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Cuenca, Ecuador: Day Trip to Ingapirca Archaeological Site

1. Cuenca, Ecuador: Day Trip to Ingapirca Archaeological Site

Ingapirca is the most important archaeological complex in Ecuador, situated 2 hours north of Cuenca. On your way to the site, there will be a stop at the Virgen del Rocío Church in Biblián, one of the most beautiful churches in the country. Once you reach the top of the 140 steps, enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Learn about traditional food culture as well, as you watch a pig being cooked over an open fire, a typical food preparation in the area.  If the tour takes place on a Sunday, there is also an additional visit to the indigenous market at Cañar. Here, the guide will inform you about the different products sold at these markets and you can learn about the traditional clothing of the Cañari. Finally, you will arrive at the Ingapirca complex where your guide will teach you about the Cañari and Inca cultures. Be sure to check out the unique Tahuantinsuyo elliptical temple, one of the highlights of the site.  This tour can be customized and your guide can change the order of the visits if you wish. The tour typically lasts approximately 8 hours. Afterwards, you will be returned to your accommodation.

Azuay: San Bartolomé, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg Artisanal Tour

2. Azuay: San Bartolomé, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg Artisanal Tour

This 8-hour tour takes you on a trip to explore three towns in the province of Azuay, located east of Cuenca. It's a great opportunity to learn more about local craftsmanship and to support Ecuadorian artisans.   The first stop is San Bartolomé, a pretty town with colonial-style houses and gardens filled with medicinal plants. It is also known for producing the best guitars in the country. Next, you will visit Chordoleg, famed for its intricate jewelry. Here, you can explore the different jewelry workshops before enjoying a tasty traditional lunch. Last but not least, the tour takes you to Gualeco, where artisans in traditional dress sell a range of different products. Visit the historical town center with its colonial-style houses then explore a famous makana workshop to see how the traditional shawls are made.

Cuenca: Historic Sites and Landmarks Biking Tour

3. Cuenca: Historic Sites and Landmarks Biking Tour

Following your arrival at the convenient meeting point, get ready to depart after getting familiar with your bike and choosing your helmet. Begin your bike tour of the beautiful city of Cuenca by heading for the cliffs of Barranco, the name given to the buildings that hang above the rushing Tomebamba River which is flanked by grassy riverside and gorgeous colonial buildings.   Next, see Puente Roto, the broken bridge originally built in the 1840s by Juan de la Cruz Pugara. The bridge was destroyed in 1950 when the river broke its banks and took the bridge with it, along with other bridges in El Vado and El Vergel. It was reopened as a monument in 1961 and is used for open air markets and events. Continue onwards to the Pumapungo Archaeological Park, the central city of Tomebamba ordered to be built by the Inca commander Topa Inca Yupanqui after the Inca defeat of the Cañari. In its splendor it was said to have rivaled the Inca capital of Cuzco.   See also El Paraíso Park, the largest park in Cuenca covering 17 hectares. The park opened its doors for the first time in 2003. Two rivers pass through the park — the Yanuncay and Tomebamba — and you'll also find hundreds of trees including eucalyptus, willow, and alder. Lastly, visit the colonial house Quinta de Bolí­var, the location at which Simón Bolívar used to rest and plan military and political actions when in Cuenca. It is now a cultural center used to exhibit work related to the life of Bolívar and his ideology.

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I was picked up on time. My guide Diego, though self depreciating, ably communicated in english; providing both expert details and context for better enjoying the tour, as well as being flexible to my particular areas of interest. The vehicle was safe and comfortable, and the food provided on the trip was simple, and well prepared.

Diego, our guide, was MOST knowledgeable about Incapirca and SO many other things in Ecuador. He has a delightful and friendly personality. He clearly has a personal interest and caring for all that he spoke of - history, culture, people, politics etc.. That energy made our time with him all the more I teresting.

Excellent tour the guide was excellent has a lot of knowledge and a lot of patience I would definitely do it again.

Very informative and interesting. Great guide. Took us to places we would not have found otherwise.

Great experience with a very nice and knowledgeable guide. Would recommend.