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Bernan’s great contributions

For years we enjoyed the Bernan’s good foods we are still so thankful for. I have the envelope the Cornbread Mix came in last Thanksgiving.

We are saddened by his present illness but Bernan’s will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow as we give thanks for present and past blessings.

Jon: .

City: Cuenca

Thank you so much!

To all the donors, the workers and the buyers who helped with our Mujeres Garage Sale – a huge Thank You!

We made over $1300 – which will help the women and children at the Cuenca Women’s Shelter.

There were some unique items, lots of brand name clothing, jewelry, and household goods.

We will look forward to the next one, with your assistance and support.

Again, Thank You!

Marilyn K Appel: .

City: Cuenca

Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Thank you to all the people who bought doughnuts yesterday in support of Mujeres Con Exito and Cetap-Lucy.

Fortunately for those who missed it there are a few boxes left.

Send me an email if you are interested.

Rick Smith

Rick: .

City: Cuenca

Public thanks for all: Veterans Day Cuenca, 2023

Last Friday, November 10, 2023 at 11 o’clock, San Sebastian Park was the home of the first annual Veteran’s Day in Cuenca. About 350 attended and to all who participated – we at MVOC say thank you.

MVOC Military Veterans of Cuenca meet monthly.
The next meeting is December 4, 2023 Monday at 1 PM
Hotel Casa Ordonez
The special speaker is Erik Martini, our Consul General, from the consulate in Guayaquil. We hope to see you there.

Veterans Day is open to all veterans from all countries, their families and supporters and the entire community of Cuenca. We celebrated Ecuadorian soldiers as well as Canadian, Netherlands, Colombian, British, and American soldiers.

A special thanks to all the following:

• Scott Mack our MC welcomed us robustly

• Reverend Will Gibson whose prayer brought tears to the eyes of many participants

• Brigadier General John Mino the Commanding officer of the Third Military Zone


FAAN Thanks Gran Feria Sabatino’s on Halloween

FAAN thanks the amazing vendors at Gran Feria Sabatino’s for coming together to create two amazing gift baskets for the Gala FAAN-Tastica Auction Palooza.

Happy Perroween from the dogs of FAAN!
Be sure to visit the amazing Gran Feria vendors at Sabatinos and experience a true sense of community spirit.

Rosemary Rein: 096 920 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

FAAN Thanks Guey Tortillas Mexicana

For supporting and attending 2023 Gala FAAN-Tastica!
There’s a tasty reason many of our volunteers place home deliveries from this business every month.

A great product and great friend to the homeless dogs of Cuenca. Join FAAN as a Cuenca community business helping us to build the most modern animal shelter in South America.

Did you miss the 2023 Gala excitement? Not to worry! We have incredible photos and a video reel of the evening and a save the date for October 5, 2024.

You can also get in on helping us to build the new shelter by visiting our FAAN Pop up store where your purchases of “gifts for good and donations” are doubled for the dogs up to the remaining $10,000 of our phase one building goal.

FAAN Ecuador: 096 920 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Heartfelt thanks for your attendance at the Humana BlueBox Event!

Dear Expatriate Community,

I am writing to extend my deepest gratitude for your presence at the recent Humana BlueBox event in Cuenca. Your participation played an instrumental role in making this event a resounding success, with nearly 50 expatriates in attendance. It was truly a pleasure to witness the strong partnership between Humana and BlueBox in action.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional work of our bilingual team at BlueBox. Their dedication and proficiency were invaluable in ensuring that our event was a seamless and enriching experience for all attendees.


Video highlights, photos and retail therapy from Gala FAAN-Tastica

We have some eye candy for you from Gala FAAN-Tastica and FAAN (Fundacion Familia Amor Animal)

Enjoy the professional photos from Janet Engelhard, a video highlights reel and a curated shopping experience to continue with raising our building funds for the new shelter.

Congrats Animal Lovers! In one night at Gala FAAN-Tastica, you raised almost $30,000 after expenses and we’re just getting started.

Your donations and “shopping for good” purchases will be doubled up to our $40,000 goal by our mystery donor as we begin phase one of building the new shelter.

Rosemary Rein: 096 920 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Bernan’s Home Canned Foods has been sold

I am happy to inform you that Bernie’s health problems have improved, but they have left him too weak to continue working as hard as he would have to in the kitchen. This news is bittersweet because we will of course miss the constant interaction with our customers, but we will finally be retiring and living the slower paced life that we both are ready for.

Bernie always told me that he would quit when it wasn’t fun anymore. I think you all know how much Bernie really enjoyed working in the kitchen for all of you and of course, talking to all of you as well. It was always fun for him, never a job… but now… not so much. Unfortunately, we both knew we didn’t have a choice. It was a very difficult thing to wrap our heads around but we had to put Bernan’s up for sale.

The good news is that Bernan’s Home Canned Foods has a new owner and I’m happy to say, it is Mujeres con Exito. Bernie and I are confident that this transition is a great fit! They will continue our business making the same quality canned foods, dry mixes, frozen pie shells and pot pies that we did.


Thank you to Emilio Morocho for ‘Sound of Freedom’

I would like to offer a most heartfelt note of gratitude to Emilio Morocho of Cuenca Car Share for bringing the inspiring, emotional and sobering movie about child trafficking to Cuenca today: ‘The Sound of Freedom.’ The theatre was completely full, and I suspect there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Since Emilio donates the money he receives for his movie days to charity, it will undoubtedly go to a lucky and worthwhile cause.

Thank you so much Emilio! “God’s children are not for sale!”

Mark Vandermaas: .

City: Cuenca

Eden Cross and Jo Austin

If you are a regular reader of GringoPost, you know their names. Eden Cross and Jo Austin. 2 very special people here in Cuenca who have dedicated their retirement years to helping all God’s little critters (rescuing abandoned and mistreated street animals, and placing them in forever homes).

When I came to Cuenca 10 years ago, I brought with me my 2 dogs, Andy and Solomon. Brothers, part German Shepherd / part Labrador Retriever. My world.

Andy died a year ago this past August at 14 years of age. My heart was broken. Solomon is still with me, now 15. After about 6 months grieving for Andy, I adopted little “JJ” (a little ball of love) in January this year… thanks to Eden Cross and Jo Austin. 2 Cuenca angels if you ask me.

“JJ” is finally happy (after a rough start to his life before Eden and Jo stepped in). And Solomon and I are happy once again.

Thank you Eden and Jo. You two are the best the Cuenca expat community has to offer.

Michael Littmann

City: Cuenca

BerNan’s Home Canned Foods

I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation to Bernie and Nancy for all their hard work over the past 9 years or so. All of their (comfort) foods were excellent.

