Our tour to the Cañari starts at 9 am from our office in Cuenca. Upon our arrival, you will be offered a typical drink of the community and the guide will explain the daily life and cosmovision of the Cañari Andina. After a traditional breakfast and a refreshing drink we will have a walk in the forest to learn the Quechua names of the plants as well as their curative value. In a sacred place in the mountains rituals of energization and the greeting of Pachamama (“saludo a la Pachamama”) will take place. We will also enjoy another small walk on the mythical and historical camino del Inca. For lunch we will share pampamesa with the community, a delicious traditional meal that is made from 100% organic ingredients. In the afternoon, we will continue learning about daily activities with the community, like grinding corn, traditional music with hand-made instruments and other playful activities. After our farewells, we will head off to Cuenca and arrive in town around 5 pm. The tour is $50 per person including transportation, breakfast, lunch and a translater. Let us know, if you would like to sign up for it!

Name: Arutam Ecotours
Email: info@arutamecotours.com

Marc’s Consignment

Jan 10, 2017 |

Hello everyone.
We are a consignment store in Cuenca working with lots of energy for you (Marc’s Consignment), located at Simón Bolívar and Miguel Heredia on the Corner. We are very happy to be able to help you and make it easier for you to sell your items, safe, reliable and comfortable. And obviously, we offer you our very good quality items at low and convenient prices, such as: Used furniture, household items, appliances, carpets, lamps, Tv’s, laptops and more. Our regular hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and then from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:50 pm.
Thanks for choosing us. Marc’s Consignment

Name: Marco Lema
Phone: 0968496409
Email: marcsconsignacion@gmail.com

ARCO Language Institute is looking to fill a part-time English-teaching position starting in February. Looking for someone who has a TESOL/CELTA/TEFL certification and/or teaching experience. Native speakers only. This institute is run through Verbo Church, an evangelical Christian organization, and is needing someone who can support and represent its values in the classroom. Classes are usually afternoons, evenings and Saturday mornings. Pay scale starting at $8/hour.

For more information please email a résumé to Cate Messenger. Interviews are being held this week.

Thank you,

Name: Cate Messenger
Email: catemessenger@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 11th: Day trip to the Devil`s Nose and Ingapirca

Thursday, January 12th: Hiking in the Cajas National Park

Friday, January 13th: Tour to the Artisan Villages

Saturday, January 14th: Horseback Riding

Sunday, January 15th: Day trip to Ingapirca

Friday, January 20th: Expedition to the Tayos Cave (4 days)

Tuesday, January 17th: 8-day Cruise on the Galapagos Islands on a sailing ship for $1900 per person

Contact us for further information, we are happy to answer all your questions.

January 2017, At the corner of Honorato Vazquez and Hermano Miguel

Name: Arutam Ecotours
Email: info@arutamecotours.com

Book study and discussion

Jan 10, 2017 |

The Cuenca Shambhala Buddhist Group will be hosting an on-going book study group. Two of the members of the meditation group will be leading the discussion on the first book, “How to Free Your Mind, The Practice of Tara the Liberator” by Thubten Chodron. These are some words from the Introduction: “This book is directed toward a general audience. One need not be a Buddhist to read it or gain something from it. If you are curious about Buddhist deities, if you want to learn how to free your mind from disturbing emotions such as clinging attachment and anger, if you are interested in female Buddhas, you will find something of interest in these pages.”

The first meeting will be Saturday, January 14 at 3:30 PM at the Windhorse Café on Calle Larga and Hermano Miguel. At this first meeting, a video of “White Tara: The Blessings of Healing and Longevity” with Gehlec Rimpoche (an expert on Tara) will be shown. There will be copies of the book available for $4. All book study meetings are free and no reservations are required.

January 14th, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Windhorse Cafe on Calle Larga and Hermano Miguel, Cuenca.

Name: Nancy Gregory
Email: gregoryexpat@gmail.com

You are cordially invited to a free discussion with Bood Hickson, a fantastic and wise gentleman from Queensland Australia. Align yourself to a more fulfilling and joyful life. Join us for this free discussion on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7 PM at the home of,
Johana Sand
599 Juan Jaramillo y Hermano Miguel Reservataions: Johanasand@gmail.com
Cosmic Attunement @ Café Cuenca a Rise Multiversitity event with mentor Bood Hickson
The time and place of birth identifies our unique resonance in this lifetime. The Divine Arts interpret this data as profound insights into our personality, purpose, challenges, gifts and provide strategies to live a more harmonious life. Consider how your fortune would improve if you knew how to navigate your life by understanding more clearly who you are, and how to make wiser decisions that reconcile and unite your head (mind) and heart (body). Bood Hickson shares an introduction and six ways to practically apply this sacred wisdom, whether as a partner, parent, patient or student of life. A free Human Design chart is available to add more perspective to the lectures or for private consultations by emailing bood@tpg.com.au your 1 name, 2 place, 3 date (dd/mm/yy) and 4 time of birth.

Name: Bood Hickson
Phone: 097 927 1317
Email: Johanasand@gmail.com

Matricula renewal for 2017

Jan 10, 2017 |

If you are tired of the long lines and the whole process of renewing your car matricula registration, let me help you deal with it. For my fee of only $20 I will take your car through the whole process. Or, if you want, you can come with so you can learn the process and do it yourself next year. I still have some spots available for this month. I have many recommendations from my clients. Email me if you have any questions.


Name: Mateo Salazar
Email: mate.salazar@outlook.com

Legos and Diamond Ring

Jan 10, 2017 |

1) Kids play. Several sets of Legos ranging in price from $10 to $45
2) Samsung S5, 16 MB, including case, charger and hi speed charging cable $300
3) Time to eat healthy. Salad spinner to wash your fruits and lettuce $10
4) Valentines Day will be here in a snap. A beautiful pair of Maureen Turner Thorne’s handcrafted earrings or necklace would be perfect $12 – $24
5) And the ULTIMATE gift
A diamond cluster ring with 20 diamonds in a beautiful white gold setting


Open Thursday 11 to 7 pm
Ulises Chacón y Ricardo Muñoz in edificio Monte Zion

Name: Laurie Bowers
Phone: 0967982182
Email: oneredbead.jewelry@yahoo.com

Happy New Year, from your blueberries’ providers!

We hope this new year brings joy, peace and happiness to each and all of you. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and we hope to continue serving you in this new year.

We have started 2017 with a new email:cuencablueberries@gmail.com

If you need to place an order, please use our new email. Same product, same people, just different email!
We are offering blueberries brought to you from Perú. You might choose from these two options:
-12 ounces x $7
-1 pound x $9

We are starting delivery and pick ups on Wednesday 11th, after 6pm. Order soon!


Gaby & Pedro

Name: Gaby and Pedro
Email: cuencablueberries@gmail.com

Cindy Benson Saturdat January 14

Jan 10, 2017 |

CINDY BENSON is back with her fabulous blues & jazz band!

Due to a sold out last show Cindy Benson, Broadway star of CATS, LES MISERABLES & Elton John’s hit BILLY ELLIOT will be back this Saturday Jan 14th at 7:30 PM at the Broken Bridge Louisiana Pub. New York Daily News says “Cindy Benson is a comic gem…a showstopper!”

$13 cover with fine dinner menu and drinks served. For reservations call 099-390-0879 Email: tnorthcote@gmail.com

Name: Tom Northcote
Phone: 099 390 0879
Email: tnorthcote@gmail.com

Come with us on a scenic railroad ride through the beautiful Andes mountains and valleys! We start at 7 am from our office, and head to the town of Alausi where you will board the train. On the train all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and the smooth and relaxing ride. The narration on the trip is in both Spanish and English. At a stop in Sibambe you will be able to watch some traditional dancing. Back in Alausi we will have lunch and afterwards start our way back to Cuenca taking a detour to visit the archaeological complex of Ingapirca, the best preserved and most important Inca site in Ecuador. The return to Cuenca will be in the early evening.

Name: Arutam Ecotours
Email: info@arutamecotours.com

JD’s Muebles, Calle Larga 1-213 y Huayna-Capa

a monster double door Indurama fridge coming next week
a large five burner Indurama gas stove with double turkey size oven and broiler for $600
a white Global medium size fridge freezer that won’t eat electricity (6 months old) for $380
a hand-crafted king size wood bed with large storage draws underneath for $750
a queen size wood bed and we’ll throw in a mattress, the whole lot for $225
a matching high quality wood desk and 3 draw filing cabinet for $150
a lovingly cared for double recliner just perfect to chill out in after a hard day’s walk. Make us an offer we can’t refuse.
a great economically priced sectional and we’ll even throw in a coffee table for only $400

JD´s Muebles, Calle Larga 1-213 y Huayna-Capac (one block west of El Banco Central) if you´re walking from Huayna Capac. If you are walking east from the center, you can find us at the beginning of the second block after Todos Santos church. We have plants in the front, and we are next to a travel agency.

Our hours of business are: Mon thru Fri, 11-1:30, 3:30-5:00 and Saturdays, 10 -2

You can email us: iancraven45@gmail.com or jdsmuebles@gmail.com

You can call us on: 0979191839 or 0988187723

Name: JDs Muebles
Phone: 0979191839
Email: jdsmuebles@gmail.com

Fish & Chip Fridays at El Salón

Jan 9, 2017 |

Our Fish & Chips have been so popular that we’ve decided to make them a regular fixture throughout January at our new Fish & Chip Fridays.

