Craft-Making Villages

Craft Making Villages (Gualaceo & Chordeleg)

Private: any day, full day

Cuenca is surrounded by colorful villages where skilled artisans work wonders. In San Bartolomé, your first stop, craftsmen have been creating exquisite custom guitars by hand for generations. While in Gualaceo, wander through local markets overflowing with a dizzying array of just-picked produce. Learn about and taste scrumptious fruits only Ecuador can grow before stopping at the home of a family that weaves one-of-a-kind shawls and ponchos on antique looms using dyes extracted from plants right on the property.

Your next stop is in Bulcay to observe Ikat weaving, an ancient tie-dye process dating pre-Columbian cultures.  Then on to Chordeleg “chorro de oro”, or waterfall of gold, a village specializing in jewelry, mainly gold and silver, with outstanding filigree work. Great handmade ceramic pottery is also found here, along with the chance to observe people weaving Panama hats and other items made of toquilla straw.

Cuenca is surrounded by colorful villages where skilled artisans work wonders. In San Bartolomé, your first stop, craftsmen have been creating exquisite custom guitars by hand for generations. While in Gualaceo, wander through local markets overflowing with a dizzying array of just-picked produce. Learn about and taste scrumptious fruits only Ecuador can grow before stopping at the home of a family that weaves one-of-a-kind shawls and ponchos on antique looms using dyes extracted from plants right on the property.

Then on to Chordeleg “chorro de oro”, or waterfall of gold, a village specializing in jewelry, mainly gold and silver, with outstanding filigree work. Great handmade ceramic pottery is also found here, along with the chance to observe people weaving Panama hats and other items made of toquilla straw.

Another highlight of this trip is a visit to Ecuagenera, the most important orchid growing laboratory in Ecuador. Marvel at hundreds of exotic species, from the tiniest, most delicate, to unbelievably colorful, as you tour the facilities and learn about the propagation and preservation of these spectacular flowers.  Lunch in a local restaurant is included.

You my also chose not to go to Ecuagenera and simply visit the craft-making villages, or combine a shorter version of the this tour with an afternoon city tour of Cuenca.

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