Day: January 17, 2023

Book Sale at Hogar de Esperanza

Hogar de Esperanza is having an English book sale all this week at our Expat Services Center, located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo. Come in to find a variety of books. You can ask about how our services can help you and learn about how you can support the work of the foundation to help others.

You can also visit Cuenca’s only legal Charity Thrift Shop, Esperanza Thrift Shop just around the corner at Juan Montalvo 8-18. You can drop off your donation of items or arrange for us to pick-up them up. For more information, contact Fernando by email or phone.

Fernando Alvarez: 098 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca


I know I am a little late. Anyone know where I can still buy a calendar big enough to write in boxes?

Bruce Cook: 097 879 9720. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Spanish tutor


I am looking for a Spanish teacher to work with me on a one-to-one basis several days per week. My goal is to become a proficient speaker…and listener. I would like to begin in February.

If you are that person or can recommend someone, please give me a call or email me.


Susy Williams: 096 849 4243. Call after: 11 AM.

City: Cuenca

I am Eliana and I need a job!

I can help you with cleaning, babysitting, housesitting, I can do pretty much anything!

I am learning English too.

I am Eliana, I come from Venezuela, and I have the desire to improve my skills doing tons of helping!

Eliana Andres Rodriguez Ruiz: 096 409 0377. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Knee replacement surgery experience/recommendation

Good morning GP community,

A family member (male in his 70s) needs to have knee replacement surgery.

I searched here, but did not find the specific info we are looking for.

We are wondering if those of you who have (preferably recently) undergone such treatment here in Ecuador could share with us your experience, good or bad; specially the things to be aware of. Would greatly appreciate information on procedures, recovery, costs, etc.

Since I know that sharing negative info publicly is an issue, please email me with anything you do not feel comfortable sharing here: pthjm1ck46xp@opayq [dot] com
We will not share anything we received in private. This is for us to do our best in determining the best course of action and, specially, the pitfalls to avoid.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. And may you all have a great 2023!

Miss K

City: Cuenca

If you are looking for a professional painter…

If you are looking for a professional painter to refresh your home at affordable prices, then look no further. I’m a painter with 15-years’ experience in interior and exterior painting – walls, baseboard, frames, doors and windows. I’ll fix small walls and trim holes and cracks. No job too big or small. You provide the paint and I do the rest, call me today for a quick free estimate. I speak English/Spanish.

Luigi: 099 387 7127. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Touristy questions

I have some visitors coming in 10 days or so. I haven’t lived in Cuenca for a while, so I was wondering: do they still have the bus-top tours of the city? If so, when and where?

Also, I thought I remembered a tour that took you through all the old Catholic churches in Cuenca (my visitors are very Catholic). Does anyone know anything about such a tour?

Andrew Coonce: .

City: Paute

Looking for used iPhone

I am looking to purchase a used iPhone. I want something newer than an iPhone X. So SE2 or newer.

Tom Northcote: .

City: Cuenca

Cuenca Consignments, store is open today

Are you planning a move, or downsizing? We can help you sell your furniture, appliances, household goods, without a yard sale and having people come to your house. If you are moving, we can send you the money. We’ve been doing this for more than 8 years in Cuenca. Call or message us or come in for details.

Our store has very nice, pre-owned items for you and your home. Items come in and out each day, so we are busy adding new items every day. There are always new items to see.

Our 50% off clothing rack has been restocked, as well as 50% off select shoes. We have very nice clothing for men, women, and children – some hard-to-find larger sizes, as well as smaller sizes for the young and thinner sizes, baby clothes, jackets and hoodies, and sweaters. A new baby stroller.


Paintings by Golbon

Professional quality, signed, landscape paintings at affordable prices. Acrylic on canvas paintings in various sizes. Visit the online gallery at or visit Haqque Furniture showroom on Gran Columbia between Unidad National and Las Americas. Delivery available in Ecuador. Commissioned work available.


City: Cuenca

Apple iMac, 21.5 inch, for sale

Rarely used iMac 21.5 inch (2014)
– Processor Intel core I5
– 1 TB hard drive
– 16 gb memory ram
– Monterey operating system.
Apple keyboard and Apple mouse will be part of the deal.

