Day: January 23, 2023

A FAAN Story: Meet Marvin and Jo

FAAN (Fundacion Familia Amor Animal) is working to build Ecuador’s most modern and sustainable animal shelter. While we have 140 dogs now in our care, each of our dogs and volunteers has a unique story. In this post, Meet Marvin and Jo.

Jo is FAAN’s awesome “matchmaker” on our Volunteer Advisory Board who helps dogs, cats and adopters find each other. Reach out to Jo at FAAN if you’re looking for a new best friend (or two).

And some PAWSOME NEWS! You can double your impact for the dogs:
Now through March 15th, a generous and anonymous donor is matching dollar for dollar every donation received for our matching capital campaign. (Up to $20,000.)

This means $25 becomes $50, Your gift of $100 will become $200 and a generous gift of $1,000 becomes $2,000

Visit to give, adopt and/or volunteer. Together we can make Cuenca Proud as a city known for care and protection of our animals.

Rosemary Rein: 096 92 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Baby Cocoa

Cocoa was rescued off the streets from a very dangerous situation. Her pregnant mother had been helped by a lady who tried to feed her but because she lives in an apartment, she was not able to keep her. When Cocoa’s mother gave birth to her puppies there was no real owner so they were left to the streets. Cocoa was the smallest dog in the pack and was attacked by the bigger dogs who bullied her and did not let her eat any of the food that was left for them. Her future was very bleak but now she has been to the vet, had her shots, and been dewormed.

She is in a safe, temporary foster home and is looking for a permanent home to call her own. As you can see from her pictures, Cocoa is sweet, loving and ready to be a part of any good home.

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

City: Cuenca

Looking for hemorrhoidectomy surgeon

Hello Expat Community,

I am looking for surgeon who specializes in hemorrhoidectomy here in Cuenca. People told me that I need to be very careful in choosing the right doctor because each one can give you a different opinion.

My email:
WhatsApp. +1 541 403 4461

Ahmed Abdelaziz

City: Cuenca

Looking for reputable shipper

I’m looking for a reputable shipper who won’t lose my stuff and won’t charge an arm and a leg. I ship supplements and a few other things. Any suggestions?

Stan Jones: 096 883 7789. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Three brand-new men’s lightweight flannel shirts – X

These three flannel shirts are from the very popular “Legendary Whitetails” brand. Never worn. They were just delivered from the US on Monday of this week. I gambled on sizing and lost – they are way too small for me, and it’s not worth the hassle and cost to return them by courier (even though I really like them and will order the same shirts in the next size up shortly.)

I’m attaching photos of each and providing a link to each of their pages on Amazon so you can get all the details.


Psyllium husk

Dear friends, at Gramm Bulkshop we have psyllium in our store, here we share some information about it:

Psyllium, similarly to other soluble fibers, passes through the small intestine without being completely broken down or absorbed.

Instead, it absorbs water and becomes a viscous compound that benefits constipation, diarrhea, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight loss.

Psyllium husk is the main active ingredient in Metamucil, a fiber supplement that reduces constipation.


Red Tag Moving and Estate Sales knocks it out of the house again!

Very pretty dining room glass-top table and 4 wicker cushioned chairs. 
Beautifully handcrafted and in excellent condition! 
Purchased at Antique House on Fray Vicente Solano. 
Purchase price $1000 
Sacrifice sale price only $300! 

Cute shaped little glass-top coffee table or accent table! 
Wood is old and has some minor cracks but they only add to its charm and it has been very well oiled and maintained. 
Purchased at Antique House on Solano 
Sacrifice Sale Price only $75! 

Whirlpool total care system electric dryer 
Energy Star energy saver and in excellent condition! 
Can convert to gas and have the employee ready to do it for you! 
Purchase price $700 
Sacrifice sale price only $275! 

Beautiful and elegant custom-made grey with red wood chair. Only 4 months old! 
This is an extremely well-crafted chair and so comfortable! 
The owner was very tall so the chair is very deep and great for a tall person with long legs! 
Purchase price to have custom made $370 
Sacrifice sale price $175! 

