Hi, I’m coming to Cuenca for a week later this month to scope it out as a place to spend the summer.
My flight gets into GYE around 11 PM – I assume I am best off spending the night in Guayaquil, and then getting a car to Cuenca the next day, but does anyone have other advice?
Also, can anyone recommend a really good driver who can take me from Guayaquil to Cuenca? I was considering renting a car, but since I really just want to explore Cuenca city this time, that probably is a bad idea as it will just be parked most of the time.
Thanks for any input,
Hi there, it’s Amy. I am residing in Cuenca, and I am not a US citizen nor resident. My daughter is studying in Boston. I am planning to see her in early June. I have a US tourist visit visa which is valid. Does anybody know whether I can enter the States as a tourist from Ecuador? Any restrictions at the moment?
I found a site where, given the name of an institution, you can see which Segment it is in. But I’m looking for a list of Segment 1 institutions. These would be the institutions that are insured for $32,000.
In yet another one-way communication of an opinion piece published elsewhere on May 2 that this time wisely prohibited comments, once again I feel compelled to take a positive perspective and begin a productive discussion about what the world has been dealing with for too long. The rage the author had was aimed at those who are anti-vaxxers and anti-science, taking the safe and simplistic stance that if only every person receives the vaccine, we wouldn’t have lost so much. I believe rage toward those few is unproductive. No matter what the political bent of the US mainstream media, it appears nobody wants to discuss the elephant: sustaining an unhealthy lifestyle compromises the immune system, making one a perfect host for a virus. Chronic illness left unmanaged becomes acute illness in a pandemic, which results in a great burden on one’s family, community and the healthcare system.(more…)
Yesterday morning while walking my dog, I saw an Ecuadorian friend of mine inside the mostly vacant building, which is in the small corner park above Common Grounds Restaurant and at the intersection of Jose Austudillo and Eduardo Crespo Malo. The small building is directly across the street from Edificio’s La Cuadra and Alameda. I stopped to speak with Jose as he and another man were painting the inside of this building. I had heard rumors that it was going to be a police office of some sort for several months now and have noticed a few workers repairing plumbing and walls and curious police officers peeking in the building’s windows every once in a while. So I assumed it would be happening some day…
My friend, Jose Pacheco, told me that the men from the Barrio were working on the building when they had spare time and donated materials to make the repairs necessary to accommodate the Officers. My hats off to all who are making this happen. Also during our conversation, Jose said that the men of the Barrio were asking for donations from people who live in this Barrio so they could also buy a couple of beds, a desk and chairs and other furnishings for the Officers.
I am happy with JEP, but I want to spread the risk by using other cooperativa(s) also.
My desires are:
$32000 insurance (what is the website for insured amounts?)
1 year: 8.5% interest
online access for savings and CDP’s
transfer to/from other banking
renew instructions by email
TIA for advice.
Mike L: 099 159 3533. Call after: 8 AM.
Good morning expats. Planning to retire next year around this time and would like to know which bank here in the States do you use to receive your social security check and withdraw money in Cuenca other than Charles Schwab? Thank you in advance for your advice.
Hi fellow Gringos. I know that many of you are tired of this question, but is the covid test required before getting on a plane to the US, the nasal swab, the blood test, or either?
Twice this month, I have had to wait in line to check out because a person ahead of me was not of the third age, was not having difficulty walking, and was not pregnant. After the first occasion, in the first week of April, I wrote a letter to SuperMaxi headquarters in Quito. I have yet to receive a reply. The second incident occurred tonight. I took photos of the person in line ahead of me. I also took photos of my receipt, which shows the name of the cashier.
I sent my emails to “email@example.com”. If you have experienced the same thing at any of the SuperMaxi stores, I urge you to write to the aforementioned address.
Will be moving to Cuenca in July. Can we obtain our Yellow fever, Typhoid, tetanus vaccines in Cuenca before our Amazon trip? Or, should we get the vaccines in USA?
Friends, I have a question. I know Ecuadorian PayPal can only link a US Bank, with local Ecuadorian banks it doesn’t work, but I need to transfer my funds from PayPal to Ecuadorian banks. Any recommendations?
Thank you in advance!
Can anyone recommend the best way to get to Manta for just me and my 11kg dog? I don’t think she’d be allowed (or sit still enough) on a bus, and not sure what other services would be available, other than private driver. which I’m okay with that option, too.
