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This Is Not Medicare

Bonanza offers medical benefits in Ecuador to American Retirees at no monthly cost. NO gimmicks, NO bait and switch. Please Call or Email us to find out more, or look up our Premium Listing.

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Budget Rent A Car

LogosAn internationally renowned name in rental car services, with presence in the global market for over 50 years, in 3200 offices in more than 1900 locations in 120 countries, Budget has been serving Ecuador for over 35 years. With this experience, it is bound to give you the best service and assistance. Having a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, from small coupés to 4X4 SUVs, which are all well maintained and have the required safety features.

Besides its locations in the capital city, Budget counts with other locations in the country’s main touristic and business hubs.

Contact us at 07-286-7946/ 098-040-6799SZ
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, Salinas
For more information:  http://www.budget-ec.com/

Fully Furnished 2-BR-Apartment For Rent

Located between the Yanuncay and Tomebanba River Area, this fully furnished apartment is located on the third floor (no elevator). The unit has 2 bedrooms complete with built in closets, 1 full-bathroom, a kitchen with fridge, gas cooktop and plenty of storage space overhead. There is ample seating for everyone in the shared living room/dining room. The unit also includes a separate laundry room. The utilities and WiFi-Internet are included. This beautiful apartment is located on the Paucarbamba Avenue with a balcony that has a nice view overlooking Cuenca. Outside you will have a parking space and a guard that will keep the place safe.  Please be advised the owner is looking for a ONE YEAR LEASE OR MORE. NO PETS. NO SHORT-TERM. PRICE $450

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Unfurnished Apartments In The Center For Rent

These units are located in the same building on the Republica 1-46 and Huayna-Capac, just one block from the San Blas Park. One of them has one bedroom ($280) and the other ones have 2 bedrooms ($350). For appointments and more information, contact Juan Abad at 0998504026 or click on the reply button.


Bed and Breakfast 10% off GringoTree Community

Situated next to Parque de la Madre, just a few blocks from the historic district, you will find Cuenca Rooms. A bed and breakfast designed to accommodate travelers looking for comfort, efficiency, safety, and a homely atmosphere. Just seconds from the Tomebamba river in what is regarded as one of the best area for real state in Cuenca. Boasting 6 large rooms and 6 full bathrooms, we can accommodate up to 17 guests, allowing a friendly atmosphere, but without neglecting the personalized service and attention to detail.

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American Dental Care in Cuenca

Dr. Alan Woods is now practicing dentistry in Cuenca. Dr. Woods is a dentist from the Midwest practicing part time in the offices of Dr. Maria Elena Conteras close to the stadium. He offers a full range of dental services. To make an appointment for an examination, cleaning, or discussion of treatment options click on the reply below or call at 097-924-6002.


Unfurnished House With A Great View For Rent

This beautiful 3-story-unfurnished House is located on the way to Turi. It comes with 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, fireplace, garden, a maid’s room, a laundry area, a parking space for one car, an office, and a TV-room. No bedrooms on the first floor. This unit has a great view of the city. The property is just 2 minutes away from the Mall del Rio (by car) and 10 minutes to the center. One-year-lease minimum.  Two security deposits are required. Price: $650. Contact Maria Teran at 0987800777.

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Daily News Links

Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorean Villagers
On March 4th, a federal judge in New York City blocked one of the richest and most scrutinized judgments in the annals of class-action law from being enforced on U.S. soil. The announcement of that decision, a closely watched event in legal and environmental circles, further muddied the future of $9.5 billion in damages the Ecuadorean Supreme Court in 2012 ordered the oil giant Chevron to pay for the systematic contamination of a patch of Amazon rainforest the size of Rhode Island. Click here to read more.

Sport: Landon Donovan To Play For Team USA One Last Time In Ecuador Friendly
When Landon Donovan was not included on the U.S. World Cup roster earlier this summer, it was widely believed we wouldnever see Donovan in a U.S. national team uniform again. Click here to read more.

Environment: Environmentalism is a new form of imperialism, claims Chilean expert
Environmentalism is a new form of imperialism that arises in the developed countries, which do not give explanations to society, but still propose environmental regulations to developing countries, explained the Chilean expert, Rolando Rubio. Click here to read more.

Food: Rethink Your Definition of ‘Salsa’
Twelve zesty sauces that vary nearly as much in their texture and preparation as they do in their flavors. Click here read more.

