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December 15th is the birthday of one of my best friends.
December 15th is the last 15 day of this year.
Will a politician solve the country’s problems on December 15th in 2025 or 2090?
I don’t know, but having hope in politicians seems a bit naive to me.
Is December 15th a special day for you? I don’t know, I just stopped by to let you know that:
> If you are committed to improving your Spanish in 2024 (dos mil veinte y cuatro) el 15 de diciembre es the deadline to save some money and pay the same price than my current students in 2023 (dos mil veinte y tres).

January is just around the corner and achieving your goals is absolutely up to you. Whatever your goal is.
Un buen inicio de semana.

Contact information:

Colibrí Azul Spanish lessons


Congratulations to all Contestants of “Wine to the Rescue.” As you will see, our Judges have a nearly impossible job of selecting the pups to be featured on Fundacion FAAN and Cosecha’s Holiday Wines to help us raise construction funds for the new and modern Cuenca animal shelter.

Thanks to all of our beautiful contestants! Pawsome all!
Await the winners of the labels for the great Chardonnay and Cabernet Wines available this holiday to benefit FAAN’s mission, including our urgent need to raise construction funds for Cuenca’s new and modern animal shelter.

Thank you to the amazing Cosecha Restaurant and Wine Store, donating all proceeds from drinking two great wines this holiday to benefit animal welfare in Cuenca. How grape is that!

We hope you and your pet enjoy this photo montage and we invite you to join us at FAAN with your donation of food and supplies for our dogs through Amigo Secreto and financial support for our building fund as a member of the Paws Circle of Benefactor.
For US citizens, FAAN is affiliated with our sister US non-profit Amici Cannis and your gift is tax-deductible when using this credit card link or mailing your donation to our Colorado address

FAAN Wine to the Rescue Finalists!

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Massage can be critical in the recovery process after joint replacement surgery.

Hip- and knee-replacement surgery offers a path to pain-free mobility, but they usually come with long and arduous recoveries. Massage therapy can play a crucial role in the recovery process.

Massage can soothe the guarding reaction of tissues, helping them to return to normal function.

Additionally, lymphatic drainage massage is useful in reducing pain and swelling and should, in many cases, be considered a core part of the broader post-surgical therapeutic protocol.

Massage can also address other common post-surgery issues, such as the buildup of scar tissue that often accompanies hip and knee procedures.

I am a specialist in lymphatic massage who will consider your particular needs to give you the best and most satisfying experience. I also can help you with rehabilitation exercises or IVs to help you heal.

Schedule your in-home 90-minute massage on the day and time that suits you best.

Massage costs USD 45 + $ 5 transport fee

Contact information:

Elsa Rojas


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


Visit Cuenca , Quinta María ! – Fully furnished rental units – long and short term 🏡
The nicest apartment community in Cuenca! 150+ year old quinta (country home) recently renovated entirely in original historical style. 11 units (studios and 1 bedrooms), fully furnished including all utilities and internet. Most units have skylights and large windows and thus receive a lot of natural light. There are fabulous indoor and outdoor community spaces including a firepit table in the patio. Washer and dryer (no charge). Rates from $300 to $450. Located near Supermaxi in El Vergel. Many restaurants, shops, parks, doctors, pharmacies and hospitals are within easy walking distance. 17 minute walk to El Centro.

Location: El Vergel neighborhood (south side of Tomebamba river from El Centro), on Luis Moreno Mora just east of Francisco Moscoso on the north side of the street. There is a 4 story gray and glass building on the corner and Quinta María is next door on the right. The place with the white brick wall. SHOWING AND CHECK-IN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Both short (minimum 1 month) and long term available. Pets on approval only.

Contact information:

Laura Jerves



Experience Ecuador’s essence with our exquisite handmade collection crafted by skilled Artisans with love and dedication, each item reflects their passion and attention to detail.

Support Ecuadorian talent by shopping at:

Our hypoallergenic goods embody Ecuador’s warmth and artistry—visually appealing, irresistibly soft, and long lasting. To ensure your satisfaction, we email photographs of your chosen products before shipping.

Our Standard delivery takes 4-5 days, or select your preferred delivery date at checkout. Every clothing purchase includes a pair of Alpaca wool socks for FREE.

If you’d like to create a mixed box of products or request a quote, we’re always happy to assist you.

