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Cuenca Symphony Pays Tribute to Cuenca

Event date: Apr. Friday 21

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra performs Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in the Pumapungo Theater at the Pumapungo Museum complex, in a concert dedicated to Cuenca’s 460th anniversary. Performing under the direction of guest conductor William Vergara, the orchestra will perform works Samuel Barber, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Luis Moreno, Julio Bueno Arévalo, and José Castellví Queralt. Entry is free.

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Two Amazing Apartments For Sale

Located next to circo social and handicap friendly park, in a quite and peaceful community.

  • First Floor:
    3 bedrooms
    Spacious kitchen and living room.
    dinning room
    2 bathrooms
    back yard, yard.


  • Second Floor:
    5 bedrooms.
    Spacious kitchen and living room.
    dinning room
    2 bathrooms
    Laundry room
    Balcony with a great view.


*The two apartments are independent but share the construction space.
*Both apartments have independent connections for water and electricity.
*Internet, satellite tv and landlines.
*Automatic garage door.
*Two parking spaces.

Asking price without appliances and furniture: $ 230,000 Negotiable
Asking price with appliances and furniture: $ 240,000 Negotiable

For more information:

English: 098-457-0833 – Johanna
Spanish: 0983-05-2880
Spanish: 0998-267-579

Name: Francisco Castillo
Phone: 0983052880

Oceanfront furnished rental home in Ballenita, Salinas area

190 m2 furnished oceanfront rental, utilities, internet wi-fi, 24/7 security and home caretaking services included in a 2000m2 oceanfront lot. Home features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, laundry area with washer, equipped open American style kitchen, large balconies with hammocks, right by the ocean, in a quiet residential area.

Name: Noelia

100 Silver Rounds For Sale

These are Inca Mint rounds. In “mint” condition.

They are 1 ounce each

They are .999 fine

100 rounds for sale

I’m asking $23 per round. I prefer to sell all to one buyer. If by chance you only want a partial order, you can respond, but I may wait before contacting you.

For questions or communications, please send email to:

Name: Omega Destiny

Selling recliners, dining room sets, sofa beds, beds, washers, dryers, fridges, and microwaves

We have a great variety of quality furniture and appliances at “Cuenca Used Furniture.” Whether you are looking for something unique and elegant, or you just require some reasonably priced essentials, why not let us “help you get settled in.” Remember, anyone who purchases multiple items will receive an automatic discount. So let’s check out this week’s inventory:

a single rocking/swivel recliner for just $490
a double recliner for $900
a classic solid wood table and 6 upholstered wood chairs for $600
a classic square brown wood table an 4 upholstered chairs for $375
a comfortable sofa bed for $350
a single Chaide base and mattress for $100
a king bed frame with luxury Restonic mattress, 2 night stands, and 6 under bed storage draws for $1100
a brown wood double bed frame with luxury Chaide mattress and night stands for $550

We also have various washers starting at$450 (Samsung), Whirlpool dryers from $375, an Indurama chrome fridge at $525, and much more.

Cuenca Used Furniture
Edificio Capricornio
Av. 1 de Mayo 3-73 y Felipe ii
Call: 0979191839 – Used – Furniture
Opening hours: Mon thru Fri, 11 -5 and Saturdays, 11 – 2

Name: Cuenca Used Furniture
Phone: 0979191839

Piña Shrub Salmon Marinade: Common Grounds Market, Sat. 22 April

Shrub’n at Common Grounds Artisan’s Market, Saturday, 22 April, 9 AM – 4 PM

A salmon recipe from Lenny Charnoff ( – 099.122.1238), our favorite fish monger!

Piña Shrub Marinade:

4 oz. Piña Shrub
1 oz. Honey
1 oz Soy Sauce
1/2 oz olive oil
1/2 oz lime juice
1 oz shredded ginger (or Bonobo Bob’s Ginger Shrub!)

Marinade the salmon a couple of hours, sear flesh-side down in a hot pan for a minute, flip, and cook until done.

Bonobo Bob’s Shrubs are sweet-and-tart infused vinegars that make us better chefs and enhance our mixology repertoire. Combine them with Bonobo Bob’s Infused Vinegars to create dressings, marinades, dipping sauces and teas, alcohol-free spritzers, and craft cocktails that will dazzle your palette and challenge your creativity.

