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Fees for overstayed visa

Hello, I need some help from the Gringo community. Does anyone know the recent information about the fees or charges for overstayed visas? Or, is the penalty that they will not allow one to return to Ecuador for a few years?


Need recommendation for a good dentist for cleaning and filling

Could someone recommend a good dentist in Cuenca. I need cleaning and a filling. Nothing major.

Could you provide telephone no. and location of office.

Lee: 092 976 2792. Call after: 8 AM.

Passport renewal


As far as US passport renewals go, the US Embassy website says those expats living in Azuay must renew in Guayaquil. Can someone from Azuay go to Quito instead of Guayaquil, if they want to? I really do not like Guayaquil.


Craig Koons

Seeking a bilingual assistant?

Dear Expats, Thank you so much for your support and constant recommendations. As always, I would like to offer my services as a facilitator to assist you in opening bank accounts, medical appointments, paying bills with Etapa, TV Cable, DirecTV, and running errands, too.
And don't forget, I would also like to be your choice when it comes to pet and house sitting.
Looking forward to hearing from you,

Alexandra Maldonado: 098 421 0264. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for roller-ready pizza dough

Has anyone seen refrigerated ready-to-roll pizza dough for sale in Cuenca; whether at one of the pizza stores or any bread bakery? The so-called pizza crusts available at SuperMaxi and Coral are not very good, more like doughy flat breads, no character and they go straight to bread-moldy in 1 day if not frozen. Thanks and cheers to all.

Eduardo: 099 414 1357. Call Noon.

City: Cuenca

Spanish lessons in exchange for harmonica lessons

Blues and Jazz lover in search for a mentor in how to play the harmonica, in exchange I will teach you Spanish the proper way for you to use it every day. Call me and try my English. You will love my Spanish.

Eduardo: 096 909 0696. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Temporary travel insurance

With new visa laws now requiring visitors to have proof of health insurance coverage coming into the country, does anybody know of a reasonable cost insurance for this purpose? I have family members planning a visit. I believe the travel insurance airlines offer is just for while traveling, isn't it?


Free to a loving home

Hi my name is Jacks. My owner left me with someone to look after. She has not returned to get me. I have been sterilized. I love other dogs and I am really good with children.

Please help me find a good loving home.

Please, I do not want to be taken to a shelter.

Thank you,

Chanel: 097 863 2406. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

In need of a good loving home

It is with a heavy heart that I look for a good home for my 1-year-old dog. I've been very sick and I need to return to the States and don't know where I'll find someone willing to take her. She loves long walks.

She's brilliant and is great at coming back to you when off leash. Sitting. Staying, she's been house broken, and is an excellent house alarm. Please take some time to consider this, suggestions are welcome as well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this,



City: Cuenca

Certified translator and interpreter

I'm a certified translator and interpreter for the Ecuadorian court. I translate documents in an official manner keeping the original format, which is accepted throughout Ecuador as an official translation. I've got experience with different types of documents like state projects, birth certificates, marriage certificates, university papers, FBI background checks, and more. Contact me if you need help either in translation or as an interpreter, you can call me, e mail me or visit me at my office for a quote. Address: historic Center, Cuenca.

Adriana Vasquez: 098 482 2449

How things work in Azogues

Many people ask how does the process work for doing visas. You arrive early to get a number then when your number appears on the board you go upstairs and the clerk takes your file. They verify each document and its translations, then they begin to enter you into the system from the application that was prepared. Then they tell you how much you must give them for the visa. They take the money, count it and give you a receipt. At no time does the helper handle the money unless they have the client’s power of attorney. It is a very precise procedure with the Ministry calling all the shots and controlling the flow of the process. Do not let anyone tell you visas are free for persons over 65. The only free visa is for someone that is registered as disabled in Ecuador. Over 65 pays half rate but they are not free. Any questions, please contact,

Jodie Mansfield:

City: Cuenca

Where is your next destination?

If you are planning to travel, we can help you with plane tickets, cruises, hotel, transfers, travel insurance and more. Let us know if you are senior to also give you the discount on the plane tickets (always you have to leave from Ecuador and have a cedula to get this discount).

Contact us:

10-1 PM, 3-6 PM, Tadeo Torres y Jose Alvear

Maria Valverde:

Handyman solutions

Do you need to repair a calefon? Do you need help with plumbing? Do you need to paint a Wall? We are the solutions to all your home improvements repairs and maintenance. Our experts will help you solve all your requirements.

We have professionals ready to give the best services in carpentry, painting, renovation, plumbing, drywalls, cleaning services and more.

We give free estimates.

8 AM to 6 PM, Cuenca


Stay at Santa Canela Hostal and get the deal of the week

Deal of the week from Tuesday to Friday at Santa Canela Hostal. Big private room with king bed, balcony with great mountain view, bathroom, hot water, wifi and continental breakfast for only $35. We are located in the most convenient location within walking distance to most places of interest.

Calle Larga 3-82 and Vargas Machuca

Freddy: 099 726 9237

Your photos love you

You've taken so many wonderful pictures from all the incredible places you have visited. Nature, people, places, things. Each one has been framed with love and care to make a unique and perfect shot.

You take them home, copy them to your computer. With excitement, they watch as you compose the email you're about to send to friends and family. Seconds later, as you hit the Send button, they finally experience the culmination of the purpose of their existence.

But then it's over.

After the initial glory fades, they begin to worry. A week passes, and their folder hasn't even been opened. They look at one another nervously. Some start to cry. And then the dark realization begins to set in that they may never again be shared with the world.

Your photographs, like all great art, aren't meant to be shared once and then relegated to the dustbin of the attic--or the hard drive. They're meant to be shared with the world. Not once, not twice--but forever.

