November 12, 2015

Past Issues

Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas

Costal Living at its Finest

Expats looking for a new beach getaway destination, or for those wanting to relocate to a lower altitude with a warmer climate have discovered the mid-coast of Ecuador with the city of Manta as its heart... [ read more ]

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Maite Durán - Gringo Visas

Why Go Anywhere Else?

Maite Duran, founder of Gringo Visas is the ultimate authority on the procurement of visas and cédulas in Cuenca, Ecuador... [ read more ]

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Dr. Melissa Gónzalez

English-Speaking Cardiovascular Surgeon

Immediately upon arriving in Cuenca, Dra. González began to work in a public hospital where she continued working in the vascular field using the most advanced technology available. In December 2017, Dra. González earned a position at Hospital Universitario del Río considered by many to be the best private hospital in Azuay. At both of these hospitals she gained experience working with Cuenca’s expat community.... [ read more ]

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Mike Rothman Founder of Mike's Meats

New York Style Delicatessen and Meat Market Now in the Heart of Cuenca

We're located on the front corner of Parque de la Madre on Avenida 12 de abril and Federico Malo next to the Military Hospital. We've been told that Mike’s Meats Artisanal Marketplace is deli heaven! We offer all the prime cuts, such as Rib-eye, Porterhouse, New York steaks, tenderloins, and many of... [ read more ]

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Builder of Dreams

Constructora was started in 1965 by Ing. Marcelo Vintimilla Borrero father of the present owner, Arq. Pablo Vintimilla. Facing the challenges of modifying traditional architectural designs and innovating building practices while bridging the old technologies with new technologies, materials, and building methods has not been an easy task... [ read more ]

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Founding Partner and Executive Chef - NOE Sushi Bar

Can delicious sushi be found in Cuenca? Yes! The sushi gods have blessed Cuenca by adding more options over the years, but the pioneer and still most popular in Cuenca in the epicurean crown Noé Sushi Bar... [ read more ]

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World Class Healthcare in Cuenca

Electrophysiology Cardiologist

Over the past several years, Ecuador's is getting some of the best medical services and care in the world. We have been introducing you to many of the doctors Cuenca’s medical community has to offer, and this month is no different. Meet Doctor Diego Serrano.... [ read more ]

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World Class Healthcare in Cuenca

Ecuador is the recipient of increased visibility due to the influx of visitors and immigrants to this small South American country of just under 17 million people. Immigrants from all over the globe are seeking a slower pace and reduced cost of living as a refuge from the ever-increasing cost of living in North America... [ read more ]

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All aboard!

Heritage, Culture, and Charms of Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca

Cuenca’s people, culture, traditions, and services coalesce making Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca the most sought-after city in Ecuador for visiting tourists and for foreign retirees choosing Ecuador as their new home... [ read more ]

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Ing. Marcelo Cabrera Palacios

Message from the Mayor

Whether you call Cuenca your home or plan to visit Cuenca, you will find we have created many cultural exchange programs for you. It is my pleasure to invite you to come and enjoy the many cultural sites and events, satisfy your culinary experience at our many restaurants offering local and international cuisines, and enjoy the charm of our local markets. Here you will find.... [ read more ]

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Dr. Marcelo Cisneros & Dr. Eliana Oleas of CORPORE CLÍNICA

Reshaping Your Future

Corpore Clínica is a state-of-the-art, technically advanced clinic operating to the highest Western medical standards. Dr. Marcelo Cisneros, Director of Corpore Clínica, is as passionate about his art as anyone I have ever met. The reason for demanding such a high standard is to... [ read more ]

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Dr. Luis Fernado Orellana

Mobile Dentistry in Cuenca

Dr. Orellana went on to outline the basic procedures that can be performed during a home visit which include cleanings, diagnostics, teeth whitening, all prosthetic rehabilitation none of which need a sterile environment. He explained, “For a prosthetic rehabilitation, I bring all the sterilized materials... [ read more ]

