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I am putting everyone on notice in Cuenca that from the looks of the signage, there will be a new Mexican restaurant opening up across from the SuperMaxi El Vergel.   Lets hope they have a proper combination platter.

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It isn't bad,  and what is not bad to me may be high praise for others. Worth trying.

In the competition for top steak house, it came down to  Anubis and Amañan, the only two steak houses I know of, on my side of town.  While they both are good, I think Amañan is a better value, so they win. Plus they have beef stew on their menu while Anubis doesn't.   I also like the fact there are fewer choices on the menu for Amañan  which is important for those of us who have difficulty making decisions on what to order.

Here is a photo of their sign taken at night:

Here is the steak dinner I ordered when my friend was buying:

Here is the stew I ordered on another occasion when I was buying:

I almost always see other gringos there when I go. Here is an expat I suspect by the suspenders is a retired banker:

Your Everything Guide for Riding the Bus from terminal terrestre in Cuenca Ecuador to the Centro de Atención Ciuadana located in the city of  Azogues, in the province of Cañar.

Over a year ago the offices of the Ministerio de exteriores which processed residency visas  was moved to Azogues.  Soon after,  Wendy Jane Carrel, M.A. wrote an article for Cuencahighlife recommending that you make your trip there an adventure.   She stated that

you can go by taxi for $15 to $20 "


"find your way to the central bus station on the east side of Cuenca near the airport and locate one of two companies that send buses almost every half-hour during the day. It’s about a 40-minute $2 ride. The main bus station of Azogues is on the west side of town at the bottom of a hill. With some effort, you can walk to town uphill, or go by taxi (5-7 minutes).

Further, a few weeks ago Cuencahighlife reported that the rest of the services for foreigners were moving to Azogues, so even those folks applying for tourist visa extensions will need to travel to Azogues, also known as the "Obrera del Sur".

Having recently spent a lot of time riding buses to Azogues correcting a problem with my investors visa, I decided to expand on the topic of riding the bus there, in this authoratative tome.

First let us take a look at your departure point: Terminal Terrestre on avenida España near the airport.

Now you are responsible for finding your way to the terminal.   Of course you could take a taxi there, but that would be cheating. So I recommend you find a city bus line that wil take you there.  To find which bus to take to the terminal, I recommend you use the Moovit bus application. Or you can check out Cuenca Bus Sherpa as an alternative.

Once at the terminal you want to find the gate for Azogues.  There are big signs hanging from the ceiling at each gate indicating the different destination cities. The Azogues gate is like the second to the last gate heading east in the terminal.  You will need to buy a ticket for 10 cents from the ATM-looking machine to get you through the turnstyle.  You don't buy a ticket to get on the bus! They will either pass through the cabin to collect or more likely you will pay as you are getting off the bus at your destination.

Here is what the buses look like for going to Azogues and back:

Okay after about a 40 minute or so bus ride including some stops you arrive to the terminal terrestre in Azogues that will remind you of the terminal in Cuenca. From there you could take a taxi for a  $1.50 to the Centro de Atención Ciuadana (CAC) building, but that would be cheating.  Instead you can take the following Centinela bus for 30 cents and it will take you to the CAC.  These buses are out back by the help desk, and NOT out front where there is a bus stop.  There is no buzzer to inform the driver to stop, so you need to work your way to the front of the bus to tell him to stop in case he forgets. I used the GPS on my phone to inform me as we were approaching my stop for the CAC.

You know you have it made it to your destination if the building looks like the following photo:

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