Events & Activities

Learning Spanish? take a look at this podcast; new episodes

Hi, I’m from Cuenca and I launched a podcast where I chat with friends from all over the world. Here you will learn new Spanish expressions.

Search for it as “Amigos Learning languages” on Spotify

25/01/2021, Domingo Savio, Cuenca.

Joffre Chalco: joffreprime@gmail.com

Cribbage group

If you’d like to play cribbage, join us on Tuesday afternoons at 2 PM at Cafe del Museo on 3 de Noviembre. All levels welcome, including beginners.

Come early and enjoy one of their wonderful lunches!

Tuesdays at 2 PM, Cafe del Museo, 3 de Noviembre, Cuenca.

Nancy: laportea2@yahoo.com

Photography meetup to the Cajas

Monday, 25 January, last day to reserve your spot.

Let’s do an exciting exploratory trip to The Cajas. We will be visiting 3 regions, Llaviuco, Cerro de Tres Cruces and Toreadora Refuge.

Transportation is provided from Cuenca. Lunch at a restaurant is included in the cost but bring your own snacks and water. Cost is $40 but $25 if you prefer to provide your own transportation.

The tour will be led by licensed guide, Adrian Mora Zea.

If you associate with non-photographers they are also welcome.

Additional information (free to join) https://www.meetup.com/cuenca-photography-meetup-group/events/275872391/

27 January 8 AM – 4 PM, $40, Parque Nacional Cajas, Cuenca.

Aiden Massey

This week In La Guarida

Come check out our new art exhibit space with Cuban artist, Lanner Díaz. Besides, we are continuously bringing new pieces by the incredible Ceramist, Eduardo Segovia. La Guarida is filled with art, incredible food and awesome cultural events. We serve breakfast from 9am to 1:00pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

This week in La Guarida:

Remember that every Tuesday we host an organic market. Come by for your organic beauties.

Tuesday 6:45 PM: A Separation
When Nader, a bank employee, refuses to leave Tehran, his wife sues for divorce in the hope that she can make a better life for their young daughter abroad. Needing someone to care for his senile father while he’s at work, Nader hires Razieh, a married woman whose chador hides her pregnancy. One day, after becoming angry with Razieh, Nader shoves her, and she has a miscarriage, leading Razieh’s husband to take Nader to court. A powerful film – awarded Best Foreign Film in 2011. If you haven’t seen many Iranian films then this is your chance.

Wednesday 6:45 PM: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Even when the truth is out there, things don’t change. However, this incredible film shows how one person can break through all the greed and cynicism to truly appeal to the human decency to create a change in mind in the rest. Mr. Smith reminds us that our best days are yet to come only if we are willing to let go of the worst of us. One of the best films of all time with an outstanding James Stewart.

Thursday 7:30 PM: Boleros & Mariachi.
We had many spectacular musical experiences in La Guarida. This is our first with a Mariachi. This concert will be divided into two fabulous parts. The fist one Natalie Rojas (piano) and tenor Joan Rodriguez will serenade us with boleros and for the second part Mariachi Acapulco Internacional will march in to delight us with the incredible Mariachi sound and feel. Couldn’t get any better.

Admission $10, (this fee goes directly to the musicians).

Friday and Saturday: Private reservations only. Come with your group and have La Guarida all by yourself. Best social distance policy possible.

A very eclectic week for you to enjoy. Don’t miss us. Come support the arts and eat deliciously and healthy.

January 25th, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

La Guarida breakfast and art

We had an amazing breakfast at La Guarida and the art of Cuenca ceramacist, Eduardo Segovia. The exhibition and food both amazing.

Joyous to have added to our collection and support this small business and an artisan. If you haven’t seen the latest exhibition, plan a meal at this community hub.

9 AM Saturday morning, $12 for two, Mariscal Lamar 22-23 y Luis Paura, Cuenca.

Rosemary Rein: reinrosemary@gmail.com

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

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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 on every Monday. We usually end at 7 PM., or shortly thereafter.

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

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

January 25th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100-1 Zoom y 101-1 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

St. Christopher Episcopal YouTube – Evening Prayer online

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

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate.

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Sunday after 5 PM or anytime, free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

Remember basic goodness – meditate at home w Shambhala

*Goodness can change into our natural way of life, not the exception.*

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.

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org

To practice online regularly with a group, you can also visit https://boston.shambhala.org/getting-started/

Contact cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com , and visit us online at cuenca.shambhala.ws and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/229033203881661

If you would like to use it, the form we use at Shambhala Cuenca is outlined below, and you can search “Donna Williams Meditation” for instructions on YouTube, or contact us for instructions.

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Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Practice:

Note that times and practices noted are commonly used, but shorter or longer times are beneficial too. Do what feels right to you.

– Opening prayer or recitation.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Walking meditation, 15 minutes.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Closing prayer or recitation.

Start with an attitude of friendliness and loving kindness toward yourself. Then, if you’re able, take an upright posture, on a cushion on the floor or in a chair, with the spinal column vertical. Notice your body sensations and be aware of any feelings that arise (such as anxiety, tiredness, anger, passion, boredom, indifference, etc.). Begin to completely identify with your natural breathing, in and out, maintaining some awareness of your body/posture. When thoughts or emotions arise, taking you away from the present moment, you simply notice them, without any judgement. Simply label the thought/emotion as “thinking” and return to awareness of your body breathing. Sitting meditation is a practice of simply being, touching into your awareness of that being, and letting go without trying to attain anything.

For walking meditation, take the same approach, except place attention on your feet as they touch the earth, and your legs moving through space. Join the hands at waist level and walk at a speed only slightly slower than normal (see photo).

Traditionally it’s believed that merit is accrued by meditating. In Shambhala, we dedicate this merit to the benefit of all beings, using the closing text below. Feel free to use it, or any other of your choosing:

Opening:
“May basic goodness dawn;
May the confidence of goodness be eternal;
May that goodness be all-victorious;
May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory.”

Closing:
“By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.”

Links for instructions:

Meditation instructions are available free online with Senior Teacher Donna Williams at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3sd7RCZ-Fg

Pema Chodron Guided Meditation —
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmthYcJ2FCA
and
https://shambhala.org/frequently-asked-questions/#whymeditate

De Robelly / Andrea:

Sunday Jan 23, 10:30 AM, donations to relief organizations are highly encouraged, Your Gracious Home, Cuenca.

Paul: cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com +592 98 284 8203 with WhatsApp and Text. Call after: 9 AM.

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world and we had a good crowd last week.

