Cuenca half day city tour

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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for all ages

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in and out of the car

Maximum travelers: 10



Spanish (fluent), English (fluent)

Half day city tour Cuenca


- Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Cuenca
- Walk among the colorful Flower and Food Market.
- Enjoy panoramic city views from the Turi lookout
- Visit the Panama Hat Factory and learn about the most important Ecuadorian handicraft.

Our tour takes you through amazing churches, beautiful historical buildings with wrought iron balconies and carved wooden doors, flower market, art galleries, main squares and more.


The tour begins in San Sebastian, a traditional neighborhood of Cuenca which constitutes the western colonial border of the city. It houses the Modern Art Museum where the famous international biennial painting contest takes place permanently.

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 simple inexpensive ones to colorful, elegantly designed and costly ones. Afterwards, 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.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hotel pick up or any location within Cuenca

End location: Hotel or any other location within Cuenca

Duration: 4 hours


SUV with A/C for 1 to 3 guest
Van with A/C for more than 4 guest

What’s Included

- My service as your personal tour guide
- Private and comfortable Transportation:
SUV with AC for up to 3 people
Van with AC from 4 to 10 people
- Entrance fees

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 Dollars - Lunch (Optional)

What’s Extra

Lunch and personal expenses


Please inquiry if you have any special request, I can customize the tour according to your needs.

Private tour guide Javier

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