Recently read where the business was sold due to Bernie’s health problems. Glad to hear that Bernie is doing well.

I have been buying and enjoying BerNans almost every month for about 9 years and was never disappointed. 2 very nice people who knew what they were doing. Never a problem, an excuse, or a mistake.

Thank you Bernie and Nancy. Enjoy your new found retirement. You will be missed.

Michael Littmann

City: Cuenca

To the only person who was there for me!

Franny Hogg!

So really hard…right on my nerve…now my butt bone. And, I couldn’t walk and I needed to go to the hospital but I couldn’t afford to and the only person who came over and brought me medication, and pain pills, and sat with me, and offered to feed me, was Franny Hogg!

No one else! Not my neighbor right below me, no one!

It truly shows who your friends really are when something like this happens!

Thank you so much. I love you with all my heart!

Forever and ever yours,

Rebecca Sangine: .

City: Cuenca

A big thank you from Hearts of Gold!

Our Arabian Nights Party on Thursday, September 7 was colorful, delicious, and fun! We wish to thank everyone who helped us or attended:

Damasco Restaurant, Rick Jackson, Dena Jo Kanner, Julissa Guerrero and her belly dance troupe, Rebecca Sangine, Janet Crumley, Jolene Wilson-Glah, Pamela Carrothers and Cuenca Consignments, Jane Hunt, and Rosemary Rein.

Your support helps us with our partner organizations and to respond to emergencies.

Franny Hogg Lochow, Event Coordinator for Hearts of Gold

City: Cuenca

End of life; thank you Fasec

A few weeks ago we had to go through a very difficult process of the end of life of a dear friend.

It was very difficult to navigate the system here in Cuenca.

Not words to explain, but everything was sorted when Fasec opened their doors and hearts to us.

I can’t say how thankful I am with Fasec and their team.

Sole Riquetti: 098 945 6551. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

A heartfelt thank you for joining us at the INBED Open House!

We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to extend our deepest gratitude for gracing us with your presence at the INBED Open House. Your attendance truly made the event special, and we are so grateful for your time and interest.

It was an absolute pleasure having the opportunity to showcase our products and services and provide you with insights into what makes INBED unique. Your enthusiasm and engaging conversations added an extra layer of excitement to the event.

Fanny Alvarez: 098 723 6847. Call after: 8 PM.

City: Cuenca

Osaka Ramen thanks you

Hi. I am Ray Huntley, owner of Osaka Ramen on San Sebastian Plaza. I would like to thank GringoPost and the Cuenca expat community for their support in helping us to reach our goal of raising $55,000 to open our third Osaka Ramen.

We were able to raise the money in just six weeks, which has to be a record!

My thanks also goes to Tom Northcote. His experience and expertise in dealing with the potential investors and raising money was truly extraordinary. I would not have been able to do this without Tom and I sincerely appreciate his achievement.

I look forward to seeing you at the new Osaka Ramen when we open in October.

Tom Northcote

City: Cuenca

Thank you to Rosi Altamirano and her mother!

These two incredible women gave their time, energy and love to help a friend of mine who would probably be dead if it weren’t for these two angels!

I just wanted to say thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do to help him! You both are truly angels on this Earth!

I love you with all my heart and soul!

Forever grateful,

Rebecca Sangine: .

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist says thanks…

Thanks to the wonderful audience at my recent performance benefitting Hogar de Esperanza. And, muchísimas gracias to Kelbert, Mariana, their family and kitchen staff for keeping the audience members happy with their prompt and excellent service.

Wes Elliott: .

City: Cuenca

Grateful note from Carla Encarnación Gonzaga

Dear Readers ( friends = Clients)

I just want to say thank each of you very much for giving me the opportunity to work for you and too, to GringoPost.

Thank you for choosing me as your Real Estate Agent. (Carla Encarnación Gonzaga)

I truly appreciate your confidence in my skills and expertise and I am thrilled to have been part of such an important journey. From the very beginning, when we started discussing your needs and priorities right up to closing day, it has been a pleasure to work with you and help support you.

I ask God to bless their lives and their families. Rain of blessings.

Carla Encarnacion Gonzaga: 093 905 5399. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Celebrating halfway mark: Impacting Lives Together!

We made it to the halfway mark of the year, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the incredible support we have received from our donors and volunteers. Thanks to you, Fundación GRACE has been able to make a tangible difference in the lives of 2,630 vulnerable individuals, primarily Venezuelan refugees in Cuenca. Today, we want to take a moment to reflect on the impact we have created together and express our deepest appreciation for your unwavering commitment to our cause.

Our Beneficiaries: Women, Children, and Beyond
Our beneficiaries encompass a diverse group, with women and children being at the forefront of our support efforts. We have provided them with essential assistance, ensuring that their basic needs are met, their health is cared for, and their emotional well-being is nurtured. From providing nourishing meals to delivering medical and psychological aid, we have been there every step of the way.

Stories of Transformation and Hope
While we typically refrain from sharing specific beneficiary stories, we believe it is crucial for our donors to understand the profound impact they are making in countless lives. Your contributions have transformed the lives of individuals in ways that words alone cannot capture. From the person who no longer sleeps on the floor to the one who can finally smile confidently after receiving dental treatment, or the baby who now breathes easily with the help of oxygen, to the teenager finding solace and support, your generosity has created a ripple effect of positive change.

Gratitude to Our Donors and Volunteers
We cannot express enough gratitude to our incredible donors and volunteers who have selflessly dedicated their time, resources, and expertise to support our mission. Your compassion and belief in our cause have allowed us to reach more vulnerable individuals and provide them with the assistance they desperately need. Together, we are transforming lives and restoring hope for a brighter future.

Moving Forward with Purpose
As we embark on the second half of the year, we are committed to continuing our mission with unwavering determination. We pledge to make an even greater impact, expanding our reach and providing vital support to those who need it most. We invite you to join us on this journey and be a part of the positive change we are creating in our community.

Stay Connected and Engaged
To stay up to date with our programs, events, and initiatives, follow us on Facebook, visit our website, and sign up for our newsletter. Share our posts with your friends and family, spreading the word about the incredible work we are doing together. Your support, both big and small, truly makes a difference.

Karla Sanchez Arismendi: 095 920 4786. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you to the most amazing 2 women I have ever met!

My friend and ex-companion came here to Ecuador a month and a half ago and his hip dislocated eight times within 2 weeks.

He was taken to the emergency room on multiple occasions yet they could not fix his hip and he was sent back to his hostel unable to walk and bedridden.