We play Sunday from Noon to 2 PM (weather permitting).
We will set up this Sunday at the far west end of the park, in our original location, West of the football/soccer fields, and the banos. But look around nearby in case we are asked to move.
We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
Come join us.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Sunday, January 24, Noon to 2 PM, Free, West end of the Parque Paraiso, west of the football/soccer fields, and near the banos. Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

Free language exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Café Lirée (General Torres 8-20) every Saturday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. This event is free, however, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– The exchange will be one on one, 2 people per table, to maintain social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is 30 minutes Spanish and 30 minutes English. You decide which language goes first.
– There are only 14 spots, so the first 14 people that confirm their attendance for the event will have a reservation, but we’ll also have a waiting list of 4 people in case someone cancels.
– There are 7 spots for Spanish speakers and 7 spots for non-Spanish speakers.
– Same with the waiting list: 2 spots for Spanish speakers and 2 spots for foreigners.
– The deadline for cancellation is Saturday at noon. NOTE: If you don’t cancel on time you won’t be able to make a reservation for one month, so be careful.
– Café Lirée is not an “open cafeteria,” however they have all the biosecurity measures and excellent food. Take a look at their menu; their prices are very affordable.

January 23th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, General Torres 8-20 y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena

Mujeres Con Exito garage sale

Do you have household items or clothing that you are no longer using? Consider donating your unwanted items to Mujeres Con Exito for their next garage sale on February 2nd. You can drop off your unwanted items at Mujeres Con Exito on Mondays or Tuesdays from 8 AM to noon. If you have more than you can carry, we can arrange for pickup.

To keep you safe during the garage sale, we will be disinfecting with alcohol and we are requiring masks be worn while in the facility. Customers are limited to 5 people at a time and are asked to keep their visit to 25 minutes or less.

Copies of our Spiral bound Dining at a Distance: A Pandemic Cookbook will also be available for $12.

February 2nd, from 9 AM to 3 PM, Free, Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez, Cuenca., Cuenca.

Debby Larsen: mcereservations2019@gmail.com

Plant based brunch with El Oasis chefs – monthly event

Come this Sunday, to La Guarida for a special brunch with Chef Mico and Chef Annie from the new El Oasis Restaurant (all plant based). They will join us in creating a wonderful and very diverse brunch menu. We’ll have a wide variety of dishes for you to choose from anywhere ranging from $4 to $10. All dishes will be completely plant-based and gluten free. Please remember to call and make reservations so we can ensure to maintain the proper social distance. This is a monthly event. Come join us and start your day in a healthy and delicious way.

A very eclectic week for you to enjoy. Don’t miss us. Come support the arts and eat deliciously and healthy.

Come join these incredible chefs. Our objective is to make wonderful delicious and healthy dishes.

This Sunday, brunch hours will be from 10 AM to 1 PM.

You may call 099 806 8071 for more information. We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. A few stops in the Tranvia: La Cuadra Station.

January 24th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Yunguilla Valley bike experience

Runa Way Bike Tours start the year with new adventures and we want to invite you to this route ideal for cycling:

“Yunguilla valley bike experience”
Our adventure begins in “Portete de Tarqui” (2765 msnm.), a historical site where “The Battle of Tarqui” was after the invasion of the Peruvian army in 1829.

Following old roads without traffic, we will arrive at the emblematic “Girón” town, which has a great variety of climatic floors and various cultural manifestations.

We continue our trip to the south of “Azuay Province”, and cycle towards the warm “Yunguilla Valley” (1349msnm), a charming area full of fruit trees, cane fields and amazing panoramic views.

Information:

Duration: 4 hours.
Difficulty: 2/5 Medium level
Distance: 41 kms.
Terrain: dirt road (34km), asphalt (7km).
Ascent: 20%
Descent: 80%

Includes:

Transportation
Certified tour guide
Bicycle and helmet (optional)
Box lunch (sandwich, fruits, energy bar)
1 bottled water
Basic mechanical support
Not Included: Entrances

Date:
Sunday, 24 January, 2021,
Sunday, 07 February, 2021.

Registration:
$35 x person (own bicycle),
$45 x person (bicycle included).

More details & registration:
Email: runawayadventour@gmail.com
WhatsApp: 099 508 0481
Adrian Bravo
National Tour Guide

Cuenca Ecuador

January 24, from 8:30AM to 4 PM, $35, $45, Yunguilla, Cuenca.

Adrian Bravo: runawayadventour@gmail.com 099 508 0481. Call after: 8 AM.

Photography meetup shooting cars

Classic cars on display every second Thursday across from the stadium. One of the rare opportunities to see American muscle cars, vintage automobiles and some fine (and some not so fine) older cars. The car group officially starts at 8:30 but cars usually start arriving earlier.

Renowned classic automobile photographer Philip Hall will be in attendance to give us advice on photographing cars.

I do realize this will keep some gringos up past their bedtime.

Additional information (free to join) https://www.meetup.com/cuenca-photography-meetup-group/events/275712313/

21 January at 8 PM, Free, Avenida del Estadio, Cuenca, Cuenca.

Aiden Massey

Songs to travel with – Yunior and Kike: La Guarida

La Guarida is happy to present a music event

Yunior Hernández and Kike Pacherres
dinner – concert

Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission $7
Reservations with dinner requests only
Tel. 099 806 8071

Yunior is from Cuba and Kike is from Perú; they visit us to perform a wonderful set of world tunes that they have called: Canciones Viajeras – Traveling Songs. Kike plays the guitar, drums, harmonica and Yunior does the percussion and voice. This will be a journey throughout the continent and we are so glad that these two musicians from different places from Latin America can join us to produce a quality and intimate concert.

Don’t forget that 100% of your admission fee goes directly to the artists. Support your local musicians; they deserve it. If you haven’t yet – come give La Guarida a try. We practice strict social distancing.

Also, don’t forget to recommend us in this year’s best of GringoPost.

January 21st, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, $7, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Especial date: Yasuní Man

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen:

Yasuní Man
a documentary by Ryan Killackey
with English subtitles

Friday, January 22nd at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:3 PM
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: Yasuni Man is a film about a conflict raging deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s a real-life Avatar story. Once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them, the Waorani people battle industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive. Join filmmaker Ryan Patrick Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they embark on an expedition into the most bio-diverse forest on Earth. Witness what may be lost as oil companies encroach, human rights violations run rampant, and a forest Eden is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath Yasuni.

Don’t forget we are #1 in the list of Best Restaurants in Trip Advisor. Come and get to know us.

January 22nd, from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Photography meetup to the Cajas

Let’s do an exciting exploratory trip to The Cajas. We will be visiting 3 regions, Llaviuco, Cerro de Tres Cruces and Toreadora Refuge.

Transportation is provided from Cuenca. Lunch at a restaurant is included in the cost but bring your own snacks and water. Cost is $40 but $25 if you prefer to provide your own transportation.

The tour will be led by licensed guide Adrian Mora Zea.

If you associate with non-photographers they are also welcome.

Additional information (free to join) https://www.meetup.com/cuenca-photography-meetup-group/events/275872391/

27 January 8 AM – 4 PM, $40, Parque Nacional Cajas, Cuenca.

Aiden Massey

Jazz in the Afternoon, Saturday, January 23rd

Jazz Society Café presents the Jim Gala Quartet
Live jazz concert and gourmet dinner 3 – 7 PM

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com

Address: Los Claveles 203 y Los Cedros (corner bldg.)

