You are invited ~ come as you are

At Trinity Vineyard Church we are making room to accommodate more people for our Sunday gatherings. We are getting close to opening a new auditorium that will triple our capacity.

In the meantime, you are invited to join us on Sunday morning at 10 until 11:30. We have room for you and your family. All are welcome. Come 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 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. We are a church for all people of Cuenca.

We will start promptly at 10 AM. Come early and have a cup of coffee and a snack. Stay afterwards to hang out with friends, new and old.

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.

October 24th, 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

Meditate Sunday from home with Shambhala

In meditation…your own wisdom manifests. ~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.

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Tonight! Banana Rock and Gatos Negros Costume Dance Party

Tonight, Saturday, Oct 23rd, at Ha Ha Lounge.
Remigio Tamariz 3-17 y Augustin Cueva

Seriously, this is the Party of the Year! 2 great bands in a fabulous venue with a great sound system, food, drink and soooo much fun. If you haven’t yet planned a costume, come a bit early and get your face painted for a small fee. Face painters there from 5 PM on. Doors open 5 PM, music starts 6 PM and goes all night. Costume prizes, Limbo Contest and more. Come and celebrate music that binds us all together and support the musicians who are making that happen. And have the time of your life!

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Kid’s art classes at Hogar

I have been volunteering at Hogar Esperanza with kid’s art classes. Check with Hogar
for hours for the next classes. Young kids are in school in the mornings. So far, next Tuesday’s class will be in the afternoon. Contact Hogar for more classes in art at: services@hogaresperanza.org/
events@hogaresperanza.org/ or info@hogaresperanza.org/

October 26, free, Juan Montalvo 8-18 y mariscal sucre, Cuenca.

Suzanne Cerny

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, October 24, from 2:00 PM to 4:00PM (weather permitting).

How: We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

Come join us this Sunday!

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

Sunday, October 22, 2021 – From 2 to 4 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel., 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 Selina’s terrace (Calle Larga 7-93) 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:

– If the receptionist asks what you want, tell him/her that you’re a member of #YEES and there’s a language exchange at the terrace that you’re attending.
– Even though Selina’s terrace is an open space and they have all the biosecurity measures, the pandemic isn’t over yet so don’t forget to keep social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is switching languages every 30 minutes. You decide which language goes first.

October 23th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, Calle Larga 7-93, Cuenca.

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

Gran Feria Sabatino’s on Saturday, November 6

Before the craziness of the Cuenca Fiestas is upon us, please put the next Gran Feria Sabatino’s in your calendar for Saturday, November 6. As always, expect high-quality products presented in an open-air environment where all bio-security measures are followed.

Apicultura de Jardín Balms and Organic Honey
ArtePar
Blue Biker Blueberries
Double D’s Delights
Kinti Wasi Organic Produce
La Caprina Goat Milk Products
Luvimar Gourmet Seafood, Cheeses, Meats, and Imported Products
Martina Bakery
Moni’s Handmade Accessories
Pat’s Ecuadorian T-shirts
Pei’s Dumplings and Buns
Tierras del Sur Café de Altura Lojano
Veríssima Salsas Italianas

Thanks for making our first fair back in October a huge success. We’re looking to this one being even more successful. Start planning your shopping list now.

We look forward to seeing your masked faces after the holidays.

Saturday, November 6, 10 AM – 2 PM, Entrance is free, Roberto Aguilar y 3 de Noviembre (one block west of Plaza Otorongo), Cuenca.

Mauricio Bernal

Custom trips to Puerto Lopez

We take care of everything.

Accommodations
Day trips
Transportation
Food
Entertainment

WhatsApp or email to plan a trip.

Open now, $100 per day, Puerto lopez, Cuenca.

Torrin Brauch: brauchtorrin@gmail.com +1 239 848 5876

Yoga and healing retreat in Novaqua spa

Hello all,

Your invited to a healing retreat on Saturday, October 30th, at 10 AM in Novaqua spa in baños de Cuenca. This event is hosted by Om Healing Center Studio.

We will also have at the event:

• cacao ceremony
• vinyasa flow class
• sound healing in nature
• lunch together
• use of the thermal spa and clay cave!

You can stay until the time you like or until Novaqua is open.

Rejuvenate and relax these fiestas de Cuenca.

October 30th from 10 AM to 4 PM, $60, Novaqua spa, Cuenca.

Leelah: 095 871 8140

Enjoy a “Social Dining” in Clandestino

Social Dining” in Clandestino. Have a wonderful dinner in Clandestino, the only meal surfing in Cuenca. We want to offer you a unique experience where people will be spectators of live cooking and taste each plate and homemade food.

We are pet friendly.

The gastronomic event is just for 6 people and only subject to reservation by sending a WhatsApp to 097 966 9643. The contribution is $30 per person.

Includes: amuse-guele: Fried shrimp in tamarind sauce, starter: Italian bruschetta, 2 main courses: Lamb ravioli in tarragon sauce and beef tenderloin with chimichurri on mushrooms kumquat, Drinks: red wine and dessert: Passion fruit mousse.

Join us.

October 23, from 7 to 10 PM, Presidente Córdova y Coronel Talbot

Karla Rachadell: karlaracha@gmail.com 097 966 9643

October 16th, from 7 to 10 PM, $30 per person, Presidente Córdova y Coronel Talbot, Cuenca.

Orchid paradise, Ecuagenera, last spaces for the visit

Ecuagenera is the biggest Orchid producer in Ecuador, located in Gualaceo.

Every year they do an open house with a fantastic display and discounted prices so it is the best opportunity to buy a beautiful plant.

I love orchids so every year I organize a trip or 2.

This year we are going Monday, October 25, and Tuesday, October 26.

Meeting point is at La Yunta for breakfast at 9 AM.

After the visit to Ecuagenera we go to Paute to have lunch at Corvel, where we will also learn about Sugar Cane

$30 all inclusive

We have a few last spots in the bus.

Monday and Tuesday, $30, Ave 1 de mayo entre Ave Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal, Cuenca.

Thomas Gould: layuntatiendaycocina@gmail.com 098 945 6551

Saturday Morning Language Exchange – new location

Dear community,

We kindly invite you to join our language exchange group Spanish-English/English-Spanish.

The sessions are aimed at people willing to improve their conversational skills putting them into practice in a realistic environment and with native speakers. They are guided by a bilingual facilitator (a teacher with extensive experience in the field) who proposes the activities and conversation topics.

It involves several people whose native language is English and several people whose native language is Spanish. We get together so that the former can practice Spanish and the later can practice English.

Apart from the language learning, the sessions bring an excellent opportunity to meet and interrelate with local people while engaging in the city’s cultural activities.

Therefore, this language exchange complements formal language learning. It mainly serves for putting oral language skills into practice. Additionally, it constitutes a good opportunity to experience and gain an insight into aspects of Ecuadorian culture and Cuenca local life.

The session has a voluntary contribution of $2 and we kindly encourage you to consume a drink or something from the menu as they are opening the space on Saturday morning just for us.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

October 23rd, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Voluntary contribution from $2, Otorongo Lounge, Plaza del Otorongo y Avenida 3 de Noviembre, Cuenca.

Carmen: languageexchangecuenca@gmail.com

CCC Spanish Classes at idiomART – registration open

We know that learning another language can be difficult and even daunting at times. CCC Spanish is different! We take the class out of the classroom and believe in the three C’s of learning a language: Conversation ~ Culture ~ Context.

CCC Spanish’s teaching method focuses mainly on conversation combined with grammar, cultural activities, field trips, and topics related to day-to-day life. Classes will be held either in the garden or on the outdoor patio at idiomART where we invite you to make yourself at home, pour yourself a hot drink, and start learning Spanish.

Our teachers, Martha Pulla and Fausto Balazero, are very experienced language teachers and have been teaching this method for many years. They are both from Cuenca and not only teach Spanish but also the local culture.

