Charming Cuenca – 3 Days 2 Nights
Day 1 – Transfer in / Pick up and City tour
Pick up at the airport in the city of Cuenca or at the hotel.
We start with the full day city tour. The visit of the beautiful city of Cuenca includes places like the picturesque and traditional Barrio de San Sebastián, the Museum of Modern Art, the Calderón Park (central park), the Plaza de las Flores, the Sagrario Cathedral (Old Cathedral), the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (New Cathedral) considered the largest in Latin America. Also included is a visit to a famous Toquilla Straw Hat Factory, where you can see the making of the finest hats.
We travel through the majesty and charm of the Barranco where architecture meets natural surroundings. Finally, we arrive at the “Mirador de Turi” where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and blue domes is framed by imposing mountains.
We will visit the famous Pumapungo Museum or Museum of Concepts, Museum of Aboriginal Cultures (3 options to choose from)
Return to the hotel.
Day 2 – Full Day Ingapirca + Handicraft Villages
The tour begins with a visit to the most important Cañari-Inca Complex in Ecuador. You will learn more about these two cultures during the tour. Afterwards, lunch will be offered in a local restaurant. The tour continues to the handicraft villages of Chordeleg and Gualaceo.
In Chordeleg you will experience at close hand the production of fine filigree jewelry as well as handmade ceramic pottery. While in Gualaceo you will have the opportunity to stroll through the fruit and vegetable markets filled with fresh produce. As well as the visit to the Macanas workshop with the IKAT technique (ancient weaving technique).
Day 3 – Full day Cajas National Park and transfer out airport
Pick up at the hotel (time to be established with the tourists, preferably no later than 9AM)
Transfer from Cuenca to the Cajas National Park, you will go directly to the area of Llaviuco, in the lower part at 3100 meters above sea level, this trail is flat and easy to walk through the forest, it takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Then we continue the visit towards the highest zone of the Park called Tres Cruces (4,160 m.a.s.l. approx.) there we will have a panoramic view of the park with time for photography and explanations of the guide.
After visiting “Tres Cruces” we will be transferred by vehicle to the Toreadora Lagoon, where we will visit the Interpretation Center. Then we start a 2h30 walk at an altitude ranging from 3900 to 3600 meters above sea level. The walk crosses the Polylepis Forest called “San Luis”, then they go to the United Lagoons, Totoras Lagoon and Patoquinuas Lagoon. At the end you will return to Laguna Toreadora or in case we have more than 3 pax in the tour will end in the parking lot of Patoquinoas.
Lunch at a local restaurant (drinks not included). Return to the city at approximately 4 pm.
In the case that tourists have to take a flight after the tour, we can arrange for a drop off at the airport in Cuenca after the tour.
In case they don’t want to walk too much, they can visit the park in half a day (4 hours). Lunch is not included.
Professional bilingual tour guide
02/03 nights accommodation (hotel category to be chosen)
Breakfast for each night of accommodation
Full day city tour in Cuenca.
Full day excursion to Ingapirca and Gualaceo & Chordeleg
Full day/half day excursion to Cajas National Park
Prices do not include:
Drinks during the tours
VAT 12% (for Ecuadorian pax)
Recommendations for tourists: Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes. Warm and light clothing. The area of Ingapirca and is windy and cold 10ºC approximately. But Gualaceo and Chordeleg are located in a subtropical valley where the climate is warm. For the day of visit the National Park the Cajas use comfortable closed shoes to walk in the moor (hiking shoes), dress in layers warm and waterproof clothes, the temperature in the National Park Cajas is not stable, there can be a variation of 10ºC to 18ºC during the day. Use sunscreen, windbreaks, clothing to protect from the rain. Drinks: bottled water, juices. Cash for extra consumption.
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Not IncludedTravel insuranceAirplane ticketsAll the foodsPersonal expensesFood and drinksPayment of Tickets