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Volunteers needed for earthquake relief project

Dear friends, Hearts of Gold along with Colectivo Madre Tierra, Lounge Yakumama, San Sebas Café and Brigada Surfistas por un techo, are looking for some volunteers to help on our earthquake relief project in Canoa, for the following activities:

- Buying a list of supplies needed to bring to the coast on Sunday.
- Contacting national and International businesses for donations or discounts on certain materials.
- Donating items such as: Shovels, pix axes, dusts masks, industrial gloves, large gallon buckets
- Volunteers willing to go to Canoa

We really need your help to gather all these materials before Sunday.

Maria Jose Orellana:

City: Cuenca

US mail assistance

Just wanted to see if anyone is headed off to the States in the next couple of week and could take a couple of pieces to be mailed there. Thanks,


City: Loja

The thunder continues to roll in the Holy Land

Join us as we continue to study the Word, with a 30 minute video filmed in the Holy Land. Lively, in depth discussion follows.

Following the study, join us for a fellowship meal, and get to know us better.

Please enter the building on the 10 de Agosto entrance. Pass the security guards and take the elevators to the 4th floor.

Saturday, May 30th, from 10 AM to noon, with fellowship meal to follow, no cost, Edificio Torres Del Yauncay, Apt 4B, 10 de agosto y Francisco Moscoso, Cuenca.


The Gathering Christian Fellowship: Sunday - Lords Supper

Join the Gathering, an English speaking Christian Fellowship in Cuenca, Sunday mornings at 10:08 for an anointed time of praise and worship, and fellowship Celebration service. The Lord's Supper is held the 1st Sunday of each month. Coffee Fellowship starts at 9:30 prior to service.

We are located at Gran Colombia 9-78, between Padre Aguire and Benigno Malo, in downtown Cuenca, Ecuador.

God Simple; not church complicated

Map and directions are available on our website at or contact us by email: You can also reach the worship leader at

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Gran Colombia 9-78, between Padre Aguire and Benigno Malo, Cuenca.

Pastor Greg

Wednesday OA meeting

There will be no more OA meetings on Wednesdays.

Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM, free, 7-68 Borrero, Cuenca.

Pam H: 096 806 3918.

Concert for the victims of the earthquake

Extraordinary music event for the victims of the earthquake, May  7, Saturday,  7 PM, and celebrate Mothers Day  with your contribution.

Sucre Theatre, Sucre y Cordero.

Please join us for an evening of phenomenal musicians, actors, dancers. All the proceeds will go to the necessities for the earthquake victims.

Miss Ecuador, Paola Vintimilla, and Felipe Cordosa will host the evening.

Renowned  Performers: Theatre Barojo - Acting Troupe, Vanessa Regalado - Soprano, Ballet Andina - Causanacunchic of Cuenca University, Cindy Benson - Broadway Actress, Priscila Urgiles - Opera, Diego Carneiro, Cellist, Chorale Santa Catalina, Umberto Ballone, romantic songs, Guadia Quarte, Luz Crespo and Martina Duran, vocalists, Paulo Morocho and Tiina Soe, Duet, Peter Dudar, Piano.

Artists are donating their works for the victims of the earthquake: Eduardo Segovia,  Fausto Bravo, Eduardo Vega, Fernanda Garcia, Jose  Cordosa, Sofia Jaramillo,  Pablo Cordosa,  Janneth Mendez,
Sally Marr.

Tickets can be purchased at Carolina Book Store, Hermano Miguel, 4-46 y Calle Larga, El Surtido Music Store, Borrero 8-68 y Bolivar
$10,  $20, special student prices

Contact:  or 099 482 1507.

Looking for book: Prey, by Michael Crichton

I am looking for the book: Prey, by Michael Crichton. Anyone have a copy they would like to trade?

Dan: 097 921 9386

City: Cuenca

Apartment sitter for September

Hello, I'm a mature. single man, fit and getting ready to retire. I'm using the month of September to finally explore Cuenca and surroundings. I've been researching it since 2008. Seeking options for my stay. I presently work for the State of California, so be assured I have no criminal background. Excellent references. I have also previously been a weekend houseman/caretaker in San Francisco and the wine country, in addition to co-owning a business. I'm located in Northern California and worked with the developmentally disabled. Exploring options, and looking to possibly housesit your home, and keep it safe and clean. Since I plan on some daily excursions, pet sitting might be challenging. Although I have also done this very successfully here where I reside. It's all worth talking about if this applies. Thanks,

Wayne Thomas:

City: Cuenca

Small appliance repair

Looking for service repair on my Osterizer blender.