Pictures do no justice to this beautiful light lime green sofa! 
Purchased at Vitefama Home Store in El Vergel. 
So very comfortable and very pretty. 
Owner just had new cushions put in it two months ago! 
Purchase price was $1500 for sofa and matching chair (sold the chair) 
Sacrifice sale price only $250! 

Email Debra today to schedule a look see this week and happy shopping! 
Close to the Pizza Hut on Remigio Crespo.

Debra S Lynn:

City: Cuenca

Traditional food from Cuenca

María offers traditional Cuenca food:

5 Humitas (which are corn flour tamales wrapped in cheese), at $5

5 Tamales of corn flour, egg, raisins, pepper, with chicken or pork, at $6

5 Choclo (heirloom corn) Tortillas, $5

5 Quimbolitos at 6$

Drink Colada Morada (traditional purple drink with fruit), at $10 a liter.

5 emborrajados de Maduro (wheat flour, eggs, sugar, a little milk, fried in oil), at $4

1 pound of cooked corn for $2

It is a healthy food made at home with natural ingredients. Delivery is free for orders of $10 or more, otherwise $2. Contact your child with the order at:

Andres Reinoso.

City: Cuenca

Andres Reinoso:

City: Cuenca

Massage Therapy by Elsa – relax, heal and rejuvenate

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 the following:

• 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:


Galapagos: New prices for Ecuadorians and residents w/cedula

Galapagos Best Yachts February and March, 2023!!

Galaxy First Class Yacht

4 Days/ 3 Nights Program
*Feb. 25th to 28th
*Price p/person in double occupancy for Ecuadorians and residents w/cedula
and International Tourist $1,850

*March 11th to 14th
*Price p/person in double occupancy for Ecuadorians and residents w/cedula: $1,850 for
International Tourist: $2,150

*March 25th to 28th
*Price p/person in double occupancy for Ecuadorians and residents w/cedula: $1,850 for
International Tourist: $2,350

Ecogalaxy First Class Yacht


Waterfalls, rivers and culture in Limon; 2 days (departure Thursday, 26th)

Rise early for a day packed with wild adventure, departing from Plaza San Sebastian in Cuenca at 8:30 AM. Then it is time to get on the 4×4 heading to the east towards the Ecuadorian Amazon (2h30 min approx). You arrived at Limon Indanza, just two hours from Cuenca. Known as the gateway to the Amazon, a picturesque Amazonian town hidden between mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and lots of nature.

After passing through Limón, we head to Chiviaza, a rural town known as the enchanted valley due to its impressive ecosystem. In Chiviaza, you will visit an organic farm, take a hike in the jungle and discover a fantastic variety of mysterious recordings on large rocks called petroglyphs. After that, you will learn more about how people work with Amazonian products and taste some of their traditional drinks made with sugar cane.


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

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

Amapola Bistro and Events, Sunset Dinner Turi, Gallery Eduardo Vega

Amapola Bistro and Events, Sunset Dinner
Ancestral Gastronomy
“Expat Wednesday’s”
Amapola Bistro this Wed, January 25th, 2023 from 4:30 to 8:30 PM…

Last minute space’s available

This experience will allow us to have Federica Vega open the doors of her beautiful nature walk in Turi at the Vega Familia home…
Come experience with us this incredible connection with nature walking thru the family magical garden while Federica shares her vision with us…
We will also visit Eduardo Vega Gallery Ecuador’s most renowned Ceramist…once again the gallery will be open to the public.


Learn Spanish for free with movies, books, TV and music

Authentic Spanish resources (such as movies, TV, books and music) are one of the most fun and effective ways to improve your listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar.

So why aren’t more people taking advantage of them?

1. There is a common misconception that you must have an intermediate level or higher in order to watch a movie or read a book in Spanish.

2. They don’t know where to begin – how to find a movie/TV show, book or even music that is suitable for their level and interests.

This is why I’ve created this free (for a limited time only) guide to using authentic Spanish resources to take your Spanish to the next level.


Fake it ‘til you make it

No matter what language you are learning, faking an accent won’t make you sound fluent but funny.
Learning Spanish? Don’t fake it, mimic native speakers.
The big question is how?

1. Move your mouth as native speakers do.
2. Mimic their body’s natural expressions.
3. Have fun by exposing yourself to organic conversations.

So, while learning a new language, “fake it ‘til…” is not an option.

Go from stuck beginner to intermediate flow speaker.

A six weeks training, one decision to be made.
If you feel comfortable with your Spanish pronunciation this training is not for you.

San Antonio Cuenca, Ec

La Vilma Vega

099 279 7360


For all IT needs. Certified IT Professional with 8+ years of business and personal troubleshooting experience. Responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing hardware and software components of Mac, Linux, and Windows computers.

Cuenca, Ecuador


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.

Ask about exercise/massage packages. Fully vaccinated (Sinovac)

Benefits include:


Mega Recovery Program: revitalizing /restore/powerful antioxidant IV´s

These specially formulated IVs help you overcome any lingering symptoms from Covid -19 or other illnesses and enhance your energy and replenish stores of vital nutrients.

They contain the highest quality ingredients to help your body repair and recover.


• Refueling depleted vitamins and minerals
• Releasing stagnant toxins
• Boosting energy levels
• Strengthening your immune system
• Shortening the span of illnesses


Touristic and adventure experiences all around Ecuador

Hello guys, This is Juan from Greenstep Ec. We are a tour operator and we customize trips all around Ecuador and we are specialized in adventure tours, so if you ever want to go and have experiences that you never had, we can make that possible, especially hiking tours in many other spots than just Cajas. Let us know and live the adventure because, adventure starts here:

8-73 Miguel Vélez 8-73 y Simón Bolivar

Juan Quintuna
096 289 0480

“Real Deal” BBQ at Pájaro y Bestia

One of two tables delivered to the second floor of Pájaro y Bestia on Saturday. Each table will seat about 10 people.
Party on people – groups of 20 now accepted.

Pájaro y Bestia – where we feature ribs cooked from beginning to end in a smoker – the Real Deal. What a concept.

Friday and Saturday 1 – 8 PM

Sé la bestia!!

Gran Colombia 13-100 y Estévez de Toral


098 321 8273 WhatsApp to reserve food

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

Hairdressing, barbering, pedicure professionals at C&C Unisex

When it comes to choosing a hair color and shade, your professional colorist will help you achieve the perfect blend for you, because finding the hair color that suits you best is always our number one priority.

1) Your complexion
The color of your skin tone is actually one of the most important aspects of choosing the perfect hair color. The correct color will compliment your skin and make it appear even more beautiful, while the wrong color might make your skin look dull and dreary.

2) Your eyes
To really enhance and intensify your eye color we might opt for a contrasting color. For instance – if your eyes are blue, a caramel or golden blonde tone will make them appear even bluer. If they are green, a fiery or soft red tone could be the perfect color for you.


Today’s painting: Sunflower Field

Gallery at
Several original oil paintings by Jerry Morton are on display at Cuenca Creators Co-Op. Calla Larga 9-78 y Benigno Malo inside Sunrise Cafe.


Jerry Morton

Urban bird watching tour in Cuenca

Would you like to visit part of the city of Cuenca and register an average of 25 species of birds? “Polylepis Tours Ecuador” invites you to enjoy this urban bird watching Tour.

Only for this week: promotional rate,

22nd – 28th March.
$39 pp
hours: 6:15 to 11 AM

It includes:


Cardiology / physician


I am Dra. Daniela Carpio —a Cardiologist based out of Cuenca with a specialty in Cardiac Intensive Care. Upon my recent return from completing my studies abroad, I opened my medical practice at Hospital del Rio, and it would be an honor to serve you there.

