Help to Blanquita

Hello Dear Expats, my name is Lupe. I am asking for anyone of you who can help and adopt Blanquita, a little dog that is always tied up, mistreated and beaten by her owners.

She is a little breed and 3-months old.
WhatsApp 098 311 1659

Lupe Moscoso: 098 311 1659. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Food donation needed

Hello Dear Expats. We are looking for good people who can help donning dog food, medicine, vaccines or some money for a bunch of dogs, rescued in very bad condition or runaways in Cuenca city.

We have a few old dogs in need of medicine. They used to be here in Cuenca, but now they are in the biggest property in Paute to make their lives better and free.

You can go to visit the dogs anytime you want. Can stay the weekend helping take care them or just relaxing. We have a little house for guests in the property.

This weekend we had a Melinda helping with the dogs to Irlanda.

Any donation will make the difference to keep rescuing and feeding those little souls.

Lupe Moscoso: 098 311 1659. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

The end is near!

On Wednesday, Sept 22, the huge garage sale sponsored by Esperanza Thrift Shop and Expat Services Center will come to an end. We are open from 10 AM to 4 PM and located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre.

We thank you for your support of Hogar de Esperanza (home of Hope) and look forward to seeing you. If you have donations of items you no longer need, you can either drop them off or contact us to arrange a pickup.

Jeenner Angulo: 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Call for a general meeting for Keep Cuenca Beautiful (KCB)

Tagged Graffiti Removal Program.
Well, finally we are back in action!
The City of Cuenca has approved our proposal for city residents, with the full permission and support of the municipality, continuing covering of the unsightly tagged graffiti we are seeing throughout Cuenca. We need you. Not only do we need volunteers to assist in the giant task of removing the tagged graffiti throughout the city but we also need people with a financial background, at least one bilingual administrator and two interpreters.

If you can help in any of these three areas contact us immediately. We have set an open meeting to explain the plan, answer questions and sign-up volunteers. Join us at this hour and a half long meeting which will start at 2 PM on Thursday, September 23th, in the second floor meeting room of the Cuenca Museo Central (Former Escuela central) which is located at the corner of Benigno Malo and Gran Colombia.

For additional information contact JT NEIRA: Emails: jubefi@hotmail.comor WhatsApp: 098 662 8710. We also would like El Mercurio to cover the meeting. If anyone could help us there your assistance would be much appreciated.

JT Neira: 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real Stories from the Hogar – Getting back into the swing of things

Now that August is behind us — everyone seemed to be on vacation — things are ramping up at the Hogar. Anka, our volunteer doctor, is back and the university students will be back in the next few weeks. This year we will have 12 students and we will provide a wider range of services to those in need here at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope).

This past week was incredibly busy with providing food supports for over 300 people. Every person is vetted and interviewed by our Social Worker. With the hospitals reopening, we are also seeing an increase in patients coming from the Amazon and other regions outside Cuenca with us scheduling appointments and providing medications.

One case particularly emotional this week was of a Venezuelan woman from near Machala. She was rushed to the public hospital and had to undergo an emergency caesarian. Her baby was born three months premature. She and her older son have been able to stay with us, receive supports and we have been able to work with the hospital to make sure that this baby, although in critical condition, receives all the support it needs. Thankfully, the baby is doing better.

To support our work, you can do so at: For other donation options, including tax receipt or bank transfer, you can do so at: Thank you for your continued support.

Garry Vatcher: 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Woody Allen and I at Coney Island on a movie set

Woody Allen Revisited
By Robert Leaman Sanders

I met Woody Allen one day a very long time ago on a movie set. I live in Malibu now but at the time I was living in New York City. My agent called and she said: “You’re working on a movie called “Annie Hall”. Here’s the address out in Brooklyn. Write this down. You are going to Coney Island. Also, this afternoon you want to go see Bernie, the hairstylist for this shoot, get your haircut, and be on the set 8 AM sharp tomorrow. Good-bye.”

I did everything correctly.

Turns out I was an extra. I was the guy who would be in the background of the final film who throws softballs at lead filled milk bottles at one of Coney Island’s carnival concessions. So, there I was. I’m in a tee-shirt and jeans with a great haircut to make me look like a typical American young fellow from the nineteen forties era. I have 3 softballs in my arms and I am quite ready to start the throwing once I hear somebody from somewhere shout out the words – “and action!” 7 feet away from me is the one and only Mister Woody Allen standing around holding a clipboard full of papers scratching his chin. Yes. I broke the cardinal rule. I walked right up to Mr. Allen. He started things off and he said: “Hi.” I said: “Would you allow me to introduce myself?” He says: “Yes. I’ll allow you to introduce yourself. Introduce yourself.” I gave him my name, smiled big, and explained that since I respected and loved his directorial talents, so much so, to the point where I could have considered being President of his fan club, that he could depend on me should there be anything more I could do for him as an actor in the movie. Meaning, anything more than simply throwing balls at old fashioned carnival milk bottles. Woody Allen replied: “Oh. Okay fine. I’ll keep that in mind. Right now, however, is a very good time for you to take your position and start throwing the balls.”


Designer decorating and household giant sale next week!

Tuesday – Friday, Sept 21-24 By appointment (email or phone with three slots you want between 10 AM and 5 PM)

Saturday and Sunday Sept 25, 26 – 1 all day 11 AM – 4 PM

Padre Aguirre 9-40, between G Columbia and S. Bolivar, next to Vatex – call on arrival or ring bottom bell.

Sale includes Designer faux fur Throws, Contemporary and Antique carpets all sizes, Mirrors, Coffee Tables, End Tables, Bedroom tables, Chairs, QS bed, Antiques and Antique Furniture, Household items, Fine Art Objects and Paintings and Prints, Decorative Pillows, Pillow inserts, All kinds of linens–placemats, napkins, tablecloths, bedspreads, sheets–Memory foam toppers, New Cuisinart pot set, Beautiful flatware sets, New Dinnerware sets, Small appliances, Electronics, Bose audio TV speaker system, Crystal and Silver items, Designer Clothing and Shoes an bags, Indian saris and exotic fabrics and silks for dressmaking, Sealed Fine Perfumes, Books and Cookbooks, CDs and DVDs, routers, many, many things. (Many Items Brand New in Box).

Join us, bring your friends, you will not be disappointed. Items are all collected from around the world, or imported from US. I am an interior designer. High end items priced to sell.

See a few of the items at this link:!AvITZgGNlfLkrDBrRNogXk4k_9NL?e=FlNmEw

Tuesday – Friday, Sept 21-24 By Appointment / Saturday and Sunday Sep 25, 26 – 1 all day 11 AM – 4 PM, 9-40 Padre Aguirre (between Bolivar and Gran Columbia), Cuenca.

Mary Thomajan: 099 925 8138

The Free & Fun Language Exchange on Zoom – all levels welcome

Please join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment. After years of meeting in person, we are now continuing with Zoom.

All levels of ability are welcome, so don’t be shy–even if you don’t speak a word of the language you want to learn, you will be helped by those that do.

To facilitate conversation, we often have fun with tongue twisters, riddles, slang, crossword puzzles, etc. Or, we just simply converse on various subjects. Anything to practice speaking.

The Zoom meeting starts promptly at 6 PM every Monday, and we end at 7 PM.

No need to confirm your attendance; just show up and enjoy (and learn!).

ZOOM meeting link:
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

September 20th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835

This Week In La Guarida

Join us for our breakfast service: Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Have breakfast and check out Eduardo Segovia’s three-floor exhibit. We have more than 60 works by this revered local artist.

Our film choices next week are:

Tuesday, September 21st, at 6:45 PM: El Hijo de la Novia. [The Son’s Bride]
Ricardo Darín has become Latin-America best actor and probably one of the best in the whole continent. Juan Jose Camponella directs this touching film. Camponella is best known for his masterpice “The Secret in Her Eyes”; however, this film just helps us understand the incredible trajectory of this wonderful, wonderful Argentinian director.


