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Where Can I Buy a Yoga Mat?

Any suggestions for buying yoga mat – new or used is fine.

Thank you!

Name: Chloe Kemp
Phone: 099 507 7947

French Cooking Class

Event date: Jun. Saturday 24

French Cooking class at the Alliance Française
This Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 9AM- 1PM
$10 for AF members – $15 public
Tadeo Torres 1-92 Y Av. Solano – Phone: (593) 07 282 5298
Please call Tania for reservation – Pre-paid only – No walk-in
Menu/class executed by French Chef Marc Dullin (now retired in Cuenca)
Menu includes (Recipes provided):
• Shrimp Ceviche with avocado
• Braised “Cuyes” Bourguigonne (Mushroom & red wine sauce)
• Cheesy roasted portobello polenta
• My daddy’s French apple pie
Price includes a generous serving/tasting of the menu + please, bring your own kitchen’s knives that I will sharpened for free.
For reservation or more information please call or write us at: (Tania) and visit us on Facebook

Name: Marc Dullin
Phone: 098 745 6825

Two Amazing Cleaners Available

I would like to assist two very special ladies. They are twins in fact. When I first moved to Cuenca, I asked the building manager about a cleaner. I was still sick in those days and needed some help. He referred me to a wonderful family. I thought it would be an issue as they spoke only Spanish, and I didn’t. Over the course of the next year I came to appreciate them all. The dad helped me with a few household repairs (direct TV destroyed some drywall) The mom came every week with one of the daughters. In fact there we three daughters. They cleaned every nook and cranny. They folded my clothes, finished laundry if there was any, did dishes, cleaned the fridge… every time they left the place looked like I just moved in.

Christy and Mary do not have enough cleaning jobs to keep things going. Christy is married with a child and they are struggling. Mary just completed the University and hasn’t been able to find any jobs. I tell you this for background, not sympathy. These are two very hard working and honest people. They are more than fair on price and did more than I expected. Mary also does work from time to time as a nanny.

If you have a need for a one time, or on going cleaner I highly recommend them.

Be patient with the language issue and you will be rewarded. Their typical charge is $25.
Christy Guiñansaca
0983230386 y 0967933343
Mary Guiñansaca
0980238450 “whatsapp”
You can use the email for either or both. They will use a translator if needed.
Name: Loren Lowe

Salmon, Scallops And Paiche

Event date: Jun. Monday 19

This week you can find these delicious seafood items at the following locations

Monday 6/19 Bayou Cafe (Los Fresnos y Arirumba) 2;00 – 3:30 pm
Tuesday 6/20 Sunrise Cafe (Calle Larga y Benigno Malo) 9:00 – 1:00 pm
Saturday 6/24 Santa Canela ( Calle Larga 3-82) 10:00 -3:00 pm

The other usual suspects will be available for purchase.
Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout, Organic Tilapia, Fresh Rainbow Trout and Organic Shrimp

Name: Lenny Charnoff
Phone: 099 122 1238

An Indian Affair: Menu for the week of June 19

We also offer our weekly main dish (Dal Makhani) in containers of 1-liter for $10, and bread (Roti/Chappati) for $0.75 each, instead of the fixed thali platter. Please indicate your preference on the order form in the comments section. Please note that in order to serve you more efficiently, we will only accept completed order forms. We welcome phone calls or emails with questions, but we are unable to process any phone or email orders. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
Reminder: The Kulfi Event at the Vegetable Bar is on Saturday, July 1. We must have your pre-orders for kulfi no later than Monday, June 26.
Menu for the week of June 19
Appetizer: Tandoori Chicken with Cilantro Chutney/ Vegetarian Option: Tandoori potatoes stuffed with Paneer
Main: Dal Makhani
Vegetable: Bangan (Eggplant) Bharta – with fresh, sustainably grown eggplant from Gran Roca
Rice: Vegetable Pulao
Bread: Roti/Chappati
Raita: Spinach
Salad: Onion/Tomato
Dessert: (list and kulfi flavors on our website; to purchase separately):
For details, and to order, please visit our website at
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Name: Anha Purna
Phone: 095-899-5126

Relocation, Cleaning and Painting Services

Relocating to a new home or apartment and need some cleaning or painting done at your old place, your new place or both?
I will clean and paint your homes or apartments, interior and exterior, making them look brand new again.

