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Piedra de Agua vs Pumamaqui - Battle of Cuenca's Hot Springs

Cuenca is blessed with several fantastic hot spring options. Our two favorites are Piedra de Agua and Termas Pumamaqui. Whilst both are great, they are very different offerings. We love being able to choose the experience that best resonates with us each time we want a relaxing soak. Hopefully, you'll also be able to use […]

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Horse Riding at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista (Cuenca)

Our family recently spent a lovely morning enjoying one of Cuenca's best horse riding tours. We regularly go to Centro Equestre Bellavista for classes, but this was the first time we've had the opportunity to go for an extended 2-hour horse ride through the mountains and valleys surrounding the property. And, we loved it. The […]

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La Gata Cafe - Great Bolones & Tigrillo!

One of our favorite cafes in the El Vergel area of Cuenca is La Gata. We classify it as traditional Ecuadorian comfort food, but with some modern twists that make their dishes stand out. In fact, we'd go so far as to say this little cafe wouldn't be out of place if they set up […]

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Cuenca Horse Riding Tours & Schools

Fast Facts Where 15-45 minutes from Cuenca Cost Private tours around $25/hr, one-day group tours around $80/day. Schools $5-$10/lesson Ages 4+ What to bring Warm clothes, enclosed shoes, water, sunscreen, tips for guides How to book Varies by provider. We've included links for each. Why we love horse riding in Cuenca Cuenca is a great […]

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Expats Guide to Living & Relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador

So, you’re thinking about moving to Cuenca, Ecuador? That’s great. But, there’s a lot to consider with such a big decision, so we’ve put together this lengthy guide to help decide if Cuenca really is the right choice for you.  CUENCA RELATED POSTS Hint - before making a life defining decision like where you are […]

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The True Cost of Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

The cost of living in Cuenca, or Ecuador in general, is often cited as one of the core reasons why expats move here.  It was a consideration for Michelle and me too. In particular, the cost of schools in Cuenca is approx half of that in Quito. So, we decided to move from Quito to […]

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Las Herrerias - The Best Tortillas in Cuenca?

When we first visited Cuenca on our holiday/scouting trip, Michelle's mom told us we NEEDED to visit calle Las Herrerías. I had no idea why and honestly it just slipped our minds.  Then, we ended up staying at an AirBnB right by Las Herrerías and I'm so glad we did.  Why? The tortillas of course.  […]

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Stop Buying (Fake) Vega Ceramics!

Eduardo Vega is an iconic Cuenca artist renowned across Ecuador and Latin America. He is responsible for the distinctly styled ceramics and murals you've most likely seen in museums, galleries and souvenir shops.  Visiting his workshop and gallery is one of our favorite Cuenca activities for new visitors as it's located at one of the […]

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Top 5 Yoga Studios in Cuenca

Can I practice yoga in Cuenca? Yes! There are numerous options for practicing yoga at different levels in Cuenca.  We've included a map and a comparison of 5 different yoga studios that we've practiced in at least once whilst living in Cuenca. This map is not meant to be exhaustive as I'm sure there are […]

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How to Transfer Money into Ecuador

One of the first questions new Ecuadorian expats ask is 'how do I send money to Ecuador and is it expensive?' The answer is, well, it depends. Like many Latin American countries, transferring money in and out of Ecuador has traditionally been problematic, expensive, and time-consuming. These difficulties arise through the combination of weak governmental […]

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