Workshop: Dancing in Spiral, be part of a fabulous experience

En Espiral Lab invites you to be part of a fabulous experience Danzando en Espiral In celebration of KillaRaymi.

In this Workshop we are going to connect with each part of our body, allowing our energy to flow without limits.

We invite you to dance with your heart and bare feet #DanzasEnEspiral under the guidance of Clara Francisca in the musical company of Sarita Navarrete.


Mailing a letter in the US


Is anyone heading to the US? I need a letter mailed. Thanks

Henry Kipp 098 474 1527

City: Cuenca

Looking to buy Metformin

Is Metformin available over the counter at pharmacies in Ecuador? I tried the search option but couldn’t see any references.

Denis Cruickshank: .

City: Cuenca

Looking for a mule from US

Need someone to bring to Cuenca +/- 1/2 lb. of fabric from US sometime in the next few months. Please let me know a time that is convenient for you.

Patrika Vaughn: .

City: Cuenca

Craniosacral pop-up clinic with Daniel – Weds/Thurs – at Tienda Nectar

Please book your session for relief of neck tension, lower back-pain, headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, sciatica pain, anxiety, ‘busy-mind’, stress relief, relaxation.

Mindful that you are the healer we work together with the 5 element framework and get to source to address your issue. Craniosacral therapy uses light touch techniques to relax the body/mind complex and gentle mobilization to permit the structure to realign where it needs to be.

Limited appointments available, urgent cases given priority

Sessions are 75 – 90 mins/$40, also in Spanish

Tienda Nectar – Sucre 1-127, Cuenca

Daniel Pugh
099 654 5233
+593 99 654 5233 (WhatsApp/Telegram)

Cat scratchers and towers

Cats are curious, fearless animals and they love to play. Life locked up at home can be boring for them without games or surprises. Remember that they need to meet their needs and scratching is one of their basic instincts, both to file their nails, as a form of play, for anxiety or insecurity or to defend their territory. Many times we get angry because our cat has scratched the sofa or the curtains, but we should ask ourselves, are we giving it any alternative?

Scratchers for cats are a good gift for them, it helps them to stay active and keep their nails in good condition. Plus, it’s yours, yours alone. Something that cats love.

– 5 reasons why your cat should use a scratching post:

1. To keep their nails healthy and strong.
2. To stay active and avoid health problems.
3. To play and release stress
4. To create shelter
5. For their curious instinct.

Constructed entirely of good wood, strong and stable solids, with strong sisal and high-quality carpet cloth.

I have different designs and models. Prices vary from each one.

I also manufacture scratchers based on your budget.
You will like it a lot.

Cuenca Centro


Sometimes a large dog bed needs . . . a fitted sheet?

These large and the super-large dog beds already have removable waterproof mattress covers and removable water-resistant bed covers for damage control. But over time, you might also notice a certain doggy smell and then you just want to do a quick and easy wash. These fitted sheets were custom-made by a Cuenca seamstress out of thick, high-quality fleece. Aren’t they nice?


Heather Conley
099 900 3991

Carolina Bookstore opens Monday, September 20th

To our friends and loyal customers, we will be re-opening this Monday September 20th at our original location: 4-46 Hermano Miguel y Calle Larga. Hours of operation are 10 AM to 6 PM. Monday through Saturday. Standard bio-security protocol will be observed.

4-46 Hermano Miguel y Calle Larga

Martin Doherty

098 123 5136

Reupholstery services and furniture restoration

Our professional upholsterers can customize sofas, chairs, ottomans, cushions, decorative pillows, headboards and more. We have the best fabrics, leathers, and vinyls. We give you a fast and affordable furniture repair to sofas and chairs. Such as torn seams, broken legs, wobbly frames.


Fast foam replacement
Furniture Modifications
Custom built Recliners
Custom built chairs
Antique furniture Restoration
Frame repair
Leather Restoration and repair
Custom made outdoor furniture
Outdoor cushions
Hand tied coil springs
Revitalization of frame padding and cushioning
Reupholstering fabric, leather, and vinyl
Custom built sofas, chairs, and ottomans
Complete restoration and reupholstery services
wide range of fabrics and leathers
Pick-up and delivery services


Juan Pablo

Custom metal work services

We provide you with customized services for any residential, commercial, or any other metal project you might need. We offer high quality Metalworking services at affordable Prices.
From small to big projects.

Our services:

Custom built Metal objects
Custom built Metal furniture
Wrought iron
Aluminum and glass installation
Cable Rail
Custom Fabricating
Portable Welding



Technical support (printer, computer, maintenance, iPad, wifi service)

• Does your computer or phone need some repair?
• Do you need a new contract with a fiber optic provider without any hassle?
• Do you need a new TV, printer, computer or any other gadget?
• Are you having issues with your printer?
• Do you need technical support with your iPad/iPhone, MacBook Air/Pro or iMac?
• Magsafe computer charging not working?
• Are you new in town and need to set up internet and other services?
• Wifi running slow?


Have you been thinking of doing physical and mental life changes?

This is your opportunity to enroll in a process where we’ll personally help you to achieve your goals; giving your body and mind the changes you need.

Age or physical condition is not an issue. Our method is based on the functional training, which is resumed. It’s all about health wellness.

No matter what your goals are, we’ll help you to achieve them, because your objectives are ours.

José Gabriel Cabeza – Personal Trainer
Phone: 098 708 4339

Home visit

Professional English teacher/editor

I have 25 years’ experience teaching English in public schools in the Unites States. I will tutor you or edit for you, in English, as you prefer. I hold current teaching certificates in English, science, and social studies and, a master’s degree in Educational Research and Psychology, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

I am fully vaccinated and will work with you in-person or online, as you like.

We can work on your vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, speaking, writing, academic skills, or whatever you need. We can take our practice into social circles if you like. I am open to your ideas, or I can determine your needs and work to develop your skills.

If you need editing services, I will correct and/or develop your writing, academic or otherwise. I have edited novels, autobiographies, poetry, short stories, essays, and theses to name a few.

I have experience with and work well with young children to graduate students.

My tutoring fee is $10 per hour.

My editing fee is negotiable and depends upon the task.

City: Cuenca

Maureen Seals

Rosa Linda, roses with love

Hello beautiful community,

I have some surprises for you: For my clients who receive their roses every week, I have a family bouquet for them. It contains a mixture of roses and sunflowers, the best and most durable. Sunflowers are flowers with a lot of solar energy. They bring a lot of joy.

The price is $10 for my clients who ask me every week or every two weeks, take advantage of the fact that I only have them seasonally. If you are not my client with subscription, write me to know more.

I also have mini succulent gardens if you wish, in addition to private yoga classes or walks in and out of the city in case you need transportation.

Many kisses and hugs from the Rosa Linda family.


Israel Lopez
096 958 5647

Mention this GringoPost Ad for **20% off**

Monday Bonus – Campbell’s Canned Soups & Libby’s Canned Vegetables.

**20% off**
All Campbell’s tinned goods
Libby’s Canned Vegetables

This Monday Only

Available at Cuenca Shop / King’s Smokehouse
Opening Hours 9 AM – 5 PM Monday

Yes we deliver.

Cuenca Shop / King’s Smokehouse, 8-66 Coronel Talbot, Parque San Sebastian, Cuenca

098 402 6399

Landscaping services

The Best Gardener GringoPost 2021 ***** Leonardo’s Five Star Landscaping Service. We offer weekly or monthly garden maintenance service… Available for any size job and for any kind of project in Cuenca. If you need gardening supplies or firewood? We can do it. You didn’t come here just to live, you came to thrive and your life and home should reflect that. Fill your home and yard with plants.

We speak English, understand the value of being on time and on budget. Give us a try. You won’t regret it. We deliver many types of gardening supplies, set up your garden and deliver firewood, for those cold Cuenca nights.

