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IESS phone number

I have been unable to get through to the IESS phone for making appointments. The number is 07 413 4555. I get a short busy signal then a message on my phone that says unable to connect. Is there a new number? Thanks,

Al Jennings:

City: Cuenca

Ink cartridge refills

Does anyone know where I can get my HP 3635 ink cartridges refilled?

Michael Jones

Volunteer opportunity teaching English in elementary school

Escuela San Roque is looking for a volunteer to teach English to kids in elementary school. They are looking for someone who can commit for at least 3 hours a week, with a maximum of 21 hours. The ages vary between 6 and 12 years. It's important to have some degree in Pedagogics or in English and off course that you like to work with children. A basic level of Spanish is needed.

My son is in fifth grade at San Roque, up till now they didn't receive English classes although it's in their schedule. San Roque school is a small school, located near the University of Cuenca and the church of San Roque at Avenida Loja y 12 de Abril.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact me by email.


City: Cuenca

Address for UPS office in Cuenca?

Hi, Does anyone know the address or phone number for the UPS office in Cuenca? I know there is one there, just can't find it. It has to be UPS, not DHL or FedEx.



City: Cuenca

Listen to the Fusion Pocket

Tune into the Fusion Pocket most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon until 3 Cuenca time. Groove and sway to all the boss hits with your host Gary Michaels.

You can get us on

Facebook - Gary Michaels
Email -
Phone: 095 947 6691

Phone - download Nobex Radio on your phone and search for the Fusion Pocket

Sintonizar!! - - -Encender!!!

Gary Michaels

Needed: worktable

Need worktable 3x4 feet 30" high.
Also bookcases.

Linda: 095 886 1527. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Spanish lessons for my daughter

Hello, My family and I just moved to Cuenca from the States. I have a 9-year-old daughter who is in school here but needs some extra help in Spanish. I thought it would be ideal for her to have someone young-ish to basically "hang out with" and maybe take little excursions all in Spanish, so it's fun for her instead of just more school.

Do you know or know of a person suited for this sort of thing? I would really appreciate anyone taking the time to offer input or suggestions. Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

Matthew Blau,

City: Cuenca

El ChaCha de la Cruz

I'm looking for the football player who used to perform at the intersection of Loja y Remigio Crespo. He's a former member of Ecuador's national team who holds a record for the number of times to bounce the ball off his head. He goes by the name El ChaCha de la Cruz.

I used to see him all the time at that intersection, then I met him on the bus about a month ago and invited him to do a performance at a birthday party. He enthusiastically agreed and gave me a card, but there's no email address on the card and the phone listed is a wrong number.

I'd really like to get in touch with him and arrange for him to attend a 10-year-old boy's birthday party. If anyone has seen him, maybe performing at a different intersection, please let me know. It would mean a lot to the boy; he's a football (soccer) enthusiast and this would be a great surprise present for him, to spend some time with a real football champ.

I have a photo of his business card, but can't attach a photo here. I can share it with anyone would like to email me.

Thank you kindly.


City: Cuenca

Sunglasses or eyeglass repair

Does anyone out there recommend a place to have glasses repaired? The arm broke off my sunglasses and I took it to Tu Optica on Ordonez Laso for repairs (twice). They charged $10 the first time and the arm broke again within 2 weeks. Charged $20 the second time and they broke within 48 hours. I keep the glasses in a hardened case when not being worn, but this repair is too easy to break, it seems. Wondering if there's a shop that uses quality materials to repair glasses.

I hope there's space to leave feedback for the whole community to see, but if not, please send an email so I can submit a post with all the  feedback.

Thank you kindly.


City: Cuenca

Garden tools

Looking for some gardening tools like a push mower, weed eater, etc. Also looking for an electric skillet and cast iron skillet.

Carrie: 093 913 1048. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Where is there an art framing shop (to hang artwork)?