Drop by the Common Grounds Artisan’s Market, Saturday, 22 April, 9 AM – 4 PM and discover the new “go to” for your bar and kitchen!

Bob Kezer
Bonobo Bob’s: Tribu de Amor (formerly Sharon’s Alaskan Style)
One Race, One World, One Future (still in process…)

Name: Bob Kezer

Workshop this Weekend: Get Your Wishes, Improve Relationships

Event date: Apr. Saturday 22

Workshop this Weekend Manifest your wishes!
Fill voids from childhood that block good relationships.
Pre-registration required by this Friday, call first
Testimonials for workshop:
A woman did the ‘games’ she learned in the workshop for 7 weeks, then her dream came true. As soon as the ‘game’ finished,’ she was called by a casting agent. She was hired on a major US TV show.

What I liked most about the day: Loved it all but the tools were wonderful. What a day of release. The evening “holding” process was the best. It was enlightening and eye opening because it allowed me to address issues I had no clue were obstacles and challenges for me. What a blessing! I felt very safe and protected, very nurtured.
JOHN H, general manager of Learning Light Foundation
The holding each other exercise was amazing. I was nervous about it, I did not think I would feel comfortable enough to receive; to believe what was being said to me. I thought I would be too self-conscious to be in it.
It was completely the opposite. I felt so loved, so nurtured, so safe. I needed to hear those things. I completely believed him. I felt so completely loved. I wanted to just stay, and just be held, forever.

Name: Jeannie Alvin
Phone: 0992296332

JD’s Muebles Is Stocked to the Ceiling

Hi folks,
As you may know already, the famous wordsmith of JD’s now resides on Primero de Mayo. Not to worry there are many many stories on their way but in the meantime you got JD who doesn’t beat around the bush… too often that is. So here’s the nitty-gritty.
We are bursting at the seams after having been out acquiring truckloads of new items for you. There is nearly everything imaginable under the sun crammed into our El Centro store. So stop on by and see what belongs in your home or kitchen. Some of the amazing new items include:
Luriq Roll Top Writing Desk $ 450
Whirlpool Top of the Line Gas Dryer $ 475
King Mattress (Chaide’s Best Restonic Excellence) and base $ 650
Rustic Outdoor Wood Furniture Set $ 450
Colonial Luxurious Swivel Recliner Brown $ 500 each or $900 for the pair
Samsung Large Capacity Wobble Technology Washer $ 425
Zojirushi Induction zrice Cooker $ 200
Entry/Sofa Table $ 140
Floor Lamps starting at $ 75
Shelves and shelves (yes we have shelves now) of small items for your kitchen including Cuisinart Pots, juicers, food processors, toaster ovens, utensils, plates, glasses, cooking tools, spices and canning jars starting at $1.

Mon thru Fri, 11-5 and

Name: John Askam
Phone: 0988187723

April 22nd is Earth Day!

Event date: Apr. Saturday 22

Celebrate Earth Day and the National Earth Day March for Science!

Join Indivisible Ecuador’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22nd at Santa Canela Restaurante for:
• Vocalist and guitarist for Earth Day songs and some fun “sing-a-longs”
• Great food and some very interesting cocktail choices
• Live coverage of the National Earth Day March for Science, including featured Teach-ins
• Indivisible EC members available to help you write an email, send a postcard, call your representatives, or register to vote using online tools and a click of the mouse
Sing out in support of science and the environment! “Science, not silence!” urge the National Earth Day March for Science organizers.
Indivisible Ecuador is the sister group of Indivisible US that has adopted and adapted Indivisible’s take-action tools to help citizens living abroad participate in the democratic process and make our voices heard from afar.
Saturday April 22nd from 11:30 – 2pm
Santa Canela Restaurant and Hostal
3-82 Calle Larga, corner of Vargas Machuca (across the street and next block down from Todos Santos on Calle Larga)
Private parking and taxi access available on site.
For links to online tools, join our Facebook Group: Indivisible Ecuador

Name: Naomi Herdon
Phone: 0993735719
Email: is here!

