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About the DIY Cuenca Landing Guide
"I plan to come in Cuenca in a few months, and your guide is the best I ever
had in my hands. This new version is even better. You are the only ones which
seems "real"-- Erick, from Montréal, Canada.
We Did Not 'Tour' Ecuador for a few weeks, and then write a book on Cuenca or Ecuador: Readers of our Discover Cuenca website blog know that we have been living here on a daily basis for a number of years, fully integrated within the local community and have done all the footwork already to make our own lives easier, more fulfilling, and less expensive, not to mention, less stressful! Now you too can know what we have learned, but without all the mistakes.
On Safety in Cuenca: Don't be like the retired American couple that said: "we followed all the advice on the forums, but we were still knocked down on the ground in broad daylight just around the corner from the busy city center and the police - we were robbed during the day". When we saw one little detail they mentioned, we immediately saw why this happened to them. Had they read the DY Cuenca Landing Guide, they would not have omitted this detail that got them robbed.
On Immigration: List of documents you will need, including interviews with expats outlining their insightful personal experiences with Immigration.
Tips on receiving your mail when you do not have a PO Box. Yes folks, the post office has been in short supply of PO Boxes for years now, so how do you get your packages?
You will know, not only where it is, but what it looks like and how to get there, before you even step off the plane. Then, get off the plane, know how to grab a taxi, how to get to the hostel, where it is, what it looks like, what to pay, etc. fully detailed to assist you dear reader. PLUS DETAIL ON HOW TO GET ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT HOSTEL IN THE GUIDE
It’s like letting the authors Frank and Angie take you by the hand and showing you the ins and outs of Cuenca. Let them take you around town, with vivid color photos, clearly defined maps and concise instructions.
7 days to 30 days
14 days to 6 months or longer
Everything within (old Cuenca) Walking Distance
What you’re missing away from Old Cuenca…
How and What Bus to Take
Pictures to Recognize Spots
Lots of Photos and Landmarks
Personal Experience Recommendations
Frugal Places to Stay with Clean and Cozy Rooms
rooms starting at just $8! -- PHOTOS of each Hostel + Additional Discounts
Rental Contacts and Resources
How to find rentals that are not advertised
The inside scoop on Condo and Real Estate purchases
Examples of scams, swindles and rip offs in the rental market
Ecuadorian prices on dental work—full listing
Free Email Support + Services
What Stores to Shop at and where they are located, within Walking Distance
Lists of Ecuadorian Schools and International Schools
Learn Spanish-Spanish Instruction resources
Volunteering, long list of resources
What to do for fun, where to go
And much, much, more!
"I am not suffering from so much sensory overload as I experienced when I first arrived, having gone to many of the places in your landing guide, which I found incredible in both its detail and up-to-date information. I congratulate you on being diligent in your efforts to create such a valuable item for those of us moving to Ecuador. The amount of incredibly important information contained in the document more than pays for itself. I think to myself...the cost of ten trips from Mall Del Rio equals the cost of the landing guide! Wow!" --Brian Osburn from New Mexico