• Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 43.00 View price calendar

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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
  • 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

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.

Customer Reviews

Lorri G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!

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.


3 star rating: Worth doing February 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.


3 star rating: Worth doing August 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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