Pets and Rentals in Cuenca
Almost anything is doable in Cuenca as long as you have the money. These days so many foreigners are bringing their pets that the owners that do allow for pets in their rentals now ask for a pet deposit in case something gets ruined by the pet.
Some expats have stated that Landlords do not give back deposits, even if the pet did not do any damage to the home. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get any deposits back once you have handed over the money. That is why we recommend negotiating, i.e. writing out a fair and equitable contract so that all parties are not at risk of loss, including you, the renter. But at the end of the day, if the landlord isn't convinced, she won't accept you with your pets.
People who have brought pets to Ecuador have told us there are lots of details and some paperwork to take care of; most people we have talked with that have brought pet(s) to Ecuador have said it was a difficult process. We do not have any personal experience to talk about since we did not bring pets with us when we moved here. We acquired our German Shepherd puppy from an Ecuadorian breeder in Cuenca Ecuador.
|Our German Shepherd Puppy|
This from Ecuadorian landlords: Some of the nicer rentals have beautiful hardwood floors and pets with long nails scratch the hardwoods with their claws when they walk and run on them. We're told that some dogs scratch on the beautiful wooden doors to go in and out, which can also cause damage to the wood. It’s very understandable that folks with pets will pay a deposit. Deposits start at $50 and can be as high as the rent itself.
Note: We know that your pet wouldn't cause any damage but we have also been informed by expats that their pets, after traveling and being in new surroundings, behave differently, and they might, out of anxiety and stress damage something when you are not in the apartment, just something to think about for all pet owners.
We say, bring your pet but be prepared for the costs to get them here and for procuring a rental and possibly not getting your deposit money back when you move.
And now to answer your other question...
Cuenca Public Transportation & Taxi Service
You will not have any problems whatsoever getting to and from a grocery store by either bus or taxi. Buses from all directions in Cuenca go directly to the grocery stores. Taxi cabs in Cuenca Ecuador are safe and have meters in them. Fares are fair! You can hail a cab from almost anywhere in Cuenca.
Cuenca boasts four Supermaxi grocery stores and five Coral Hipermercado department stores strategically placed throughout the city of Cuenca. There are also numerous (too many to count) small (tiendas) grocery stores.
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We're an Expat Family of Five, Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy Abroad. We live in Cuenca, Ecuador and travel the Ecuador coast whenever we get a chance. We just adventured throughout the country of Panama for five weeks! Come along and enjoy some of our experiences with us!