Below are some of the items I can deliver to your home and help you set up and maintain the garden of your dreams:

• Rich black planting soil
• Organic fertilizer
• Healthy outdoor and indoor plants
• Decorative garden rock
• Large ceramic pots
• Vegetable starter plants
• Seeds, vegetable and fruit
• Herbs, baby plants of rosemary, basil, thyme and more
• Gardening tools, hoses, all supplies for your gardening needs
• Firewood delivered and stacked

Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Please note: My new cell phone number: 096 904 8247 WhatsApp 096 904 8247


Huge overstock sale – extended through July 25

Visit our CosasPrep store on Simon Bolivar and save up to 70% on UV-C disinfection lamps (w/o ozone), fire escape ladders, solar lamps, and more.

Now is your chance to prepare for an uncertain future with products that you want and need – up to 70% off. Many of the great items are being offered below cost. (We have enough inventory for 4 stores, but have decided not to open another 2 during this retail environment. So now we are overstocked.)

Examples: UVC lamps w/o ozone were $125, Now $37.50 (only 1 left); Forehead thermometers: Were $39.90, Now $11.97; Phone magnifiers: Were $15, Now $4.50; USB lighters: Were $10, Now $2 (5 left). At these prices, our overstock situation will not last long. Items are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The sale will run through Saturday Sept 25. Credit cards and PayPal accepted.

Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral

Lorena Flores

A Chiropractor can help you relieve pain and improve your posture

I also can help you stay healthy, feel great and well-adjusted 

My name is Dr. Duane H. Connell D.C. I ran a family Chiropractic practice for over 20 years in Virginia and I have relocated to Cuenca. 

I do primarily hands-on adjusting and I use a variety of techniques including Gonstead, Divirsified, Drop Table, Toggle and Biophysics. 


Plastic Surgeon?

Looking for a great plastic surgeon in Cuenca.

Susan LaCount: .

City: Cuenca

Electrician and problem solving

Dear community, Thank you for been receptive to my last post. We did some jobs, We made some offers (still waiting for their decision/feedback). I’m back in business so if you need a proposal (tech or electricity) just let me know.

I´ll kindly ask some customers to write a review in the comments.

Thanks again Expat community, you rock.

Original Post: “Electrician in need due to pandemic”


Jose Bona
095 897 1911 (WhatsApp)

Great deal on a car, RAV 4

For sale, Toyota RAV4 Limited
Made in Japan
2008, with 155,000+ miles
4-wheel drive, automatic
Everything works
See attached link for photos

Asking $14,400

Kelly 098 788 6153 (or WhatsApp)

City: Cuenca

Selling our Gran Vitara V6 4×4 with or without trailer

2007 model. Only 145km or 90k miles.
Well cared for and regular maintenance, synthetic oil change and filters every 5k kilometers or 3k miles. Brand-new battery and new bands. Motor and transmission feel like new. 2.5 liter V6 with manual transmission and 4×4 (nothing is lacking with this vehicle).

Trailer: Interior dimensions are 4×8 (1.22×2.44). 6 ft tall interior or 1.85
The best thing about this trailer is the wheel axis. It is an ALKO German axis with integrated suspension and a weight capacity of 1650lbs or 750 kgs. Brand-new tires and rims.
The tarp is also brand-new and it will keep all your cargo protected, clean and dry.

Javier DeJesus: 099 264 0180.

City: Cuenca

HP Laptop 14 inch

I am selling an older laptop in good working condition for my brother-in-law.
This is an HP 14 inch with 4gb of ram, core 2 duo at 2ghz.
He has been using it for school for his 5-year old but will be moving to a larger laptop.

Brandon L: 099 352 4550.

City: Cuenca

The Hop Factory: beer and coffee delivery

Come to The Hop Factory this Thursday and Friday from 1:30 to 7:30 PM, for some great craft beer. We do home deliveries on Thursday from 8 AM to noon.

We are on the east side of Cuenca, Calle del Himno y Bandera Nacional. We have darts and chess boards available to play, as well as outdoor seating.

Our available beers are: Bourbon Barrel (11.5%) $4, IPA (6%) $3, Stout (6%) $3, American Amber Ale (6%) $3. We make a truly “old school” beer that is unfiltered and naturally carbonated.

Low cal/low carb beers: $3
Our Rowdy Rabbit is an all-natural Light Blonde Ale that only has 84 calories and 5.8 carbohydrates but still has 4% abv. This slightly hazy beer is light in color/calories/carbohydrates but still has a Citrusy Tart flavor (15 IBU’s) that is created with not only our hops/grains but stands out because of our use of coriander.

Our Light Jamaica and Light Maracuya (Passionfruit) beers are even easier on your waistline. 72 calories, 4.9 carbohydrates, 3.5% abv. and they both go down like juice. These shandy-like beers ended up very popular with our taste testers (The Hop Family (c;).

We are also the only place you can get Black Honey and Café Dona Julita brand coffees. Black Honey is our coffee liqueur made in Vilcabamba. Makes a great White Russian (16% abv $15/750ml bottle).
New coffee prices. The coffee we have available in both beans and ground. “Premium” is a medium-dark roast $4. 50/400g,
“Gourmet” is a medium/Columbian roast $5.50/400g and our “Honey” is a medium dark roast originally created just for our coffee liqueur $6.50/400G. Honey we will need a week advance for the order so we can special order what you need.

Please have all orders in by Wednesday to ensure on-time delivery. $18 minimum for free delivery under $18 we add $2.

Luis: 098 721 4499.

City: Cuenca

Lg Monitor 19.5″

I am selling my Lg Monitor 19.5″. Model 20MK400. It is basically brand-new. It is HD resolution and has vga, hdmi and aux ports. Comes with box, manual, hdmi cable. The reason we are selling it is because we got 2 and realized we just needed one. Asking price $105. I can send photos by WhatsApp or email.

Michelle: 093 915 9513.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Monica Gonzaga, facilitator

My wife and I would like to recommend Facilitator Monica Gonzaga. She was recommended to me by another gringo and he was right!

I bought a used motorcycle and she handled the very complicated process of transfer of ownership, matriculation and inspection.

Last month, it was time for us to get our permanent visas. We gave her the power of attorney and the proper paperwork. With the power of attorney, she was able to do all the footwork which included travel to the Azogues office twice without us.

She speaks perfect English as does her assistant Marta.

Contact: Cell: 593 98 384 1691

Scott and Teresa Pratho

Recommendation for Daisy Pet Foods, wet food for your pets

I have purchased Daisy Pet food numerous times over last year or so. Food arrives frozen in medium size containers, I mix with dry food, my dogs love it. Hayley is very punctual and her prices are reasonable.


Contact information:

Recommended by Keith A Hendon:

Recommendation for Luz Elizabeth Quilli Rivera, house cleaner and pet setter

Luz is the most conscientious hard-working house cleaner I have ever met. She is very punctual and self-disciplined and motivated to do a great job for her customers. I have not met anyone who could clean my house as well as I could until I met Luz. She is also very caring and loving to our pets. She is excited to be able to walk our schnauzer and she is very gentle with our 12-year old cat. I have no qualms or concerns about leaving our pets with Luz. Her prices are very reasonable and I think they’re a little low for all she does.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: +593 (0) 96 838 4671

Recommended by Susan Saitta:

Recommendation for Manuel Tapia, contractor

Manuel has been doing renovations, repairs for us for the last 10 years.

Anything from a driveway, pool upgrade, water pump replacement, ceramic tiles throughout the house, roof upgrade, califon repair, carpentry, electrical work, you name it. Right now, he´s building two houses in the area, and although he´s based in Yunguilla, he´s done work in Cuenca, Challubamba and Paute.

He´s honest to a fault, and in years past, we have left for extended periods of time while he was doing work inside and outside our house. Doesn´t speak English, but I´ll be more than glad to act as translator to help both sides.

Address: Cercaloma, Abdon Calderon, Yunguilla

Contact information: 099 263 0840

Recommended by Andre Alban: 098 167 7881

Recommendation for Ida, stellar housekeeper

For the last year, Ida has been my loyal and efficient housekeeper. She is looking for new clients. She lost her regular employment during the pandemic and has recently lost 2 of her clients. She is a single mother of a delightful daughter.

