Recommendation for Alfredo Heredia, handyman extraordinaire

Alfredo was my landlord’s handyman, a term that really doesn’t describe him. I think he’s much more than “handyman” implies. He did some amazing upgrades here, including installing all new cabinetry, and now he’s my go to guy too. He’s super nice, comes on time and quickly. He knows what the problem is almost as soon as he sees it and fixes it immediately unless he needs to go buy parts. And he speaks great English! I’ve used several people and he’s definitely my favorite. Call or WhatsApp 099 103 2682.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 103 2682

Recommended by Mary M:

Recommendation for Cuenca Medical Resources, website for health care options

In 2020 the website was voted the Best Resource for Medical Information. Will you vote for us again by January 31, 2021?

Since 2014 this website has helped Cuenca expats locate English-speaking physicians, dentists, caregivers, support organizations, taxi drivers, etc. who other expats have recommended. It was created as a service to the community to help expats navigate the health care system in Cuenca. The volunteer steering committee has received many positive comments from the Cuenca community and medical professionals over the years. We thank International Christian Community for being one of the sponsors of this website.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Katy Johnson:

Recommendation for Fabian Vera, Taxi and general helper

I have extensively used Fabian’s services since coming to Cuenca three years ago, first as an English-speaking taxi driver, then for many things: getting a driver’s license, buying a car, servicing the car, shopping for groceries and other needed items, locating merchants in Cuenca, and many other assists. He knows Cuenca inside and out (born and raised here), but also spent a number of years in the States, so knows gringo ways. He is always prompt, reliable, and available. He is even cooking and cleaning for me now, and does both excellently. He’s an attractive, personable young man with a wonderful family. Fabian practices covid hygienic protocol. He is completely trustworthy and honest in his business dealings, always providing great service at reasonable prices. If you don’t speak Spanish, his assistance is of great value. Need help? Try him, you’ll like it.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 558 9391(WhatsApp)

Recommended by Gary Snow:

Recommendation for Clickbox, shipping

Clickbox shipments from the US. In the midst of covid for 10 months now. I finally needed to bring in shipments to Cuenca from the US. Luckily, l chose a professional volume shipper, Clickbox, with a shipment every week. Rapid accountability, excellent records and friendly service.
I have now received 4 shipments through them, and weighting more than 200 pounds.
This is a professional shipper, no suitcases. All airfreight. Many Clickbox shipments arrive on pallets.

Talk to Daniela at Clickbox, you’ll be impressed.

Address: Av. Las Americas 15-98

Contact information: 098 378 9687 / 099 574 8827

Recommended by Eben W Haskell: 098 301 8880

Recommendation for Orlando Siguenza, transportation

It is our pleasure to recommend Orlando Siguenza for his driving services. He drove us from Cuenca t Guayaquil Airport in 3 hours as promised. He speaks perfect English and he also pointed out interesting sights along the way. He took care of loading and unloading all of our luggage.
He followed the health protocol wearing a mask and washing his hands after he interacted with anyone (gas, toll, food, etc…) with hydroalcoolic gel. His driving is very smooth and he’s cautious when he’s passing slower vehicles.

Al in all, it was an enjoyable drive that we would repeat without hesitation.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 585 4587

Recommended by Louis Dionne:

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables for sale

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

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

January 22, 2021, Suscal

Carmen Loja

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 or WhatsApp 098 7368 822.
Explore the magical town of Agave.

January 22, 2021, Salasaca

Carmen Loja:

Cooking class 2021 return to Alliance Française

Cooking class 2021 return to Alliance Française
Temperature checked at entrance and personal registration
Gel and antiseptic spray available and obligatory
Mandatory mask and social distancing

Knife skills. The #1 essential part to cooking’s pleasure (Hands on)
Learn how to safely and professionally peel, dice, cut and chop all the important vegetables and fruit – (If you do not have a knife, one will be provided)
$10 AF members – $15 public
Class executed by yours, humbly, Chef Marc Dullin (Retired in Cuenca)
Afterward, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch together using the fruit of our labor with proper social distancing
To reserve your place, please register and prepay with Lore or Daniela only at the Alliance Française – No walk-in …

Attention: Alliance Française is no longer accepting cash payment (Credit card or bank transfer)

Price includes a generous serving/tasting of the menu + free knife-sharpening (so please bring yours) and always … a glass of chilled Chardonnay
Class fills up quickly and space is very limited
Come and see why the Alliance Française’s cooking classes were voted
Best of Cuenca ~ GringoPost 2019 & 2020
(Spanish, English and French spoken)

January 30th – 9 AM – 1 PM, Tadeo Torres 1-92 Y Av. Solano


Delivery: real sourdough, Southern biscuits, freezer meals, and more

Hi, Sunday Brunch Cuenca family.

Here is our current delivery menu:

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

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

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

Our products are homemade with real butter.

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

Order Instructions:

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

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

Made to Order, Online


Double D’s Menu for the week of January 25

We’re back with a cold soup–this time with a North African flair–that contrasts with a new Italian noodle dish. A favorite dessert as well as a cookie from our fair days tempt your sweet tooth.

Italian Drunken Noodles w/ Sausage: $25 (6-8 servings); $13 (2-3 servings)
Moroccan Carrot Summer Soup: $8/lb (2-3 servings)
Almond Joy Bars: $3 each
Cherry Garcia Cookies: $5/half-dozen

What are Italian Drunken Noodles? Much like the Thai dish, the noodles are not the star. Instead, the ground pork sausage gives a hearty texture paired with colorful bell peppers and tangy tomatoes. Wine adds a lot of flavor as do fresh parsley and basil.

Orders are due by 3 PM on Tuesday, January 26. When placing your order, please include the following information.

Preference of pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery
Preferred pick-up/delivery day (Thursday or Friday)
Delivery address, if applicable
Phone number

Pick-up or $2 (estimated) delivery is available Thursday or Friday, January 28 or 29 between 9 AM and 2 PM. Once all of the orders are received, we’ll be able to confirm a more specific time frame. Delivery is free for orders of at least $25.

Thanks to those of you who have ordered—some every week—since we started our casseroles and soups in mid-March. We’re the same people with the same name making the same excellent food since August 2017. Continue taking good care of yourselves.

Deb and Dawn

Order by 3 PM Tuesdays, Pick-up or Delivery on Thursdays or Fridays 9 AM – 2 PM, Agustín Cueva 3-56 y Honorato Loyola, #201 (1.5 blocks from Clínica Santa Inés Emergency entrance)

Double Ds Delights: 096 802 2874 (after 8 AM, English only); 096 802 2545 (after 8 AM, Spanish and English) Facebook: Double D’s Delights Cuenca

Cafe Ñucallacta – price change for roasted coffee

We are Cuenca’s very own artisan coffee roaster. We use some of the best coffee in Ecuador and roast in small batches so that you receive at its optimum in flavor and aroma. For the past 6 years we have not changed the price of our coffee. However, due to lower supplies during the 2020 harvest, it has been increasingly harder for us to acquire quality green coffee at our previous price point. Unfortunately we will have to raise the price of our light, medium and espresso roast coffees by $0.49, to $5.99 per 400grams. We have different coffee suppliers for our dark roast coffee and we are able to maintain the same pricing for this coffee at $5.50 per 400 gram bag. The price change will occur as of Monday, January 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

As of now all of our food and drink items will not change in price. We bake all of our pastries and bagels in house. North American style pies (apple, cherry, rhubarb, blueberry, berry, and pumpkin spice), Cakes (carrot, cacao & amaretto, peach walnut, chocolate), cheesecakes, cookies, brownies and much more. Have you tried some of our favorite breakfast and lunch options? People love our Huevos Rancheros, Tigrillo and Pancakes, but our new hashbrown meals (Executive and Express) are becoming fast bestsellers. We also have a Cajun style Chicken Sandwich and have added a few fun sauces with our burritos and burgers. By the way you can still get our 2x $10 double burger or Sonora burrito deals any time of the day. Stop by our shop, order online or on our website at (national and international bank cards accepted via our 2checkout payment option).

Everyday, Hermano Miguel 562 entre J. Jaramillo y H. Vasquez

Ruminahui Duchicela: 096 311 4958

DEFY works for you and the Earth

The purpose of Dave’s Earth-Friendly Yearnings is to satisfy your yearnings by delivering organic, vegetarian, gourmet treats in an earth-friendly way.



Giving great value and service with a smile.

Using reusable/recyclable packaging.

And bicycle delivery to your door

DEFY continues to make organic, vegetarian, gourmet soups and desserts. They’re conveniently frozen, so you can enjoy your treats whenever your heart desires.

We have various types of Sourdough Bread, even sliced if you want.