Blog of the Day: Ecuadorian recipe index
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1956 Film on Ecuador, “The Golden Equator”

“The Golden Equator” is a short film about Ecuador in the mid-twentieth century (17.5 minutes, in English, black&white). Documentary filmed entirely on location in this Andean nation at the west coast of South America produced by RKO-Pathe studios of Hollywood likely with support of the Ecuadorian Government.

Filmed almost 60 years ago, it was intended for American audiences to be screened before the main feature film as newsreel. Highlights the wealth of cultural and touristic sites but also indigenous cultures and acknowledges diversity, but focuses on major public sector infrastructure investments of the time (highways and railroads). Most interesting from a historical perspective as a film that showcases a developing country economic changes through the prism of the expanding “modern world” and foreign investment opportunities for the US in the fifties.

FREE Book and DVD Exchange Is Back!

Free book and dvd exchange starting up again! We are now at The Loft cafe and will be open on Tuesdays from 10:oo am to 12:00 noon. You bring a book or dvd or as many as you want and exchange one for one. We have over 200 books and 150 dvd’s. So come and take a look!

Loft Cafe: Sucre 1175, just east of Tarqui on the south side of the street. Monica cell: 098-384-1691 or
loft.cafe.studio@ gmail.com

For more information contact me at susannah.i.maxwell@gmail.com

Patricia Of Distribuidora Barrera Is Closing!

I am deeply saddened by Patricia’s decision to sell her shop, Patricia Of Distribuidora Barrera. Patricia provided a ‘home’ for a big number of ex-pats and she and the Ecuadorian students helped to make us feel like we were welcome. She taught us weaving and knitting and gave us all a place where we felt comfortable. I wish to extend deep gratitude to Patricia and her family for allowing us to share in Ecuadorian life. Wishing them health and happiness and success in whatever endeavours will follow.

Ave. Las Americas House Cleaning

Mrs. Jaunita Avelino is looking for extra part-time house cleaning work around Ave. de las America’s to help support her son’s medical treatments for severe muscular dystrophy. She is my friend’s house cleaner, is in dire need of more work and is very dedicated and sweet. Please contact her in Spanish at 099-212-9593.

English Christian Church

English-Speaking Christian Church “Knowing Him and Making Him Known” Please join us in worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ, this Sunday morning, at Cuenca Christian Church. Fellowship begins at 9:30a.m. (coffee and pastries), with worship at 10 a.m. Come fellowship with us as we fellowship with the Lord. We are located at 6-23 Simon Bolivar, two blocks East of Parque Calderon. We meet on the second floor of a beautiful colonial home. www.cuencachristianchurch.com)

English Church Service At Calvary Chapel of Cuenca

Come visit us at our new building. The new address is on the corner of Pio Montufar and Primera Convención. That is six blocks west of Coral Centro on Montufar. The number 22 Bus Line stops directly in front of the new church. Our weekly Sunday services are an English service at 9:30 a.m. and a Spanish service at 11 a.m.
Tele: 07-288-2198 or 07-281-0741 Web page: www.calvarychapel.ec

Question: Salinas vs Guayaquil

Can anyone compare living in Salinas vs Guayaquil? beaches, food, rents?

Week Specials At Sojo Spa!

Don’t miss our pedicure and manicure special, all for $ 10! From August 25, to  August 30. Call for an appoinment and enjoy our mimosas ! We accept Visa and Master Card.

Armado will be out of the country from August 21 to 28!

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

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New York Style Bagels In Cuenca

Best big apple bagels, our store-baked bagels New York style, we have the following varieties: 150 g gluten free bagels, 150 g plain Bagels. Flavors: plain, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion, cinnamon and raisin. Also Inglés muffin, bagel dog, bagel cocktail, blintz, bialys, bagel donut. For more information and to order, Marietha Rojas.

To contact Marietha, click on the reply below or 099-500-0309, 245-5117

Cuenca Car Share 4 Day Special Continues!

Our 4 day special was such a success we are contuning it thru the end of October. Prices starting at $114 for 4 days. Book you “your key to the open road!”
Go to www.CuencaCarShare.com and book today! or call 098-380-0162 movi, 098-808-7261 claro

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Cuenca!

Oxygen-Therapy Did you know that one of the most important keys to your health is having enough oxygen in your blood stream? Now, you can experience all the benefits of HBOT for yourself right here in Cuenca!
This treatment has been proven to help with conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s, migraines, anemia, and lyme disease. And, for a limited time, sign up for 5 sessions and get your 6th one free!

Office located at 12 de October between the Gas Station and Jack Trucking.

To make an appointment with Dr. David Korchak, call 099-500-0309 or send him and email using the form below.