I called my friend Rosita Altamirano to come help me with Robert as he could not walk to the bathroom nor do anything else for himself.

She immediately took him into her home, and she and her mother nursed him back to health, until he could finally get surgery to fix his broken hip.

They stayed with him day and night, feeding him cleaning him and doing everything necessary to keep him alive and in well help while he was in the free hospital awaiting surgery.

She also gave her own money to buy the prosthetic when he had not enough to purchase it.

She and her mother, Pilita Palacios, have been there day and night feeding him taking care of him and looked after him throughout and after his surgery sacrificing their own time to do so.

Now, thanks to them, he’s come through surgery successfully and will be returning to their house to recover and go through rehab. These two women are selfless and are doing this because they are truly angels on this Earth!

Without them he would be dead by now! I don’t know how to say thank you enough so I’m going to post this in hopes that at least lets them know how important they are not only to me, but to this earth and all upon it!

In love and light,


Rebecca Sangine: .

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist says “Gracias”

Thanks for contributions to Hogar de Esperanza at my performance at Sisa Bowl Restaurant on June 23.

Wes Elliott: .

City: Cuenca

Thank you for your interest in our health insurance plan

Dear Members of the Expatriate Community,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the tremendous interest you have shown in the new health insurance collaboration between Bluebox and Humana Seguros. Your enthusiasm and engagement have been truly inspiring, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the healthcare needs of the expatriate community in Ecuador.


Alex says “thank you”

Over the last couple of weeks you’ve seen 2 requests for help for Alex, the disabled gentleman who sells a variety of objects on the corner of Ordoñez Lasso and Las Americas – across from the gas station – before you go up to Supermaxi Las Americas. Yesterday he was there to greet me again as I went by. He said he was overwhelmed by the response you have given to his plea for help after he was robbed on a holiday morning. He asked me to thank you all for your words of kindness, purchases, and any gifts you may have provided for him and his family.

He and his family humbly thank you from the bottom of their hearts.

Karen Kuenzel: .

City: Cuenca

Thank you for your interest in our health insurance launch event

Dear Expats of Cuenca,

We hope this message finds you well. On behalf of Bluebox and Humana Seguros, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous response and interest in our upcoming health insurance launch event.

We are truly overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support from the community, and it is with regret that we must inform you that all available spaces for the event have been filled. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we were unable to accommodate everyone who expressed interest.

However, we don’t want you to miss out on this exciting opportunity. We invite you to get in touch with us via email at for more information about our exceptional health insurance coverage. Our dedicated team will be delighted to provide you with detailed information, answer any questions you may have, and guide you through the process of obtaining this comprehensive health insurance solution.


Saturday Fun Day at the Movies – Cuenca Car Share

Many thanks to all who helped us support Cuenca Soup Kitchen over Mother’s Day weekend (i.e. last Saturday). Your support was greatly appreciated by Cuenca Soup Kitchen and by Cuenca Car Share. It is wonderful to see so many caring people here in Cuenca.

Later I will post firm dates for ticket sales and the movie, but for now, I just want to remind you that we will be showing the 10th edition of Fast and Furious in June. It’s called Fast X. Stay tuned for more details!

Please send me texts or call or email me as my WhatsApp account may not be working just now.

Emilio Morocho: 098 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito and Transferencia

The women of the “Transferencia: Impressions of Cuenca” art project wish to extend our appreciation to the very supportive expats of Cuenca. You made our project for the benefit of Mujeres Con Exito a great success.

To all those who attended our exhibition, collected art works, attended the classes, or made donations, we appreciate your generosity. This was truly a “Village Effort” and you made it a great success.

We have so far given $2,760 to Mujeres Con Exito for their work helping women and children to succeed in living independent lives, free of violence. There will also be more income from the project, and you can see some works at the MCE location on Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez. Open for Almuerzos, M-F.

Part of our goal with this project was to draw attention to this important foundation.

Please consider becoming a regular supporter.

Your can contribute Here:
Donations by Caf – Direct link$240394_hash$7755a07327fb974e3b2116db7f0874e71f28bd45/Default.aspx

Or contribute via PayPal:

MCE Website:

You can see a video about the women’s shelter and the MCE work in Cuenca here:

Here’s a link to a short video about the art project:

We chose to use an idea for “art making” to help this organization. It was about having fun art making, making more connections in our community, and using our time and skills to do something helpful for the women and children of Cuenca. We would like to recommend that you “use what you have” to make a difference here, or somewhere in the world. Many beautiful benefits come along with the work.

Thanks also to Sarah HB at Idiom Art for her support, and to Scott Cushing for making the wonderful video about the project. Also, thanks for a nice donation for framing expenses from Instituto Cuatro Rios and to all the others who contributed in so many ways.

Janda, Tricia, Kaye, Lisa, Lois, Francoise, Tracy Jo, Linda, and Jan

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

City: Cuenca

CSK Hygiene Team: Changing lives!

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen Hygiene Team changes the lives of every baby, girl, and woman in our program by coordinating educational workshops and distributing reusable and eco-friendly hygiene products. This is only possible because of our dedicated volunteers, supporters, and you!
A special thanks to:
Dr. Maïté Depreeuw
Jeri Dwyer
Amy Guartuche
Sharyn Bergholt
Nancy Galloway

Jeffrey Schmidt: .

City: Cuenca

Thank you to our Cuenca Soup Kitchen volunteers

CSK volunteers change the world one bite at a time

Thanks to Paul and Pam Kaperick of P Squared Pan and Lorenza and Ken Hayes of Mammacita’s Little Comforts, Cuenca Soup Kitchen beneficiaries eat.

Your purchases of bread, peanut butter, and sweets makes this a win for Cuenca as well as for you!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Desmion Disney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Jeffrey Schmidt: 098 961 2032. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Buckets of Love received

Thank you to the loving and caring people of Cuenca who donated their money and time to The Waterbearers Drop in the Bucket Drive. They were immediately put to use in the Amazon, where one Achuar community was struggling with severe cases of Leptospirosis from drinking contaminated water. We were able to provide 25 filter systems for Juan Callera, President of the Achuar Federation in Morona Santiago, who flew to his community to help.

Jane Brinton: 097 998 2286. Call after: 8 AM

Unique lots in front of the Archaeological Complex of Chobshi, Ecuador

Only 10 lots available in the Chobshi archaeological complex.
Area: 21,527.82 ft².
Location: Chobshi Archaeological Complex.

From: $53,900

Benefits of the property
Very good location next to:
World famous historical and tourist areas.
Museums, restaurants and lodging.
Hiking and biking areas.
Incredible camping areas.
Ample plot size.
Exclusivity and eccentricity.
History, culture and tourism.
Security and privacy.