We offer group, pairs, or individual classes for beginners, intermediate, or advanced Spanish learners.
Registration for the classes is open and we will start on November 8, right after the Fiestas de Cuenca.

Each Wednesday, we also offer special activities from 4 – 5 PM. Fausto and Martha will be leading these activities, which are salsa dancing, cooking, and Spanish conversation groups.

To register for classes and for additional information, please contact Sarah at: idiomartcuenca@gmail.com

Classes begin Nov. 8, 2021, costs vary, idiomART is located at: Presidente Cordova, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega (diagonal from Coral Centro downtown), Cuenca.

Sarah HB

Auditions for ACT Christmas Show

That’s right; the Azuay Community Theater will be back on stage in December with a live presentation of A Christmas Carol, but with a twist: it will be presented as a 1940s one hour radio show performed before a live audience! So, we need actors and sound effects people. Everyone will work from scripts (just like the old-time radio shows), and most actors will play more than one part. Performances will be December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.

This will be a lot of fun to produce, and if you are interested, come to auditions either 2 – 4 PM Wednesday October 27 or 10 – 12 am Thursday October 28..

Azuay Community Theater is on Av. Ordonez Lasso, in the building just west of Hotel Oro Verde, and directly across from Edificio Palermo.

Wednesday, October 27, 10-12 AM, Thursday, October 28, 2-4 PM, free, Av. Ordonez Lasso. First building west of Hotel Oro Verde, across from Ed. Palermo, Cuenca.

Ray Lewis: azuaycommunitytheater@gmail.com

Local artisan bazaar at Common Grounds

Hello everyone,

Common Grounds is once again hosting a local artisan bazaar! Ensure you mark your calendars and come out and enjoy some local shopping with friends.

Are you a local vendor/artisan who has nice, amazing or delicious items you are looking to sell? Do you want to get your items in from of more customers here in Cuenca? If so, why not sign up to participate in our monthly Bazaar? We are conveniently located in a well-known establishment, Common Grounds. There is still time to sign up. We will provide you with a table and chairs (feel free to decorate the table however you wish). This is a great venue to show off what you have to offer and make some potentially new clients and friends along the way. If interested in signing up, or have questions, please contact me at 099 285 3397.

For customers: Would you like to participate in meeting and supporting some of the local vendors and artisans here in Cuenca? Do you have some time on Saturday and want something fun and exciting to do? Are you looking for that one-of-a-kind item that catches your eye, or something fun that will make great gifts? If so, then come on by Saturday, 23 October, between 10 AM – 3 PM at the well-known establishment Common Grounds, and have a look! The cost is free to enter and browse. Make some new friends, meet some old ones, all while helping to support the local community along the way. It’s always a fun time – bring your friends.

Local vendors/artisans that have already signed up (with their goods):
Lourdes Alvarez – Amazing Skin Products
Southern Lands Coffee – Delicious Coffee
Pat – Stylish and Unique T-Shirts
Cristian – Jewelry Healing and Power and Energy Stones
Alex Jaramillo – Beautiful and Artistic Textile Products/Patches/Bags
Wendell Thoene – Dichroic Glass Jewelry
Rene Sepulveda – One-of-a-kind creative Jewelry
Julian Estrella – Natural Drinks
Gladys Beatriz – Saraguro Necklaces
William Arturo/Munoz Moscoso – KAMAQ Art (Plastic Art, Hand Crafts like doll weaving, Elves, etc.).

Join us for a great time and pick up some cool items along the way.

Saturday, October 23rd, 10 AM to 3 PM, free, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Goty: commongroundsbazaar@outlook.com

The law you have never heard of may cost you up to $1500

“I didn’t know anything about the law. I am in violation. What do I do now?

Ecuador has joined 140 other countries in the fight against money laundering (concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money). The 140 nations include the US and Canada. Ecuador now requires everyone (including expats with permanent residency) to fill out a declaration of assets over $224,240 (single) or $448,480 (couple)

Here’s the catch: the declaration includes any assets you hold anywhere in the world. For example, any retirement investments, rental homes (and with the increase in real estate prices, even a modest home may be worth over $200k), etc.
You were required to fill out this declaration by last June, 2012!

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Wes the Mentalist, free meal at KOLO for Cuenca Soup Kitchen

Dinner is free for Wes the Mentalist Show at KOLO on November 19.

Frank and Wes the Mentalist want to treat you to dinner. The drinks are on you. The envelopes for donations to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen will be on your table for your generous donations.

Sleight of Mind, not Sleight of Hand. Skeptics Welcome. Enjoy an hour or so of mystery and fun.

Reserve seating at 5 PM. Pre-show 5:15 to 5:45. Show starts at 6 PM.

Reservations: frankic85@hotmail.com 099 297 5788

November 19, 5 PM, free, Kolo Restaurant on Luis Cordero, Cuenca.

New band at Common Grounds: ” 40´tones Band”

This Saturday, October 23rd, 8 PM. Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill Presents:
” 40’tones Band’ in concert.

This is an incredible band, made up music professionals in Cuenca with a long history in the country. They play: Classic rock songs, acoustic Latin rock, Spanish and English, lots of dancing songs and more.

Don’t miss it this Saturday, Oct. 23rd 8 PM.
Cover $5.
More info. and reservations: 098 107 9406 Cristian.

October, 23rd from 8 to 10:30 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Wes the Mentalist new show at Tutto Matto Pizzeria

Wes returns to Tutto Matto Pizzeria after successful round of gigs in Cuenca and Vilcabamba, having raised almost $2000 for charity.

What’s the catch?
This event is not a charity event. Wes will perform his “all new show” with a moneyback guarantee. Chef/owner Daniel Olmes will serve up his award-winning dishes.

We know you’ll love the food, but mentalism may not be your cup of tea, or slice of pizza, or copa de vino.

Watch the show, and if you feel that you did not get $7 worth of entertainment, then ask for a refund after the show (food and drinks are not part of guarantee). On the other hand, if you feel that it was worth more than $7 then leave a tip as you exit.

Pre-show, one-on-one mysteries begin at 6 PM. Show starts at 6:30. Reservations recommended.

November 11. Seating at 5:30 PM. Pre-show 5:45 PM. Performance 6:30 PM. 8-51 Solano at Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca.

Reservations recommended: tuttomattopizza@gmail.com

October 11……5:30 seating, $7, Solano at Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca.

Wes Elliott

Ecuadorian´s Kitchen Club by Killa Spanish School

Learn and taste our ingredients, recipes and customs. We will prepare and enjoy our delicious “Colada Morada”.

This workshop is in Spanish, includes printed recipe, “Colada Morada” and “Guagua de Pan”, tasting along with the cooking class. There will be a translator if it would be necessary.

For more information contact:

killaspanishschool@outlook.es
Fabiola Albán 099 564 9563 soledad.claudia@gmail.com
Soledad Maldonado. 098 773 0401 fabialban@hotmail.com

On Saturday, October 23rd at 4 PM In Hostal Kolibri B&B., 10, Av.27 de Febrero 6-42 between Julio T.Torres and Arturo Valencia in front Rio Yanuncay, Cuenca.

Fabiola Alban

Bazaar at Common Grounds

Hello everyone,

Common Grounds is back with our October Bazaar.

Are you a local vendor/artisan who has nice items you are looking to sell? Do you want to get your items in front of more customers here in Cuenca? If so, why not sign up to participate in our monthly Bazaar? We are conveniently located in a well-known establishment, Common Grounds. There is still time to sign up. We will provide you with a table and chairs (feel free to decorate the table however you wish). This is a great venue to show off what you have to offer and make some potentially new clients and friends along the way. If interested in signing up, please contact me at 099 285 3397

For customers: Would you like to participate in meeting and supporting some of the local vendors and artisans here in Cuenca? Are you looking for that unique or one of a kind item that catches your eye? Then come on by Saturday, 23 October, between 10 AM – 3 PM at the well-known establishment, Common Grounds, and have a look. The cost is free to enter and browse. Make some new friends, meet some old ones, all while helping support the local community along the way. It’s always a fun time – bring friends.

