Magnificent architecture, cultural diversity, the country's cradle of arts, sciences and literature... Immerse yourself in the incredible city of Cuenca and discover why it's known as the "Athens of Ecuador".
Cuenca Guided City Tour Itinerary
After being picked up from your hotel, you'll make your way to Cuenca's old town. One of the largest and best-preserved historic city centres in Ecuador, it has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Your guided tour of Cuenca will begin in the Plaza de San Sebastián, a peaceful square at the western edge of the colonial centre, where the 19th century Church of San Sebastián takes pride of place. At the Museum of Modern Art, located in the former Casa de la Temperancia - which has its own interesting history - you'll enjoy a number of exhibitions of contemporary art by both Ecuadorian and foreign artists.
As you delve deeper into the historic city centre, you'll learn more about the daily life of Cuenca's locals, visiting favourite spots such as the San Francisco market. Let the vibrant colours and enticing aromas of the popular open-air flower market at the Plaza de las Flores captivate you - a truly beautiful sight.
Surrounded by lofty pines in Abdón Calderón Park, admire the view of the 16th century Baroque-style Old Cathedral side by side with the New Cathedral. Inside the latter, built when the colonial church became too small for Cuenca's growing population, admire the grand golf-leaf altar and the floors of pink marble imported from Carrara, in Italy.
The next stop on your tour will be at a factory where traditional toquilla straw hats, popularly known as Panama hats despite their Ecuadorian origins, are made. Discover the history and process of hat weaving, a handicraft that has been recognised as practice of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
You'll then head down to the banks of the River Tomebamba where you'll see the colonial "hanging houses" overlooking the river, and the famous Puento Roto, or Broken Bridge. For the finishing touch on this comprehensive tour of the cultural capital of Ecuador, you'll head up to the Turi viewpoint to enjoy spectacular views over Cuenca.
At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped back off at your hotel.
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$ 30 US$ 19
AdultsUS$ 30 US$ 19
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.
Entry to Modern Art Museum.
Entry to the New Cathedral of Cuenca.
Entry to Panama hat factory.
37% 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 (6:30 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.