Real estate potential:

Commercial purposes in gastronomy.
Private housing in exclusive and historic area.
Commercial activities in accommodation, Airbnb, etc.
Safe and private family recreation spaces.
Real estate investment in area of growing capital gain.

The lots are located in front of the Inca ruins and the historic black cave of Chobshi. A unique, magical and invaluable place, surrounded by culture, history and tradition. Have you ever bought a jewel? Well now you have the opportunity to acquire a treasure.

Address: Chobshi Archaeological Complex, Ecuador, Azuay,Sigsig.

Not negotiable

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1678199669

I am a real estate agent, Jose Montiaz: +593 99 188 3145

Thank you for joining us at our open house!

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each of you who played an integral role in making our recent medical screening day and open house a resounding success.

We were thrilled to see so many community members take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our medical services. The feedback we have received from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to the opportunity to see you again.

Karla Sánchez Arismendi
Fundación Grace Executive Director
25-01 Mariscal Lamar and Guillermo Medina
WhatsApp: +593 95 920 4786

Karla Sanchez: 095 920 4786. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Fully furnished, luxury house, 3 bedrooms, terrace, balcony

Sector: Ordoñez Lasso

Low level
Dining room
Parking for 2 vehicles

1st floor
Living room
Social Bathroom
office / study
TV room

2nd floor
1 Master Bedroom with balcony and full bathroom
1 Bedroom with jacuzzi and full bathroom
1 bedroom with bathroom

3rd floor
Terrace with BBQ area and beautiful view of the mountains

Price: $1000

We speak : English, Germán and Spanish
We also have apartments, penthouses or houses to buy or rent
We are an experienced team of international advisors.

Contact us:
Email :
Cell phone: 593 98 331 8691
License Number #445A
Ecuador – Cuenca

Address: Ordoñez lasso, Cuenca.

Furnished, Negotiable, Pets are allowed.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1678235735

I am a real estate agent, Jurgen Gorcke: 098 331 8691

Fully furnished apartment for rent in one of the most exclusive areas

Fully furnished apartment for rent in one of the most exclusive areas of Cuenca, sector Zona Rosa.

Exclusivity – Security – Comfort – Privacy

This apartment is close to everything, a short distance from El Rio Tomebamba, restaurants, cafeterias, supermarkets, pharmacies, gym, etc.

Located in the sector : Zona Rosa
$550 plus alicuota (Hoa)

100 m2
Parking 12m2
Master bedroom with private bathroom.
1 bedroom.
Living room, dining room, kitchen
Laundry room
Social and complete bathroom
Parking for 1 vehicle
24/7 Security Guard

We speak: English, Germán and Spanish

We also have apartments, penthouses or houses to buy or rent
We are an experienced team of international advisors.

Contact us:
Cell phone: 593 98 331 8691
License Number #445A
Ecuador – Cuenca

Address: Gran Colombia and Unidad Nacional, Cuenca.

Furnished, Negotiable, Pets are allowed.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1678236638

I am a real estate agent, Jurgen Gorcke: 098 331 8691

Beautiful apartment in privileged area

Located just three blocks away from main plaza “Parque Calderón”, this furnished 2 BR, 2-bath apartment is in the heart of the city, surrounded by a variety bars, restaurants, museums and several other points of interest.

Master suite owns a comfortable walk-in closet, and a main bathroom with a wonderful jacuzzi. Comes with fully equipped kitchen with very nice cabinetry, spacious living area and a sun room for resting. Laundry area furnished with washer and dryer.

Rental includes: water, electricity, building fee, and Internet

Available mid-March (13th) to June 1

Price: $690/month

Address: Benigno Malo, and Sangurima, Cuenca.

Furnished, Negotiable, Pets are not allowed.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1678229350

I am a property manager, Graciela Quinde: 099 488 2938

Thank you from Cameron Kayce, massage therapist

Thank you dear GringoPost Readers for voting for me again for “The Best” Massage Therapist in Cuenca for the ninth year in a row. I am deeply honored because I know that Cuenca has many wonderful massage therapists.

It has been a pleasure to serve the Cuenca community.

To book a massage with me, contact me through email or phone.

My rates are $30/hour and $40/90 minutes
Deep tissue massage (but below the pain threshold)
Heated table and soothing music, with optional hypnotic relaxation/healing suggestions.

Mariscal Lamar 25-15 y Caspicara, across from Parque Del Molinero tram stop

Cameron Kayce
593 99 987 4417

Thank you City Dept. of Cuenca

As a resident of Edificio Rio Alto, We want to Thank the Cuenca City Departments for the street repairs done about a month ago on Victor Manuel Albornoz, and the current work in the park along the Tomebomba River, for clearing the area of dense vegetation along the river, that can contribute to flooding and can be a homeless encampment, as a danger to residents walking the trail. The work is much appreciated.

Dale onuffer

City: Cuenca

A huge thank you to all!

Thank you so very much for making our garage sale/ fundraiser for the Women’s Shelter (Mujeres con Exito) a success!

We had some great donations and a huge number of buyers. Our prices were very affordable and I believe we all had a good time.

Now is the time to start saving up those donations for the next one!
Again, thanks to all involved!

Marilyn K Appel: .

City: Cuenca

From Lee’s Hair Salon

Lee’s Hair Salon wants to first thank God and all my clients who, with their votes, made me the winner of the Best Hairdresser 2023 award and I also want to thank GringoPost for their support in all these years to the community.

Blessings to all. Ligia Vega

Ligia Vega: 096 892 1026

City: Cuenca

Thanks from Gramm Bulkshop

Dear friends of Gramm Bulkshop,

We are very happy to be part of the Best of GringoPost, we really appreciate your support of our store.

We hope to continue accompanying you with good products and serving you in the best way and with all the joy of always.

Once again, thank you all very much and may you all have an excellent life, full of health and peace.

Have a wonderful day!

Jessica: 099 505 9604. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks a million from ¡Vamos! Spanish School

Thank you to all of you who trusted us and voted for ¡Vamos! as the best Spanish school in Cuenca.

It has been six months of great effort and professional dedication. We will keep working to offer you the best courses, with qualified and experienced teachers as well as relevant and communicative learning material. Stay tuned and don´t miss the new classes, cultural activities and field trips that are coming very soon.

With much love,

Carmen Pais: 098 299 9083. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for your votes

I want to thank everyone for their support in voting our office the Best Alternative Health Care in Cuenca. We appreciate you!

