Reader asks: Will be arriving in Cuenca and staying for 10 days and would like a nice safe place to stay. A hostel is ok, as long as it has a private bath and kitchen in the hostel. Any contacts or numbers you can give us would be a blessing, thanks.
Update 2016 - It is an unfortunate fact of life that within any industry there are some that don't have any scruples and will charge whatever they can get away with, even if its overcharging, price gouging, unfair and/or illegal practices etc. And the real estate industry in Cuenca Ecuador is no different.
Unfortunately again, the gringo is generally at a disadvantage since he doesn't know the market, doesn't know the language, doesn't know fair practices, etc. etc. so you see, it takes two to tango and if you'll do your part then you can help keep everyone honest.
We list several hostels (good for short stays) in the DIY Cuenca Landing Guide that we checked out personally and we list the top five resources for finding a good rental in Cuenca. Knowing basic Spanish would be a plus here because obviously it is how people get the best rental deals.
Below is a sneak peek into our eBook/book written for the do-it-yourselfer who does not want to over-pay or be gringo-targeted on their first time visit to Cuenca to see if they like it for a future retirement home.
Update 2016 - Gringo Good Samaritans Website is a ministry designed to protect expats from unfair and/or illegal dealings, overcharging and price gouging, and any other issue that may crop up from time to time to take advantage of your foreignness. These practices crop up more often than one might expect.
Since you don't know the language, don't know the practices, don't know the law, don't know the prices, and don't know your way around, among other things, who do you think is taking advantage of whom?
Update 2016 - We do want to add however, if the hostel is on Calle Larga then it is more geared to the younger crowd of people because in that area of the city, it can be noisy on the weekends. But they are located in a great area, walking to night life, restaurants, shopping, museums, parks, etc.
The other two hostels we list in the guide are not located in noisy areas and have more comfort amenities that us older folks prefer. LOL. We do not receive any money from these hostels.
In two weeks time, with the DIY Cuenca guidebook in your hand, you’ll be sharing what you know and have learned with other newcomers to Cuenca! We know you’re going to appreciate all of the useful and practical information the DIY Cuenca guidebook has to offer.
- Where to stay short term and long term
- Pictures, names, numbers to recommended hostels
- Walking distances (addresses) to almost everything
- Pictures so you’ll recognize where you’re at
- Our personal experiences and recommendations
- Rechargeable cell phones and Internet access
- Maps and directions to museums, Mercado’s and more
- Where to meet up with other expats
- What stores to shop at within walking distance of your hostel
- Immigration offices – Visa Renewal
- Everything you need at your fingertips, plus free email support!
- Gringo Targeting
- How to negotiate with the produce vendors at the Mercado’s
- Weather – what to bring with you
- Staying safe throughout your visit
- Check list for when renting long term and how to negotiate on the rental price
- Recommended restaurants and other neat hang outs
- Post office -- Sending and receiving packages
- Gringo hang outs; names and directions, all walking distance to your hostel
- Locations of Coral and Supermaxi
- We got you covered
- We don’t think we left anything out
- But if we did, please tell us so we can include it in the DIY Cuenca Landing Guide