Gerri: 0986898827. Call after: 8 AM.
Hello, My wife and I live in Seattle, WA, USA and are both fully vaccinated. After staying home for more than year, we’re hopeful to begin some level of travel again and are very curious about Ecuador as a future live-abroad location possibility.
What I’m wondering for any expats in Ecuador today, is it a good time to visit Ecuador? (likely Cuenca and Quito) How does it feel there now? Understanding the health considerations are complex and don’t really expect easy answers on all of that. Really just curious for those already there, is it “come on down” or “better to wait longer” approach? Thinking may be July for a visit.
Welcome any input if you’re in Ecuador now. Gracias,
In my normal fashion, this will be long winded because that’s my nature…it’s one of those teaching old dogs new tricks problems. I also don’t have a lot of editing time to be brief and I apologize in advance for my verbosity. Please, feel free to stop reading at any moment but also, please, to those who want to criticize for the fun of it, maybe you could just stop reading instead?
So, we made another long trip from Cuenca to Guayaquil to Fort Lauderdale to Dallas and I thought some might be interested in how things are going in terms of airlines, covid test and vaccinations.
The way we do this trip it’s a bit over 24 hours from the moment we leave Cuenca on Saturday, March 27, to the time we land at DFW in Dallas. It begins when the van picks us up at 11 AM at the house. This time, we rented the entire van at a cost of $80. The last trip from Cuenca to Guayaquil we had used Opera Azuay and it wasn’t much fun riding with a full van, no AC and also, it seemed, no suspension. Sherry actually got sick about halfway thru the Cajas. So, no more full van rides for us.
Question for the community: JEP wants an email address when setting up an electronic payment online. I have looked everywhere on the IESS website and there are no email addresses anywhere.
I prefer to set it up from JEP’s end rather than fill out the form from IESS and have them take the money out each month.
Has anyone set this up from JEP’s end?
I am looking for recommendations for a Spanish teacher, basic conversational Spanish. I am looking for someone who is patient and who can spend 4 hours/day, 4 days a week for 4 weeks and possibly longer. I am requesting responses from other expats who have done this type immersion.
Thank you for your time and response,
I am planning a trip to Ecuador and want to know what the Covid situation is in Ecuador. CDC says it is Level 4 High Risk. I have my 2 Moderna shots and want to hear from your perspective. Thank you all so much in advance.
A good friend was stabbed twice in the abdomen and was taken by ambulance to the ER where she received an ultrasound and x-rays to determine the extent of her injuries, then stitched up and went home in a taxi in her bloody clothes. When: 7:25 Friday morning and the only other person on the sidewalk. Where: Her taxi had just driven away and she was about to enter a building in Caspicara y Mariscal Lamar. How: Her attacker had a bicycle and stopped to ask her the name of the street and then for a dollar, adding that he was from Peru. As she removed her purse from a larger bag to get out a dollar, he grabbed at the purse. She instinctively held on so he stabbed her twice. If she had not been wearing two coats, her wounds would have been much deeper than 5 cm.Read more…
Happy Easter to all.
Please let me know
Appreciate for any info.
Figures from the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) provided to monitor the pandemic show that, in Azuay, during the last seven days, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 334 cases, of which 235 correspond to the city of Cuenca.
This increase is higher than the one presented during the previous week, in which a total of 272 new cases were registered; This means 62 fewer infections than between March 21 and 28, according to official figures provided by the Zonal Coordination 6 of Health.
Thought I’d share these links with everyone, these are free webinars in the coming weeks about US expat income taxation, investing, cryptocurrency, effects on Canadians of the new US income tax law changes, and renouncing US citizenship from the online American Expat Financial News Journal, a very useful source of information for all US expats.
I don’t think the embedded links are copying correctly, so at the end of this post there is a link to the article itself which has the links to the various webinar sources.
From the American Expat Financial News Journal website:
Tax and financial planning webinars, online events on offer, courtesy of USs expat groups, companies.
AstraZeneca Vaccine suspended again in Berlin, Munich for under-60s amid blood clot reports.
Some other European countries remain hesitant about giving the AstraZeneca shot to older people. In Madrid, residents ages 60 to 65 started receiving the vaccine Tuesday ahead of those between the ages of 66 and 79 because Spanish authorities have not yet reviewed new data provided by AstraZeneca about how well it works in the older age group.