Duane Connell D.C. and Jessenia Bautista

Duane Connell: 099 114 6684. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks, from Cuenca Expats Magazine

We wish to thank GringoPost and all our loyal readers for selecting us as the 2023 Best Magazine. We have been doing our best for the last 7 1/2 years to bring you interesting and useful information on expat life in Cuenca.

Thanks once again for your support


The Cuenca Expats Magazine Team

Ed Lindquist: .

City: Cuenca

Gracias for voting me Best Photographer and Blog

Gracias for voting me Best Photographer and Blog 
Thank you so much to those who voted me GringoPost’s Best Photographer, and Best Blog. Your appreciation means so much to me. I started taking photos as soon as I moved here, because I fell in love with Cuenca like all the rest of you! Since then, I have had three shows of my Cuenca photos. I also started chronicling my love of Cuenca and Ecuador in my blogs. You can follow my blogs at and

I never monetize these blogs – I do not sell them to advertisers, or subscribers, or try to sell you a book, like some persons. I do it for the pure joy of the beauty. I hope you will continue to follow along! 
Muchisimas gracias, 

Jane Hiltbrand: . 

City: Cuenca

A big thank you from the Best Dog Walker

Being voted the “Best Dog Walker 2023” is exciting, and I’m filled with so much gratitude. Thank you to everyone for trusting me with your furry babies .
This recognition is dedicated to all the Pets I have cared for over 9 years.
I love them with all my Heart. Without them, this would never have been possible.

Thanks for supporting me during these past years. As many of you may know, I continue growing and expanding my business. So, I also offer pet caring, pet shopping, grooming, daily walks, pet sitting and more. It will be my pleasure to meet and greet, with all of you.

With much Love, Alexandra Maldonado.

Alexa Maldonado: .

City: Cuenca

Postal Service of Ecuador, is back

Hi all,

This is good news, the Postal Service of Ecuador is back… little by little, but is working. So, in order to use the Postal Service of Ecuador, some conditions:
This is the new web page

Then, you have to create an account into the system

In order to receive letters, small packages or so, you have to have a tracking number from the original country, and do a registration of the package coming to Ecuador, then make a payment to the Ecuadorian Postal Service (on line) and then wait until your package arrives… Better in this case, use the certified service from any country to Ecuador, because the certified postal service from the country the delivery is coming from and you can have a tracking number that will help with the process into Ecuador.


Thank you to everyone who voted for Dr. Daniela Ordóñez

Thank you to all my dear and loyal patients who voted for Dr. Daniela Ordóñez dental group. We work day by day giving our best to make you smile. We’re constantly preparing ourselves to offer you the latest treatments and dental technologies. You always help us improve our service with your kind suggestions. I am sincerely grateful for each and every one of you. Most have become friends and I truly appreciate your trust.

To show my gratitude I would like to offer all my patients a 15% discount in any dental treatment you may need during the months of February and March!

Our incredible team is also formed by our specialists:


Thanks GringoPost readers for voting me the Best Real Estate Agent

I’m humbled and honored that again this year my clients, friends and expats voted for me and my company Ecuador At Your Service in the Best Realtor category. Without you I would not have reached this milestone, and I am grateful to all of you who’ve trusted me to sell your properties or to find you a new home in Ecuador.

I look forward to meeting many more of you in 2023.

Again, my sincere thanks.

Ecuador At Your Service: 099 547 5116. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Joes’ Secret Garden – Thanks you for your support!

Once again we were thrilled yesterday in the middle of our Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance when the ‘Best of Cuenca” winners were announced … and we were one of the winners. Not just in one category but in 5. Our most treasured is our Best Fried Chicken and Best BBQ awards … awards we have received for many years. We also treasure our Best American Food, Best Dinner with Entertainment, and Best Unique Dining with Great Food.

Thank you, thank you, thank you …to all of our guests, customers and friends that took the time to vote. We are grateful.

KP and Ken: .

City: Cuenca

A Big ARTfelt Thank You from idiomART

We would like to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to cast your votes and for your appreciation and recognition of the work we are doing at idiomART.

Being voted the “best of” in so many categories is exciting and we are filled with so much gratitude. Thank you to everyone who is and has been a part of this incredible creative journey we are on.

This isn’t just a vote for idiomART but for our creative community, which continues to grow and expand.

Sarah HB: .

City: Cuenca

Thank you from the Dogs of FAAN and the “FAAN-atics”

At FAAN (Fundacion Familia Amor Animal) we are honored and deeply grateful at receiving the 2023 Best of GringoPost Award for Best Animal Shelter and Best Charity! Ecuadorians and North Americans Working Together!

Our Community of Volunteers and Supporters invites you to join our pack of “FAAN-Atics” working to create Ecuador’s most modern and sustainable shelter. Our mission is to provide sanctuary for our most vulnerable dogs, side by side with community-based prevention and education strategies.

Thanks to you, we will realize our dream that Cuenca will become known as a World Heritage city that loves, cares for and respects all animals.

Join us!

Rosemary Rein: 096 920 9764. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

PhysioGym warm felt gratitude

With warm felt feelings we want to say thank you.
At PhysioGym we love with passion what we do. Health in motion…that´s our goal!
Thank you for allowing us to be part our your healthcare journey.

Isabel Puyol: 098 878 1364. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from Tony and Katie Bishop

Congratulations to all of the winners of the ‘Best of’ competition for 2023!

We also want to take the opportunity to thank all of the voters for making us Best of: Technology Specialist once again. We are grateful for each and every one of you, and hope to continue to service your technology needs. Thank you!

Katie Bishop: 098 026 5238. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from Le Petit Jardin

I would like to thank GringoPost for giving the expat community in Cuenca an opportunity to support their favorite businesses, and a big thank you to all my friends who chose me as Best Chef for 2023.

It takes a dedicated team at Le Petit Jardin to give you a memorable experience each time you visit. So, on behalf of Maria Eliza and the rest of our colleagues, I would also like to thank you for choosing Le Petit Jardin for:

Best Fine Dining
Best French Food
Best International Food

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Giovanni Cambizaca: 096 819 1518. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from Pet-me Vet (Winner of Best Pet Sitter 2023)

For the second year in a row, Pet-me Vet was voted as the Best Pet Sitter 2023. We wish to thank our friends and loyal clients who consistently support us and vote for us.

This recognition is dedicated to all the pets we have cared for over the last 4 years. We love with all our hearts every dog ​​and cat we have had the honor of caring for. Without them, this would never have been possible. In addition, we want to thank our team of pet sitters: Elizabeth, Dr. Mateo, Anita, Marlon and Esteban. Who have shown their great sense of responsibility and love for pets.