Join us

Saturday, October 23rd, 10 AM to 3 PM, free, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Goty: commongroundsbazaar@outlook.com

Jim Gala Jazz Trio at the Jazz Society Café —Friday, Oct. 22nd

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.comm

Reviews:

“The Village Vanguard of Cuenca! I’ve spent $40 in New York just to listen to this quality of jazz. Cuenca is so lucky to have NYC Jazz. Great food and music.”
— Danielle Robertshaw

“If you haven’t been to Cuenca’s Jazz Society Café yet, do yourself a favor and check them out! I can’t believe how lucky I am to live in a city with such high-caliber jazz. I’ve been to jazz clubs and festivals around the world and the music here blew me away. The acoustics are fantastic and Jim Gala is undoubtedly an incredibly talented musician. The music, the food and drinks – just phenomenal!”
—Nigel Buchanan July 2021

Address: Los Cedros y Los Claveles Cuenca Ecuador
(one block north of Ordonez Lasso)
Phone: 093 934 2714

Meditation Retreat – super discount

Sky Mind, Ocean Heart Retreat has only two spots left with a super discount!

5 days and 4 nights in a beautiful riverside location to reconnect to your inner essence and wellbeing. Vilcabamba, also known as the valley of longevity is only 4 hours away from Cuenca.

Every detail of this retreat has been designed to help you dive inwards and establish the groundwork needed to develop a sustainable meditation practice that carries the potential to bring you to a state of contentment that is independent of any outside sources.

We’ll explore some of the following topics in our lectures and activities:

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Northern Roots

We simply love offering the best musical experiences in Cuenca. We are extremely excited to have Northern Roots play twice in our beautiful colonial house. Our first date on October 28th is just a table away to selling out and for Friday, October 29th we are already booking fast.

Call me (Andrés) and make your reservations now at 099 806 8071.

We thank all of our patrons for making us the best rated restaurant in TripAdvisor, just one more excuse to join us.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta

October 29th, from 6 to 11 PM, $10, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

the Symphony Orchestra of Cuenca presents famous waltzes this week

Cuenca, October 20, 2021.- The Symphony Orchestra of Cuenca (CSO) under the baton of Master Augusto Carrión Rhodes, senior director, presents the face-to-face concert of the Second Season 2021 “Famous Valses”, this Friday, October 22 at 8 PM, at the Casa de Cultura (Luis Cordero between Sucre and President Córdova).

A selection of the most famous valses will be interpreted such as the Blue Danube op. 314, The Emperor Waltz op. 437, Voices of Spring, OP. 410, Waltz of the Flowers from Ballet Nutcracker, Over the Waves, and waltzes of great composers such as Johann Strauss the younger, Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Juventino Rosas and Dmitri Shostakóvich.

The entrance is free in capacity allowed by the COE Cantonal (75%) and complying with all biosecurity measures.

The waltz is beyond beautiful music to dance. Johann Strauss the younger (1825-1899) Austrian composer, son of Johann Strauss and brother of Josef and Eduard, all composers too, although they did not reach Johann’s fame who was known in Vienna as the “Waltz King”, owing to his many waltz compositions, the popularity of which he enjoyed in Vienna throughout the 19th century. In spite of the fact that the father did not want his son to dedicate himself to music, he secretly studied violin. When his father abandoned the family, when Johann was 17-years old, he could then devote himself fully to his career as a composer. At age 19, he performed his first appearance in public by directing his own orchestra. At the death of his father he joined the group to the orchestra that his father had made famous. In its multiple tours of Europe and in 1876 to the United States he interpreted his own compositions. Among the most famous are “The Blue Danube” (1867) “Tales of the Vienna Woods” (1868) “Rosas del Sur” (1878) and “Voices of Spring” (1881). Between 1871 and 1897 he composed 16 operetas for the theaters of Vienna, including Die Fledermaus (the Bat, 1874) and Der Zigeunerbaron (the Gypsy Baron, 1885). On October 15, 1844 he entered the history of music. That was the day in which he appeared for the first time, without the consent of his father, at the Dommayer casino of Hietzing with orchestra and his own compositions. The audience in the theatre, which was full to bursting, was wildly enthusiastic with Johann Strauss the younger, and demanded more of his music until he had performed 19 encores. The debut of the young Strauss was an overwhelming success and the press wrote:

Good evening, world! Good night Strauss the father! Good morning, Strauss the son!”

The whole world was in ecstasy with the waltz. The new dance and the fascinating melodies of the waltz conquered the whole world. Thanks to the numerous trips and appearance, Johann Strauss and his brothers popularized the Waltz around the world, and a true Waltz whirlwind seized people beyond the borders of Europe.

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra makes available to the public its digital concert hall on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/SinfonicaCuenca where they can find most of the concerts presented so far since 2020.

Saturday Salon with local weaver, Monica Malo, at idiomART

“Those who know how to weave, know the art of life”

In this Saturday Salon you will have the chance to meet and talk with Mónica Malo, local Cuenca weaver and textile artist, who will discuss Andean textile techniques, the different looms, the process of making yarn, the different world views on designs, shapes, symbols, and uses of Andean textiles that she still uses in her weaving from pre-Columbian times until now. There will also be a Q&A session and Monica will also have some of her one-of-a-kind textiles for sale.

Monica Malo is a renowned Ecuadorian textile artist. She was a CIDAP award winner in 2019 and has been weaving and creating a variety of textiles for more than 30 years. A big part of her work deals with women’s communities all over Ecuador to help uncover and recuperate ancient memories through weaving workshops. Weaving has always been an empowering experience for women. She has collaborated in many textile shows and has broadly exhibited all sorts of unique creations mixing contemporary and aboriginal techniques and styles.

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Midnight in Paris, a Woody Allen film, on the big screen

La Guarida presents on the big-screen:

Midnight in Paris
a Woody Allen film
in English with Spanish subtitles

Wednesday, October 20th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:45 PM
Reservations with dinner required
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: A slightly bohemian American writer (Owen Wilson) arrives with his fiancée, (Rachel McAdams) and her parents to Paris. As he wanders the streets dreaming of the 1920s, he falls under one spell, and then the magic happens: at midnight somewhere in the Latin neighborhood, our hero travels into another universe where he will meet people who never expected such as F. Scott Fitzgerald or the great Spanish director, Luis Buñuel.

Don’t miss this awesome film accompanied by a great and nutritious meal. We simply love what we do.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. You may take the Tranvia and get off La Cuadra Station.

October 20th, from 5:45 to 10 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Saturday Language Exchange – new location

Dear Community,

We kindly invite you to join our language exchange group Spanish-English/English-Spanish. The sessions are aimed at people willing to improve their conversational skills putting them into practice in a realistic environment and with native speakers.

The sessions are guided by a bilingual facilitator (a teacher with extensive experience in the field) who proposes the activities and conversation topics.

It involves several people whose native language is English and several people whose native language is Spanish. We get together so that the former can practice Spanish and the later can practice English.

Apart from the language learning, the sessions bring an excellent opportunity to meet and interrelate with local people while engaging into the city cultural activities.

Therefore, this language exchange complements formal language learning. It mainly serves for putting oral language skills into practice. Additionally, it constitutes a good opportunity to experience and gain an insight into aspects of Ecuadorian culture and Cuenca local life.

October 23rd, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Voluntary contribution from $2, Otorongo Lounge, Plaza del Otorongo y Avenida 3 de Noviembre, Cuenca.