With the most professional and hardest working moving crew in all of Cuenca, we will completely pack, load, transport and unload your total belongings with the utmost care and respect from start to finish!

For over two years we have performed superior work with extremely reasonable rates earning us excellent references from both expats and Ecuadorians. Would love the opportunity to earn your excellent reference too, so email me today at or put me in your contacts for future services needed.

A most humble and grateful thanks to our loyal customers!

Name: Debra Lynn
Phone: 0999256098

We offer quick and guaranteed loans for your needs apply now

Does your firm,company or industry need financial assistance? Do you need finance to start your business? Do you need finance to expand your business? email Do you need personal loan? we give out all times of secured loan and unsecured loan with good faith , it will just hit your account withing 24hrs,No stress No tension, just apply free feel and relax to receive your loan thanks, contact us at Email:

Name: abdul
Phone: 08588926646

English/Spanish Speaking Facilitator

My name is Isabel Mosquera. I am an Ecuadorian, but I lived in Canada for many years and speak English. I have been a Facilitator for 4 years. I have assisted dozens of Expats in obtaining their Visas, Cedulas, Translations, Health Insurance, housing and much more. These services are available as one fee package or individually. I own a car, so transportation is always included at no extra charge. I have always gotten my clients their Visas, even under the most difficult of circumstances, such as unreadable fingerprints for FBI reports. I offer free consultations, either by telephone, email or in person. I am at the Immigration office on a very regular basis, so I am knowledgeable about the new Immigration Law and am happy to share my knowledge with you. I will be happy to provide you with references. Please feel free to contact me at, on my MagicJack at 647-955-3262 or my cell phone at 099-960-3663.
I look forward to serving you.

Name: Isabel Mosquera
Phone: 099-960-3663

GRAN ROCA: Delicious, Sustainably Grown Chicken Available June 26th

We are currently raising a second batch of our Kariokos Chickens that we have featured in our newsletter each week. We have also built a second chicken tractor that we are using to raise a batch of the standard white chickens too. And, you know what? They are doing very well indeed! (See picture) We have observed that the white chickens grow faster but eat more food (as expected). They also have more breast meat and carry more fat.

Our Chickens come cleaned and butchered and ready to cook. Butchering options include (1) whole or cut into parts, and (2) with or without organ meat. They are freshly processed and are kept cold (not frozen) until purchase.

The Chickens vary in weight a little bit, but at $2.50/lb, most will sell for between $10.00 and $12.50 of ready to cook meat.

We will be offering only the WHITE chickens to our customers for pick-up on Monday, June 26th. (We expect to have both varieties available the following Monday.) As they are popular, we recommend you send an email soon to letting us know the quantity and butchering instructions. You will receive an order confirmation and we will bring it to the Market at the Bayou Caffee on Monday, June 26th for you to pick up…Bon appétit.

Name: Rob Gray

GRAN ROCA Monday Farm Fresh Weekly Market

Event date: Jun. Monday 19

The GRAN ROCA Farm Fresh Market will be held on Monday, June 19th, from 2-4pm at the Bayou Caffee, near Parque El Vergel, take Paucarbamba, left on Los Alisos, left again on Del Arupo.

The GRAN ROCA Wednesday Farm Fresh Market has been postponed as we recover from the very challenging rainy season. We will announce when we are able to start again.