Asking $790


City: Cuenca

Adjustable bar stools, faux leather

Adjustable bar stools faux leather with back, set of 2, counter height swivel bar stools for kitchen counter (black), with a built-in 360 degree swivel; high-density foam upholstered in black faux leather; built with polished chrome base and footrest. Easily adjusts from counter to bar height from 24″ to 31.5″ tall, air lift handle for easy height adjustment.

Modern style and really comfortable bar stool to give you a comfortable sitting experience. Kitchen bar stools ideal for kitchen or dining room use.

Dimensions: 16″W x 15″D x 24-31.5″H. Seat Back Dimensions: 14.5″W x 12″H. Cushion Dimensions: 16″W x 15″D. Chrome base diameter: 15.15 inches

JD’s Muebles
21-111 Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional

Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM

Klever: 098 706 9136

City: Cuenca


Hello and good day, Does anyone need help in his/her WordPress website?
I’m ready to rebuild, edit, maintain, fix problems and update your website

I have more than 8 years working on WordPress websites.

Kindly, if possible, send me a WhatsApp message in case I didn’t answer your call or email.

Best Regards,

099 981 8999


Chelation therapy removes heavy metals from your body

Chelation therapy removes heavy metals from your body. Chelation therapy is an IV infusion therapy that helps rid your body of toxins. During therapy, I infuse a chemical called EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), which binds with toxic metals in your blood (mercury, copper, arsenic, aluminum) and removes them from your body.

Heavy metal poisoning occurs when the body’s soft tissues absorb toxic amounts of metal. Heavy metal poisoning is a common health problem due to industrial, agricultural, and sewage waste. It may also occur due to food consumption or certain medications.


Ancestral energy healing – Elder Taita visits Cuenca

In ancestral wisdom traditions, all illness, whether physical, emotional or psychological, stems from an illness of Spirit – a separation of the self from one’s true essence. In Andean shamanism, “limpias” – or energy cleanses – help restore a person’s energy body to its natural state, creating balance, healings and reestablishing the natural current of vital energy to the physical body.

With the help of a shaman, stronger interventions are possible. Shamans act as a liaison between the spiritual and physical worlds and can assist in a retrieval of soul loss, repairing psychic and energetic intrusions, discharging ancestral karma, and restoring a person’s human connection to the natural world.

This is the medicine before ‘medicine’.


Pet sitting

If you need a pet sitter that can care for your pet just as much as you, look no further! I would like to offer my assistance looking after your furry friends while you are away. I adore animals of all kinds, from dogs to cats, rabbits and birds. I’m very responsible and will make sure all their needs are met, including when they require meds or special attention. While you are traveling, I can also send pictures of your pet so you can be updated at all times. If you are interested, here is all my contact information to meet up and discuss the details!


Estefania Canino
096 323 5639

Need a roofer for flat roof repair

With all the rain, I have leaks into rooms in my house. My roof is flat. A recommendation for a good roofer would be appreciated. Please call after 9 AM.

Across the street from the school called CEDFI in Misicata on the Primero de Sieptiembro Blvd.

Kirsten Gayen
098 097 1282

Musical Review, fundraiser for Azuay Community Theater

Don’t miss the Fundraiser Musical Review coming up Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29, featuring Deb Davis, Cindy Benson, Glenn David Gano and Mark Deckard. Doors open at 3, show at 4.

It’s by reservation only, so reserve today one of three ways:

Pay at the door: Email with number of seats and date.

PayPal: Send $15/seat via friends and family to Please put show date in message field.

Debit/credit card: Go to and click on the date you want!

January 28/29, 2023 doors open at 3 for cash bar social hour in our lounge, show at 4.

Azuay Community Theater, first building west of Hotel Oro Verde, Av Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca

Ray Lewis

Alternative therapies

Hello, my name is Diana. I am a cosmetologist. I have lived 5 years in this beautiful city, providing therapies for the body such as:

Relaxing muscle massage.
Relaxing muscle drain.
Swedish massage.
Foot reflexology.
Relaxing chocolate therapy.
Facial cleansing.

Address: Don Bosco y Loja


098 978 4319

Start fresh with Haqque Furniture Store

We start the new year all fresh with new discounts. Get up to 20% off in all your cash purchases. Come and see what we got for you!