I need to frame and hang artwork (paintings, or photo prints, etc.). Is there any such place in Cuenca, similar to Aaron Bros. art shop back home? I want to display my published magazine photo-article, with matting and glass, in a wood frame, to hang on my wall.

Bartley D'Alfonso:

City: Cuenca

Diamond drill bits

Could anyone advise as to where I can find diamond drill bits? I have already tried Coral, Kiwi, Juan Eljuri, and a few private hardware stores, none of which seemed to know either. I need them for drilling sea shells for a project. Thanks in advance for your help.

Robert Beaulieu: 099 845 8860. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Can you bring a document from US to Cuenca?

I need a document brought back from the US to Cuenca within the next couple of weeks or so. I can have it sent to the address you are staying at. Please, if you or someone you know can help it would be very appreciated.


City: Cuenca

Seeking advice: Budget lodging in Cuenca for short visits?

Hello, I live in Vilcabamba but will need to travel to Cuenca for car shopping and dental work. I may need to stay in Cuenca several days at a time for these tasks.

I'm ultra-sensitive to chemicals, pollution and am told that the downtown area is not a good place for a person like me.

I'm looking for advice for budget lodging while I'm there, clean and quiet, away from the pollution, with easy access to the downtown, and other parts of Cuenca by bus or taxi.

Any suggestions?

Muchas gracias,


City: Loja

Final week of Massage Cuenca

Hello Everyone, As many of you know, Massage Cuenca will be closing its doors at the end of this month. But I still have a few spots left. Come in and take advantage of our amazing closing specials.

All 1hr massage x $20. All 1.5 hr. massages x $35. All facials x $15. and All massage+facials x $35.

If you haven’t yet had a massage with Massage Cuenca, now is your last chance. Look forward to seeing you. Monday - Friday, 9 AM-5 PM.

Also, all Ecuador Organics products are on sale for 20%. Come see us at Common Grounds this Saturday, September 17th.

September 26 - 30, 9 AM – 5 PM, SkyFit, Sucre 7-70 y Luis Cordero, 4th Floor

Robyn Luck: 

The Cuenca Dispatch is now available at 120 locations

The Cuenca Dispatch (formerly the Vegetable dis-Patch), Ecuador's original weekly English-language newspaper, is now available at over 120 locations throughout Cuenca.

Look for your copy in any hotel in the city. The Cuenca Dispatch is also being delivered to most condominium buildings on the West side of town and in the Solano area.

And now, many of the most popular restaurants in town are carrying copies as well.

Pick up your copy today for its money savings coupons, movie reviews, original content lead stories, information on what's happening in town and even crosswords and sudoku.

For advertising information or to be added as a drop-off location, contact us at or call 098 167 3885

Weekly every Wednesday,

Michael: 098 167 3885.

Spanish for all ages and levels

Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. No age limit, children and seniors welcome. Online lessons offered. Lessons at the student’s place offered. We provide: teaching material, experiential learning, games and activities during learning.

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

Vilma:  099 279 7360.

Ecuador History and Culture, with Martha Mays

12,000 years of history in 12 hours. Class meets October 3rd to 14th, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 PM in the Asvoria Classroom on Otorongo Plaza. Cost is $65.

Reserve your seat by email or telephone.

October 3rd to the 14th, Casa Asvoria on Otorongo Plaza - tres de Noviembre y Puente del Vado

Martha Mays:  098 116 0877

Teach and practice Chinese, free of charge

I'm Chinese. Chinese Mandarin is my native language. I can teach you Chinese and practice Chinese with you free of charge. But, I only practice with people whose native language is Spanish, and also, he/ she shall speak English very well. If he/she has ever been a teacher, that is even better. If you have interest, please contact me.

David: 099 982 9068.

