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Introducing the revolutionary health plan brought to you by BlueBox Advisors in collaboration with Sweaden Insurance: ¡Your gateway to comprehensive and accessible coverage across Ecuador!

At BlueBox Advisors, our commitment to our members is unwavering. We continuously seek out strategic partnerships to craft health plans that truly benefit you. As the pioneers of affordable health insurance rates coupled with extensive coverage, we are proud to present our latest collaboration with Sweaden Insurance, a powerhouse with an impeccable AAA rating.

Sweaden Insurance Company S.A. has been a stalwart in the Ecuadorian insurance sector since 2007, with a robust national presence spanning major cities. Their financial strength, backed by assets exceeding $69 million, ensures unparalleled support for claim payments, exceeding regulatory requirements tenfold.

The new health plan not only maintains the coverage standards you expect but expands your network significantly. Partnering with premier medical facilities like Monte Sinai, along with renowned pharmacies and clinical laboratories, ensures top-notch healthcare accessibility wherever you are in Ecuador.

Our policy offers a plethora of benefits, including home delivery of medicine, coverage for mortuary expenses without age limits, air ambulance services, and more. Plus, with monthly premiums starting as low as $43.68, this plan caters to various age groups and financial needs.

Backed by over a decade of industry experience, BlueBox Advisors boasts a bilingual team dedicated to providing personalized service. Our track record speaks for itself, earning accolades from both the expat community and local authorities.

Join us in revolutionizing healthcare in Ecuador. Reach out to us today for a quote and let us guide you towards a healthier and more secure future. Your trusted insurance advisor awaits at BlueBox Advisors.

Contact information:

Carlos Ramirez



Dear Amigo:

You can now speak Spanish easily and quickly in the comfort of your home with my 2-3 week accelerated online Spanish program and my communicative approach focused on your particular learning needs based on real-life situations.

Avoid courses based mainly on “Theory and Grammar”. Call now to book a free online demo Spanish lesson at a convenient date and time.

Warm greetings!
Un caluroso abrazo ecuatoriano!

David Caicedo Gordon
MEd., Master of Education, Major in SLAM
(Second Language Acquisition Methodologies)

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Many of you will have heard about Crea Credit Union. Not only news, newspapers and social networks talk about our resounding success. This is because we were the cooperative with the greatest percentage growth throughout the region in 2023. This result is also partly due to our prestigious list of investor partners and our vision.

My name is Juan Lara and I invite you to be part of this cooperative. In Crea, not only we provide you with the highest interest rates in the market, in addition the best experience in the management of your funds, liquidity and security. That’s a combination that is hard to beat.

Juan Lara:
099 459 6148

City: Cuenca

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Why we are in business!

After personally going through the visa and cedula process in Cuenca, I realized that obtaining my visa and cedula was at times confusing, time consuming, and expensive. Each time I contacted a visa service operation, I found different pricing and explanations of the visa process. I believed that there had to be an easier, less expensive way to provide visas services. We are dedicated to simplifying the expatriate experience for expatriates looking to relocate to Cuenca.

Why us?

We are dedicated to simplifying the expatriate experience. Our commitment stems from our personal experiences, and those of others, of the challenges and uncertainties that accompany international relocation. We focus on streamlining the visa application process, reducing the bureaucratic burdens on our clients, and offering total, professional and personalized support. We provide a graduated refund policy if you are not satisfied.

Who are we?

1. Professional:
a. I will respond to your questions in a timely fashion.
b. I will provide a clear understanding of our respective responsibilities.
c. I will act as an advocate, on your behalf.

2. Disciplined:
a. I have been required to learn many different skill sets in my career.
b. You can count on me to be organized and to regularly attend to your visa and cedula matters.

3. Manage documents:
a. I will assist you in obtaining the required documentation.
b. I will review the documentation obtained for government submission.

Craig Vrabec, JD / MBA

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Wednesday, June 19th
El Jardin restaurant in Hotel Victoria Presents
Don’t miss this Special Event!

Enjoy the gorgeous melodies of the Jim Gala Quartet w/ Su Terry led by virtuoso pianist Jim Gala with world renowned saxophonist Su Terry at the elegant El Jardin restaurant in Hotel Victoria at 7:00pm. Experience a memorable evening of extraordinary jazz and delicious cuisine.
Prepare to be swept away by their extraordinary renditions of your favorite songs!

Limited seating, so reserve a table now and experience an evening of unforgettable music which starts at 7:00pm. (Cover charge $10 per person)

Reviews: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Saxophonist Su Terry had the audience spellbound with her sizzling performance of “Loverman”. The Jim Gala Trio was superb. —Noel Ferguson

“Jim Gala is a great talent, among the greatest jazz piano players alive. His creativity and musical depth enriches one’s soul. Destiny needs you; keep creating!” —James Hill, renowned jazz trumpeter and composer

“The jazz was as good or better than I’ve heard at NYC jazz clubs, and the food was delicious. It was a delightful and memorable experience.” —Frank Mangione

We look forward to welcoming you! —Leonardo Duran, Talent Director

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If you have completed or are about to complete 21 months with the Temporary Visa, you are now eligible to apply for the permanent residence visa, one of the most important requirements is:

Not having left Ecuador for more than 90 days during the 21-month period of your Temporary Visa, these 90 days may have been used continuously or discontinuously.

For more information contact:


UZ Asesores Ecuador
Ecuador Cía. Ltda.
Ave. José Peralta 1-119 and  Ave. 12 de Abril – Acrópolis Building – Office #312
410 3588 – UZ Asesores Ecuador CIA. LTDA.

Contact information:

Dr. Lina Ulloa


Foreigners who are irregular in Ecuador, either due to visa expiration or cancellation, have the option to regularize and apply for the corresponding visa by paying the $200 penalty, these regularizations will be available until April 8 in accordance with the regulations that were published on March 10, 2022.
For more information, contact Dra. Lina Ulloa at:

Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building, 3rd Floor, office 312.
Telephone numbers: (07) 410-3588 or 098-420-5336

Contact information:

Dra. Lina Ulloa


Did you know that your unwanted items can become treasures for those in need?

How can you help? It’s easy: Donate!

Donate Quality Clothing: Your second-hand clothes can become someone else’s new fashion. Give your clothes a second chance and someone a fresh start.

Furniture with a story: Do you have furniture you no longer use? Give them a second life and help build cozy homes.

Books, toys, and more: From books to toys, your donations can inspire new stories and games.

Why donate to Hearts of Gold?

Direct Impact: Your donations go directly to supporting individuals and families in vulnerable situations.

Sustainability: By giving a new life to forgotten items, we help reduce waste and encourage a sustainable lifestyle.

Solidarity Community: Join a community of donors who share the vision of a more compassionate world.

How to donate? It’s simple:

Visit our store: Find your D’Ellas Second Hand store at Chimborazo Street L-13 and Esmeraldas, and leave your donations with our friendly staff. (Hearts of Gold Foundation)

Pickup program: Can’t come to us? Contact us to schedule a donation pickup at your home on Fridays.

Together, we can make a difference. Join the Dellas second hand mission today!

Contact information:

096 290 4928


Taco Tuesday Specials
$8.00 – Indulge in three mouthwatering beef tacos paired with a refreshing craft beer.

Three Crunchy Beef Tacos
$4.00 – Delight in the crispy taco shell filled with juicy beef, fresh Pico de Gallo, crisp lettuce, and cheddar cheese.

2×1 Margaritas
Savor the perfect blend of tangy lime and smooth tequila in our unbeatable 2-for-1 margaritas!

Carne Asada Street Tacos
$1.00 – Experience the bold flavors of marinated carne asada, wrapped in a soft corn tortilla, topped with cilantro onion salsa and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Fish Street Tacos
$1.00 – Enjoy the crispy battered Corvina, complemented by crunchy cabbage, zesty Pico de Gallo, and creamy avocado salsa in a soft flour tortilla.

Chicken Street Tacos
$1.00 – Relish the marinated grilled chicken, paired with fresh Pico de Gallo and smooth avocado salsa, all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.

$2.00 – Freshly fried chips served with our signature house-made salsa.

Beer on Tap:

Kiltlifter Scottish Ale – Rich and malty with a hint of sweetness.
Creamsicle IPA – A delightful mix of creamy vanilla and hoppy citrus.
Nitro Oatmeal Cream Stout – Smooth and velvety with a robust oatmeal finish.
Nitro Peanut Butter Stout – Creamy and decadent with a perfect peanut butter twist.
Ghost Ship English IPA – Bold and hoppy with a crisp, clean finish.
Mojito Seltzer – Refreshingly light with a hint of mint and lime.

Miguel Cordero Davila 1-104 y Francisco Moscoso

Contact information:

The Pub

098 332 7839


Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69, the only English speaking Masonic lodge in Ecuador, will meet this Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Kolo’s restaurant, at 9am at Altos del Hotel Vieja Mansión, Luis Cordero, Juan Jaramillo 5-65. We gather at nine. All Masons and those men interested in Masonry are welcome! You may bring your wives/girlfriends friends!
Questions contact Duncan on WhatsApp 098-276-6158

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After 12 Blessed,wonderful and happy months of serving our expat Community
Peters Deli and Cuenca Salmon would like to say 12x THANK YOU.
For next 12 days we invite you to stock up on already low priced products with additional 12% savings
Every product (including art) will receive that savings without mentioning this announcement
Let’s just call it 12x12x12
Thank you again for making us your choice

Contact information:

Leonard Charnoff

099 122 1238


Professional worker for hire with experience in all areas of construction
Floors, Roof, Blocks, Concrete, Water, electrical, Wood, Furniture, everything!
Professional work at a competitive price!

Contact information:

William Cheney



**Sebastian Ordonez: Your Personal Assistant for Everyday Tasks**

Are you overwhelmed with tasks and in need of a helping hand? Look no further! I’m Sebastian, a 29-year-old, English-speaking professional with a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. With experience as a tour guide, front desk agent, and a trainee in the rooms division at Hyatt Regency New Orleans, I’m equipped to handle a variety of tasks with patience and efficiency.

**Services Offered:**
– Transportation to any destination (within the city)
– Dog walking
– Handling paperwork and procedures
– Shopping assistance
– Pharmacy errands
– Spanish tutoring
– City tours

…and much more, tailored to your needs!

**Why Choose Me?**
– Affordable rate of **\$10 per hour**
– Guaranteed punctuality and exceptional service
– Fluent in English and Spanish

**Book Now!**
Check my availability and schedule an appointment at your convenience. Feel free to contact me anytime!

Contact information:

Sebastian Ordonez



What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them. Great care is taken to make sure that they get exactly what they need. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into directly supporting the foundation’s work of helping those in need.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by the thrift shop, which is located at 8-28 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 5:30 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you.

Contact information:

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza



Bio Medica Holistic Health & Wellness Center

Welcome to Bio Medica, your sanctuary for holistic health and wellness, conveniently located just a block from Parque Calderón in the historic center of Cuenca.

Our Specialties:
* Digital Acupuncture
* Pain Relief
* Alternative Medicine
* Full Body Detoxification
* Conotherapy
* Blood Detoxification
* Body Massage & Spinal Alignment
* Reflexology
* Nutrition Counseling
* Meditation
* Neurological Pain Relief

We offer a bilingual service (English & Spanish) to cater to our diverse community. Experience personalized care and a holistic approach to your health and well-being.

Reservation by appointment only.

Contact us today to start your journey to wellness!

Contact information:

Bio Medica

+593 98 789 8700


Discover the ultimate pampering at our spa, where we specialize in transforming and beautifying your nails. Our expert team offers a wide range of services designed to care for and enhance your hands and feet.

**Soft Gel System**: Enjoy long-lasting, flexible nails that feel natural and look stunning.

**Acrylic Nails**: Get durable and stylish nails with our high-quality acrylic application, perfect for any occasion

**Polygel**: Experience the best of both worlds with Polygel, combining the strength of acrylic and the flexibility of gel.

**Manicure**: Treat your hands to a luxurious manicure that includes cuticle care, nail shaping, and a polish of your choice.

**Pedicure**: Relax and rejuvenate with our pedicure services, featuring foot soaking, exfoliation, nail care, and moisturizing treatments.

**Exfoliations**: Revitalize your skin with our exfoliating treatments, removing dead skin cells and leaving your hands and feet smooth and refreshed.