We also have Melody of Plants plant-based world class personal and home care products and Cream’O’Gurt Yogurt (absolutely the best on the planet). This yogurt has 250 billion live cultures in a 1-liter bottle and 13 different identified bacterial strains.

Browse our website and treat yourself to some gourmet delights. Check out our Facebook Page: Defy for Life.

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 7th at noon, Jesus Arriaga 4-69

David Coote: 098 498 3562

Bistro Yaku

At Bistro Yaku last year, our family worked with love, passion, and dedication to create a space where we could offer you the best food in a comfortable and cozy setting.

We have been happy to welcome many of you since we opened, but now it is time to ask you what you think about us.

Are we the Best New Restaurant in Cuenca?

Do we make the Best Breakfast in the city?

If you think so, we would be honored to receive your vote in the Best of GringoPost. From now until January 31st.

Voting is easy, just click on “Best of Wine & Dine” above and follow the steps to vote in each category. And while you are voting, please remember your other favorite businesses. They also will appreciate your support.

Monday to Saturday: 8 AM to 10:30 PM. Sunday: 8 to 11 AM, Bistro Yaku, Luis Cordero 5-66 & Honorato Vasquez

Pepo Apolo: 098 748 6890

Mujeres Con Exito has new menu options for Wednesday delivery

Orders are received until Monday at 5 PM for Wednesday delivery. Delivery occurs between 11 AM and 1 PM.

Barbecue wings (8) and fries. Served with our house mayonnaise. $15 includes home delivery within the city.

8 Egg Rolls (shrimp, pork, vegetable) – can be fried or ready to fry. Served with Vietnamese sauce and Sriracha sauce. $15 includes home delivery within the city.

1 Quesadilla, served with chips, guacamole and Pico de Gallo. $12 includes home delivery within the city.

4 mixed pieces Fried Chicken lunch. Served with Mashed potatoes and salad. $12 includes home delivery within the city.

Minestrone soup, Special recipe of Chef Bruce Wilkins, who has taught our Chef Arlin to make this delicious soup. One liter for $10 includes home delivery within the city.

Sriracha sauce. Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. $5

Vietnamese salad dressing. A tasty condiment used as a salad dressing or dipping sauce. consisting of sugar. rice vinegar. garlic, freshly chopped chilies, fish sauce, water and lime juice. $5

Fresh Red Fruit Jam, 250g jar. $3.50.

Distance: A Pandemic Cookbook. Spiral bound. $12.

Mujeres Con Exito is the job training branch of Casa Maria Amor, Cuenca’s battered women’s shelter. Food service is one of the areas training is available. The women have specific food items that they can deliver to you on Wednesdays.

Deadline for food order is January 25th, Delivery is January 27th, Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez

Debby Larsen:

Are you looking for great meat for your BBQ?

We offer:

– Beef cuts
– Pork chops extra thick
– Pork ribs
– Chicken
– Artisan Chorizos

La Karlota Delicatessen – high quality products:

– Aged Beef cuts
– Chicken (whole or cuts)
– Pork (ribs, chops, loin, fritada)
– Lamb (rack, chops, T-bone, whole leg, ground meat)
– Organic eggs from a happy hens farm (free running hens)
– Aged Cheese
– Sausages
– Turkey Ham
– Turkey Bacon
– Thick Smoked bacon (pork)
– Organic Chocolate
– Organic Jam
– and more

Visit us at Remigio Crespo 13-33 and Latinoamericana (Right across from Batan Shopping) or call us: 099 299 0224.

Please check out our:

– Facebook fanpage:
– Our catalogue:

We speak English

Monday to Friday 10 AM – 7 PM. Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM (1 – 2 PM out for lunch), Remigio Crespo 13-33 and Latinoamericana (Right across from Batan Shopping)

Erik Feican: 099 299 0224

Truffles and Italian night at Sofy’s

Italian special
Wednesday 27/01 from noon till 9 PM
5 plates for $30

1. Aperitif: Prosecco
2. Antipasto: Clams cooked in white wine.
3. First: black truffle fettuccine (Fettuccini with trufas negras) Only 6 available. ️
4. Ossobuco with polenta and finished with gremolata.
5. Sweet: Tiramisu.

The special without truffles will be with Alfredo sauce and will cost $18.
Make your reservations: 096 955 4901

And for our social media

Wednesday, January 27th, noon until 9 PM, Simon Bolivar y Luis Cordero / Casa del Parque


Kung Fu Wok Chinese food delivery

Dear Customers, Thank you so much for your support. We are offering promotions starting from today (only for delivery or take away). You could place an order every day from 11 AM to 9 PM.
We cook delicious Chinese cuisine (no MSG) and all of our dishes are freshly made by Wok.

Combo Familiar #1
1/2 Fried Rice + 1/2 Fried noodle + Tallarin jugoso + Hongkong shrimp + cola (1.35L)
Combo Familiar #2
Fried Rice + Fried noodle + General Tso’s chicken + Beef and broccoli + cola (1.35L)


Pan-fried or steamed dumplings (8units) $5
Fried rice $3.50~$5.80
Fried noodle $4~$6.80
Wonton soup $5.50
Kung pao chicken $7.50
Honey chicken $7.50
Orange chicken $7.50
General Tso’s chicken $7.50
Chicken and broccoli $7.50
Sweet and sour chicken $7.50
Black pepper beef $7.50
Mongolian beef $7.50
Beef and broccoli $7.50
Hongkong shrimp $8.50
Honey walnut shrimp $9
Stir fry vegetables $4.50
Stir fry shredded potatoes with green pepper $4.50
Corn pancake $4.50

You could call us or send us a message by WhatsApp for delivery.

11 AM – 9 PM, Honorato Vásquez 6-15 y Hermano Miguel

Kung Fu Wok: 096 828 4054

Romantic dinner with live piano performance

We accompany your dinners with the most beautiful piano melodies. Enjoy a unique experience at “El Jardín Restaurant”.

Request more information about the availability for dinner with piano and make your reservation in advance, we will be very happy to serve you.

Information and reservations: 099 309 9131 / (07) 282 7401.

#GSantaAna #Cuenca

January 2021, Calle Larga y Borrero

Daniel Duran

Chef Narcissa (EAT) – Vietnamese pork chops + free dessert for $6.50

If you don’t feel like cooking this week you can enjoy today’s special at Foods by Chef Narcissa: Vietnamese pork chops, with ginger rice or mashed potatoes, fried egg and salad + free dessert for only $6.50.

Dessert options include:

-Mocha Walnut Pie
-Apple Crisp
-Death by Chocolate

We also have our regular menu with delicious sandwiches like Shrimp Po’ Boy, Chicken Banh Mi, Grilled Lamb Burger and more. Plus, all your favorite plates: creamy Mac and Cheese, Buddha Bowl, Shrimp Tacos and much more. If you’re craving some lasagna, we have 4-portion trays:

– Meat Lasagna $16
– Chicken Lasagna $14
– Vegetarian Lasagna $12

They all come with delicious homemade garlic bread and two free desserts.

Our Facebook was blocked so we have a new page, find us as Foods Cuenca. Feel free to call or WhatsApp, I’ll be happy to help

Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 9 PM, Cuenca

Josellys: 099 262 4044

Recommendation for Rob’s Reflexology, reflexology massage

Rob’s reflexology is amazing. Last month I got the 4-session special and now I do once a month. I had a sports injury, pain in my ankle. I was also having stress. Now the pain is gone and so is the stress. I have more energy and I sleep like a baby at night. Now my mother, brother and grandmother go see him too. Rob is a true professional. He takes all the safety precautions so you are not put at risks. Rob’s reflexology is good for the whole family. I recommend it 100%

Address: Edificio Torres Del Yanuncay, Diez de Agosto 5-36 y Francisco Moscoso, Cuenca

Contact information: 099 975 7287

Recommended by Edgar Lopez: 095 919 0458

Recommendation for Blue Box Brokers, insurance

I was referred to Carlos by my attorney when I first arrived in Cuenca in 2019. He helped me secure the necessary health insurance and enroll in the IESS system. Recently he helped me with the purchase of a vehicle. Additionally he gives generously to the community. I am very happy with his services and his commitment to this beautiful country. Carlos is bilingual and his office is very easy to find.

Address: 5-55 Ordoñez Lasso, Monte Carlo Building

Contact information:

Recommended by Robert Doyle:

Recommendation for Teresa Hermida, Spanish tutor

Highly recommend Spanish tutor: Teresa Tere Hermida.

Since Covid shut down my social life last year I decided to restart studying Spanish on zoom with the tutor I worked with while I lived in Cuenca. My thought was since I am stuck at home I might as well do something useful. Teresa Hermida is awesome. I am doing 3 one-hour sessions a week and I have seen an amazing improvement in my Spanish. Two of my friends here in the US are now working with her and they both rave about her and the progress they have made.