Carmen: languageexchangecuenca@gmail.com

La Guarida offers you fantastic concerts and meals

Cuba will be present through a wonderful musical event in La Guarida. The high energy band “4 de Cuba” joins us again in an exclusive dinner-concert. This talented group will take us on a ride through Cuban music, their history and culture. The trumpet, the drums, the guitar, the cuatro all join together to create that very particular energetic and rhythmic sound that comes from the Caribbean. They fill up our space and it is impossible not to tap your shoes or move your whole body to the beat. Come enjoy yourself at La Guarida.

Thursday, October 21st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission: $10
Reservations with dinner required
Limited capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. The Tranvia takes you right to our door. Just get off at La Cuadra station.

And remember that 100% of the price of admission goes directly to the artists. Not only do you enjoy yourself but you also help give back to the local artists.

October 21st, from 6 to 10 PM, $10, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Horse Trekking Ecuador helping restart tourism

Come on an adventure never forgotten this Sunday on our Boqueron ride. Horse Trekking Ecuador invites you to travel above the city of Cuenca on horseback to some of most outstanding views of all the surrounding area. With only a 15 min ride from the city by transport, you will meet your mount. Our lovely facilities have waiting rooms if weather is bad, bathrooms (always a necessity) and a safe place to leave your personal belongings.

We offer many opportunities for walk, trot, and gallop so you can experience horse trekking through the valleys and mountains with the wind in your face and the feelings of abandonment.

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Northern Roots is playing an extra night at La Guarida

Due to popular demand, Cuenca band Northern Roots has been asked by the management of La Guarida to do a second show on Friday, the 29th of October. If you enjoy a nice mix of Folk, pop, rock, general Americana, and tight multi-part harmonies, come on out and enjoy some great food and music this coming Friday.

Reservations for dinner are required. Doors open at 6 PM. See you there.

Friday, October 29th, 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6 PM, $10, Mariscal Sucre y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Jeff Schinsky: 099 806 8071

Auditions next week for ACT Christmas show

That’s right! The Azuay Community Theater will be back on stage in December with a live presentation of A Christmas Carol, but with a twist: it will be presented as a 1940s one-hour radio show performed before a live audience! So, we need actors and sound effects people. Everyone will work from scripts (just like the old-time radio shows), and most actors will play more than one part. Performances will be December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.

This will be a lot of fun to produce, and if you are interested, come to auditions either 2 – 4 PM, Wednesday, October 27 or 10 – 12 AM, Thursday, October 28.

Azuay Community Theater is on Av. Ordonez Lasso, in the building just west of Hotel Oro Verde, and directly across from Edificio Palermo.

Ray Lewis: Azuaycommunitytheater@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

OBG Spooktacular at Common Grounds

Hi,
After the great success of our latest dance we would like to have a Halloween Dance Spooktacular on Wednesday the 27th of October. We will be offering face painting at a nominal charge.

As always we will have prizes for the best male and female spooks. We have been told that everyone has a scary good time and if you live in your creature it is a plus to winning.

Please let us know as soon as possible because these scary dances sell out.
gfedyna@yahoo.com

October 27th, 7-10 PM, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia, Cuenca.

George

Bazaar at Common Grounds

Hello everyone,

Common Grounds is back with our October Bazaar.

Are you a local vendor/artisan who has nice items you are looking to sell? Do you want to get your items in front of more customers here in Cuenca? If so, why not sign up to participate in our monthly Bazaar? We are conveniently located in a well-known establishment, Common Grounds. There is still time to sign up. We will provide you with a table and chairs (feel free to decorate the table however you wish). This is a great venue to show off what you have to offer and make some potentially new clients and friends along the way! If interested in signing up, please contact me at 099 285 3397

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Art Therapy Night at Rumisol: Mask-making

Buenos dias GringoPost,

Inviting you to the next Art Therapy Night at Rumisol Yoga

–Exploring Our Shadow Through Mask Making–

Friday, October 22nd at 6 PM.
$10

We will be gathering to explore and celebrate the shadow, the night, and the unconscious with the elaboration of masks.

There will be kombucha, art supplies, and celebration.

Welcome!

To reserve your spot: rumisolyoga@gmail.com

October 22nd, 6 – 8 PM, $10, Rumisol Yoga – Remigio Tamariz and Augustin Cueva, Cuenca.

Emma

Best live music event of the year this Saturday!

Got your costume ready? If not, get your face painted at the door for a small fee. Don’t miss the party of the year! Dance to Banana Rock and Gatos Negros in the new and spacious Ha Ha Lounge. See poster for details. Party starts early at 5 PM.

Saturday, Oct 23rd, 5-10 PM, $10, Ha Ha Lounge by 184, Remigio Tamariz 3-17 y Augustin Cueva, Cuenca.

Jan Wallace: LuzVitale@gmail.com

Movies at La Guarida

Don’t miss our film selections this week:

Tuesday, October 19th at 1:30 PM: Shadow Trade (Price of Loyalty).

Come have a conversation with investigative journalist John Keeble, the star of this documentary. Thailand, one of the most beautiful and peaceful nations in the world, houses a deadly secret. A savage and harrowing trade reaches across the entire country yet is somehow hidden from most of its people. Dogs are disappearing by the thousand, pet and street dogs all vanishing into the shadows, but where are they going?

Wednesday, October 20th at 6:45 PM: Midnight in Paris. A Woody Allen film.
Gil arrives with his fiancee and her family in Paris for a vacation, even as he tries to finish his debut novel. He is beguiled by the city, which takes him to a time past, away from his fiancee.

Don’t forget to make your reservations by calling 099 806 8071. We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

October 19th, from 1:30 to 4 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Cuban Music

Cuba will be present through a wonderful musical event in La Guarida. The high energy band “4 de Cuba” joins us again in an exclusive dinner-concert. This talented group will take us on a ride through Cuban music, their history and culture. The trumpet, the drums, the guitar, the cuatro all join together to create that very particular energetic and rhythmic sound that come from the Caribbean. They fill up our space and it is impossible not to tap your shoes or move your whole body to the beat. Come enjoy yourself at La Guarida.

Thursday, October 21st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission: $10
Reservations with dinner required
Limited capacity
Tel. 099 806 8071

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. The Tranvia takes you ride to our door. Just get off La Cuadra station.

And remember that 100% of the price admission goes directly to the artists. Not only you enjoy yourself but you also help give back to the local artists.

October 21st, from 6 to 10 PM, $10, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com

Son Autana live at the Jazz Society Cafe

Son Autana Noche de Bossa Nova Flamenco Bolero y más…
Jazz singer Mariangel Blanco and Hector Hernandez; an evening of Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Bolero and more.

Dinner starts 6 PM and music starts 7 PM.
No cover fee
Come hungry!

Wednesday, 20th of October 6 to 10 PM, free, Corner of Los Cedros and Los Claveles *one block north of Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com 096 322 3377

Qi Gong and Yoga Classes near San Sebastian Plaza (English)

Pampamisayoc Qi Gong is offering the empowering practices of Qi Gong and Yoga… Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday thru Friday. Visit our FaceBook Page, Pampamisayoc Qi Gong for a full weekly class schedule.

https://www.facebook.com/pampaqigong

On Monday and Wednesday, October 18 and 20th, we are holding a 45 minute Complementary Informational Get Together at our facility. This will give you a chance to find out a little more about Qi Gong and to meet us. Classes are in English. We look forward to seeing you soon.

17 – 51 Mariscal Lamar y Octavio Cordero

All the best
Pampamisayoc Qi Gong

Starting October 18, at 9 AM, free, 17 – 51 Mariscal Lamar y Octavio Cordero, Cuenca.

Perry Curtis

Bazaar at Common Grounds

Hello everyone,

Common Grounds is back with our October Bazaar.

If you´re an artisan you can still sign up if you would like a table with us, if you´re a customer get ready to do some shopping and support local markets.

