You will travel to Cuenca from either Quito or Guayaquil, visiting the Gualaceo and Sig-Sig handicraft markets. The Southern Highlands are filled with expert artisans, and the small towns outside Cuenca have much to offer. You will look in on the craftsmen as they work in the shops making Panama hats in Sig-Sig and jewelry in Chordeleg. Each workshop is different from the next, but they all have their own charm. Definitely, you will learn a lot on this tour and be able to take advantage of excellent prices for quality goods. You will spend the night in Cuenca.
You will enjoy a special trip through the city of Cuenca, located in the Ecuadorian Andes and known as the Athens of Ecuador since so many writers, poets, artists, and illustrious men and women have come from this city. It has also preserved its Colonial architecture, which is why it is an UNESCO world heritage site. You will walk down its narrow, cobblestoned streets, admiring its charming homes, whose balconies are decorated with tiles, passing through flower covered plazas, and touring its churches with impressive cupolas. Complementing the city's passion for culture is its excellent museums and art galleries, not to mention its surroundings of incredible landscapes. After this tour, you will return to either Quito or Guayaquil.