Her work is exceptional and she has a robust work ethic. She is honest and reliable. Doing a good job is important to her. She remains masked the entire time she’s in my home (and she has been vaccinated), and does meticulous work in cleaning (much better than I do). She is the greatest pleasure I have ever afforded myself.

I highly recommend Ida. Ida is a Spanish speaker with some English but it has never been an issue. She was a lovely disposition and seems to enjoy the work. I love her.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Eva Hollister:

Recommendation for best maternity hospitals in Cuenca?

What are the best maternity hospitals in Cuenca? And do you recommend specific Gynecologist?

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 924 2373

Recommended by Layan M: 099 924 2373

Recommendation for Handyman Olger Avila,

I asked a dear friend for a recommendation for a handyman to help with several household projects. He recommended Olger Avila, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I needed a replacement tempered glass for a skylight. With his extensive network of connections, Olger obtained the perfect glass at half the price I had been quoted from a glass store here in Cuenca. I wanted some inexpensive shelves constructed to specific dimensions for my laundry room, and Olger built attractive shelves that were sturdy and strong. He also flawlessly plumbed an outdoor faucet for our terrace. The breadth of his knowledge and experience is extensive. Oh, and he speaks flawless English (from having lived in the US for many years). I highly recommend Olger for all “handyman” projects.

Parenthetically, Olger also provides transportation services in his large SUV. He drove my friends to the airport in Guayaquil. He also provides day tours to various sites of interest around Cuenca.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 431 5433

Recommended by David Kaplan:

New, on demand food truck I’ve noticed recently.

Late Saturday afternoon I noticed — for the second time — the pictured truck stopped in our neighborhood. I contacted the driver, Daniel and his assistant, Erika. Notice the phone number on this truck for special deliveries. The fruits and veggies looked great as well as packaged items from Aunt Jemima pancake mix to Hershey bars to juices were also available. He said he was usually in my neighborhood, on Sat. but will make special deliveries as well.

Call, 098 017 9291. They can be found on FaceBook as Natural Green Ecuador, they also have WhatsApp — same number.

Saturdays and weekdays call for hours, Multiple Cuenca locations, roving fruit veggie and sundries on the truck.

Richard Crook: 098 017 9291

TexMex specials: White bean pollo verde soup

Stay warm this cold weather. We prepare hearty soups for you.

Available from Tuesday to Sunday pick up or delivery.
Order via email or WhatsApp

White Bean Pollo Verde Soup $7 a quart
Chili Con Carne Soup $7 a quart
Sopa Azteca (Mexican Tortilla Soup) Vegetarian $6 a quart With chicken $7 a quart Hearty soup loaded with veggies Mexican savory spice

Try Best Selling Enchiladas, also available in family size

Check our full menu from the link below

Mother and Son Family Kitchen now cooking at the Jazz Society Café

Asian Dinners
Scones and Cookies and so much more.

Come down and try our taco lunch for $5.50 served with soup and side salad!

Tuesday to Sunday, September 21 to September 26th, Los Cedros Y Los Claveles (corner building) one block north of Ordonez Lasso

James Dahili Degamo: 096 322 3377

Paradise Indian Restaurant

Paradise invites you to enjoy flavorful authentic Indian cuisine seven days a week with dine-in, take-out, and home delivery service. Our extensive menu features vegan, vegetarian, chicken, lamb, beef, seafood, rice, traditional bread, and dessert items. Every dish is prepared to order and spiced to your personal preference by a skilled chef. Savor your favorites or discover new delights. We look forward to serving you soon.

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 Paradise Indian Restaurant

Order your bakery goods and food delivery from Mujeres Con Exito

Mujeres Con Exito food service has returned.
Almuerzo lunches are now being served for only $2.25 Monday – Friday, noon to 2 PM

Bakery Sale:

The Bakery order deadline is on Tuesdays at noon. Orders can be made by WhatsApp or text message to 098 991 1147. Please indicate which options you want and how many units of each. You can pick up your order starting at 7 AM on Wednesdays or we can deliver for an additional $2.


Delivery: sesame bagels, real sourdough, Southern biscuits, and more

Hi, Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

New product alert:
Homemade Southern Biscuit Mix, 2 lbs. for $10

You can make biscuits yourself whenever you need. Just add milk. You can also use as a topping for casseroles, cobblers, and more. Keep in the freezer and just take out what you need.

We now also have ravioli. Our 3-cheese ravioli comes frozen in a pack of 32 for $10. The pasta is homemade. Take out however many you need, boil, and then toss in your own sauce of choice. We recommend 8 per person. So delicious. You can’t beat homemade pasta. We’ve been eating them ourselves with slices of our sourdough.

Video of the process on our Facebook page at Sunday Brunch Cuenca

Ready to bake freezer meals:

Three cheese chicken and spinach lasagna $9
Chicken pot pie $7
Each container is two generous servings. Comes frozen, uncooked, and ready to bake when you are.

Breads and more:

Cinnamon rolls (6 rolls for $8 with icing in separate container)
Large Southern-style biscuits (Pack of 6 for $6. They freeze well.)
White meat chicken sausage patties (Patties come uncooked and frozen in a pack of 6 for $8 or 12 for $15) These fit great on the biscuits.
Sourdough and yeast bagels (6 for $6)
Loaf sourdough bread $5.
Loaf brioche $4.50
Frozen waffles 8 for $8
We make the waffles fresh and then freeze them so you can pop them out to toast and enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack anytime.

Black bean veggie burgers and wheat buns:
Buns come fresh in a pack of 6 for $3.50
Veggie burgers come frozen in a pack of 6 for $6.
Take out of the freezer and cook on the grill or in a frying pan. Add the veggies and condiments of your choice for a quick, healthy, and delicious meal.

Our products are homemade with real butter.

You can visit our Facebook page and Instagram for pictures: @SundayBrunchCuenca

Order Instructions:

Please place your order via email by Monday before noon for delivery Wednesday between 9:30 AM and noon or place your order before noon on Wednesday for delivery Friday between 9:30 AM and noon.

Please send your orders by email only to make sure they do not get lost and include your address and phone number for the delivery.

Made to Order, Online


Bringing a little of North America to Ecuador

How many times have you bought something here in Ecuador, and the vendor couldn’t make change? Yes, it’s a part of living in Paradise, but sometimes it can be a little tiresome.

That’s why DEFY (Dave’s Earth-Friendly Yearnings) will always have change for you.

We’re bringing a little of North American efficiency and curtesy to your doorstep. One less stressor in your life to worry about.

DEFY continues to make organic, vegetarian, gourmet soups and desserts.

We also have Melody of Plants world class personal and home care products and Cream’O’Gurt Yogurt (the best on the planet. And sourdough bread by Rafael.

Browse our website and treat yourself to some gourmet delights.

Delivery is by bicycle and free for orders $25 and over.

The weekly order cut-off is at noon on Wednesday with deliveries on Friday or Saturday.

We’re looking forward to treating you and Planet Earth, with dignity.

Wednesday, September 22nd at noon, Jesus Arriaga 4-69

David Coote: 098 498 3562

Chef Rosemary, delivery food and catering service

Ask for special menus for all week, lunch and dinner, from $49.

Special dish this week:

* Spring rolls with rice paper, choose steamed or crispy fried, filled with veggies and seafood or chicken accompanied with hot cabbage salad. 2 portions $8.

Special gluten free:
* Almond bread $8.50.
* Coconut bread $6.
* Coconut cookies sugar free $2.50 ( package of 6)
* Flaxseed tortillas pack of 5 $2.50.


Constructions and procedures in municipalities

Kayamu Constructora Cia. Ltda., offers all types of architectural work, construction, remodeling, interior designer. We are a serious company. We will dedicate our time to satisfying your needs. Our jobs Include:

• Plans/design
• Measurements
• Surveying
• Construction
• Bioconstruction
• And plumbing services

We deal with the Municipio and do all the paperwork for you.

