Going for the gusto! Czech investors open a brewery and restaurant in Cuenca

Martin Smetáček, managing partner of Czech Brewery Pivovar C.Ltda., says choosing Ecuador to build a Czech brewing made good business sense. “There’s very little competition here and we don’t expect any to show up,” he says, explaining that the difficulty of doing business in the country will keep competitors out. Smetáček is one of seven […]

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The eagle and the condor, Part 2: Ecuador and Peru

By Louis Bourgeois I first came to Cuenca, Ecuador in October 2013 after exploring for four years in other Latin American countries. After one night in a hostel in El Centro with the help of a new friend I located an apartment in the area near Féria Libre, Rio Tomebamba, Super Maxi and Gringolandia. It […]

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Flooding in Gualaceo, New San Francisco Plaza contractor picked, Film festival, Roof tile dangers

Jueves, 27/7/2016 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Thursday agenda event – Meeting – There was a meeting this morning in the Casa de Chaguarchimbana with the neighbors and “frentistas” (people with homes and/or businesses fronting the street) (ista – your suffix for the day – like taxi –> taxista or bar –>barista) of calle […]

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Stevia: The natural truth and myths

We all want to eat more naturally, and it would appear that the sweetener stevia, sourced from a plant, fits the bill. But, is it as natural as all that? First, a few facts about stevia fro­­m the Global Stevia Institute: Indigenous South Americans, discovered stevia and chewed the leaves for the sweet taste. In […]

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UN group takes a look at Cuenca’s tram while fired project manager demands $27 million in damages

Representatives from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) took a tour of Cuenca’s tanvía project Tuesday and are considering providing financial support. One of UNOPS’s objectives is to identify infrastructure projects in developing countries that benefit the local population and might be replicated in other communities. “They were very interested in what we […]

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Humpback whale is freed, San Francisco Plaza vendors want help, Hotel owners push housing ordinace

Miércoles, 26/7/2016 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Upcoming and ongoing agenda events – Ciclo de Cine – The film series sponsored by the Cine Club Catarsis will close with “Irreversible,” Thurs. a las 19:00 in the Mjuseo Pumapungo. Free. Danza – The Universidad Nacional de Educación (UNAE) will present “El Otro Violín” (The Other […]

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From Parque Calderon shoeshine boy to Olympic champion: Today is 21st anniversary of Jefferson Perez’s dramatic gold medal run at Atlanta

Twenty-one years ago today, more than half of all Ecuadorians were in front of their televisions cheering on Cuenca’s Jefferson Perez when he crossed the finish line in Atlanta, winning the 20-kilometer Olympic race walk. His Olympic gold medal is the only one ever won by an Ecuadorian athlete. In 2012, in his final competition, […]

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Relief is on the way for construction and real estate industries; Moreno orders review of 2016 tax law

President Lenin Moreno has ordered a review of taxes he says are hurting Ecuador’s construction and real estate industries. During his weekly address to the nation on Monday, Moreno said that a 2016 law aimed at controlling land speculation was having unintended consequences, depressing construction employment and real estate sales. Last week, National Assembly President […]

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Looking for a good hike? There are plenty of great options right here in Cuenca!

Editor’s note: This is the first of an eight-part series by writer / photographer Brian Buckner about hiking in the Cuenca area. The series covers urban hiking, rural hiking, hiking in the Cajas Mountains, people you meet along the trail, transportation options, what to wear, what to carry, and concludes with the author’s answer to […]

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