City: Cuenca

Galapagos last minute offers on the M/C Millennium

The Millenium is the most elegant and comfortable catamaran in the Galapagos. We have last minute offers for 5, 6 and 8 day cruises. The atmosphere of a small group of 16 passengers, combined with the features of a big vessel, make the voyage on the Millenium an unforgettable journey. Choose a date that fits best for you and check out the itinerary here: For booking stop by at our office or write us an email: info(at) We are happy to answer all of your questions.

Dates Itinerary Price
Oct 03 – 07 E $1,200
Oct 05 – 12 A $1,800
Oct 07 – 12 C $1,400
Oct 12 – 17 D $1,400
Oct 12 – 19 B $1,800
Oct 17 – 21 E $1,200
Oct 19 – 26 A $1,800
Oct 21 – 26 C $1,400
Oct 26 – 31 D $1,400

The price does not include the flight to the Galapagos Islands nor the National Park fee.

October 2016, Honorato Vazques and Hermano Miguel

Arutam Ecotours: 

Garage sale

Everything in our house is on sale and must go. I have many things and will post some pictures. If you want more info and pictures/prices, call or email me. Twin wooden bed set and mattress, washer and dryer in one - Haceb, oven and stovetop - 6 burners, Refrigerator, blenders, coffee maker, cake/dough mixer, tables benches, pictures, small ladder, rake, saw tools, etc.

Frank: 098 660 1633. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Restaurant kitchen equipment for sale

Hello, I have left some kitchen equipment from the restaurant I just closed. What I have is:

1) 3 Industrial stainless steel stoves with 4 burners each: $550 each.

2) Industrial dishwasher (washes dishes around every 90 seconds): $2800

3) Stainless steel table L-shaped with sink: $650

4) Chest Freezer: $390

5) Cold and hot steam table (for food warming like buffet): $1500

6) Wooden bar with shelves: $380

7) Large round table: $110

The prices are a little bit negotiable, depending on what else you buy or the offer you give me.

I wil be available all weekend,

Alejandro: 099 274 5970. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Round glass top table, comforter and quilt

Round, glass top table and 4 chairs $150.
New double comforter $15.
Hat $10.

Pamela: 098 956 2657. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

iPhone 4s 64 GB $195

Black iPhone with box. Like-new condition, strong battery life. Includes multiple cables and charger.


City: Cuenca

42" LG TV for sale

42" LG TV model 42LV3500 LED LCD TV with wall mount, remote control and manual.
$475 OBO. Contact email only,


City: Cuenca

Passive income, 7% Note

$9299 (Maricopa, AZ) close to Phoenix. Real estate note for less than its current value of approx $10,500. Priced at $9,299 (or) best reasonable offer.

Please contact me for details.

Steve: US #: 304 314 2577

City: Cuenca

Rosetta Stone Spanish

The package includes Levels 1-5 of the Spanish Latin America program which is 6 discs (one for the application and one for each language level) as well as activation code used by the US Military Language School to train their personnel.

Paid $306. Willing to accept best offer,

Frank: 286 7634

City: Cuenca

Living room or dining room rug

Beautiful rug, dimensions 9'8" x 6'7" smooth light green and cream with geometric borders. Cost new was $280. Asking $245 or best offer. Will email pictures to interested parties. JPEG file sizes too large for GringoPost.

Jerry Toth: 098 284 8099. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Household items sale, many items

I have a washer and dryer in one $450, Refrigerator $400, Oven and stove with 6 burners $350, one twin size bed and mattress $150, also a single-size bed. All prices negotiable. Make me an offer. Along with many tools, Spanish learning disk set and books - very cheap, tables, benches, ladder, coffee maker and blenders, etc. Email for prices and more pictures or come and see any day. Call to come by. Located close to Coliseum.