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Dr. Cristian Abad

The Miracle of Digital Dentistry

Dr. Abad is the only Ph.D. prosthodontic dentist in Cuenca (a doctorate earned at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), with a fascinatingly diverse professional background plus an outstanding personal reputation. This compelling combination has inspired many Cuencanos and foreigners to place their trust in the abilities of him and his team... [ read more ]

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Dr. Juan Esteban Arízaga

Of Arízaga’s Hair Graft Institute

Dr. Arízaga performs micro-graft hair transplant surgery and sees this surgery as an art, because the surgeon must design a capillary landscape that adapts naturally and aesthetically to the patient's features. This procedure is also aimed at increasing the density or amount of hair without the implant being recognized. Dr, Arízaga’s artistry goes far beyond that... [ read more ]

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Dr. Medina of Uroclinic

First Class Urology Care in Cuenca

Urology is a specialty in western medicine focusing on the male and female urinary system and male reproductive system... Uroclinic specializes in urology, nothing else... The owner Dr. Medina has been in practice since 1980, has performed over 10,000 surgeries, and has operated on over 100 expats. He is a member of the American Urological Association of the United States (AUA), member of International Society of Urology (SIU), and has been awarded many certificates for state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and advancements in treatments and patient care... [ read more ]

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Dr. Santiago González of Dental Clinic Implaesthetic

Implanting Smiles

There was a time when, destination United States, was the go-to place for medical and dental needs, but with skyrocketing costs and insurance limitations, people are now seeking alternatives to the United States. Ecuador has become that destination, and Cuenca the go-to place, and with the talents of professionals such as Dr. Santiago Gonzales it’s no wonder at all... [ read more ]

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Dr. Luis Andrés Serrano of Audio Centro

Better Hearing for All

Audio Centro provides diagnosis and treatment for all types of auditory disorders, guaranteeing the satisfaction of their clients through quality care in a very pleasant environment, backed by the best technology available in the marketplace. Audio Centro is the exclusive distributor in Ecuador for some of the top auditory technology companies in the world... [ read more ]

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Dr. Rómulo Guerrero

Facial Architect

Generally when one hears the words "plastic surgery" the imagery which springs to mind is that of Hollywood stars seeking the kind of perfection usually only seen in glamour magazines. However, it transpires thios area of expertise, frequently being applied in far more severe and life-critical matters than simply the aesthetics of "beauty"... [ read more ]

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The new Golden Prague Brewery and Pub

“La Cerveza del País de la Cerveza”

Czechoslovakia is famous here in Cuenca, for being the origin of the beautiful blue tiles which adorn the three domes above the large Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, or “New Cathedral”, across Parque Calderon. Another product from the now Czech Republic will soon come to Cuenca: a state-of-the-art brewery making the finest Pilsner lager beers to come out of Europe ...  [ read more ]

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“I Was Blind, But Now Can See.”

Where would we be without our vision? It’s probably a question most of us would prefer not to think about. Our vision, our ability to see and perceive our world, is probably the foremost of our senses. Without it, we are quite literally, “in the dark.” The title of this article is (deliberately) biblical, and refers to ...  [ read more ]

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U.S. Quality Care at Ecuadorian Prices

La Clinica de Fracturas, a fully equipped, licensed and accredited private hospital, dedicated to the treatment of bone injuries and related trauma ...  [ read more ]

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The Three Passions of Dr. René Cabrera

After graduating from high school in New Mexico, a year ahead of his class, he returned to Cuenca and entered medical school at the Catholic University of Cuenca. It wasn’t until he had nearly completed his studies that his soon-to-be wife, Patricia Sánchez, suggested that he focus on ophthalmology as his ...  [ read more ]

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A New Holistic Approach to Cosmetic Procedures

With over 3000 successful procedures performed, Dr. Pablo has encountered many patients who were either unclear about what aesthetic produces were available or they were not knowledgeable about the best alternatives for their particular situation. Instead of a patient needing to interview different ...  [ read more ]

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The First Family of Printing

Have you ever wondered what goes into publishing and printing the free, monthly "Cuenca Expats Magazine?" I am somewhat aware of the side where the salespeople secure advertisers who pay for their space and also persuade businesses to have a Business Spotlight written for them to promote their product or service.  [ read more ]

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Miguel Illescas C.

