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U.S. International Week


Photo credit: Dave Harbour

With USA week in the rear view, this gives us time to look back and reflect on the many great events that took place this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the USA week’s Cultural Fusion Festival in Parque San Sebastian and all through Cuenca. We sincerely hope you all had as great a time as we did. Looking forward to the many future events to come.

Photo Credit to: Dave Harbour, Barkley J. D’Alfonso and Neil Mailer

To see the pictures click here

Special Discounts To Gringotree Subscribers

GringoTree has agreements with three accommodations in Cuenca. Santa Monica, right in the middle of town, Casa Lloret, a 10 minute or so bus ride to town, and Casa de Cuenca, a guesthouse about 2 minutes from the Three Bridges. Casa Lloret and Casa de Cuenca are located very close to the Yanuncay river.

The three accommodations offer special discounts to GringoTree subscribers. For prices and reservations please email it@gringotree.com and for information and pictures see the links below:
Santa Monica
Casa Lloret
Casa de Cuenca

Mani And Pedi Special At Sojo Spa!

This week only, pedicure and manicure for $10 call for an appointment!

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

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.


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.

For more information and photos, click here.


Ecuador Visas and Containers

“Ecuador Visas & Containers”, for an ALL-INCLUSIVE price of $600 (Government Fee of $350 is naturally paid by the Applicant), provides comprehensive processing of ANY Permanent Residency Visa type (Includes all Translations, Notarizations, Review of All Foreign Documents, Submission of Your Visa Applications to Ministry, etc.). Alternatively, for those who only need or wish for a Temporary Extension Visa type 12-9 or 12-10, the ALL-INCLUSIVE price is $170 (Government Fee of $230 is naturally paid by the Applicant) and Includes all Translations, Notarizations, Review of All Foreign Documents, Submission of Your Visa Applications to Ministry, etc.). Very low cost and reliable household goods Container/Transport services as well, plus any other necessary Ecuador legal services (i.e. Ecuador Driver Licenses, Ecuador Realty Purchases, Rental Contracts, etc.), or U.S. tax filing needs one has while living their dream in Ecuador (also providing inexpensive and easy Ecuador Citizenship, Ecuador Naturalization & Ecuador Passport Service).

To see my recommendations, click here 

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

“Ecuador Visas” Website and Cuenca Health Care Website of “Find Health in Ecuador”: www.EcuadorVisas.com and www.FindHealthInEcuador.com

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

Affordable American Dental Care in Cuenca

Dr. Alan Woods, dentist from the United States, has joined Dr. Maria Elena Conteras in her practice in Edificio Estadio, just east of the stadium. Dr. Woods special interests are crown and bridge reconstruction, treatment of patients with headaches associated with TMJ problems, and the dental management of patients with compromising medical conditions such as heart disease. Initial examinations are $10. Prophylaxis is $35.

To make an appintment, click on the reply below or call at 097-924-6002.

Ciclismo Cuenca

A fun video by Ric Shellhammer. It’s cut to Queen’s 1978 tune, “Bicycle Race and documents his bike ride that ran along Rio Yanuncay to beyond Ave. de las Americas on the east side of Cuenca. Returning he stopped for a brief respite at Parque El Parasio, then along Rio Tomebamaba to Ave Solana and back home to Parque Iberia.

Ric, a recent expat from San Diego, California, has been living in Cuenca for 5 months. Prior to the move he spent 35 years working as a self-employed video producer and filmmaker. He hopes to continue his passion for storytelling in this country that is rich with stories.”

Daily News Links

At the Wellhead: The legal battle over a possibly big Ecuador oil field

Ecuadorian Flower Grower Looks to Africa for further expansion to Europe

China weighs on markets as silver dives again

Gold crashes and is now tarnished for good

Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

Blog of the Day: Cuenca, Ecuador: Perceptions, Misconceptions and Living Here

2400 Cameras Across Ecuador Monitoring Traffic And People

Looking For 2-Month Lodging

Looking for an affordable apartment, studio, suite or room. Near El Centro or near a bus stop.

To respond to James, click on the reply below.

Job Wanted

I live in Guayaquil with my wife, she is Ecuadorean and I’m canadian. I don’t speak hardly any spanish but I need a job. Anything would help. Part time or full time.

My background is construction supervisor and I owned by own business in Canada.
If anybody has any contacts or suggestions please email me. I live in guayaquil so that is where I need the work.

To respond to this post, click on the reply below.

