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Galapagos Islands - restoring the island

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How Galápagos giant tortoises have made a comeback: As many as 300,000 giant tortoises once roamed the Galápagos Islands, but that number went down by about 90 percent. Here's a rundown of innovative conservation strategies that are enabling the restoration of tortoise populations.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/File | Caption

James P. Gibbs
The Conversation

March 22, 2017 —The Galapagos Islands are world-famous as a laboratory of biological evolution. Some 30 percent of the plants, 80 percent of the land birds and 97 percent of the reptiles on this remote archipelago are found nowhere else on Earth. Perhaps the most striking example is the islands’ iconic giant tortoises, which often live to ages over 100 years in the wild. Multiple species of these mega-herbivores have evolved in response to conditions on the island or volcano where each lives, generating wide variation in shell shape and size.

Sending a package to the US

Never having sent a package to the US, I'd like to know if the Officina de Correos sells boxes or if I need to find one of my own. Also, do they open the package before shipping?


Jerald Koenig

The Spoken Word

The readers for March 23, are Rene Fedyna, Kathryn McCullough, Juan Carlos Morales, John Keeble, Finn O’Gorman, Donal Mac Erlaine, Su Terry and Kristen Sawyer. The doors open at 5, readings start at 6:15, so come early to get a seat.

To reserve a place to read at the next Spoken Word contact

Thursday, March 23rd, 6.15 PM; food served starting 5 PM, Sunrise Cafe, Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo

Finn OGorman

Conversation club

Greetings to you all, We hope to see you this Thursday evening at La Academia for our usual Club meeting. It's free and we have planned activities for you to practice and improve your communicative skills. Come and enjoy this language exchange opportunity.

March 23rd, from 6 PM to 7 PM, Jijón y Camaño 4-34 between Juan José Flores and Gustavo Lemus, Cuenca.

La Academia: 099 541 7224 / 07-286 5076. Call after: 9 AM.

Concert: Feu! Chatterton

The Alliance Française presents: Feu! Chatterton

Between melodies and literature, the French band Feu! Chatterton knows how to sublimate both in their poetic and efficient songs. In 2015, the five Parisians have emerged on the French musical scene with their first album Ici le jour (a tout enseveli) (ndlr. Here the day (buried everything)), who is described as complex and bewitching. The band, composed of Arthur (Singer), Antoine (bassist), Clément (guitar and keyboard), Raphael (drums) and Sébastien (guitar and keyboard) found its place on the French scene and is now ready to win others countries.

Winner of the Disque d’Or, one of the most prestigious French music awards, Feu! Chatterton was the musical revelation of 2016. The band is part of a new generation of musicians who successfully stir together different music styles and (inter)national references.

Born on stage, this band has a lot of influences: you can easily recognize in their songs their love for famous singers such as Serge Gainsbourg or Alain Bashung. Nevertheless, their passion for music has no boundaries and their inspiration for others modern artists like Radiohead or Tame Impala is clearly proved as well. The result is a rock album with a timeless feel, a mix with poetic words and rock strength, a romantic piece with dark soul. Their work makes this band unique.

They will be performing at the Teatro Sucre.


Friday (March, 24th) at 8 PM, Free, Teatro Sucre, Cuenca.

Tania Reyes:

I need a notary for a US document being sent back to the States

I'm sorry, I know that this question must have come up before, but I couldn't find it.
I need to have a US "release of lien" notarized, so I can send it to the States for a real-estate closing.

Any help would be appreciated.

Bob: 098 470 7924. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Just on the off chance, is anyone travelling from the UK soon?

Hi there. I was wondering if anyone is travelling to Cuenca from the UK in the next week or so, who could bring over a very small item for me? I could have it sent to you by post.

Thank you,


City: Cuenca

Calling amateur radio operator(s)

I am looking to find a radio amateur radio operator or group in Cuenca. I would like to buy necessary items and learn more about the people who are established. One last thing, if someone has a large lcontainer (reasonably priced) to heat water for the kitchen, please let me know.

Cindy Massey: 099 554 1327. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Trade my huge LG, front loading washer and dryer

LG washer and dryer: Brand-new when moved in container here about 4 years ago. I've moved to an apartment with these wonderful monsters, that really don't belong in an apartment. Like putting two Saint Bernards in an apartment. These machines are computerized and think for themselves. They have a ten year warranty.

If you have comparable, US made washer/dryer smaller, and not older, in good condition. I will trade.

Sarah: 098 041 9548. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Sausage making - I need to buy cleaned natural intestine casings

I plan to make German bratwurst - German sausage. I cannot eat the sausages like in SuperMaxi with soya, glutamate and chemical stuff in it.

Does anybody know, where I could buy cleaned intestines?

Or does anybody know, where I could buy sausage without the chemicals?

Thank you in advance.


City: Cuenca

Seeking fluent English speaking assistant (Cuenca)

Looking for local who can assist me getting my apartments up-to-date to rent out. The work required would be mostly shopping and translating to contractors.

My name is Brendon. A 30-year-old Canadian trying to get organized. Email me with information about yourself and the time schedule you are able to work. Thank you.


City: Cuenca

Seeking advice on IVF and surrogate motherhood status in Ecuador

A few years ago I had to have a hysterectomy due to myomas. I haven't ever had children and I am only 42. I have one ovary left. Does anyone have any information on the possibility of one being able to do IVF or freeze ovarian eggs here in Ecuador and the legalities of a surrogate motherhood (someone else carrying your baby? If it is legal in Ecuador or not? Any information would be useful but please in a private email rather than a comment

Thank you.