You can place your orders online and pick from available dates to have your bagels ready.

We’ve added bells and whistles throughout. Among other things you will be able to view testimonials from clients, see pictures of the bagel you will be ordering and the obligatory biographical information on the company and me.

Currently you can place orders, get your total, get the date when your bagels will be baked for you, and choose pickup or delivery. Your order will be confirmed by e-mail.

Cuenca Bagels has been Cuenca’s only source for Authentic New York Bagels since 2012. We bake only to order. Orders are usually ready the next day.

Weights are PreCooked

Single Topping or Basic Bagels
Plain, Sesame, Poppy, Garlic, Onion, Onion/Garlic, Everything, Cinnamon/Raisin, Cranberry/Walnut, Cranberry/Almond, Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chunk w/ chili

Artisanal Bagels
Parmesan Cheese with Onion, Parmesan Cheese with Rosemary, Parmesan Cheese with Chili and Basil, Parmesan Cheese with Garlic and Basil, these can be ordered with Tilsit Cheese instead. New bagels! Cranberry/Orange and Oatmeal/Raisin (with or without cinnamon).

Name: Rich
Phone: 07 282 0815

Saraguro Day-Trip

Event date: Apr. Sunday 23

This Sunday, April 23rd we have a special offer for you! We are heading to Saraguro. Saraguro is home to an indigenous group who maintains many of its original traditions and ways of life. You will visit the community of Gera. In the laid back atmosphere you interact with the community and see their agricultural cultivations. One if them is the Penco, a Agave, from which they make a Tequila-like drink. You will learn how they collect the liquid of the plant and get to know the different steps of the Tequila production. For lunch you have traditional food in the community and can taste the Tequila. In the afternoon you will visit a viewpoint where you can enjoy the natural scenery. There will be time to take a look at the local handicrafts before you will go on to a cave and a waterfall and then return to Cuenca. The trip will start around 8.30 a.m. and you will be back late afternoon. The cost is $ 75 per Person including transport, english speaking guide & lunch. Come to the office today our tomorrow to book! As of now you can also pay with credit card! See you!

Name: Arutam Ecotours

Lovely ,Custom Made , Living Room Set

Elegant , sturdy, custom made, 4 piece, living room set . Used only 4 months. without defects.

Name: Joe David Hill
Phone: 098-381-7188

Why do you believe what you believe?

Event date: Apr. Sunday 23

Inclusive and Transforming Christian Worship This Sunday at ICC

Why do you believe what you believe?

Which of these statements describes your basis for having faith?

“I will believe it when I see it” or “I will see it when I believe it.”

Come join us this Sunday at the International Christian Community (ICC) as we reflect upon these questions through prayer, song and the written and spoken word of God. Pastor Kennemer will share a message with us from John 11: 24-29 on the theme “The Power of Believing”. Our services are open to Christians from all persuasions. After our services we have a joyous time of fellowship with some wonderful snacks, so plan now to come and enjoy “God With Us”.

Worship Service: Sunday, April 23rd at 11 AM

Location: Nicanor Aguilar and Solano, Cuenca (just north & east of Mt. Sinai Hospital)


Name: ICC (International Christian Community)
Phone: 096-951-4430

Spanish-One-on-One-Online Soon

Hummingbird Spanish teaching programs.
Communicative approach and Grammar sessions, will allow you communicate with native speakers.
Online teaching program will be available soon.
Please feel free to contact us if you have remaining questions or concerns.

Name: Vilma

Four Reasons To Buy Rainbow Trout

Event date: Apr. Saturday 22

. The rainbow trout is an excellent alternative for protein
. High in omega-3 fatty acids
. Rich in potassium
. Rainbow trout is a good source of the forgotten selenium

Common Grounds Bazaar

You can also buy – Fresh Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout, Organic Tilapia, Organic Shrimp and Paiche, an Amazonian White Fish. Free samples available

Breads by Artsena will be sharing my table – The best bread in Cuenca.

Common Grounds Bazaar 9 :00 am – 1:30 pm
Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia

Name: Lenny Charnoff
Phone: 099 122 1238

Earth Day plans? Pie and Páramo, a speaker event

Event date: Apr. Friday 21

Ever wanted to explore Ecuador’s wild alpine grasslands with a pioneer and scholar?

