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Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
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
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Dive into local culture on this full-day tour to the Andean villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca, including lunch and hotel pick-up. Learn about local life and indigenous traditions as you explore the lively markets and admire colorful handicrafts like alpaca-wool shawls, embroidered textiles and musical instruments. Shop for hand-made jewelry in Chordeleg and learn about Ecuador’s history and heritage at Cuenca’s CIDAP museum.
  • Full-day tour to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca
  • Explore Ecuadorian villages known for their exceptional handicrafts
  • Browse the jewelry shops in Chordeleg's central square
  • Round-trip transport from most Cuenca hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Gratuities
Lunch
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gran Colombia 9-52 entre Padre Aguirre y Benigno Malo, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Upon pickup from your Cuenca hotel, meet your local guide and board a comfortable vehicle for your day trip to the local villages of Chordeleg and Gualaceo. 

Stop first at San Bartolome, nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Get a look at how the town's famous handmade guitars are made through a visit to a local shop. 

Continue to Chordeleg, walking through the serene town's quiet streets and large central plaza. Stop to admire the intricate gold and silver filigreed jewelry the town is famous for during your free time. 

Situated on the banks of the Santa Barbara River, the quiet town of Gualaceo is anchored by a central square and church. Discover the variety of textiles and handicrafts sold in the market, like the traditional white straw hats and macanas (shawls), woven from alpaca hair. Hear about the significance behind the birds and flowers featured in the pre-Columbian designs. 

Stop for lunch (not included) in town before visiting a local textile shop. Learn about the process of traditional weaving and see the artisans in action. 

Your 7-hour tour ends with drop-off back at your Cuenca hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Parque Chordeleg
Chordeleg land of jewelers, there get gold and silver jewelry of all sizes, models and weight. Filigree Candonga Zarcillos Rings, the shoe store, the fabrics and the straw shawl, has made Chordeleg a craft center of great importance nationally and internationally.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Reserva y Museo de las Artes Populares
Learn about Ecuador’s history and heritage at Cuenca’s CIDAP museum.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: The CIDAP Museum is closed on Sundays
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Ecuador

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca.

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marydM7287JL
, Nov 2019
The visit to the family weaving workshop was amazing - so informative and insightful. Absolutely worthwhile!
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I enjoyed the tour. Lots of jewelry...
dgleaver
, Feb 2018
I enjoyed the tour. Lots of jewelry shopping at Chordeleg. Loved seeing the guitar makers at St. Bartolomé and the ikat weavers on the way back. We stopped at the beautiful orchid farm, well worth your time. Did not spend enough time in Gualaceo, only went to the market. Our tour seemed like it was about 3/4 of a day, not a full day tour.
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Marilin was a gem of a guide! We had...
Lorri G
, Jan 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!
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The guide was terrific and very...
L K D
, Aug 2016
The guide was terrific and very knowledgable. As the only non Spanish speaking person he was very good at making sure he translated every detail. A good way to see a couple of small towns outside of Cuenca
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Everything about this tour was...
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.
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