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Where to renew visas?

I have the $25K "deposit" visa which I must renew. Is this renewed in Azogues, or at the Cuenca office near Millenium Plaza? Thanks,

Mel D

TEFL or CELTA courses in Cuenca?

I know that the British School of language located on Ave Solano offered CELTA courses but they recently closed this branch and only offer the course in Mantanita now. I've tried searching and searching google but nothing comes up for Cuenca other than some old links. Does anyone know if it's possible to get TEFL or CELTA certification here in Cuenca? I would really appreciate some info. Thanks,


Joes’ Fish Fry, this Saturday, Sept 3 – just before vacation Crispy Fried Corvina
Uncle Cootie’s Hush Puppies
Potato Salad
Creamy Cole Slaw
Onions and Pickles and Stuff

Grasshopper Pie.

Fun starts: 5:00, Dinner after: 6:30.

Joes’ will be closed for vacation for a short while after this Saturday.

For more information and reservations, please visit:


If you are in need of a really soft, cuddly, never aggressive adult cat, maybe Azula is your girl. Azula is a very soft and gentle lap warmer. She is very clean, she likes to cuddle, and sleep, Azula is a wonderful addition to any family, friendly to other animals, not aggressive or territorial and never scared at all. Please contact me or ARCA to meet Azula.

And please remember, ARCA desperately needs your old newspapers. Old blankets, sheets, and pillows are also very useful.


City: Cuenca

Raw Shamanic retreat

Next retreat in “the garden of forgetfulness” beginning the 28th of September.

We propose:
1- profound shamanic practices and journeys as in primordial times using raw preparations of ancestral sacred plants
2- deep body and spirit detoxification
3- archaic raw diet
4- one day shamans meeting

07 days retreat: $520
12 days retreat: $890
21 days retreat:(if you decide to stay longer)
Prices including lodging,"our" raw food, ceremonies, activities, laundry, room service, etc.

Jazz - concert with Gilberto Rivero (saxophonist) Quartet

BmJ Productions presents: The second promotional concert of CuencaJazz International Festival with “Gilberto Rivero Quartet” (Spain) in a gala night with their most outstanding repertoire. A performance you should not miss. Invited artist: Lucas Bravo (Piano).

Date of concert: Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 8 PM at “Teatro Pumapungo” – Entrance fee: $ 10.

Afterwards there will be a workshop of techniques of improvisation given by Gilberto Rivero for musicians as well as all interested people.

Share a ride from Guayaquil to Cuenca and/or Cuenca to Guayaquil

Looking for persons to share a ride from Guayaquil Airport to Cuenca on Saturday, September 3rd, at 10 AM. There are only 2 of us so far.

Also looking for persons to share a ride from Cuenca to Guayaquil on Tuesday, September 13th, after 2 PM.

Our driver is very trusted, safe and reliable. He speaks fluent English and has a very comfortable, large van with lots of space and storage.


City: Cuenca

Memory foam

Please refer a local source for memory foam that will match description seen at "Toppers" that are integral to mattresses sold locally are disappointing and I want to place 1" or maximum 2" thick (2.4 - 4.8cm) memory foam atop a full-size mattress. Thanks.

John Porterfield: 098 164 8719. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

I'm looking for a gas range, refrigerator and queen-size bed

Does anyone know where can I purchase a second hand appliances here in Cuenca? Or, if you have the items mentioned above for sale, email me, please.


City: Cuenca

Looking for: blender, toaster oven, food processor

Looking for modern, quality blender, toaster, food processor, and hand blender.

Aesthetics, quality, and age are the most important factors. If you have any of these items, please email me with the photos and price you’re asking. I'll respond quickly.

Thank you,

Isaac J May: 099 973 0658. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for TV cabinet, occasional chairs

I need a small cabinet for under my wall TV to hold a sound bar and apple TV. Also in the market for comfy, occasional chairs for living room.


City: Cuenca

Looking for area rugs

Am interested in buying area rugs, if you want to part with yours. 6 ft. round, 8 x 10 or larger.


