Some folks might think calling a person a "gringo" is being derogatory, but here in Ecuador it is coined to be exactly the opposite; in fact we have met Ecuadorians that used to live in the states who call themselves "gringos", and they are! The restauranteur of the El Campanario Restaurant is a prime example of an Ecuadorian Gringo. Ecuadorian gringos have two things in common. They have lived in the states for years and they speak fairly good English. Cuenca is home to numerous Ecuadorian (Cuencano) Gringos.