We’ll be open from 10am through til 9pm so you can get your fix of crispy, beer-battered fish & chips for just $6.

Booking isn’t essential, but if you’d like to reserve a space and make sure you don’t have to wait, give us a call on 0993165176 or email info@elsaloncuenca.com.

El Salón, Luis Cordero 6-75 y Presidente Córdova, just one block from Parque Calderón, Cuenca.

Name: Xavier Espinosa
Phone: 0993165176
Email: info@elsaloncuenca.com

All of the following appliances and furniture was purchased in March of this year . All in like new shape .
large sectional sofa, four pieces, Color red . $475
Dining table with six chairs , chair cushions match throw pillows on the sofa $425
50 inch Rivera TV with HDMI ports $695
Large MABE refrigerator stainless steel in color $725
Whirlpool large capacity (18 kg) Washer Color white. $600
Whirlpool large capacity Electric dryer (W/D matching set). $400
Induction stove with detachable rotisserie in oven, stainless steel in color $700
Have original receipts for all .

Name: Jean
Phone: 0985077183
Email: Eports68@yahpp.com

Opera Pasión a Deolores at Sucre

Jan 9, 2017 |

The opera, Pasión a Deolores, performs Friday, January 13 at the Sucre Theater on Calle Sucre at 8 p.m. Story and music by Pepe Luna. Entry $10.

Name: admin
Email: editor@cuencahighlife.com

Saraguro Trip – Saturday, 1/14

Jan 9, 2017 |

Hola Amigos and fellow travelers,

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great holiday season and are looking forward to making 2017 amazing. We are announcing our first trip of the New Year – Saraguro!

An indigenous community halfway between Cuenca and Loja, Saraguro is about 2 hours away by bus. We have confirmed with a Shaman and his family about hosting and guiding our troop through this truly magical place and have come up with the following itinerary for our trip on Saturday, 14 January:

Departure from Cuenca…welcome and chat about the Andean vision of the universe…a strenuous, bt doable hike up to a sacred cave for a harmony/cleansing ritual…lunch…artisan visit… and a visit to the Tequila distillery…return to Cuenca

I will be there to translate so no worries about a language barrier.

All costs like transportation, food and the activities listed above are covered in the trip cost.

We are so looking forward to welcoming you to Saraguro and experiencing the magic and mysticism with all of you.

For additional details including price and meeting place, please do not hesitate to contact me. My local number is: 099-823-4971 or you can email me back – I can be reached anytime!

Name: Linda Santini
Phone: 099-823-4971
Email: lindamsantini@gmail.com

Alianza Francesa de Cuenca presents Les Chateaux de Sable (Sand Castles), Tuesday, 10 January, at 7 pm in the Alianza Francesa Theater, Tadeo Torres y Av. Solano 1-92. The 2013 movie is directed by Olivier Jahan. Entry is free.

Name: admin
Email: editor@cuencahighlife.com

Happy New Year to all.

I’ve been told that the fifth year in business is a big one. I’d like to celebrate this year by including every regular customer in our bonus program, not just those buying 2 dozen or more at a time. So…

If, over the next twelve months, you place a regular order (same amount, same size) every sixth order will be free. If you order a dozen bagels every week, the sixth order is free. If you order five 100 gram bagels once a month, the sixth order is free.

Simple enough; I keep track of your orders through the database that generates a monthly letter to previous customers. Every time I receive an order it goes in that database. When you place your fifth order, I will advise you that the next will be free. (Delivery charges will still apply.)

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


Name: Rich
Phone: 282 0815
Email: cuencabagels@yahoo.com

The Second Cuenca International Writers Conference is set to become another success with an international line-up of speakers and strong support from participants. The conference, from March 14 to 17, has already sold 37 of the 50 places available and the steering committee is confident that the rest of the places will be filled. It returns to last year’s venue, the stylish Zahir 360 hotel, and it has attracted well-known U.S. writer George Wier as the keynote speaker, and an impressive list of local and overseas speakers.

For more information, see:


2017 Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozzJ21fnY1k
Writing Articles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxunm_sXDYs

Name: admin
Email: editor@cuencahighlife.com

As 2017 begins, we find nature being “overly kind” to us, deciding to make up for the six months of drought in less than two weeks. We now have a bit of “buyers remorse from nature” as our plants have taken quite a beating. As I like to say, “Having not enough water is bad, but having too much water is worse.” We’re dealing with it. But hopefully, we’ll get a break here with a more normal weather pattern for our plants to recover.

Although the rain is giving us fits right now, we are still planning to resume our Fresh Markets the week of January 16th. Our locations remain the same, the Bayou Caffee on Mondays and Tienda Nectar on Wednesdays. We will bring you our final hiatus update next week. Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Name: Rob Gray
Email: rob@granroca.net