Join us

Saturday, October 23rd, 1 0 AM to 3 PM, free, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Goty

Orchid lovers, Ecuagenera open house and lunch at Corvel

Ecuagenera Open House

We will be going to the great Ecuagenera Open House
Monday, Oct 25 and Tuesday Oct 26

So let me know which day you prefer to join us.

We will start the day at 9 AM at La Yunta Restaurante with a light breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, baked gratin tomatoes and homemade bread, juice and coffee or tea.

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In-person session. Ana Luisa Spanish Classes. November 8th

Age is not a barrier to learning Spanish. Even better, age brings advantages that can make the language process even faster and more rewarding. Learn Spanish through the Story Learning Method which works no matter your age. Are you ready to take your first step on your Spanish-learning journey?

From November 8th – December 17th. Face-to-face classes.

The focus will be on speaking or communicative competence and is known as the oral approach method.

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Don’t be the last to know

The law you have never heard of may cost you up to $1500 in fines.

“I didn’t know anything about the law. I am in violation. What do I do now?

Ecuador has joined 140 other countries in the fight against money laundering (concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money). The 140 nations include the US and Canada. Ecuador now requires everyone (including expats with permanent residency) to fill out a declaration of assets over $224,240 (single) or $448,480 (couple)
Here’s the catch: the declaration includes any assets you hold anywhere in the world. For example, any retirement investments, rental homes (and with the increase in real estate prices, even a modest home may be worth over $200k), etc.
You were required to fill out this declaration by last June, 2012!

Save the Date: Wednesday, October 27th. Please note this seminar date is new as the first date filled up in a few hours.

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Mentalist predicts Flynn’s on the Fly at Tutto Matto Show

Wes and the Flynn’s will reacquaint on November 11 at July debut site, Tutto Matto Pizzería. Others returning for another wonderful evening.

“Compelling show” says RandR.

Local couple intends to celebrate their 27th anniversary at 11/11 show.
All new effects!

Sleight of Mind, not Sleight of Hand. Skeptics Welcome. Enjoy an hour or so of mystery and fun.

Satisfaction guaranteed by Wes or money back.

November 11… 5 PM seating…pre-show. 5:15 PM. Show starts at 6 PM, $7, Solano south of Ital Deli and Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca.

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com

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: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective

No password or meeting ID required.

See you there,

October 18th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835

Bazaar at Common Grounds

Hello everyone,

Common Grounds is back with our October Bazaar.

If you´re an artisan you can still sign up if you would like a table with us. If you´re a customer, get ready to do some shopping and support local markets.

Join us.

For more information contact,

099 285 3397

Saturday, October 23rd, 10 AM to 3 PM, free, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Goty

This week at La Guarida

Join us for our breakfast-brunch service from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 1 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, October 19th, at 1:30 PM: Shadow War (The Price of Loyalty)
Join us for this special screening. John Keeble will be with us to talk about his experience in making this powerful and necessary documentary. Only a few seats left. La Guarida will prepare an all-vegan menu for this event.

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Annual Halloween Party at Common Grounds

Join us for our annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30th. 7:30 PM.
One of the most creative and fun events of the year is sure to impress with another night of amazing costumes and fun.

Live Music: “Gatos Negros Band”

Get together with your friends and come enjoy a great night of good dance music, delicious food, the best drinks, good service and nice people.

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Live music at Common Grounds: “Sessions Band”

This Saturday, October 16th, 7:30 PM
Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill, presents:

“Sessions Band” in concert!

They will be playing dancing rock, disco and funk. Come with your friends, family and spend great moments listening and dancing with this awesome band, also enjoy our delicious food, best drinks and good service. Don’t miss it.

Hope to see you here.

For your safety and that of our employees, we follow all biosecurity protocols
Cover $5. More info and reservations: 098 107 9406, Cristian

October, 16th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian

Making room

At Trinity Vineyard Church we are making room to accommodate more people for our Sunday gatherings. We are getting close to opening a new auditorium that will triple our capacity.

In the meantime, you are invited to join us on Sunday morning at 10 until 11:30. We have room for you and your family. All are welcome. Come 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.

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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, October 17, from 2:00 PM to 4:00PM (weather permitting).

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Nourish yourself – meditate with Shambhala from home

In meditation you develop this nourishing capacity of loyalty, solidity, and perseverance toward 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.

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English-language Church

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

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

In-person worship has resumed at 4 PM each Sunday, with COVID-19 protocol being fol-lowed. Masks are required. Address: Bartolomé de las Casas y 5-34 Tirso de Molina

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

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

Vision Statement
St. Christopher Episcopal Mission

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Magic, magic, magic!

We are proud to have Juan Estrella in La Guarida. Juan is arguably the best Cuencano magician. Come and enjoy a wonderful show in perfect English and Spanish. A show you don’t want to miss. La Guarida is an intimate venue and there will be no better place to see Juan’s tricks up close.

Don’t stay home.

Saturday, October 16th at 7 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Reservations required
Tel. 099 808 8071

La Guarida will offer a variety of small plates and 20% on all wine bottles. A magical night indeed.

October 16th, from 6 to 10 PM, $10, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com

Christmas Tree Decorations for North Pole Pop-Up at idiomART

Hi all you crafty people out there. We’re gearing up for our North Pole Pop-Up at idiomART and we’re looking for handmade Christmas tree decorations.

The North Pole Pop-Up is a holiday feria at idiomART that showcases a number of quality artisans in the area. This year, the event will be the entire last week of November (21st – 28th). But…we have a Christmas tree but no ornaments!

We would like to decorate the tree with handmade decorations that will be for sale during the feria.

If anyone is interested, please contact Sarah HB at: idiomartcuenca@gmail.com for more information.

We’d love to get started right away. No cost.

IdiomART is located at: Presidente Cordova, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega (diagonal from Coral Centro downtown), Cuenca.

Sarah HB

Live music at Republica Sur: “Mandango Stereo”

This Friday, October 15, 7 PM.
Republica Sur invites you to enjoy a great Band, directly from Vilcabamba Loja, “MANdango Stereo” in concert.

Come with your friends, family, enjoy a magical night of classics dancing rock English and Spanish, unreleased songs and more. good drinks, best food, great service.
Cover $5.

October, 15th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Don’t be the last one to know

The law you have never heard of may cost you up to $1500 in fines!

“I didn’t know anything about the law. I am in violation. What do I do now?”

Ecuador has joined 140 other countries in the fight against money laundering (concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money). The 140 nations include the US and Canada. Ecuador now requires everyone (including expats with permanent residency) to fill out a declaration of assets over $224,240 (single) or $448,480 (couple)

Here’s the catch: the declaration includes any assets you hold anywhere in the world. For example, any retirement investments, rental homes (and with the increase in real estate prices, even a modest home may be worth over $200k), etc.

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Art Therapy Night at Rumisol

Hello Gringo Post,

Inviting you to the next Art Therapy Night at Rumisol Yoga

–Exploring Our Shadow Through Mask Making–

Friday, October 22nd at 6 PM.

$10

We will be gathering to explore and celebrate the shadow, the night, and the unconscious with the elaboration of masks.

There will be kombucha, art supplies, and celebration.

Bienvenidos!

October 22nd, 6 – 8 PM, $10, Rumisol Yoga – Remigio Tamariz and Augustin Cueva, Cuenca.

Emma: rumisolyoga@gmail.com

Jungle Party/Dance Fest with Banana Rock and Gatos Negros

OK, get your jungle gear out. It’s a costume party and we’re gonna dance for 5 hours to two great bands on Oct 23rd:

Banana Rock and Gatos Negros at the large new Ha Ha Lounge!
We hope you can join us.

Worried about a costume? For a small fee, there will be a face painter at the door. Don’t let that stop you from attending the best party of the year.

Saturday, Oct 23rd, 5-10 PM, $10, Ha Ha Lounge by 184, Remigio Tamariz 3-17 y Augustin Cueva, Cuenca.

