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.
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Tour departs from most Cuenca hotels
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
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Excursion to Gualaceo and Chordeleg with Lunch
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please note: The CIDAP Museum is closed on Sundays
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Lorri G, January 2017
Marilin was a gem of a guide! We had a terrific time tooling around Chordeleg and Gualaceo! We especially loved going along with her to her favorite restaurant, Fritados de Certainteed, where we enjoyed traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. Thanks Marilin!
Reviewed by: Joyce C, May 2016
Everything about this tour was fantastic.Sebastian was extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited and also provided a lot of information about Ecuador and Cuenca. His English was near perfect. We made a slight modification to the itinerary to satisfy my request it turned out to be a private tour. The lunch was excellent. I had plenty of time to shop around on my own. Never felt rushed. What a wonderful way to spend the day.