City: Cuenca

Still looking for a couple of coaches for American Football team

Cuenca's second American Football team is still looking for a couple of committed coaches to help them get up and running. We now have a promising head coach for the team, but need some supporting help from people who want to give part of themselves through developing a love of this sport. These young men love the game, some have played for well over a year and know what they are doing, others are still thinking they know it all through UTube or XBox, so your help is desperately needed.

This team, the Trojans, is practicing Mondays and Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM and Saturdays from 6 PM to 8 PM at Parque Miraflores on the West Side near el Cruz del Papa.

How to contribute to a better integration of the expat community

If you are a US citizen of over 65 who lives in Cuenca you’re invited to take part in an investigation about the integration of retired US citizens. We want to interview you for about 1 hour, preferably at your place.

By granting your assistance you'll help an Ecuadorian student of the Master on Migration Politics of the Universidad de Cuenca. The results of the investigation will be handed over to the local government of Cuenca with the purpose of improving their policy on migration and integration.

If interested, please contact,

Jasper Somers: or 096 756 2088.

City: Cuenca

Steam cleaning furniture, painting and a bi-lingual nanny

Hello, we are moving from Dallas, TX to Cuenca on September 16, and I would like to have the house we have rented professionally cleaned including steam cleaning the furniture and bedding. Any information on if this type of service is available in Cuenca would be appreciated.

We are also wondering what the cost of interior painting might be. Apparently, the outside is in good shape but the inside needs a coat of paint. It's an 8 bedroom, 5 bath house. I am tempted to do it myself since I used to be a painter, but that was another lifetime - 40 years ago.

Last, but most certainly not least, we will also be looking for a live-in nanny to help us with our 2-year-old granddaughter. It would be great if she spoke some English as we don't speak much; ok, very little, Spanish.

Steve Feuerbacher: 1 214 693 2234. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Website designer?

Do you have experience with one who is well experienced, does excellent work, for reasonable fees? Someone mentioned Michael Berger and Christian?. Do you have phone numbers for either? Please reply here. Thanks,

Margaret B.

City: Cuenca

Survey for resident foreigner

The survey is part of a thesis. The principal investigator of this study will respect and guarantee your confidential information. This survey will be used for academic studies.

Thank you for you collaboration.

Stefany Narváez: 

Otterbox for iPhone

Have a blue and lime green Otterbox iPhone protector that fits the iPhone 4 and 5. It is in good condition and has saved my phone from breakage and falls a few times. Price $35. Pictures upon request.

Dee Jordan: 099 175 6588. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Some items for sale

Good morning Dear People, As many of you know, my family and I are starting a new experience outside Ecuador, so we need to sell all the things at home. Every object has one-year and 3 months of light use and they look pretty new:

1. Innova chrome color gas stove with 6 burners and oven $430
2. TV Furniture, Nogal color $100
3. Led TV 32" Daewoo $250
4. Ps3 250 gb with move, 2 original controls, 2 move controls and 10 original cds $300
5. Puff furniture $100
6. Carpet for living room $100
7. Japanese katanas with original papers $250 / both
8. Queen-box and mattress with 2 nightstands, Wengue color $350
9. Single box and mattress $150

Best iPhones for sale - iPhone 6s and iPhone 5c.

• iPhone 6s, like-new, 64 GB, color: black/space gray, including the original box with all the accessories and 2 black thin cases. Still under warranty. This is the best used device you can ever buy. Few months of use, only. $800.

• iPhone 5c like-new, 15 GB, color: blue, including the charger. $350

Cash preferred, but I can also accept credit card or US check.

Contact Joe:

City: Cuenca

Couches for sale, and Palermo parking spot for rent

One couch, loveseat and chair in contrasting brown and orange colors, for sale. Includes wood and glass top coffee table too. $450 for all. Can arrange for delivery for additional fee.

Palermo building parking space for $30 a month.

Esther Levitt: 098 308 8928.. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

iPad Mini 3, for sale

An amazing tablet, with 7.9-inch screen. It is the perfect size to hold in one hand but it's still big enough to be satisfying when you watch videos, browse the web, or for emails and reading.

Perfect condition. Color: Space gray/black, comes with a smart cover and a charger.


