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$25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca

Departing from Cuenca with your friendly guide, relax on the scenic drive to the two small villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg. These bucolic towns are well known for their traditionally made handicrafts, such as the macanas (shawls) that women have woven from alpaca wool for centuries.First stop of the day is a quick visit to San Bartolome, a small town located next to the Andes Mountain Range. Famous for its crafty, handmade guitars, you'll visit a local shop to observe the process of making this instrument. Then, head to nearby Chordeleg, famous for the jewelry shops that line the streets and large plaza. Walk through the clean, tranquil town with your guide and admire the intricate silver and gold filigree sold at great prices. You'll have time to shop around and check out the local jewelry and other crafts made by locals in the towns central plaza.Next, head to Gualaceo, situated along the banks of the Santa Barbara River. In the quiet central square that includes a main church, admire the vivid, bright colors of the clothing worn by the local women.Stroll down the streets or visit the market, where the locals sell folkloric handicrafts and textiles, such as the characteristic white straw hats, as well as blouses, skirts and linens hand-embroidered with magenta, orange and yellow thread. Learn from your guide about the significance of the pre-Columbian patterns and designs such as birds and flowers.You'll have time to eat lunch before heading to a local textile whop, where you'll see the process of weaving. After a full day outside of Cuenca, you'll be dropped-off at your hotel.

$59.99 Private & Custom Tours

Cuenca to Gualaceo and Chordeleg Villages Private Day Trip

After your hotel pickup, a friendly guide will take you to visit Gualaceo and Chordeleg, two of the most charming villages surrounding Cuenca.  These towns are well-known for their traditional handicrafts:  macanas (shawls) made of alpaca wool, filigree jewelry, pottery, miniature ceramics, Panama hats, and more.  On the way, we will first stop at the small town of San Bartolome.  Craftsmen here have been creating handmade guitars for generations.  We’ll visit a local workshop to observe the process of making this instrument. Next we will head to Chordeleg, famous for its silversmiths and jewelry shops that line the streets and main plaza.  We will visit a workshop to observe an artisan making fabulous filigree creations out of silver and gold.  Afterwards you’ll have time to shop around and check out the local jewelry and crafts.  You’ll also have a chance to watch artisans weaving 'Panama' hats and other items made of toquilla straw. Our tour continues to Gualaceo to admire the vivid, bright colors of its market and the interesting clothing worn by the local women.  Here you will learn about (and taste!) delicious, just-picked fruits that are grown only in Ecuador.  Meat lovers should not miss the tasty roasted pig, a very typical dish of this area, although leave some space for lunch. Next we’ll have time for lunch in an area restaurant. Then 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 outside of Cuenca, you will be returned to your hotel.

$56.95 Day Trips & Excursions

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.

$54.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-day Gualaceo, Chordelg and Sigsig craft towns

Next we will head to Chordeleg, famous for its silversmiths and jewelry shops that line the streets and main plaza.  We will visit a workshop to observe an artisan making fabulous filigree creations out of silver and gold.  Afterwards you’ll have time to shop around and check out the local jewelry and crafts.  You’ll also have a chance to watch artisans weaving 'Panama' hats and other items made of toquilla straw.  After your hotel pickup, a friendly guide will take you to visit Gualaceo and Chordeleg, two of the most charming villages surrounding Cuenca.  These towns are well-known for their traditional handicrafts:  macanas (shawls) made of alpaca wool, filigree jewelry, pottery, miniature ceramics, Panama hats, and more.  On the way, we will first stop at the small town of San Bartolome.  Craftsmen here have been creating handmade guitars for generations.  We’ll visit a local workshop to observe the process of making this instrument. Our tour continues to Gualaceo to admire the vivid, bright colors of its market and the interesting clothing worn by the local women.  Here you will learn about (and taste!) delicious, just-picked fruits that are grown only in Ecuador.  Meat lovers should not miss the tasty roasted pig, a very typical dish of this area, although leave some space for lunch. Next we’ll have time for lunch in an area restaurant. Then 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 outside of Cuenca, you will be returned to your hotel.

$122 Day Trips & Excursions

Cuenca to Chordeleg and Gualaceo Full-Day Shared Tour

Your driver picks you up from the departure spot given by the operator in Cuenca and then the tour begins with a transfer to the town of San Bartolome where you visit its church, central park, a typical house of the area and its gardens with medicinal plants. Here you can taste a cup of coffee or aromatic waters, accompanied by the "delicados", a bread made from brown sugar. During this tour you observe the production of straw hats and you visit a small workshop of guitars. You also visit the Chordeleg, famous for its handicrafts in gold, silver, filigree, wood, ceramics, etc. You will visit the main square and have time for shopping. Continuing with the tour, you will go to the canton of Gualaceo, where you will visit two markets: fruit and typical food. You will have lunch in a beautiful old hacienda. The tour ends with a visit to a craft workshop where they make the famous "Macanas" or shawls, typical dress "Chola Cuencana". Artisans will explain the process of making these beautiful and unique fabrics. Return to Cuenca.

$88.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Chordeleg and Gualaceo Tour from Cuenca

Your driver picks you up from your hotel in Cuenca and then the tour begins with a transfer to the town of San Bartolome where you visit its church, central park, a typical house of the area and its gardens with medicinal plants. Here you can taste a cup of coffee or aromatic waters, accompanied by the "delicados", a bread made from brown sugar. During this tour you observe the production of straw hats and you visit a small workshop of guitars. You also visit the Chordeleg, famous for its handicrafts in gold, silver, filigree, wood, ceramics, etc. You will visit the main square and have time for shopping. Continuing with the tour, you will go to the canton of Gualaceo, where you will visit two markets: fruit and typical food. You will have lunch in a beautiful old hacienda. The tour ends with a visit to a craft workshop where they make the famous "Macanas" or shawls, typical dress "Chola Cuencana". Artisans will explain the process of making these beautiful and unique fabrics. Return to Cuenca.