Art Gallery in Cuenca

Seldom in life are we given the opportunity to personally witness the transformation of not only an artist but of an art form. Yet you can have the chance to experience just that for yourself when you visit Miguel Illescas Cabrera’s Galeria de Arte on Calle Larga in Cuenca. Not only that, you have a major treat in store!…  [ read more ]

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Our First Year in Review

 What's been happening over the last 12 months? We thought it would be interesting to our readers to update some of our Cover Stories, to see what has happened during our first year of publishing... [ read more ]

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Dr. Fabián Polo of Orthodontics Clinic

All your dental Care in One Place

Dr. Fabian Polo Barzallo, has treated about 100 satisfied expats and tourists over the past two years. Some of these patients returned to their home countries when treatment was completed. Many of his expat patients who live in Cuenca continue to come to his clinic for their routine… [ read more ]

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Gateway to the Province of El Oro

Located in the province of El Oro, bordering Azuay, is the spectacular Hillary Nature Resort & Spa, sprung from the imagination of developers and brought to life by hard-working staff members it boasts of pools, restau rants, services, nature walks, extreme sports, and even a zoo.  [ read more ]

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San Isidro

Changing the Culinary Landscape of Cuenca

The brainchild of Francisco Encalada, San Isidro has quickly gained a reputation for turning out some of the best and most innovative chefs found anywhere, not just in Cuenca…  [ read more ]
CEM in partnership with San Isidro introducing Expat Cooking School. [ read more ]

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Hector Muñoz of El Maix

Tex-Mex Comes To Cuenca

“It’s not what you have. It’s about what you become.”this qUote is one of many that have helped guide Hector Muñoz, owner of el maix tortilla factory, on his journey around the world.  [ read more ]

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The Spirit of Gastronomy

The name of the restaurant is an integral part of its existence. Both chefs subscribe to the "Cocina del Autor" cooking philosophy, a style that prioritizes innovation above all else. Soul seeps into the flavor of every dish, into the stone crafted plates made from local rocks, and into the partnerships with organic farms…  [ read more ]

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Dr. Pablo Salamea

Award Winning Plastic Surgeon & Humanitarian

More than 3,000 people have put their trust in Dr. Pablo Salamea’s skillful hands over the last six years. Dr. Salamea is one of the foremost plastic surgeons in Cuenca, not only because of his extensive training and ability but also because of his humanitarian work. [ read more ]

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Eduardo & Juan Guillermo Vega

The Authentic Vegas

Eduardo Vega is a treasure of Cuenca. Vega is a worldfamous ceramic artist, still creating beauty and art at age 76 from his studio in Turi. When you enter his studio, you’ll see a wide variety of ceramic art… [ read more ]

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Relocation Services of Ecuador

Offering Expats Peace of Mind for Six Years

There are many people who attempt to ship their personal belongings into the country themselves, but quickly learn that while you may save a few dollars on the front end, you could find yourself paying thousands of dollars on the back end dealing with issues you weren’t aware of when… [ read more ]

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Ramiro Muñoz

Welcoming Expats with Hospitality

Ramiro Munoz’s eyes light up when he talks about his guests at The Gran Colombia Suites. “They become friends, like a member of the family. We want them to see the very best of Cuenca and feel comfortable here.” [ read more ]

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Natasha Verkley

Hearts of Gold. Together Everyone Archieves More

Natasha Verkley loves a challenge. When she became the Executive Director of Hearts of Gold, the charitable
organization was in the midst of a big transition and a serious cash shortfall... [ read more ]

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Ignacio Valdivieso

Life is about growing and helping others

Stepping into the Fox Gym Center is like stepping into a high-end gym in any major city in the United States. The place is immaculately clean, bright, and full of more modern exercise equipment... [ read more ]

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Maite Duran

Experts for Expats

In the last five years, Maite’s company, Gringo Visas, has become one of the most respected facilitation services for expats across Ecuador. From humble beginnings working alone in Cuenca, Maite now leads a... [ read more ]

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