SEASON’S Greetings!

As we step into the festive season, the entire Cuenca Expats Magazine team extends heartfelt wishes to you and your loved ones. We are privileged to feature Hospital Del Rio and Dr. Pablo Salamea accompanied by his accomplished partner Dr. Saine Touma as our cover story this issue. Dr. Pablo Salamea Molina Celebrates 10 Years and over 5,000 Successful Procedures as a Plastic Surgeon. Hospital Del Rio Readies for Its 15 Year Anniversary. In a significant milestone, Helping Kids in Ecuador (HKIE) will have provided free medical assistance to 1,000 children by the time you read this. Discover the impactful history of this noble cause in this issue.

Responding to your queries about Mansion Matilde from our previous edition, Jane Hiltbrand presents a concise history complemented by captivating photos.

For enthusiasts of Cuenca’s dynamic art scene, explore the relocation and upcoming productions of Azuay Theater, as well as a captivating conclusion to our four-part series on the enchanting Galapagos Islands. Additionally, stay informed about Social Security updates for 2024. Read about the founding of Almacenes Juan Ejuri almost a century ago by expats. And, learn the importance of early intervention in treating hearing loss, a concern shared by many. Plus, the last of the Galapagos adventure series.

Lastly, we proudly share that Cuenca Expats Magazine, the only gringo-owned company among 65 recognized by
the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Quito, has received the EMPRESA INCLUSIVA award for our commitment to inclusive employment practices.

Our sincere gratitude to our loyal readers and advertiser for contributing to this achievement.

Best wishes to all,
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