John: 096 922 3216. Call after 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for country house for rent

Looking for a country house for rent. Negotiable, I don't have pets.

Looking for a rural location close to Giron. Prefer furnished, but will consider semi-furnished (fridge, stove, washer, etc.).


Important news for Kevin Jay Graham

This is Robert in Cuenca, I have your passport.

Robert Murdock:

City: Cuenca

Looking for 3 bedroom apartment for rent

Looking for 3 bedroom, unfurnished apartment for rent in Cuenca, $400-$550, Must allow pets.

Looking for 3 BR apartment or house to rent for July 1 or later. May be unfurnished or partially furnished. Minimum 2 bathrooms, preferably a tub, green space or terrace with view. Lots of light, within 30-minute walk of Parque Calderon, quiet street. Ideally in area near the Tomebamba or Yanuncay, between Solano and Paucarbamba.

Manya Arond-Thomas:  099 664 8605. Call after 9 AM.

Best restaurant prices in Cuenca?

I'm staying in Cuenca till may 5th and I'm looking for the best price to portion ratio for restaurants.

Thank you.

Thomas Needle

Electric smoker wanted

I am looking for an electric smoker, either to purchase or have it fabricated. About 20" x 20" x 30" would be large enough. Amazon wants $800+ to ship one to Cuenca.

Gary Brown:

Cuenca Expat Book Club

The Cuenca Expat Book Club is pleased to announce the start of reading their new book, beginning next Tuesday, May 1st, at their place located at the "Escuela Central" (Museo de la Ciudad) on Benigno Malo y Gran Colombia. This book session will last for six weeks, every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 AM.

If interested, please, contact,

JT Neira: 098 662 8710

Need optical store

I am needing an optical store that will replace the lens in an existing pair of frames. I have a script already. Can anyone recommend a store where I can go?

Jim:  098 786 3251.

Dominguez American Design

Dominguez American Design, a furniture factory related to custom wood construction, with a large variety of exclusive and dynamic design for better comfort; either home or apartment, whether kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or office. We have designers and professional staff in the art. We also have the service of decoration and painting so that you can assess your current suppliers.

We are convinced that the way we serve our customers is very competitive and our products are quality. We also wish to take this opportunity to express that we are available to serve you. Therefore, we will look to resolve your concerns and needs.

From 8 AM to 6 PM, Parroquia El Valle, Sector Poloma

Oswaldo A. Dominguez: 098 871 6343.

Tacos y Nachos de Maix

Tacos y Nachos de Maix is a taqueria founded after the tortilla factory Maix on Paucarbamba Ave. We serve Mexican fast food with an authentic feeling.

Address: Benjamin de la Cadena (Edificio de Multifamiliares del IESS), Cuenca.

Hector Munoz: 098 060 7060 / (07) 410 3206

Weights with carrying case for sale

$20 negotiable. Weights are interchangeable from 1.5 kg - 2.0 kg - 2.5 kg. The weights easily screw on and off and store conveniently in a durable plastic carrying case.

Roxy Bondhus: 099 440 3716. Call after 10 AM

City: Cuenca

Razor scooter for sale

$100 negotiable. This awesome scooter is so much fun. This is my son's scooter, but I've used it many times. I love it.

Roxy Bondhus: 099 440 3716. Call after 10 AM

City: Cuenca

Samsung, Galaxy Note 4

I have barely used this phone for about a few months and am selling it for below the cost on the Samsung Site:

You can read more about the phone on the link about. It is the phone that put Samsung on the map with mobile phones and has a high rating. Samsung advertises this phone for $583. I am offering it for $475. It comes with a hard case and all the original accessories.


Looking for a corner couch?

Looking for a corner couch? We have in stock a black color, $180.

Oswaldo Dominguez: 098 871 6343. Call after 8 AM

City: Cuenca


Dining room table and 6 chairs (Luriq), $200
High table (solid teak) and 4 chairs, $200
2 living room chairs (Luriq), $100 for the pair
Rocking chair, $75
Mirror 4' x 5', $70
Dehumidifier, $50

Richard: 098 307 1354. Call after 8 AM

City: La Libertad

Washer and dryer for sale

Selling a High quality, 7-month-old, Mabe heavy duty, top-load washer and large capacity dryer $875 for the set.