I completed my 5-year postgraduate education at the Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiología in Sao Paulo, Brazil; a world class institution comprised of highly skilled physicians in the field. I am thrilled to me back in my hometown, with my family, and I look forward to serving my community and also bring expert medical care to the comfort of your own home, if needed.
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Recommendation for Rami hairdresser, haircuts

Rami may be the best hairdresser for women and men in Cuenca. I have been butchered by hairdressers in Cuenca who do not understand fine, straight short hair. And I finally found one!
Rami is Syrian with extensive hair design training there that does not exist in Cuenca.

He runs a very comfortable, easy-to-reach salon on Alfonso Borrero just around the corner from the SRİ building on Remigio Crespo.
Speaks English and Spanish.
Reasonable, affordable price and top quality.
099 900 0427

Address: Alfonso Borrero and Remigio Crespo, Cuenca

Contact information: 099 900 0427

Recommended by Martha Hooper:

Recommendation for Red Tag Moving Company, local moving business

This is the 3rd move for us in 7 years and, once again, Debra and her crew just did a stress-free and above reproach stellar job for us! Same crew, same expertise, work ethic, reliability and just all around wonderful human beings!

Debra always says she is not the cheapest outfit in town but her rates are extremely fair for the job she and her guys do! 3 moves, 6 truckloads each move and not a single scratch, dent or mishap of any kind.

Do yourself a huge favor and at least meet with her to give you a quote!

Address: Calle Gran Colombia and Unidad Nacional

Contact information:

Recommended by Amanda Galioto:

Recommendation for Beverly Vazquez, attorney

Recently my partner and I decided to get our wills made so that we could feel confident knowing our survivors would be able to settle our affairs easily. An expat friend of ours who has lived here for a number of years recommended Beverly. With her expertise we were able to know that our assets would be distributed according to our wishes.

Because my partner and I each have a child from a previous marriage, we had been told that our estates could not legally be distributed as we wanted. Beverly worked tirelessly with us to make certain that our assets would be protected and disbursed according to our personal preferences. She also helped us get proper person of authorities to facilitate the process. She is fully bilingual, detail-oriented, very reasonably priced and verifies everything is done correctly.

Because of her commitment to excellence, we highly recommend Beverly Vazquez for any legal needs you may have.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 097 920 2143

Recommended by Tery Carroll:

Paradise Indian Restaurant appreciates your vote

Paradise urges you to vote in the “Best of GringoPost” event now in progress. And while you’re at it, please choose Paradise for Best Indian Restaurant as you already have twice in recent years. Just go to the bottom of the Wine and Dine ballot and enter our information under “Other Category”. It’s been our privilege to serve the local expat community since 2019, to share our cuisine and culture, and to make friends with people from all around the world. We look forward to maintaining this relationship in the years to come, and to always being a comfortable spot for expats and visitors to gather and enjoy each other’s company.

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

Lo Nostra Pizza Napoletana the true artisan pizza of Cuenca

La Nostra Pizza Napoletana, artisanal pizza, with its homemade tomato sauce, and fresh ingredients, with its 7 flavors and 3 sizes, Its operations are open to taking home the pizza of your choice with a free drink.

Thank you for the support you have given us so far. This encourages us to continue working with the best service and the best Neapolitan-style pizza.

Our name is La Nostra Pizza Napoletana. Now open for home delivery— Order for your next meal:

– WhatsApp: 098 305 6004
– Facebook: @lanostrapizzanapoletana
– Email:

Thursday and Friday: Order 2 pizzas and the second one is half price.
Saturdays and Sundays: Order 2 XL Pizzas and the delivery is free, in addition to your free drink

We await your order.
Have the best weekend!

From Thursday to Saturday from noon to 10 PM and Sunday from noon to 8 PM.