2020 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Trova night

Miércoles de Trova in Bistro Yaku

Dear Clients & Friends,
The Yakumama family is happy to announce our Miércoles de Trova.

We start this Wednesday, 20th of January, with a great singer, Kike Pacherres, on stage, with the best repertoire of Latin American trova music to enjoy an intimate moment in our cultural space.

$4 admission for the artist. No need of consuming. We will have all our dinner and cocktails menu available.

January 20th, from 8 to 10 PM. $4, Luis Cordero 5-66 y Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca.

Alejandro: 098 748 6890. Call after: 8 AM.

Movies and Dinner in La Guarida: Animal House

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen:

National Lampoon’s Animal House
a film by John Landis
projected in English with Spanish Subtitles
starring John Belushi

Wednesday, January 20th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, anglo-saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. This film gives high-jinks and fooling around a bad name. P The dean’s plan comes into play just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time.

Don’t forget we are #1 in the list of Best Restaurants in Trip Advisor. Come and get to know us.

January 20th, from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Dinner and Music – Thursdays in La Guarida

La Guarida presents

Yunior Hernández and Kike Pacherres
dinner . concert

Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission $7
Reservations with dinner requests only
Tel. 099 806 8071

Yunior is from Cuba and Kike is from Perú; they visit us to perform a wonderful set of world tunes that they have called: Canciones Viajeras – Traveling Songs. Kike plays the guitar, drums, harmonica and Yunior does the percussion and voice. This will be a journey throughout the continent and we are so glad that these two musicians from different places from Latin America can join us to produce a quality and intimate concert.

Don’t forget that 100% of your admission fee goes directly to the artists.

January 21st, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, 7.00, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Mujeres Con Exito garage sale

Do you have household items or clothing that you are no longer using? Consider donating your unwanted items to Mujeres Con Exito for their next garage sale on February 2nd. You can drop off your unwanted items at Mujeres Con Exito on Mondays or Tuesdays from 8 AM to noon. If you have more than you can carry, we can arrange for pickup.

To keep you safe during the garage sale, we will be disinfecting with alcohol and we are requiring masks be worn while in the facility. Customers are limited to 5 people at a time and are asked to keep their visit to 25 minutes or less.

Copies of our Spiral bound Dining at a Distance: A Pandemic Cookbook will also be available for $12.

February 2nd, from 9 AM to 3 PM, Free, Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez, Cuenca.

Debby Larsen: mcereservations2019@gmail.com

Music and dinner in La Guarida

La Guarida is happy to present:

Songs to Travel
with

Yunior Hernández and Kike Pacherres
dinner – concert

Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission $7
Reservations with dinner requests only
Tel. 099 806 8071

Yunior is from Cuba and Kike is from Perú. They visit us to perform a wonderful set of world tunes that they have called: Canciones Viajeras – Traveling Songs. Kike plays the guitar, drums, harmonica and Yunior does the percussion and voice. This will be a journey throughout the continent and we are so glad that these two musicians from different places from Latin America can join us to produce a quality and intimate concert.

Don’t forget that 100% of your admission fee goes directly to the artists.

January 21st, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, $7, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

National Lampoon’s Animal House – on the big screen

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen

National Lampoon’s Animal House
a film by John Landis
projected in English with Spanish Subtitles
starring John Belushi

Wednesday, January 20th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, Anglo-Saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. This film gives high-jinks and fooling around a bad name. P The dean’s plan comes into play just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time.

Don’t forget we are #1 in the list of Best Restaurants in Trip Advisor. Come and get to know us.

January 20th, from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Northern Roots garden concert at idiomART, Jan. 23, 3 PM

We’re excited that our first performance of 2021 will be in the beautiful garden of idiomART. With fresh air, lots of space and an incredible setting – this show is sure to please. Plus, this will be the first time we play live music with our new bass player, Kristin Grzegorek.

Tickets are on sale now at idiomART. There is limited seating to ensure social distancing, so don’t wait…buy your ticket today (bonus – you get a free drink of your choice with your ticket!)

Please contact Sara Coppler at studio@idiomart.net for more information.

January 23, from 3 to 5 PM, $10 upfront and $12 at the door, Presidente Cordova, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega (diagonal from Coral Centro downtown) Cuenca.

Sarah HB: livntobe@gmail.com

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

Note: We are moving our game back to Parque Paraiso!
All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world.
The parks are open with a few restrictions on group activities.
We play Sunday from Noon to 2 PM (weather permitting).
We will set up this Sunday at the far west end of the park, north of the football/soccer fields, and near the banos.
We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
Come join us.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Sunday, January 17, Noon to 2 PM, Free, West end of the Parque Paraiso, north of the football/soccer fields, and near the banos, Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

Mini tour to visit El Chorro de Giron Waterfall

“Nicte “ tourist package

Giron is located 45 minutes from the city of Cuenca, it is known for being a very colonial place and for its scenic beauty. The most recognized “El Chorro de Giron Waterfall”
Come and visit with your friends

Timetable from 9 – 11 AM
9 AM Visit the center of Girón you can take pictures since it is a very colonial place.
Visit to a craft store and craft beer business “Chaviñan”
9:40 AM Arrival at the El Chorro tourist Parador, visit the waterfall, we will go to the viewpoint where you can better observe the waterfall,
10:30 AM We will have a courtesy canelazo (typical drink of Girón has alcohol and if you want without alcohol there is also there) we will rest and talk about the waterfall and all the history behind it.
11 AM We will return to Cantón Girón
the package includes transportation from Giron to the tourist parador, guided, tickets, snack
value $12.99
You can reserve your place by depositing half and the other half on the day of the tour.
The package is available for five people and more. We have all the bio-security measures.
We want you to have a beautiful experience visiting the canton and its natural beauties and connecting with nature in a different way, following what our ancestors have taught us before visiting it and being there, Thanksgiving time.

We have two schedules: from 9 – 11 AM / 2 – 4 PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Any news you can write to me at WhatsApp, telegram or my email.

Greetings Veronica Quindi
I.D. 0106450984
veroqm93@gmail.com
098 399 3256

January 17th, $12.99, Giron Canton, Cuenca.

Veronica: 098 399 3256. Call after: 8 AM.

Art Show opening, Friday, January 15

Janda Grove will be showing a variety of her original oil paintings at IdiomArt.

The opening is Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 – 7 PM. The show will continue through Feb. 5 during the gallery hours of 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

This exhibition, “Continuations” includes works from various phases of Janda’s art career, going back to 2005.
Over 75 works, large and small, will be shown.
Come to enjoy the opening, or visit during gallery hours.
Snacks and cash bar.