Contact information:

Ecuador in your Hands



Enjoy the love chef Sreymom ” Rey ” puts in her cooking!
Authentic Southeast Asian cuisine in a quiet comfortable atmosphere. Her joy and passion in the art of cooking brings you the best of Southeast Asia right here in Cuenca.

Pictured: Southeast Asian Baby Back Ribs

See my website for more information:
Phone: 0995443977

Contact information:

Cooking With Rey



DKC Motors – Your Ultimate Entrance Solution

✅ Ranging from 230 watts of power to effortlessly support high-traffic doors.

✅ Assured Durability: Internal components crafted from bronze and galvanized iron ensure an extended lifecycle.

✅ Water Resistance: A sealed motor guarantees reliable performance, even in adverse weather conditions.

✅ Galvanized Iron Racks: Precision-engineered for specific measurements, enabling a sturdy and steadfast installation.

✅ Welding Installation Available: Ensuring long-term gate reliability.

✅ 1-Year Warranty: We back our product to ensure your complete peace of mind.

✅ Starting from $360 – Special pricing available for technicians and bulk orders.

Included Features:
– 1 lamp
– 2 remote controls
– 2 meters of rack
– Motor and control board
– Installation (optional)

Secure durability, power, and security for your sliding door with our motor. Contact us: 096 271 0475 – 098 760 7059. Experience the confidence of our 1-year warranty. 🚪💪🔒

Contact information:

Rodrigo Díaz



Celebrate Black Friday with FAAN –50% Discounts on Arts, Services, Travel with 200% of Sales helping us to build the new, Cuenca animal shelter.

Dog House Deals! How about an $800 Laser CO2 Treatment from Cuenca’s renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Victor, Astudillo for $400 or a genuine Sheepskin Rugs valued at $400 for $195?
Visit the FAAN Holiday Pop-Up Store for these items and more and help us build the new home for the dogs of FAAN (Fundacion Familia Amor Animal).

Our dogs are so excited about this holiday season that includes the debut of FAAN’s Holiday Wine, a concert at Cosecha with Gatos Negros, and FAAN’s Amigo Secreto, where you can sponsor your very own shelter dog with your donation of food, medicine, and financial sponsorship. You should see how our shelter pups have posed for their individual Secret Friend Holiday Cards!

Remember FAAN’s Wine to the Rescue photo contest ends this Saturday, giving your best friend the opportunity to be featured on our Chardonnay and Cabernet Wines sold throughout the holiday season to benefit the foundation. Send your pupparazzi photo to

FAAN’s Black Friday Pop-UP

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Come join Cristian and the staff at Common Grounds for their grand reopening, Saturday, November 25th. With expanded seating and a larger dance floor 80’s Vibe will be rockin’ the house with your favorite eighties dance tunes. Dust off your dancing shoes and you best 80’s outfit and join us for a great night. The music starts at 7:00 PM with a $6 cover charge. Common Grounds is located at Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia. Come out and enjoy a meal and HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT LONG!

Contact information:

Eighties Vibe



There has been a category change in the Investor Visas. The new regulation authorizes the substitution of the investment that guarantees the visa; as long as the new investment complies with the new values ($42.500); You can change the CD investment visa from one bank to another bank or from CD to property and vice versa.
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


The very beginners sessions work like this:
>How to articulate/ theoretical and practical explanations about articulation points and how to move the tongue, contrast with your native language (for English and German speakers), using the same instruments (articulation organs) to play a different type of music (languages), and of course, how to perform this music.

>Phonemic awareness/ you will inform your brain in a polite way that you will add some new sounds to the previous track list. Pronouncing correctly will increase your confidence.

The intermediate sessions work like this:
>Perception/ What your brain is expecting in your native language is beautifully packed in other words, other subtle meanings and we will work on how to perceive them.

>Decoding/ Reading vs speaking, reorganization of the spoken language, why is it so hard to understand and how to decode the message (the hardest challenge for a non native speaker).

The advanced sessions work like this:
Well, it’s late and Pumbaa my black furry friend is waiting for his daily walking, I will tell you more tomorrow.

Wondering about next sessions in January? schedules? doubts? G-mail me.

Contact information:

Colibrí Azul Spanish lessons


Do you have unused items cluttering up your space? this is the perfect time to free up some space at home! D’Ellas Second Hand gladly accepts donations of furniture, clothing and more.
Your gently used items can find a new home, and your generosity can make a big difference. Plus, if cant drop them off, we can arrange pickups. Lets turn your preloved goods into opportunities for a brighter future. Contact us!