Spain is currently using the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for people over 80 years old.
Spanish health authorities have said that they are hoping to speed up the rollout of vaccines with the arrival of the jab developed by the pharmaceutical company Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which has also been approved for use in Europe and requires one shot only.
Breitbart News link
Harry Windsor: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Anyone know where I can buy sun-dried tomatoes in Cuenca?
Joseph Canio Maffucci
I am a UK national married (in Ecuador) to an Ecuadorian national and I am planning to apply for the Amparo visa but have a few questions – can anyone help?
1. We have an interview date, but want to know if the Ministry will take my original passport from me on that day as part of the application process? (reason I am asking is I need to travel overseas within one week of interview date)
2. How does it normally take for the Ministry to make the decision after the interview has been completed? 1 week/2weeks/etc…?
3. Is there a time limit on submitting the application and getting the criminal record background check documentation notarized? For example: if I have the notarized documents, can I apply in 6 months or do I have to apply within 3 months of the date on the notarized background check document?
Thank you in advance for your assistance,
I need a hair stylist and colorist who specializes in coloring blonde hair.
Please recommend one that you have had personal experience with.
Alice E Mendell
Any suggestions getting this accomplished?
I have 11 – 12 square meters. (Basically half of a 20′ container) My problem is my 6 month time restriction has run out, due to Covid and misinformation concerning my allowable time frame.
I will pay and share space in the container of someone shipping who is current with their time allowance to bring in their belongings.
Thank you, Brian Musich family
Thank you for the previous support on my videos. I made a new one on my recent trip to Quilotoa Lake and Quito.
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Have been told to bring electronics so am updating my current ones. That said, have been told to bring a Firestick so started shopping. Wasn’t aware there were so many varieties. Since I have zero experience, what model and features should I look for?
Also, what other must-brings should I be considering?
We were students of the most recognized ufologist researcher in Ecuador, Mr. Jaime Rodríguez Tanguay, who has written many books throughout 30 years of research on the UFO phenomenon and currently lives in Cuenca.
If you have a story or experience you’d like to share, let’s have coffee and talk.
Diego and Le Jotas.
Diego Jadan: email@example.com 099 887 5691. Call after: 8 AM.
Hello, I am going to the USA shortly and am required to have a negative covid test with my name on it and it needs to be done 3 days before I leave or at least the date of the test needs to be no more than 3 days before my departure. If anyone knows where I can get a covid test and the results immediately, please let me know.
If you have experience with this, I’d really appreciate if you contacted me.
Hello expat community. I’m waiting for visa in Consulate of Ecuador in US, after my Attorney in Cuenca filed my paperwork to Consulate by the electronic system month ago and I got conformation number about it by email. But after waiting 3 weeks I called to Consulate and they do not see me in the system. Attorney advised to wait, just wait. Please any info about:1. How long approximately waiting time from date of conformation number (w/out app data) and get visa in US? 2. Does my documents correctly filed to Consulate in US or not to Ministerio Migracion in Quito and than Quito will send approved document to Consulate, where I get visa just by formal procedure? How it’s work correctly? Unfortunately I didn’t get any details from Attorney. I will appreciate for some explanations. G-d bless all.
Most who read this forum probably know that, as far as I know, the first “Senior Living Facility” opened recently in, I think, Challuabamba. I took a look at the website, http://www.rioquinto.com and it looks like a lovely place and at $1500 per month for one or $2750 for two, it would be a bargain compared to what something similar would cost in the USA.
Of course, for someone already here, $1500 sounds like a lot of many given that you can rent an apartment and hire someone to help take care of you, probably, for a much lower number. However, if you compare the cost of assisted living, independent living or other “life styles” in the USA, it seems like a real bargain.
There are many days I ask myself why more places this haven’t come along. If you think about the 75 plus million baby boomers in the USA and how many of them are struggling, why hasn’t this become more common an alternative to the $7 or $8 grand a month similar places in the USA might cost?
We came here with the intent of creating a multi-purpose, residential community where people could live, play, and if they wanted to, work. For the first four years we lived in Cuenca, we worked for companies in the USA. The concept was simple: If you could work from home, home could be anywhere.