Cash preferred, but I can also accept credit card or US check.

Contact Joe:

City: Cuenca

TV 45" Hitachi TV Flatscreen

Hitachi 45" flatscreen TV. Used, but good condition with integrated speaker bar. First generation flatscreen, so slightly heavier.


VSL-#3 high potency probiotic medical food

-From Sigma Tau Pharmaceuticals (non-prescription)
-Recommended for irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis
-Each bottle contains 60 capsules of 112.5 billion bacteria
-Flown in ice packs from Miami last week. All very fresh dates.
-6 bottles available
-$70/per bottle


City: Cuenca

Handmade leather chair

Beautiful handmade leather chair with intricate engravings. $100 OBO.

Panasonic DMC-FZ30 digital camera for sale

Panasonic DMC FZ30 digital camera with 2 spare batteries and battery charger.  This camera has a Leica lens. I can only find the French instruction manual (don't know why I kept that), but do have the English operating instructions for the camera-PC connection. Price includes a very good, padded carrying case.

Price: $250 OBO

Bose Wave music system

Bose Wave music system with 2 remotes and CD changer for sale. CD changer is defective and no longer switches to second CD, but would probably be easily repaired. Very compact and a good sound from a small package.

Price: $200

Converse and New Balance shoes

Hello, I bought two pair of shoes for my dad but he doesn't use them because they are all white. I’m trying to sell them instead of keeping them stored.

All white Converse classics, size 10, 5 US or 44-44, 5 Eu. (Note that converse always has larger sizing) brand-new. $90 negotiable.

All white New Balance 812 for walking or for people with feet problems. I guess they are also good for doctors. Size 10.5 US or 42 EU. $80, negotiable (less than the price in Amazon). They've been tried out once.

Clothing and shoes, for sale

I am moving into a smaller apartment and am therefore cleaning out my closet (literally). I have 4 jackets and coats, as well as numerous pairs of pants/jeans (sizes 12-16), tops, and shoes and boots (women's size 9) for sale. I am attaching photos of the jackets to give you an idea of what I have. The shoes and boots are often like new (brands Ecco, Santana, Josef Seibel, etc.)

Jackets/coats are as follows:

1. Brown raincoat -- Lane Bryant 18/20 Price: $25
2. Nygard black blazer, size 14P. Price: $25
3. Travel Smith Peach-colored (a dark peach) jacket, women's medium, Price: $30
4. Travel Smith Brown microfiber jacket, size women's extra-large, Price $30

Some of the pants are like new. Prices between $20-25 per pair. Shoes and Boots $25-$35/pair.

Tops: $10-20/piece

Indurama refrigerator, for sale

This is an Indurama refrigerator, like new, white color, water dispenser, digital clock, ice maker. Great condition.

Price $460

Shower curtains and curtain hooks, for sale

Three shower curtains, a plastic shower curtain liner (new), and two sets of shower curtain hooks for sale. One multicolored, and 2 cream-colored shower curtains. One of the cream curtains is a cotton woven fabric. The other is polyester. New plastic liner also for sale.

Colored curtain -- Price $15
Cream colored curtains -- Price $10 each
Plastic liner: $5
Curtain Hooks: $7.50 per set

Travel Pro carry-on bag, for sale

Black Travel Pro carry-on bag for sale. Only used a couple of times -- so, like new.

Price: $25 OBO

Women's clothing, shoes, handbags and watches

Please email for more photos/info/a date/time to stop by and I'll send directions.

Lady's watches:
Gucci Watch with leather strap. $75
Anne Klein Swarovski Crystal Rosegold-Tone Bracelet Watch w/changeable bevels. $95

Eva Picone Skirt and Jacket, Size 12. $12
Jones New York Collection Dress, Size 12. Never worn. $25
Men's or Women's Help for Heroes blue fleece, Size L. $6
Unisex Caribbean Explorer or Turks & Caicos Explorer blue fleece, Size M-L. $5 or $8 for both.
Alfani Women's leather jacket, Size L. $15
Sportswear Inc. white capri pants, Size 10. $5
Dorothy Perkins white slacks, Size UK10 / EUR 38. $8
Counterparts blue capri pants, Size 10P. $4
Ann Taylor grey dress knit vest, Size L. $6

Artwork for sale

Please email for more info/a date/time to stop by and I'll send directions.

