Top things to do

Handicrafts in Gualaceo

La Casa de la Makana

Visit La Casa de la Makana to see how makanas shawls are made, and how the different dyes are mixed. These are sought-after items: one makana can take days or even weeks to produce. Quality makanas are on sale for a…
Ecuadorian in Gualaceo

Mercado 25 de Junio

For lunch in Gualaceo, try the Mercado 25 de Junio, two blocks north and then three east of the main plaza.
Museum in Chordeleg


On the central plaza, this small museum details the history and techniques of wood carvings, pottery, textiles and panama hats, and sells some locally made work.
Hats in Sigsig

Asociación de Toquilleras Maria Auxiliadora

On the outskirts of the village, in the old hospital, this women’s hat-making cooperative sells hats far more cheaply than in Cuenca or Quito.
Farm in Gualaceo


Orchid aficionados will want to check out the Ecuadorian species and hybrids grown here.