Friday, Jan. 15, from 5-7 PM, continuing through Feb. 5, Free, 1-77 Presidente Cordova, Cuenca.

Janda: 096 867 9260. Call after: 10 AM.

Agave (Chawar Miske) route tour in Salasaca

Agave (Chawar Miske) route tour in Salasaca
Salasaca is a kiwchua town in the Andes located 10 minutes from Cantón Ambato in the province of Tungurahua.
Visit Salasaca and experience the sensation of getting lost among the fields of blue agave, perceive the aroma of cooked agave, admire its agave landscape, its handicrafts and millenary culture of the Salasaca Kiwchua people and taste the flavor of the blue agave liquor inside the artisanal distillery. Rune Miske. Call us, it will be a pleasure to attend kintiwasi.ec@gmail.com or WhatsApp 098 736 8822.

Explore the magical town of Agave.

January 29, from 10 AM to 4 PM, $35, Salasaca, Ambato.

Carmen Loja: kintiwasi.ec@gmail.com

You are invited ~ All are welcome

Join us this Sunday for the new year in our new church home. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of the love of Jesus.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega) We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

January 17th from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

Mini tour to visit the Chorro De Giron Waterfall

“Nicte “ tourist package

Giron is located 45 minutes from the city of Cuenca, it is known for being a very colonial place and for its scenic beauty. The most recognized “El Chorro de Giron Waterfall ”
Come and visit with your friends

Timetable from 9 – 11 AM
9 AM Visit the center of Girón you can take pictures since it is a very colonial place.
Visit to a craft store and craft beer business “Chaviñan”
9:40 AM Arrival at the El Chorro tourist Parador, visit the waterfall, we will go to the viewpoint where you can better observe the waterfall,
10:30 AM We will have a courtesy canelazo (typical drink of Girón has alcohol and if you want without alcohol there is also there) we will rest and talk about the waterfall and all the history behind it.
11 AM We will return to Cantón Girón
the package includes transportation from Giron to the tourist parador, guided, tickets, snack
value $12.99
You can reserve your place by depositing half and the other half on the day of the tour.
The package is available for five people and more. We have all the biosecurity measures.
We want you to have a beautiful experience visiting the canton and its natural beauties and connecting with nature in a different way, following what our ancestors have taught us before visiting it and being there, Thanksgiving time.

We have two schedules: from 9 – 11 AM / 2 – 4 PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Any news you can write to me at WhatsApp, telegram or my email.

Greetings Veronica Quindi
I.D. 0106450984
veroqm93@gmail.com
098 399 3256

January 19th, $12.99, Giron Canton, Cuenca.

Veronica

Free Language Exchange

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Café Lirée (General Torres 8-20) every Saturday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. Thies event is free, however, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– The exchange will be one on one, 2 people per table, to maintain social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is 30 minutes Spanish and 30 minutes English. You decide which language goes first.
– There are only 14 spots, so the first 14 people that confirm their attendance for the event will have a reservation, but we’ll also have a waiting list of 4 people in case someone cancels.
– There are 7 spots for Spanish speakers and 7 spots for non-Spanish speakers.
– Same with the waiting list: 2 spots for Spanish speakers and 2 spots for foreigners.
– The deadline for cancellation is Saturday at noon. Note: If you don’t cancel on time you won’t be able to make a reservation for one month, so be careful.
– Café Lirée is not an “open cafeteria,” however they have all the biosecurity measures and excellent food. Take a look at their menu; their prices are very affordable.

January 16th, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Free event, General Torres 8-20 y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena: jorge.isaac.pf@gmail.com

Zoom-type book club?

Lots of us are reading more these days, yes? Does anyone know of a Zoom-type book club originating in Cuenca?

Cuenca

Lorell Stewart

New gallery space in La Guarida: Lanner Díaz Expo

La Guarida is proud to open up a new art exhibit space. We are honored to highlight Cuban artist Lanner Díaz on our first exhibit. Lanner has resided in Ecuador for more than 20 years and has a vast trajectory of work.

This Friday, come join Lanner Rodríguez in this very important date. On opening night, he will offer a 10% discount in all of his work.

Please know that this exhibit is free and we will be opening at 6:30 PM.

Join us.

January 15th, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

First Clan Mother: Talks With Relations (online meditation)

First Clan Mother: Talks With Relations (intro & guided online meditation, free)

Sunday, January 17 at 5:30 PM (EST) online via zoom (email to receive the zoom link)

Background:

With all my love I would like to share in this new year the lessons that 2020 has left me, a year of many changes and transformation.

Together with the 13 Clan Mothers, a book written by Jamie Sams that comes from North American Native traditions, I was able to walk sustained, despite the difficulties and obstacles, these women showed me all the beauty of the feminine, the gifts that I have and that we all have, the inner strength, the loving essence that as women we carry in order to accept our gifts and walk towards personal and planetary transformation.

From my heart I want share what they have gifted me to any woman who is interested, so we can weave ourselves together in sisterhood, to recognize the beauty in ourselves and in everything that surrounds us, to grow together and share the medicine and wisdom that each Mother brings us with each lunation.

Invitation:

Our encounter with the first of the 13 Clan Mothers will take place this Sunday, January 17 at 5:30 pm (EST) online via zoom to share the wisdom of the first mother: Talks with Relationships.

We will meditate to connect with her energies and we will share in a circle the gifts that she brings us.

If you are interested, send me an email to receive an event invitation. Feel free to share with your friends.

The first mother is connected to the color orange. I invite you to use or invoke the color orange for our visit; maybe with a nice shawl or scarf, clothing, an orange bracelet or ribbon that you can tie around your wrist, a candle, or any amulet of that color.

Please consider bringing a notebook and pencil to write down what you feel is important information, so that you may have it with you throughout the lunar month.

Many thanks and hope to see you this Sunday to begin the journey.

*Free event*

Sunday, January 17th 5:30 PM EST, free, online, Cuenca.

Gabi Pinos: pagapi89@hotmail.com

Movies and dinner in La Guarida, reservations recommended

We love showing international films. ‘Corpus Christi’ is completely sold out this week. We strongly advise to make your reservations ahead of time. Our following film projections are the following:

January 19th – Cabaret
January 20th – Animal House
January 22nd – Yasuní Man
January 26th – A Separation
January 27th – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
February 2nd – Machuca
February 3rd – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Please know that all reservations for these events are with dinner requests only. Come and enjoy the best selection of films in Cuenca with the best food around.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta

January 13th, from 5 to 9 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Art Show opening Friday, Jan. 15

Janda Grove will be showing a variety of her original oil paintings at IdiomArt.

The opening is Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 – 7 PM. The show will continue through Feb. 5 during the gallery hours of 10 AM to 3 PM, or by appointment.

This exhibition, “Continuations” includes works from various phases of Janda’s art career, going back to 2005.
Over 75 works, large and small, will be shown.
Come to enjoy the opening, or visit during gallery hours.
Snacks and cash bar.