This Week’s Fresh Market Produce:

Fruits: Our Special Bananas, Strawberries, Lemons

Tomatoes: Eggplant, Green and Red Peppers, Hot Peppers

Cucurbits: Cucumbers, Zucchini

Brassicas: Curly and Dinosaur Kale

Roots: Beets, Zanahoria Blanca

Beans: Fresh Green Beans, Butter Beans

Greens: Lettuce, Bok Choy

Fresh Herbs: including Real Peppermint, Green Onions, Garlic Chives, Basil, Cilantro, Lemongrass

We appreciate your patience as we start to recover from this challenging weather period. We will be expanding our offerings and volumes over the next few months. Please email us at if you are looking for a quantity of an item or if you would like something not listed above. For example, we have a large variety of herbs we bring only upon request.

Name: Rob Gray

Bone-ito at Common Grounds Monthly Crafts Bazaar

Event date: Jun. Saturday 17

Join us today, Saturday at Common Grounds Monthly Carft Bazaar!
Selling and sampling from 9am to 3pm.

Try our organic beef bone broth, egg rolls, dumplings and other savory items.
Come early so you won’t miss our famous Cinnamon rolls, truffles, fudge, key lime pie cups plus new pie cups flavors: coconut cream, strawberry cream, banana cream and apple cranberry cream pie cups.

Name: Matthew and Debby
Phone: 096-951-7977

Did you Know?

Did you know that Esperanza Thrift Shop is Cuenca’s only legally registered non-profit thrift shop? Our activities are monitored by MIES and audited by an accountant to ensure your donations go where you want them to go. You can be assured that 100% of your donations are used to help those in need.

Your donations can be designated to go to Hogar de Esperanza, Mujeres con Exito or both.

We have a stringent review process before we offer assistance. Aside from raising funds for our sponsoring organizations; we have provided clothing to many families in need, assisted a family who suffered a fire and provided emergency financial assistance to children and families needing medical transport.

If you are moving or have things that you wish to donate you can drop them off at the store ( Tarqui 11-36, Monday – Friday10:30-5:30 & Saturday 11-3,) or contact our donations coordinator to arrange pick-up. Adrienne can be contacted at or 099 184 1716

Name: Adrienne
Phone: 0991841716

IESS Price Increase for Expats Delayed

On Monday I spoke to an official at the Cuenca IESS office and was told that the price increase for expat social security members has been delayed. At the expat meeting last month, the IESS people said the prices would increase in July. Apparently, there has been a change of the top IESS administrator in the Cuenca division and this has delayed a final decision. The lady I talked to said all changes are under review but she could not give me any more any more information until the new boss is in place. Stay tuned.

Name: Dan Mitchell

3 day hike on the Inca Trail – June 23

Event date: Jun. Friday 23

We will follow the Inca trail from Achupallas to Ingapirca. We will pass through indigenous villages, mountains, lakes and the ruins of Ingapirca. Donkeys will carry your stuff, all you have to do is enjoy the amazing views. We will camp in nature surrounding for two days and have all 3 meals. Every day we will hike for 5 to 6 hours. We will finish in the small town of San José. From here you will be driven to Ingapirca. You can observe the Inca ruins and the museum before heading back to Cuenca. For more information visit our website or come by our office.

Name: Arutam Ecotours

Monica Gonzaga Facilitator

.Visas – Extensive Experience facilitating all types of visas, including complex situations!
.Citizenship/Cedulas – Available to help you become a real Ecuadorian with three years residency as well
as assist you with new, replacement, and lost cedulas!

.Houses/Apartments – Ready to stop paying Gringo prices! Hire me to make the best deals with Owners, without the middlemen! Challenges with your landlord? I can help!

.Property Management –Tired of managing your property? Call me!

.Drivers’ licenses/Car registration – applications assistance.

.Transportation – Guayaquil/Quito/ etc in a comfortable station wagon. Pets OK!

I work hard to give you the best service you will find in Ecuador! I am committed to honesty and transparency, always operating in good faith in the sole interest of my clients. I am fluent in English and Spanish!

