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Ecuador income tax deductions

Anyone actually ever max out on the Ecuador income tax deductions (approximately $14k)? Seems a high amount, even for a working expat gringo.

Michael Silbergleid

Question please...

I need to refill prescriptions through IESS. I used to go to the hospital and have them filled there. I realize this has changed, however am a bit confused. Do I now need a Doctor's appointment in order to refill my meds? Thanks.


Immigration registration

I married an Ecuadorian woman and want to get her (and our marriage) registered with the US government with an eye toward getting her a green card sometime in the future. But I don't know the first thing about what I need to do. Any advice? Thanks,



Has anybody used IHerb's international shipping to Ecuador recently? Did you end up paying the $42 tariff? I had heard that since they do not allow shipping with USPS international anymore, that we have to pay all the tariffs and duties on our order. Is that true? DHL or UPS? Thanks, everyone.


Ideas to help locals during Christmas

I am new to Cuenca, and would be very interested to hear about any suggestions people have for how we can get involved and help the most needy in the community.

Suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks,


Can one travel internationally while US passport is being renewed?

Well, we might have gotten ourselves into a pickle. On 13 December (we can't go any sooner), we are going to GYE to renew a US passport expiring next year. We leave Ecuador on 31 December for most of January and don't expect the renewed passport to arrive in time to pick it up before our departure. We're trying to arrange having it mailed to our hotel (in Argentina) while we are traveling.

Three questions:

Mirador San Jose - fraud scheme

Attention, If you bought a property in Mirador San Jose or any of their affiliates or from their associates you could be charged for participating in a fraud scheme.

Recently on Canada's French network broadcast featuring Mirador San Jose and their owners who are allegedly being accused of participating in a fraud scheme. According to Humberto Moya the vice president of the Ecuadorian federation of notary, the owners and the buyers could have been participated in a fraud scheme against the municipality by deflating the price of the properties on papers to avoid paying taxes and fees.

Cuenca Pool League 8-ball tournament and Thursday 9-ball league

Monday, December 5th, at 6 PM at Common Grounds, Cuenca Pool League will host an open 8-ball pool tournament. This will be single elimination race to 3. Entree fee is $5. All money will go into the payout.

Thursday, December 8th, will be the start of the next 9-ball league. Teams will be set as well. Everyone and all skill levels are welcome. This session will run for 10 weeks. League fees are $5 per week. Please consider joining us for a night of fun and friendly competition.

December 5th, 8-ball tourney. December 8th, start of 9-ball league, $5, Common Grounds, Cuenca.

Brian Brown

JenAerobics dance workout class, free, this Wednesday only

We are back. It is time to get our cardio back up our adrenaline going and enjoy high energy dancing and working out.

Reserve your free spot for this Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Bring a towel and your energy.

Email: to reserve a spot.

December 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, free, Baltazara de Calderon y Miguel Velez in the Mujeres con Exito Building, Cuenca.


Shuar Ritual and Natural Medicine Intro workshop - January

After the tremendous success of our events held throughout the year, Alternatur Cuenca is organizing a 2-hour natural medicine workshop scheduled for Saturday, January 14th, from 10 AM to noon. Joining us will be members of a Shuar tribe that is visiting Cuenca from an indigenous community near the town of Sucua in the Amazon. The topics to be covered at the workshop focus on alternate medicine and holistic treatments using plants that can only be found in the Amazon. The workshop will also include traditional Shuar rituals as well as spiritual exercises that involves the participation of all our guests. There will be a 20-minute Q & A at the end of the event where you get to ask the tribe members your questions. We can provide those interested with videos from past events. Thank you kindly for the interest and support.

January 14th, from 10 AM to Noon, $5, Avenida Gonzalez Suarez 8-58, Cuenca.


Cuenca: Writing Our World

The next meeting of Cuenca: Writing Our World, a support group for writers of all genres, will be held at Magnolia Caffe in Plaza Otorongo at 1 PM on Tuesday, December 6th. Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes early if you plan on ordering lunch.

This month Paul Anlee/Wayne Materi will facilitate a discussion on: Understanding “Show, Don’t Tell”

Have you ever been told: “You need to dramatize scenes instead of explaining them”; or “You should engage all the senses so the reader can experience the point-of-view of your characters”; or simply “It seems a little boring to me?”

Teaching English Classes

Teach practical lessons for TOEFL, individual and group classes for students for learning English grammar.

* Provide morning, evening and weekend classes
* Helps in speaking English fluently within 1 month
* Fees only $5 per hour


Dixon: .

City: Cuenca

Bar stools

Hi there, I am looking to buy 2-3 bar stools. Please let me know, if you, or anyone you know, has some for sale.

Thank you,

Joe Hill: 098 381 7188. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Barbell and weights

Hi, I am looking for a barbell and 90-110 pounds of weights. Please let me know if you or anyone you know has them for sale.

Thank you,

Joe Hill: 098 381 7188. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Expats will move 2-3 times before finding their “dream” home in Cuenca

Time Magazine listed the 10 Top Most Stressful Life Events in modern day. The top 3 were in this order, death, divorce and moving. If you are moving from one home to another home, let me take away your worries and stress and manage all of the logistics for you. Will pack your belongings, clean, paint, transport entire contents of your home and make any necessary repairs in your old home and do the same in preparing your new home.

I have a proven track record with excellent references from local Ecuadorians and Expats alike. Very thorough and detail oriented. Honest and reliable with extremely reasonable rates.

