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Discover Ingapirca Ruins and the Villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg

Day tours from Cuenca

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Wed to Sun

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9 Hours (approx.)

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Offered in English / Spanish

Meeting point: 

Complimentary Accommodation Pick-Up Service

Departures:

8:30 am (Private tours flexible)

Free cancellation:

up to 24 in advance   

About this trip

Embark on an immersive cultural journey through Ecuador’s rich heritage. Visit the Ingapirca Ruins, the largest and best-preserved Inca archaeological site in Ecuador. Stroll through Gualaceo and Chordeleg, renowned for their exquisite Ikat shawls and intricate silver jewelry. Discover ancient crafts and historical wonders on this unforgettable day trip from Cuenca.

Highlights:

  • Discover two key attractions in the Cuenca area in a single tour.

  • Explore Ecuador's rich history, and culture with our expert guides.

  • Enjoy hassle-free roundtrip transport from downtown Cuenca.

  • Take free time to shop or explore two of Ecuador’s premier artisan villages.

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Tour Itinerary

Pick up at hotels start, then we drive through the stunning Ecuadorian highlands, where breathtaking panoramas await at every turn. Our destination? The remarkable Ingapirca Ruins, a historic Inca-Cañari fortress built by sun worshippers in the heart of the Southern Andes. It's considered to be Ecuador's foremost archeological treasure, this site showcases the incredible engineering skills of this civilization.


Our excursion continues to the charming Chordeleg and Gualaceo craft-making villages, where we will have lunch. Our menu includes an appetizer, a main course, a soft drink, and a small dessert. We accommodate vegetarian and vegan options upon request. We will then visit Chordeleg, a beautiful town known for its skilled jewelers and artisans. Here you'll have leisure time to explore the town's atmosphere and maybe do some shopping. Whether you aim to hunt for the perfect souvenir or just delve into exploration, this is a splendid stop. 


Next, we will visit Gualaceo's colonial plaza, where history and charm intermingle. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee or for the adventurous to try the traditional Rosero beverage and experience the authentic Ecuadorian flavors.


Our last stop will be Jose Jimenez's ikat workshop, where you will witness the meticulous process of weaving fine shawls and textiles on backstrap looms and dyed pigments extracted from native plants. This technique has been passed down through multiple generations.

What’s included

✓ Hotel pick-up
✓ Licensed tour guide in English/Spanish
✓ Private transport
✓ Lunch

What’s not included

✘ Tickets: Ingapirca $2 p.p, Ikat $1 p.p
✘ Personal Expenses

Please Note:

  • For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. 

  • Ingapirca Ruins are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

  • A minimum of two participants is required for shared tours. If this is not met, we may suggest an alternative trip, reschedule, or provide a full reimbursement.

Cancellation Policy:

    - You can cancel up to 24 hours before your experience for a full refund.
    - If you cancel within 24 hours of the experience, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    - Changes made less than 24 hours before the experience will be subject to availability.
    - This experience requires a minimum of 2 travelers. If conditions are not met, we reserve the right to cancel and we will offer you an alternative date/experience or a full refund.
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