Vargas Machuca 10-70, Mariscal Lamar, Calle Larga 7-93, Cuenca Ecuador, Luis Cordero y Mariscal Lamar, 10-57, Juan Jaramillo 7-82 y Luis Cordero, , Gran Colombia 9-52 and Benigno Malo, Centro histórico de la Ciudad, a 100m del Parque Central Abdón Calderón, Gaspar Sangurima 2-45, Entre Thomas Ordoñez y Manuel Vega, Presidente Borrero 10-91, Close to Intersection With Mariscal Lamar, Presidente Cordova 11-49 y Tarqui, , Calle Mariano Cueva 9-42 y Bolivar, , Paseo 3 de Noviembre, 24-06 y Escalinatas, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Pass By: San Bartolome, Ecuador
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.
Stop At: Parque Chordeleg, Juan Bautista Cobos 23 de Enero, Chordeleg Ecuador
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.
Stop At: Gualaceo, Gualaceo, Azuay Province
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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Infant seats available.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Contact us to [email protected] to arrange the exact pick up time please.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
Infant meals not included.
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
For 1 to 5 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 5 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided..
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Most travelers can participate.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
This was an extremely worthwhile and satisfying use of our time and money. Our first stop was in San Bartolomé, famed for its guitars and the craftsmen who create them. We were able to visit one of the family tallers workshops and learn the process of creating a guitar as well as other stringed instruments e.g., the traditional mandolin. It is amazing to see how the craftsman cuts the tiny pieces of wood used to in the inlayed designs on the playing surface of the guitar. My partner was able to try one of the guitars, as he plays. While the visit to Chordeleg was interesting, it seemed mainly an opportunity to visit jewelry stores selling the traditionally worked jewelry in silver, in both old and modern designs. The museum showcasing the crafts of the area is small, but interesting. The visit to Gualaceo was definitely a highlight. We were taken through the whole process of creating makanas shawls and the art of creating designs through the ikat knot-tieing technique, from the different plants used and techniques to make the dyes. We were able to observe both the tying of knots, the weaving as well as tying knots to create intricate designs in a piece. In both this workshop and in San Bartolomé, our guide Pedro of CGT seems to have a warm relationship with the Cañari craftspeople. He, too, was able to provide us with background and knowledge about the villages and the peoples.