Anthony Metlan, Venice Canal Serigraph. Comes with certification and registration numbers. Appraised for $1050 in 2014. Asking $900.

Alex Pauker, Bayside Villa serigraph. Comes with certification and registration numbers. Appraised for $1250 in 2014. Asking $1000

Artist Unknown, Sri Lankan, The Song of the Bird and Woman serigraph. Appraised for $750 in 2014. Asking $400

Iqbal, Afghan Barber oil painting. Appraised for $1200 in 2011. Asking $1000

Azhar, Persian Hookah oil painting. Appraised for $1000 in 2011. Asking $850

15" MacBook Pro Retina, Mid-2015. 16 GB Memory, i7. 1 TB flash Hdrive

Top of the range laptop in Early 2016. Good condition, no defects. Bought for $3,100 from Apple Store, Texas. Digital copy of receipt still in email archive.

Selling less than a year later for $2200. Perfect working order. Powerhouse machine.

Cash only.

Email for quick response.


City: Cuenca

Full-size bed and 2 night stands

Almost-new, full-size bed, Chaide & Chaide mattress, 2 pillows, and 2 night stands, $280.

2 beautiful lamps for $20, if you buy the bed set.

Recommendation for Dr. Juan Ordoñez, Dentist

I was in Ecuador on vacation visiting family and one of my front tooth fillings that I had done in the States decided to break. It is my last day in Ecuador, I had reserved a flight for 5 AM the next day. Luckily my Cuencano nephew has contacts / friends and called Dr. Juan Ordoñez. We called in the morning to see if he was available and gave my son, nephew and me consecutive appointments that day. He is very cheap and thorough with his examination and cleaning as he is a periodontist who studied in Brazil. He cleaned our teeth and made the filling. I cannot express how happy I am with the results. It looks like a natural tooth again. He has very steady, firm hands. From now on, I will go to him as I feel he is very professional and honest. His wife works with him. She is an endodontist; if you need a root canal. I am very grateful to have met this wonderful, dedicated couple.

He does not speak fluent English, but understands. You could have a translator with you. I guarantee you he is so good.

Address: Av. 12 de Abril y Jose Peralta, Edificio Paseo del Puente, office #103

Contact information: 098 775 0719

Recommended by Clever Zambrano: 1 224 383 8629


Recommendation for Amañan Organic Restaurant

My wife and I went to Amañan last night for an early supper. Wow! The food was fantastic, the environment, clean, characteristic and super friendly. We both had steak. I had the T-bone which was superb, my wife had the ribeye. Both were  cooked to perfection. My wife's gratin potatoes were, in my humble opinion, the best we have eaten anywhere. We have lived and eaten around the world. Luis and Diana, are partners in this restaurant. Don't miss this treat.

Address: Amañan Restaurant Ave. Conquistadores and Francisco de Drellana (on the corner)

Contact information: 099 970 2773

Recommended by Jake Popejoy:


Recommendation for PhysioGym and Isabel, physical therapy

I highly recommend PhysioGym, their director Isabel Puyol, and her staff, Julietta and Paula. They all speak English, as well. Their facility is large and modern, yet it feels like a home. Physical therapists Isabel Puyol and Julietta not only give excellent state-of-the-art treatment, but they go out of their way to ensure that you are making progress in your treatment. Isabel Puyol and her staff treat a patient's condition holistically to address the root causes and not just the symptoms. I've been going to PhysioGym for my knee. All protocols say that I need ice packs as part of my treatment, but I have a better reaction to heat treatments. Isabel was concerned about the effect of heat on my circulation. So, she made a same-day appointment for me with a vascular specialist at nearby Santa Ines to make sure my circulation was normal and could take the heat. Paula even walked with me to the doctor's office. My extensive English conversations with Isabel are also helping me to make progress.