She is a lovely person, fluent in English and Spanish (married to an American). I have had 5 tutors over the years and she is without a doubt the best. She is very flexible and will work with you the way you want to learn. I have also learned a lot about Ecuadorian culture from her.

If you only take 1 hour a week she charges $15 an hour. But if you take more than one session a week the rate is $10 each.

You can contact her at, 099 286 8940. If you contact her please I tell her I sent you.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Ilene Roberts:

Recommendation for Dra. Lina Ulloa, legal services / migration / visa

I had a problem with Immigration at the Cuenca airport.
I was able to consult my case with Dr. Lina Ulloa for free by email. She answered quickly.
In Migration they gave me a penalty fee and with Lina’s services I was able to appeal and I won the appeal.
Dr. Lina Ulloa is very friendly, competent, efficient.
I recommended that if you have any questions / legal problems in Ecuador, consult and hire their services.

She is located at:
UZ Asesores Ecuador Cía. Ltda.
Avenida José Peralta 1-19 y 12 de Abril Edificio Acrópolis, Oficina 312, Cuenca
Sector El Vergel-Parque de la Madre
Tel.: 410 3588 – 098 420 5336 / 099 867 2687

Recommended by: MCruz Redon

Address: Avenida José Peralta 1-19 y 12 de Abril Edificio Acrópolis, Oficina 312, Cuenca (Sector El Vergel-Parque de la Madre)

Contact information:

Recommended by MCruz Redon:

Recommendation for Leonardo Duran, Puntonet and internet connections

For the second time in the two months since installation, my Puntonet repeater stopped working. Not being successful with contacting Puntonet in English other than a trip to the office, I reached out to Leonardo Duran. I read prior recommendations here.

Leonardo showed at the exact arranged time, looked into the problem and spent more than two hours trying to resolve the issue. Finally, he took it upon himself to call Puntonet on my behalf.

When Puntonet came out the next morning, it took the two technicians over two hours to resolve the problem. This alone gave me more confidence that Leonardo exhausted all he could do as an individual contractor.

I would certainly recommend his services and will try him again if the need arises.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 98 352 2685

Recommended by Ryan James:

Recommendation for Calvo & Co, restaurant/burger shop

Hi everyone.

The last day, I ate the best burger in Cuenca. You have to visit Calvo & Co for a good meal. The wonderful service and food make this place the best.

Try the classic calvo Burger or the po’boy sandwich.


Contact information: +593 95 879 3723

Recommended by Sebas Arizaga:

Recommendation for Daniel Mocha, facilitator

I want to recommend Daniel Mocha. He helped us to get our Driver’s License. He stepped us through each step very easily. He drove us to all appointments and helped us navigate through it smoothly. Daniel is calm and reassuring and people know him and respect him. He is an English speaker, so that helped us a lot. We waited 4 years to get our licenses because I was dreading the experience of paper work and taking a test in Spanish. Daniel took the surprises out of the game and made sure we had all the materials to study so we were prepared. It turned out well! We are now Ecuadorian license owners. Call Daniel with your facilitating needs. He also does matriculas.
Thank you Daniel!

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: +593 98 176 7735

Recommended by Mike And Eileen P:

Recommendation for Dra. Rossanna Polo, endocrinologist, diabetes doctor

Best doctor I have seen in years. Very professional service, very knowledgeable about diabetes, knows exactly what is needed for your diagnosis. She is excellent. After going to numerous doctors, she’s the best. Finally, I have a doctor who knows her business.

Address: Hospital Monte Sinai

Contact information: 099 209 1327

Recommended by Joseph maffucci:

Recommendation for Dr. Marco Encalada, dentist

As you know the Rolls Royce is the best automobile, I give the same rating for Dr Marco Encalada, who is doing my implants for me. No pain – nothing. His professional manners are outstanding and the quality of his workmanship is impeccable. I highly recommend him. He was referred to me by my Ecuadorian friend whose family use him. If you’re looking for quality and professional work, he is your dentist. If you’re looking for food stamp prices move on. Quality costs.


Contact information:

Recommended by Joseph Maffucci:

Address: Clinica Latino Ave 3 Noviembre 3-50 3rd floor

Contact information: 099 848 4172

Recommended by Joseph Maffucci:

Recommendation for Victor Ojeda, facilitator

I have used Victor on numerous occasions during the 7years I lived in Cuenca. He is outstanding in every respect. He can address anything you need and his resources and connections are the best. The list of services he has provided is very long but here are a few: driver throughout Ecuador, shopper, driver’s license, notaries, banking, medical issues, doctor’s visits, IESS, real estate.

He is always understanding and in tune to the needs of expats. No matter your issue, give Victor call, he can solve it.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 731 3565

Recommended by Richard Griffin:

Recommendation for Melissa Abril, facilitator, medical appointments

When we needed to get appointments with IESS we were at a loss as to how to make our way through all the hoops you have to jump through… then two of our dear friends recommended Melissa to us, so now we are passing the word along to you. You no longer have to do it alone. She got us appointments at an out of the way clinic and we were in and out faster than we ever imagined.

She is bilingual so she keeps you informed of what’s going on every step of the way. Melissa also drives so she can either meet you at your appointment site or she will pick you up. It just doesn’t get easier than that. There are also numerous other things she can help you with being bilingual and understanding the way things work here, there is never a need to wonder “how am I going to do that”

Call Melissa and you will see what I mean, she is very understanding and will help you out just like she has us.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 731 1614

Recommended by Nancy Hemingway:

Recommendation for Maria Isabel, professional facilitator

Maria is an excellent facilitator who can help with almost anything you need. she is honest, reliable, and very knowledgeable. She speaks excellent English.

Recently, she walked me through the many various processes, getting banking problems straightened out and she helped us through many difficult situations including setting up doctor’s appointments, translating their instructions, translating documents.

Maria is trustworthy, dependable, patient, reasonably priced and very professional.

I highly recommend her .

Address: Cuenca / Ordonez Lasso

Contact information: 098 387 6096

Recommended by Caroline Southcott:

Recommendation for Paul Vicuna/ Tapiceria Moderna, upholstery

Very professional. Excellent quality. Quick turnaround and delivered on time. If you have a project, give Paul a call.

Address: Mariano Cueva y Honorato Vazquez

Contact information: 099 809 9146

Recommended by Ken Embrey:

Recommendation for Martha Broun, cleaning

I would like to highly recommend Mrs. Neyit Agamez, she recently took charge of cleaning my house, which turned out very well. She is very humble, responsible and very honored, I hope you can help her as she needs our support.

To communicate with her you can do it through her number:099 726 5604

Address: Calle General Escandon con Nicanor Cobos

Recommended by Martha Braun: 099 726 5604

Recommendation for Yakumana Restaurant, breakfast/lunch/dinner

We had breakfast today at this family owned restaurant (four brothers and their mother). It is beautifully decorated featuring many Ecuadorian themes, including the bathrooms. The staff are very accommodating including the waiter. The food was very tasty. I had the omelet and Bob the huevos rancheros. I highly recommend Yakumana and look forward to going again to try their other specialties.

Address: 5-66 Luis Cordero y Honorato Vasquez

Contact information: 07 283 4353

Recommended by Sandy Bradford:

Recommendation for CATSA Travel, international travel agency

Get your United Airlines Ticket in CATSA and you will get upgraded to economy plus flying UIO IAH UIO; Promotion valid until January 31st

Stretch out and relax with more leg room, sit near the front of the cabin so you can exit the plane easier at your destination.

To book or more information:

Bryan Vidal
Catsa Travel

Address: Av. 12 de Abril y José Peralta Edf. Paseo del Puente Ofc. 5

Contact information: Cel. 099 492 3033 Toll Free USA: (305) 897 0346

Recommended by Gary Sisk:

Recommendation for Laura Guaman, housekeeper extraordinaire

Laura and her daughter Gabby have been more than just housekeepers to us. They are our trusted friends and help us whenever we need their assistance. Keeping our home sparkling clean and tidy is only part of what they do … but they do it well and always with a smile. It’s not often you can trust someone enough to leave your home in their hands but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Due to some of their long-time clients leaving Cuenca or because of Covid 19 putting a hardship on their finances Laura was left with several openings in her much-needed work schedule. This is her only way to make a living. If you are in need of a regular housekeeper or just a one-time thorough cleaning I’m sure you can arrange a time that will work in your schedule and hers. Laura’s charge is reasonable and she is always prompt and willing to help when she can.

They know some English but Google works too.

You can contact Gabby or a close friend that is bilingual.
Spanish – English –

Address: Cuenca

Recommended by Nancy Hemingway:

Recommendation for Mateo Y Elizabeth, pet sitter

Mateo and Elizabeth were wonderful pet sitters when we had to be away. They took great care of our cat and I highly recommend them for your pet sitting needs.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: +593 99 848 1355

Recommended by Thais Campos:

Recommendation for Jorge Monge, plumbing and appliance repair

We applaud Jorge Monge for getting our dishwasher working. It was a brand-new appliance, but there was a hole in the hose. The store where we bought it was unresponsive to emails and phone calls, so we called Jorge after reading other recommendations.