Contacts: Ingeniero Guillermo Masaquiza 098 188 9501 or

September 20, 2021, Cuenca

Guillermo Masauiza:

Grand Opening of Jia Ji, Chinese restaurant

The Jia Jin family is having the Grand Opening of their new restaurant, Jia Ji Chinese. Son Michael and his parents arrived in Ecuador 3 years ago from China. Preparing delicious food to share among friends and family members has been a priority of theirs. There are 24 different meals presented with either pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, fish and vegetarian dishes. Tasty side dishes such as dumplings, fried rice, chow mein, etc. and 5 savory soups are offered. Hours are Monday- Sunday 11 AM – 9 PM. The easy to find location is 6-108 Ordonez Lasso, directly across from Edificio Puertas del Sol, with a bus stop right in front of the restaurant. Carry out and delivery are available.

Monday – Sunday 11 AM – 9 PM, Ordonez lasso 6-108 (Opposite Puertas del sol apartment)

Jia Jin: 096 139 9316

Beachfront property in San Clemente with architectural plans and permits

This is an investor’s dream: Oceanfront property in San Clemente, Ecuador with architectural plans ready and waiting for the right developer to take it to the next level. This spectacular 1,528 square meter beachfront property has already been designed by an award-winning architect in Cuenca and includes 2-years work getting full engineering studies and approval from the Municipality. This means a local or international investor or developer can begin construction immediately — a rare opportunity to cash in and build on this prime location on the coast.

The original plans, shown here, envisions Edificio San Clemente as an exclusive oceanfront condominium, with 18 apartments and two penthouses. The two and three-bedroom units range in size from 107 square meters (1,151 square feet) to 190 square meters (2,045 square feet). Each unit has at least one underground parking space and a terrace with spectacular ocean views.

Just steps from the gorgeous Playa Punta Bikini beach, the property plans to also include a 20 meter-long designer swimming pool, expansive green spaces, lush trees and gardens. San Clemente is a small, relaxed fishing village located in the Manabi Province of Ecuador, known for its many ancient cultures and archaeological sites — many of which are close to the Edificio San Clemente development. The village of San Clemente is strategically located just 30 minutes from the city of Bahia de Carácquez (Ecuador’s first Eco-City) and Porteviejo, as well as 30 minutes from Ecuador’s fifth-largest city, Manta. Manta, a city of more than 300,000, has an airport with several daily flights to Quito and Guayaquil, good medical clinics, a brand-new shopping mall, as well as first-class restaurants and hotels.

San Clemente has delicious local restaurants, full pharmacies and small shops and stores, beautiful beaches and bluffs, and is home to the artisan designed hotel and spa, Palma Azul, with its pool, spa, bar, hammocks, lagoon, tennis courts, and ocean view dining in the lovely Cocomar Restaurant. San Clemente has also been featured in two “House Hunter International” television shows and is a popular beach resort for both expats and locals. Its proximity to three of Manabi’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities make this beachfront property even more valuable as a weekend retreat, vacation getaway or as a peaceful oceanside playground.

As Ecuador’s coastal real estate prices continue to rise, this is a great opportunity to purchase land for your own development dream or to follow an award-winning architect’s plans and dive right in for more immediate profits, This beautiful oceanfront property, full architectural design plans for Edificio San Clemente, and complete engineering studies are available for $330,000. Please enjoy our video to see more of this incredible oceanfront property ready for development:

$330,000, negotiable.

Address: San Clemente, San Clemente.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1631914302

I am a real estate agent, Ecuador At Your Service: 099 547 5116

Only 2 condos left in new construction, downtown building with elevator

There are only 2 apartments left in the high-end downtown Cuenca, new construction project, Casa del Huerto. 1 one-bedroom unit, and one two-bedroom condo. The one-bedroom is $109,000 and the 2-bedroom is $148,000. Casa del Huerto is a luxury residential project in historic El Centro that is being built by ISAM, Cuenca’s premier downtown development company. Only two condos are left, so now is the time to reserve your spot, and get ready for a taste of the best of downtown living in this fabulous new elevator building.

The building is located in a patrimonial historic colonial building in the heart of Cuenca and will feature 18 modern, light, and airy one and two-bedroom apartments and two commercial spaces. Some of the condos will be located in the rehabilitated central portion of this historic house, while others will be in a contemporary wing to be built in the back of the building. Interior patios, including a traditional orchard (huerto), a large rooftop terrace with views of beautiful, downtown Cuenca (and even the iconic Blue Domes), and an urban vegetable garden, plus two elevators will make this one of the most sought-after buildings in Old Town. The two remaining units are in the original historic part of the building.

What’s most exceptional for a modern condo in downtown, is that Casa del Huerto will have two elevators.

The completion date for Casa del Huerto is scheduled for June 2022. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the revival and renaissance of real estate in downtown Cuenca, you’ve no doubt heard of ISAM. Founded in 2007, ISAM is one of the most highly respected development companies in Ecuador with a special reputation among Gringos and overseas clients due to their North American standard construction practices. The company’s projects have been featured in prestigious design and architectural publications including The New York Times, Revista Habitar, Casas, Vistazo, Construcción & Diseño, ARQ. and the book 1000x Architecture of the Americas, among others.

ISAM has produced six residential buildings in El Centro since its inception, and recently received the prestigious Fray Jose Maria Vargas Architectural Award for excellence in architecture from the Cuenca Municipality for their last project, Casas del Ciprés. In 2019 Casas del Ciprés also won first prize for “Best Design” in Ecuador at the XXI Pan American Architecture Biennial in Quito and received a second prize in the International category. The new project, Casa del Huerto, will be located on Benigno Malo between Calle Larga and Juan Jaramillo in a prime downtown location near restaurants, cafes, museums, shops and just four blocks from the center of town and Parque Calderon.

The building is also only one block from the lovely Tomebamba River and its walking and bike paths, as well as to one of the bridges taking you into the new section of Cuenca. The developers have shared their desire to blend the old and the new seamlessly, providing an opportunity to live in one of Cuenca’s beautiful colonial buildings, while having all the modern amenities including tons of natural light, double-paned windows where needed, high ceilings, modern lines, and special architectural details that will make this property shine.

Original flooring, beams, doors, tin ceilings, and tiles will be kept wherever possible in the colonial section of the building. There is currently a lack of quality innovative downtown buildings with modern touches and rarely an elevator building except in commercial buildings that have one or two condos and the rest of businesses, so these two remaining Casa del Huerto units are sure to go fast — especially with ISAM’s reputation and appeal. If you’re interested in reviewing floorplans, seeing price plans and sizes of these condos, or would like to meet with the developers to discuss specific condos and see 3-d renderings, please contact Ashley at Ecuador At Your Service at

Don’t lose this chance to own in this high-end downtown new construction project, Casa del Huerto

$109,000, not negotiable.

Address: Beningo Malo, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1631913718

I am a real estate agent, Ecuador At Your Service: 099 547 5116

French provincial-style Yunguilla home and casitas perfect for Airbnb

This delightful, French provincial-style Yunguilla home and Finca have casitas for extended family use or for use as a hostal for immediate incoming producing possibilities.

Sitting on 8940.59 sq. meters of property, the two-story home is 270 sq. meters (2906 sq. ft). There are 2 loft-style, fully-equipped apartments and a third small casita, beautiful seating areas and gardens, an outdoor kitchen, terraces, a sauna area, and a garage/workshop. There is also an 8 sq. meter tea kitchen. The fertile land has avocado, mandarins, bananas, coffee, lemons, limes, figs, grapevines, and oranges as well as an array of beautiful flowering gardens. There is ample space to also create a large vegetable garden.

Designed and constructed between 2012-2016 by a Scandinavian engineer in the French Provincial style, the architectural details and the quality of construction are second to none.

Beautiful natural stone walls, a handmade iron entrance gate, stone walls surrounding the property, imported marble from Italy, an Italian fireplace in the kitchen, warm and inviting brick floors, and beamed ceilings are just the beginning.

