Daily Posts

Looking for Spices

Does anybody know where I can find Coriander and Cardamon? I need food grade coriander – not the treated seed for planting. Thanks!

Bicycles for Sale?

Is anyone looking to sell a hybrid or mountain bike, men’s medium frame? Or does anyone have any comments to make about Ecobikes?

Looking to Breed Our Male Ragdoll

We have a 10-month-old purebred male Ragdoll we would like to maybe breed with a Burmese or Siamese if someone has one here in country. It would be only one time and then we will get him neutered. It needs to be soon as we don’t want to wait more then one year to have him neutered.

Fiestas de Cuenca Events in English!

Wondering what’s happening this holiday weekend? Check out this special edition of the GringoTree Coffee News; complete with a list of events, a map of the city, and plenty of premium coupons!



Click on the images above to save a copy to your desktop! And look for print copies available throughout the city at various establishments, including Roux Bar & Bistro, Casa San Rafael, Popacuchu, La Taberna, Villa Nova, Common Grounds, Café San Sebas, Terra, Myo, and right here in our GringoTree offices!

Has Anyone Bought from Ecobikes?

Has anyone bought an Ecobike here in Cuenca? Are they trustworthy? Are you satisfied with what you bought?

Call for Actors, Producers & Crew!

Now is your chance to be directly involved with an Azuay Community Theater production! ACT is sponsoring a melodrama in February, and the director is looking for actors, a producer and crew members. Previous experience is not necessary, but always welcome. There will be a chance to sing, act and have fun regardless of prior contact with melodramas. Please come to one of two meetings for auditions, and declare your interest in working with costumes, makeup, production, set work, lights, and any other talents or interests you may have to contribute. A piano player is needed (as well as a keyboard or piano), so don’t be shy. Melodramas are a great way to get the audience involved with “booing” the Villian, “applauding” the Hero, “awing” the Heroine, while enjoying the support cast.

Auditions will be held Friday, November 7 or Saturday, November 8 at the Auditorium of the Palermo building on Ordoñez Lasso (across from the Hotel Oro Verde) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please direct questions to doctorrht@gmail.com or call 07-407-3396 or 098-280-6310 (Claro).

3rd Annual Garage Sale for a Cause

Beginning Saturday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. visit the 3rd Annual Garage Sale for a Cause in the brick house on 3 de Noviembre across the Escalinata (steps) from CIDAP. Various household items, art pieces, U.S. clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and much more will be for sale. All proceeds go to the FASEC cancer foundation and the Maria Amor Casa de Acogida women’s shelter.

Full Belly Fling

The kids at the Yunguilla Orphanage are developmentally disabled children and young adults who have been abandoned by their families and will almost certainly live their entire lives at the orphanage. They are not considered adoptable. Their disabilities are severe enough that they cannot work or care for their own basic needs. Until very recently they were living without running water or indoor plumbing. Hard to believe isn’t it? Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, these kids now have water, toilets, and showers. But that’s not enough. They also need food.

Will you join us in addressing this very pressing need for food? We’re organizing a fundraiser and you’re invited.

$250 for a table, $500 for a “Friends of the Orphanage” table, and $30 for an individual.

Email Diane Lenz Shanley at dlenzshanley@gmail.com for information about attending this event.

Two Furnished Rooms In El Centro For Rent

The rooms are on the third floor (no elevator), the address is Mariscal Lamar 7-38 and Borrero. Located just 3 blocks away from the Parque Calderon. Access to kitchen and terrace. It also includes internet and TV. Six months minimum. Female preferred. Pets are not allowed. One of the rooms cost $115 and the other one $175.


Townhouse for Rent in Cotacachi, Ecuador

A beautiful brand new 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, fully furnished townhouse. Located in a safe gated American community and only a 5 minute walk to the bus terminal. The townhouse is minutes away from the local farmers market and just footsteps to the main town streets.For more information email nelson.bakhtiari@gmail.com. You can also call 099-996-8322 or (06) 291-6516.


Big House In Charasol (Azogues) For Sale

Beautiful house in the Charasol area in Azogues for Sale. This property is located 25-30 minutes away from Cuenca. It comes with 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms plus Jacuzzi and a Turkish bath. There is a backyard with a BBQ-area. The property has 350 square meters of construction and the land 450 sq. meters.  For more information please call at 07-217-4190 and 098-426-3975 (only Spanish)

For more pictures click here.



Halloween Party at Skye Bar


Brunch at Los Faroles Restaurant

We’ve got a whole month full of reasons for you to come for brunch at Los Faroles during November. Every Sunday, enjoy Eggs Benedict, Eggs Houssard, Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, and so much more. Your delicious breakfast will be accompanied by some toe-tapping tunes from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s, courtesy of The Musical Nomads. The spectacular view and a scrumptious Bloody Mary top it all off to create the perfect Sunday!LFBrunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday. You can also enjoy breakfast any day during the week from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. Los Faroles is located inside Hotel Presidente at Gran Colombia 6-59, between Borrero & Hermano Miguel. Call (07) 283-1066 or email info@hotmailpresidente.ec for reservations.

Thanks to All Who Came to Roux!