Email me now at and let’s meet and get you on my calendar.

Happy Holidays to all of my wonderful customers,

Debra Lynn

City: Cuenca

Looking for: peanut butter/ nut grinder

Does anyone have or know where to get a peanut butter or nut grinder?


Ruth: .

City: Cuenca

Store to buy above ground pool?

Does anyone know of any store in Cuenca where one could buy an above ground pool?

I can't find anything online.

Jacek: .

City: Cuenca

Wanted 110 electric stove/oven

Must be in excellent condition and reasonably priced. 110 V only. If you have one for sale or know of where i can buy one, please email me. Thank you,

Marilyn: .

City: Cuenca

English lessons/tutoring

Are you or your child interested in practicing their English?

Individual or small group English classes available on weekday afternoons.

I am a native English speaker from the US temporarily living in Cuenca teaching English at CEDEI school. I am offering English classes and tutoring in the afternoons.

Please contact me if you are interested.

Lindsey Ingwersen: 

Driving Cuenca - Guayaquil

English-speaking driver, pleased to take you to other towns, sightseeing, pick up and drop off to the airports at any time, do errands, arrangements with van services, taxi services and facilitator. Special fares: $25 each.
Driving Cuenca - Guayaquil.
On December 10th. Departing any time between 6 and 10 AM
On December 14th. Departing any time between 6 and 10 AM
On December 17th. Departing time, any time between 6 and 6:30 AM
On January 12th. Departing time, any time between 6 and 10:30 AM

Dogs Obedience School - one more story of scamming to add to the rest.

Please be aware of scamming from Robert at Dogs Obedience School.

I have a note of warning about Mr. Robert at Dogs Obedience School. I am one more person to add to the growing number of dissatisfied customers. My story is long, but I think it needs to be told in it's entirety. 

I would like to say that Mr. Robert is a good trainer, because he has a lot of stellar reviews and recommendations, and that is the reason why I chose him. But, as you will see later, I never had a chance to see what my dog learned.

Our family went on a nine month vacation to Europe. We left our two dogs and two cats with petsitters who stayed in our home. Before we left, our large, black dog, Nikki, was exhibiting behaviors of anxiety whenever our indigenous neighbor, M. came out of his house. When Nikki saw M. she would throw herself at the door to the house, barking ferociously, trying to get back in. Clearly M. was doing something to Nikki when we were away to cause her to act that way, possibly throwing rocks at her. After we left, things escalated and our other neighbors were complaining because Nikki was getting vicious at our fence. I was afraid she was going to bite someone, so I decided to send her to Robert. She stayed there for two months. There was a discrepancy with the second month's payment because Robert changed it on me, but insisted it had always been that amount. He told me to look on the website...which was now a BRAND new page with new pricing and pictures of MY DOG on it. Huh? Oh well, not much I can do about it in Europe. So, I paid the price.

Win a microwave or laptop computer in the NOVA Christmas Raffle

Don’t miss your opportunity to win a microwave or laptop computer in the NOVA Christmas-time raffle. Tickets are only $1 apiece and you can buy as many tickets as you want. The odds in winning are great at 1 in 5000.

Thanks to our generous Cuenca community, Ecuador Cares has raised $825 or 27.5% of our $3000 goal so far. The raffle ends December 15th with prizes drawn in Parque Calderón on December 16th. Visit the EC website at for easy and secure ticket purchasing or pick up tickets from our volunteers at these locations:

Book exchange

The book exchange will be at CEDEI on Wednesday from 10 till 1 - with a selection of English and Spanish, along with CDs. Tracy's Treasures (hard to find spice mixes) will also be at the book exchange from 10 till noon.

Eliot Rose:

Free language exchange sessions

Join us to exchange languages, share and learn with native speakers of Spanish, French, German and other languages. We will talk about different cultures, languages and current events happening around the world.

Casual format encourages everyone to speak in the language they want to learn. Feedback on your efforts will be provided by our members who are native speakers of that language.

Every Tuesday evening, starting promptly at 5:30 PM, free, Calle Larga 2-92 y Tomás Ordoñez, one floor up from street, in Spanish Institute of Cuenca.

Jack Hardy: 099 890 3149 . Call after: 9 AM.

Ride to Guayaquil airport on Friday, Dec. 9th.

Hello Everyone, I will be driving to Guayaquil Airport on Friday, Dec. 9th. I can pick you up from your house in Cuenca anytime from 11 AM to 2 PM. SUV with A/C, room for 3 passengers plus luggage. Thank you for your time.

Friday, Dec. 9th, from 11 AM to 2 PM., Cuenca

Victor Ojeda: 098 731 3565

Double-bed and rug for sale

Barely used double-bed for sale. Used in a secondary bedroom for visitors, needless to say. We hardly had any, hence reason for sale. Bed includes 2 nightstands and a comforter and pillow shams for no extra charge - $200. Rug is 77" x 109" with square pattern design-$45. I'll be happy to send photos upon request.

David: .

City: Cuenca

2 gas tanks, Indurama gas 4-burner stove with oven, huge new wardrobe

Gas tanks. $40 each or both for $75.
Indurama gas stove with oven, 4-burner, SS finish, works great.
Huge wood wardrobe purchased 2 months ago for $300, sell for $250.
I can email photos.
In el Centro.

Heidi Fabian: .

City: Cuenca