Jorge came to take the bad hose and told us exactly when he could return. He had it fixed in 20 minutes and then ran the dishwasher to make sure there were no other problems.

Hopefully, we will not need a plumber again soon, but if we do, we will definitely call Jorge and recommend him to anyone who needs his services.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 308 0663

Recommended by Ryan James:

Recommendation for Juan Pinos, electrician

I want to recommend Juan Pinos as my electrician. He installed a new panel and devised a method where I can switch power from the street to my standby generator. A 220V service was installed in metal conduit from the street to our electric/gas stove. A ground wire and rod were put in our yard.

He is a true gentleman, respectful and polite. He cleaned up the job site as he went along. I feel delighted to have a US certified electrician working for me and completing a job. I can now feel safe and worry-free.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 832 7190

Recommended by Kimberley Wood:

Recommendation for Visa Angels, visa assistance and guidance

Having been to Cuenca twice, I determined the third visit would be more of a permanent type and it would involve some deliberate moves on my part. Being a consistent subscriber to GringoPost for a few years, it made sense to me to start the visa process with some help I could find in the daily feeds. The one organization that kept coming to my attention was Visa Angels, specifcally Jodi Mansfield. I contacted her by email telling her I was interested in her assistance, as I felt the navigation of the immigration process would be daunting. I was concerned in undertaking this process just once and that it be done correctly and efficiently. My hiring of Visa Angels has turned out to be one of the best parts of moving to Cuenca. Smart, well connected, no nonsense approach and great communication are descriptions that come to mind concerning Visa Angels. Her coming from a military background, the hand holding was kept to a minimum. Absolutely straight forward instructions and comments are what one can expect when dealing with this fine organization. I have total confidence in their abilities to help me secure my temporary visa, cedula and any other matters that may come up. It is my belief and whole hearted recommendation to those who are seeking assistance in immigration matters to contact them. Its not only their expertise, but a package of good and services that they openly shared with me. I owe them a debt of gratitude, so I will start with this public reference.

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information:

Recommended by Alexander Wojcik:

Recommendation for Marisabel, Cleaning/Erands/Cooking/Shopping/Laundry

We are writing this for our friend Marisabel who is looking for housekeeping/laundry work and companion work for anyone needing help with food shopping, cleaning, cooking or any other necessary work in the house. She is hardworking and willing to do outside the house errands, bill paying and other things you would like assistance with.

Our friend is a lovely and super personable woman. She is the owner of MIX Food a fantastic Wings and Burger/Humitas restaurant in El Centro on Hermano Miguel 4-62 between Calle Larga and Honorato Vasquez. MIX Food 096-764-4809

We have been enjoying the wings weekly and she asked if we needed housekeeping help or knew anyone looking for a helping hand during the week or weekends with any service she is able to help out with.

Marisabel has worked with elderly people and is a multi tasker and comes highly recommended. She can furnish her CV upon request.

Address: Hermano Miguel-El Centro

Contact information: 096-764-4809 072857-480 098-459-4764 / 098-344-8238

Recommended by Lisa Rose: 0995101389

Recommendation for Copalinga Ecolodge

Copalinga is a lovely lodge outside of Zamora near the east entrance to Podocarpus Park. The accommodations are comfortable, clean well-equipped cabins. The dining area looks over multiple bird and animal feeders. We enjoyed watching monkeys, butterflies and multiple types of birds while we ate and from our balcony. The trails at Podocarpus are excellent for birds, butterflies, waterfalls and rivers. Three meals a day are included in the price and Maria is a wonderful cook.

Address: Copalinga Ecolodge, Zamora

Contact information:

Recommended by Lorraine Theodos: 099 115 9174

Recommendation for Cuenca Medical Resources website, health care options

Searching for physicians, medical facilitators, planning for a medical emergency, home care or end of life management details? This website is a service to the English-speaking expat community. Cuenca Medical Resources lists only individuals who have been recommended by other expats. Over 100 individuals and service organizations are listed on the site.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Katy Johnson:

Recommendation for Nelson Panamá, mixto driver

Nelson came to my assistance on very short notice, was on time, efficient, flexible and very helpful. He even took me on another stop and assisted me with a purchase. Nelson speaks good English and is very personable and professional with reasonable rates.

Nelson is available to help with moving, errands travel to airports, etc.

Address: 4158 Travis Country Cr.

Contact information: 593 98 502 2902

Recommended by Cynthia Mills:

Recommendation for Edgar Viscaino, deep cleaning

Edgar and 3 of his family members where at my apartment for four hours on Thursday and thoroughly cleaned floor to ceiling and inside and out including terraces, windows, furniture and accessories at a very reasonable price.

The crew was very professional and extremely detailed in the work They have an impressive list of services.

Address: Via al Valle el Coco, Cuenca

Contact information: 099 382 0014

Recommended by Cynthia Mills:

Recommendation for Monica Gonzaga – facilitator, visa facilitator

Monica and her crew get things done. We met a year and a half ago to discuss what we would need before coming to permanently live in Cuenca. Monica went through the list item by item, but was also importantly stating that the laws change often.

We were in touch over time and finally were able to complete the list of apostilles we needed and sent them DHL. We had hoped to have our temporary visas upon arrival, but COVID made that impossible, creating a major backlog at Immigration. Monica told us she was not able to get an appointment until March 2021 when we arrived November 2020.

We were more than concerned since multiple apostilles would have been beyond the 6-month limit.

A week later, Monica sent me a WhatsApp message that Immigration was opening one Saturday to decrease backlog and she was taking us. We arrived very early in the morning and sat in the car while Monica represented us. Due to our having lived in Hungary for the last 19 years, the officers wanted more information than normal. Thankfully, I had thought ahead, had it with us and we met with the officers to explain the Hungarian IDs.

We were both approved that day. Now Monica and her staff are working on our Cedulas and registering our marriage, which we believe will be completed soon.

Address: Benedicto XV 1-53 Cuenca

Contact information: 98 384 1691

Recommended by Ryan James:

Recommendation for Hosteria Izhcayluma, hosteria

A big shout out to Dieter, Peter and Raik for an excellent experience at Izhcayluma. If you need a break from all this Covid fatigue over the past year, then this is the place to come and enjoy it. Nice secluded cabins and the food is as great as ever. Best of all, the hiking is fantastic and the scenery is even better. Get in touch and make your reservations. I can’t think of a better to decompress after all that’s been going on.

Address: Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador

Contact information:

Recommended by Steve Why:

Recommendation for Gladys Barbecho, rental property/landlord

I know, a little unusual, but, I have been in Ecuador for eight years. I have lived in many areas with many landlords. This landlord is the best. They responded quickly and without question to every need and even did repairs, upgrades I didn’t even ask for. They were understanding of banking issues during travel, crazy dogs, and my own silliness at times.

The apartment itself, creates some difficulty for those in bad health (me – only reason for move). But, it is a comfortable home; spacious, completely modern, and unique. Perfect for one or two people. The views are to die for (New Years was amazing), the yard is large enough to enjoy and ‘play’. Everyone in the neighborhood is friendly and helpful.

Tiendas for veggies, meats, pastries and supplies are within 2-3 blocks and Feria, SuperMaxi, restaurants and more are in easy walking distance.

Honestly, between the landlord, location, and the apartment – it has been my favorite ‘home’! I was sad to leave – But, realized I could no longer manage stairs and needed to move.

If you are interested in pictures, furnished, I can send.

Address: Camino a Racar and Emiliano Donoso Chica (Few blocks up from El Tejar), Cuenca.

Contact information:

Recommended by Tanya Carr:

Recommendation for Monta Runa / Carlos, Horseback riding

If you like horses, nature and good company, then let me recommend spending a day riding with Carlos at Monta Runa, a gorgeous piece of land in the cloud forest above Susudel.

The horses are healthy and active. Carlos is an experienced and knowledgeable guide. The home-cooked lunch, warm horchata and fresh baked cookies were just the icing on the cake. It’s a wonderful bio-secure way to explore and get out of the city for a bit.

Address: Susudel/Oña

Contact information: 098 706 3098

Recommended by Tamara Gordy: 099 141 3376

Recommendation for Alex Rottner and Guillermo, construction and handyman services

Alex and his worker, Guillermo have completed extensive remodeling projects at our apartment. They moved our refrigerator, which then required moving the wall to the laundry room. In the place where the refrigerator was, they added new cabinets – top and bottom, then matched the countertop for the newly extended space. They replaced all the old recessed lights with new modern ones. They fixed the kitchen faucet so there is a good flow now.