The construction is solid, earthquake compliant, and exceptionally well built. Gas heaters, 2 water tanks for the main house, a new electrical system, a security system, and a new 220/110 transformer at the gate that includes a main el-box installation. There is a well on the property, a deeded spring, and a solar-heated water system. Local water is provided for drinking. There is also greywater and a small creek for irrigation and an 8 sq. meter water tank house.

The 2-story main house includes an open living space with a living room, dining room, an open French-style kitchen – perfect for gourmet cooks and food lovers -and a social bath. A lovely 20 sq. meter covered terrace in the front of the house invites you to relax and take in the beauty and incredible vistas that are all around this villa-like property.

There is also an exquisite outdoor 40 sq. meter covered terrace with room for a large seating and dining area and the best views of the gorgeous mountains and valleys. A spacious laundry room is off to the side of this terrace. Upstairs in the main house are two bedrooms, a second bathroom and an office that could be easily be converted into a 3rd bedroom.

Outside of the main house are an outdoor kitchen and barbeque area with a gas stove and a beautiful fireplace.

The villa is situated in a private yet safe and friendly country area, with neighbors from the US, Denmark, and France.

Semi-furnished, $298,500 negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Asension, Yunguilla

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1631912639

I am a real estate agent, Ecuador At Your Service: 099 547 5116

Beautiful house for rent

Las Pencas sector (3 blocks from the Supermaxi of the Americas)

– 4 bedrooms
– More utility room
– living room
– dining room
– study
– 2 halls on the upper floor
– attic
– 2 car garage.

Unfurnished, $480, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Barrio las Pencas, Cuenca-Ecuador.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1631926827

I am a real estate agent, Nicolas: 099 991 5222 – 098 415 9285 – 098 761 4634

Unfurnished big house, 5 BR, 2.5 bath, near Park La Madre and Downtown

Location: It’s great centralized location, only 3 blocks from Park La Madre and 1 block from Solano Avenue, 4 blocks from 12 de Abril; in other words, Great Location, quiet street.

Description: It’s a 2-story big house, it has: front yard and parking space, living room, dining room, bar, kitchen with plenty of closets, social bathroom, backyard with social bathroom, and BBQ area. 2nd floor: 5 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms. There is also a large attic.

The house is old but in good shape.

More photos? Google map location? Please request by mail.

Unfurnished, $600, Does not include utilities, not negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Calle José Alvear and Solano avenue, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1631937108

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 098 400 1020

Fully furnished studio apartment, ground floor, walking distance to Downtown

Location: The unit is located next to a big house, private entrance. The studio apartment is walking distance from Park La Madre and Historic District.

Description: The studio room is small, almost 322 square feet. Is one room with: double size bed, led TV, small kitchen and all appliances, modern and remodeled bathroom.


$325 one year lease
$375 6-month lease
$425 3-month lease

includes water and electricity. Does not include internet (you have to hire under your name)

Furnished, $325, not negotiable.

Address: Street Jose Alvear and Solano Avenue (walking distance to Downtown), Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1631938704

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 098 400 1020

Distressed sale – beautiful mansion – Downtown Cuenca

The owner of this mansion is very ill, and must sell now.

The house is exquisite.
In the heart of Cuenca’s El Centro district stands a gloriously renovated, patrimonial mansion once belonging to the first Archbishop of Cuenca, Ecuador.

The grandeur of this 13,500 square foot jewel is a shining example of the harmonious blend of original artisan craftsmanship and the addition of the best exotic woods, stone, hand-crafted tile and rough-hewn marble Ecuador has to offer.

List Price: $1,400,000
Emergency Distressed Sale Price: $700,000 (negotiable)

There are too many rooms to show them all in this ad. For more information, contact Kent Mills for more photos and details.

Semi furnished, $700,000, negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Juan Jaramillo 9-62 y Padre Aguire, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1632082777

I am a property manager, Kent Mills: 096 994 1855

Found: Sports / Smartwatch

This is probably comparable to finding a needle in a haystack…On Friday afternoon in Cuenca, I found a sports / smartwatch. If you lost yours recently, please message me with the brand, the color of the watch, and where you think you lost it.

I hope we find that needle!

Stephen Daniel Vargha: .

City: Cuenca

Paws with Hope of Cuenca

Paws with Hope is an animal rescue located in Cuenca, Ecuador. We have been rescuing and re-homing dogs and cats since 2018. We are currently home to 9 dogs and 2 cats. We rely on the donations of kind hearted individuals who reside in Cuenca and the surrounding areas. Currently we are in need of dog food, cat food, cat litter, and cleaning supplies. Please contact us directly if you are able to donate any of these necessities. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted through Paypal:


City: Cuenca

Celebrate our 1st anniversary during the month of October…

What a trip…

When we moved to Cuenca to open a 5-star ceremonial restaurant, gourmet, we never thought a global pandemic would be a couple of months away. Now, a year and a half later, The Oasis is quickly approaching its 1st Anniversary, and what a journey it has been!

We started with an adventure dinner concept and this has evolved organically into a 3-4-hour food ceremony. Gathering a fusion of elegance, adventure, health, spirit, tradition and culinary creations. The Oasis is not a restaurant to go to just eat. The Oasis provides an experience that nourishes its entire being; body, mind, and spirit.

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Understand yourself – meditate from home with Shambhala

Meditation deepens the understanding you have of yourself. ~Pema Chödrön

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10:30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.


Join us this Sunday for Christian Worship in English

The International Christian Community meets this Sunday, September 19 at 11 AM. Come join us and be lifted up by familiar hymns, prayers music and a spoken message. Pastor Kennemer begins a new 3 sermon series entitled “For the Love of Jesus” . Fellowshipping with God’s people is the most powerful force in the world today!

September 19, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, free, Nicanor Aguilar and Solano, Cuenca.

Phil D Kennemer:

St. Christopher Epis. Mission returns to in-person worship

In-person worship will resume the 19th of September at 4 PM with COVID-19 protocol being followed. Masks are required. If you would like to attend, please contact us as seating is limited. Please see contact information below.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America..


Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, 2-4 PM

What: 6 on 6 regulation international volleyball where fun, friendship, and exercise are the goals.
We welcome all – including experienced intermediate players. If you are a beginner, or have not played in a while, come check us out – stop by to watch or come to play. We have players who represent countries from around the world.
Where: We will set up this Sunday at Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel.
When: We will play Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 4 PM (weather permitting).
How: We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
Why: Last week we had a threated rain out, but players came out anyway. The skies cleared and we were able to get in some good games. Come join us this Sunday!
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 – From 2 to 4 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel., Cuenca.


Next week in la Guarida

For some, La Guarida has become a second home and we are always so happy to be able to provide for all of you the best food and entertainment in Cuenca. Join us for our breakfast service: Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Craving an omelet? A perfect French Toast? Have breakfast and check out Eduardo Segovia’s three-floor exhibit. We have more than 60 works by this revered local artist.

Our film choices next week are:


New band at Common Grounds: Rock Three

Breaking news: There is a new band in Cuenca: They are Rock Three! This Band will be rockin’ Common Grounds, with electrifying dancing rock, blues and more tunes.
Come your friends and join a great night of live music, good food, great drinks and best service, more info and reservations: 098 107 9406 Cristian.

Sep 18th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Need someone to come do PCR tests at retreat center

Looking for leads on PCR tester who will come to our center to do tests for guests. If you know of a place that can come to our center and do the tests, please post or send their contact info! If you are a tester, please email us.

We are getting ready to open our retreat center again in October, and we need someone who will come to our center (about 45 min outside Cuenca) to do PCR tests for guests a couple days before they fly out of Ecuador.

It is important that you will come to us, do the test for a few guests about 2 to 3 times per month, and they can pay you directly. Test results must be sent by email to the guest who will give you their email at the time of testing.

Please email if you are an authorized tester, what the cost of the test is, whether you can drive to our center or need to pay a taxi, how fast the turnaround time for the test is, minimum amount of tests you need to do to make the trip worth it, and whether you can email their test results so they can print it before their flight.

