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Live Music at the California Kitchen!

Latin Classics
Friday, April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
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Dinner Special: Steak Diane, served with brandy cream sauce, whipped potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables – $15.95, including soup or salad and dessert. $12.95, ala carte.

California Kitchen is located on Luis Cordero 5-65 y Honorato Vasquez.

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Apartment at Cuenca’s Historical Center

A light filled apartment located at Cuenca’s heart (Historical Center) on Gran Colombia and Hermano Miguel. This cozy second floor apartment has two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen area and on the roof of the building you can make barbecues and enjoy the view. Nearby you can find a laundry, a market were you can buy direct from the farmers, banks, restaurants, couriers, the cathedral, etc.

For more information contact Ferreteria Silva Hnos on Hermano Miguel 13-44. Tel. 099-592-0199 or 07-284-2922

Land for Sale in Yunguilla

Land in Yunguilla for sale in the sector La Atalaya. The land has 2,800 square meters in area. It has a great view, ideal for the construction of a large home with green areas and fruit trees.

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Rent a Country Cottage in Midtown Cuenca

We offer a little cottage (2 bedroom 2 bathrooms inside a beautiful 10000 sq ft. family house with a lovely garden with flowers and vegetables. Cottage has also study room, kitchen/dining room. Family environment, ideal for couple. Only $350/month (incl. water and electricity) Address: Av. Guapondelig 4-37, close to Banco Central. If you wish for additional information call 280-6223 or 099-979-3411.

Spacious Furnished House for Rent

Spacious, modern, completely furnished 3 bedroom and 2 1/2 bath house. Over 2100 sq. ft. 1st floor master with king bed. 2 bedrooms upstairs with queen bed and 2 twin beds. Large living, dining room, den/office area, kitchen w/ breakfast bar. New furniture and appliances including washer and dryer. Gated parking for up to 2 cars, small gardens w/ laundry area. Small private gated community in very quiet/safe neighborhood down the road from Monay Mall, near a bus stop. Utilities, wifi and Direct TV included.

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Seminar at Common Grounds Restaurant on April 24

“Ecuador Visas” and “Relocation Services of Ecuador” in Cuenca bring to you an exciting venue (and lunch menu per your own cuisine option for self-order/self-pay), as we discuss and answer questions on “Visas, Containers and Banking” here in Ecuador. As a freebie to all attendees, everyone who comes will also receive a FREE permanent Pharmacy Discount card to one of Cuenca’s largest Pharmacy.

The seminar starts at Noon on Thursday, April 24. Common Grounds is located at Av. Paucarmbamba 2-75 y Av. 12 de Abril, across from the Santa Ana Clinic.

This seminar is ONLY for those who are currently in Cuenca on their T-3 Visas or Extension Visas (i.e. have spent less than 90 days in Ecuador or have NOT yet applied for a permanent residency visa to Ecuador).

Please email your request to attend the seminar no later than 12 p.m. on April 23 (24 hours before the seminar) in order to attend, as there is only space for 25 attendees in total!

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Art Collective Exhibit Opens Tonight

An exhibition entitled “Introspecciones Atemporales” opens Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the women’s gallery at Simon Bolivar 14-36. Artists exhibiting include Juana Garcia, Eduardo Segovia, Fabiola Alvarez, Rosalía Viva, Xavier Domínguez, Marcelo Guíracocha, Juan Viteri, Bob van Gestel, Jorge Chalco and Enrique Dávila Cobos. Entry is free.

Wajari Documentary Premieres Tonight

Ecuador filmmaker José Cardoso’s new documentary film, Buscando a Wajari, will be screened Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Sucre Theater. The movie covers the day-to-day life of the Wajari people, as well as their ritual and political challenges.

UFO Lecture at City Hall

Ufologist Jaime Rodriguez will make presentations Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25 at 6 p.m. at the Salón de la Ciudad on Calle Sucre at Parque Calderon. For more information go to / jaimerodriguezufo. Entry is free.

French Cuisine Workshop

Cuenca’s Alianza Francesa is offering a French cooking workshop Saturday, April 26 in the Alianza kitchen, beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. Alianza Francesa is located at Tadeo Torres 1-92 and Avenida Solano.

‘Cuenca Culture Fest’ on Saturday

The event features music, dance, comedy and crafts sales as well as music workshops, Saturday, April 26 at the Broken Bridge at Paseo de Tres de Noviembre. Events begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. Entry is free.

International Art Bienal

The Bienal began on Friday and includes 42 artists from Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. Museums hosting the Bienal are the Museum of Modern Art, Sucre at San Sebastian Plaza; Colegio Benigno Malo, Av. Solano at Aurelio Aguilar; La Casa de los Arcos, Condomine 12-21; Sala Proceso, Luis Cordero at Sucre; Salon de Pueblo, Sucre at Benigno Malo; and the Medical Museum, 12 de Abril at Av. Solano.

The galleries will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Saturdays, from 10:00 to 1 p.m. The Museum of Modern Art will be open until 6 p.m. on all days.

In addition, other local galleries are offering special exhibitions in conjunction with the Bienal. These include El Siete, El Túnel, Galería de la Alcaldía, In Arte, Museo de los Metales y Casa de las Posadas.

Cuenca Animal Clinic

BANNER CUENCA ANIMAL CLINICEnglish speaking and American-licensed vet in Cuenca. We are located on Miguel Cordero between Cornelio Merchan and Av. Paucarbamba. We offer all the services for your pet and are also specialized in surgeries. We also offer dental cleaning with gas anesthesia. We are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call us for more information at 097-904-2961 or 288-0608.

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Open Mike Night at Casa de la Vida!

Casa de la Vida, a cross-cultural gathering place for education, the arts and fun, invites you to our first Open Mic Night this Saturday, April 26.
Share your poetry, stories, or musical talent in an enthusiastic, supportive environment. Bring your friends to cheer you on!

The evening begins at 7 p.m. and if you’d like to perform please arrive early to sign up. The event is FREE and drinks will be available for purchase. LIKE us on Facebook at

New EcuaAssist Office

We are exited to announce that EcuaAssist just opened its new office in Cuenca! You can find us at Luis Cordero 5-65 (below California Kitchen). EcuaAssist is a consulting company focused on the needs of expats in Ecuador, whether they are just arriving or already well established. Explore our website to find out all that we have to offer.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Cuenca

Come learn the most efficient martial art for self defense in a friendly environment! Classes: Monday thru Friday at 7:30 p.m/, at Av Gran Colombia y Av de las Americas, (Diagonal to Banco Pacifico)

The first class is FREE!

Do You?

Want to meet people and exchange ideas? Want to mentor college students? Want to make a difference in a student’s life? This is your perfect opportunity!

The CEC (Cultural Exchange Council) works with students enrolled in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at the University of Cuenca. The CEC is made up of gringos who speak very little Spanish but enjoy contributing to the Cuenca community by sharing collective experiences, skills and knowledge with the students.

The CEC works with the full support of the faculty and staff of the University. If you would like to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available with the CEC, please contact Candace at

Health Solutions in Ecuador

If you’re planning on retiring overseas, you get Medicare in Ecuador too. There is already a working model in place to deliver the insurance benefits to those who are eligible and who are living abroad. We provide medical services much like a prepaid health services company but we do not charge for enrollment, nor do we charge any monthly fees. To be a member you have to be a retired with Part A.

We will have a meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. at La Fragada Buiding, located in Alfonso Moreno Mora and Av. Solano. Please confirm your attendance to:

Looking for Play Station 3 and a Tablet

Does anyone have Play Station 3 games for sale? I am also looking for a used tablet.

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Ride to Guayaquil on April 28

I’m looking for a ride to Guayaquil on Monday, April 28. I will pay my way or fuel cost. Please let me know if you can accommodate me and my 2 pieces of luggage. I am presently in Cuenca for a few days.

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Pet Relocation — Change In Law?

Has anyone relocated to Ecuador since January 1, 2014 with MORE than 2 pets? I’m hearing there was a change in the law effective January 1st. Two pets per household? Per person? Any information would be very much appreciated.

Sojo Spa is Back to Serve You

After a long holiday, Sojo Spa is back to work. This week’s treatment specials include $10 for a Microdermabrasion, a facial cleaning and a manicure for $20, plus a color, cut and style for $40. This special is good from Monday 21st till Saturday 26th of April.

Call 098-385-7531 or (07) 283-9944 to make your appointment today to enjoy Sojo’s “cozy” environment and high professionalism!

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“Sweet” Sue Terry at The Jazz Society Café

Friday, April 25: The ‘Sweet’ Sue Terry Quintet
Jazz legend ‘Sweet’ Sue Terry performs in one of her final appearances before returning to the US to perform a commissioned performance. Award-winning singer and guitarist RENATO ALBORNOZ sings selections from his CD “Del Mil Aleros”.
Reservations required.

Saturday, April 26: The Jim Gala Trio plays selections from his CD, “The Art of the Soul”
Contrabassist Jonathan Arevalo and percussionist Sebastian Zurita fill out the trio.
Free Admission.

Food and Beverage service starts at 6:30 p.m.; music at 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Society Café will be CLOSED Wednesday and Thursday for student instruction.

The Jazz Society Café is located on the 2nd floor of La Viña restaurant, 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jarmillo

30 Child Sponsorships Still Needed

There are 75 children at the Feria Libre in need of your help! El Arenal is an Ecuadorian foundation that provides a balanced lunch for 75 children in the Feria Libre. They also provide after-school activities and homework help. When the lunch program lost its funding earlier this year, Hearts of Gold partnered with El Arenal to help raise the money to keep the program running for the rest of 2014. With only a few weeks left to raise the money, there are 30 children who still need sponsorship.

To donate, visit

Together we can feed 75 children for the rest of the year! Donate now!

La Macarena Botanic Garden Tour

Early in the morning at 8 a.m. we leave Cuenca taking the Panamericana Highway to Guachapala that is located at 40 kilometers on the Oriente road until we get to Jardín Botánico La Macarena where we would make a tour walk of 3 hours around, in a trail basic level easy for walk and it is not difficult for adult people, but they have to know that is around 3 hours for walk. In all this time of walking we enjoy the nature and here we can find the oldest tree of the area with 350 years called Luma Tree. Also here we can see all kind of  orchids, flowers, plants like cáñaro, zapotes, olivos, paja toquilla, pomarrosa, platanillos, higos, café, guayusa, fresno, pambiles, guadúa, cáñamo, cidra, arrayanes, caoba, laurel, drago, cascarilla, capulíes, guabisay, balsa, eucaliptos, pinos, sauces and more the  500 species of trees and shrubbery.

The Jardín Botánico La Macarena is located at 2335 masl with a temperature of 18º and that is the reason of find lot vegetations.


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Coffee Club Spanish Starting May 5th!

Have you ever wished you could communicate in Spanish more naturally, instead of simply understanding grammatical rules? You can!

Join us at The Coffee Club for the only Comprehensible Input Spanish class in Cuenca; a proven teaching method that works with your brain’s natural ability to acquire language. Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced classes starting the week of May 5th! 18 hr. session. Cost $100.

Contact for more information.

Argentine Tango Workshop

Robert Carbo, a well known Argentine Tango teacher for 20 years from Quito, will teach at Cachumbambe Dance Studio, April 30-May 3 from 8 to 10:30 p.m., $45.00 per person. for a 4 day workshop. Please confirm by calling 098-531-2249 Daisy (owner). The studio is located on Padre Julio Matovelle y Miguel Diaz, in back of the Taberna Liquor store on Remigio Crespo.

Beautiful House for Rent

Beautiful, BIG house in a great, safe neighborhood. Located on a corner, the house is sunny and filled with light. Five bedrooms; 3 ½ baths (master bath has large Jacuzzi tub, as well as shower); living room; separate dining room; sun room; art studio; TV room; 3 bodegas. All bedrooms have built in closets and drawers. Master bedrooms has walk-in closet. Small, mature garden. Surrounded by a security wall and there is an alarm system. $950. Available starting 1st of June 2014.

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Professional Translator

Cristabell Aguirre, bilingual (English-Spanish) Cuencana offers expert translation of documents, (visa applications, books, information, etc.) including the notarization process when necessary, and interpretation for any situation.

See what others have said about her services, Click here.

Contact her at: 0994562964 or using the form below:

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Salinas to Cuenca

Jon from Transpo Ecuador will be driving back from Salinas to Cuenca this Sunday. The truck is currently empty, so if anyone wants to tag along for half price ($50), feel free. I can stop in Guayaquil to pick you up if necessary.

Use the form below to contact Jon call him at 098-494-9008.

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One Bedroom Apartment for Rent

New apartment for rent, furnished or unfurnished, close to Coral Center Mall on Avenida Las Americas. $280 unfurnished, $350 furnished, plus building fee and utilities. For more information contact Jorge at 099-886-0483 or

Pachamama Raymi Fiesta in Zamora Chinchipe

The Cañari Pachamama Raymi celebration will be observed in Zamora Chinchipe May 9 to 11. The event features arts, crafts, food, music, games, horse races, adventure sports and much more. Events start at 9 a.m. and continue till after dark daily.

Symphony Performs Thursday

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by the award-winning French violinist Julien Szulman, performs Thursday, May 24 at 8 p.m. in the Pumapungo Theater. The concert features a musical comedy based on Shakespeare’s Falstaff character written by Otto Nicdai as well as works by Mozart and Schubert. Entry is free.

ETs of Cuenca

A conference on UFOs and Extraterrestrials by renown Ufologist Jaime Rodriguez.
Thursday, April 24 and Friday April 25. 6 p.m.

Conference is held at Salon de la Cuidad, M.I. Municipalidad de Cuenca,Across from Pargue Calderon.
Entrance free.

Contemporary Dance Tonight

“Pura, Danza Contemporánea,” a dance production about the lives of women will be performed Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the Casa de la Cultura theater on Calle Luis Cordero between Cordova and Sucre.

Guitar Performance at Sono Studio

A concert of dance and song with guitar accompaniment will be performed Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at Sono Studio, Borrero 6-83 and Presidente Córdova. The concert is titled “Concierto Ecuatoriano II.”