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Early flight from Quito to Cuenca?

I arrive late in Quito and have looked for an early flight to Cuenca the next morning, but no luck. Any suggestions for other options besides Latam or Aerogal? Do not want to take the bus.

Thanks in advance for any input,


Bringing our cats to Cuenca

We are ready to book our tickets for our move to Cuenca but we are really struggling with whether to bring our cats. They are indoor/outdoor cats – really, they like to go in and out all day. We cry when we think of leaving them behind but we are concerned whether it is realistic that they will be able to have their current lifestyle in Cuenca. If you have personal experience with bringing your cat and finding a place to live where they can be outdoor cats, we would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

Anita Fiddleman


Hello, I am back with one more question. Thank you for many helpful responses. My wife and I had breakfast and bought some tasty pastries last year at Hermano Miguel 8-09. We returned last week only to see that there was completely different business in that location. Does anyone know what happened to the Dutch Cafe?

Thank you in advance for info,


CREA Co-op

This co-op was recommended to us by our attorney. Had never heard of it before. Have you?

Ed Johnson

White and beige dog?

Cuenca. Please if anyone sees this dog in the street in Cuenca take her in. At the moment I am in Quito and I just got an email saying that Kismet has run away again for the third time from the woman who adopted her, while this lady was moving. Not sure why she didn’t lock the dogs in a room but now Kismet is on the street again and this time she hasn’t found her. I hope she is found before next week because I have to move to Quito as I have a new work position here. And I want to take the dog back since I’m no longer leaving Ecuador. Now I have a new job and this woman just cannot keep the dog secured. She was lost in the Manzaneras, Tres de Noviembre area, she may be in the Mariscal Lamar area, or Calle Larga or by the Rio Yununcuy. I will give a reward to anyone that finds her please. Thanks,

Carlita: 096 976 5010. Call after: 6 AM.

Some updates on the visa process at Azogues

We just applied for an extension to our 90-day tourist visa. There were 2 important changes that we were impacted by during this process, and both are changes to what others had posted previously. The first is good news. Our facilitator told us we no longer needed to go at 4.30 AM, and indeed she was correct. We left at 7:15, got to Azogues just before 8 AM, and we were done before noon.

Ecuadorian elections coming up, if you have a cedula you could vote

Hi All, The Ecuadorian elections are coming up and the Padrones from Consejo Nacional Electoral are ready. If you have a cedula, it is very possible that you are entitle to vote in the next elections, if you want to know if you are voting and where you can, visit

Cuenca International Chorale begins open rehearsals, January

Monday, January 23, at 4:45 PM in the chapel of the Mormon Church (Av. Fray Vicente Solano y Remigio Tamariz, esquina) the Cuenca International Chorale begins open rehearsals for its Spring Concert. This year we will sing Dvorak's Requiem during Holy Week with the Cuenca Symphony, The Conservatory Choir and the University of Azuay Choir.

Piano entertainment

Pianotainment is a concert offered by the two German musicians, Marcel Dorn and Stephan Weh, who perform great compositions together with lots of professionalism and humor. Thursday, January 26, at Carlos Cueva Tamariz Theatre, 8 PM. Entrance free.

January 26, at 8 PM, Entrance free, Avenida 12 de Abril Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca.

Susana Klinkicht: 281 9932. Call after: 9 AM.

Language exchange

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. For more information contact Spanish Institute:, or call 099 890 3149.

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

Jack Hardy

Safely maneuvering real estate rentals and purchases

Living here in Cuenca means you've either rented a place or bought a place. Or, you're still in the process of doing either.

But do you know all the legal pitfalls? For example, has your lease been notarized and filed with the Municipio? Or is that land you're looking to buy patrimonial? If so, what does it mean for you? Or has your deed been properly registered?

These and many questions relate to issues that are completely different than what most North Americans are used to in their real estate transactions.

Need to find caring and competent vet

Looking for a gentle vet to neuter, give all shots and declaw the front paws of my young housecat. I know declawing is controversial, but in this case, it is necessary. She is not mean just loves to claw my hands and forearms in play. Also, I cannot afford to keep replacing the shredded curtains. She is strictly an apartment cat and does not go outside, so I am not worried about her being defenseless on the street.

Need a dog crate or kennel

I am adopting a dog and am in need of a large wire crate/kennel. I am not interested in getting a plastic airline carrier.