There was a storage area off of the dining room that was open. They created a wall and put in a door, painting everything to match the other walls. They removed two chandeliers and installed recessed lighting,

On our terrace, they sanded and painted the metal baseboard trim and at the same time completely re-grouted it.

Guillermo repainted our second apartment. When I went to check on him, I was extremely impressed that he had individually wrapped each of the open wooden stairs leading to the second floor. Even with their needing to do a quite a bit of sanding and priming, the place was spotless when they finished.

That is another positive to having Guillermo do the work. He cleans up after himself before leaving. We have never had to deal with a workman’s mess.

I cannot say enough about the quality of the work. Guillermo does not speak English, but Alex is a native English speaker and he is fluent in Spanish.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 753 7418

Recommended by Ryan James:

Recommendation for Jorge Tosi – Servitosi, appliance repair

At least a couple of times in recent months people have asked on GringoPost for recommendations for repairing their microwave ovens, but did not receive any comments back. When our microwave stopped working I decided to try an appliance repairman who has been receiving numerous recommendations for multiple types of appliances — Jorge Tosi.

I called his English number (listed below), which as it turns out is Ken Morton’s cellphone/WhatsApp. Ken is a business neighbor of Jorge’s, and graciously helps translate for Jorge’s clients who much prefer English to Spanish.

Jorge promptly came to our home, took our microwave back to his shop, figured out what part needed replacing, called (via Ken) to get approval for the repair at a very reasonable cost, did the repair and brought the microwave back to our home — all over the course of a couple of days.

I now know firsthand why Jorge receives so many enthusiastic recommendations.

Address: Av. Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca

Contact information: 099 028 9149

Recommended by Gil Castle:

Recommendation for Museo de la Gastronomia, museum/restaurant

Last week some friends and I visited the (relatively) new Museo de la Gastronomia in Challuabamba, fifteen to twenty minutes from Cuenca. What a treat. This is a living history museum, where various areas outdoor and rooms inside show all kinds of different aspects of food and cooking in Ecuador.

We were introduced to a variety of trees (fig and black walnut for example), shrubs (coffee) and herbs, got to try our hands at a slingshot, blowing a conch shell and a cattle horn, helping to make cheese by stirring and straining, kneading flour, are offered the chance to chop wood for the outdoor oven, smashed walnuts, had our pictures taken in various settings in various costumes, were fed a number of tasty snacks and drinks as we proceeded through the exhibits, and just generally had a grand old time.

Miguel, our very knowledgeable and friendly guide, has a number of degrees from Germany and Ecuador and is working on his Ph.D. He was able to answer all of our questions. Even though one of our number has little Spanish and the other two, merely functional Spanish, our communication was just fine, especially with the help of Siri.

After the tour we enjoyed lunch with typical Ecuadorian dishes made with many of the plants, herbs and utensils we had seen on our tour. A pitcher and ewer were brought for us to wash our hands, and cloth napkins provided to dry them. Garlic pesto was prepared at our table in a hollowed out stone bowl with a round stone grinder. The shared dessert was served on a cactus leaf, and included many yummy things, including a eucalyptus sorbet that would have been at home in an upscale restaurant in Manhattan.

The people involved with this strive to make the whole thing, including lunch, an experience, not just a passive visit.

It was explained to us in advance that the length of the event depends to some extent on you – how involved you become with the exhibits. Our trip door to door took about six hours, but it flew by. You are welcome to go just for lunch if you prefer to skip the museum tour, but that would frankly be a shame. You’d miss out on a great deal of fun.

Communication in advance was excellent via WhatsApp, which also allowed for the location map to be shared with our taxi driver. You can also book through the Facebook page:

I hope you consider a visit, and supporting this excellent addition to the Cuenca cultural scene.

Address: Calle Pueblos de los Quitus, Cuenca (Challuabamba), EC

Contact information: 099 250 7774

Recommended by Heather Griffiths:

Recommendation for El Confesionario, fine dining restaurant

While on our recent visit to Cuenca for 3 months we dined at this establishment several times. The food selection, food quality, service and management was always superb and deserving of 5 stars in every way. Consistent plate presentation coupled with great service made the dining experience fantastic. I highly recommend dining here if you want something special and different from the rest. Great location in Park Calderon square. Management and food quality is made possible by Tatiana Gagne. Thank you and look forward to our next visit.

Address: Seminario San Luis – Benigno Malo y Bolivar

Contact information: 099 579 5891

Recommended by Vincent Marchiolo:

Recommendation for Dra. Rossanna Polo, endocrinologist, diabetes doctor

Best doctor I have seen in years. Very professional service, very knowledgeable about diabetes, knows exactly what is needed for your diagnosis. She is excellent. After going to numerous doctors, she’s the best. Finally, I have a doctor who knows her business.

Address: Hospital Monte Sinai

Contact information: 099 209 1327

Recommended by Joseph Maffucci:

Recommendation for Dr. Marco Encalada, dentist

As you know the Rolls Royce is the best automobile, I give the same rating for Dr Marco Encalada, who is doing my implants for me. No pain – nothing. His professional manners are outstanding and the quality of his workmanship is impeccable. I highly recommend him. He was referred to me by my Ecuadorian friend whose family use him. If you’re looking for quality and professional work, he is your dentist. If you’re looking for food stamp prices move on. Quality costs.

Address: Clinica Latino Ave 3 Noviembre 3-50 3rd floor

Contact information: 099 848 4172

Recommended by Joseph Maffucci:

Recommendation for Angel Panchez, tour guide/driver

I have used Senor Panchez on several occassions ranging from being picked up at Guayaquil Airport to travel to Cuenca and back. Also trekked to Park Cajas for a day of hiking with my son and me. He is a trained tour guide and has several suggestions of places of interest to visit which he will transport you as well as give specific information about the trip. Excellent English communication and very patient. I will use Senor Panchez in the future when I return without hesitation. Thank you.

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 098 589 9643

Recommended by Vincent Marchiolo:

Recommendation for Daniel Mocha, Driver’s license assistance

Daniel Mocha came to my house on a Thursday afternoon to pick up my documents that needed translation into Spanish. The following Thursday morning, I took the two quizzes, and walked out with both a driver’s license and a motorcycle license.

In between, Daniel arranged for all necessary appointments for vision, hearing and motor skills, as well as necessary paperwork. He also drove me to all appointments, since he knew exactly where to go.

Easy as pie.

Contact information:
Daniel Mocha
+593 98 176 7735 – WhatsApp
098 176 7735 -Cell

Address: Cuenca

Recommended by Jerry Egge:

Recommendation for Raymipampa, restaurant

Visited Cuenca for my 3rd time for 3 months. After dining at as many as 30 restaurants I can honestly say that Raymipampa in Park Calderon was #1 for quality of food, price and service. The waiter we usually had was named Julio and was by far the most service oriented waiter I have ever seen and being a retired F&B manager that says a lot. He always anticipated what your needs were and always with a smile. The restaurant is always clean with a great dining atmosphere and great location. We made it our once a week place to eat knowing what to expect and consistency in every way. Can’t wait to go back. Thank you Julio.

Address: Benigno Malo 8-59 y Sucre – Cuenca

Contact information: 283 4159 – 282 4619

Recommended by Vincent Marchiolo:

Recommendation for Radiant Skin Spa, massage

Has Covid got you stressed, achy muscles? Alejandra of Radiant Skin Spa not only does facials, etc., but she also does a fabulous massage. In addition to 1 ½ hours of deep muscle, she always wraps up with hot rocks and moist, hot towels to sooth the most savage beast. My husband and I just scheduled another one for each of us! We have our own massage table and she comes to our house.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Leita Hulmes:

Recommendation for Leonardo Mocho, tailor

Leonardo is an excellent tailor. He has made trousers and shirts for both my husband and me and also a beautiful jacket for me. His fabrics and his skills are excellent. Clothes are elegant and classic.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 988 1633

Recommended by Barbara Hood:

Recommendation for Mateo Salaza

Vehicle facilitator, car matricula or sales

Well Cuenca;

#1 person for your car and license documentation. Also buys and sells cars.

This guy is the best. He has handled our car registration (matricula) and our Ecuadorian drivers license(s). For your expired license to be valid to June 2021 you need to have paid your license fee and have made an appointment. Mateo handles everything and he is very reasonable.

We will also have Mateo handle the sale of our 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. 4×4 Diesel. It’s in perfect condition and is one of the very few made with 12 airbags. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test.

Mateo Salazar
+593 098 436 9373 • Mobile

Thank you Mateo

James Wilson

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 098 436 9373

Recommended by James Wilson:

Recommendation for Leonardo Mocha, tailor and clothing design

For all of you in Cuenca, I would like to introduce you to Leonardo Mocha ~ He is a local tailor. I had a pair of ¾ length pants that I loved to wear and they just wore out. He came to my house to have a discussion about what it is I wanted. I showed him my pants and asked if he could replicate them for me. “Of course,” he said. I ordered 3 pants, blue, green and black. They came back and they are wonderful! I would, of course, encourage you to contact him via Facebook or WhatsApp. His phone number is 099 988 1633.

Address: 1551 E Chevy Chase Dr

Contact information: 099 988 1633

Recommended by Marcy Brown:

Recommendation for Dr. Daniel Brito Bojorque, dentist

In the time I have lived in Cuenca, I have been to four of the top recommended dentists in Cuenca. None come close in comparison to Dr. Daniel Bojorque. He is highly skilled as demonstrated by the 4 crowns he had made for me, plus a mouthguard, teeth cleaning and most recently removing a deeply fractured molar. He soon will be doing veneers for me. He performs his work with precision, thoroughness, and gentleness. Dr. Daniel is not only friendly, but of a genuine caring, with humility and has great patience. Although he speaks only some English, I had no trouble communicating with him with my minimal Spanish. He will go beyond to make certain you understand fully the situation and what is necessary. He most definitely does not try to get you to spend money for unnecessary procedures. You will get Rolls Royce work at non-gringo prices. I highly recommend Dr. Daniel.

Address: Santa Cruz y del Batan (Next to El Batan Mall)

Contact information: 098 768 9909

Recommended by Luisa Nelson:

Recommendation for Stefany – Tefy Nails, manicures and pedicures in your home

Stefany deserves my highest recommendation for giving excellent in-home pedicures. She brings her own tools and supplies, so the only things you’ll need are a towel and a tub for your feet. She even does great work on ingrown toenails – effective yet as gentle as possible. Although Stefany doesn’t do manicures for me (she doesn’t do acrylic or gel nails), I’m certain that her technique for manicures is as flawless as for pedicures.

Stefany is a delight. Her warm, bubbly personality shines through despite her smile being hidden behind a mask these days, and she clearly loves her work. Although she doesn’t speak much English, she understands quite a lot, and with the help of Google Translate there’s never a problem.

The icing on the cake? Stefany’s fees are very reasonable, and she observes all Covid health and safety precautions. Do yourself and your nails a favor by contacting Stefany by email or WhatsApp. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be happy to know her.

Address: Cuenca – in your home

Contact information: 099 465 3815

Recommended by Charlean Born: 098 879 4466

Recommendation for Emilio of All Trades, facilitator/multiple endeavors

Last Wednesday, I asked Emilio if he could pay my predio (property taxes) for me, since I am high-risk and felt it would be irresponsible to go stand in line for hours to pay them. He said “sure.” I gave him the information required and the payment he needed to submit. Yesterday, I received notification from GAD Cuenca as well as a factura from Kushki for the payment of my yearly taxes. Emilio also sent me a photo of the receipt from the Municipality.

We have asked Emilio for many things – he has helped with repairs on our house, provided transportation to Guayaquil and around Cuenca. He has connections with people all over the country who are wonderful resources for any kind of problem. Need a lawyer? He can recommend one. Need a surveyor? He has someone available for almost every kind of service you can imagine. And, as many of you know, his English is excellent. The other day he facilitated for me at the bank – even though I speak Spanish, there were some words I didn’t quite understand. He loves animals, too.

I’m only showing the phone below as it does not allow WhatsApp; WhatsApp 098 699 5694.

Address: Calle Canton Saraguro s/n and Manuel Arturo Cisneros, Cuenca

Contact information: 098 699 5694, WhatsApp 098 699 5694

Recommended by Karen Kuenzel:

Recommendation for Optica Salud Ocular, optician

The best service in Cuenca that comes to your house: Optica Salud Ocular, Dr. Juan Gonzalez-Vintimilla. (cell 099 865 2031; email; address: Miguel Angel Estrella 3-26 y Alfonso Malo, Cuenca)

They come on-time to your home and perform an extremely detailed eye exam. Within about three days, they come back to deliver the glasses and recheck. I’ve ordered 4 pairs from them, and their services and prices are amazing. They bring everything to you, including frames to select from. Highly recommend.

Address: Miguel Angel Estrella 3-26 y Alfonso Malo, Cuenca, EC

Contact information: 099 865 2031

Recommended by Gerri W:

Recommendation for Mustafa Aladawi, computer technician

We would like to highly recommend Mustafa for all your tech needs. Whether you need a computer technician, Firestick installation, or phone or printer troubleshooting, he is your full-service tech master. Mustafa is always on time and courteous. We find his fees reasonable and have always been satisfied with his service. He also speaks English. In addition, he frequently makes a follow-up inquiry about his service. Who does that? Mustafa! You won’t be disappointed.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 408 7897

Recommended by Karen Stephenson:

Recommendation for Rafael Leyva, Deluxe-Cortinas,

Window blinds, window treatments

Hi Community, This recommendation for Rafael Leyva owner of Deluxe-Cortinas is very personal since he’s done various jobs for me in Salinas and Cuenca. Very trustworthy, he even has the keys to my house in Cuenca and Salinas. Very reasonable prices on the market in Ecuador. He will travel to your place mostly anywhere in Ecuador at no additional cost to you, to install your blinds/curtains. What we like so much about Rafael is that he has the same mentality as here in the US. Never say tomorrow will do it, always punctual, responsible, replies quickly within reasonable hours and he will give you solutions to any inconvenience you may have. We have worked with him for the past 4 years.

Address: Centro Comercial el Vergel Alfonso Cordero 2-66 y Manuel J. Calle

Contact information: 099 055 7474

Recommended by Freddy Gomez: 001 917 622 5890

Recommendation for Edwin Loja of Ecuador Tours.

Tour guide and transportation

My husband I and recently visited Ecuador for the first time on our honeymoon. We first stayed in the mountains at Blue Tosa Mountain Retreat and then we visited Cuenca for 2 nights and finally went on to Puerto Lopez.

Blue Tosa Mountain Retreat booked our transportation with Edwin from Guayaquil airport to Blue Tosa. We then booked Edwin again to take us to Cuenca and then again to take us to the beaches of Puerto Lopez.

We were very happy with Edwin as a informal tour guide and driver to and from all of the above places. Edwin is very professional and speaks English fluently. Having lived in the US, he is very comfortable around travelers. Edwin’s van is very clean and he is an excellent and safe driver. We felt completely at ease with him.

I highly recommend Edwin of Ecuador Tours to anyone who is looking for a first class transportation experience.

Address: Ecuador

Contact information: +593 99 371 3936

Recommended by Dianna Waugh:

Recommendation for Dr. Juan Pablo Cordero, visas and other legal matters

Wow, that was easy. We are people that like to be ready, everything in place on the established start date. That is what we did with Dr. Juan Pablo Cordero Ch. of Legalex. All of our paperwork (pictures, fingerprints, criminal record search (we don’t have one yet!) power of attorney and bank statements were in Dr. Cordero’s capable hands well before our appointment date.

Permanent visa appointment day: nice drive to Azogues with Dr. Cordero and Daniela Cordero (his sister) who translates for him. Many of you know Daniela from Millenium Brokers, VUMI, and BMI Insurance. We enjoyed coffee and a pastry while Dr. Cordero paid fees and took care of the legalities. Then off to lunch, home and printed out the Permanent Visa’s later that day. What a smooth, seamless process. We highly recommend Dr. Juan Cordero, Ch. to you for your Visa and other legal matters.

Address: Dr. Juan Pablo Cordero Ch. , Avenida Jose Prealta, Edificio Amancay, 2 do. Piso – Office #9

Contact information: 099 520 6384 Daniela Cordero

Recommended by Freda Keller:

Recommendation for Eben-Ezer ~ Norma, custom mirror & glass store

If you want to purchase custom glass or mirror, or metal shelving, I would like to make a recommendation. I received this originally from Tienda Nectar. This glass/mirror store is just a few blocks away from the old location. I personally ordered a couple of custom mirrors, and was very pleased.

I do like to follow recommendations personally, whenever possible. I met Norma the owner. She is very nice, helpful and supportive. I brought in a translation paper of what I wanted with all of the many details. Norma is very professional, kind and offered me a great service.

I highly recommend her store:
Aluminio Y Vidrio
Calidad, Garantia y Economia

Address: Presidente Borrero 12-51 y Gaspar Sangurima, Cuenca

Contact information: 098 473 0787

Recommended by Mimi Phoebe:

Recommendation for Khatu Organic, organic store

Everything in food products, superfoods, gluten free, vegans, celiacs.
Chemical-free, natural, reusable personal care products.

We serve from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 to 5:30 PM. Home orders at 098 413 0078

Address: Malvinas 5-19 y Latinoamericana, corner of parque el Ángel. Enter through the Unidad Nacional

Contact information: 098 413 0078

Recommended by Lorena Brito: 098 413 0078

Recommendation for Roman, driver

We were a group of 4 people who used Roman Uyaguar’s services to ferry us from Cuenca to Guayaquil for the first leg of a journey to the Galapagos, and then driving us back to Cuenca from Guayaquil some 10 days later. Roman is one of the safest drivers we have experienced here in Ecuador, He takes no chances. And his co-pilot and wife, Ruth who speaks very good English, is an excellent hostess and skilled at keeping the driver alert.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 186 7060

Recommended by Ron Wooten Green: 098 732 3044

Recommendation for Moving Crew, moving business

I was moving from Quito to Cuenca, I knew somebody who used Moving Crew who referred me to them. Jamil, the moving coordinator, was wonderful. Whenever I left a message, he was able to write me back promptly, and answered all my questions. Everything was explained thoroughly, as well, including the price. This was my first time doing a big move like this on my own, so as nerve-racking as it was, they were wonderful. All the arrangement worked out perfectly. Thank you.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 400 1020

Recommended by Gary P.:

Recommendation for Rígidos Muebleria, furniture manufacturer

My wife and I moved into a penthouse apartment with a large terrace four months ago. We shopped several stores in Cuenca looking for outdoor furniture, but we were unsuccessful finding pieces we liked. From GringoPost and recommendations of friends, I selected three companies that build outdoor furniture. I gave each a picture off the internet of an outdoor table and six chairs. I asked each company to give me their recommendations for type of wood, suggestions of changes that could be made to reduce the costs, and information about warranty. Given the responses, the clear choice was Rigidos Muebleria.

At Rigidos, I worked with Antonio Ender Arias and master furniture maker Fernando. Antonio speaks excellent English. They delivered the table and chairs on schedule. The color and grain of the canelo wood they recommended was exquisite. We were so pleased that we had Rigidos build an outdoor seating area comprised of a 3-person couch, 2-person love seat, and 1-person chair as well as a coffee table, all in the same canelo wood. Once again, they delivered excellently crafted pieces on schedule and at a reasonable price.

Contact information for Antonio Arias is:
+593 96 080 0211 (WhatsApp)

Address: Antonio Arias 096 080 0211

Recommended by David Kaplan:

Recommendation for Rafael Arizaga, immigration lawyer

He was very helpful in obtaining my temporary residence visa, Rafael is a young but expert in the area of immigration. I never had problems, thanks to him and his work and good understanding I can be regularly in Ecuador.

Address: Av Jose Peralta, Segundo piso, Edificio Amancay

Contact information:

Recommended by Sasha Angeles:

Recommendation for Spa Home Estetica and Peluqueria, hair salon and spa

Eliana and her daughter, Maria, have recently opened a gorgeous spa. They have an incredible menu of services to offer. I recently had a wonderful pedicure – rose petals, sliced fruit, etc. and the best facial ever. I highly recommend Spa Home.

Address: Calle Vicente Cuesta 1-64 y Calle Juan Cuesta

Contact information: 098 96 7420

Recommended by Alyce Jackson:

Recommendation for Nataly Vivas, chef / caterer

I can’t say enough good things about Nataly. I engaged her services for New Years Eve party food, cocktails, mocktails and service. Her partner Ederico takes care of the drinks and service and Nataly works the kitchen. They are both lovely people – kind, open to suggestions, friendly, helpful.

A couple of weeks before, I researched the food I wanted, sent the recipes (on pinterest) to Nataly. She came to my place to see the layout of my place, worked with me on how many dishes would be appropriate for the number of invited guests. She prepared a comprehensive shopping list. She did all the shopping required.

I have only a one bedroom apartment with a small kitchen, so I was a little worried about how Nataly would manage the food, but my concerns were laid to rest, as she prepared all the food and with the assistance of a couple of friends delivered it to my place just before the party started. I had virtually nothing to do but spend time with my friends, as Nataly and Ederico cleaned up as they went along.

The food was delicious and I was wholly satisfied with Nataly and Ederico. Their fee was more than reasonable. I would highly recommend using them for your next get-together with friends and family.

Thanks Nataly and Ederico for making my NYE party complete.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 98 770 7372

Recommended by Susan Arlitt: 98 738 3897

Recommendation for Catsa Travel, international travel agency

These days of uncertain air travel put a travel agency in your pocket and let them take care of any problems you might incur.

Catsa Travel has many regular expat clients and they are available to you during your entire trip to solve any problems.

I always use their service and always feel secure about any problems I might have. Also in these times why not support a local business.

Address: Av. 12 de Abril y José Peralta Edf. Paseo del Puente Ofc. 5

Contact information: 099 492 3033 Toll Free USA: (305) 897 0346

Recommended by Gary A Sisk:

Recommendation for Ni Tu Ni Yo, restaurant

If you’re looking for some very good and different lasagna, you need to try this place.
Due to the pandemic their menu is currently only offering two types: Pollo with pesto sauce and carne, both with homemade tomato sauce. They are third generation recipes from Italy. Lovely setting that I have been walking past for a year and a half and finally stuck my head inside.

Address: Baltazara de Calderon 3-76 y Gran Columbia, one shop east from the junction of Gran Columbia.

Contact information: 593 7 284 6885

Recommended by Bruce Cook:

Recommendation for Mustafa Adadawi, technician

I want to recommend Mustafa Adadawi technician. He installed a new Amazon fire stick in our television. He set it up and had me use the controls. He had to come back twice and then talked to me over the phone to make another adjustment. He was very polite and worked quickly. I would recommend him to anyone needs this kind of work. WhatsApp number 099 408 7897

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 408 7897

Recommended by Susan Armstrong:

Recommendation for Little Thai Restaurant

Yesterday I tried Little Thai Restaurant for the first time. I had the best pad thai and spicy beef I have had in years. The restaurant is nicely decorated, and the service was great.

Address: Luis Cordero 7-33, between Sucre and Presidente Cordoba

Contact information: 096 267 4390

Recommended by Celma Silva:

Recommendation for Nat Goodale, author

Go get Vacationland. If you long for a Summer in Maine: available at Carolina book store…. lobster fishing (& curiously ecologically positive)

Dogs, love, class evolution, even thrills and adventure, from an American/Ecuadorian author

Address: Cuenca, Ec

Recommended by Audrey Morris:

Recommendation for Andres Upholstery, furniture renovation and upholstery

We brought a living room set (couch, love seat and chair) with us in a container almost three years ago from the US. Already 20 plus years old and made of faux leather, it began to shred. We hired Andres and his crew to recover it in real leather and shore up the sagging foundations. They did an amazing and high-quality job fir a good price-thousands less than buying a new set. And as a bonus, they used the same leather to re cover the chairs that go with our dining room table. Andres speaks English and kept us informed as the work progressed. I highly recommend Andres and his team.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: +593 99 295 2212

Recommended by Nina Sazer O’Donnell:

Recommendation for Leonardo Duran, all types of IT, wifi, Puntanet

I needed a USBA to USBA cable for our soundbar. Leonardo came to our home the same day to access our need. The next day he came back with the cable. While there he fixed our VPN. His rates are reasonable, and he speaks perfect English. I would definitely use him again.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 352 2685

Recommended by Diane Jordan:

Recommendation for M&E Pet Lovers, pet and home sitting

If you are planning to spend some time away from your home and pets, we highly recommend Elizabeth Gavilanes and Mateo Nauta of M&E Pet Lovers to care for them both. Returning after seven days away we found our two cats in excellent mental and physical condition and our home as clean and organized as we left it! In addition to being bright and dedicated individuals, they are both veterinary students who are soon to graduate university. It is such a relief to know that our precious babies were in caring, experienced hands and if you are planning a vacation or any extended time away from your home and pets, please contact Elizabeth and Mateo. You won’t be sorry and, they will send you pictures of your pets regularly.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 848 13355

Recommended by Frank Grillo:

Recommendation for Little Thai, restaurant

If you haven’t tried Little Thai, then put it on your to do list. We had an on-time delivery of yummy hot food. The vegetable Pad Thai was loaded with fresh and colorful vegetables. The Thai Fried Rice also had lots of vegetables plus tender beef, chicken and shrimp. The Spring Rolls were crisp and not greasy with a lovely sauce. They are currently having a discount on orders so call or write them tomorrow.