Thank you.

Christine Breese:

City: Cuenca

Hello, help me with work

Hello, my name is Luna, I am a young mother with a 3-year-old boy who seeks to get ahead. My husband earns very little at his job and due to circumstances. We have had to move and I am looking for work so I have food on the table. He can be walking dogs, sewing or cleaning houses. I do not speak English well but I ask for a little help – whatever it is. I seek to work with honesty.

Luna: 096 270 9125. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for 1 bedroom apartment for rent

Looking for 1 bedroom, furnished apartment for rent in Cuenca, $500-$800/month, I don’t have pets.

Need modern apartment with kitchen and good wifi from approximately early January to early March for a professor from my university in the US and her husband. Prefer El Vergel, or area just west of Solano between Remigio Crespo and 10 de Agosto. I will know the exact dates within a week.

Gary Pollice: 098 166 7411. Call after: 9 AM.

Volunteers and face painters for Nino Christmas party

Hola, todos!

The 2nd annual party for refugee ninos will be December 4th and I’m looking for face painters and anyone else who would like to bless a very deserving group of children.

If you can give your time and talent, please respond. Thank you in advance.

Gerri: 098 689 8827 WhatsApp. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Are you looking for a professional, bilingüal driver and facilitator?

Experienced professional driver available all the day, for your services in Cuenca and all over Ecuador, for individual or groups. For shopping, buy medicines etc.

Trips for inside or outside of the city Guayaquil, Quito, Loja, Vilcabamba, Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Paute and much more.

Bilingual person at your services. Just contact me and I will be ready to serve you.

Fernando Sinchi: 096 102 2592. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Save the date – September 25th. YapaFest, 2021!

You may be familiar with the word Yapa. When shopping a local mercado, a vendor with often give you a little more than you expected. That little extra is Yapa. Yapa is a Quichua word meaning to give a little extra, and Yapa can refers to both material and immaterial things. During the pandemic, many of our artist friends, musical and artisans, have suffered. It is time for us as a community to join together to enjoy a day in the outdoors and give a little extra… our attention to the arts.


Adoption: Jimmy and Gaby

Gaby is a sweet and docile, 3 year-old female. She is very good with children and other doggies. She has been spayed, vaccinated and dewormed and is ready to become part of a forever family. She is 9 kg. 

Jimmy, Gaby’s sidekick, is a gentle and quiet male about 2-years old and is at his adult size of 9 kg. He’s neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. He is also very good with children and doggies. 

Jimmy and Gaby’s rescue circumstances are shocking. About 6 months ago, some hikers discovered them in the woods after trekking about 30 minutes from the road. Jimmy and Gaby were tied up, couldn’t escape, and were in deplorable condition and extremely malnourished. The hikers made videos and contacted FAAN immediately so the doggies could be rescued and nursed back to health. Even after all this trauma and rehab, Gaby and Jimmy are very cheerful, tender and loving souls. They are bonded and would like to stay together. 

Would you like to give Jimmy and Gaby the happy ending they deserve? 

If you’re interested in meeting them, please contact me.

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

City: Cuenca

Apple computers, cell phones repair and tech support services offered

I´m Francisco and offer my tech services for your broken and not in good shape Apple products. Repairs, upgrades, updates. Pick up and diagnosis for free. We have in stock new batteries, screens, keyboards, AC adapters everything for keeping your device up to date. Need to upgrade your IOS versions? Need more performance in your old MacBook? Recommended 100% for the expat community. Cuenca Francisco 097 891 6577 Cuenca Francisco Honorato Vazquez 1-147 Francisco 097 891 6577

Cuenca, Honorato Vásquez 1-147


097 891 6577

Hello, help me with work

Hello, my name is Luna, I am a young mother with a 3-year-old boy who seeks to get ahead, my husband earns very little at his job and due to circumstances we have had to move and I am looking for work so I have food on the table, he can be walking dogs, sewing or cleaning houses, I do not speak English well but I ask for a little help, whatever it is, I seek to work with honesty.

Luna 096 270 9125

Cuenca Ecuador

Killa Raymi Celebration – Kushi Wayra Cañari Community

Ancestral Sacred Raymi

Killa Raymi is one of the four important festivals of the Andean calendar.

Indigenous communities throughout the Andes…cycle of celebrating the earth’s fertility, women and the moon (Killa), every September 21.
For them, it is the sowing season and coincides with the autumn equinox, which is when the sun is closer to the equator.

This is the time of being grateful and thankful to our Pachamama for accepting and receiving the seed, and the moon for fertilizing it, “The mother moon (Killa) is Sacred for our Cañaris and she continues fertilize our Pachamama…


High rates of return + safety/security

Because many GringoPost readers may not be familiar with Cooperco, I’d like to introduce this exceptional co-operative to you. Established in Cuenca in 1965, Cooperco has, until now, been focused almost exclusively on servicing the Cuencano community. That exclusive emphasis has begun to shift. In addition to continuing to serve the Cuencano community Cooperco, in 2020, expanded its capability to now include a strong initiative serving Cuenca’s international community. Starting from a decidedly strong base, Cooperco has only grown stronger. It is the cooperative that offers CDs with not only high rates of return but unparalleled safety and security of principal. That’s a combination that is hard to beat.

Cooperco has numerous offices throughout the city of Cuenca. We have English speaking account personnel that can easily explain our numerous CD options and, more importantly, how Cooperco provides a clear investment advantage. Check us out. Learn how Cooperco can help to make the difference for you. There is a reason that countless individuals as well as many financial institutions invest with us. We may not be the biggest but we are definitely the best. Call or email me for more information.


Juan Carlos Lara
(+593) 98 459 6148

Elia Liut 2-90 y Calle Vieja, Cuenca‎. Next to Supermaxi Miraflores, close to the Cuenca Airport

Juan Lara

Elia Liut 2-90 y Calle Vieja, Cuenca‎. Next to Supermaxi Miraflores, close to the Cuenca Airport

Saturday bonus- all red wines

Mention this GringoPost ad.

**20% off**

All red wines:
Including but not limited to
Wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Shiraz, Carmenere, Tempranillo, Organics, Special blends

This Saturday only.

Open: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Yes, we deliver.

Cuenca Shop, 8-66 Coronel Talbot, Parque San Sebastian

098 402 6399

SRI VAT refund

Hello everyone,

My name is Cristy Mora and I am very happy to be able to offer my services to the community as an accountant. I have experience in facilitating the opening of bank accounts, procedures with the SRI.

If you want help with your VAT returns for the elderly, bank statements or CDs, I can help.

I know VAT returns for seniors and SRI / VAT returns.

Cristy Mora: 098 977 2330 (WhatsApp). Write after: 8 AM.


I am very professional.


Cristy Mora
+593 98 977 2330

Have you been thinking in doing physical and mental life changes?

This is your opportunity, enroll in a process were we’ll personally help you to achieve your goals giving your body and mind the changes you needs.

Age or physical condition is not a issue, our method is bases on the functional training, which is resume it’s all about health wellness.

No matter what your goals are, we’ll help you to achieve them, because your objectives are ours.

José Gabriel Cabeza – Personal Trainer
Phone: 098 708 4339

Home visit

Jose Gabriel Cabeza

Wills or end of Life plans with Monica Gonzaga Facilitator Services

Doing this “After-Life Plan” is a bit rude to think; nobody wants to die or think about these things, but this can happen to anyone unexpectedly. Are you prepared?
Well, you must think about what will happen to your belongings in Ecuador. What will happen to you if you suddenly die?

You must have everything prepared. It is important that your wishes are legalized, to avoid, as has happened in previous cases, that by not having a legal document to determine the wishes of the deceased, the Ecuadorian government proceeds in its own way.