With great variety of options, Haqque gives you everything you need for your house. Get it your style, picking the colors for every piece you get. Make it your size with custom measurements!

We reupholster too.

Get everything for your:

Bedroom: beds, mattress, night stands, dresser, chest.
Living space: living room sets, TV stand, shelves, end table.
Dining room: dining tables, hutch.

We also do:

Desk, bars, entry tables, floor lamps.

Come and see us. We speak English!

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 4 PM

“Furniture must have personality as well as be beautiful”
– Rose Tarlow

Gran Colombia Edif. River Palace 22-293

Haqque Furniture

098 375 3107

We paint houses, apartments, rooms, different spaces

– We paint your home. We renovate your property in a variety of colors and interior and exterior paint finishes to make it look beautiful and comfortable to your liking. We paint small and large spaces.

– We use the color that you like, and we paint in detail according to your choice. We work with all kinds of paints, brands of your choice.

– We adapt to your budget.

You can write me by mail for an appointment and quote.

Centro cuenca


Melamine and wood furniture

Furniture in melamine and wood. A pleasure to serve, I help you with your different models and small or large projects. Good day.

Cuenca, Centro


Carpentry Aleppo Furniture and Design

We make and design furniture to your taste and needs and we work with wood, melamine and its derivatives. We have 20 years of experience. We have a showroom and workshop. We have verifiable references from foreign clients. We speak English. We are not resellers. Cuenca

Avenida Ordoñez Lasso y Calle Las Totoras 13-13

Fernando Mora
098 781 8622

For sale 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

Recommendation for David Jackson, My Cuenca Nerd

Hola amigos,

If you need any type of technical help, I very highly recommend David Jackson. He has worked on my computers and installed and moved my home music system twice. He can set up your TV so that you can watch all the shows you could possibly find from all over the world. He is a great guy, very up to date on newest tech, and fairly priced. Give him a ring at the number below.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 665 5450

Recommended by Susy Williams:

Recommendation for Ruth Almeida: physical therapy

I broke my ankle in August. My tendons (especially Achilles) were so contracted that, had Ruth not helped me, I would never have been able to walk again. She came to my condo daily to make sure I got my full flexibility back. After a few months I was walking and dancing again, as well as climbing stairs. Ankles are slow to heal, often it is much faster.

Ruth has 40 years of experience and is not only extremely knowledgeable and experienced, but also very sensitive, caring, and nurturing. She also speaks English. I highly recommend her services.

You can contact her at 099 530 0317 or (landline) 288 8789. Her email is

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 099 530 0317

Recommended by Susan Schenck:

Recommendation for Luigi R, Painter

Strongly recommend Luigi for any painting. We set an appointment to have him give me a proposal and with a very reasonable price, he returned the following week as scheduled and did an excellent job. He’s honest, reliable, and speaks very good English

Address: Ordonez Lazo ~ Cuenca

Contact information: 099 387 7127

Recommended by Steve Kuhns:

Recommendation for Eneida Camacho Mercado, nurse

Eneida is excellent with her assistance for any type of intravenous therapy or similar, and is economical as well. She speaks Spanish and utilizes a good means of translation so as to communicate well with her patients.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 097 886 3980

Recommended by Adam Elliot Altholtz: 098 3929 606

Visit us for American and Ecuadorian food at great prices

Come visit Sabor Casero-Cositas Ricas for home style cooking. A cozy place with outdoor and indoor seating. We have desayunos and almuerzos plus a menu of delicious food including hamburgers, tigrillo, pasta, quesadillas, fish and chips, Mediterranean salad and more. Look for the green turf and umbrellas.

From Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 2:30 PM,

Gran Colombia between León XIII and Unidad Nacional.

Alexandra Calle: 096 068 5495

Laredo’s new hours!

Starting this Tuesday, 1/17, we will now be open for lunch at noon Tuesday through Saturday! Don’t miss out on our specials!

Tuesday: tacos al pastor for $1
Wednesday: 2 burritos for $10
Thursday: margaritas 2 x $8 until 7 PM
Friday: micheladas 3 x $7.50 all day

Tuesday, January 17th, Noon – 10 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

1-77 Plaza Otorongo

Chris Beardman: 093 917 3689

Zarza Brewing: $0.50 wings, Tuesday

Each and every Tuesday it’s $0.50 wings in Zarza. Choose from any of our house made sauces!