Contact Dr. Korchak

Luxurious 1 Bedroom Apartments for Rent


Spacious one-bedroom fully furnished apartment-suites in newly renovated colonial building in the heart of the city, one block from Parque Calderon. All modern amenities, fully equipped kitchens and laundry room in this impressive 4-story elevator building. Utilities, WiFi and Internet included, 24-hour security on site and English-speaking front desk staff. Long term leases available from $640 to $1080. Pets are not allowed. Ask about our extended stay options.

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Daily News Links

National: Ecuador takes measures to attack obesity rates
the Ecuadorian Government has imposed a system of labelling for processed products which alerts on the content of fat, salt and sugar. The Pan American Health Organization issued an alert for the rates of obesity and overweight in Ecuador. The Government activated a series of public policies to combat it. On Tuesday the Ecuadorian Government authorities were alerted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by the high rates of obesity and overweight, which are “alarming” and are becoming an “epidemic in March”. Click here to read more.

Finance: JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Hackers
A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people briefed on a continuing investigation into the crimes. Click here to read more.

Business: Why Mark Zuckerberg Has a 99% Approval Rating From His Employees
I can not speak for the rest of the Facebook employees, but I can tell my stories to explain why I believe the 99% approval rating is pretty fair. Click here to read more.

Health: Another reason to spend money on experiences rather than things—the positive benefits of anticipation
Many people now recognize that spending money on, say, a plane ticket for a vacation is more satisfying in the long run than purchasing a new television for the same price. But happiness studies keep evolving, and social scientists continue to find new ways of understanding precisely how our economic choices affect well-being. Click here to read more.

Blog of the Day: Cuenca, Ecuador: Preconceptions, Misconceptions and New Viewpoints
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Looking For Professional Expats

The Municipality of Cuenca is looking for any professional expat that will be willing to give conferences to University students, the purpose of this is to benefit and encourage them and at the same time contribute to the educational development of the city.

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5 Town Squares You Have To See To Believe And A Video Challenge!

Steep in history and sights to match, town squares -or in many cases piazzas-incorporate the soul of their specific cities along their narrow alleyways. Not only have they become a one-stop-shop for capturing the true elements of their destinations, but keep travelers coming back time and time again with their impressive facades and cultural attractions. The next time you’re in any of the following cities, take a pleasant stroll to their town squares to see their charm unfold like the pages of your favorite fairytale.

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Ecuador Town Square Video Challenge

For those living in Cuenca or the surrounding towns – create a video of your charming town square and we’ll share it on GringoTree. The video should be of good quality and short, 1 to 3 minutes. Submit your video to customerservice@gringotree.com. We’ll confirm publication upon review.

Send in your video soon and let’s see some of Ecuador’s charming town squares!

Jet-set Pets: A Beginner’s “Guide” To Globe-trotting With Dogs

By Kathy McCullough

I know most folks don’t traipse the planet with canine companions in tow, but in years past my partner Sara, an international aid professional, and I have moved our mutts to whichever corner of the globe was hosting the latest disaster or most recent instance of humanitarian need. Our dogs accompanied us first to Vietnam and then to post-earthquake Haiti. They now live with us in Ecuador.

Though transporting pets to our most recent international destination seemed daunting, indeed, no move proved worse than getting our dog Ralph to Vietnam. That devolved into canine trafficking of the semi-comic (nearly disastrous) kind. It makes for a cautionary tale, of sorts.

This post, then, is not so much a “how-to” guide to pet travel, as a “learn-from-my-mistakes” manual. Below are behaviors to avoid.

It even started off badly. Continue reading

English Christian Worship

International Christian Community (ICC) worship service meets this Sunday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at Nicanor Aguilar y Solano, a new building just north and east of Mt. Sinai Hospital on a little one way street between the hospital and the stadium. This week’s sermon topic is “How Big Is Your Lifeboat?” We also have a bilingual Sunday School program for children which includes Bible stories, crafts and drama. Children, pre-school through high school, are welcome. Please join us in worship by participation in music, prayers, scripture readings, and exploration of God’s word. www.internationalchristiancommunity.org; Rev. Dr. David Small, Pastor; desmall62@gmail.com.

Loking For Doggie Daycare

I’m looking for doggie daycare/ boarding facilities for a 7 month old Golden Retriever in Cuenca. Does anyone have recommendations?

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Question: Taxis

What is it with the taxi service. One time you get in and the base fare is .46, another time 1.14, and then other taxis no meter at all. What are the rules for taxi fares