A fantastic day in el Cajas, Rancho Hermanos Prado

A fantastic day in el Cajas, Rancho Hermanos Prado If you love nature and outdoor activity, we invite you to visit one of the most beautiful places in Cajas National Park. At Rancho Hermanos Prado, we offer you a memorable day: hiking, fishing, photography or just relaxing by the indoor fire. You can come with your family, friends, or alone and enjoy this wonderful place located just 40 minutes outside of Cuenca. Your private hired guide will pick you up at your door and drive you up to his family’s private land and restaurant. Your guide will accommodate you with hikes to your ability: Easy walking hikes to see the lakes and llamas on the land, and an education of the different Cajas plants and their medicinal properties. If you want to take a more strenuous hike in the majestic mountains, you can; going up to an elevation of 14,000 feet. It is a breathtaking experience for the advanced hiker. For lovers of casting or fly fishing, we offer you guided day fishing trips to natural lakes where you can fish for rainbow trout. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary gear, or you can bring your own. Included in your day is a delicious traditional breakfast and a fresh trout lunch. Other choices are available. Hot chocolate, coffee or tea from Cajas. Canelazo is a typical warm alcoholic drink that you can try. You will also be entertained by the Prado musicians with folklore and traditional music while you warm yourselves by the on-going fire. It will prove to be a day filled with fun, live music, and delicious food. Guided Fishing Tours - $99 per angler for the day. Hiking and photography Tours - $39 per person for the day. Contact us at: or

Wilson Prado: 098 139 6976 or 099 824 9305

web: , Vía Cuenca molleturo naranjal km 39

Good rate: Cajas National Park

Come with Polylepis Tours to enjoy a marvelous landscape, fresh air in contact with nature, we will walk around the lagoons; you will can take photographs and you will be able to discover the beautiful flora and fauna. It´s a full day tour.
Tour Includes:
-Private Transportation.
-Bilingual Guide.
-Hotel or House pick up and drop off also.

April 29th, from 08:30 AM to 4 PM, Hermano Miguel 4-70 and Honorato Vásquez

Edisson Juca: 098 511 6721 283 0248

Pilates "Strong to the Core" classes

Pilates "Strong to the Core" classes next session - May 1 - 31 at SkyFit. Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 10 AM. $70/month. This class combines the best of Pilates exercises which utilize all of the body’s muscles and stabilizers with focus on core and balance. The result is a strong, toned, flexible body with improved posture. For this total body work out we will use exercise balls, bands, weights and mat exercises. Every class is different to challenge the whole body.

Instructor Sky Rajewski M.Sc., Kinesiology is certified in all aspects of Pilates including the Pilates reformer and Pilates Chair. Sky has a degree in sports medicine and is certified in every facet of fitness, personal training, functional training, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Sky is a trainer of trainers and has certified over 300 fitness instructors and personal trainers, over the past 35 years. In addition to writing health and fitness articles, Sky has also written two books: "Safe and Effective Stretching Techniques", and "Strong to the Core", and several teaching manuals.

Registration and information contact Sky

May 1 - 31, Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 10 AM, SkyFit "Strong to the Core" Integrated Fitness and Health Center - Sucre 7 - 70 y Luis Cordero

Sky Rajewski:

Apple and cherry wood: new harvest

Here is a shot of our first harvest of capuli wood. Capuli is prunus serotina, a type of Cherry very much treasured here in Cuenca. Cherry wood, like apple, is a favorite for the grill or smoker. We have a new harvest of apple wood in our inventory as well, ready for pickup or delivery.
Premium firewood: we also sell ultra-premium firewood, eucalytus that has been seasoned for 3 years. It burns without any sparks or popping; perfect for your fireplace or chiminea.

Prices for our products run from $.50-$1 per pound, with volume discounts available. Write to us at with your questions and orders.

Thank you,

Catty Siguenza: 418 5383

Taxi executive service

We offer taxi service in the city or for other cities. We want to offer a good service and good price too.
Our car is comfortable and if you need to take your pets, it is OK for us.

Please send email or call us.

Thank you,

All days, Carlos Rosas

Eulalia: 098 275 0247

New Spanish classes in mini groups for May are starting

New Spanish classes will begin with mini-groups of 5 people or less. Levels offered: Beginner Intermediate 2 and Advanced 1. Classes begin May 1and run through May 26 three times per week. Each class is 1.5 hours long, 18 hours course and the cost is $65 total. For more information and class schedules, please email or call to Patricia Olivo.

Padre Aguirre 7-24 and Presidente Córdova street. Edificio San Francisco Ofice 105 "Pensar en Español "

Patricia Olivo: 099 590 7240 WhatsApp +593 99 590 7240

Travel medical insurance - US returns and travel anywhere in the world

I am an insurance broker from the US specializing in international travel insurance. I offer a couple of plans (underwritten by reputable US companies) that cover US citizens residing abroad during their visits to the US and several plans that will cover citizens of any country traveling anywhere in the world. Also, in the light of a new law in Ecuador requiring, from travelers, medical insurance, I can prepare some quotes for your stay in Ecuador.

I help my clients with claims and issues after they purchase the plan. I am easily accessible by phone, Claro Cell: 098 612 0434 and US Vonage: 214 677 4749 and will be happy to provide you some quotes and find the right coverage for your trip. Please call or email me ( with any questions or quote requests for your travel.

Kasia Matlag:

Room in my luggage to bring things back from US

I am in the US and will be returning May 8th to Ecuador. I have room available in my suitcases for items you would like me to bring back.

If interested please email with the following information (please ensure accuracy and use actual units not "light" "small")

- Item description
- Item dimension
- Item weight.

Questionable substances that could be mistaken as contraband will not be considered (e.g. flour) Electronics and easily identifiable items that would not pose issues in customs are perfectly acceptable.


City: Cuenca