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Trekking with the llamas on the Capac Ñan, the Royal High Road of the Incas

Climbing from the ancient Peruvian pilgrimage site of Chavín, we pass fields of quinoa flowering purple in a last burst of energy before they are harvested. There are bunches of maize hanging from the farmhouse rafters in shades of gold and red, and the small village plaza has plants that would not be out of […]

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Homeopathy: An invisible cure?

By Adam Marcus Russian homeopaths strike again (twice) in virology journal — and a skeptic strikes right back. Homeopathy may not cure disease, but it continues to give journal editors fits, particularly at the hands of a group in Russia that has managed to publish a slew of papers on the spurious practice. The architect […]

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Connecting in Cuenca

 By R.S. Gompertz Of all the places we have lived and traveled, when it comes to possible places to settle I like Cuenca the best. On the list of attributes I look for, Cuenca scores high on every one except proximity. Getting in and out of here from the West Coast is a pain in […]

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Escape from Medellin, Historic district Super Aki update, Two Ecuadorian jokes, San Francisco Plaza scuttlebutt, Venezuelans on the street

I’m back! It’s been almost two years since my last post. My husband and I decamped Cuenca for Medellin a while back for what we thought would be greener pastures. Well, it turned out they weren’t so green and we decided to come back. There’s a lot of reasons why –think crossfire– and I’ll explain […]

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Hippie dance party, Last call for ACT auditions, Brazilian singer at the Sucre, Time of your life!, Graduate art exhibit, Spoken Word

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, What’s Happening Under the Domes highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you […]

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Mexico’s murder rate sets new record as violence spreads to popular tourist areas

Mexico’s plague of murders hit new heights in the first quarter of 2019, with 8,493 murders, according to the government’s official figures. According to the Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System, that number represents a 9.6 percent rise on the same period in 2018. Particularly troubling, is the increase in murders and violent […]

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Outcasts of the islands

My first contact with Jack and Diane was by email. They were planning a move to Cuenca, were daily readers of CuencaHighLife, and asked if I was willing to answer some occasional questions if the need arose. “Of course,” I said. When I asked where they hailed from they replied, “We have already been there. […]

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Making chicken stock from scratch, Cuenca-style, with real chicken fingers

OK, so maybe other people call it chicken stock, or bouillon. We call it Juice, and Jackie missed it very much when we moved to Ecuador. We used to buy a couple of six-packs of this organic stuff at “The Shrine” (Costco) when we lived up north. Jackie used it for practically everything, from home-style […]

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Questions to Consider Before Moving to Cuenca, Ecuador

What is the Monthly Cost of Living in Cuenca? Some sources may say that you can live in Cuenca for around $800 a month. While that is possible, most expats in my experience wouldn’t find this comfortable or practical. A more reasonable amount for a single expat is actually around $1,000 to $1,500 a month […]

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As U.S. relations with Latin America falter, Russia and China are filling the void

By Alex Horton With Venezuela in flames, China and Russia are seeking claims in the rubble. But the United States has been caught flat-footed, and the Pentagon is struggling to develop ways to blunt the countries’ influence in Latin America since President Trump has antagonized and distanced himself from nations in the Western Hemisphere. Defense […]

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Massive Tayos cave system said to hold the ‘metallic library’ of a lost civilization

In 1976, a major expedition entered the Cueva de los Tayos in search of artificial tunnels, lost gold, strange sculptures, and a “metallic library,” supposedly left by a lost civilization aided by extraterrestrials. Among the group was the astronaut Neil Armstrong. For as long as anyone can remember, the indigenous Shuar people of Ecuador have […]

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How did Ecuador become the ‘Banana Republic’? It’s a story of ambition fulfilled

By Dudley Calvin Spinks Ecuador owes Clemente Yerovi Indaburo a debt of gratitude for establishing the original “Banana Republic,” and making the country number one in banana exports. Between 1948 and 1950, Yerovi served as Minister of Economy in the government of President Galo Plaza Lasso, who, after an extended era of political instability in the […]

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