Friday, Jan. 15, from 5-7 PM, Free, 1-77 Presidente Cordova, Cuenca.

Janda Grove: grovejanda@gmail.com 096 867 9260. Call after: 10 AM.

Chess club open invitation

Hello all,

The Hop Factory will open from 2 – 4 PM every Thursday for those interested in playing chess. Due to the Pandemic, I anticipate light participation in the coming weeks. However, I am hopeful it slowly gains traction. So, until we have stronger participation, I will not be trying to formalize the group into an organized club. Until then, we will continue to open up Thursdays for those interested in playing (with the goal being to have a strong club in the end). We have three boards now but encourage you to bring one with you (if you have one); should they all be occupied.

All the best,

Thomas Mauk

Thursdays 2 – 4 PM, De la Bandera Nacional y Calle del Himno, Cuenca.

Thomas Mauk: thehopfactory@yahoo.com

Luis Ullauri (dinner / concert) in La Guarida

La Guarida proudly presents:

Luis Ullauri
Dinner, concert.

Thursday, January 14th at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission $7
Reservations with dinner requests only
Tel. 099 806 8071

We love to be able to host musicians in our house. Luis Ullauri is already a household name in Cuenca. Luis has played in the best concert halls in this wonderful city. He visits us again with a full set of incredible songs from Latin America. You can’t miss this very intimate and exclusive concert.

Please know that 100% of the cost of your admission is for the musicians as they are struggling during this crisis. Not only you enjoy yourself during these concerts but you also help our local artists.

We follow strict social distancing guidelines for your protection. Our capacity is very limited. Wine bottles on sale.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

January 14th, from 6 to 10 PM, $7, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

OSC uploads the baroque opera Il Giustino by Antonio Vivaldi to its Digital Concert Hall
The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Meissner, principal conductor, with the stage direction of María Belén Ochoa and the participation of Andrés Córdova (Tenor) Anastasio, Emperor of Byzantium, Olga Vresca (Soprano) Arianna, wife of the Emperor, Juan Carlos Cerna (Tenor) Giustino, peasant, brother of Vitaliano, Abigail Rosero (Soprano) Leocasta, sister of Anastasio, Francisco Ortega (Tenor) Vitaliano, tyrant of Asia, Rodney Landázuri (Light Tenor) Amanzio, Byzantine general, María Augusta Jibaja (Mezzosoprano) La Fortuna, a corps of dancers and two actors, presents this Friday, January 15, in its Digital Room the Opera “Il Giustino” by Antonio Vivaldi, a work that was premiered in Ecuador on December 3, 4 and 5, 2020 in the Pumapungo theater within the framework of the Viva Vivaldi Festival, Third Edition. You can enjoy it at 8 PM on our digital YouTube and Facebook channels.


IL GIUSTINO by Antonio Vivaldi. Baroque Opera (Premiere in Ecuador). According to the critic Héctor Coda, in Il Giustino “Vivaldi’s art, extremely refined, reaches its peak here by exceptionally bringing human emotions to the dramatic scene. An art that is not made to entertain, but to make the soul think and shake the emotions. Love, nobility, hatred, perfidy, intrigue or jealousy have a place in Vivaldi’s music, which expresses them ineffably … “

Listening to an opera from 1724, today, and being able to enjoy it, demands that the listener immerse himself as much as possible in the psychology of the listener of that time. Surely, the public of the Baroque era was more willing than today, to identify with the passions and interactions that united characters, text, music and images.

This was due to the fact that the eighteenth century viewer, not conditioned as we are by a thousand media influences, conserved an almost “childish” purity in listening, which not only allowed them to appreciate the music, but also to associate it emotionally with the events that took place. . Opera was also a popular means of learning about exotic countries and heroes, as well as historical events.

ll Giustino is an opera with a historical setting, set in Byzantium, in which relevant political figures appear, as well as other allegorical ones. Denied love is the cause of a war, and it is in this context that the protagonist, Giustino, appears. At first he finds himself asleep in a bucolic and rural place, dreaming of the glory and power that the goddess Fortuna has promised him. The allegorical character appears with the well-known theme of La Primavera, an example of the skillful businessman Vivaldi was.

Giustino’s first contact with royalty soon occurs, when he saves the emperor’s sister from a bear. Giustino later shows his worth again, in this case saving Empress Arianna from a sea monster.
Finally, misunderstandings, jealousy and greed are put against Giustino, but he ends up triumphing love and the rule of the just. The last scene ends with the chorus “Doppo i nembi e le procelle il sereno appears al fin” (After storms and floods the sereno finally appears), in the form of a chaconne in C major and C minor.

We invite our wonderful audiences to visit the Digital Room on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/sinfonicacuenca and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sinfonicacuenca in which so far we have 40 beautiful concerts for all tastes that can be enjoyed and shared from anywhere on the planet at any time and as many times as they wish.

Find us at www.sinfonicacuenca.gob.ec Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Issuu

Edith Piaf’s incredible biopic on the big-screen

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen:

La Vie en Rose
a film by Olivier Dahan
projected in French with Spanish and English Subtitles
starring the Award-Winner Marion Cotillard

Wednesday, January 12th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: La Vie en Rose is a 2007 biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf portrayed by Marion Cotillard. Piaf was raised in extreme poverty but ends up captivating the world for her outstanding voice and charm. An incredible biopic, if not one of the best in this genre.

Marion Cotillard, won many awards for her portrayal of the troubled singer; she received a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first and the only actor to win an Academy Award for a French-language performance, and also the second actress and one of only six actors to have won this award for a foreign language performance.

Don’t forget we are #1 in the list of Best Restaurants in Trip Advisor. Come and get to know us.

January 12th, from 6:45 to 10 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Women’s “IN-venture” Retreat – Yunguilla

Only two spots left! Women’s ‘IN-Venture Retreat’! Rejuvenate, renew, relax your way into 2021. Enjoy two days of paradise – just seventy minutes south of Cuenca. All safety measures observed (open air / 10 participant limit)! Nurture mind/body and spirit, playful, uplifting, experiential workshop for women. Hosted by Lisa Jaffe, HHP and Jeff Salz, PhD. Inti Kamari EcoCenter. January 26-27. Treat yourself. We take care of the driving.

To learn more… https://www.docdroid.net/6dHCCKQ/rejuvenesence-compressed-pdf

January 26-27, $149, Inti Kamari Retreat and EcoCenter, Yunguilla.

Lisa Jaffe: lj@lisajaffe.com 098 336 6063. Call after: 9 AM.

Invitation to meditate from home Sundays at 10:30

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.

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org and https://shambhalaonline.org/calendar-details/?id=466624

To practice online regularly with a group, you can also visit https://boston.shambhala.org/getting-started/

If you would like to use it, the form we use at Shambhala Cuenca is outlined below, and you can search “Donna Williams Meditation” for instructions on YouTube, or contact us for instructions.