Monica Gonzaga has made hundreds of wills and has an excellent End of life plan. There are many things that you have not thought about how to do. Did you know that only one person named in a power of attorney would not be enough? This person that you assign if she does not know the language will be lost without knowing what to do because we do not talk more about it. Monica Gonzaga Facilitator will open your eyes to many things that happen and you are not prevented.

Free consultation with Monica Gonzaga Facilitator. You will learn many things that you do not even imagine.

Call me now for your free consultation. let’s do a Zoom call meeting or WhatsApp call or personal appointment at my office cell: 098 384 1691
out the country must dial 593 8 384 1691

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Monica Gonzaga

Get your resident visas with Monica Gonzaga facilitator services

Temporary and permanent visas. Don’t hassle. Don’t waste your time. Don’t make long lines and don’t lose your patience with tedious bureaucracy.

Now it is easier and faster with Monica Gonzaga Facilitator. Service always guaranteed!

We have the record of not having any visa denied so far. Can another facilitator or lawyer say the same? I do not believe so!

There are already hundreds of visas made by me. Consult me. I have all the recommendations you need. In addition I have my payment plan for your visa so you will always be sure that you will have your visa in your hands.

Call me now for your free consultation. Let’s do a Zoom call meeting or WhatsApp call or personal appointment at my office. Cell: 098 384 1691
Out the country must dial or add the contact like this: 593 8 384 1691

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Monica Gonzaga

Technical support (printer, computer, maintenance, iPad, wifi service)

• Does your computer or phone need some repair?
• Do you need a new contract with a fiber optic provider without any hassle?
• Do you need a new TV, printer, computer or any other gadget?
• Are you having issues with your printer?
• Do you need technical support with your iPad/iPhone, MacBook Air/Pro or iMac?
• Magsafe computer charging not working?
• Are you new in town and need to set up internet and other services?
• Wifi running slow?
• are you Looking for a senior discount on your services?
• Not getting the speed you´re paying for?
• fire TV stick acting up?

• Computer in the need of some maintenance?
• Experienced bilingual technician offering technical support service in Cuenca and its surroundings.
• 10-year experience
• Ink/supplies change or delivery to your door.
• Biosecurity guaranteed
• Affordable prices.
• At home service, no need to get out of home and expose yourself, very limited social interaction while working, service warrantied.

WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal available.


098 352 2685

Galapagos fully custom island hopping with private guide

Hello Expats, what’s better than a group tour of Galapagos? A custom tour we design specifically for you. This is a great time to visit the Galapagos Islands. We’re fully vaccinated, crowds are still low, and I’m offering private, custom tours at great prices I’ve negotiated especially for my clients. Island-hopping is the very best way to interact directly with the wildlife and culture of the Galapagos Islands.

Romantic trip for two? – no problem.
Family trip with the kids or grandchildren? – let’s do it.
Friends’ getaway? – absolutely.

My name is Alex Arregui. I’m a National Park Certified Guide and have lived in the Galapagos Islands for nearly 30 years. My American wife and I create each itinerary to your specifications. This is YOUR dream vacation and not a pre-planned group tour. Contact me with your wish list and let’s get started planning your visit to our enchanted islands.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Alex Arregui
+593 96 006 9152, +593 99 351 5527

50Kv self defense flashlight. – various colors/models available

Back and available in multiple styles and models.
New and improved line of flashlights.
Simply flip from flashlight mode to stun mode and the flashlight does the rest.
Stock available in black and camo. I could probably be persuaded to paint one or two. Will deliver to anywhere in Centro within the day, meet at a central, public location, etc.
I will show you how to use the thing as well.

Price: $35-$55 depending on model, laser (some of them come with laser beams), and color.

(+595) 098 002 6607 on signal, WhatsApp or SMS

Shaun: +595 098 002 6607.

City: Cuenca

Daisy’s Pet Food – gourmet dog and cat food – specials

We have the best variety of nutritious and delicious food and treats for dogs and cats here in Cuenca. Super special on all our food and treat items – Buy 4, get 1 more (free), get your orders in Saturday through Tuesday. Free deliveries in Cuenca Central. No minimum order requirement for the first delivery. See our website for pictures, info and prices –

Hayley MarsdenKroll: 098 581 3770.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Adrian Puli, translator, handyman and transportation

Adrian is a lifesaver. He takes me and my husband to our attorney, doctors, hospital and just about everywhere. Adrian speaks perfect English and translated for us when we got our permanent visas, my husband’s shoulder surgery and when we moved from our first apartment to our current home. Adrian is quite helpful and a wonderful handyman. When my husband fell in the shower he broken some tile. Adrian came right over and installed safety bars and fixed the broken tiles and made it look new. He replaced some lights for us and made some shelves. Adrian is not only a great translator and handyman but also a wonderful friend. You will truly appreciate all Adrian can do for you.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 317 4172

Recommended by Susan Saita:

Recommendation for Maddy Gonzalez, health insurance

This is a recommendation for Maddy Gonzales, who has helped me in difficult moments, and has never let me down.

My husband had a serious accident in March and Maddy helped me figure out bills and reimbursements, she holds my hand through forms and requirements.

Later, it was my turn and again, Maddy made my life easier, and got my money back.

I strongly recommend Maddy Gonzalez, more than an agent, she becomes a friend.

Address: Edifico Plaza Alamos: Avenida Ordonez Lasso y Los Alamos Office 202

Contact information:

Recommended by Silvia Lanza:

Recommendation for Martha, house cleaning

Martha has been cleaning for me for 3 years. She is meticulous in her work and I trust her implicitly. She is looking to fill her Mondays as her client moved back to the US. You will not regret having her work for you.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Lorraine Marshall:

Raquel steak house

New steakhouse opening in Cuenca. Prime cuts of steak with wide selection of wine and beverages. Soft opening 9/17/21

September 17, 2021, Escalinatas Juana de Oro y Paseo 3 de Noviembre Cuenca, Ecuador

Patricio remache:

Are you a grouper groupie?

Come visit our Tienda located at Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta. We are open Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Saturday only

* Buy 2 grouper portions and get the 3rd one free.
* Buy 1 grouper pate and get the second one free

Can’t come to the Tienda then shop on our website 24 hrs. a day.
Our movie is on YouTube:

Saturday 9/18, Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238

Restaurant grand opening

We introduce you to our new restaurant.
VIP’s lounge with an Italian – American touch.
Come enjoy our exquisite cuisine with our selection of wine and premium cocktail
VIPs…where everything begins.

September 17, from 8 AM to 8 PM, Gonzalo Cordero Dávila 157

VIPs Lounge: 099 050 4180

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables

Kinti Wasi is an organic farm located in Cantón Suscal in the province of Cañar. We grow the best varieties of vegetables and fruits:

We deliver in Cuenca every Wednesday. Harvested directly from the farm to your house. If you would like to order please email us until Tuesday night: or send us a WhatsApp. 098 736 8822.

Thank you.


Saturday special at Toast

2 eggs, toast, fresh fruit, choice of breakfast meat (or sliced avocado), orange juice, and coffee… $3.50

2 for 1 pancake platters. 4 pancake minis, choice of breakfast meat, 2 eggs, and fresh fruit. …. $4.50 (beverages not included)

Regular menu items also available.

490 Horonato Vasquez y Mariano Cueva

096 304 2810

Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 3 PM.

Dine in, delivery, and take out available.

Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 3 PM, $490 Horonato Vasquez y Mariano Cueva


Promotion, cinnamon rolls

Promotion for this Saturday and Sunday: for the purchase of 6 large or medium cinnamon rolls we will give you 1 and if you buy 12 cinnamon rolls, we will give you 2. Note: Our products are made at the time of order. Please anticipate at least 3 hours before.

4 medium rolls $3.50
6 medium rolls $5
8 medium rolls $6
12 medium rolls $8.50
4 large rolls $4
6 large rolls $5.50
8 large rolls $7
12 large rolls $9.50
1 Maxiroll $3.50
2 Maxiroll $6

Delivery* according to the distance

Saturday and Sunday, from 9 AM to 7 PM, Cuenca

Aile: 096 759 8458 Instagram: @familyrollsec