A New Kind of Blog

There is a world of information about Ecuador. It is one of the most popular countries for people who want to retire to a place where the dollar goes much farther than in the US, a place for adventuresome families who want to experience a new language and exciting culture. However, much of what you read or hear does not touch on the practical, the problematic, or the local information necessary to make things work. There are many blogs which are basically daily diary’s from people who live here. But this blog will be different. We know how hard it is to get accurate and timely information. We have been through it. All of us who live here have learned step by step and we question whether it is necessary to have every newcomer reinvent the wheel. We hope this blog will help shorten the learning curve. There are many hurdles but all are surmountable. What is required is patience, an understanding of local ways, and a realization that you are going to live in a country which is not the same as the US, Canada, or Britain. Our choice was to live in the wonderful city of Cuenca in the Southern Sierra but this may not be your decision and you will therefore have to look further to find the answers you need for different areas like the coast or the Amazon. Please realize that all the suggestions and ideas are based on our experiences. Ecuadorian regulations change rapidly and must be checked before you make any investments or major decisions. Please email us at Sailorburr@gmail.com and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Map of City of Cuenca

It is difficult to find a good map of Cuenca. Cuenca Real Estate probably has the best one. However, none of them tell you where specific places of interest to Gringo's are located. We have marked up a very simple map of the city with approximate locations of places you will undoubtedly go to when you are here. You can see by the map that the city is divided almost in half by the River Tomebamba. On the north side is the old city or Centro where much of the cities infrastructure exists, like churches, parks, stores, businesses, government buildings, lawyers, and restaurants and, of course much more. On the south side of the river are the newer suburbs where you will find the Futbol stadium, many restaurants and stores, the large mercado, two of the Supermaxis, and most of the 5 plus story apartment buildings. Circling the city are the Avenida de las Americas on the north and the Autopista on the south. To see a larger view of the map, double click on the map

Here are some of the actual addresses:
Zoe's restaurant (expat meetings) – Borerro y Sucre
Eucalyptus restaurant (expat meetings) – Gran Columbia y Benigno Malo
Supermaxi El Gal – Avenida Cordero y Jose Peralta
Supermaxi/Sukasa (upscale department store) – just above Gran Columbia y Avenida de las Americas
Supermaxi/Kywi (best hardware store) – Avenida Turuhuaico y Gil Ramirez Davalos
Del Rio Mall – Autopista in South west corner of city
Main Mercado El Arinal– Avenida de las Americas y Remigio Crispo
Cooperia (food coop) – Victor Manual Albornoz near Avenida de las Americas
Collisium (Tennis courts) – Avenida 12 de Abril y Unidad Nacional
Post Office – Gran Columbia y Borerro
Bank of Pichincha – 12 de Abril y Solano
Cam Gym (largest in city) – Nicolas Sojos y Gonzalo Cordero

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