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Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Practice:

Note that times and practices noted are commonly used, but shorter or longer times are beneficial too. Do what feels right to you.

– Opening prayer or recitation.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Walking meditation, 15 minutes.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Closing prayer or recitation.

Start with an attitude of friendliness and loving kindness toward yourself. Then, if you’re able, take an upright posture, on a cushion on the floor or in a chair, with the spinal column vertical. Notice your body sensations and be aware of any feelings that arise (such as anxiety, tiredness, anger, passion, boredom, indifference, etc.). Begin to completely identify with your natural breathing, in and out, maintaining some awareness of your body/posture. When thoughts or emotions arise, taking you away from the present moment, you simply notice them, without any judgement. Simply label the thought/emotion as “thinking” and return to awareness of your body breathing. Sitting meditation is a practice of simply being, touching into your awareness of that being, and letting go without trying to attain anything.

For walking meditation, take the same approach, except place attention on your feet as they touch the earth, and your legs moving through space. Join the hands at waist level and walk at a speed only slightly slower than normal (see photo).

Traditionally it’s believed that merit is accrued by meditating. In Shambhala, we dedicate this merit to the benefit of all beings, using the closing text below. Feel free to use it, or any other of your choosing:

Opening:
“May basic goodness dawn;
May the confidence of goodness be eternal;
May that goodness be all-victorious;
May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory.”

Closing:
“By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.”

Links for instructions:

Meditation instructions are available free online with Senior Teacher Donna Williams at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3sd7RCZ-Fg

Pema Chodron Guided Meditation —
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmthYcJ2FCA
and
https://shambhala.org/frequently-asked-questions/#whymeditate

Sunday Jan 10 10:30 AM, – donations to relief organizations are highly encouraged, Your House, Cuenca.

Paul: cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com +592 98 284 8203 with WhatsApp and Text. Call after: 9 AM.

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

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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 on every Monday. We usually end at 7 PM or shortly thereafter.

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

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective

No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

January 11th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100-1 Zoom y 101-1 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

This week in La Guarida

We had a wonderful start of the year. Last week, all of our events sold-out; please know that we have a very limited capacity to ensure the proper social distance. This week, we bring two incredible foreign films, super talented Luis Ullauri will visit us again and we will open a new art exhibit with Cuban artist, Lanner Díaz Rodríguez, and a whole new collection of ceramics by Maestro Eduardo Segovia. We also serve breakfast/brunch from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. We ended the year as the #1 in TripAdvisor and this year we will continue working extra hard to stay there. Come and get to know us. Call early to make your reservations at 099 806 8071.

This week in La Guarida:

Remember that every Tuesday we host an organic market. Come by for your organic beauties.

Tuesday 6:45 PM: La Vie en Rose
A 2007 biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. The film was co-written and directed by Olivier Dahan, and stars Marion Cotillard as Piaf who won the Academy’s Best Award for her portrayal.

Wednesday 6:45 PM: Corpues Christi
A reformed criminal is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release, so he dresses as a priest and ministers a small-town parish. Widely considered one of the best films of the year. This polish film is a masterpiece.

Thursday 7:30 PM: Luis Ullauri
Luis visits La Guarida for his second time. The first time we had a sold-out house and we cannot wait for him to sing again in our wonderfully acoustic Guarida. He is very talented guitarist who knows all about Latin American singer songwriters. He is a delight to watch.

Admission $7, (this fee goes directly to the musicians). Reservations with dinner required to all of our events.

Friday 7 PM: Free Art Exhibit – Lanner Díaz Rodríguez.
Super talented Cuban artist, Lanner Díaz, will inaugurate a new space in La Guarida. You cannot miss this wonderful new art exhibit. Come accompany Lanner in this very special day.

A very eclectic week for you to enjoy. Don’t miss us. Come support the arts and eat deliciously and healthy.

January 11th, from 9 AM to 9PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Spanish/English exchange Cuenca – World

Hi, Every week (Saturdays and Mondays) we have language exchange with native speakers from Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Canada and UK. It’s free and you use ZOOM. You are all invited. It is free.

01/09/2021 1 to 2 PM, ZOOM, Cuenca.

Joffre: joffreprime@gmail.com 098 050 0955. Call after: 6 AM.

Cooking (brunch) with friends – La Guarida

Once a month, La Guarida has decided to invite friends and neighbors to come join us in the kitchen. We love sharing and learning new things. This Saturday will be a special brunch (the first) with a close friend and neighbor Paul Marquis. Paul, alongside La Guarida, will create an incredible brunch menu for you to enjoy. We will feature our wonderful omelets and new items like a pancetta quiche, root vegetable galettes and many more incredible dishes for you to delight yourself. All items under $8 with some dishes starting at $4.50 – organic coffee included.

No reservations required.

Don’t miss out. It’s a very short Tranvia Ride to La Cuadra Station. Come by.

January 9th, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

St. Christopher Episcopal YouTube – Evening Prayer online

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

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Sunday’s after 5 PM, or anytime on YouTube, free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

You are invited ~ All are welcome

Join us this Sunday for the new year in our new church home. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. We will be using all the proper protocols to keep you safe. We will require masks, ask that you use hand sanitizer, and will only use 30% capacity in our auditorium and overflow rooms.

Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega) We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

January 10th from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world.
The parks are open with some restrictions on group activities.

After a holiday break, we are back playing this Sunday. We play Sunday from Noon to 2 PM (weather permitting). We will set up this Sunday at Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel. We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

Come join us!

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Sunday, January 10, Noon to 2 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel., Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

Women’s Renewal Retreat – Yunguilla Valley – January 26-27

Treat yourself to two days of Shangri-La. Paradise found – just seventy minutes south of Cuenca. You don’t even have to drive.

Ready for a ‘bountiful and bouncy–full’ beginning to the new year? Does rejuvenating, renewing and relaxing your way into 2021 sound good?

Nurture your soul and spirit with a playful, uplifting/deep-diving, experiential workshop for women hosted by Lisa Jaffe (and special guest presenters Jeff Salz, Wilson Ochoa, and Monica Bedoya) – at the Inti Kamari Retreat Center January 26-27. Check it out and learn more! https://docdro.id/6dHCCKQ

January 26-27, 149, Inti Kamari Retreat Center, Yunguilla.

Lisa Jaffe: lj@lisajaffe.com 098 336 6063. Call after: 10 AM.

The pianist Stella Pontoriero is the Cuenca Symphony guest for this week

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Meissner – Principal Conductor, opens the year 2021, with a new installment in its Digital Concert Hall on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/sinfonicacuenca and on Facebook https: / /www.facebook.com/sinfonicacuenca with another great Concert for this I Season 2021 with the brilliant pianist, Stella Pontoriero (Italy), guest soloist, this Saturday, January 9 at 8 PM.