City: Cuenca

Master drill and Midea electric heater for sale

I'm selling a barely used master drill $45. Almost new, large Midea electric heater $55, pure water bottle and holder $10


City: Cuenca

New merchandise and discounts on Mother´s Day Presents

Just received new toquilla straw hats, alpaca sweaters, tagua jewelry and much more for your Mother´S Day presents on May 8th. As usual, we have great handmade quality products at excellent prices and also discounts on selected items.

So what are you waiting for? Drop in at our convenient location on 12 de Abril avenue and Agustin Cueva, Esquina de las Artes, Galeria Manos del Mundo.

Hours of Attention.
Monday thru Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Manos del Mundo Galeria:

City: Cuenca

Electric blower vac

This sale is for a like-new condition Toro ultra-electric blower vac, model 51604 in its original box.

Used only a few times and then stored away. Price: $100.

Jackie: 093 957 8081. Call after 10 AM

City: Cuenca

Printer, fax, scanner, copier, for sale

Used fax Ricoch 1180L in good condition
Feature: with scanner
Ink type: Laser
Brand: Ricoh
Type: All‑in‑one
cartridge needs to be refilled
Asking price is $240, or best offer

Jackie: 093 957 8081. Call after 10 AM

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Chef Luis Matdonado, Italian Restaurant

Great Italian food at Pappardelle Restaurant. We just had dinner at a real Italian restaurant on Remigio Crespo 3-11 y Agustin Cueva. The salmon and pasta were outstanding, the cook Luis Matdonado from Miami will serve up any dish you like; an outstanding cook. Try it out, you will not be disappointed.

Address: Pappardelle Restaurant

Contact information:

Recommended by Richie:


Recommendation for Teresa, wonderful housekeeper

Hi, I would like to highly recommend Teresa for your cleaning needs. She was recommended to me by another well-known expat and I just love her. I have a large home and I am very particular. It takes 5.5 hours to clean my house, lots of details. Teresa is thorough, reliable (she will call if she is 10 minutes late), and totally honest. She once put a quarter she found on the floor back on my desk. She is also very reasonable.

I think she has days available, except Friday afternoons (those are mine).

She speaks Spanish, but she understands a lot. She has a great attitude, super sweet. She has a cell. Please call her at 098 962 0162. Please use my name, Mary Thomajan. You can email me with any questions.

Recommended by Mary:

Recommendation for Empire group, facilitator

I highly recommend Empire group. Karina is great.

Contact information: 099 597 2724.

Recommended by Jack Lovett:

Recommendation for Brian Gary, Jimmy, tours

3 nights and 4 days in trip to jungle and rainforest, Sucua and Macas. Comfortable bus ride with safe driver. Comfortable lodging with restaurant, bar, pool and Jacuzzi, just outside Sucua, the Luzelinda. Great package deal thanks to our leaders. Visited the Labyrinth in Macas, wonderful coffee, cacao, dairy nearby with great explanations by owner of processes involved in each, and hiked through a rainforest preserve nearby. Many meals provided, time to relax in between excursions. Looking forward to seeing where they plan to go next.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Anne Sangine: 095 981 0234.


Recommendation for, online restaurant

I have been so impressed with the efforts of Gourmetcito team and their incredible menu that they have online for people to order anything from amazingly tasty hummus to delicious, soups and real authentic spicy curries. There is a very big selection of vegetarian options. I have ordered the soups which remind me of Covent Garden Soups in London, the curries are just as good as Anglo Indian Curries, the hummus is only 3.25 and you get a very generous amount (10 oz.). It goes really well with their baked broccoli, spinach or parmesan balls which are just addictive, not to mention the garlic spread; and then there are the cookies and chocolate truffles. I keep going back for more as there are so many different dishes to sample. What is It’s an online restaurant based in Cuenca run by expert chefs who know how to source fresh organic ingredients to make it easy for you to order amazing readymade dishes and Gourmet foods to your door, it’s a blend of Mediterranean, north American home cooking and Asian fusion.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 716 5474.

Recommended by Constance:


Recommendation for Mary Ann, A Cultured Life

Mary Ann makes the most amazing, nutritious homemade food, delivered to your doorstep.

