Get the
Inside Scoop

Privacy Policy

Call (888) 651-9785

Tour code: 3074CEGCL
Dive into local culture on this full-day tour to the Andean villages of Gualaceo, Chordeleg and Bulcay 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; watch craftsmen and weavers at work in San Bartolome and Bulcay; and learn about Ecuador’s history and heritage at Cuenca’s CIDAP museum.


  • Full-day tour to Gualaceo, Chordeleg and Bulcay from Cuenca
  • Explore Ecuadorian villages known for their exceptional handicrafts
  • Browse the jewelry shops in Chordeleg's central square
  • Enjoy an authentic Ecuadorian lunch
  • Round-trip transport from most Cuenca hotels

What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca

Excursion to Gualaceo and Chordeleg with Lunch

Departing from Cuenca with your friendly guide, relax on the scenic drive to the two small villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg. These bucolic towns are well known for their traditionally made handicrafts, such as the macanas (shawls) that women have woven from alpaca wool for centuries.

First stop of the day is a quick visit to San Bartolome, a small town located next to the Andes Mountain Range. Famous for its crafty, handmade guitars, you'll visit a local shop to observe the process of making this instrument.

Then, head to nearby Chordeleg, famous for the jewelry shops that line the streets and large plaza. Walk through the clean, tranquil town with your guide and admire the intricate silver and gold filigree sold at great prices. You'll have time to shop around and check out the local jewelry and other crafts made by locals in the towns central plaza.

Next, head to Gualaceo, situated along the banks of the Santa Barbara River. In the quiet central square that includes a main church, admire the vivid, bright colors of the clothing worn by the local women.

Stroll down the streets or visit the market, where the locals sell folkloric handicrafts and textiles, such as the characteristic white straw hats, as well as blouses, skirts and linens hand-embroidered with magenta, orange and yellow thread. Learn from your guide about the significance of the pre-Columbian patterns and designs such as birds and flowers.You'll have time to eat lunch before heading to a local textile whop, where you'll see the process of weaving. After a full day outside of Cuenca, you'll be dropped-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Joyce C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

From USD $ 64.99

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Enter Total Number of Travelers


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message