This year will be continue offering our pet sitting service. Directed by our veterinarian, Dr. Mateo Ñauta and Elizabeth Gavilanes, who will complete her studies to become a veterinarian in August 2023.

Elizabeth Gavilanes: 099 848 1355. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks, Deb Davis and La Guarida, for their support to Fundación GRACE

Hello everyone!

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Deb Davis, Andrés Zambrano, and LaGuarida, organizers of the charity concert that took place on Valentine’s night in support of the GRACE Foundation.

I am fortunate to have had your help and collaboration to carry out our social work and to be able to help those who need it most.

Thank you for your dedication, effort, and time invested in organizing this event. Your contribution has been essential for music to become a tool to do good and improve the lives of many refugees.


Thank you: electing us Best Handyman, Home Improvement/Repair Service

Thank you, thank you, thank you. My brother, Franklin, and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for electing us not once, but three times as Best Handyman for 2023 (and for previous years as well). We work hard to complete your projects in a timely manner in a cost-efficient way and to provide you with the best service ever. We appreciate your confidence and business.

We’ve been working here for many years and plan to continue to serve your needs.

Emilio Morocho: 098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 98 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from La Mia Mascota Pet and Vet

Once again we have been voted the BEST Pet Store and BEST Pet Shop in Cuenca. We wish to thank our friends and loyal clients who consistently support us and vote for us.

News – Carnaval is next week. Monday and Tuesday are public holidays, which means our locations will be open but our business hours will be shorter than usual. At Plaza Las Americas, we will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM. At El Vergel our store hours Monday and Tuesday will be from 10 AM to 5 PM. We will be open normal hours at our Challuabamba location: 10 AM to 8:30 PM.

Our veterinarians will be available by appointment only; call if you have an emergency!

Alexandra Montano: 07 408 9255 / 098 404 3395 / 099 020 6839. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Cuenca Car Share – thank you for voting us BEST OF

Yesterday the voting results for GringoPost’s BEST OF were revealed. Once again, I would like to thank you for voting Cuenca Car Share the best car rental in Cuenca. Your votes, business, and esteem are greatly appreciated!

Emilio Morocho: 098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 98 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank You and Happy New Year from FAAN

Happy New Year From FAAN!

From all of us at FAAN, our thanks for helping the Dogs of Cuenca.
We currently have 140 + dogs in our care at our temporary shelter in Tarqui and with your help, they will be moved to their new home which will be Ecuador’s most modern and sustainable shelter in 2023!

Bow-WOW! I bet you didn’t know that your pets asked us to give you a standing ovation for all the love and care you gave them in 2022.
To a healthy, happy and Pawsome New Year.

Rosemary Rein: 096 920 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from The Waterbearers

Thank you to those who contributed to “It’s a Drop In The Bucket” campaign. Another 80 buckets and water filter kits will go to Taisha to be distributed deep in the jungle. Special thanks to friends and supporters Tracy Jo, Shaun, Julie, Vickie, Matt, Michael and Randy, who pre-assembled filters and prepared the buckets. And, to Dr. Monica Ayala Cruz, our implementation partner along with Paco Uyunkar who came to personally say thank you.

The Waterbearers is working to bring simple, clean water solutions to Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian rainforest and beyond. To find out more visit

Jane Brinton: 097 998 2286. Call after: 1 PM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from The Waterbearers

Thank you to those who contributed to “It’s a Drop In The Bucket” campaign. Another 80 buckets and water filter kits will go to Taisha to be distributed deep in the jungle.

Special thanks to friends and supporters: Tracy Jo, Shaun, Julie, Vickie, Matt, Michael and Randy, who pre-assembled filters and prepared the buckets. And, to Dr. Monica Ayala Cruz, our implementation partner along with Paco Uyunkar who came to personally say thank you.

The Waterbearers is working to bring simple, clean water solutions to Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian rainforest and beyond. To find out more visit

Jane Brinton: 097 998 2286. Call after: 1 PM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you…for the second year in a row!

Thank you Amelia Earl! Because of your generous gift of 100s of pounds of coffee, every Cuenca Soup Kitchen family will be able to start their Christmas with a warm cuppa.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Thank you for all your support for Jean McCord

Jean McCord is now out of the hospital after surgery at Santa Ines. Her friends at the Cuenca Writers Collective and throughout Cuenca would like to thank everyone who generously donated to her fund-raising campaign. We were able to raise enough funds to pay for her surgery thanks to help from Soledad Riquetti, owner of La Yunta restaurant.


Angel tree lit: CSK Christmas Ready!

Thank you for putting the star on the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Children’s Angel Tree!

Moving the star to the top of the tree means:

* every child will have a small but longed for gift
* families will have additional food for their holiday celebrations
* there will be moments of normalcy and joy for families

CSK works year-long to give those in need a hand up to a better life – but you are the real stars!

More information and questions:

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Giovanna at CREA

Thanks for providing Giovanna‘s email address. I was able to contact her about my account. All is well.

Maureen: .

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito – Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

Thanks to your wonderful support, we met our back to school goal of $9500 at Mujeres Con Exito, Actually we received $9650! We will furnish photos of the children’s back to school shoes, clothing and school supplies once shopping is complete. Thank you!

Debby Larsen: .

City: Cuenca

Muchos Gracias Kolo Restaurante, Frank Gonzalez and staff

For the past several weeks, the Cuenca English Club for Kids has been holding our classes on Saturdays at Kolo Restaurant. Our children totally enjoy Kolo’s delicious food. Sarita Flautista (English Club founder) and myself are so grateful for the Kolo Sponsorship which includes a discount price for the wholesome food that is served.

The children’s food is paid for through Sponsorship and Donations. The Club was founded by Sarita over 5 years ago. It has survived Strikes and Covid lockdowns. My involvement started almost 4 years ago. I would estimate that we have helped over 40 Ecuadorian and Cuencano children to read and speak English. Many of our older students have become very fluent in English. This will be life changing for their economic futures.

Anyone interest in donating time or money to the Cuenca English Club please feel free to contact me at

Gracias, Kolo, Frank and Staff.

We hope Kolo can be our teaching home for a very long time.

Steve Waxman: .

City: Cuenca

Thanksgiving in June

About a week and a half ago I was feeling very sick and our good friend Lonnie Jenson recommended I see Dr. Gabriel Tenorio. The Dr. met me and my wife in the emergency room at Santa Ines Hospital. After some tests, he admitted me to the hospital because I had Covid and Pneumonia. The hospital nurses and staff treated me extremely well.


