A street art design by Cuenca artist Ricky Nuñez at Galeria Ombligo.

‘Paint the alley’: Galeria Ombligo’s second opening is part of a street art project

You could call it a pop-up gallery, to use the popular phrase describing special events restaurants. Open for only five days so far in 2015, Galeria Ombligo hosts its second Continue reading »

The suspended pod, or hotel room, overlooks Peru's Sacred Valley.

This is terrifying tourism: The only way to get to your ‘hotel room’ in this Sacred Valley Peruvian resort is to scale a 1,000 foot cliff

Author’s Note: Last year we traveled from Ecuador to Peru to fulfill a ‘bucket list’ item with a visit to Machu Picchu. It involved a very pleasant train ride from Continue reading »

More police when a higher level of safety, Cuenca residents say.

Cuenca residents feeling safer as crime rate drops according to new surveys

Although the residents of Cuenca still have major concerns about crime, they are feeling safer than they have in years and believe the government’s investment in law enforcement is paying Continue reading »

Chilean folk singer Victor Jara performs for children.

Chilean military officers from Pinochet era arrested in connection to the murder of popular singer Victor Jara and the burning of two activists

By Rhea Page Last week saw the arrests of a total of 17 former Chilean army officers for two of the most resonant crimes committed during the Augusto Pinochet period: Continue reading »

A protester at an Yasuní anti-oil drilling rally in Quito. Credit: El Comercio

Leaked documents allegedly show that the Ecuador intelligence service spied on opponents of Yasuni National Park oil drilling plan

By John Vidal Ecuadorian spies may have broken the law by obtaining personal information on MPs, environmentalists, indigenous groups, human rights activists, academics and political opponents of president Rafael Correa Continue reading »

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Noe's presentation is exceptional.

In a class by itself in Cuenca, Noe Sushi Bar deserves its rave reviews

By Sylvan Hardy Friends had been telling me for months about a classy sushi restaurant tucked away in a residential neighborhood off Av. Solano. In fact, they were heaping so Continue reading »


Think it’s hard for an expat to navigate the bureaucracy in Ecuador? Try dealing with it as a foreigner living in the United States

By Ruth Margolis When you move abroad, you expect some bureaucratic befuddlement. You’re setting up from scratch in a country whose systems and procedures you don’t know. But for Brits, Continue reading »

An outdoor cafe near Malaga.

An expat tells: ‘Why we left Cuenca and why we came back’

By Tom Ashdown I have seen a number of articles on this website and others that discuss the reasons why people become expats. I have also seen articles about why Continue reading »

Kids play in the fountain at a Loja park.

Does Loja have the world’s best weather; U.S. News and World Report says so

By Josh Lew Lots of places claim to have perfect weather. Of course, the definition of “perfect” is subjective. About 85 degrees and sunny is ideal for some, while others Continue reading »

Entrepreneur and facilitator Sacajawea consults with two famous gringo clients. Her payment is still pending.

Cuenca’s Sisters of the Coin: How history, a popular currency and the common culture of women cross the bridge of time in Ecuador

By Scott Fugit   It was our first time stumbling off the long, red-eye flight from Houston into Quito’s brand new airport. We cleared customs, picked up our luggage and followed Continue reading »

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