NBA: Raptors vs Bucks and Nuggets vs Blazers

Minimum order 5 wings and any beverage.


Remigio Tamariz between Alfonso Borrero and Lorenzo Piedra

Julio: WhatsApp: +52 553 348 9681

Mediterranean Luncheon with Leslie Breen – Sunday 29, January, 2023

A once-a-month event celebrating the most delicious cuisines of the world in a lovely private home. This month, join us for a culinary tour of the Med…


Hors d’oeuvres
Deep-Fried New Potatoes with Saffron Aioli
Tapenade and Peppers

Shrimp in Tomato Sauce with Feta
Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Garlic
Fresh Herb Tart
Roast Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce
Lemon Orzo
Orange Salad with Olives and Red Onion
Green Salad with Pears and Bleu Cheese

Berry Cloufoutis

Garden seating for hors d’oeuvres, weather permitting. Fireplace indoors! $25 for the hors d’oeuvres, buffet and dessert. Water, Coffee and Tea included. Carbonated beverages, wine, beer and mixed drinks available for purchase. Limited seating, reservations required.

Sunday, January 29, 2023. Door opens at noon, buffet luncheon served at 2 PM

Address given with reservation.

Leslie Breen: 098 412 3627

A Valentine’s Day to Remember Farm-to-Table Dinner

Gran Roca announces the opening of reservations to our “Valentine’s Day to Remember Farm-to-Table Dinner” with a wide variety of fresh, healthy and delicious dishes to please a wide variety of tastes and diets. All of our dishes are gluten free and produced in our commercial kitchen that is also gluten free. We cook using a minimum amount of oil (and only extra virgin olive oil). We are also careful with our use of sugar and salt.

As a part of the evening, we are planning a live music program featuring songs of love from popular Broadway Musicals.

As we are known for our unique offerings, our menu for Valentine’s Day will feature a variety of deliciously marinated and smoked meat dishes from our farm’s home grown, pasture raised, chicken, turkey, beef, pork and even duck mixed with our fresh vegetables as well as other options and, of course, the desserts. No one ever goes home hungry from a Gran Roca event!

For reservations, please send an email to

You don’t want to miss this unique Valentine’s Day celebration.

See you there!

Valentine’s Day, February 14. Two seatings: 4 and 6 PM,

Hotel Los Balcones, Presidente Borrero 12-08 y Sangurima, 4 blocks from Parque Calderon

Rob Gray:

Hiking in Cajas

Hiking is a non-competitive sporting activity that consists of walking along a specific itinerary. It is usually done in marked trails and approved by the competent organism of each country.

You want to do hiking in Cajas in a walk approximately two and a half hours where you will cross more than 20 lakes and appreciate flora and animals such as Llamas typical of the area?

Saturday and Sunday, departure time 9 AM. Contact me if you want to spend a different day.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23. 9 AM departure till 2 PM

El Cajas

Eduardo Useche: 099 861 3212

Mother & Son’s freezer-friendly meals (free delivery)

Looking for a hassle-free way to get your meals? Check out our freezer-friendly meal delivery service!

We offer a variety of meal options that are perfect for lunch or dinner.
No more worrying about what to make for dinner- our meals are quick, healthy, and delicious!

Please give us a day’s notice to shop and to prepare your order.
Free delivery within the city for orders $30 or more.
WhatsApp 096 322 3377

Cherries are still abundant.
Add it on your order for only $1.50 per lb.

Freezer-friendly Meals


Common Grounds, weekly entertainment

Common Grounds offers a wide variety of entertainment and specials ranging from Live Bands on Weekends and much more!
Monday Night Football 7:30 PM
Fun Trivia” every Tuesdays. from 6:30 to 8 PM hosted by Debra L
Bilingual Gringo Bingo every Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30 PM hosted by Marty D.
Thursday $2 tacos and 2×1 margaritas all day. and NFL games.
Friday Night Fun karaoke 7:30 PM hosted by Jhonson and Mariane
Saturday Night Live music: This Saturday, Jan, 21st, 80s Vibe Band ! at 7 PM $6 cover.
Also, now, every Saturday at 10:30 – 11 PM, if you like to party late, please stay with us for our After Party show with a second band or DJ
Sunday NFL Play off football.

