Coastal Ecuador

Hello my fellow gringos, I’m an American. I have been living in Cuenca since October. I’m giving myself a year here to see if i want to stay. My question to you is, are there any coastal places in Ecuador where Americans live that are affordable and safe? Thanks. Very curious,

Hector Miranda

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Shipping a dog

We are needing to move back to the US because of health problems, not Cuenca. Where can we find the official requirements for shipping a small dog back? The same dog we shipped here.


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Roku box

Has anyone had experience using this along with internet service from Etapa?


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Working in Ecuador

If I were to move to Ecuador from North America on a pension visa, would I be able to start a business or work in Ecuador? Would I be required to get an additional work visa and, if so, what are the costs associated with that and how hard is it to obtain? Thanks,


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Looking for gastrointestinal Dr.

In need of a qualified gastrointestinal doctor. Any recommendations would be appreciated. English speaking would be helpful, but I'm more concerned with their professional expertise.


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Residency visa

I have a friend in the US who is getting her residency visa before she comes to Ecuador. I didn't know that was possible. Is it?


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Fresh gluten-free pasta?

Is there a source for fresh gluten-free pasta or even packaged, other than the corn based ones in Supermaxi? The Kamut pasta is $8 and I'd rather pass on that. Thanks,


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PBS programming

Does anyone know if we will be able to get the latest season of Downton Abbey here? It officially begins January 5 in the States and already started in Great Britain.


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Wanted: Arm Chair

Looking for a comfortable reading chair to fit a petite person. Will consider any condition as I can repair and/or recover. Please click here to check out the pictures for an idea as to what we need. Just send a picture and best price. Thank you for looking.


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Housekeeper needed

We are currently interviewing for a reliable housekeeper. We live in the Gran Columbia, Los Americas area. Duties to include: dusting, vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing, dish washing. Also looking for someone who is able to do some light shopping and cook some delicious, authentic Ecuadorian meals, only on the day of service. Days and times negotiable. The ability to speak and understand basic English, and communicate digitally and by phone is a requirement.


Looking for a couch

We are looking for a couch to buy: good condition, attractive, comfortable. Please contact, with pictures,


Navidad, Christmas International Gala and Market

International Christmas Market and Gala, this Saturday, Dec 20, 11 AM - 10 PM, Parque de la Madre: Art, essences, music, toys, puppets, chocolates, choral, face-painting, holiday gifts and many more surprises. Please join us to celebrate Cuenca and the Holiday.

Canopy/zip-lining on Monday, the 22nd of December

Let`s go and fly through the forest and have a fantastic view over a scenery landscape. On Monday we start at 10 AM from our office, who wants to join? 22nd of December, $40, lunch included. We are at the corner of Honorato Vasquez y Hermano Miguel.

Arutam Ecotours:

News at Hostal Campanario / Cuenca City

We invite you to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable stay in the heart of the city of Cuenca. Hostel Campanario is a Republican style house that will make you feel at home. We are located on Calle Padre Aguirre 11-84 between Mariscal Lamar and Gaspar Sangurima. We have an excellent promotion rates for single, double, triple, season of Christmas and New Year rooms. Includes American breakfast and free parking.

Call and make your reservation now. English speaking: telephones: 07 282 3816 / 408 9926 or email:

Ma Augusta

Valle de Yunguilla and Giron

If you live in or know these areas well enough to educate someone new to the city of Cuenca will you please contact me? I want to learn more about these areas. I would like to find a location that is "comfortable" enough to settle into. Single, no pets and particular. If you are not up to educating me maybe you know a good resource? Please contact me either way. Thanks for helping out,


Wanted: small, fully furnished, reasonable apartment

Looking for a one-bedroom, fully furnished (including utilities and internet) near el Centro. No lease. May only be in Cuenca for January. Thanks,


English Church services in Centro

Join us at Cuenca Christian Church, 6-23 Simon Bolivar, two blocks East of Parque Calderon for our 9:30 fellowship coffee and 10 AM worship services. Lunch out afterwards. Enjoy our second floor colonial home. Communion on first and third Sundays.


English Christian Worship

All are welcome to International Christian Community (ICC) worship service this Sunday, December 21 at 10:30 AM. located at Nicanor Aguilar y Solano, just north and east of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the little one-way street, west, between the hospital and the stadium. For this fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor David’s sermon is titled “God of Greatness.” Join us in worship, celebrating this Advent Season with scripture readings, prayer, music, singing of hymns, and spoken word. Bilingual Sunday school for children and youth is held during the service. Welcome also to our candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 6:30. Check our website:; Rev. Dr. David Small, pastor,

Noel Magee:

Calvary Chapel English and Spanish Sunday Service

Inviting all to worship with us at Calvary Chapel, studying verse-by-verse from the Holy Bible. This Sunday only (Dec. 21st) is our combined service in English and in Spanish at 11 AM. Calvary Chapel is pleased to provide Sunday School for both English and Spanish-speaking children. The English language Sunday School is at 9:30 AM, and the Spanish language Sunday School is held at 11. All children are welcome. 

Please join us also in celebrating the Lord's Supper, on the first Sunday of each month, during both services (9:30 AM in English and 11 AM in Spanish). Our new location is at the end of bus line #22, six blocks west of Coral Centro on Montufar and Primera Convención, where the drivers stop to take a break in front of the new church. Enjoy fellowship and brunch weekly after each service.

John T.:

Lola needs a home

Rescued 1 yr. old street dog needs a forever home. Lola has been fixed and given her shots. She is potty trained, will walk on and off leash with you; but needs training to live inside the house. Our need is urgent, please contact me.

Karen Kimbler: 098 036 1633.

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CPAP Philips Respironics PR System One REMStar 60 Series Auto CPAP

For sale, nearly-new Cpap machine, used only a few times for 2 months

1) Philips Respironics PR System One REMStar 60 Series Auto CPAP
1) Philips Respironics PR System One 60 Series Heated Tube Humidifier with Heated Tube
1) Philips Respironics SleepMapper Bluetooth Device for PR System One Machines
1) Fisher & Paykel FlexiFit HC431 Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear
1) travel case,


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Playstation 4 (PS4) for sale

Playstation 4 (PS4): includes 1 controller + 3 games. $650 OBO.

Brian: 0988119981 Claro.

Huge surprise moving sale, entire home and many offices full of items

We have to move. Most everything goes. Our home (used to be our son, Joshua’s, business, Casa de la Vida), must be emptied of both our furniture and goods plus many items from the Casa. All goes this weekend. Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12-6

Address: 3-32 Paseo Tres de Noviembre y Calle los Naranjos, just before the Ave. Los Americas overpass. Parking is best up on Los Americas. Questions? Email us at please.

This is too big to be a yard or garage sale. We have: whole handcrafted master bed room with bed headboard plus two unique, handmade night tables, an 8-month old Tempurpedic mattress, sitting area and small desk area, a four-door low cabinet, and a beautifully custom-wood-crafted full-length mirror, with a set of floor to ceiling draperies plus matching reversible bedspread and 4 accent pillows. You will find, if you get here early, a complete, lovely living room, and others as well, from a choice of carpets, sofas and chairs, one of the three handmade solid bookcases, and small plus coffee table, candles and vases and other décor.

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Added items for sale at my house on Los Pinos y Ordonez Lasso, Ed Amazonas #702

Items for sale I forgot that I felt needed mentioning:

Dishes from Vega and large vase from famous artist. Since the dishes are not mine, I am unsure of the name of the pattern. I talked with my friend this morning who is selling them who thinks the pattern is called Primavera. Large exercise matt, $7.

Cindy Higby:

Set of 20 framed prints of the Angels of Monastery Carmen (in the Flower Market)

This beautiful set of 12 prints is available at The Conceptus. I then had them "framed" on light weight wood frames so the angels float on the wall. Priced to go, at $40 for the entire set.

Suzanne Thurston: 099 939 9776

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Custom made wood cabinet from Rotary Plaza: extra tall, approx 5' 8"

This was custom made with shelves on the right to hold all the cleaning supplies and it's extra tall to handle the mops, brooms, etc. as well as the buckets. It includes the 16" adjustable storage organizer to hang the mops/brooms etc. Original price at Rotary: $160. Sale price: $80. Reason for sale: I'm moving from a huge penthouse into a one bedroom Pied-à-Terre.

Suzanne Thurston: 099 939 9776

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Recommendation for Yanapuma Spanish School, Spanish school and volunteer foundation

I attended Yanapuma Spanish school for a month and volunteered for the foundation. It was a wonderful experience. I was traveling alone and felt like I had a home to come to every day. The teachers are kind and patient, they work with you at your level but guide you to go further. And if you feel like you need more, you only have to ask. They really want to help you learn. Volunteering with the children at schools to teach English and teaching them how to brush their teeth (I am a hygienist) was fun and rewarding. I want to do it all over again. I am now in Columbia traveling, my Spanish lessons definitely improved this part of my trip. Thank you Yanapuma.

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Cafe San Sebas Holiday hours

Cafe San Sebas is open for the rest of this week but will be closed for Christmas vacation from Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 02. We will resume normal business hours on Saturday, January 03.


Come enjoy the best Mexican food in Cuenca

Pedregal Azteca Mexican Restaurant has made its move to a new location and is open and ready to serve you the best Mexican food available here in Cuenca.

Our offerings include such favorites as burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and so much more. We carry a selection of Mexican and Ecuadorian beers, and make some of the meanest margaritas in town.

Our new location is at Estévez de Toral 8-60 y Simón Bolívar (one block from San Sebastián church).

Pedro Ramos:

Luxury rental in the heart of El Centro

1 Bedroom/1 Bath, ground floor unit, 2 blks. from Parque Calderon – 1 blk from Tomebamba river. Contemporary furnishings, king bed. Complete turn-key. Utilities, Direct TV, high-speed internet, cell phone and weekly maid service included. Very secure and quiet. Private patio opens onto beautiful courtyard. Roof-top terrace features seating and spectacular views. Available April 1. More details at  Furnished, $800 per month. 1 mo. Minimum. Discount for longer stays. Negotiable. Pets are not allowed. Address: Juan Jaramillo 9-38 y Benigno Malo

We are the owners, Greg and Debbie Sanders:

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