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IESS, what’s happening?

I was diagnosed with BPH, enlarged prostate and was told by the urology specialist in Manta that I needed an immediate procedure to correct. Although the doctor had examined me at the IESS hospital in Manta, He told me he could not accept IESS insurance for the operation and it would cost me $2500. I asked him what was the point in paying IESS monthly premiums

Paying our electric bill in Cuenca

For several years now, I have been paying my monthly Empressa Electrica Centro Sur electric bill electronically, online using my account at Bank of Guayaquil. Yesterday, when attempting to pay this month's bill, the system would no longer work.

If you know where I can purchase hummingbird feeders…

Seeking hummingbird feeders. Have been here six months, and see feeders in many places, yet I cannot seem to locate any to purchase. I have tried pet tiendas, KYWI, PYCCA, Super Stock, Coral on Sucre and at Mall Del Rio, SuCasa, Supermaxi, and as many other places as I come across. Help.

Looking for a mover

The guy who was supposed to help me move (to Paute) this weekend had to back out.

I lined up someone else. but he sounded kind of iffy. If he backs out, too, I'm going to need a mover on a one or two-day notice.

Anyone know someone reliable? Preferably an English speaker?



City: Cuenca

Laptop tech help needed

My son's laptop hard drive went bad, and we need to get the information off the old drive, and then get the laptop repaired.

If anyone is an expert at this, or knows of someone who is, please email us with your info/quote.

Thank you,


Recycling eyeglasses

Is there anything in Cuenca like the "Lions Recycle for Sight Program" in the States for eyeglasses? I have many pairs of prescription eyeglasses that could be recycled, When I mentioned this to friends, many said they did also.

Anyone know where to buy cotton blankets?

Is there any place in Cuenca that sells cotton blankets in different sizes?

Thanks for the help,

Alan Hochman: .

City: Cuenca

Vanilla beans?

Hi, Has anyone found a place that sells vanilla beans? Thanks for your help,


City: Cuenca

English-speaking driver

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.


Nestor Reinoso: 096 742 1444

MoMa organic soaps at Common Grounds fair

Tomorrow, from 9 AM – 4 PM, you can buy organic soaps made by local Ecuadorean women at Common Grounds. Chocolate and coffee soaps to better circulation, rice and bentonite clay soaps for exfoliating, goat's milk for acne prone skin, honey-orange and herba luisa for the hands, rosemary for the hair, and so, so much more. You can read about their story recently feature on Zero Latitude Magazine and in Cuenca Dispatch, here:

Saturday, Oct 22, 9 AM – 4 PM, Common Grounds

Kristen Sawyer: (Whatsapp) 099 331 4198.

Translations for visas/cedulas - French/English to Spanish

Certified translations for visa applications or cedulas or driver´s licenses. French to Spanish and English to Spanish.

- Birth, marriage, divorce certificates

- Degrees, university papers

- Bank accounts

End of life documents

Do you have the correct documents in Ecuador? Are they in the right format? Are they translated and notarized?

Contact American Attorney, Anne B. Howard, for help. She works for an Ecuadorian law firm with licensed Ecuadorian attorneys with offices in Cuenca, Quito and Manta.

By appointment, Edificio Camara de Industrias across from Parque de la Madre, Cuenca

Anne Howard: 098 813 4581

Practical Spanish

Communicative approach and grammar sessions, will allow you to communicate with native speakers. We also provide: Teaching material, experiential learning, games and activities during learning.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. No age limit.

Please feel free to contact us if you have remaining questions or concerns.


More than 6 years of experience

My name is Carlos Quiroga. I lived in Canada for more than 17 years and I am offering apartment or house finder, full-service assistance with car registration, shopping for furniture and household goods, home decoration, going to hospitals, attorneys, immigration office, touring the city and all surroundings. I have excellent references.

Monay Rio Sol

Carlos Quiroga: 098 963 9889.

Memorial Gathering for Ken McCarty

Ken McCarty was a dear friend and mentor to me and so many people here in our adopted home of Cuenca. He was well loved and will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial gathering for Ken on Monday, October 24 starting at 11 AM to be held at the Sun Flower Cafe (Esteves de Toral 13-31 y Vega Munoz). All are welcome. I hope you will join us. We would like to thank Craig and Lucy from Windhorse Cafe for agreeing to lead the ceremony.

Sun Flower Cafe would like to invite you to stay for lunch after the service. The Sun Flower Cafe is preparing some of Ken's favorite dishes (Eggplant Parmesan or Lasagna with Peanut Butter Pie for dessert).

And by the way, Ken - You were my advisor and mentor while you were in this dimension. I expect nothing less of you now that you have transitioned. I'm just sayin'.

Monday, October 24 at 11 AM, Esteves de Toral 13-31 y Vega Munoz, Cuenca.

Robert Higgins:

Common Grounds restaurant, feria, October 22, 9 to 4 PM

Monthly bazaar offering one-of-a-kind products to the expat community. Up to 20 vendors selling smoked salmon, bacon, preserves, cheeses, and baked goods. Handmade cosmetics, lotions and healing aids. Clothing, art work, and silver jewelry.

Belinda Reardon presents Ecuadorian embroidered pillows, $30 each. $35 w/ stuffing.

Doors open at 9 AM. Breakfast served both inside and outside on the patio. 07 284 9162.

October 22, from 9 AM to 4 PM, $30 to $35, Gran Colombia y Unidas Nacional, Cuenca.

Belinda Reardon: 099 579 6943. Call after: 9 AM.

Bike rack and cycling jacket

Hello All, I've got the following items for sale:

- Bike Rack - $80 (originally purchased for $100)

- Team Garmin cycling jacket for sale. Size Small. 100% polyester - $30

Travis: .

City: Cuenca

Large, 55" brand-new TVs, model number 55uh6230

I’m selling a brand-new TV. It only has been open to take the pictures for your preview. This TV is a 4k brand-new TV, selling price $1600 cash. Price is negotiable, with a reasonable price offer taking the time to see the prices in Ecuador at any store.

You can call me anytime. You can ask people on GringoPost that have bought a tv from me. They know I sell brand-new TVs; non used, and that I’m honest.

Don't get stuff from strangers, get it from Jay, your buddy.

Check the specs

Buddy Jay : 099 265 2385. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Laptop, Lenovo i7

Lenovo Flex 3-1480 80R3, Signature Edition, 2 in 1 PC

14-inch full HD touchscreen

Intel core i7-6500U

8 GB memory/1TB HDD

2 Gb NVIDIA GeForce gtx 940M graphics

Fabian: 099 531 2968. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Electronics for sale

Roku, meat thermometer, US wifi keyboard/mouse....

See pictures:

Kurt: 098 172 9742. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Computer desk

Computer desk, $195 or best offer

Kurt: 098 172 9742. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Whirlpool Fridge Freezer

Model # LWT3530D

Kurt: 098 172 9742. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mattress base

Like-new mattress base - $80

Product dimensions:

Mattress length: 189 cm

Mattress width: 135 cm

Andrew: 098 711 0979. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Tablet leatherette look-alike styled carry cover

This is a beige / cream colored, leatherette look-alike styled carry cover. $10

Jeremy Davies: 099 237 5598. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

iPad folio with bluetooth keyboard

Originally for the iPad 1 and 2, however the bluetooth keyboard will work with any bluetooth device.

It is in good working condition with some scuffs and minor marks.


Jeremy Davies: 099 237 5598. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Fishbon del Sur, musical comedy tickets on sale

Tickets on sale for the highly anticipated revival of the "Expats: A Musical Comedy Revue!" production. Get your tickets before they sell out.

Pick up your tickets Monday, October 26th from 3AM – 5 PM at the Vegetable Bar (Paseo 3 de Noviembre, on the backside of Oro Verde), and again on Thursday, from 10 AM – noon at San Sebas Café (Mariscal Sucre, Plaza de San Sebastian).

A huge thanks to Fishbon del Sur, who is generously putting on another weekend of performances with 100% of the proceeds going to Hearts of Gold’s earthquake relief efforts. Join us for the show, November 11, 12 or 13

Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8 PM

Tickets $15

Fishbon del Sur: Mariscal Lamar 14-25 y Estevez de Toral

November 11, 12 or 13, Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8 PM, Tickets $15, Fishbon del Sur: Mariscal Lamar 14-25 y Estevez de Toral

Colleen: 07 405 6197.

Items for sale

Kenmore electric range, model 42533 4.6 cu.$1,500.
Samsung electric dryer model DV425H5000E $950.
Graco pack and play, excellent condition $150
Snuggle nest $75
Bridal duo set ring, brand-new in box, with Zale’s guarantee 10k, 1/2 carat, white gold $1,100

Sofia: .

City: Cuenca

John Deere RSX850i Sport 4wheeler, Side by Side

Fully loaded...Sport seats, Sport steering wheel, Sport aluminum wheels, Front brush guard, Front Warn winch, Halogen headlights, rear bumper, honest to goodness back "pickupbox" with tailgate and easy "dumping" function, box has optional upper bed rails...can carry up to 800lbs, real side doors with automotive style safety latches (not side nets like most Polaris 4x4's), 3point automotive safety seat belts, full rollover cage (of course).....with fully covered roof top, quick detach acrylic windshield and back window. Optional inside full stereo system..AM/FM/CD, mounted to the roll cage, glovebox, and of course easy select 2wd, 4wd, and 4wd locked differential by a dial on the dash. Legendary John Deere reliability of the "work" Gators in a Sport Off Road 4x4.
This in NOT one of the John Deere work Gators...but their top of the line off road sport 4x4's.
Purchased here in Ecuador. This has ONLY 120 miles on it. Only selling because our new house is in the mountains above Tarqui and we now need a 4 wheel drive pickup/SUV to get into town and back
These cost $28,000.00 here. Will sell for $21,000.00....a savings of $7,000.00 for only 120 miles of use. No trades

Will gladly email photos

Please txt if you can't reach us by a cell phone the mountains, the cell works only part time...texting works all the time, sometimes slowly, but it DOES work.

Tim Schalesky: 0986744237. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Last Chance To Buy

This Sunday and Monday, from 10-4, the entire contents of our home are for sale. This is the last chance to buy. Furniture, appliances and more. It’s all going. E-mail me for a complete list of items . The address is Challuabamba via Panamerican highway north. Across from the last motel, there is a driveway leading up to a gate. The guard will let you in. Our house is #2. If you have difficulty finding the house, call me at 813 419 6555 or email me at Se habla Espanol

Silvia: 813-419-6555. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Selling Computer Toshiba Satellite L45-B41825M

Toshiba Satellite L45-B41825M, 720 GB Hard Disk, 6GB RAM, Intel Core Processor 3M Cache up to 2.2 GHz. Used.
Price: $600

For more info and pictures,

Marcelo: .

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Crossroads Restaurant

Just around the corner from me in the La Vergel area, Pablo's restaurant Crossroads is a real find! Specializing in American fare including burgers, ribs, chili, chicken parm sandwiches and super fries as well as onion rings. The best burgers in Cuenca! Pablo became a chef in New York and it shows! He won't disappoint, so check it out!

Address: 3-104, Luis Moreno Mora, Cuenca - Ecuador

Contact information:  (07) 403 0627

Recommended by Greg Goodwin:


Recommendation for La Couture, Unisex Hair Salon

WOW...Maggy Ruiz, the owner and hairdresser of La Couture, is a treasure. She cut my hair perfectly and it is a difficult haircut for anyone to manage as it is short on the sides, a little longer on the top and much longer in the back as well as being layered and texturized. She cut it to my total satisfaction. She does razor cuts, scissor cuts, tints, manicures, pedicures and more. She does it all. My friends go to her and they love her. She actually listens to what you want and then does it. I highly recommend her. Her pricing is based on the length of your hair and what you want done. It is very reasonable, in my opinion. Give yourself a treat and try her. I guarantee you won't be disappointed and she speaks English!

Address: Av. Ricardo Muñóz 3-100 y Juan Bautista V. (in front of Colegio M. Merchán)

Contact information: 098 345 8433

Recommended by Cindy Tesno:


Specialty Pastry Chef at Common Grounds Saturday

Chef Gail, relatively new to Cuenca is bringing French Pastry Chocolate Eclairs, Ganache Brownies, White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Scones and more to the monthly Fair today at Common Grounds Restaurant. Event starts at 9am till 4:pm or until the products are gone. See you there!

October 22, 2016, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia

Elaina:  284 9162

Whole Pies by Pre-order

Stop in at Windhorse Cafe 6-16 Calle Larga y Hermano Miguel to order your pumpkin, apple, maple walnut, key-lime, very berry, maracuya or coconut cream pie. $16 - $20. Cafe Hours 8am - 3pm Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun.


Lucy Altemus:  072849334

Raw & Healthy Cooking Event: Eat for health AND taste!

(Raw!) Chocolate Strawberry Mousse; (Raw!) Cream of Celery Soup; Honey Glazed Chicken or Tofu Tenders w/Sprouted Wild Rice, Feel great, lose weight, eat right. Healthy, fat-burning, gluten-free, low carb, high raw recipes for optimal health. Eat delicious unique food. Learn about health. Socialize and network with like-minded others! Class with Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor and Beyond Broccoli. Cost is $12 and includes eating the food we prepare. You can buy four classes for $40 with three months to use them. Assortment of gluten-free raw crackers also on sale for $3 a pack.

Tues, Oct 25, noon till 2, Near Av de Las Americas and Gran Colombia

Susan E Schenck: 

Special ceviche de camaron in Sunrise Cafe

This saturday 22 in Sunrise cafe starting at 11.00 am we offer as lunch special ceviche de camaron served with rice an limonade for $4.99

October 22, from 11.00 to 3.00 pm , Calle larga 9_40 y benigno malo

Orlando ortiz : 0988246499 

New furnished 3 bedroom apartment

New condo apartment. North area in Mayancela neighborhood is located 17 minutes away from Downtown by car. This building offers 24-hour security, green areas, elevator. The apartment is on third floor, has a construction area 73 square meters plus garage and one storeroom, 3 bedrooms, one and a half baths, laundry room, playground, the bus stop is five blocks from the condo. This apartment is for people who like to live away from the city. The price includes building fee.
Furnished, $375, not negotiable. Small pet is OK
Address: Camino a Mayancela, Cuenca.
Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1477091470
I am a real estate agent, Mauricio: