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Cuenca Expedition from Guayaquil Round-Trip

Departures: Daily   Duration: 3-days  Offered in: English/Spanish 


Cuenca is located in the south of Ecuador. It is considered to be the most picturesque city in the country and UNESCO World Heritage site. Our tour takes us to explore the highlights in the area in this very convenient trip from Guayaquil.


  • Explore Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Visit the largest Inca-Canari archaeological site in Ecuador

  • Enjoy a hassle-free experience with our dedicated tour guide/driver.

  • Enjoy a hiking day tour in Cajas National Park


Day 1: Immerse in Ancient History. Guayaquil - Ingapirca - Cuenca

From Guayaquil, we will drive through the beautiful farming area of the lowlands where we will see the great diversity of products that are grown here. We will make some stops on the way to enjoy the beautiful views of the Andes. After a 2-hour drive, we will arrive at Ingapirca, which is Ecuador’s major Inca archaeological site. Sun worshippers built this fortress temple in Cañar Valley. The elliptical temple of Ingapirca, for its high religious hierarchy, has evidence in the use of ashlar pillows in the purest imperial Cuzco style.

Meals: Lunch

Overnight in Cuenca


Day 2: Discover the Charms of Cuenca on our Half-day city tour

The tour begins in San Sebastian, a traditional neighborhood of Cuenca which constitutes the western colonial border of the city. Then we also visit the San Francisco market, the flower market, Abdon Calderon Park, the cathedral “El Sagrario”, known as the “Old Cathedral”, and lastly, we will tour the “New Cathedral” which is considered one of the biggest churches in Latin America.  The famous gold leaf altar is found here.

We continue our tour to a Panama hat factory.  Here we’ll observe the fabrication of hats from a fiber called “Paja toquilla.”  These hats range from classic simple ones to colorful, elegantly designed, and costly ones.  Afterward, we will go to the “Barranco”, an area of terraced houses which is located next to the Tomebamba River.  Finally, we will go to the “mirador de Turi” (scenic viewpoint) to enjoy the beautiful vista of the Cuenca landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Cuenca


Day 3: Natural Wonders of Cajas and Return to Guayaquil

Enjoy the fascinating views and contrast of the Ecuadorian Andes and lowlands. We will drive through the famous Andes mountains to Toreadora Refuge in Cajas National Park. We will have the opportunity to do a hike (optional) to explore the Polylepis Forest and Moorland ecosystems with its lakes.
Then we will cross the continental divide and continue our drive to the lowlands making stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery if weather permitting. Afterward, we will visit a local family and their farm, the main product growing here is cacao (base to make chocolate), however, they have many other products such as bananas, coffee, passion fruit, pineapple, etc that we will be able to see and try. Our tour guide will explain the features of the local customs and products.
Drop of in Guayaquil at the Airport.


✓ Private tour guide/driver (English/Spanish)

Private transportation 

✓ Entrance fee to Ingapirca

✓ Meals: Breakfast-2, Lunch-2, Dinner-0 

✓ Activities as listed in the itinerary

✓ 2-nights accommodation

Not included: 

x Travel Insurance

x Tips (Optional)

x Any other service not mentioned herein

Additional Info

- Tour based on two participants minimum, for solo travelers a supplement will apply.

- Personalize your Ecuador trip anywhere between 2 to 5 days.

- The standard tour includes accommodation at 3-4 star hotels like Hotel Balcones, while the comfort option offers a stay at 4-5 star hotels such as Hotel Santa Lucia.

- Bookings made within 10 days prior to arrival are subject to guide availability.

- For groups of 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual tour guide will also serve as a driver.

Cancellation Policy

- Full refund if you can cancel up to 7 days before your tour starts.

- Partial 50% refund if you can cancel up to 7 days before your tour starts.

- Changes made within 7 days of the tour experience are subject to availability and will incur additional charges and adjustments. Learn more


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Made-to-Order Tour


This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the activities you can choose from. This trip can be customized to suit your needs, tastes, time frame, and budget. You have the flexibility to make any changes that you prefer together with your guide who will advise what activities fit together in the time allowed.

Packing tips

Please be aware that, while daytime temperatures will remain at approximately 70s°F, the nights can get as cool as the 40s°F. To assist you in preparing, we've compiled a packing checklist as follows:

  • Walking or hiking shoes 

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Swimwear

  • Fast-drying clothing

  • Raincoat or rain poncho

  • Clothes for warm and cool weather

  • Warm hat and gloves

Trip Map

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