Cuenca City Tour

  • Destination: Andes, Cuenca & Southern Andes, Ecuador
  • Price from: $25
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departs on: Any day (Group tour Tuesday to Saturday only)
  • Level: Easy
  • Group or Private tour

The beauty and colonial ambience of Cuenca is best experienced on foot. Our four-hour Cuenca city tour weaves its way through the old town center, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, to give you a short introduction to the city before heading to Turi to enjoy the incredible view.


Description

On this half day city tour of Cuenca you’ll discover some of the main sights of the city including the Museum of Modern Art, New Cathedral, the famed local flower market and the Barranco with its historic houses perched on cliffs high above the rushing Tomebamba River.
 
After a short drive to Turi to take in incredible panoramic views of the city, our group tour will conclude with a visit to a Panama hat factory, while the private tour concludes with either a visit to a ceramic art gallery, a Panama hat factory or an artist’s workshop.
 

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All entrance fees
· Private transportation
 

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.
El Barranco
The barranco is the name given to the buildings that hang above the rushing River Tomebamba which is flanked by a grassy riverside and gorgeous colonial buildings. The river can be accessed from the center of Cuenca via three stone stairways and one of the main features is the Puente Roto (broken bridge), the remains of an old stone bridge that once crossed the river.
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.

Rates

Tour type # passengers Price (per person)
Group $25
Private 1 $41
Private 2 $36
Private 3 $28
Private 4-5 $26
Private 6-7 $22
Private 8-26+ $20