Explore the traditional markets of Gualaceo and Chordeleg and discover the beauty of local artisan work with a community guide!
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Explore two of the most beautiful small towns in the area surrounding Cuenca. These towns are known for their traditionally hand-made artisan crafts such as the macanas (shawls) made of a local Alpaca wool and hand-made jewelery, as well as pottery items.
This tour is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves into the heart of Ecuador’s artistic scene.
We will begin at the small town of San Bartolome and experience the beautiful handiwork that have been made by the locals in the area. We’ll visit a workshop and experience first-hand how the local craftsmen make their artwork.
After we will journey towards the small town of Chordeleg, that is famous for its smiths that craft jewelry. We will then continue onto a workshop and visit artisans creating silver and gold jewelry pieces. Afterwards, we will walk around the market and explore the various handicrafts that are available.
The tour will then continue to Gualaceo and we will then proceed to explore the local market and experience the traditional dress of the area. We will also learn about the various foods that the locals indulge in.
Our final stop will be a local family’s workshop where we’ll be able to see first-hand the process of shawl weaving and ponchos on traditional looms of the locals. At the end of the tour, you will be transported back to your hotel in Cuenca.
Start time: 8:00 am
Minimum 2 people
“My name is Javier Vallejo and I am originally from Cuenca – Ecuador, one of the most beautiful cities in this country.
Since I was a little boy I have been attracted to and interested in traveling and getting to know different places and people, so, after I finished high school I took the decision to study tourism. I did three years of Tourism and Hospitality Management and then I decided to travel and explore outside Ecuador in order to grow and discover myself. So, I went to Belgium for a year and I can assure you it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It opened my mind and I was able to learn about a different culture, different language, but it also made me realize that there’s no place like my country ‘Ecuador’.
Then I came back to continue my career and also I managed my time in order to work as a tour guide on my free time. It’s been more than six years of incredible experiences. I’ve been almost everywhere in Ecuador, helping myself to learn how to Love Life! I’ve met people from many countries and all five continents. I can’t imagine myself in an office for 8 hours a day. Therefore, being a tour guide is perfect for me. I love spending time outdoors, in nature, hiking mountains, or just walking through markets and cobblestone streets. Now, more than ever, I am sure I was born to be a tour guide. My mission is to make people’s visit a wonderful experience and to draw smiles on their faces, showing them the beautiful diversity they can discover in my country. Helping them to understand that ‘All you need is Ecuador’.“
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.