Fundación Cordillera Tropical is proud to present Dr. Stuart White, geographer, field course instructor, owner/operator of the Mazar Wildlife Preserve in Cañar province, and longtime Cuenca resident, in a public presentation on his adventures in the páramo, the iconic alpine grasslands of the Andes. Stu takes audiences on a virtual journey into the Ecuadorian páramo, his tales weaving natural history, hunter-gatherer ingenuity, and science’s reconstruction of this ancient landscape. Relax and enjoy a local, place-based take on honoring Earth Day, accompanied by refreshments and Stu’s breathtaking photos of this untrammeled wilderness.

Tickets available at the Windhorse Café (closed M-W, opens Thur AM), or at Fundación Cordillera Tropical’s Huayna Capac office. Space is limited – reserve now! Price of $15 includes a slice of the famous Windhorse Café pie, your choice from a selection of beverages, and a donation to support Fundación Cordillera Tropical’s work, an Ecuadorian non-profit committed to environmental conservation through community engagement in our region. For further details please contact Fundación Cordillera Tropical. The fun starts at 4pm on April 21st

Name: Molly Roske, FCT Director


Liz Butler, a well qualified CMT is operating at Sky next to Parque Calderone. I have used many massage therapists in the past and she is one of the best. She does Deep tissue, Therapeutic, Sweedish, and Reiki. I have been to her several times and will make it a regular practice to see her. She is observant of your needs and does wonderful work with her strong hands, relieving many pains and discomforts from the past. I highly recommend her for massage services.

Name: Kenyon Shultz
Phone: 0988837425

This Week at the Black Olive Hotel and Bistro

he Black Olive Hotel and Bistro wishes to thank everyone for all the great reviews and compliments we have received since reopening at our new location in front of the Tomabamba river. We are so honored to have the generous support of the wonderful people of Cuenca. Thank You!

This week at the Black Olive Bistro

Friday Night we will be having Brian Gary, performing at 7PM bringing your favorites from the 60’s and forward. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7pm offering 2 for the price of 1 on select drinks.

Saturday we are offering a Pork Wellington and an Asian Shrimp Special. These dishes will pair nicely with our new, imported from Portugal and Spain wine offerings from Casal da Coelheira. These fine wines will bring back memories of fine wines from your past.

Sunday we are offering our Sunday Brunch with Live Jazz where we will offer you a fine selection of savory and sweet crepes and other dishes.

To make dining reservations, please click here or call 0967763911

Name: Melissa Maher
Phone: 0967763911

Crock-Pot style slow cooker

Continental brand Platnum model Stainless Steel slow cooker with 7 quart capacity. Removable crock, High, Low and keep warm settings. Like new, only used twice (wife tends to cook last minute with all the burners on high). It comes with English/Spanish manual and original box. First person to show up with $35 gets it. Pickup from downtown Cuenca. Email for address and phone number.

Name: Michael Berger

Expression of The Day: “Que hecho leña”

Discover a new phrase each week to use in your daily life! These are common phrases and sayings that Spanish speakers use on a daily basis. Just because you know the words doesn’t mean you know what they’re saying!

“Que hecho leña”

“What made firewood” is what Google returns when you plug it into its translator. Althought “hecho” means “done” and “leña” means wood in English, when used as part of the phrase “que hecho leña”, it means “how horrible” or “how unfortunate” that a situation, moment or bad thing happened to you. It is commonly used to describe a person’s bad attitude or your current mood.

You can use this expression with the verb ser/estar.

Example 1: In a complicated situation 

You are walking down the street and suddenly a person who doesn’t like you pushes you over. A friend of yours is behind you and helps you to get up and he/she tells you : “Que hecho leña como se portó contigo” “How horrible what she/he did to you”.

Example 2: To describe a mood

You are walking down the street and you get robbed. You feel down and go visit your friend to tell her/him about that, when you are talking you say “Me siento hecho leña” “I feel down”.

Visit CuencaHighLife to keep learning about some popular Spanish phrases, expressions and more! Let us know if it was useful, let’s hear it on the comments!

Name: CuencaHighLife