Consultations always available free of charge
Office @ Gran Columbia & Miguel Velez (By appointment only)
Call, email or Facebook me any time:
Monica Gonzaga Facilitator (Facebook)
Phone: 098-384-1691

Name: Monica Gonzaga
Phone: 098-384-1691

ACT Presents FLASH! (the HOT musical!)

Azuay Community Theater presents FLASH! with music from MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®
Show dates June 23 at 7pm, June 24 at 3pm, June 25 at 3pm.  Performance is at the Abraham Lincoln Centro Cultural.

Enjoy the music of the 60s and 70s while you laugh, maybe cry and sweat, and sing along in the hilarious and compassionate look at women and THE CHANGE!  It’s for men, too!  DON’T MISS IT.

TICKETS $10 at the following:

Vegetable Bar……………Tuesday (June 20) from 5pm – 7pm

San Sebas Café………….Wednesdays (June 21) 9am – 11am
Saturday (June 17) from 9am – 11am
Monday (June 19) from 9am – 11am
Friday (June 23) from 9am – 11am

Questions about tickets, please send a message to

Name: Ray Lewis
Phone: 0995148449

Help For Future Expats

My name is Richard. I have lived in Cuenca for 4 years. If you are considering moving to Cuenca, I am here to help you avoid making the mistakes I made. I do not charge for my assistance, but rather want to help you get the right information regarding obtaining your Visa and Cedula, cost of living, healthcare, housing and any other questions you may have. You can contact me at or preferably call me on my MagicJack at 310-742-4618

Name: Richard
Phone: 1-310-742-4618

Shrub returns: Thank you for your support!

Shrub fans,

Thank you for your support, appreciation, and encouragement as we’ve worked to solve the problem with our shrub bottles.

Also, a huge thank you to the three gringo forums in Cuenca – Gringo Tree, Gringo Post, and Cuenca Highlife – for helping us to notify our community. Your services are invaluable and seldom appreciated. We’ll see what we can do about that in the future.

Bonobo Bob’s Tribu de Amor is back selling shrubs, infused vinegars, and pickled garlic cloves!

Saturday, 17 June, 9 AM – 3 PM: Common Grounds Mercado (above Gran Columbia and Unidad National)

Monday, 19 June, 2 PM – 3:30 PM: Bayou Caffe Mercado (Los Fresnos 2-70 between Allisos and Arirumba)

Shrubs: Mora, Piña, Ginger, and Oregano/Thyme/Romero mix

Unsweetened Infused Vinegars: Piña, Ginger, Oregano/Thyme/Romero

And always,

Bonobo Bob’s sweet, mild, and crunchy Pickled Garlic Cloves

Coming soon: Shrub based salad dressings and cocktail mixes!

Saludos cordiales,

Bob Kezer
Bonobo Bob’s: Tribu de Amor
One Race, One World, One Future

Name: Bob Kezer

Inti Raymi Ceremony – June 17 & 18

Event date: Jun. Saturday 17

The Inty Raymi Feast is about an old tradition of the Inca people. During the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi was the most important of four ceremonies celebrated in Cusco in honor of the god “Inti“ (The Sun). The celebration took place in the main plaza in the city. It lasted for nine days and was filled with colorful dances and processions, as well as animal sacrifices to thank Pachamama and to ensure a good cropping season. This tradition has carried on for years. Don’t miss this colorful feast with dances, music and of course food. Book this tour with us for Saturday or Sunday. For more information come by our office or contact us via email.

Name: Arutam Ecotours

Amazon Echo, black (Alexa)

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo can even play games with you.

We purchased this in November of 2015, and a friend brought it to us here. In perfect working condition. We paid $179.99. Asking $100. Selling because we have a duplicate system. Pickup close to SuperMaxi Las Americas.

Info from Amazon about the Echo:

Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice.
Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
Hears your requests from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
Answers questions, reads the news, reports weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices

Name: Lori Zee