Cristian Velasquez

Many of you know Cristian as the owner of Common Grounds and the many fun events held there. However, he is also a co-owner of Republica Sur and generously welcomed Hearts of Gold’s Gringo Games to use Republica Sur’s large gathering space – for free! That’s right, he donated the space as a contribution to Heart’s event to raise money for the many charitable organizations that Hearts supports. And, has offered us the free use of the space for future events. Truly a man with a heart of gold.
Heartfelt thanks from all of us volunteers as well as staff at Hearts of Gold.

Leita Hulmes

City: Cuenca

Thank You from idiomART

We had a wonderful turnout for the grand opening of our new location and we just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. The night was filled with happiness, excitement and overall positive vibes. Our cheeks still hurt from all the smiling!

We hope that you all keep coming to support the arts and the creative community in Cuenca.

Stay tuned for exciting new activities and events at idiomART!

Sarah HB: .

City: Cuenca

What a lovely afternoon

A friend and I went to the weaving demo offered by Magy Peña at her home studio last Friday afternoon. Magy is a skilled and inspiring artist working in a variety of mediums. She showed us an assortment projects she has worked on in recent years, including some fascinating weaving using traditional and alternative materials.

Magy is also a delightful host, serving us homemade taxo ice cream made from the vine in her yard.

I can’t wait to get started on a project with Magy and spending more time in her company.

You can reach Magy at: WhatsApp: 099 514 0974 or Email:

Irina: .

City: Cuenca

Winner certificate

Lee’s hair salon wants to thank all customers for their votes and GringoPost for all their help to continue serving the community, Blessings to all.

Ligia Vega: 096 892 1026. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for electing M&E Pet Lovers as the Best Pet Sitter

All of us at M&E Pet Lovers are thrilled that you elected us as the Best Pet Sitter. Thank you very much.

There are not enough words to express our gratitude and love for all our loyal customers and friends.

Our loving group of pet sitters (Mateo, Elizabeth, Marlon, Marlon Jr. and Anita) are very happy that you trust us to provide lots of love to your pets during your travels.


Thank you for the “Best Trainer” award

It’s a surprise and honor to be recognized as best Trainer by Cuenca’s Gringo community. Happy to help all my friends and clients to become the best version of themselves.

Carlos Cabeza: 096 292 7668. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks for making Atrévete Salón “Best Mani/Pedi Place”

Our sincere thanks to all of you who voted Atrévete Salón as the best Mani/Pedi place in Cuenca. It is our pleasure and honor to serve you.

Our salon is designed to be a relaxing environment where you update/maintain your hair, or make your skin and nails feel and look their best. We provide haircuts, manicures, pedicures and waxing, for women and men. We also recently introduced relaxing massages, body waxing and back scrub services.

We deeply appreciate your support, Maria and Miriam.

By appointment only. Mail: WhatsApp: 096 370 9451 or 096 269 8578.

Our Location: Gran Colombia 5-10 y Mariano Cueva, Edificio Luzuriaga, Ground Floor, Local 11.


Thank you from Cuenca Salmon

Thank you to all of our supporters, customers, and friends in the community who voted us as the GringoPost Best Gourmet Food in Cuenca We are overjoyed to still be serving the Cuenca community after 5 years.

Our website is open 24/7 and we deliver 6 days a week. Look for a new Tienda opening in March:

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for the thumbs up

Thank you! I am thrilled to be called Cuenca’s “Best Dog Trainer”. I’m here to help anyone who’s serious about working with their dog(s).

Please note, I have a new WhatsApp. It is now +593 099 577 7459.

One other thing: I’m away for a while. I will let the community know when I am back.

Heather Conley: 099 577 7459. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks for making Ecuador At Your Service “Best Real Estate Agent”

My sincere thanks to all of you who voted for me and Ecuador At Your Service as best real estate agency. It has been a pleasure helping you buy and sell real estate in Cuenca these last few years, and I couldn’t have done it without your continued support.

Please contact Ashley@ecuadoratyourserivce for any real estate sales needs, or just to chat about buying or selling property in Ecuador. I would be happy to be of service. Thanks GringoPost and all of you who put your faith in me.

With gratitude, Ashley

Ecuador At Your Service: 099 547 5116. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

A huge Thank You!

Wow! “Best solo musician” ! A huge thank you, merci and gracias to everyone who voted for me. A wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning. Enjoy your day everyone.

Lynne Nadeau: 095 888 6777. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you from Le Petit Jardin

On behalf of my team in the kitchen and Maria Eliza’s team in front of house, I want to thank all the GringoPost readers who voted for Le Petit Jardin:

Best Fine Dining
Best French Food
Best International Food
Best Unique Dining with Great Food

And of course, I am also very happy to have been chosen Best Chef.

It means a lot to all of us to know that our hard work is appreciated.

This has been a difficult two years for everyone, and Cuenca’s restaurants have had an especially hard time, but thanks to the support of all our friends, Le Petit Jardin has come through in good shape.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Giovanni Cambizaca: 096 819 1518. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Muchas gracias and feeling honored at idiomART

Wow, Thank you so much for your continued support of idiomART and voting us the best art gallery, workshops, creative center and community center.

Your support means the world to us. Together we are forming a creative community and to be recognized this way truly is an honor. Thank you for being a part of the idiomART family…we look forward to continued growth and many more memory making moments together.

Sarah HB: .

City: Cuenca

Cuenca: a generous city

Cuenca is home to a large number of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping the less fortunate. The diversity of these programs is a source of strength. Cuencanos, expats, immigrants, and refugees are all critical components of these programs. They provide a breadth and depth of services including: food, clean water, medical assistance, education, psychological support, care for children and the elderly, and much, much more.

The volunteers and supporters of the Cuenca Soup Kitchen are thankful for all those individuals and organizations who lend a hand up to those who need it and we are happy for the opportunity to be a part of it.

Your support of these organizations makes a difference in the home that we share. Thank you.

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: .

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist

Thanks to the first audience of the year, at Common Grounds on January 8th, which was one of my first venues 6 months ago.

Words like amazing”, “great show“ and, “when is your next show?“ made the 2022 tour opener very gratifying.

Keep an eye on the GringoPost for news about the next performance.

Wes Elliott: .

City: Cuenca

Lost dog is home

So happy to report that after two days this little girl found her way home.

Cherie Rose

City: Cuenca

Happy New Year from Ecuador At Your Service

Thank you to all of our clients and friends for making 2021 a great year for Ecuador At Your Service. We are appreciative of all of you who have put trust in us for the selling and purchasing of real estate throughout Ecuador. Despite the pandemic and travel restrictions, we expect 2022 to be a banner year for real estate.

To all of you, thank you for your support and may the New Year bring you health, happiness, joy … and maybe even a new home!

With gratitude and joy. Happy New Year.

