Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cuenca, Ecuador Travel agency and services I recommend!

Cuenca services I have used and recommend!

I am always looking for the best deal when I need something - plus I always want to make sure I am doing business with trustworthy people.
I do not take any commissions for promoting the following services. Its just more options for anyone who might be looking for specific services here in Cuenca!

The new travel agency is here:

For all your travel needs: Hotels, Hostels, cruises, land tours, airfare!

Documents translated into Spanish and notarized.

Assistance with acquiring cedula's and Ecuadorian citizenship.

Attorney available for assistance with any legal matters.

Call Bryan Vidal:  US 305-897-0346  / Cuenca 074103952 / Cell 0994923033 - e-mail:

-Documents translated into Spanish and notarized
-Assistance with acquiring Cedula's with Ecuador Residency Visas
Ecuador Driving License
-Attorney available for assistance with any legal matters.
Contact us: 410-3952
Toll Free USA (305)897-0346

Any expats who live in Cuenca and need assistance signing up for sales tax returns or SS insurance give Bryan a call or e-mail him or call 099-4923033!
Do you need assistance with SALES TAX REFUND (IVA) or IESS Health Insurance?

Call us to our USA number: (305) 897-0346
Or email us to:

Ecuadorian Visa and Helper Program.

For assistance with Ecuadorian residency visas (cedulas) and all types! And assist with container shipping! Apartment rentals, Real Estate and general information!

Contact Marianela via e-mail for visa requirements and information on starting the process from your country.


from Ecuador: cell: 0993309682

Now that Cuenca has an Immigration office using a facilitator is much more affordable and faster!  

Contact Marianela for rates, usual cost between $400-$500 depending on type of visa.

Good book about moving and getting settled in Cuenca, Ecuador:

Marcia Mejia Spa and Beauty Saloon

Hairstyle - manicure - pedicure - massage - Jacuzzi - women's undergarments. I recommend Spa Marcia for great service and prices. Just say you saw this ad for 10% discount. Zamora Chinchipe 001 y Unidad Nacional, Cuenca.  07 288 6274 -

Recommended by Gary A Sisk:

Computer repair:

Anyone in need of computer repair I just used:

Xavier, Palm Computer Cebter
Honorato Vasquez 1-137

 Phone: (07)284-5771 or 0992-834-406

Xavier speaks English and he does great work! He replaced my hard drive and saved all my data and photos, plus a book I was working on.
His prices are very reasonable!

We have twice taken our car to Fabian Avila at Talleres Avila. The work has ranged from standard brake replacement, etc. to complete tune-ups and "custom" fixes. He is professional and competent, trained in the States, and is bilingual. Fabian goes beyond the norm and his prices are very reasonable. Best of all, he understands the concept of service. If looking for a good place to take your vehicle, you can't do better than Fabian. He is located just off of Las Americas near Coral Central. His web site is  Address: Juan Larrea y Av. las Americas. Contact: 098 752 7701 or 402 4359. 


And here is another plug for a friend of mine Orlando Siguenza.
Orlando lived in the United States for 16 years and recently moved back to Cuenca with his wife and daughter.
Orlando offers his driving and translating services for $10 an hour. His four door Toyota is very comfortable and Orlando already has many Expat clients here in Cuenca.
If anyone is interested in his services even if you are just coming here on vacation you can reach Orlando at: or his cell phone number is: 085854587.

Two more drivers highly recommended are Walter Parra: cell: 0986592978 and Jhony Para: cell: 0992925912 - They are brothers that both lived in the USA and speak great English. They both have very comfortable Toyota cars and are available for short trips or by the hour. If you need driver translators give one of them a call!

Walter Para: cell: 0986592978

American transporter

Rides to and from Guayaquil from Cuenca in a full-sized American car by an American driver with WiFi on route and resonable rates.

Peter Kwee: or: Cell phone: 099 148 1399

FOX Gym:

I go to FOX gym just down the street from where I live. This gym has great equipment - free weights - treadmills and bicycles!

The address is: Av. Ordonez Lazo across the street from Hotel Oro Verde - Telephone: 074073319

There is a new trainer at FOX! His name is Daniel Espinoza, he speaks English and has lived in California, you can contact him at:  He is the one on the left, Albert on the right is the gym manager.

Starting the year with everything. No pain no gain. Never give up. Master Trainer. Reengineering of nutritional menus. Attention to national and foreign people. Spanish and English. I am to serve you.
Master trainer.
Instagram: danielespinozar

You can pay $36 a month for unlimited use or $3 a visit.
I choose the $3 a visit because I usually visit FOX three times a week. Fox is open 6 days a week - closed on Sundays.

Pharmacy Cruz Azul

Av. Ordoñez Lasso y Cerezos  -  phone #: 074089624

There is a friendly staff of five - Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 10 pm

One day every month the Pharmacy offers a 20% off sale on all medications and shelf  items. 

Roberto Benavidez is the Pharmacy Manager and he speaks English and is always available to assist you with your medication needs. His e-mail:  or he can be reached at the above number or cell phone: 0995632090

New Pharmacy Azul at the new River View condos on Ordonez Lasso and Cedros next to Produbanco.

Restaurant La Riera

Restaurant La Riera is located on Calle Larga 4-24 y Vargas Machuca

It is directly above the broken bridge and has a spectacular mountain and sunset view.

The Restaurant offers two floors of dining and a private dining room.

The bar is very long with lots of room for socializing - Happy Hour is from 11 am to 8 pm offering 2X1 $3 drink specials:

Great seafood, pastas and meat dishes for around $10

Their Chef was trained in Argentina!

The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays - serving lunch from 11 am to 3 pm and dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm

Paola, second on the left is the Restaurant manager and former owner of ZOE. She speaks English, so be sure to say Hi! to her and tell her you heard about her new restaurant on AAA Living in Cuenca.

For a great meal with a spectacular city view in a fine restaurant give La Riera a try! 


For custom made quality furniture and low prices give Pablo a call at Cuenca furniture and appliances 0984147073 He speaks English and will work with you designing you own furniture and also has many designs to choose from!

Video Club Las Americas:

 Located on Av Las Americas 105 entre las Pencas y subida al Tejar
Its just up the street on the left past Super Maxi.

Juan Pablo is the owner is the store and speaks English. The store is open from 4 pm until 10 pm.

phone: 4073972

You will find Old Classic movies - Video Games - And the latest new movies on DVD! In Ecuador we can get Movies that are still playing in theaters in the US!

Special: 4 DVD for $5!

Super Maxi:

Super Maxi is a chain of Grocery Stores in Ecuador offering their own brand name products - imported products from all over the world - plus you will find pretty much everything you need here.
Super Maxi is even more modern that most Stores I have shopped in the US! I do find many products here for less money than at Coral, which by the way is another great place to shop.

ATM machines offer Spanish and English menus

Until next time keep enjoying life! 


  1. Thanks for your kind comments of our colleague and our shop we are here to serve you


    Andrés Genovez
    CSPMSA. IT Department.

  2. Garry,
    Thanks for the valuable information.
    Any idea where I can buy a fire proof safe and how much would it cost.

  3. Gary

    I enjoyed your blog. It's very informative and helps me to understand what I should expect. Great pictures and sound advice. It looks like you've carved out a nice life for yourself in Cuenca. I'm coming for a month in December to look around, then return to stay the following fall. I look forward to following your many successes.

    Florida, US

    1. Be sure to let me know when you are in town!

  4. Replies
    1. Let me know how your tours are going, maybe I can recomend you!

  5. Thank you for the information. Can the gym be used by both men and women? Do you happen to know how much the personnel trainer charges.

    Best regards

    1. Yes and it it $36 a month or $3 a visit. Daniel charges $30 for 6 hours.

  6. Gary - You know I love your blog. What I like about your writings are the facts, the names, addresses, prices - you are doing such a great job of an informer or journalist rather than bla bla writer. Keep up the good job, Gary! Your blogs are such a great source of information to many new comers like me! THANK YOU, Jaga Rytych :)

  7. Very nice photo of Cuenca. And it is very nice of you to give due to those individuals you recommended for am sure they were of much help to you in the past. Much appreciated for taking the effort so that I can come across this. Gracias!