All her dishes are made with the best, organic ingredients. I've been ordering from her for some time and she never disappoints. I recommend every single dish on her menu, including the deserts.

It's so nice to have a source of good, homemade food in a pinch. You can freeze it and thaw it when you're ready to eat.

Address: Cerca Paute

Contact information:

Recommended by Theresa:


Mulla Café has a lot to offer

If you're looking for some churros alongside some great hot cocoa, well, Mulla Café is the place. Nothing beats starting the day with some sweet sugar and cinnamon covered churros with a nice cup of the food of the gods. As we're just introducing this service, we have a special promotion for limited time of 3 churros and the cup of hot chocolate for just $2.75.

Also try our awesome Bagels, accompanied by a portion of cream cheese. We have different flavors like: Chia and Oregano, Jalapeño and Cheddar, Cheddar and Cherry tomato sauce, Raisins and Cinnamon, and more. A Bagel plus the cream cheese service, only for $2.50

If these options are not enough, we also bring you the Tequeño. The Venezuelan style cheese sticks, which come 6 of these in one serving, plus a special garlic mayonnaise we make. For only $3.

Don't forget our Panini, Arepas, Breakfasts and coffee.

You have sweet, salty and spicy all around. You know you have a reason to come.

We're located on Presidente Borrero 5-51 between Juan Jaramillo and Honorato Vazquez.

From Tuesday to Sunday from 8 AM to 7 PM, Presidente Borrero 5-51 between Juan Jaramillo and Honorato Vazquez

Javier Vanegas: 098 954 6281

Brian Gary, live, at Don Colon, Friday night

Happening Friday night in Cuenca. Join Brian Gary as he plays your favorites from Elvis forward at Don Colon.

They are offering their well-known Surf and Turf Special.

Don Colon is located on Mariscal Sucre at Benigno Malo, across from the Parque Calderon.

For more dates, please visit

April 29, 2016 at 7 PM, Mariscal Sucre and Benigno Malo


Free: All NBA Playoff games on huge 9′ screen

VIP Sports Pizza Lounge is offering free all NBA playoff games on a giant 9′ screen. Also, free high speed fiberoptic wifi and free custom guide tourism information from our in house expert. And, of course, we have the best pizza in Cuenca for affordable prices, Cold beer and much more. Come join the fun. Located at Ave. Don Bosco y Juan de Sama, 50 yards from Parque Iberia as you drive towards Ave. Las Americas. Call 095 908 5586 if you need help with  directions.

Jhoseph:  098 812 6136

Little Bull Bistro, now open

Little Bull Bistro: Cheri offers American Mex. at this delightful cafe, featuring all day breakfast, jumbo California burritos, crispy and soft tacos, accompanied by our tangy Fiesta Mixed Bean Salad, Hand cut Texas Fries, with burgers, and assorted milk shakes. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the house favorite, Ice Cream Sandwiches on homemade chocolate cookies. Chocolate, Caramel and Strawberry sundaes and desserts of the day. Assorted Beer, and a red and white house wine.

7 AM - 4 PM - Tuesday - Saturday, at Solano 5-16 y Remigio Crespo.

Cherie:  07 281 9435

New Art Gallery Cafe

I just discovered Casa Azul Galeria-Cafe in Plaza San Sebastian (just down from San Sebas Cafe). It's a lovely little art gallery/cafe, with art exhibits changing every month. I recommend it for light meals and coffee, plus a little culture. Sorry, I don't have their phone or email.

Open 8 AM - 8 PM, every day except Weds., Plaza San Sebastian, just down from San Sebas Cafe.


Yoga brunch

Bodhi's Brunch and RumiSol Yoga are coming together to create a fun morning filled with Yoga, the outdoors, and most importantly delicious food. Join us Thursday, May 19th, for Cuenca’s first ever Yoga Brunch. Located at the Aquaponics Farm of Cuenca, just 10 minutes from downtown. Our little farm sits on 5 acres overlooking the valley and river. You’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the city. Our 800 square foot patio is 1/2 covered so you can enjoy the sun or shade.