Question: WiFi

We are traveling through Quito and Cuenca next month. I am a freelencer and I have to work from the road. What issues can I expect with wifi services at hotels or apartments we will be staying in. I’d like to try to prepare myself because I don’t want end up disconnected and lose clients while I’m traveling.

Question: Visa extension To T-3

I have been in Ecuador for almost 90 days. My T-3 expires October 11. My question is.. Am I able to now apply for the ‘commerical visa’ that allows me to stay here an addition 180 days. Or is 180 days the maximum allowed to stay in Ecuador (I am Canadian).  I am hoping it is possible to add 180 to my already used up 90 days .

Question: Health Food Store

Are there any health food stores, or others where a vegan(vegetarian) can get high quality supplements, and organic foods, and bulk nuts, seeds, and grains ?No GMO’s!

Question: Insurance

Can I get health insurance in Ecuador? Does any U.S. insurer have coverage there?

Ecuador At Your Service Radio Show On Monday!

Mike Cobb, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder of ECI Development will be the featured guest on the “Ecuador At Your Service” radio show on Monday. The show airs live at 11 a.m. EST and can be heard anytime in the archives at http://overseasradio.com/ashley-rogers-and-michel-blanchard/

Mike will talk about building high quality, people centered communities throughout Latin America, and his new project: Venture, Gran Vistas, a world-class community he is developing on the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Manabi Provence of Ecuador. Join Michel Blanchard and Ashley Rogers to learn first-hand about these exciting properties and the new seaside development in Ecuador.

Survival Self-defense Seminar!

Register for our next Survival Self-defense Seminar at Cima Fitness on Friday, September 26th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a two hour, intensive seminar that will introduce you to Krav Maga and give you some basic self-defense techniques to feel more confident in going about your days (and nights) in Cuenca. You do NOT have to be in good physical fitness to attend, but you do have to be able to climb a flight of stairs to get to the class. Cost is $30 which includes two hours of instruction, a take-home booklet, and a free month of Krav Maga classes (twice per week). Space is limited. Click on the link below to register now. For more information and to register: http://www.cimafitness.com/register-self-defense-seminar/

Can Your Marriage Survive Expatriating?

By Manya Arond-Thomas

Expatriating is the ultimate test of a marriage. Hands down, it could be the hardest, most stressful, strain-producing experience the two of you will ever go through.

The true gift of this great adventure is that it offers an opportunity for transformation. But, like birth itself – while glorious and miraculous in the outcome, the process can be messy and painful. Not only will each of you be going through your own transformation, so will your relationship. In essence, you will have three complex changing systems, attempting to move in synch through time and space. And to top it off, you don’t really know what the outcome will be. Continue reading

San Juanitos of Otavalo, Ecuador: A Mini Otavalo Opera

Unfurnished Condo In Desired Location For Rent

This two-bedroom apartment is located on one of Cuenca’s most popular condominium projects, close to shopping, a modern supermarket, good restaurants and a short cab ride to the historic district. It comes with 1 parking space. In great neighborhood popular with expats and it has an amazing view to the city from the balcony. The building has 24-hour security and an elevator. One Year Lease or more. No pets. Price $ 450.

For Pictures, click here


Daily News Links

Return to El Centro!: Expat and Cuencano Investors See Big Potential in Cuenca’s Historic District

The Expat ‘Go-Bag’: Why You Might Want One

Working Through The Stages Of Expat Culture Shock

Blog of the Day: Cuenca, Ecuador: Perceptions, Misconceptions and Living Here

Sights And Sounds In A Ceiba Tree

Enjoy monkeys and birds calling and clambering in a giant rainforest tree, including a rare close-up look at a King Vulture. All footage taken on a single morning, in a canopy tower atop a Ceiba tree, during a Ceiba Foundation tropical ecology course in Ecuador.

Sights and Sounds in a Ceiba Tree from Ceiba Foundation on Vimeo.

Question: 9-1 Visa Restrictions

What is the maximum time allowable out of Ecuador under a 9-1 visa?

Question: Where To Buy Hummingbird Feeders

Is there a store in Cuenca that sells hummingbird feeders? We brought one with us but would like to get a couple more, and I have not seen them in markets or Coral.

Question: Swimming Pool Options In Cuenca

What are the swimming options in Cuenca?

Altelier Decorations

Need to reupholster your couch or maybe just some new decorative pillows to make it look more fun? or how about new window treatments or a duvet? We are always getting new selections of fabrics so we can do the job for you! Come and visit us!

5% off if you mention this ad in all our custom made products!  Special until October 20!

To see our list of services, click on the premium bottom.