Address: Luis Cordero y Presidente Cordero, Cuenca

Contact information: 593 96 267 4390

Recommended by Lorraine Theodos: 099 115 9173

Recommendation for Daisie’s pet food

Magic loves Daisy’s pet food. He used to reject his dry food. Mixed with one of the many flavors that Daisy’s offers, he just gobbles it up. His coat is shiny and soft and he has more pep than before. My tercera edad doggy disturbs his sleeping to run after the Daisy’s treats when I throw him Daisy’s jerky and the ground beef as well as the steak and kidney mixed with hi dry food sends him into ecstatic jumping and playing after he eats. Haley delivers, free of charge. I used to cook chicken for Magic but now I leave the cooking to Haley from Daisy’s.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: daisy’ 098 581 3770

Recommended by Andrea Simoneau:

Recommendation for Cody – FixITCuenca, computer repair and consulting

I needed some assistance with a few things. I had issues with my wifi, my router wasn’t showing my 5G band and I also wasn’t getting a very good signal on my laptop. I needed this to work so that I could contact my family back home for the new year. Needless to say, I was frantically searching on GringoPost and FixITCuenca was highly recommended for anything IT.

I took a chance and emailed. Within a few minutes Cody messaged back and we started to chat on WhatsApp. He was able to come over and resolve my issue within an hour. He got my router working with the correct 5G band and improved the wifi signal on my device. He clearly explained everything he was doing and I appreciated fair prices as well. I was very happy as I was able to contact my family. I highly recommend Cody and FixITCuenca. Very good guy and I will contact him from now on with any IT issues I have.

Address: Gonzales Suarez, Cuenca

Contact information: WhatsApp: +593 97 994 8418

Recommended by Jeremy S.: 096 758 5876

Recommendation for Fausto Ortiz, facilitator

I want to recommend my driver and facilitator, Fausto Ortiz 099 523 9988, also on WhatsApp, +593 99 523 9988.

Fausto has been helping me for the year that I have been here. He is an excellent driver, very prompt and his English is excellent. He is taking a paramedic course to help us older expats. He makes my doctor appointments, helped me register for IESS, register me for my IVA refund, and is there for whatever I need. He can also do longer drives out of town by appointment. He has helped me with banking, paying utilities, translating, and even fixing household items. I trust him completely as his integrity is unquestionable. Being a native to Cuenca, he has much knowledge of the area.

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 593 099 523 9988

Recommended by Karen Smith:

Recommendation for Khatu Organic, organic store

Khatu Organic is a store of organic, healthy and environmentally friendly products. We have everything for personal care and chemical-free products.

Visit us in Malvinas 5-19 and Latinoamericana from Monday to Friday from 9 AM – 1 PM and 2 – 5 PM.
Or call 098 413 0078 for home orders.

Address: Malvinas 5-19 y Latinoamericana

Contact information: 098 413 0078

Recommended by Lorena Brito:

Recommendation for Leo, Arte Columbiano, hairdresser and barber

I took a photo in of what I wanted. He did an amazing job. The salon is for men and women. Very reasonable prices. The best gringo haircut/style, I’ve had since coming to Ecuador 2 years ago.

Address: Ordonez Laso y Av. de las Americas

Contact information: 099 298 9895

Recommended by Lorraine Marshall:

Recommendation for celebrating special occasions at Turi, restaurant, cafe/bar

After living in Cuenca for several years, I’ve finally decided to do something different when it comes to celebrating a special occasion here. Looking up each night at the bright lights of Turi, it seemed like a great adventure to have.

For my sweetheart’s birthday I tried to find a recommendation on TripAdvisor and could not. So, we decided to wing it.

When at the top of Turi it makes for a great date. Whether it’s the daytime or at night, the city lights are gorgeous and it’s the best panoramic view in town.

When you get to the top on the left side, there is a statue. Close to that area is a walkway up the mountain hill. There are several restaurants just on this one path. Frankly they all look great. We went to each one twice, reviewing their menus and checking out their view, and vibe of each venue. Because we both had a specific idea of what we wanted, we ended up choosing El Embrujo Café/Bar.

We decided to sit on their enclosed balcony. We had the corner seat, with the best view. There were a couple of parties celebrating… one was a birthday as well. The environment is nicely decorated with a festive vibe.

Our waiter’s name was Sandeep. He is a bilingual Expat from India. He was very friendly, kind and offered us excellent service.

We ended up eating gigantic prawns and steak dinners. My dish is called “Camerones a la Parilla” ($8.95). On the menu it said it came with fries, but I wanted something a bit fancier. So, Sandeep suggested I try “Mote Pillio”. It was delicious… large white corn with egg and sauce, it is a wonderful Ecuadorian starch dish. My beloved ate a large New York Steak ($11.95). He wanted something else besides fries, so he got baby roasted potatoes with chives and olive oil. He was happy! Both of our dishes came with a very large exotic salad (one of the best we’ve had here), grilled vegetables with our meals… so there was plenty of food. We also got 2 shots and popcorn for an appetizer… very generous. We also enjoyed strawberry juice for $2 each. It was a very affordable meal with large portion, great service and excellent view. Turi is a very entertaining, environment to celebrate a special occasion.

El Embrujo Restaurant/Café/Bar Contact:
Facebook: tasca asador el embrujo
Instagram: tasca-embrujo

Address: Turi

Contact information: 097 974 4341

Recommended by Mimi Phoebe:

Recommendation for Nelson Panama, mixto driver

Highest recommendation for Nelson Panama, mixto driver. Nelson is a polite gentleman and very professional. A man of few words, Nelson took over and professionally packed my possessions into his truck. Beautiful job. He made the move easier than I expected.

Reasonably priced, Nelson also offers other driving services besides moving. If you are in need of a professional, experienced driver for any of your needs, consider contacting Nelson. Bonus: English is excellent.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 593 98 502 2902

Recommended by Lynn Juanes:

Recommendation for Juan Pinos, plumber/electrician

Juan is knowledgeable and experienced and professional. He came to my house and offered me free advice on how I could do a small project myself to save me some money.
I really appreciated his advice and help.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 832 7190

Recommended by Steve Swezy: 095 899 7638

Recommendation for Maurice Mirando, private medical insurance agent

I would like to highly recommend Maurice Mirando, private medical insurance agent.

Over the last three years my husband and I have contracted with Confiamed Health Insurance.

On a Sunday in November, my husband unexpectedly died at home and I wasn’t sure what to do until it occurred to me that I should call my insurance agent before making any arrangements. Our insurance agent, Maurice Mirando, called me back within minutes and told me exactly what to do, where to go and what to say so that Confiamed would be able to pay all of the expenses including the transportation, autopsy and cremation.

The following Tuesday morning, Maurice went above what was required and came to my apartment to reassure me that everything had been processed and paid by Confiamed. He also reminded me that my policy included free medical insurance for the upcoming year.

It was such a difficult and terrible situation, but in retrospect I am so grateful for the assistance of Maurice Mirando who handled everything promptly and efficiently. He is a very conscientious, thoughtful and considerate young man.

Maurice Mirando, Private Medical Insurance Agent

Address: Confiamed Cuenca, Av.Fray Vicente Solano y Av. 12 de Abril

Contact information: (593) 98 946 4830

Recommended by Beatrice Fulton:

Recommendation for Ender Arias, facilitator

Ender is an honest and responsible man. Ender can help you with: purchases, deliveries, translations, private hospital appointments, banking matters, internet and telephone contracts, property leases.

The best thing about Ender is his integrity. He can be relied on to perform assigned tasks with great competence.

You will be very happy to have met Ender.

Address: Cuenca City

Contact information: 096 080 0211

Recommended by Betty Williams:

Recommendation for Frank’s Cuban Blend Coffee, coffee delivery

Frank, who we all know and love from Sunrise now delivers his own Cuban Blend of Coffee to your door. It’s the best coffee we have had in Cuenca. $5 a bag.

Address: Cuenca Delivery

Contact information: 099 297 5788

Recommended by Rosemary Rein:

Recommendation for all repair and tools, repair of tablets, computers, etc.

My Amazon tablet was not charging and I figured that I would need a new one but as I was walking on Ordonez Lasso going to SuperMaxi I saw a sign for a shop that did tablet repairs. I went in to discuss my problem and the fellow told me to bring the tablet in which I did. He knew what the problem was and told me to come back tomorrow and it would be fixed.

I came back the next day and it was repaired and working just fine.

Nice to have someone to go to who not only fixed it when he said he would and his price was reasonable as well. I Highly Recommend him.

Address: Ordonez Lasso where the Good Life Cafe used to be.

Contact information: 099 184 0322

Recommended by George Fedyna: 096 884 0512

Recommendation for Xavier Zhindon, computer and printer repair

Xavier and his son were fantastically helpful with my overheating, non-recharging MacBook Pro. They ordered the correct replacement battery from the US, installed it, cleaned everything up and replaced the thermal paste to keep the machine cool all for a reasonable price and over the Christmas/New Year holiday. Both Father and son speak fluent English and were reassuringly patient with my questions. I highly recommend them.
Palm Computer Center, email, phone 099 283 4406

Address: Centro Historico

Contact information: 099 283 4406

Recommended by Felicity Waterman:
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