Jan Wallace: LuzVitale@gmail.com

Magic Show in La Guarida

We are proud to have Juan Estrella in La Guarida. Juan is arguably the best Cuencano magician. Come and enjoy a wonderful show in perfect English and Spanish. A show you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, October 15th at 7 PM
Reservations required
Tel. 099 808 8071

La Guarida will offer a variety of small plates and 20% on all wine bottles. A magical night indeed.

October 15th, from 6 to 10 PM, $10, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

LaGuarida and Café Libre join forces; few reservations left

La Guarida is honored to collaborate with Café Libre (chefs Paul Flores and Chio Valencia). This will be our first ever tasting menu. Don’t miss this Friday beginning at 6 PM. Our six-course menu will be 100% plant-based for the price of $30.

We will be honoring Andean food and ingredients highlighting different techniques and ways of preparing local goodies. Don’t miss this exciting collaboration. Four chefs in one open kitchen preparing incredible meals with the best ingredients around, lots of love and nutrition.

A one-of-a-kind experience and you don’t need to be a vegan. We encourage everyone to taste our incredible six plant-based courses.

Make your reservations by calling 099 806 8071.

October 15th, from 6 to 10 PM, $30, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Live music at Common Grounds, “Session Band”

This Saturday, October 16th, 7:30 PM
Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill, presents:

“Sessions Band” in concert!

They will be playing dancing rock, disco and funk. Come with your friends, family and spend great moments listening and dancing with this awesome band, also enjoy our delicious food, best drinks and good service. Don’t miss it.

Hope to see you here.

Cover $5.

October, 16th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

News about Nunkui project.

Dear friends, we send you our best regards and our best wishes. It is a source of joy for us to have met wonderful people in Cuenca, people who have believed in us and have been part of this proposal to preserve the culture and natural wealth of the Amazon. We are convinced that respect for life and re-connection with nature is essential for life.

As a Nunkui project we are working with Amazonian indigenous communities, we have expanded and now we are visiting communities of the Cofán Nationality in the province of Sucumbíos, north of the Amazon, and we have also reached other areas of the country, and we are developing projects in the Ecuadorian coast, in communities within the Machalilla National Park (Puerto López). The projects are proposals for local development, based on conservation and respectful community education free of violence in schools. The challenges are great, poverty, the vulnerability of the communities, the lack of state support, the pressure on natural resources, are factors that impede the development of the communities; however, the indigenous peoples are sure that it is possible to do so and they have made the decision to protect their territory.

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Powerful drawing workshop at idiomART

In this one-day workshop you will learn how to create symbols that connect you with your emotions and help you create realities that harmonize your being. You will also learn the basic fundamentals of composition, drawing etc.

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Yoga and Emotional Detox Retreat in Vilcabamba

Save the date. October 21st to 26th
Immerse yourself in this inner soul work

Our aim during this Retreat is to create a space to connect and explore ourselves through quiet and mindful yoga, meditation and pranayama practices, so that we can identify emotions, feelings, burdens that we are ready to let go as well as to renew and restore our own energy.

We also have special workshops to recognize and manage emotions, to liberate and transform them so that we can finish this year renewed. Letting go of emotions, thoughts, worries, that are not helping us and that we don’t need so that we can feel lighter, creating space for new things to come, using fresh energy to start projects or to finish old projects. Allowing prana -the vital life force- to flow, life can flow as well. Izhcayluma is the perfect place for this retreat as it is high vibe space, surrounded by nature, it has the most amazing yoga shala. It is indeed a little paradise.

The retreat includes:

– 3 nights’ accommodation at Izhcayluma Eco Resort
– all meals
– yoga and pranayama
– yin and restorative yoga classes
– theory and practice of our five bodies
– emotional freedom techniques
– reprogramming techniques
– activities in nature

Holding you kindly during the experience: Alexandra Molina, Vanesa Paladino and Maria Alliaud

For more information please email us yogavilcabamba@gmail.com

October 21st to 26th, Starting at $214, Hosteria Izhcayluma, Vilcabamba.

Maria

Wes the Mentalist…money back satisfaction guarantee

Wes returns to Tutto Matto Pizzeria after successful round of gigs in Cuenca and Vilcabamba, having raised almost $2000 for charity.

What’s the catch?
This event is not a charity event. Wes will perform his “all new show” with a moneyback guarantee. Chef/owner Daniel Olmes will serve up his award-winning dishes.
We know you’ll love the food, but mentalism may not be your cup of tea, or slice of pizza, or copa de vino.

Watch the show, and if you feel that you did not get $7 worth of entertainment, then ask for a refund after the show. On the other hand, if you feel that it was worth more than $7 then leave a tip as you exit.

Pre-show, one-on-one mysteries begin at 6 PM. Show starts at 6:30. Reservations recommended.

November 11. Seating at 5:45 PM. Pre-show 6 PM. Performance 6:30 PM, 7 PM, Solano at Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca.

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com

Bazaar at Common Grounds

Hello everyone,

Common Grounds is back with our October Bazaar.

If you´re an artisan you can still sign up if you would like a table with us, if you´re a customer get ready to do some shopping and support local markets.

Join us,

Saturday, October 23rd, 10 AM to 3 PM, free,
Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Goty

Charangos and a free glass of wine

La Guarida presents

Charango Night
with
Ensamble al Sur

To celebrate this very unique musical experience, “Fine Wine” our wonderful provider will be greeting each reservation with a free glass of wine. Alta Vista Wine is an incredible winery from Argentina and the Andes. We can’t be more excited for this very intimate experience. Ensamble Al Sur is just an awesome Ecuadorian band that happily celebrate the sounds of the Andes. Don’t miss out.

Thursday, October 14th, 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Reservations with dinner required
Admission. $10 *free glass of wine included
(100% of your admission fee goes directly to the artists.)
Tel. 099 806 8071

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

October 14th, from 6 to 10 PM, $10, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Plant-based magic

La Guarida is honored to collaborate with Café Libre (chefs Paul Flores and Chio Valencia). This will be our first Tasting Menu. Don’t miss this Friday beginning at 6 PM. Our six-course menu will be 100% plant-based for the price of $30.

We will be honoring Andean food and ingredients highlighting different techniques and ways of preparing local ingredients. Don’t miss this exciting collaboration. Four chefs in one kitchen preparing incredible meals with the best ingredients around and lots of love.

Make your reservations by calling 099 806 8071.

October 15th, from 6 to 10 PM, $30, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Famous cellist, Francisco Vila is the guest at Cuenca Symphony Concert

Cuenca, October 12, 2021.- The Symphony Orchestra of Cuenca, under the baton of Master Augusto Carrión Rodas, presents a new face-to-face concert in his second season 2021, this Friday, October 15 at 8 PM, in the church of Santo Domingo (Father Aguirre and Gran Colombia, Corner).

The event will have the participation of the famous Ecuadorian cellist resident in the United States, Francisco Vila and the repertoire consists of the following works:

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Live music at Common Grounds, “Sessions Band”

This Saturday, October 16th, 7:30 PM
Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill, presents:

“Sessions Band” in concert!

They will be playing dancing rock, disco and funk. Come with your friends, family and spend great moments listening and dancing with this awesome band, also enjoy our delicious food, best drinks and good service. Don’t miss it.

Hope to see you here.

Cover $5. More info and reservations: 098 107 9406, Cristian.
Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia.

October, 16th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Have a nice dinner and feel like home at the same time

Have a wonderful dinner in our Club House. We want to offer you a unique experience where people will be a spectator of live cooking and taste each plate and homemade food.

We are pet friendly and the view of the city is very pretty.

The gastronomic event is just for 6 people and only subject to reservation by sending a WhatsApp to 097 966 9643. The contribution is $30 per person that includes: amuse- guele, starter, 2 main courses, drinks and dessert.

