia not just to relieve pain but to also heal injuries. Oh, and he speaks impeccable English.

Roosvelt Rojas, contact information: 098 162 6813 – Cuenca

Recommended by David Kaplan:

Attention: pets of GringoPost readers

National Dress Up Your Pet Day – Let your family know!
FAAN Photo Contest
Submissions through January 14th

FAAN Animal Welfare – Ecuador is celebrating National Dress Up your Pet Day. Celebrate with us by dressing up your furry family member in comfortable pet clothing—maybe even get matching outfits if you want to get crazy. Maybe you already have that awesome photo of you dressed to the nines.

I takes less than 3 minutes to enter: Two top prizes including a Dog Sculpture by a Mexican Artist will be awarded.

1) Take a photo of your pet in their outfit either with or without their human.
2) Submit your photo through January 14th at
3) Share your photo with your friends and challenge them to join the fun and celebrate their pet’s inner diva.

Join us at FAAN in celebrating National Dress Up Your Pet Day on Saturday and sharing the love and fun that animals bring to our lives.

Also mark your calendar for our Cuenca Community Event at Idiom Art on January 17th! Afternoon Tea and a Champagne Toast to the Dogs from 2- 4 PM

January 14th

Virtual Event!

FAAN Ecuador: 096 920 9764

City: Cuenca

This week at La Guarida. Happy New Year to all

Happy New Year. We are very happy to be back and can’t wait to see you all. We are updating our menu with a few new dishes and look forward to sharing our inspiration from our incredible Peruvian trip.

Reserve for any of our events by calling or texting 099 806 8071.

– Lingui: The Sacred Bonds –
Tuesday, January 10th at 6:45 PM.
We are very proud to start the year with a masterpiece from Chad, this incredible African film is simply outstanding. Determined single mother Amina works tirelessly to provide for herself and her 15-year-old daughter Maria. When Amina discovers Maria is pregnant, the two women begin to seek out an abortion, condemned by both religion and law.

– The Fabelmans –
Wednesday, January 11th at 6:45 PM.
Can Steven Spielberg do anything wrong? A story incredibly written by Tony Kushner.


Paradise Indian Restaurant

Enjoy Cuenca’s favorite Indian food, seven days a week with dine-in, take-out, and home delivery service. Savor the variety of authentic flavors and dishes available from our extensive menu. No matter what your mood or preference, you’ll find plenty to tempt your palate at Paradise. Whether you want vegan, vegetarian, meat, seafood, rice, traditional bread, or dessert items, we have them. And every meal is prepared fresh to order and spiced to your taste by a skilled and experienced chef.

Open Daily 10 AM – 9 PM,

Federico Malo 1-160 between 12 de Abril and Tadeo Torres (Parque de la Madre)

Paul Anthony: 098 462 8976 / 099 528 6389

Paco’s Blues will be playing in Paute on January 27th; come with us

Paco’s Blues will be playing at Restaurante Corvel in Paute on Friday, January 27th.

If you live in Paute you know Corel restaurant as the best.

If you have not been to Paute, come along with us. We are getting a large comfortable tourism bus for the trip. We will have extra seats available, so if you have an interest in spending an afternoon in Paute and want to come along please let us know by sending us an email at


Chef Rosemary, delivery food service

For fresh breads, cakes and pizzas please visit our website
Our store in Facebook:

Special this week:

– Chicken Cordon Bleu or Veggie Cordon bleu accompanied with Tomato or Pesto Potatoes, salted veggies. 2 portions $12.

Bakery specials:

– Special Smoked Ham or turkey Sandwich with bacon, raisins and green olive. $3.
– Dinner buns, package of 6, $2.
– Pizza Sandwich with Mozzarella, red sauce. Choose: Pepperoni, bacon or ham. $3.
– Croissant Plain $1. Chocolate, Cheese or Jam 1.50.
– Muffins with blueberries, strawberries, blackberry or pineapple $1.


Hacienda Chan Chan, dairy and meat 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 Cheddar cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh milk and cream. We have some tender beef for sale also. Carefully aged in our meat cooler for 2 weeks, we are offering some of the most mouth-watering selections available. Cuts include steaks, roasts and ground beef. Also pick up some tasty fruit, veggies, and fresh bread.

Tuesday, Jan.10th from 8 to 10 AM,

Dos Sucres Roberto Crespo Toral 3-56, Smokehouse in San Sebastian Square, Tienda Nectar Mariscal Sucre 1-127


Dance with Banana Rock, this Friday 1/13 at Bistro Yaku

The Best of Rock and Pop this Friday/Viernes (January 13th) at Bistro Yaku. Music starts 8 PM. Come early and eat. Great food!

Banana Rock plays music from the following artists and more. Our mission is to get you dancing! Newer, fresher music than most dance bands in Cuenca.

The Weeknd
Dua Lipa
Amy Winehouse
Maroon 5
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tom Petty
Bruno Mars
Daft Punk