City: Quito (capital)

Anyone shipping a container to Cuenca anytime within the next 3 months?

My son is getting his visa in approx. 1-2 weeks and has just a few boxes. Approximately 4-5 sq. Ft. Of floor space at the most. Could have the items shipped to your address. Will help pay for container costs. Thanks, and welcome to Ecuador.

Rick: 099 221 1052 or 904 435 5140

Returning from the States between March 30 and April 20

Hi, I appealed yesterday for someone coming sooner, however, nothing worked out. Anyone available to bring an envelope over by the 20th? Thank you,


City: Cuenca

Recording studio

Do you know of, or own, a recording studio in Cuenca? I would like to cut a demo CD of popular songs. Would like to do this ASAP. Any and all recommendations would be appreciated.


City: Cuenca

Enjoy our new spa packs at Piedra de Agua Spa

Discover our new packs at Piedra de Agua. Beauty and Splendor Packs prepared just for you. 30% discount on your web purchase, until March 31, 2017.

You will enjoy the best Spa and hairdressing care experience in one place.

More information:

All of March, Paseo de la Guadalupana and Calle Manantial.

Piedra de Agua: 098 491 2044 / 409 2413 / 289 2496

Do you speak Spanish?

Hablas Español? Our last practical Spanish classes were a success. At the request of many people that did not reach Lifestyle Spanish classes, we decided to launch it again.

The Simon Bolivar Spanish School has been teaching students of all ages a second language for more than 16 years. Here in Cuenca, our trained Spanish language teachers will take to the streets to introduce you to Lifestyle Spanish and everything you need to know to communicate well - from the mercado to banking, to doctors, and lawyers, you'll learn how to communicate and be confident in your new home.

Professional espresso machine and grinder for sale

Professional espresso machine, Rancilio, Classe Basic D, 2 groups, semiautomatic. Bought in July 2015. Perfect condition. Provider in Ecuador, with technical service. Including: extra filter holder for double espresso and water softener Rancilio DV8.Available from April 23rd.

Professional grinder, Rancilio, KRYO 65 on-demand. Bought in September, 2015. Perfect condition. Available from April 23rd.

At JD's great new inventory available, for a minute…

Hi Folks,

Well, it’s been another crazy week at JD’s. We have been buying all kinds of great items for your home in preparation for our big expansion. And there is more arriving every day.

Currently we have a wide selection of unique items including high-end kitchenware, luxurious leather furniture, and brand-new, never used or turned on gems including beds, refrigerators, and microwaves. And don’t wait for ads or email responses, hard to come by items don’t last. Need a quality iron and iron board, or a gas heater for the cold nights, or a really cool rustic side table, or the nicest recliner you’ve ever sat in? Well, all that was acquired this weekend and it is all gone at 2 PM Monday.

Here are some sure fire items that might be gone by the time you read this:

4X4, V6 , 2.7L, automatic - plenty of power and traction

2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara SZ, automatic transmission
Very clean, well-kept mint condition, 4X4, V6 , 2.7L,
only 81,000 miles, gray with plush leather interior,

Come visit and test drive at Primero de Mayo y Las Americas. Area by Monte Bianco Ice Cream Shop.

Garage sale, great quality items

Everything must go...

Everything in great condition and high-end brands with great prices.

Items for sale:

Queen-size bed and night stand (mattress not included): $450
Three piece sofa with pillows: $450
Kate Spade bag (like new): $150
Upholstered bench: $150
Zara heels (like new) size 8: $60
Greek style dress (like new): $70
Beige dress with details (like new): $70
White lace dress (new): $70
Designer console table: $1,500
Tables (3 different sizes): $90 - $120
Grey floor lamp: $200
Grey rug by Adriana Hoyos (designer): $280
Glass pitcher and 8 wine glasses: $70
Teal & Light blue Pillow covers (brand new): $35 each

And much more.

Cuban CUC's for sale

I inadvertently brought back 27 CUC from a recent trip to Cuba and am willing to sell them for a good price. The CUC is the currency you use as a foreigner when visiting Cuba. If you change dollars in Cuba, you will lose 13.5% on the exchange transaction (unlike Euros, CAD's or pounds where you lose only 5%).

The international exchange rate is 1USD = 1CUC so you won't lose anything on the exchange if you buy them from me. 25 CUC will pay for your taxi from the airport into Havana, so if you're planning a trip to Cuba in the near future, get a jump start with your taxi fare already in hand.

Manya: 099 664 8605. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

One last sale before we us leave empty-handed

We are leaving in days and still have some more beautiful clothes, 15 like brand-new jeans,$6-$8 size 12 need to go. Size medium and large ladies, blouses, jackets, ladies handbags $10-$20, men's pants size 36-30, electronic doorbell $15, Whirley-pop popcorn cooker, $15. The more you buy, the better the deal.

Becky: 096 742 0879. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Garage sale in Centro on Friday

Friday, March 24th, from 1 PM - 3 PM. No early birds, please.

Gregory Lassen Expedition back pack
Heavy duty hiking boot can fit crampons, size 42
Unisex StormTec fleece lined jacket, wind/water resistant
Women's clothing
Antique candle sticks
Cosmetic bags
Small kitchen items, baskets
Leather multi pocket purse
Panasonic phone/fax
Many other items big and small

Contact Sky for more information

Friday, March 24, from 1 PM to 3 PM, SkyFit on Sucre 7 - 70 y Luis Cordero across from Teatro Sucre, next to Cafe Alicia, 2nd floor

Sky Rajewski: