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Cuenca real estate development continues at record pace although sales to gringos show a sharp decline

There appears to be no slow-down in local construction, particularly of condominiums, according to Cuenca developers. At the same time, they say, prices continue to rise. The Cuenca Chamber of Construction reports that there are more than 40 condominium projects either under construciton or in the permitting process in the city. As evidence, Chamber president […]

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“Seeking Rental”: results of a hoax posted on Gringo Tree

by Tom McNaughton [Editor’s Note: Recently, a long-time expat in Cuenca used Gringo Tree to perpetrate a little hoax. The responses were instructive, so he agreed to share them here.] The devil made me do it. Everyone who knows me would agree: I have a pretty unusual sense of humor. And I guess I’d read […]

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CUENCA DIGESTWildfires consume hundreds of hectares in the sierra

Exceptionally dry weather, low humidity and high winds are combining to make this year’s fire season in Ecuador's sierra one of the worst in recent history. Dozens of fires in Azuay province have burned more than 300 hectares, according to the Cuenca fire department. Other provinces hard-hit by fires include Pichincha, Imbabura, Carchi, Chimborazo, Canar, […]

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The strange case of Julian Assange: the UK bluster to invade the Ecuadorian embassy reveals high-level intrigue

By Mark Weisbrot It was like a scene from a Hollywood movie, where the kidnapper walks up from behind, with a gun protruding from his trench coat pocket. “Keep walking, and don’t say anything,” he warns. Even in the past, Sweden had collaborated with its Washington allies to violate human rights and international law.  Such […]

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ECUADOR DIGESTIRS limits number of tax-exempt foreign money transfers

Ecuador’s IRS has announced it will enforce a limit of two $1,000 transactions per month, per person on money being transferred out of the country. In the past, there was no limit on the number of outflows, mostly in the form of wires, of $1,000 or less, which are exempt from the 5% exit tax […]

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CUENCA EXPAT PROFILESCameron Cayce gave up psychotherapy for astrology

By Susan Schenck [Editor’s Note: Cameron Cayce is a former psychotherapist and current massage therapist and astrologer who has lived in Cuenca since 2009. She is available for astrology readings at the contact information at the bottom of this interview.] Q: What do you offer the Cuenca community in your practice? A: I’m a professional […]

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Cuenca continues to be one of the hottest destinations for English-speaking expats as the total passes 4,000

Although it's been called the "Gringo invasion” in newspaper, magazine and website articles, Cuenca´s influx of English-speaking foreign residents hardly represents the action of conquering hordes. There is, however, no denying the city's growing popularity among foreigners looking for a new home.   Cuenca's status as a world-class expat destination can be dated to September, […]

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ECUADOR DIGESTVolcan Tungurahua erupts again, prompting new alerts

The Tungurahua volcano, 120 miles north of Cuenca, has flared to life, dusting nearby villages and farms with ash and prompting warnings from the country’s Emergency Operations Committee. On Saturday, the committee raised the threat level from yellow to orange, the second highest alert level. Continuing explosions, small earthquakes and modest lava flows have characterized […]

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CUENCA EXPAT PROFILESHypnotherapist Carlita Shaw discovered her passion early

By Susan Schenck Q: What do you offer the community here in your practice? A: I offer hypnotherapy, qigong, and meditation. My office space is above the Nectar vegetarian restaurant. I have also had a longstanding interest in alternative health and medicinal products, due to re-occurring tumors and health issues since I was very young, […]

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CUENCA DIGESTLasso – Las Americas interchange work ahead of schedule

Reconstruction work at the Ordoñez Lasso and Av. Las Americas intersection is 89% complete and, according to the provincial public works office, the project will be delivered ahead of the November deadline.   Ivan Sempértegui, Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works, said that over-time works shifts on the interchange were the reason for the […]

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