The beauty and colonial atmosphere of Cuenca is the best experience you can have on foot. Our four-hour tour of Cuenca winds its way through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to give you a brief introduction to the city before heading to Turi, where you'll enjoy an incredible panoramic view.
Located next to the New Cathedral and the Carmen de la Asunción church, this square is known for its famous flower market that is available every day. Here you can find a great variety of fresh flowers such as lilies and exuberant tropical flowers, plants and bouquets that make this square a beautiful place of cobblestone and color.
Restored in 1982, the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno is located in the captivating square of San Sebastián and is worth a visit if only for the building itself and its charming courtyards. In addition to its permanent collection, it has temporary exhibitions of modern, Ecuadorian and international art.
The New Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, is clearly visible from all over the city center and its light blue domes have become symbols of Cuenca. It is located on the west side of Parque Calderón, the central square of Cuenca. One of its main features are the stained glass windows by Basque artists such as Guillermo Larrazábal, and the majestic main altar covered in gold.
This is the perfect place to enjoy an incredible panoramic view of Cuenca, on top of a hill located in the southern suburb of Turi.
El Barranco is the name given to the buildings that hang above the ornate Tomebamba River, which is covered by a grassy riverbank and magnificent colonial buildings. The river can be accessed from the center of Cuenca through three stone steps, one of the main features is the Broken Bridge, which is the remains of an old stone bridge that once crossed the river.
Homero Ortega hat factory makes some of the best toquilla straw hats in the world. If you didn't know, these hats, also called Panama Hats, are not made in Panama. Its correct name is toquilla straw hat and it was produced for the first time in Ecuador in the 17th century, and was sent to the rest of the world through Panama. Homero Ortega is an ideal place to understand the history of this iconic birth. There is a small museum that shows the history of the company and the evolution of the hat manufacturing process. You will also have the opportunity to walk through the factory where the materials used to create the final product are prepared.
On this half-day tour of the city of Cuenca, you will see some of the main buildings of the city, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the New Cathedral, the famous Plaza de las Flores, and the Barranco with its historic houses along its entire length. the shore of the Tomebamba river. After a short drive to Turi and its incredible panoramic view, our group will conclude with a visit to a toquilla straw hat factory, while the private tour concludes with either a visit to a ceramic art gallery, a factory toquilla straw hats or an artist's workshop.
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