Starting at 10 AM, enjoy a Vinyasa Flow yoga class, focused on developing strength and flexibility. Vinyasa yoga is a fluid form of exercise, our focus will be on connecting our minds with our bodies at the same time working core muscle groups. A multi-level class is perfect for those new to yoga, or those who have practiced before. Please provide your own yoga mat. We have limited mats available. - 15% of sales to earthquake relief

Or, if not purchasing food from, thank you for donating directly to the various collection sites in Cuenca or go to (no connection to Gourmetcito.) to fund medical supplies for Ecuador's mobile surgery unit. It is awesome.

Gourmetcito will deliver free on orders of $25, or more, so please check out our website, login/register, go to the All Products tab, scroll around, fill your cart and when you check out, hit the confirm button at the bottom. You will get a confirming email for your order and we'll arrive Friday, May 6th.

I know many people are doing what they can for the victims of this emergency - good hearts are here in Ecuador, both expat and local communities. Bless you all.

0rder now thru Monday at 7 PM, El Centro


Cuenca Characters and Terra Luna present: Murder is a Fine Art

Join us at a reception to preview the new exhibit by impressionist artist, Pete Casso. His new masterpiece, Black Cat at Midnight, will be on display.

Prix fixe dinner with dessert and show (pre-order with your reservations)

· Camarones al Ajillo con Papas al Horno y Vegetales Salteados
· Pollo Parmellano con Spaguetti
· Filet Migñon al Barolo con Papas al Horno y Vegetales
· Vegetarian Special
(Of course, Wine, Beer and Cocktails available)

Thursday May 19, 2016. Doors open for cocktails at 5. Show starts at 6, Terra Luna Restaurant, Alfonso Cordero 3-59 y Manuel J. Calle (1/2 block south of SuperMaxi el Vergel).

Gerardo Colonel: 099 260 2569 / 07 410 3744.

Today is Souper Saturday at the Vegetable Bar

Come in today, Saturday April 30th, and enjoy one of our 4 homemade soups for only $1 with the purchase of any other lunch item (salads or paninis).

Our 4 soups made fresh each day are: Too Hot Tortilla, Green with Envy (pea and kale soup), The Hot Potato and the VaVa Veggie.

On a cold day in Cuenca, nothing warms you up like a great bowl of soup. And, on a beautiful sunny day soup is a perfect complement to one of our fresh signature salads.

So come in today for your $1 soup and spend a great Cuenca day on the river.

Saturday, April 30th, from 8 AM to 3 PM, 3 de Noviembre and the Escalantas (the stairs at the bottom of Hermano Miguel), on the Tomebamba

Michael: 098 935 8169

Cuenca apartment - $250

Mostly furnished, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, sub-let (Gringo controlled) apartment is located directly across the street from the Yanuncay river and its linear park in South Central Cuenca. Two floors - kitchen and living area at ground level with bedroom and bath up 1 story. Totaling about 460 square feet, it is ideal for a single person or a couple on a budget. Furnishings include, 2 single beds, tables, chairs, desk, couches, breakfast bar, refrigerator, and stove.

Attached to the rear of the main house, its unique entry, via our workshop, affords 3 levels of security. In a nice neighborhood - it is located roughly 10-12 blocks from Mall del Rio or Don Bosco SuperMaxi, a quick cab ride or 20-30 minute walk on flat ground.

City bus stop(s) across the street and around the corner as well. Rent includes gas, water, and basic electric. Cable and Internet are tenant's responsibility. Available immediately, first and last month's rent moves you in. Email with questions, for more photos, and/or appointment to visit.

Furnished, $250, negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Primero de Mayo y Doce de Octubre, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1461952494

I am the current tenant, TerryE:

Fully furnished, 2 bed, 2 bath apt, great location

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).

Rent includes high-speed internet, wifi, building maintenance, all services included.

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

Address: Caspicara y Mariscal Lamar, Edificio Arupos, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1461942758

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

Beautiful house for rent

Two floor house with garage, garden, glazed patio; has all services. It has living room, dining room, sitting room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms (two full and one social), an office with bookcase, kitchen with breakfast area, laundry patio. And a suite that has by the house consisting of a bedroom and a bathroom.

Located one block from roundabout next to Eloy Alfaro gas station, in Arrayán 1-74 and Avenida de las Américas.

The house is located in a gated community.

Unfurnished, $599 + utilities negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Arrayán 1-74 , Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1461896522

I am the owner, Dora:  099 293 1707. Call after 9 AM.

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