Hearts of Gold would like to thank everyone who came out for Trivia and enjoyed some liqueur tasting last night. We raised $255 from the raffle! An extra special thanks to Tom and Roux Bar & Bistro for the support. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the amazing liquors that were tasted and donated by some remarkable people, please contact Tom at tadravis@gmail.com to get your bottle today!

Looking for Urulogy Doctor

Does anyone know of a good Doctor of Urology (preferably English-speaking)?

Established Sushi Restaurant for Sale

I am selling my very profitability sushi business because I have to travel away from Ecuador. This is fully furnished restaurant that has been open for over two years and has an established and growing customer base. It is located on Eduardo Crespo & Gran Colombia in a neighborhood that is up-and-coming as a commercial hub and surrounded by premium residential neighborhoods. It is equipped with a kitchen, a bar, beautiful tables, an LED TV, a full bathroom, etc. The lease is $600. You can see more photos of the restaurant space on Facebook and TripAdvisor by searching for “Unagi Teppanyaki & Sushibar.” This business is priced at $15,000 USD. For more information, call 099-679-4934 (we speak English).


2 Puppies & Cat Free to the Right Home

We are returning to the US and need to find good homes for our pets. We have two 5-month-old black/white Shitzu puppies (brothers) with all their vaccinations. They are awesome, love to play outside, and are great with children. They must be kept together. We Also have an 18-month-old gray cat. She is spayed and has all her shots. She is no de-clawed, and loves to be outside. She lives and sleeps inside, but goes outside to play. They are free to the right home.


Anniversary Party at Mugello Sport Restaurant 15% OFF EVERYTHING!

Come and join us in celebrating our anniversary this Wednesday, October 29! In addition to great food and drinks, we will have live music and a motorcycle exhibition. GringoTree Subscribers will receive 15% off on all purchases! Just make sure to mention this add to your server.

You can make a reservation by contacting mugellocuenca@gmail.com or by calling 099-557-1318. Mugello is located on Remigio Crespo at 1-34 & Federico Proaño.


Fiesta de Cuenca at NOE


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric therapy is not an alternative medicine; it is the product of many years of formal scientific research. Oxygen delivered to the body under increased pressure is valuable in treating a number of different conditions such as vascular brain injuries, cancer, flash post-surgical, gas poisoning, impotence, colitis, diabetic foot, stress, rheumatoid arthritis, infarction, burns, chronic fatigue, migraines, herpes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and anemia. Call Dr. David Korchak at 099-500-0309 or (07) 245-5117. Our offices are located on Avenida 12 de Octubre, between the gas station and JAC Trucks.Oxygen-Therapy

RSVP for Free Pizza this Saturday!

This Saturday, come enjoy some great tasting pizza at Fabiano’s Restaurant and learn more about Hearts of Gold Foundation programs, activities and our critical state going in to 2015. To RSVP for you and your friends, and find out when we’re chowing down, send an email to colleen@heartsofgoldfoundation.org or info@heartsofgoldfoundation.org. But hurry – space is limited! Don’t miss out on a this great chance to learn more about Expat involvement in the community while enjoying some delicious free pizza! RSVP now to join in the fun and learn more about ways to give back to your home community!


New Door-to-Door Veterinary Service

Veterinary Clinic Gallardo is now offering a new door-to-door transportation service for your pet. Whether for grooming, dental prophylaxis, extended kennel stays, consultations, or vaccinations. Call us at (07) 281-6869 0r 098-723-2618. You can also email Dr. Javier Gallardo at cvetgallardo@hotmail.com. We are located on Guayas 4-30 & Remigio Crespo in Cuenca.

Looking for Specialty Light Bulbs

Does anyone know if and where I can buy very small-based candelabra-type bulbs for a specialty decorator lamp I brought with me from Canada? So far my search has turned up nothing. I can’t find the original bulb, so I tried several other long shots, but no luck. Please help if you have had a similar problem and know a source, or possible solution.

Sojo Spa Presents

Sojo Spa is pleased to introduce Gia Sereni; a New York trained esthetician, now available for facial skin care and treatments (by appointment only). Special offer price $30, Hour special pedicure, manicure with Gia for $40, Color and hair cut $40, Men’s facial, pedicure, manicure and cut for $40

For appointments please call 098 385 7531.

Who can help with Large Dog Travel into Ecuador?

I need help with what airlines and/or maybe pet air travel services I can contact to help me get my 100 lb Doberman into Cuenca. He will need a 700P crate because of his height. This has ruled out many of the airlines. He is in Las Vegas, our previous home with his handler. We are aware that he probably needs to be transported to Los Angeles to LAX for his departure. Any help you can share or experiences would be appreciated. Thank You, Jim Barickman

CEDEI, Santana, Bell Academy

We’re visiting Cuenca with our 10-year old daughter between November 23-30 and would be interested in talking with families with experience at any of these 3 schools: CEDEI, Santana, Bell Academy. We’re planning on returning in the fall of 2015 to spend a year in Cuenca.
Thank you! Andrea Silvestri

Thanksgiving at Doña Charito

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Doña Charito Restaurant on Remigio Crespo 7-79 & Guayas. Delicious turkey, gravy, and other specialties will be waiting for you. Make your reservation now by calling 099-567-4288.