We've had people email us and ask about food prices in Cuenca. We're happy to say that they're a lot cheaper than in North America.
They're not the cheapest in Ecuador, by any means. And they've been going up.
But compare what Lulie bought a few weeks ago for $65 with what that same $65 will buy you in the United States.
You'll be as pleased as we are at the cost of food in Cuenca.
(And what it costs in June 2012).
Lulie bought the following items and quantities at Coopera, a nearby market where much of the food is organic, a few weeks ago.
And here are the per pound prices of the fruit and vegetables she bought.
Fruit are generally more expensive than vegetables. Jeff thinks it's because they're more of a luxury item than vegetables.
Everything you see in the two pictures on this page (purchased December 2010) came to $65.
Even though food costs in Cuenca have gone up noticeably since we moved here in February 2010 (we first published this page on December 31, 2010, and this updates it as of June 2012), they're still very inexpensive compared to what we're used to in North America.
We spend on average about $500 a month on food, for three of us, including a 20 year old who goes to the gym every day. That doesn't include eating out, which comes to another $100 per month.
We could find most of our food for even less money if we wanted to shop at one of the indigenous markets.
But hauling everything around on a quarter-mile trek through the market gets tiring, and tiresome. So we spend a bit more than we need to for the convenience.
We'll also mention that we buy some things at Supermaxi, like asparagus at $3.00 per pound (which we've never found at any of the mercados, Coopera or Coral), our chocolate bars, and the occasional whole wheat croissants.
If you like to cook, or you like to eat, you'll enjoy the food prices in Cuenca, almost as much as you'll enjoy the food you'll receive.
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I just want to thank you both soooo much for creating this web site. I am originally from Cuenca but moved to New York 11 years ago and have not being back since. My husband and I are planning on visiting Cuenca over the Summer and this web site has helped me a lot.
When I came to the US we still had the "sucre," the bus ride cost 1,000 sucres and a pack of trident gum would cost 3,000 sucres. I am very nervous to go back, but thanks to your web site I now know what to expect.
My husband is American and Captivating Cuenca has taught him a lot about what my great city has to offer, things that I had forgotten about myself! :)
Thank You both so much! I cannot wait to visit Cuenca!!