October 16th, from 7 to 10 PM, Presidente Córdova y Coronel Talbot

Karla Rachadell: 097 966 9643
Follow us: @Clandestino14_60 Facebook and Instagram

October 16th, from 7 to 10 PM, $30, Presidente Córdova y Coronel Talbot, Cuenca.

Karla Rachadell: karlaracha@gmail.com

‘Good France’ at Le Petit Jardin

This weekend, we will be offering something a little bit different at Le Petit Jardin.

Every year, French embassies around the world recruit restaurants to participate in Good France – a celebration of the best in French cooking.

This year, the featured region is Centre-Val de Loire. Often called “The Garden of France”, it is renowned for its abundant food riches – asparagus, black truffles, artichokes, saffron, all sorts of fruit, and five distinct goat cheeses crowd the baskets at local farmer’s markets.

So, for the last couple of weeks, I have been cracking my old cookbooks to find some new recipes that represent this region.

Join us this weekend and enjoy some of the typical cuisine of the central Loire.

Please email or call for a reservation.

October 16 and 17, noon – 8 PM, $12-$16 (main course), Calle de los Brevas, San Miguel de Putushi, Cuenca.

Giovanni Cambizaca: lepetitjardinecuador@outlook.com 096 819 1518

Saturday Morning Language Exchange

Dear community,

We kindly invite you to join our language exchange group Spanish-English/English-Spanish. After a year and a half of forced break, we come back with refreshed energy and new conversational activities. The sessions are aimed at people willing to improve their conversational skills putting them into practice in a realistic environment and with native speakers.

The sessions are guided by a bilingual facilitator (a teacher with extensive experience in the field) who proposes the activities and conversation topics.

It involves several people whose native language is English and several people whose native language is Spanish. We get together so that the former can practice Spanish and the later can practice English.

Apart from the language learning, the sessions bring an excellent opportunity to meet and interrelate with local people while engaging into the city cultural activities.

Therefore, this language exchange complements formal language learning. It mainly serves for putting oral language skills into practice. Additionally, it constitutes a good opportunity to experience and gain an insight into aspects of Ecuadorian culture and Cuenca local life.

October 16th, from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, Voluntary contribution from $2, La Terraza del Terrible, Honorato Vásquez 5-88 y Hermano Miguel, Cuenca.

Carmen: languageexchangecuenca@gmail.com

The Jim Gala Trio at the Jazz Society Café – Friday, Oct. 15th

Full food and beverage menu; come hungry! 6 — 10 PM

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.comm

Reviews:

“The Village Vanguard of Cuenca! I’ve spent $30 to $40 in New York just to listen to this quality of jazz. Cuenca is so lucky to have NYC Jazz. Great food and music.”
— Danielle Robertshaw

“If you haven’t been to Cuenca’s Jazz Society Café yet, do yourself a favor and check them out! I can’t believe how lucky I am to live in a city with such high-caliber jazz. I’ve been to jazz clubs and festivals around the world and the music here blew me away. The acoustics are fantastic and Jim Gala is undoubtedly an incredibly talented musician. The music, the food and drinks – just phenomenal!”
—Nigel Buchanan July 2021

Address: Los Cedros y Los Claveles Cuenca Ecuador
(one block north of Ordonez Lasso)

Phone: 093 934 2714

Cruella

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen

Cruella
a film by Craig Gillespie
in English with Spanish subtitles
with incredible performances by Emma Stone and Emma Watson

Wednesday, October 13th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:45 PM
Reservations with dinner required
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: Unlike most mystical or magical Disney villains, Cruella could actually exist in the real world. Cruella as a character has the most fascinating story element out there, and she is easily one of the most real Disney villains we have in history apart from one of the best film adaptations as well. The performers in this film are just simply incredible.

Don’t miss this wonderful masterpiece of a film. Also, come and try our new brunch times – now we serve quiche and sandwiches.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

October 13th, from 6:45 to 10 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Our first tasting menu

La Guarida is honored to collaborate with Café Libre in our first Tasting Menu, this Friday beginning at 6 PM. Our six-course menu will be 100% plant-based for the price of $30.

We will be honoring Andean food and ingredients highlighting different techniques and ways of preparing local ingredients. Don’t miss this exciting collaboration. Four chefs in one kitchen preparing incredible meals with the best ingredients around and lots of love.

Make your reservations by calling 099 806 8071.

October 15th, from 6 to 10 PM, $30, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com

Local Masons meet for breakfast on Thursday

Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69, the only lodge in Ecuador working in English and the North American rite, holds its monthly social breakfast at

Kolo’s Restaurant, Luis Cordero 5-65 entre Juan Jaramillo y Honorato Vazquez,
second floor of the Hotel Vieja Mansion
on Thursday.

We gather at nine. All Masons, those interested in Masonry or those who simply would like to meet men who have lived here a number of years are most welcome.

September 9, nine o’clock to ten thirty or so, free, Luis Cordero 5-65 entre Juan Jaramillo y Honorato Vazquez, Cuenca.

Ron: author@ronaldjwatkins.com

Do you want a wonderful dinner in a Club House?

Have a wonderful dinner in our Club House. We want to offer you a unique experience where people will be a spectator of live cooking and taste each plate and homemade food.

We are pet friendly and the view of the city is very pretty.

The gastronomic event is just for 6 people and only subject to reservation by sending a WhatsApp to 097 966 9643. The contribution is $30 per person. Includes: amuse- guele, starter, 2 main courses, drinks and dessert.

Join us,

October 16th, from 7 to 10 PM, $30, Presidente Córdova y Coronel Talbot, Cuenca.

Karla Rachadell: 097 966 9643

Needed: “Bose L1 compact PA sound system”

Needed for concerts to raise money for the growing number of hungry on the streets:

“Bose L1 compact PA sound system”

Thank You,

Peter and Sally
098 091 6648

Morning Concert at idiomART Sunday, Oct. 17 – Andean music

At idiomART, we have started a once a month concert series in our garden on a Sunday afternoon. This month, we got such a huge response, that we have opened up a morning show as well. We still have some spaces available, so please contact Sarah at idiomartcuenca@gmail.com to reserve your seats.

The band performing this month is called “Ensamble al Sur” and they are made up of southern Ecuadorian musicians Jorge Aguirre (Cuenca), Yarik Quizhpe (Saraguro), Ali Medina y Gaby Carrión (Loja), who play Andean music, highlighting traditional instruments such as the charango and different Andean flutes like sikus, zampoñas and quenas. They are world renowned musicians who have played in international music festivals all over North and South America, Europe and Asia and they are considered cultural ambassadors of Ecuador and Latin America.

This is a must see concert as the majority of the band members don’t make it to Cuenca often, so they don’t have many shows here.

Sunday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 10 AM and music starts at 10:30 AM, $10, idiomART is located at: Presidente Cordova, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega (diagonal from Coral Centro downtown), Cuenca.

Sarah HB

A true story on the big screen

La Guarida is proud to present,

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
a film by Julian Schnabel
in French with English and Spanish subtitles

Tuesday, October 11th at 1:30 PM
Reservations necessary
Brunch menu available
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: A true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with a paralyzed body; the only way he can communicate is with his left eye.

Don’t miss this wonderful masterpiece of a film. Also, come and try our new brunch times – now we serve quiche and sandwiches.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

October 12th, from 1:30 to 4 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Glenn David Gano, Wed. 13th of Oct. at the Jazz Society Cafe

Jazz Society Cafe presents Glenn David Gano.

One voice, one guitar, many stories and great food.

$5 cover that goes directly to the artist.

Seating is limited so make your reservations early.

Wednesday, 6 PM, October 13, 2021, $5 donation for the musicians, Los Cedros y Los Claveles (corner building) one block from Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com 096 322 3377

OBG Spooktacular at Common Grounds

Hi, After the great success of our dance this past Wednesday we would like to have a Halloween Dance Spooktacular on Wednesday the 27th of October.

