Craft-making Villages & Cuenca City

For those traveling on a tight schedule, this tour will take you to visit Gualaceo and Chordeleg in the morning, to find out more about the local arts and crafts being created near Cuenca, followed by a city tour of Cuenca in the afternoon.


Description

The tour will take you to visit Gualaceo and Chordeleg in the morning, where you will visit a ceramic workshop, learn about the production of fine filigree jewelry and visit a family that specialises in Ikat weaving. This tour also includes a visit to Ecuagenera, the most important orchid growing laboratory in Ecuador. You’ll then return to Cuenca for lunch before taking an afternoon city tour of the historic city center, followed by a short drive to Turi to take in incredible panoramic views of the city and a visit to a Panama hat factory.
 

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Lunch
 

This tour does not includes

· Travel insurance
· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Group Tours in Ecuador

We’ve created a selection of group tours with regular departures for those traveling around Ecuador on a budget.

Highlights

Plaza de las Flores
Located next to the New Cathedral and Carmen de la Asunción Church, this square is known for its daily flower market. Here you can buy a wide variety of fresh flowers including arum lilies and lush tropical blooms, plants and bouquets which set the cobbled town square ablaze with color.
Museum of Modern Art
Restored in 1982 the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno is located on the captivating plaza de San Sebastián and is worth a visit if only for the building itself and its lovely courtyards. Besides its permanent collection, it has temporary exhibitions of Ecuadorian and international modern art.
New Cathedral
The New Cathedral, otherwise known as La Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción, is clearly visible from all over Cuenca and its sky-blue domes have become symbols of the city. It flanks the west side of Parque Calderon, Cuenca’s central plaza. One of its main features are the stained-glass windows by Basque artists Guillermo Larrázabal and ornate gold high altar.
Mirador de Turi
This is the perfect place from which to take in incredible panoramic views of Cuenca perched high on a hillside in the southern suburb of Turi.
Panama hat factory
Homero Ortega hat factory makes some of the best Panama hats in the business. In case you didn’t know, Panama hats are not made in Panama. They are correctly called toquilla straw hats and were first produced in Ecuador in the 17th century and shipped to the rest of the world via Panama. Homero Ortega is an ideal place to understand the history of this iconic headwater. There is a small museum showing the history of the company and the evolution of the Panama hat making process. You’ll also have the opportunity to wander around the factory where they prepare the materials used and create the final product.
Chordeleg
Only about an hour from Cuenca, Chordeleg is best known for the many jewelry stores that line its streets and main square. The jewelry, which is mostly made from silver, is locally produced.
Gualaceo
Gualaceo is known as the garden of Azuay (the name of the province in which it is located). Only about an hour from Cuenca, the village is located in a fertile region best known for the production of fruit. The local market, located near the banks of the river by the same name, is also popular for the hornado (roast pork served with potato cakes and corn).
Bulcay
Bulcay is best known as the home of some of the last remaining ikat weavers. Only about thirty minutes from Cuenca, this is the place to watch women using traditional hand looms weaving striking colored shawls and sweaters using cotton, alpaca and wool.

Rates

Tour type # passengers Price (per person)
Private 1 $140
Private 2 $126
Private 3 $94
Private 4-5 $83
Private 6-7 $67
Private 8-9 $59
Private 10-15 $58
Private 16-25 $56
Private 26+ $54