Handmade guitars, delicate gold and silver filigree jewellery and vibrantly coloured textiles: discover the secrets of Ecuadorian craftwork on this day trip to San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo from Cuenca.
Chordeleg & Gualaceo Day Trip
Having been picked up from your hotel in Cuenca, you'll set off through the mountains that surround the city. The first stop on your tour of the artisanry of the Azuay region of Ecuador will be San Bartolomé, a traditional town nestled in the Andes, from which you'll have spectacular views of the Santa Barbara River.
San Bartolomé is famous for its artisanry, and in particular for handcrafted guitars. You'll have the opportunity to visit a traditional workshop where you'll learn the secrets of the luthiers, or guitar-makers, and how they make these musical instruments.
Continuing on your route, you'll next visit Chordeleg, another village in the Azuay region, this time known for its ceramics and its exquisite filigree jewellery of silver and gold. Discover how this delicate technique is expertly carried out to make such beautiful pieces thanks to local crafts people at their workshop.
You'll explore the centre of Chordeleg, strolling around the Plaza Central, or Main Square, and stopping in at the different artisan stores surrounding it, before heading on to Gualaceo, a village known for its incredible textiles.
Lose yourself in the lively pace of daily life exploring two traditional markets in Gualaceo, where you're sure to be captivated by the bright colours and intricate designs on the handwoven fabrics for sale. See how they're created next as you visit a textiles workshop and see the different looms used by the artisans: you'll even discover the pre-Hispanic Ikat technique of weaving, often used for the region's typical ponchos!
After four fascinating hours discovering the ancestral traditions of the Azuay artisans, you'll make the return journey to Cuenca, where you'll be dropped back off at your original pick up point.
Hotel pick up
This tour includes pick up and drop off at the main hotels in Cuenca: Carvallo, El Dorado, Macondo, Casa del Águila, Victoria, Santa Lucía and Mansión Alcázar. If your accommodation is not located in the pick up zone, the meeting point will be the Hotel Carvallo.
|Adults||Children under 3 years old|
US$ 43 US$ 25
AdultsUS$ 43 US$ 25
Children under 3 years oldFree
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
Visit to a guitar workshop in San Bartolomé.
Visit to a jewellery workshop in Chordeleg.
Visit to a textile workshop in Gualeco.
42% discount on the official ticket price.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (12:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.
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Frequently asked questions
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