Ecuador At Your Service

City: Cuenca

Thank you very much for an incredible year

Dear friends, From Calvo & Co. we want to thank you for the support and trust you have given us. For almost three years when I started this company, Calvo & Co sought to be a place where friends meet, where you come without being judged, where everyone is treated like old friends and can feel at home.

We have been fortunate that clients became friends and friends became family.
So, I want to tell you thank you. Thank you for being a part of this.
Surely this new year will be loaded with good things.

From Calvo & Co. we wish you, Happy New Year.


Jose: 095 879 3723. Call after: 11 AM.

City: Cuenca


Very nice to meet you today at the super Aki. Thank you for the information. I should have spent a little more time with you on the taxi app.

Thank you so much.

Have a great day,

Robert: .

City: Cuenca

Thanks to Wes’s audience at Tutto Matto

You all were marvelous, and the cover charge will be used to “pay it forward” for costs to present my next charity gig at Kolo, for Cuenca Soup Kitchen on the 19th at 5 PM.

Wes Elliott

City: Cuenca

Lobo café/restaurant thanks the nice comments

I, Nick, chef and owner of the Lobo Café, would like to say: thank you for the recommendations on this website and promise to do our best to keep everybody satisfied.

Nick Verhasselt

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist and Hogar de Esperanza

Thanks to all the contributors who recently attended the show at Santorino, and to those who attended shows at Tutto Matto Pizzeria and Common Grounds. And thanks for those who contributed to Help Me to Help at La Yunta and for New Life contributions in Vilcabamba. Almost $2000 have been donated at Wes’s shows.
Thank you Cuenca contributors…even the skeptics.

A new show, scheduled for November is in the works. Watch for announcements. If you liked the first show, you’ll love the new collection of mystifying effects.

Wes Elliott: .

City: Cuenca

Huge thank you to Solé and La Yunta

Just wanted to give a shout out to Solé at La Yunta for the fantastic “Yapafest ” this last Saturday at LaYunta! In spite of the weather, there was a huge turnout to hear and dance to the four bands that were playing, enjoy a lunch under the provided tents, and shop at the artisan tents. As one of the artisans, I greatly appreciate having this venue to show my work. It was a successful day and loads of fun. Thank you Solé.

Barb VanAbel: 099 220 4112. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

To a Pedir a Boca

Thank you Felipe for all the free language lessons, the special chicken soup which came with the just right veggies on top; and all the wonderful meals and deserts that came out of your one man kitchen. You had the longest carrot strips I have ever seen. Your paintings, your flags, photos (the crying cat), the knickknacks that decorated your surroundings, making your restaurant a very special place to enjoy.

For every one who patronized your spot on Benigno Malo and Juan Jaramillo, let’s give three cheers in a phone call or mention on the website that “we will certainly miss you as a favorite spot to go to in the Historic District of Cuenca. I wish you well on your next journey. May it be as creative as this one.

Suzanne Cerny: .

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist, charity events in August

Thanks to all who contributed to Hogar de Esperanza and Help Me to Help. The three events raised over $1000.
Mighty oaks…
Looking forward to future gigs as I begin to reload the calendar. Events that will be enhanced by appropriate sound amplification.

Wes Elliott: .

City: Cuenca

Thank you to the Community

Hogar de Esperanza is extremely grateful to all the artists, businesses and others who have supported us these past few weeks. On Saturday, we held an information session on Health Care supported by Kolo Bakery and Restaurant, Blue Box Insurance and VIP Home Healthcare.

On Wednesday and Thursday Wes Elliott in collaboration with Tutto Matto Pizza and Common Grounds hosted a Wes the Mentalist show. It was an amazing show and I think many of us are still trying to figure out how he did it. Definitely, something different. The previous week, Bigotte invited us to participate in their one-year anniversary in collaboration with Deb Davis at which they donated the days proceeds to the foundation. Together, they provided over $1,200 to support the most vulnerable.

A big thank you to all those who came out and supported these events. Together we can make a big difference in our community.

If you or your business have ideas for future events, please contact our events coordinator, Jeenner Angulo.

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

City: Cuenca

To the incredible Deb Davis

La Guarida was honored to have Deb Davis play in our intimate venue. Deb helped two neighborhoods raise funds for their beautification project. These projects involve local artists, local businesses, neighbors and all those incredible people that have contributed so far. We will continue raising funds as we want to cover tagged and damaged walls with murals. We want to improve the image of our neighborhoods through art, through color, through innovation and community.

Deb is pure heart and we cannot thank her enough for all the wonderful work she is doing for the community. We were fortunate to have two sold-out nights, thanks to her incredible fans and friends.

If you couldn’t make it to these intimate musical experiences and want to be part of this campaign, please call 099 806 8071.

From La Guarida team,

Thank you Deb.

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

City: Cuenca

A special thank you to Ian and Karis, and their mom, Amy Thompson

These kids have spent most of their lives in Ecuador and now it is time for them to move on. Just like you did coming to Ecuador, they have had to pare down their lives for the move. As you know, that is no easy task.

They donated a large part of what they are leaving behind to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen and Hearts of Gold Foundation (two carloads!).

Their gifts came right when we needed them most. We gave away almost all of our children’s clothing in response to the flooding. All we had left was baby clothes. The things that they donated will go towards helping smart, nice kids just like them.

Ian and Karis have made a huge difference in many lives in the last few days. If the children who receive their gifts could say thank you personally, they would. Our big thank you will have to be enough.

Safe travels, Thompson family.
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: .

City: Cuenca

Big thank you to Bigotte Barbershop and Spa, Deb Davis and attendees

I spoke with the owner of Bigotte Men’s Barbershop and Spa about the success of their generosity on their 1st anniversary. Mauricio and his wife Joha decided to give back to the community and donate the proceeds of their day’s sales for all services provided. Also Deb Davis again has donated her time and tips from her talented singing and other invited vendors. In addition, the new location of Cappuccino Restaurant, (since 1986) offered free coffee drinks for guests who attended and bought services that day. The proceeds of the Barbershop & Spa, Deb Davis’s Tips, the day’s end raffle prize of dinner for two at Calvo & Co Restaurant and the generous Ecuadorians and expats present were able to come together and donate $600 to the Foundation Hogar De Esperanza! 

By the way, I have not eaten there yet but, have heard good unsolicited reviews from a few expats who have eaten at the new location of Cappuccino Restaurant which shares the patio space with Bigotte and other Vendors. 

I have recommended Bigotte Barbershop and Spa for their consistent service, comfortable surroundings, and attentive owner’s and staff many times and now I show you their hearts. 

Richard Crook:

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