Address: Aurelio Aguilar 2-79 and Federico Proano

Contact information: 593 7 288 8088

Recommended by Carol Boe:


Recommendation for Fernando Cevallos, el Carpintero

Known as El Carpintero, Fernando Cevallos is an amazing woodworker. He can make anything you can imagine, at very reasonable prices. The wood is superior and the finishes are perfect. I have had several items made, and have been more than happy with his work. Please consider him for your original pieces of furniture.


Southern Comfort, gringo menu for Mujers Con Exito

Hey Everyone, Words cannot express our gratitude of your continued support of Southern Comfort. The goal of $600+ was met for the school supplies. Anything over and above that was collected will go toward the purchase of a new pair of shoes for these children to start school in.

Please join us on Sunday, September 4, at 4 PM for our next Southern Comfort meal. The meal will be served at the Mujers Con Exito Café located at Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 (2 blocks from San Sabastian Plaza). Reservations must be made by  September 1, 2016 at

Thai Connection, Austrian lunch special, Tuesday, August 30: Goulash

Lunch specials at Thai Connection. Thai Connection will be offering Austrian/German lunch specials every Tuesday from noon – 4:00.

Next week’s, 30th of August, 2016, special will be Austrian/Hungarian beef Goulash. (Gulasch). The recipe has been in my family for generations and appreciated around the world. The Goulash will be served with organic beef, noodles or rice as well as fresh fruit juice and a desert for $9.90.

So, this is your chance to get some authentic Austrian/German cuisine in Cuenca. We are still serving authentic Thai cuisine, as well, during the lunch specials. See you at Thai connection for some real food. Thank you, the Thai Connection.

August 30th, from noon to 4 PM, Thai Connection, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia

Mex Fischer:  099 224 4332.

Lots of cookies

Pan de Pita is making some very good homestyle cookies right out of Good Housekeeping recipes. A large cookie of 140-150 grams will sell for $1 and are becoming available in some smaller restaurants here in Cuenca.

Here is a list of our cookies:

Snickerdoodle, lime zest, orange zest, banana walnut, peanut butter (we make our own peanut butter from raw redskin peanuts), carrot cake cookies, chocolate, chocolate-chocolate chip, chocolate-chocolate chip macadamia nut, chocolate-chocolate chip coconut, tollhouse style chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin walnut., and gingersnap.

All cookies are soft cake-like cookies but can be ordered as a crisp. They are good to freeze. We also will make with whole wheat flour upon request but normally use all white flour. Commercial distribution discounts are available to locals operating under a RUC number. We will freeze and ship to anywhere in Ecuador for price + shipping, prepaid with PayPal.

24 hour order time or 48 hours for commercial orders.  Pick up in El Centro.


Second performance announced of A.C.T. Presents, Talking With

Tickets for Azuay Community Theater's production of "Talking With" for the afternoon performance (3 PM show) are sold out, but, due to popular demand, there will be a second performance the same date, Sunday September 18, starting at 6:30  PM.

Get your tickets at the following:

Tuesdays from 4 PM – 8 PM at Vegetable Bar
Thursdays and Fridays from 10 AM - Noon at San Sebas Café
Saturdays at the Vegetable Bar from 11 AM - 1 PM

Tickets will also be available at the New Comers’ Lunch at the Vegetable Bar on September 7th, if still available.

“Talking With”…is a series of monologues that include everything from a snake handler, to a bag lady, to a baton twirler, to a washed up rodeo rider and everything in between.
Suitable for adult audience.

First performance sold out in one week. Get your tickets now. Do not miss this great performance.

Second performance is Sunday, September 18, at 6:30 (First performance at 3 is sold out), Museo Pumapungo (next to Banco Central) Huyana Capac and Calle Larga (inside the museum).

Linda Chase:

Whazzup this week at Gourmetcito

Order by 8 PM tonight, Monday, and we will deliver your fave food on Friday. Just go to our website at and:

1. Log in (register if new)
2. Shop around the All Products tab
3. Add food to your cart (think Amazon)
4. Go to the Checkout tab
5. Hit. the. green. confirm. button
6. Wait a minute for it to process and give you a "Your Order Has Been Placed" page
7. Look in your email for your order sheet - we will get the same email

Feel free to write or call with questions or if you do not receive your email be sure to contact me.

This week we have added a couple of new items to the repertoire but check out the faves, too:
- New - Chicken Corn Chowder
- New - Rhubarb Custard Pie (Gramma's recipe and it's a PheNom))
- Fave Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Fave Butter Chicken with Rice and Naan
- Fave Meatloaf with Carrots and Potatoes
- Fave Tamale Pie !
- Fave Classic and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Fave Mediterranean Quinoa (w/ meat or vegetarian)
- Fave Beef Stroganoff - lots of spices and herbs "tastify" the mushrooms and chunks of beef marinated in red wine; served with noodles and a side of sauteed veggies

And the choices go on so go to, order by 8 PM and I'll see you Friday.

Today, Monday, by 8 PM, El Centro


Where to get tickets for Cork Proctor’s Comedy Show, September 10

The Vegetable Bar now has tickets for the show. This fun event is at 3 PM on  Saturday at the Vegetable Bar. Tickets are $20. and proceeds go to Sara Coppler’s Proyecto Saman in Canoa. You can also buy tickets directly from Cork Proctor (cell 096 941 1026) and Carolyn V. Hamilton (099 998 8777) See you there for an afternoon of fun and laffs.

Saturday, September 10, 3 PM., Vegetable Bar, 3 de Noviembre and Jacaranda

Carolyn V. Hamilton: 099 998 8777

Mansion Alcazar has the honor to present, Walter Hook

Walter Hook performed on Broadway in 5 shows and is listed in Who's Who in the World of Opera having sung in 6 World Premiers, 4 American Premiers and 2 New York Premiers as well as over 80 roles, and won a $10,000 Grant from the National Opera Institute in Washington D.C.

He has also sung his Cabaret Act of Broadway and Popular songs throughout America and the high seas in the Cruise Line Industry.

Thursday, September 1st., 2016. 6 PM to 8 PM, Simon Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui

Sandra Guzman: 07 282 3918

Fully furnished, 2 bed, 2 bath, great area, modern

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths - fully furnished. Modern, new building, safe, electric fence, automatic garage door, elevator, 1 parking spot on ground floor. Centralized gas and hot water (Amazing water pressure).

Well located (10 min. walk to downtown, 5 min. walk to SuperMaxi, banks and all other needed facilities close, bus stop is 1 block away). Close to Common Grounds coffee/gringo hangout.

Available from now. Rent includes high speed internet, building maintenance, gas, water, electricity, concierge, Direct TV dish (Subscription not included) and optional landline.

I am the owner/landlord, speak English and Spanish perfectly.

Furnished, $550, negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Caspicara y Mariscal Lamar, Edificio Arupos, Cuenca.,+Cuenca,+Ecuador/

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1472273091

I am the owner, Justin: 099 736 7367. Call after: 8 AM.

2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom on Ordóñez Lazo

This 2 bedroom condo is located down the street from the famous Oro Verde hotel. This a very safe area with shops downstairs including a pharmacy.

The building is a doorman building with a gym, whirlpool, and sauna. The apartment is located on the 4th floor, is furnished and includes WiFi.

Spectacular views from bedroom windows.

2 parking spaces are included.

In his video, the building can be seen at the 1:26 mark with the white SUV parked in front.

Furnished, $650, negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: 5-55 Ordóñez Lazo , Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1472318070

I am the owner, Jose Hernandez:  917 741 4918. Call after: 9 AM.

For rent, furnished, 2 bedroom condo

For rent: condo, furnished, 2 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths, kitchen, living room, laundry room, 2nd floor with elevator. Located 2 blocks from McDonalds, SuperMaxi and Parque de la Madre on the Tomebamba River. A 5 minute walk to el Centro along the river. Ideal location if you do not have a car.

$500/month to include everything (security, internet, gas, electricity and water)
Short term rental 3-6 mos.

Furnished, $500/mo not negotiable. Pets are not allowed

Address: 12 de Abril y Jose Peralta Edificio Paseo del Puente, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1472414207

I am the current tenant, Lee Ermiter: 093 976 2792. Call after: 8 AM.