Frank: 098 660 1633. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Recommendation for Franklin Morocho, metal work

Franklin Morocho is owner of Tecno Metal Mecánica Industrial here in Cuenca. El Mercurio wrote that Cuenca is hiring a team of 80 people to go door to door to see if you have a grill for your trash and charging a fine of $10 to $100 for those who do not have a garbage grill. I contacted Franklin and, on Tuesday, he brought me a brand new grill and installed it for a good price. He made it himself - so it is stronger than many found commercially. He also came on a day convenient for me and installed it. Franklin is an honest, hardworking man who has been in my house doing any number of jobs for me many times. While he was here, he also installed kitty shelves for my 4 legged wanderers. He understands some English but does not speak, so he uses Google Translate. He is Emilio Morocho's brother. At times, Emilio helps with translation. They also do window screens, screen doors, etc.

Address: Saraguro s/n y Manuel Arturo Cisneros, Cuenca

Contact information:  099 886 3961

Recommended by Karen Kuenzel:


Recommendation for Cristian, locksmith

I had a locked bedroom door with the key inside. I called Cristian and he came right away, picked the locked in 30 seconds and was on his way. A very nice guy and he liked the cat.

Contact information:  099 472 8218

Recommended by Tay Lor:


Recommendation for Hermanos Calle, carpentry/ furniture making

Joel and Roman Calle are extremely talented and conscientious workers. They custom built a wall unit with doors and shelves and a matching cabinet for under our TV where we can store stuff in the drawers, etc. Both pieces are beautiful and they spent 1 ½ hours at our apartment installing and making sure everything was perfect. They also installed shelves in a closet to make me a pantry. Next week they are building me a smaller cabinet for my kitchen to hold my pura agua on top and to hide my laundry products. Gorgeous and prices are more reasonable than the sub-par, pre-fab furniture you buy at Kywi and Coral. You better hurry and hire them before I think of other things for them to build for me. Email me if you'd like to see pictures of my furniture.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information (Roman speaks English):  093 910 9764.

Recommended by Becky Davis:


Recommendation for Jeff Schinsky/Vango, transportation/Cuenca city trips/errands

I am happy to make this recommendation for Jeff Schinsky and his new business Vango. Jeff unselfishly made his large van available and helped with transporting a van full of donations to the non-profit Hogar de Esperanza thrift shop on Tarqui. His generosity and helpfulness are greatly appreciated. When I called to see if he would consider the transport, he fit me into his busy schedule and picked up everything within 2 hours for a speedy delivery and drop off so items were up for sale within the next few hours at the thrift store. Where he could have charged for the service, his comment was a simple, "I would never charge for something like this."
He is punctual, dependable, and reliable, with a caring heart and a wealth of knowledge. I hope anyone in need of information, transportation, or help in Cuenca. Give him a call. I am certain you won't be disappointed.

Address: Contact information: Cuenca

Contact information:

Recommended by Abby Osman:


Free coffee at Ambrosia

We all know someone that needs a cup of coffee to start his/her day. That is why we invite you this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 AM to 3 PM to learn more about our different types of coffee and enjoy a freshly brewed sample for you.

Saturday, September 24, Bolivar 13-86 y Estevez de Toral, Cuenca.


Democrats Abroad announces ballot drop-off dates/times/locations

Democrats Abroad is collecting ballots for delivery to the Consulate in Guayaquil. Drop off your
signed ballot, in an envelope* addressed to your Local Election Office at the following locations:

The first week in October:

Mon., Oct 3, Nucallacta 12:30 – 2:30
Hermano Miguel 5-62 y Juan Jaramillo
Wed Oct 5, Veg Bar 12:30 – 2:30
3 de Noviembre y Jacaranda (1 blk past Los Cedros)

"Whole Lot of Something" going on at the Vegetable Bar

There's a "Whole Lot of Something" going on at the Vegetable Bar this Week.

We've got food tastings, wine sampling and free coffee, cappuccinos and lattes.

And on top of that, the best "Made Your Way" Omelets in town.

September 28th to always. - Your first coffee, cappuccino or latte is free every day.

San Sebas presents: Southern Comfort Night

By reservation only -

Very limited eating - First come, first served.

Join San Sebas Cafe after the art walk at 6 PM, next Saturday, October 1st, for live Music and a great Southern Comfort Spread. Only $14.99 for food and live music performed by Matt Heart.

Organic produce and homemade food products: we deliver

Hello, In “La Huerta del Día” we sell organic produce (tomato, spinach, carrot, lettuce, celery, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberry, lemon, blackberry (moras), pineapple, papaya, and more). We also have Greek yogurt, hummus, goat cheese, drinkable yogurt, organic honey, coconut oil, coffee, fresh pasta, etc.

We deliver. We take orders Mon-Fri and deliver the following Tuesday.

You can contact us through our Facebook page: La Huerta del Día, or you can send a message to our WhatsApp +593 95 891 4545 or our email
Visit our web page La Huerta del Día

*We speak English*

Alexandra Malo

Sunday brunch at Ventura

Dear friends, welcome to our traditional Sunday brunch at Ventura Cafe-Bistro. This Sunday, we are going to offer the Russian version. Borscht with garlic bread, chicken cutlets with mashed potato and salad (one complimentary drink is included, glass of wine, beer, mimosa). You are welcome.

September 25th, from 11 AM to 3 PM, Remigio Romero y Remigio Crespo

Alex: 096 905 9339

Fishbon Del Sur and Hearts of Gold Foundation invite you

Hearts of Gold is proud to partner with Fishbon del Sur in their encore presentation of "Expats: A Musical Comedy Revue" on November 11, 12, and 13. Doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8. Given the production's great success and sold-out shows, Fishbon del Sur 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 a night of music and fun for a great cause. Purchase your tickets for $15 at San Sebas Cafe Located on San Sebastian 1-94 y Mariscal Sucre, Plaza de San Sebastian, Every Thursday of October Starting on the 13 from 10 to 12, and on Vegetable Bar Located on Paseo 3 de Noviembre. Every Monday of October Starting on the 10, from 3 to 5 PM. Don't miss out on a great night in the community to support our compadres and the country we call home. The production is sure to sell out again - buy your tickets early.

Maria Jose Orelana: 

Dumpling House


- boil / steam / fry (steam if not mentioned)
Chicken and prawns : $5 for 10 pcs
Chicken and vegetables : $5 for 11 pcs
Beef and onions : $5 for 11 pcs
Eggs and vegetables : $5 for 13 pcs

Pao Chinese buns:

Apartment with location

This apartment is 3 bedrooms with 2 full baths. Comes with curtains, and closets in all the bedrooms.
Great location within walking distance of everything. One block to the river. 6 blocks to shopping. 2 blocks to buses.

Great apartment for couple or single person. (Small kitchen)

Priced to rent

Unfurnished, $300, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Primero De Mayo y Fernando de Rojas. Near Tres Puentes., Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1474639352

I am a real estate agent, Brandon and Alexandra: 099 909 4821. Call after: 8 AM.

Brand-new, big apartment, 3 BR, Puertas del Sol

This apartment is located in a modern and almost-new building, with good quality finishes, 24 hour security, elevator. The apartment has never been used, brand-new with high quality standards, bright. The unit is big, it has a social bathroom, a nice kitchen, big living and dining room, a TV room big enough to fit a big couch and some seats; 2 bedrooms that share one bathroom, and a big master bedroom where fits a king-size bed with private bathroom with bathtub.

Great location: Safe, quiet and residential called Puertas del Sol: Building located one block distance to Yanuncay River path and bus stop with several bus lines. Walking distance to SuperMaxi of Américas, Oro Verde Hotel. groceries, ATMs and banks, Downtown between 10-15 minutes bus  distance.

Unfurnished, $500, plus $100 aliquot or building fee, negotiable. Pets are not allowed.

Address: Rafael Fajardo and Ramona Cordero streets, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1472689617

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 098 477 9503. Call after: 8 AM.

Fully furnished country house, 4br, Challuabamba

This property has around 21,527.82 ft. Big land with playground field, gardens, lots of trees, fruits, surrounded by nature and green grass. It has big garage, open space, 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, kitchen, children´s playroom. The house is surrounded by alarm system, water heater by gas.

Furnished, $650, negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Challuabamba, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1474669600

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 098 400 1020. Call after: 8 AM.

Unfurnished, 2 BR, small apartment, great location

This apartment is located close to City Center in a quiet building with elevator, security. The unit has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, one unit living and dining room kitchen and hookups for washer and dryer. Great for a couple or family of 3.

Location: Walking distance to SuperMaxi of Américas

Cost $250 plus $100 building fee.

Unfurnished, $250, not negotiable. Small pet is OK.

Address: Caspicara and Lamar street, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1474669958

I am a real estate agent, Janne: 098 400 1020. Call after: 8 AM.

Modern furnished house for rent - Vista Linda area

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in the Vista Linda area is ideally located. It is near the Rio Tarqui, Rio Yanuncay, the amazing Parque Inclusivo Circo Social and Mall del Rio is just blocks away on the Autopista. It is surrounded by supermercados, panaderias and multiple bus lines.

As you approach the house you see a large tiled front patio that provides secure parking and a covered entry area. The first floor has an open floor plan that includes the living room, dining room, kitchen and a social bathroom. The second floor hosts the master suite (bedroom and bath), 2 additional large bedrooms and a second full bath. One bedroom is well suited for an office as it has a magnificent view both day and night. The back patio has a covered laundry area and attractive green area all of which is protected by a security alarm  system.

This house is fully furnished with modern decor including appliances, central gas, dishes and linens. Telephone, internet and DirecTV services are available. This attractive home is turnkey and ready for immediate occupancy.

Contact me for additional pictures.

Furnished, $650, negotiable. Pets are allowed

Address: Calle del Retorno y Diego de Tapia, Cuenca.,+Cuenca

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1474673222

I am the current tenant, Cherrie: 099 220 3001. Call after: 8 AM.

Furnished apartment for rent in Cuenca

Completely private, completely furnished with modern furnishings and design. View of the Cathedral and city Center, green area, two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, laundry room, storage, parking space for one car.

Old residential area, quiet, close to Yanuncay river, with walking paths nearby. Five-minute walk to Paraiso Park, with bicycle paths. Five minutes to city center by bus, ten minute walk to Mall Del Rio, close to banks, pharmacy, restaurants and supermarkets.

Rent includes WiFi and gardener (green area maintenance)
Pets allowed.
Living area: 635 sq ft
Covered laundry room with washer: 86 sq ft
Parking: 129 sq ft
Storage: 129 sq ft
Private yard / Green area with table and benches: 1076 sq ft
Rent: $500,-78.9976744,3a,75y,203.96h,99.01t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTWE_xfvGJJ64B_hVxpJabg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Furnished, $500, not negotiable. Pets are allowed.

Address: Canarios 2-46 sector UDA, Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1474677541

I am the owner, Cecilia:

Furnished apartment available - Cuenca

Fully furnished apartment (suite) available in Olimpo building. Two blocks from Coral Centro. Close to banks, pharmacies, restaurants and bus lines.

The building has a private 24-hour security guard and security doors accessed by magnetic cards. Large indoor garden, common area and two elevators. Access to parking garage available if you have a car.

Rent includes Internet, gas, electricity and water. $400/mth.

Address: Manuel Quiroga y Francisco Ascasubi, Behind El Mercurio and across from Coral Centro.

For more information, please call: 099 524 4516 – 281 1510

Furnished, $400, not negotiable. Pets are not allowed.
Address: Manuel Quiroga y Francisco Ascasubi, Behind El Mercurio , Cuenca.

Please mention GringoPost when inquiring about this property. Property ID: RE-1474679810

I am the owner, Gustavo: