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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.

For contact and images: or use the form below.

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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.

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!

For more information and to RSVP, email to or click on the reply below.

‘Artesenias de Colombia’ at CIDAP

An exhibit of work by Colombian craftspeople, titled “Artesenias de Colombia,” is at CIDAP on the escalinata at Paseo Tres de Noviembre. Entry is free.

Italian Music and Dance

The Fundacion Dante Alighieri presents an evening of Italian music and dance Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. at Benigno Malo 4-96 at Calle Larga

Calvary Chapel Cuenca – English Service

Please join us this Sunday for our Easter Worship services. We have a sunrise service in Spanish at 5:30 a.m and an English service at 10 a.m. Both are at Calvary Chapel which is located at Solano and Belasario Andrade a block north of the Tres Puentes (Three Bridges). Phone: 07-288-2198.

Join Us For Worship Every Saturday

The Seventh-day Adventist Church (Iglesia Adventista del Septima Dia) would like to extend a warm welcome to join us for worship on God’s appointed day.

Service begins at 11 a.m., and the sermon is presented in both English and Spanish. Sabbath school begins at 9 a.m., and an English class will be beginning May 3rd.

Get to know us better by joining us for a fellowship meal immediately following the service.

We are located on Felipe II, one block up from Don Bosco, on the left. For more information contact Leanne @

Guide Book(s) Recommendations

My husband and I will be exploring Ecuador for 3 weeks in June. I am looking for ideas regarding guide books for 1) the country and 2) special emphasis on Cuenca area. While we will be hiring guides, getting a lay of the land ahead of time seems wise. Any suggestions on the order in which to visit the coast, Cuenca, Quito and Cotacachi regions?

Looking for Luggage

I’m looking for some “gently-used” luggage in medium, large or extra large. I would need it by Monday at the latest. If there’s no second hand luggage available, could anyone tell me where I can find decent luggage at a decent price?

Hiring a Facilitator

I plan on retiring to Cuenca after the first of the year and would like to engage a facilitator help with my visa and Cedula. Can anyone offer any recommendations good or bad?

Live Music at the California Kitchen!

Latin Classics
Friday, April 18, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
$2 Cover

Dinner Special: Grilled Corvina stuffed with Crab. Served with White Caper Sauce, Potato Gratin and Green Beans – $14.95, including soup or salad and dessert. $11.95, ala carte.

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

To make reservations (suggested), please include time and number in your party, click on the reply below.

Live Music at L’aperitivo this Saturday

Come enjoy an awesome night of live music this Saturday, April 19, performed by Daniela Altieri. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. While you listen, enjoy the amazing Italian cuisine or a drink at the bar.

We just opened about a month ago and are on Benigno Malo 4-96 and Calle Larga. See you there.

For more information  call: 282-7809 / 098-322-3118.

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.

Contact Owner

Martha Mays’ Beginner Super Spanish

Martha Mays’ Beginner Super Spanish starts on Monday, April 21 and goes through Friday, April 25, two-hours  a.m. and p.m.

Classes are offered at DiBaccos’ classroom. Learn pronunciation, useful verbs and Cuenca speak. We use the “Madrigal Key to Spanish” book to build your vocabulary quickly and easily. Ten hour class is $50.

For more information, contact Martha at or by clicking on the reply below.

Holistic Health Care in Cuenca

Dr. Hugo Alvarez’s integrated holistic approach to health incorporates Homeopathy, Quantum medicine (Quantum biofeedback), Nutrition & Psychotherapy, The doctor received his formal education in Cuenca and Toronto, Canada. He is now offering his integrated approach to patients of all ages in Cuenca.

For more information or to make an appointment call or write 099-963-1202 or 09-316-3951 or or click on the reply below.

Gated-community Apartment near Remigio Crespo

Owner is selling an apartment in gated community. It comes with 2 parking spaces with an electric gate access to the apartment. It has two floors, the ground floor has living and dining room with hardwood floors, large kitchen with dining area and washer, a storage, a full guest bathroom and a bedroom. The second floor has three bedrooms with two bathrooms. Excellent finishes and also has a 24/7-security-guard. Sector Remigio Crespo, close to private clinics and supermarkets. The community has 8 gardens.
Price: $145,000. Phones: 099-440-8705 or 288-6519.

Contact Owner

Ecuador Visas and Containers

“Ecuador Visas & Containers” provides comprehensive processing of Visas and Shipping, acting as a full service Law and Accounting practice for everything that a Gringo/Gringa could possibly need while in Ecuador (plus all your Immigration Attorney/Immigration Lawyer/Real Estate/Solicitor/Legal/Accounting needs fulfilled by our Cuenca office)

To see my recommendations, click here.

Address: Acropolis Building, Office #303, located at Avenida Jose Peralta y Avenida 12 de Abril (Cuenca)

To contact “Sara Chaca”, click on the reply below.

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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Ashtanga Yoga Classes at Fishbon del Sur

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series led classes at Fishbon del Sur on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11:15 a.m.

Fishbon del Sur is located at 14-25 Mariscal Lamar y Estevez de Toral.

$5.00 a class, or buy 4 get one free.

Also, continuing Yoga classes at DiBaccos on Monday – Thursday.

Email Kris at with questions or for DiBaccos class schedule.

New Thriller Available Now!

Nathaniel Bowditch Goodale has released his debut thriller!

A Maine lobsterman endures a barrage of threats and sabotage from various people before finally seeking retribution. Donny Coombs has enough trouble keeping his lobster boat, Pot Luck, above water with the recession and rising fuel costs. But he also must contend with affluent neighbors insisting he beautify his property, another lobsterman elbowing his way into his fishing spots and a father demanding that Donny stop dating his daughter, Shelly. Vague warnings soon turn to vandalism. Someone dumps sugar in his truck’s gas tank and tampers with his boat’s fuel line.

Expats in Ecuador - Life in CuencaThe novel is well-paced; the first sign of problems to come is an innocent visit from new neighbor Del Nelson, asking Donny to clean his front lawn. Anticipation heightens as things sour for Donny, especially when someone shoots at him. It’s even more unsettling that the suspect pool, which also includes Del’s abrasive wife, Eliza, is so extensive. Donny can’t be sure who exactly is responsible for each damaging or potentially lethal act.

The author, Nathaniel Bowditch Goodale, comes from a deep seafaring heritage. He is licensed to captain a 100 ton vessel, pilot a single engine floatplane in instrument conditions, and drive a big rig on the interstate highway system. He was a 40 year resident of Waldo County, Maine, where this story is set. He now resides in Cuenca, Ecuador, where he is writing his third novel.

To order from GringoTree’s bookstore, click here.

Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness

Be ONE with yourself on Easter for ONE Hour

A Dancing Meditation
11 a.m. to noon, this Sunday, April 20 at Fishbon del Sur, 14-25 Mariscal Lamar y Estevez de Toral

For more information, click on the reply below.

SOLCA Voluntariado Té-Bingo Charity Event

Come join us!
A fun way to support cancer patients while having fun and meeting new friends.

Tuesday April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Hotel Oro Verde (Salon Oro Verde).
Parking available by the Ave 3 de Noviembre entrance. Cost: $6.00 per person.

For more information please contact Liz Shirk at

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.

Join The Gathering this Resurrection Sunday – Easter

This coming Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Join the Gathering, an English-speaking Christian Church in Cuenca, at 10 a.m. for their Praise and Worship and fellowship Celebration service. Juan Montalvo 7-40 y Mariscal Sucre in downtown Cuenca.

Van to Banos

I will be in Cuenca through middle of September. I’m looking to share van to Banos beginning of July. Please e-mail if you would like to share.

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English Tutor

Someone might be interested in being my tutor? Who can practice Spanish with me and I can practice English with her/him. I need a tutor for English. My level is intermediate in reading and writing but low in speaking and listening.

Friends of Father Simon Health Plan

Has anyone had successful dealings with in regards to receipts and membership cards?

This Week at The Jazz Society Café!

Wednesday, April 16: The Julio Bonnemaison Quartet
Thursday, April 17: The Jim Gala Trio and Luis Ullauri
Friday, April 18: The Paul Bouchard Quartet & Renato Albornoz
Saturday,  April 19:  Debby Gala Quartet and Luis Ullauri

Enjoy an evening of cool jazz  and  hot authentic Italian cuisine (the owner / chef is from Italy). Food and beverage service starts at 6:30 p.m.; music at 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Society Café is located 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jarmillo (2nd floor of La Viña restaurant). RSVP using the form below.

Contact the Jazz Cafe


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.

Contact Owner

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GringoTree Tour – Monarch Caribbean Cruise

Enjoy an 8 night all inclusive caribbean cruise. Includes a direct flight from Ecuador to Panama. Cruise dates start in July. Live an unique experience, with parties, sports, amazing trips, shows and many surprises. The tour also includes a shopping tour in Panama City.


Click here to find more about this amazing tour

Casa de Cuenca – Your Home Away from Home

Casa de Cuenca is one of the most beautiful private homes in Cuenca. It has 3,200 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It is pet-friendly, and has a pet activity room and a private yard. The casa is American-operated with English and Spanish spoken. The private bedrooms with ensuite baths are available to rent by the week or month.

For more information, rates and photos, click here.

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:

Contact Cristabell

Italian Music and Dance

The Fundacion Dante Alighieri presents an evening of Italian music and dance Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. at Benigno Malo 4-96 at Calle Larga.

International Art Bienal

The Cuenca Art Bienal 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.

Guitars of Jesus Ortega

Master guitar maker Jesus Ortega presents an exhibition of his work at Sono Studio Monday, April 19 through Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Sono Studio is on Borrero 6-83 at Presidente Cordova.

New Gallery Opens in El Centro

Galeria La Siete Arte, on Benigno Malo 10-84, between Lamar and Gran Colombia, has opened and is presenting the work of Cuenca artists Patricio Palomeque, Juana Córdova and Tomás Ochoa. Entry is free.

Design in Ecuador

Universidad del Azuay is organizing an online course “Design in Ecuador” to talk about Ecuador´s design and architecture and their evolution through history. What is relevant about it now, and what to expect next. It will be free and if you complete it successfully, you can get a certificate of accomplishment by Universidad del Azuay.

This will be a great opportunity to practice your spanish, to know more about Ecuador´s culture, to watch interviews with the biggest design personalities in Ecuador, to participate in forums with students and professionals in the design world, to do some research, and more importantly, to learn something new!

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