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Private Tour to Gualaceo and Chordeleg Villages

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    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.
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    Reviewed 12 May 2018

    We booked the Gualaceo & Chordeleg craft town tour and it was fantastic! Our tour guide Klever was absolutely wonderful. He was entertaining, engaging and had an incredible knowledge of the area. Highly recommend!

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank mountainhiking11
    Wilson V, General Manager at Cuenca Bestours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

    Thank you very much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the Gualaceo and Chordeleg craft villages with Klever. We hope to see you again in one of our adventures! Cuenca Bestours Team

    Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

    Herman was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of local history and geography was fantastic - he’s a great story teller and kept us interested the whole time. He spoke great English and had a good rapport with the local artisans. He was also very...More

    Thank emcavoy83
    Wilson V, General Manager at Cuenca Bestours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

    Thank you Erin for sharing you travel experience on TA, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Gualaceo and Chordeleg artisan villages day trip with Herman. Let us know if you are ever back in Cuenca, we will arrange more fun activities...More

    Reviewed 25 November 2017

    We had a great private tour to San Bartolome, Gualaceo and Chordeleg with Sebastian. We enjoyed our time with him as he is extremely knowledgeable about the area and easy to talk to. We learned a lot about Ecuador, the culture, people etc during the...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    Thank happytraveler489
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    • Duration: 24h
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