Ruta de las Guitarras – Exploring Ecuador’s Artisanal Heritage

Ruta de las Guitarras – Exploring Ecuador’s Artisanal Heritage

The Ruta de las Guitarras lies about 22 miles to the east of Cuenca, just outside the small village of San Bartolomé. Along a short stretch of road winding through some photogenic countryside, a handful of family-owned workshops are clustered together, where visitors can learn about the guitar-making process and see the end product of a highly-skilled craft...

5 Compelling Reasons to Adopt a Furry Friend in Cuenca, Ecuador

5 Compelling Reasons to Adopt a Furry Friend in Cuenca, Ecuador

On my way home from the pharmacy one morning last year, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to surprise my husband, Ken, with a visit to his workshop in our newly adopted city of Cuenca. As I arrived, I saw a flurry of black fur in the overgrown grass outside his shop, and emitting a tiny yelp, the most adorable little puppy bounced up to greet me...

Exploring Cuenca’s Backyard: An Expat’s Guide to Cajas National Park

Exploring Cuenca’s Backyard: An Expat’s Guide to Cajas National Park

It’s true that many people visit or move to Cuenca because they are seduced by its UNESCO-recognized colonial center, its year-round pleasant climate, and its relatively low cost of living. But just outside the city limits, Cuenca’s backyard is one of dramatic mountains and stunning Andean páramo vistas, making the area an absolute mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

A Two-Bedroom Colonial City Home for $700 a Month—Bills Included

A Two-Bedroom Colonial City Home for $700 a Month—Bills Included

Enjoying a locally-grown coffee on my sunny terrace in Cuenca, Ecuador, with my husband Ken and our little rescue dog, Sally, I’m wondering what my family and friends are up to in England. I’m smiling because the dream of living in South America finally came true, almost 15 years after the seed was planted.