**Hydrations**: Indulge in deep hydration treatments that nourish and soften your skin, providing long-lasting moisture and a healthy glow.

At our spa, we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction. Our professional and friendly staff are dedicated to delivering exceptional service in a relaxing atmosphere. Whether you’re preparing for a special event or simply treating yourself, our comprehensive nail and skincare services will leave you feeling pampered and looking fabulous.

Visit us today and experience the difference!


Contact information:

Beauty Nails Studio


In Ecuador’s vibrant insurance sector, 19 health insurance companies vie for your attention with individual plans. But amidst this array of options, who should you trust with your insurance needs: an advisor or a seller?

Here’s the scoop: advisors prioritize your needs, leveraging their expertise to tailor plans to fit you like a glove. On the flip side, sellers are more focused on meeting their company’s quotas. Picture this: advisors work for you, sellers work for the insurance company.

Ever wondered what it means to be an insurance producer? It’s about crafting bespoke insurance solutions based on intricate analysis, ensuring your plan reflects your unique circumstances. This is where corporate plans come into play, offering unparalleled benefits and negotiation power.

Why settle for less? With a corporate plan, your broker takes the helm in negotiating premiums and protecting your rights. At BLUEBOX, our track record speaks volumes. Founded in 2012, we’ve climbed the ranks to become one of Ecuador’s top 10 brokers. With my extensive domestic and international education, including an MBA and engineering degree, I’ve garnered recognition from leading insurers.

At BLUEBOX, we’re committed to crafting tailored proposals that align with your needs. Whether you’re seeking bespoke corporate plans or standard options, our dedicated team ensures national-level service for every requirement.

Ready to unlock the perfect insurance solution? Reach out to us today. Remember, with the right advisor by your side, a low-cost plan doesn’t mean compromising on quality.


Contact information:

Carlos Ramirez


Dear clients and expat community

We are thrilled to announce that Cuenca Expat Insurance is dedicated to providing top-tier health insurance solutions tailored specifically for you. As broker, we understand the importance of partnering with financially stable companies to ensure the longevity and reliability of your insurance plans. That’s why we work closely with reputable insurers to offer INDIVIDUAL health insurance policies. What does this mean for you? It means each policyholder and their dependents receive personalized coverage designed to meet their unique needs.

We recognize that one size does not fit all when it comes to health insurance. That’s why we take into account individual factors such as age, deductibles, and medical history to determine the most suitable premiums and coverage options for you. With us, you can rest assured that your insurance plan will evolve with you over time, providing comprehensive coverage that adapts to your changing circumstances.

Our key partners in this endeavor is BMI, a leading insurance provider renowned for its commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. For over 6 years, we have collaborated seamlessly with BMI to deliver outstanding results and unmatched service to our clients

We are committed to safeguarding your health and well-being. By choosing us, you are entrusting us with the important task of protecting your health, and we take that responsibility seriously. We will continue to go above and beyond to ensure you receive the highest quality of care and support.

Thank you for choosing Cuenca Expat Insurance.

Click here to know more about us

Contact information:

Daniela Cordero


In March 2023, the Government ordered through a presidential decree; amnesty be granted along with the issuance of a visa called VIRTE for foreign citizens of all nationalities, except those from Venezuela.

The initial requirements set forth in the decree are as follows:
1. To have entered Ecuador before September 2022.
2. Starting from your entry date before September 2022, you must remain in Ecuador and must not have left the country.
3. Register in the Government’s web page (This registration only be done until August 15, 2023).

The Virte visa application will possibly begin in June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility is supposed to establish the procedure and other requirements for this type of visa.

Any additional information please do not hesitate to contact

Contact information:

Dra. Lina Ulloa


Please join us for a hymn sing at Nomadas Bistro on Thursday, June 13th a 5pm. This is not a church event, but an opportunity to gather together to sing our favorite hymns, like How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace, and more. No charge for this event. Hymn booklets provided. We will be led by the renowned pianist, David Zoernig. Nomadas Bistro has a wonderful menu of food and drink. This sing-a-long will be the first of many, including one in December singing Christmas carols. Please join us for the fun event and bring your singing voice!

Contact information:

St Christopher Episcopal Mission

+593 99 532 4413

Blue Box CP

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