We will be offering face painting at a nominal charge. As always, we will have prizes for the best male and female spooks.

We have been told that everyone has a scary good time and if you live in your creature it is a plus to winning.

Please let us know as soon as possible because these scary dances sell out.

October 27th, 7-10 PM, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia, Cuenca.

George: gfedyna@yahoo.com

Free & Fun Language Exchange postponed 1 week for the Feriad

The intercambio will be postponed one week because of the feriado in Cuenca.

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

No password or meeting ID required.

See you there,

October 18th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835

This week in La Guarida

Remember that we are working under new schedules. Our new brunch hours are from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Also, our new matinee day will be on Tuesday at 1:30 PM. This week will be an incredibly awesome week in La Guarida. Join us!

Tuesday matinee film screening at 1:30 PM. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Wednesday night film screening at 6:45pm. Cruella.

Thursday night concert at 7:30 PM. Ensamble al Sur. Admission: $10 (includes a glass of wine).

Friday plant-based tasting menu beginning at 6 PM. We are joining forces with Café Libre and this will be our first tasting menu since La Guarida’s inception. Not to be missed. Tasting menu of 6 courses: $30.

Saturday Night Magic Show at 7 PM with magician, Juan Estrella. Admission: $10. Make your reservations now.

We love what we do and we thank you for all the support you give us. We continue to be the best rated restaurant in Cuenca and that’s all because of you.

Come and see what La Guarida has to offer.

October 12th, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071

Meditation Retreat

5 days, 4 nights in Vilcabamba

Sky Mind, Ocean Heart retreat is a compilation of wisdom from various traditions of the east and west offered to those spiritual seekers who wish to deepen their practice and bring greater meaning to their lives.

This is an opportunity to retreat from your worldly concerns and prioritize silence and stillness of your heart-mind.

You’ll be introduced to a practical and friendly approaches to contemplative practices to be applied to your everyday life.

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Saturday Morning Language Exchange is back

Dear community,

We kindly invite you to join our language exchange group Spanish-English/English-Spanish. After a year and a half of forced break, we come back with refreshed energy and a new awesome location in El Centro.

The sessions are aimed at people willing to improve their conversational skills putting them into practice in a realistic environment and with native speakers. They are guided by a bilingual facilitator (a teacher with extensive experience in the field) who proposes the activities and conversation topics.

The exchange involves several people whose native language is English and several people whose native language is Spanish. We get together so that the former can practice Spanish and the later can practice English.

Apart from the language learning, the sessions bring an excellent opportunity to meet and interrelate with local people while engaging into the city cultural activities.

Therefore, this language exchange complements formal language learning. It mainly serves for putting oral language skills into practice. Additionally, it constitutes a good opportunity to experience and gain an insight into aspects of Ecuadorian culture and Cuenca local life.

October 9th, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Voluntary contribution from $2, La Terraza del Terrible, Honorato Vásquez 5-88 y Hermano Miguel, Cuenca.

Carmen: languageexchangecuenca@gmail.com

Luis Ullauri singing at La Yunta every Wednesday

Every Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM

Luis Ullauri at La Yunta

No cover

Wednesday, Oct 13 from 6 to 8 PM, free, Ave 1 de mayo entre Ave Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal, Cuenca.

Thomas Gould: layuntatiendaycocina@gmail.com 098 945 6551

Understand yourself – Meditate with Shambhala from home

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.

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Pardon our dust

At Trinity Vineyard Church we are making room to accommodate more people for our Sunday gatherings. We are a few weeks away from opening a new auditorium that will triple our capacity.

In the meantime, you are invited to join us on Sunday morning at 10 until 11:30. We have room for you and your family. All are welcome. Come 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.

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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, October 10, from 2:00 PM to 4:00PM (weather permitting).

How: We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

Why: Last week our players came out for some good games. Come join us this Sunday!

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

Sunday, October 10, 2021 – From 2 to 4 PM, Free, Parque del Vergel which is just behind the Iglesia Catholica Santa Maria de El Vergel., Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

Common Grounds live music band, Saturday, Oct. 9th.

This Saturday, October, 9th. 7:30 PM, Common Grounds presents: another new Cuencano band, “Funky Tu Madre” band in concert; one of the best bands in Cuenca.
Come with your friends and enjoy a night of great dancing music, awesome food, best cocktails, good service and nice atmosphere.

Cover $5. Info and reservations, call 098 107 9406 messenger, WhatsApp or Telegram.

For your safety and that of our employees, we follow all biosecurity protocols

October, 9th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

College football at Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill,

One of college football’s best rivalries resumes this week when the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 21 Texas Longhorns collide on Saturday in the 2021 Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas; 11 AM. The series, which began in 1900, has been played in Dallas since 1912. Texas is the only Big 12 program with a winning record against Oklahoma and leads the series, 62-49-5. The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 in Big 12) entered the season ranked No. 2 in the country but have dropped after multiple closer-than-expected wins.

October, 9th from 11 AM to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Common Grounds live music; Saturday 9th, 7:30 PM

This Saturday, October, 9th. 7:30 PM, Common Grounds presents: another new Cuencano band, “Funky Tu Madre” band in concert; one of the best bands in Cuenca.
Come with your friends and enjoy a night of great dancing music, awesome food, best cocktails, good service and nice atmosphere.

Cover $5. Info and reservations, call 098 107 9406 messenger, WhatsApp or Telegram.

For your safety and that of our employees, we follow all biosecurity protocols

October, 9th from 7:30 to 10 PM, Eduardo Crespo Malo and Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Cristian: 098 107 9406

Textile workshops at idiomART

This month we have a number of great workshops at idiomART!

We are so happy to announce that fiber artist Rommie Gerber-Reddington is back in Cuenca and will be giving two different textile workshops.

The first is “Felting: A Soft Addiction”. Felting dates back to pre-historic times and is a process that causes natural fibers, like wool, to fray slightly and fuse to the other fibers around it, creating a more solid appearance, which can be used in a variety of creative projects.

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Free Language Exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Selina’s terrace (Calle Larga 7-93) 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:

– If the receptionist asks what you want, tell him/her that you’re a member of #YEES and there’s a language exchange at the terrace that you’re attending.
– Even though Selina’s terrace is an open space and they have all the biosecurity measures, the pandemic isn’t over yet so don’t forget to keep social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is switching languages every 30 minutes. You decide which language goes first.

October 9th, from 2 to 4 PM, Free event, Calle Larga 7-93, Cuenca.

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

Free wine with your dinner reservation.

La Guarida, the number 1 rated restaurant in Cuenca (according to TripAdvisor) will now open for dinner reservations only during Friday and Saturday nights. During this whole month we will give you a free glass of wine with your dinner reservation. Groups of 4 will receive a bottle of wine on the house.

We love what we do. We use organic produce and have the best distributors around such as CuencaSalmon, Nunkui and La Galleria Bakery.

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Deli Food Fair in Pig & Cow, for food lovers

Come this national holiday to enjoy to enjoy flavors from around the world including true veggie options.

Take a trip to France with the sublime profiteroles of Naná,

Listen a lot of Spanish castanets with selected cured and smoked cuts of Pig & Cow.

Energize your mind and body with the exotic mixes of Pránica smoothies.

Let the lovely aroma and flavor of Verissima sauces take you to Italy.

Give your family the international flavor of the most delicious traditional Jams and Cupcakes of Sweet, the healthy pastry.

All of them and more surprises from 10:30 AM in Pig & Cow, Av 12 de Abril between Florencia Astudillo and Jose Peralta with Free parking.

October 9, from 10:30 AM, free, Av 12 de Abril between Florencia Astudillo and Jose Peralta, Cuenca.

Harold Arcos: 096 279 2117
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