Contact information:

Dellas Second Hand



THE REGULATION OF THE HUMAN MOBILITY LAW, which we have been waiting for, it has to be published in the Official Registry so that it becomes effective.
The new income for RETIRE VISA will be 3 basic salaries, this year the basic salary is $450. The new Income is $1.350. This means that each year it will increase according to the basic salary. For each dependent the income will be $250 plus.
For more information, contact Dr. Lina Ulloa at:
Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building, 3rd Floor, office #312.
TELEPHONE NUMBERS: (07) 410-3588/098-420-5336

Contact information:

Lina Ulloa


I have some nice fat ducks for the holidays. They are slow-roasted, carved, and then seared over high heat to infuse my signature duck sauce. Please join me in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere as we explore the colorful and lively flavors of Southeast Asia.

We will be serving Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve & Day.

See my website for more information or to make a reservation.

Reservations by phone or WhatsApp: 0995443977

Contact information:

Cooking With Rey



Just a quick reminder
Peters Deli is open this Thanksgiving Day
from 10-18
In case you forgot something for a special dinner we will gladly deliver for you
As always Peters Deli delivery is free of charge without minimum purchase.
and thank you for your constant support

Contact information:

Lenny Charnoff

099 122 1238


No long winded post. No flowery prose. Just a heartfelt Thanksgiving Thank You to each of our wonderful clients from the family at Tienda Gourmet: King Smokehouse, Mountain Home Gourmet, and The Cuenca Shop. We are grateful and thankful for your patronage and support. Friday we again thank you by offering a 10% discount on King Smokehouse products (excluding Bacon). Our “smoky Friday” special. Just across from beautiful Parque San Sebastian.

Contact information:

King Smokehouse



In ancestral wisdom traditions, all illness, whether physical, emotional or psychological, stems from an illness of Spirit – a separation of the self from one’s true essence. In Andean shamanism, “limpias” – or energy cleanses – help restore a person’s energy body to its natural state, creating balance, healings and reestablishing the natural current of vital energy to the physical body.

With the help of a shaman, stronger interventions are possible. Shamans act as a liaison between the spiritual and physical worlds and can assist in a retrieval of soul loss, repairing psychic and energetic intrusions, discharging ancestral karma, and restoring a person’s human connection to the natural world.

This is the medicine before ‘medicine’.

Taita Ivan Navarro, an elder shaman from Chile with over 40 years of service in the healing arts, will be in Cuenca offering ancestral Andean limpias/energy healings for the next month.

Healing sessions are private, and may include the use of: smoke, tobacco, sweet/bitter plants, crystals, fire, or power plants.

Cost is $70.

Please send a message via email to book a session.

If interested in other services such as: sweat lodge/temazcal, private or group services for specific needs/occasions, power plant medicine ceremonies, or would like to join a local opportunity to experience ancestral healing first hand, please send a message via email for more information.

Contact information:

Mary Colleen



Come join Cristian and the staff at Common Grounds for their grand reopening, Saturday, November 25th. With expanded seating and a larger dance floor 80’s Vibe will be rockin’ the house with your favorite eighties dance tunes. Dust off your dancing shoes and you best 80’s outfit and join us for a great night. The music starts at 7:00 PM with a $6 cover charge. Common Grounds is located at Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia. Come out and enjoy a meal and HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT LONG!

Contact information:

Eighties VibeBand



Deep Tissue Massage

Reduce tension in deep layers of the body.
Treat chronic stress
Better sleep & workouts
Treat pain

Deep tissue massage is one of my clients’ favourite types. Expect to be sore after the treatment – it has some similar effects as exercise, and it is highly recommended for those who do not like exercising.
A regular deep-tissue massage would be highly recommended if you are particularly stressed. I encourage you to try it at least once to see how you like it, and perhaps you will later find yourself wondering why you hadn’t tried it sooner.

Massage Therapy Rate

90 Minutes 45.00

Additional charges for transportation of $5.00 inside Cuenca

Mon 9 am – 4pm
Tues 9 am – 4pm
Wed 9 am – 4pm
Thur 9 am – 4pm
Fri 9 am – 4pm

Same-day appointments may be available.

Contact information:

Elsa Rojas

Blue Box

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