Canton Vinces De Los Rios Street and Canton Gualaquiza Street. Misicata.Cuenca

Yenis y Joel: Yenis or Joel: WhatsApp: 098 305 6004

A Valentine’s Day to remember Farm-to-Table Dinner and Music

Gran Roca invites you to attend our special “Valentine’s Day to Remember Farm-to-Table Dinner and Music.” The dinner will include a wide variety of fresh, healthy and delicious dishes made from ingredients grown and raised on our sustainable permaculture farm 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 we are known for our unique offerings, our menu for Valentine’s Day will feature each of our pasture raised animals, (chicken, turkey, beef, pork and even duck) each mixed with its own special recipe using our farm fresh herbs and vegetables. We will, as in our past events, prepare a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes made using our farm-to-table herbs and vegetables. The dinner would not be complete without our fresh made desserts. No one ever goes home hungry from a Gran Roca event!

But that’s not all. As a part of the evening, we are putting together a live music program featuring songs of love from some of our favorite Broadway Musicals. You don’t want to miss it. There may not be a dry eye in the audience.

For reservations, please send an email to with your name, number of seats and your preferred seating time. This will truly be a Valentine’s Day to Remember. See you there!

Velentine’s Day, February 14. Two seatings: 4 and 7 PM,

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

Rob Gray:

Chef Rosemary, delivery food service

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

Special this week:

– Casserole Creamy coconut shrimp with potatoes and veggies and rice. 2 portions $15.

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. Also pick up some tasty fruit, veggies, and fresh bread. Get your fresh products then take a little time to relax and catch up with your friends while enjoying Dos Sucres’ home-made humitas, salsa verde, brownies and lots of other treats.

If you can’t make it to Dos Sucres, pick up your order at the Cuenca Shop by San Sebastian Square or Tienda Nectar or arrange for home delivery in the afternoon.

Tuesday, Jan.24th from 8-10 AM,

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


Introducing Gypsy TV; Free for two weeks

A new service that cuts through thousands of TV shows and movies out there to
bring you just the very best. And, Gypsy TV will even add shows if something is
missing that subscribers want. What could be better?

FREE Hands-on Class. Save the date. Wednesday, February 8 at 4:30 pm
All attendees get two weeks of free programming.

If you’re like most expats, you may struggle a little with new technology—like
apps and streaming services. No problem. We invite you to a FREE class on how to install Gypsy TV. All you need to bring is your laptop (fully charged). Learn why Gypsy TV may be the only streaming service you’ll ever need. The class, led by Gypsy TV founder, Jason, will last half an hour with time for a Q&A


Tai Chi in Parque de la Madre

Tai Chi is a great way to gently improve your fitness and health. It is excellent for developing lower body strength and flexibility and for improving your balance. 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.

Our regular, ongoing Tai Chi practice incorporates warm-up exercises, Qi Gong routines, and the fundamental movements of the 18 Form. We welcome all ages and all levels from absolute novice to intermediate. You can join at any time and at any level; there is no class start date or end date.

We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM in the northeast corner of Parque de la Madre under the shade of the large trees (closest to Av 12 de Abril and the Tomebamba River). If it is actively raining or the ground is too wet, we will meet under the rings of the planetarium. Practice is led by Wayne and Sandra Materi in English though we are always happy to accommodate our Spanish-speaking friends. Classes are free, but we welcome drop-in donations of $2.

For more information, please e-mail me at: or check out our new Tai Chi in Cuenca Facebook group.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 AM, Free,

Parque de la Madre

Wayne Materi:

City: Cuenca

This week at La Guarida

Don’t forget that La Guarida is a reservations only restaurant.
Book by calling or texting 099 806 8071.

– Amadeus –
Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM.
Amadeus is our first film of the year in our Monday Night Classic series. Antonio Salieri envies Mozart whom he believes to be a great musician. Having come to the conclusion that Mozart receives divine assistance in his compositions, Salieri turns against God.

– Triangle of Sadness –
Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 PM.
A cruise for the super-rich sinks, leaving survivors, including a fashion model celebrity couple, trapped on an island.