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It’s such a temptation. Pick a place for your next vacation, plan out every detail, and follow that plan no matter what. Be safe, be certain, be advised – go to the recommended places on Trip Advisor and Yelp and see all of the great tourist sites. There’s nothing bad or wrong about heading to popular travel sites or UNESCO heritage spots – there’s a reason those places are on bucket lists. But...

Okay, I don't usually go for press releases about fancy boat renovations, but these photos showing the re-do of the Galapagos Sea Star Journey caught my eye. Latin Trails, an Ecuador-based expedition company, shared photos and video of their boutique yacht this week, which recently underwent a complete overhaul. The company works with travel agents and tour operators to provide unique, sustaina...

Every now and then you need a quest. And sometimes the quest you need is a humdinger -- one that will stretch you to your limits. If you love hiking and you're looking for an extra-special hiking adventure, consider trekking the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. It's high elevation but lower traffic than hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. But it's not for the faint of heart -- some of the peaks re...

The Christmas season is a special time in which to share moments of peace and fraternity with friends and family. With this in mind, Gastro Todosantos is offering an exquisite holiday menu which blends Ecuadorian flavors with traditional Christmas dishes. Join us to enjoy this special meal in our beautifully restored restaurant and former convent. We are confident your experience will be rich i...

20 pound bags for $16,00 each. We also have eucalyptus loads for the fire place and Palillo charcoal ribs: Fresh baby back St. Louis slabs and American cut slabs, turkey, chicken, pork tenderloin and more home made Jack Daniels style sauce.  We sell and rent smokers Delivery available ahumadosnaturales@yahoo.com  Cell: 0980805148.   
Asking Price 20 pounds bags $16,00 each
The Oldies but Goodies is back better than ever! On December 15 from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm at Villa San Carlos, located at Remigio Tamariz 1-85 y Avenida Solano. $5 per person.  PLEASE bring exact change if you can. All styles are welcome to the music provided.  The dance area is huge.This time we will have a great DJ handling the music!!  He can take requests!! 

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1st, at 6 PM for our gringo menu.  We are located directly across Don Bosco from the Park Iberia bus stop. The menu is Garden Salad, Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Beans, Gravy, Rolls, dessert and a drink (coffee, tea, water) for only $9.  Beer and wine will be available for $2 each and soda will be available for $1. 

Cuenca Tomato Buyer's Club: Update   It is becoming clear that a bulk of our organic heirloom and speciality hybrid tomatoes will be sold to many of the best restaurants in Cuenca, including Le Petit Jardin, La Cour, El Mercado, and The Black Olive Bistro.  Because of this development Cuenca Tomato will change the way it's Buyer's Club operates.  The Buyer's Club is designed to offer its me...
Have a Fruitful Day with Arandano!
Thinking about Black Friday? Do you wish you could have it in Cuenca? Then today is your lucky day! Perruqueria is having a "black month" and offering 30, 40 and 50% discounts on beds and clothes! Don't miss the opportunity to buy a new outfit for your best friend!

I have a garage for rent on Don Bosco at Parque Iberia. Available on Dec 1 Jack Lovett 288.2886
“Putting the Fun Back Into Fundraising!” is the theme of Hearts of Gold fourth annual Christmas gala Friday night, December 4. The highlight of the evening is an “auto lotto” in which a new car or a $15,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner. The last day to buy tickets is Wednesday, December 2.   

The travel industry has been taken over by DIY -- those do-it-yourselfers who use travel websites that support user-generated content such as Trip Advisor and Yelp to plan their next trip. With all of the information available on the internet nowadays, is there room for good old-fashioned travel experts, those folks who actually travel to 40 countries and share their insights?   

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño announced this weekend that the country has decided to grant visas to Cuban citizens who have purchased airfare to Quito before November 26.The decision comes after a large protest Friday outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Havana, following the announcement on November 26 that Ecuador would require Cubans to have visas to enter the country as of December...

Celebrate Germany Week with Nuna!
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Thank you from Rescate Animal Cuenca! This Thanksgiving holiday we are grateful to all of the expats who have started helping Rescate Animal Cuenca by volunteering, adopting our pups or kitties, fostering those awaiting forever homes, getting the word out about all Rescate does, attending our fundraising events and donating food, money or gently used items we can sell.  Thank you all for the support!!!  

Ecuador is on alert for the Zika virus, which is transmitted through the Zika mosquito. Cases of the virus have been reported in Colombia and Chile, and the Ministry of Health, on the advice of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has established an epidemiological alert to detect and confirm cases of infection.    

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I have a Queen size bed with a ResorPedic mattress, the cost is $320.--,  frame is solid wood from Cuenca, it cost $180.00, total cost $500.00 will sell for $350.00, that's all fo;ks