If you have one you're not using, please call me.

Liane: 096 791 4501. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Teaching private Spanish lessons

My name is Juan Carlos. I'm a very experienced Spanish teacher. I offer my lessons to all levels with affordable prices. I can go to your place if you want. I am fluent in English. I can also speak German and French.

Juan Carlos: 593 98 119 4857. My Skype: juanitotaz. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Need stove / microwave

I am in the market for a stainless steel stove -- 30" automatic gas, in great shape. Price range $600. I also am looking for a microwave (also stainless steel and in great shape) $100 or less.

Barbie Simmons:

City: Cuenca

Looking for 1 bedroom apartment for rent

Looking for 1 bedroom furnished apartment for rent in Cuenca, $300-$500, Must allow pets.

Must allow two small dogs and have at least a small green space, for my dogs. I would like to be close to, if not, inside the city, and prefer modern to an older building space. If you have something compatible to what I am seeking, please email,

Rebecca Sangie:

Wanted, bikes (3) and vacuum

Hola, we are looking good for 3 used bikes for our family, and also a vacuum. Please get in touch if you have any of these. Thanks,

Bryan: 097 917 6183. WhatsApp: +1 802 598 2104. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Tienda Nectar email address

Email to was returned as no such address. Do you have a new one for this establishment?

Nancy D.

City: Cuenca

Need more native English speaking volunteers

The Catholic University of Cuenca needs more volunteers to practice conversation with faculty and staff. Since the program began late last year there have been more wanting to participate and we are now short of native English speakers. The commitment is for one session a week (or more if you like) of one-on-one conversation. A portion of the session is in English with the remaining time in Spanish for an equal exchange. There is an orientation meeting for new volunteers on Friday, January 27.

Call for meeting information or questions,

Fred:  098 312 9763

Medical Emergency and End of Life Seminar, reminder

Are you prepared? Expat Medical Emergency Preparation Seminar, this Friday, January 27th,
9-11:15 AM, at Vegetable Bar. 

Learn how to prepare a system of informed guidance and support for yourself so that you can navigate the health care system here. This seminar, “Expat Medical Emergency Preparation” and the workbook, will help you organize the myriad of details so that you can develop a system going forward to care for yourself and loved ones in case something happens to you. This seminar is designed for you. Do it now.

Home care / companion

My name is Maria, I lived in the United States 23 years. I have experience in home care and LPN for 20 years. I take care of the elderly in their house or in my house. I have good references. Thank you.

Av. Loja y Pichincha Cuenca

Maria: 098 980 4404.

Income tax services

Need help for income tax filing? Income tax services, including FATCA/FBAR and Foreign Earned Income filing, are available here in Cuenca for US expats. Kay Forgione has been an active tax practitioner for 5 years in Cuenca as an Enrolled Agent (EA) with the IRS, fulfilling the required Continuing Professional Education annually. Any complicated cases, including business, estate, trust, and gift tax, will be handled in addition to individual filings. Kay Forgione has over 35 years of experience in accounting, audit, taxes, and as an investment adviser with Series 7 and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation.

ASAP, Cuenca

Kay Forgione: 099 556 9567

Handyman, home improvements

We offer residential remodeling and repairs in Cuenca Ecuador. We are ready to help you, from small handyman jobs and home remodeling to larger commercial projects, we are very happy to help you with all of your commercial or home improvement needs. We are able to work flexible schedules.

Upholstery service

Now you don't have to worry about your old and broken furniture, we can repair it, and make it look as new again. Cuenca Upholstery Service has the expertise to deliver top-quality upholstery repair services for all kinds of furniture.

We can fix scratches, burns and tears as well as completely reupholster your sofa, recliner, chair, headboard, and more furniture and equipment. We can repair the wood and replace the fabric. Many smaller upholstery jobs can be done onsite or finished and returned as soon as the next day .The work can be done to accommodate your schedule, and all work is 100% guaranteed.

8 AM, Cuenca


La Cilindrada

Michael Wagner, the chef/owner of the popular Aji Rocoto restaurant (read reviews on Trip Advisor), has opened a new concept restaurant in the popular El Vergel neighborhood in the city of Cuenca.

La Cilindrada offers more menu options at affordable pricing. Michael continues to share his passion for food and excellence at this location, with menu items reflecting Peruvian dishes fused with Chinese, Thai, and Japanese flavors.