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The men wear chumbis, distinctive belts made by a local weaving method and decorated with Catholic and indigenous motifs. These are available in the market, but down at the jail the prisoners make and sell them too (some with distinctive ‘prison’ motifs). You will be allowed in to make purchases.


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Full-day Ingapirca, Gualaceo & Chordeleg from Cuenca

This is the perfect option for people with limited time, combining two tours into one: Ingapirca and the artisan villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg.  We start our tour with a ride through the enchanting highlands, enjoying amazing views along the way.  We arrive at Ingapirca which is Ecuador’s major Inca archaeological site.  Sun worshippers built this fortress-temple in Cañar valley.  It is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Cuenca at 10,500 feet above sea level. We continue our tour to Gualaceo and Chordeleg, two charming villages famous for handicrafts. We will visit a workshop where artisans produce the finest silver filigree in Ecuador. There will be time for shopping or simply admiring the interesting atmosphere of the town. Our final stop will be at a local family’s workshop where we’ll see the process of weaving shawls and ponchos on antique looms, using dyes extracted from plants.  At the end of this full-day tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

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Cuenca to Ingapirca Ruins Private Tour with Entrance and Lunch

Ingapirca is Ecuador’s major Inca archeological site.  Sun worshippers built this fortress-temple in Cañar valley in the 15th century.  It is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Cuenca at an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level.  We start our tour by visiting Rocio Virgin Church.  This church has a very distinctive gothic architectural style, dating back to the late 19th century.  Next, we will visit an indigenous family where we’ll observe the weaving of Panama hats.  This is one of the most authentic crafts of Southern Ecuador and has a prominent role in the economy of the area.  We continue our tour with a ride through the enchanting highlands, enjoying the beautiful views along the way. Upon arrival at Ingapirca, one of the most important Inca structures is waiting for us – an elliptical platform known as the “Sun’s Temple”.  Next to this you will be able to see courtyards, terraces and various other ruins.   In order to get a closer look at the local atmosphere, we will take a short hike to observe the Inca’s Face, a large stone outcropping.