Culture & Food in Gualaceo & Chordeleg

Ideal for food and culture lovers alike, this tour will take you to discover colorful villages located near Cuenca where skilled artisans work wonders. En route you will have the chance to taste the local gastronomy of the Andes. Make sure you set out with a hearty appetite!


Description

In San Bartolomé, your first stop, craftsmen have been creating exquisite custom guitars for generations. When visiting Chordeleg (from chorro de oro meaning waterfall of gold) you’ll learn about the production of fine filigree jewelry as well as handmade ceramic pottery. While in Gualaceo you’ll have the opportunity to wander through local fruit and vegetable markets brimming with fresh produce as well as learn about (and taste!) delicious fruit grown only in Ecuador.
 
Next is a visit to Bulcay to the home of a family to observe Ikat weaving, an ancient tie-dye process dating to pre-Columbian cultures used to make shawls and ponchos on antique looms using natural dyes extracted on site. Another highlight of this trip is a visit to Ecuagenera, the most important orchid growing laboratory in Ecuador. Take the time to marvel at hundreds of exotic species, from the exquisitely tiny to the outrageously colorful, as you tour the facilities and learn about the propagation and preservation of these amazing and beautiful plants.
 
What makes this tour different to our Craft-making Villages Tour is that, rather than having lunch in a local restaurant, you will have the opportunity to try the local cuisine en route such as hornado (slow-roasted pig), cuy (roast guinea pig), tortillas de maiz or choclo (hot corn pancakes), rosero (fruit punch), biscocho (biscuits) and wide variety of fruits you’ll find in the market.
 

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Pickup and drop off from most hotels in Cuenca
· All entrance fees
· Local food
 

This tour does not include

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

Packing tips

· Comfortable walking shoes

Highlights

San Bartolomé
The village of San Bartolomé is best known for the production of guitars. Entire families have passed on the tradition over the years making guitars from various woods including walnut, cedar, pine, rosewood, ebony and more. San Bartolomé is located in the canton of Sigsig and the province of Azuay.
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.
Ecuagenera
The most important orchid growing laboratory in Ecuador. Marvel at hundreds of exotic species, from exquisitely tiny to outrageously colorful as you tour the facilities and learn about the propagation and preservation of these amazing and beautiful plants.

Rates

# passengers Price (per person)
1 $139
2 $134
3 $101
4-5 $85
6-7 $70
8-9 $63
10-15 $55
16-25 $54
26+ $53

 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget