This was an extremely worthwhile and satisfying use of our time and money. Our first stop was in San Bartolomé, famed for its guitars and the craftsmen who create them. We were able to visit one of the family tallers workshops and learn the process of creating a guitar as well as other stringed instruments e.g., the traditional mandolin. It is amazing to see how the craftsman cuts the tiny pieces of wood used to in the inlayed designs on the playing surface of the guitar. My partner was able to try one of the guitars, as he plays. While the visit to Chordeleg was interesting, it seemed mainly an opportunity to visit jewelry stores selling the traditionally worked jewelry in silver, in both old and modern designs. The museum showcasing the crafts of the area is small, but interesting. The visit to Gualaceo was definitely a highlight. We were taken through the whole process of creating makanas shawls and the art of creating designs through the ikat knot-tieing technique, from the different plants used and techniques to make the dyes. We were able to observe both the tying of knots, the weaving as well as tying knots to create intricate designs in a piece. In both this workshop and in San Bartolomé, our guide Pedro of CGT seems to have a warm relationship with the Cañari craftspeople. He, too, was able to provide us with background and knowledge about the villages and the peoples.