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Cuenca City Tour – Indigenous Markets – Cajas National Park Enjoy a magical trip in Cuenca, located in the highlands of Ecuador at about 2500 m above sea level. The old town of..
Cuenca City Tour – Indigenous Markets – Cajas National Park Enjoy a magical trip in Cuenca, located in the highlands of Ecuador at about 2500 m above sea level. The old town of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site. The dominant features of the city inspire its name, the four rivers of Cuenca (meaning a basin made by a confluence of rivers). These rivers are the Tomebamba (named after the Cañari culture), Yanuncay, Tarqui, and Machangara, in order of importance. The first three of these rivers originate in the Paramo of Parque Nacional Cajas to the west of the city. These four rivers are part of the Amazon River watershed.

Services

Included
  • Cultural program in private tour
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 2 x Breakfast, 3 menu lunch, 1 dinner
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned (visit te city, national park etc.)
  • Entrance fee in El Chorro del Girón & Cajas National Park
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Amenities & services in hotels
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes, Amazon Jungle packages or Galapagos Islands
  • German, French - Bilingual guides
  • Flight tickets

Tour Details :

Cuenca City Tour – Colonial Architecture – Cultural Visits

Cuenca is a city well known for its history, sacred art museums, fantastic colonial architecture, archeological sites, and ethnographic museums. We’ll visit The New Cathedral, Central Park, Old Cathedral, Plaza de las Flores, The Hat Factory, Museum, Mirador de Turi, Barranco, etc. After that we will visit Chorro del Girón, this beautiful waterfall is about 70 meters high, its falling forms a natural pool of crystal clear water at the foot of the waterfall, there is a haven of approximately 10 x 10 m. Then follows the river with a width of 4 meters. Overnight in Cuenca
Day 1

Cajas National Park – Hike – Andes Landscape

We’ll head to Cajas National Park, which is located 30km east of Cuenca. In this area, there are about 200 recreational lakes propagated between 3,150 m 4,450 m. The lakes are connected by small rivers and crystal clear waters flowing into the Pacific. After a walk through the mountains, we’ll return to the city of Cuenca Overnight in Cuenca.
Day 2

Indigenous Markets – Worshops Visit – Shopping

For the Indigenous Markets tour, we depart after breakfast to Gualaceo Valley, located 40 minutes from Cuenca. On the way enjoy the beautiful landscape of mountains, we´ll stop in the town of San Bartolome where we can see artistically crafted guitars and a variety of indigenous straw crafts. We’ll arrive in Gualaceo and come to appreciate the quality of the hand crafted gold and silver products there. Lunch at the Hacienda site, afternoon we will visit the town of Chordeleg, famous for its hand crafted straw plant hats and silver. In the afternoon we will depart to visit the Ingapirca ruins for a complete tour of the ruins and archeological museum, during the visit you will see the vestiges of Incas. Note: Itinerary is subject to change.
Day 3

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