Stella Pontoriero – Pianist. With a solid academic background and master classes. Stella Pontoriero is a young and active artist who performs frequently in chamber music concerts and also as a soloist. She has obtained numerous recognitions in national and international competitions. She regularly plays in the Trio Graces with the violinist Maria Teresa De Sanio and the cellist Livia De Romanis, and in duet with the cellist Roberto Trainini. She is currently a chamber music teacher at the “G. F. Ghedini” Conservatory of Music in Cuneo.

Concerto n ° 2 in B major, op. 83 for Piano and Orchestra, Johannes brahms. Franz Liszt said of this concerto: “On a first reading, the work seemed somewhat gray to me. But little by little I have come to understand it better. I think it has the eloquence of an outstanding work of art, in which thought and feeling are linked in noble harmony “. This concerto has a novel detail, because to the usual tripartite form, Brahms added a fourth movement, Allegretto grazioso, and the reason that Brahms used was simply that the Allegro was “very simple.” It is considered one of the two or three most difficult concertos in the world piano repertoire that requires a pianist with a solid training and great virtuosity when performing.

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra recognizes and appreciates the great support of the Media and its wonderful audiences and counts on you in each of the concerts scheduled for this new year in which we hope to have fewer limitations and challenges with live concerts while we wish you all the best of well-being, health and prosperity.

Find us at www.sinfonicacuenca.gob.ec, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Issuu

Free Language Exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Café Lirée (General Torres 8-20) every Wednesday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. This event is free, however, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– The exchange will be one on one, 2 people per table, to maintain social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is 30 minutes Spanish and 30 minutes English. You decide which language goes first.
– There are only 14 spots, so during the pandemic the first 14 people that confirm their attendance for the event will have a reservation, but we’ll also have a waiting list of 4 people in case someone cancels.
– There are 7 spots for Spanish speakers and 7 spots for non-Spanish speakers.
– Same with the waiting list: 2 spots for Spanish speakers and 2 spots for foreigners.
– The deadline for cancellation is Saturday at noon. Note: If you don’t cancel on time you won’t be able to make a reservation for one month, so be careful.
– Café Lirée is not an “open cafeteria,” however they have all the biosecurity measures and excellent food. Take a look at their menu; their prices are very affordable.

January 9th, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, Free Event, General Torres 8-20 y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena: jorge.isaac.pf@gmail.com

Matthew Hart / Paco Lightfoot acoustic at La Yunta, Jan. 22nd

It’s been a while.

Matthew Hart and Paco Lightfoot will be doing an acoustic show on January 22nd at La Yunta Restaraunt.

Come on down to hear some great Acoustic Blues and Americana in the beautiful setting of La Yunta.

If you haven’t seen them before check out this link to see the review from their last show in 2019 (like we said… it’s been awhile).

https://cuencahighlife.com/paco-lightfoot-and-matthew-hart-heat-up-the-evening-at-santorinos

Be sure to make reservations. Seating is limited and this show will likely fill up.

Cover: $5

For reservations, email us a reservation request including your name and the names of any additional guests to pacosbluesband@gmail.com… or you can message us the information on the “Matthew Hart & Paco Lightfoot Acoustic” Facebook page by pressing the “Send Message” button at the top of the page.

We are working to make this a show safe for those concerned about Covid-19.

Show starts at 5 PM and goes till later.

Friday January 22nd from 5 PM till later, $5, La Yunta Restaurant: Av 1 de Mayo entre Av Las Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal, Cuenca.

Matthew Hart and Paco Lightfoot: pacosbluesband@gmail.com .

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Chiroptera overnight trip: bats, waterfalls and caves

We will travel this time to West of Cuenca County and South of Naranjal to learn about two nice communities. It will be part of this program: a bat study with a bat expert setting nets and checking how the population of bat is doing and characteristics, swim in natural hot springs surrounded by the tropical forest, beautiful hikes over crystal rivers and waterfalls that come from Cajas. Nice forest connected with Cajas and the Guayaquil Gulf. One night and two days of fun, great adventure and good food as always.

Following, some pictures and videos:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=SpanishOutdoor&set=a.3003860989715941
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=SpanishOutdoor&set=a.3084690428299663
https://fb.watch/2ib7q1QP0t/
https://fb.watch/2ib5lfvqqj/

Let me know if you are interested.

Fredy

January 11th, from 9 AM to January 12th, 6:30 PM, 338, Luz y Guía, Cuenca.

Fredy Ordonez: spanishoutdoor@gmail.com

Movies and Dinner in La Guarida: Yasuní Man

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen:

Yasuní Man
a documentary by Ryan Killackey
in English with English subtitles

Tuesday, January 5th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

About
Yasuni Man is a film about a conflict raging deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s a real-life Avatar story. Once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them, the Waorani people battle industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive. Join filmmaker Ryan Patrick Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they embark on an expedition into the most bio-diverse forest on Earth. Witness what may be lost as oil companies encroach, human rights violations run rampant, and a forest Eden is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath Yasuni.

Don’t forget we are #1 in the list of Best Restaurants in TripAdvisor. Come and get to know us.

January 5th, from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

First week of the year in La Guarida

La Guarida welcomes the new year. Our first week of 2021 is packed with incredible events. Remember that every Tuesday we host an organic market ran by women farmers. Come by. Also, Tuesday through Saturday we serve breakfast from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.

Tuesday 6:45 PM: Yasuní Man
Yasuni Man is a film about a conflict raging deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s a real-life Avatar story. Once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them, the Waorani people battle industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive. Join filmmaker Ryan Patrick Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they embark on an expedition into the most bio-diverse forest on Earth. Witness what may be lost as oil companies encroach, human rights violations run rampant, and a forest Eden is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath Yasuni.

Wednesday 6:45 PM: Nomadland
A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Starring the incredible Frances McDormand.

Thursday 7:30 PM: Con-Cuerdas
Come enjoy an incredible dinner / concert. “Con-Cuerdas” will delight us with the intoxicating sounds that result from the cooperation of the guitar, mandolin, cuatro and requinto, singing some of the classic melodies of Latin America in an exclusive concert. “Con-Cuerdas” will present waltzes, tangos, boleros, among other genres that make this part of the continent so incredible and diverse.

Admission $8 (this fee goes directly to the musicians). Reservations with dinner required.

Saturday 9 AM to 1:30 PM: Cooking [Brunch] with Friends ft. Paul Marquis
Once a month, La Guarida has decided to invite friends and neighbors to come join us in the kitchen. We love sharing and learning new things. We can’t wait for this very special brunch (the first) with a close friend and neighbor Paul Marquis. No reservations required. Come try out Paul’s quiche, root vegetable galettes and many more items you will surely enjoy. We will have a full brunch menu available for you.

Don’t miss us. Come support the arts and eat deliciously and healthy food.

January 5th, from 9 AM to 9:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

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

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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. on every Monday. We usually end at 7 PM., or shortly thereafter.

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

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective

No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

January 4th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100-1 Zoom y 101-1 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

Meditation in the New Year with Shambhala Cuenca and online

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. 

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org 

To practice online regularly with a group, please visit https://boston.shambhala.org/getting-started/ 

If you would like to use it, the form we use at Shambhala Cuenca is outlined below, and you can search “Donna Williams Meditation” for instructions on YouTube, or contact us for instructions. 

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Rivival of “Charities with Rhythm”

Some of you may recall “Charities with Rhythm” which was picking up steam until the Covid hit.

Even before the Covid hit, the restaurants and hotels appreciated the extra business which we were able to bring in on otherwise slow nights.

The musicians enjoyed the little extra income and notoriety.

The local charities had the opportunity to educate the public and to share the cover charges with the musicians.

This created a wonderful synergy of people working together for the good of all.

We are creating this year’s lists of activities. If you are a charity, a musician or a hotel/restaurant location interested in participating, we will add you to this list. There will be masks and proper social distancing.

We are also inviting socially conscious businesses which might be interest sponsoring these events.

Lastly, and most importantly, we are looking for a perfect program secretary to help manage the fun and logistics.

This will be a great year for everyone.

Happy New Year,

Uncle Ned: nedmeisner@meisnerfinancial.com .

City: Cuenca

You are invited ~ everyone is welcome

Join us this Sunday for the new year in our new church home. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. We will be using all the proper protocols to keep you safe. We will require masks, ask that you use hand sanitizer, and will only use 30% capacity in our auditorium and overflow rooms.

Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega) We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

January 3rd from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com .

Photography meetup

There is a new group in town for photographers. The first event for Cuenca Photography will be held at Parque El Paraiso on Monday, 4 Jan, at 9 AM.

I will be posting meet ups using meetup.com (free to join). Open to all levels of photographers and those interested in photography.

Further details at: https://www.meetup.com/cuenca-photography-meetup-group/

Monday, 4 Jan, at 9 AM, Free, Parque El Paraiso, Cuenca.

Aiden Massey

Evening Prayer online

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

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate!

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Any time. Sunday after 5 PM, free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

You are invited ~ Come as you are

Join us this Sunday for the new year in our new church home. Everyone is welcome. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10:00AM. We will be using all the proper protocols to keep you safe. We will require masks, ask that you use hand sanitizer, and will only use 30% capacity in our auditorium and overflow rooms.

Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega) We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

January 3rd from 10 to 11:30AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the Riverside Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

Don’t miss this film, a Latin American masterpiece

La Guarida is happy to continue projecting for free, the best selection of films in Cuenca. This week we bring you a Latin American Film masterpiece:

Tuesday, December 29th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM

The secret in her eyes
(El secreto de sus ojos)
a film by Juan José Campanella
(presented in Spanish with English Subtitles)
Winner of Best Foreign Film.

About
Hoping to put to rest years of unease concerning a past case, retired criminal investigator Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín) begins writing a novel based on the decades-old unsolved mystery of a newlywed’s rape and murder. With the help of a former colleague, Judge Irene, Benjamín attempts to make sense of the past. The journey through his memories sets Benjamín on a thrilling emotional path that leads to a shocking realization.

Remember that reservations are with dinner only.
Limited Capacity.
Reservations: 099 806 8071

December 29th, from 6:45 PM to 9 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres

The most beautiful curtains

Hello Everyone,

We are a family business dedicated to the manufacture, washing and maintenance of curtains. We are very professional in our work.

If you want our service, write to WhatsApp: 098 977 2330.

We will quote for free.

You can see some samples of our work on the facebook page:

Visit us and leave us your comments.

https://www.facebook.com/CristyMora01

December 29, from 8 AM, Ricaurte, Cuenca.

Cristy Mora: cris_scoutdb1@hotmail.com 098 977 2330. Call after: 8 AM.

Roberto Benavides and Eloy Alfaro Pharmacy

Dear Friends,

My name is Roberto Benavides. I´m a pharmacist. I worked around 10 years with some expats and they know me as well, so, I´m starting a dream with my own pharmacy. I offer to find solutions for your meds if is difficult to find it. I´m available to deliver all your orders if you need and you can pay with your credit card in the comfort of your home.

I´m available for all your questions and requirements 24/7.

December, Ordoñez lasso Avenue and Alamos next to the gas station. Cuenca.

Roberto Benavides: rebenavidezj@gmail.com 099 563 2090. Call after: 9 AM.

Mariangel, performances 2020

Mariangel will perform, on December 30, at La Cigale on Honorato Vàsquez, near Cordero, 7 – 9 PM.
Salsa, Bolero and Flamenco. No cover, only tips.

She and her group, Son Autana, are performing at the Spa Hosteria Duran, in Banos, on New Years Eve.
Buffet Dinner and Drinks $35
Stay the night and use the Spa facilities $35 google for information

Dec 30 Armand 31, Free, Honorato Vàsquez and Cordero, Cuenca.

Ned

Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the big screen

La Guarida is adding an extra date, this Monday at 6:45 PM, for our projection of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We open our doors at 5:30 PM. Our last projection of the year was scheduled for December 30th but it was immediately sold out. We don’t want to cram up our space with extra chairs for this film because of the current health crisis and we are adding an extra date on Monday, December 28th at 6:45 PM.

Don’t be left out.

Call to make your reservations (with prior dinner requests only) at 099 806 8071. Come enjoy this fabulous classic.

December 28th, from 6:45 to 9 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Free & Fun Language Exchange postponed for the holidays

The intercambio will be postponed till 1/4/21.

On that Monday please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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 on every Monday. We usually end at 7 PM, or shortly thereafter.

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

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective

No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

January 4th, from 6 to 7 PM., Free, 100-1 Zoom y 101-1 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

Events & Catering

Everything for your event in one place. Events & Catering. * Events room. * Tables. * Chairs. *Table linen *Glassware *Cutlery * Tents * Menus: varied and rich options for the taste of our customers. * Snacks. * Desserts. * Drinks. Trained and experienced personnel in different areas: Waiters Bartender Protocol Chef Kitchen assistant Promoters Models Event organization. *Eventos Corporativos Méndez Johnson* Personal attention.

Contact us at 096 277 1945 or by email: sabrinajohnson@outlook.com

Reserve your date, Bella vista

Sabrina Johnson Pineda: 096 277 1945

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Paco’s Blues

The members of Paco’s Blues wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We are planning a free show for early 2021 (lord knows we all need one) and are looking for an outdoor spot for it. If you have a big enclosed outdoor spot in town (or have an idea for a location) please email us at pacosbluesband@gmail.com or message us on the Paco’s Blues Facebook page.

Keep safe and Love to you all.

Cuenca.

Pacos Blues

St. Christopher Episcopal YouTube – Evening Prayer online

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

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate!

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Any time. Sunday’s after 5 PM, Free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.
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