Weekday Happy Hour: 3 to 7 PM. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see what’s happening every week at Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill, best sports bar in town.

Note: starting this weekend at Common Grounds, all events are first come first served.

Jan, 21st from 11 AM to 10 PM, $$,

Eduardo Crespo Malo, Gran Colombia

Olger Cristian Romero V:

City: Cuenca

Movies and dinner at La Guarida

Another incredible week at La Guarida of fantastic films and incredible food.
Book now by calling 099 806 8071.

– Utama –
Tuesday, January 17th at 6:45 PM.
An elderly Quechua couple live a tranquil life in the arid Bolivian highlands. While Virginio takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, Sisa keeps house and walks for miles with other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, they must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city.


Live Music at La Guarida: Kafuné.

This Thursday, La Guarida Cuenca is hosting – for the first time – an incredible duo, Kafuné. They are simply incredible musicians who are traveling through South America. Christian Ávalos and Manuela Calleja will showcase lots of Brazilian rhythms and tunes without forgetting their Argentinian and Spanish roots. Admission: $6.

Enjoy a fantastic dinner and world-class performers in one of the most acoustically perfect venues in Cuenca.

Book by calling 099 806 8071. Admission $7

Remember that La Guarida Cuenca is the only place in the city that doesn’t take a cent from the musicians and 100% of your admission fee goes directly to them.

Come dance and support your local musicians.

We are located at Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

January 19th, from 7 PM to 9 PM, $6

Mariscal Lamar 22-23 y Luis Pauta

Andres: 099 806 8071

City: Cuenca

Hummus and pita

Hello, It’s Moe and Mariam (Mezze). We are proud to offer our delicious hummus and fluffy pitas. Made from scratch only with fresh ingredients, it’s vegan and organic, our hummus is the perfect addition to any meal or a tasty snack on its own. Soon we will be expanding our menu to include additional delicious Middle Eastern favorites such as grape leaves, shish tawook, tabouli and more. So, stay tuned. We can’t wait to share more of our traditional dishes with you soon.

Hummus $1 / 100g (minimum 200g)
Pita $1 / 3 pcs

Every day from 9 AM to 9 PM,

Tres Puentes, La Isla

Moe: WhatsApp: 096 289 4378

Breakfast at Don Colon’s Restaurant

Daily breakfast specials

Home fries
Coffee and Juice

Other options

Western Omelet
Huevos Rancheros

Each Breakfast is only $4

Good morning! We hope to see you soon.

Every day,

Corner of Parque Calderon

Colon Campos: 099 827 0703

Have you voted for the best burger in town yet?

Yes, the best hamburger is Calvo & Co. You already know that. There are many hamburgers, there are many restaurants that prepare delicious hamburgers, but none is like Calvo & Co. and we all know that. We have made many new dishes but the hamburger remains the heart of our company. As always and always, Calvo & Co. dishes are distinguished by how we make them. With lots of love.

From Tuesdays to Sundays,

Los Cipreses 1-133

Jose: 095 879 3723

OBG Dance this Wednesday

Hi all you dancers, Our next OBG dance will be Wednesday, January 18th at Common Grounds and we will be continuing playing your favorite dance tunes in a video format. Also, if you come early, at 6 PM, I will be playing some funny and unique videos like Jerry Lewis doing the Cinderfella Dance. I really think that you and your friends will enjoy this format.

Donation will be $5

Also, when you make your reservations, please tell me what you would like me to play for you. Please let us know as soon as you can so that we can reserve a space for you and your party.

Dancing is a state of mind because if you try it you will want to do more of it!

January 18th Happy Hour from 4 – 7 PM. Funny Videos at 6. Dance music videos 7 – 10 PM, $5,

Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia,


City: Cuenca

CASAVIVA Real Estate

CASAVIVA is a real estate group focused on the necessities of the client because each one of us is different. We assist homeowners and commercial clients in buying, selling, or renting properties by providing advice, conducting research, Etc.


Emilia Gonzalez: