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CUENCA FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Posted by Southland Touring On January - 30 - 2014 1 Comment

Cuenca is waiting for us to discover. We start the day strolling through the cobbled streets of this beautiful World Cultural Heritage, crossed by four rivers that add up to the splendor and give the city its complete name. Squares, balconies and churches will make perfect pictures. The “chola cuencana” traditional costumes will splash with  [ Read More ]

HACIENDA FARMING FULL DAY

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  Only few minutes away from the city there are several cattle farms in which the family can perform a number of regular farming activities like milking, feeding the livestock and farm animals, horseback riding or simple walks around the Hacienda House while enjoying the magic of nature.  Typical lunch served at the ranch house.  [ Read More ]

GUALACEO & CHORDELEG with kids

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  In the morning enjoy the so called “garden of Azuay”, for its rich and luscious markets and the Orchid farm. Known for the high quality jewelry, we’ll visit the town of Chordeleg and then reach the Uzhupud Hostería and Country Club where the family can take a good rest and use the facilities as  [ Read More ]

CUENCA HALF DAY CITY TOUR

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Have a guided visit through the highlights of the historical area of this beautiful World Heritage. Visit the characteristic plazas, churches and streets. The pink marble Cathedral and the Tomebamba River make this an unforgettable city, considered to be the most beautiful one in Ecuador. Visit the factory/museum of the world famous but misnamed Panama  [ Read More ]

INGAPIRCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX

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  In the heart of the southern Andes we have the Archaeological Complex of Ingapirca, the most important and best preserved Inca site in Ecuador. We’ll leave Cuenca northwards through the Pan-American Highway through the most interesting Andean landscapes. We’ll pass by the city of Azogues, the capital city of the province of Cañar towards  [ Read More ]

CAJAS FULL DAY

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We will have a short drive towards the lower zone of the El Cajas National Park, world known for its over 300 lake system. RAMSAR recognized. Here you will do an easy hike on the Llaviuco Lake area while casually bird watching and landscaping. This area possesses a highly interesting mixture of habitats for bird-watching:  [ Read More ]

GUALACEO & CHORDELEG

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  Today we’ll head eastwards to enjoy the rural areas of Cuenca. We’ll visit the town of San Bartolo world know for the handcrafted production of guitars. We continue our way through the eastern slopes of the Andes to the town of Chordeleg, where we’ll have time to stroll its jewelry shops covered streets. Afterwards  [ Read More ]

YUNGILLA VALLEY & WATERFALLS

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We will head southwards of Cuenca into the Yungilla Valley, an inter-Andean valley which marks a transition to the coastal plain, with different climatic zones and ecosystems: the western Andean foothills, the subtropical valley and the desert like zone. It is also the doorway to the Tumbesian region. Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Stripped Owl, the endemic Tumbesian  [ Read More ]

ANDEAN TRAIN & INCA RUINS

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Early in the morning we’ll leave the city of Cuenca to head to the town of Alausí in the Chimborazo Province, where we’ll board the train. We’ll have a chance to enjoy the most impressive part of this railway going into the “Devil’s Nose”, a geographical formation that has led to a zigzagging railway perched  [ Read More ]

HORSE BACK RIDING & ORGANIC FARM FULL DAY

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This is a perfect way to enjoy the country side. During the morning horseback riding along countryside trails through indigenous and private farming sites, areas of primary forest, the ancient Inca trail and small hidden villages. The old trails from the colonial era follow the top of the mountain ridge, providing amazing views from the  [ Read More ]

BIRD-WATCHING IN CUENCA’S SURROUNDINGS SLT 001

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  Private, Any Day, Full Day Cuenca is strategically located near important ecosystems with an interesting diversity of birds: CAJAS NATIONAL PARK (35 Km) hosts some 150 upper Andean species; the most notable is the Violet-throated Metaltail, a humming bird which is practically endemic to this protected area. Other birds found in here are the  [ Read More ]

LLAVIUCO SLT 002

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  (17 Km), only 20 min away from Cuenca, is the lower part of the Cajas NP. It possesses a highly interesting mixture of habitats for bird-watching: well preserved mountain forests, paramos, lakes and pastures. The Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan, Masked Trogon, Turquoise Jay, various colorful Tanagers and 12 species of Hummingbirds and aquatic birds  [ Read More ]

THE YUNGUILLA VALLEY SLT 003

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(85 Km) the route takes us into an inter-Andean valley which marks a transition to the coastal plain, with different climatic zones and ecosystems: the western Andean foothills, the subtropical valley and the desert like zone. It is also the doorway to the Tumbesian region. Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Stripped Owl, the endemic Tumbesian Pacific Elania and  [ Read More ]

HORSEBACK RIDING AT HACIENDA TOTORILLAS SLT010

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Private, Any Day, Full Day Shared Basis, Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun, Full Day After half an hour drive from Cuenca, we reach Totorillas, a charming farm in an amazing natural spot, located by the Tarqui Ridge. Horseback riding is definitely the specialty and little experience is required, on a trip aimed at passengers that would like to witness  [ Read More ]

TOTORILLAS COUNTRYSIDE SLT011

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  Private, Any Day, 2 Days / 1 Night Shared Basis, Thursdays, 2 Days / 1 Night The country side of Totorillas is only half an hour south of Cuenca and it offers some of the most beautiful southern Andean landscapes; exhibiting cloud forest patches, indigenous agricultural grounds, stockbreeding farms and rugged topography. The area  [ Read More ]

SHARING THE SARAGURO CULTURE SLT021

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  Private, Any Day (best on sat-sun), 2 Days / 1 Night The Saraguro people see in tourism a valuable way to bring back and preserve their traditions and culture in order to share it with visitors. They are very welcoming and willing to show us part of their daily life, turning this trip into  [ Read More ]

BIKING CUENCA SLT 033

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  Shared Basis, Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun, HALF Day Cuenca attracts visitors for its charming atmosphere, but most visitors only get to see the Old Historical downtown. However a lot of that charming is found in the new town too, since it has 4 rivers crossing the city, nice parks and natural sites as well as ancient buildings  [ Read More ]

CANYONING IN CABOGANA SLT044

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  The journey starts with a short 20 minutes ride Northwest of Cuenca, to the east flank of Cabogana Mountain. We then hike 40 minutes with an awesome view of the city, through farming fields and cloud forest until we get to the gorge of Rio Amarillo. The fun begins sliding through natural rock carved  [ Read More ]

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK SLT 051

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  Private, Any Day, Full Day El Cajas is considered a paradise for hikers due to its ecological conservation and natural beauty. On our trip, we do a moderate hike for about 3 hours through some of its 230 glacier lakes, admiring the moorland vegetation (high Andean grassland, like moors at high altitude) with amazing  [ Read More ]

GUAYAQUIL-CUENCA 2 days

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(Photo belongs to YoTuT) For the ones interested in taking advantage of  time, this tour will allow you to enjoy the highlights of the Andes and Pacific Coast the best way:  quick and fun, just like a huge roller coaster Day one We’ll leave Guayaquil in the morning and start to climb through the Andes  [ Read More ]

GUAYAQUIL-CUENCA 3 days

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(Above photo belongs to: Carlos Adampol) Day one We’ll leave Guayaquil in the morning and start to climb through the Andes toward the Archaeological Complex of Ingapirca, the most important and best preserved Inca site in Ecuador. After the visit, lunch will be served at a traditional farm house restaurant in the area, where the  [ Read More ]

KUSHIWAIRA COMMUNITY TOURISM

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LOCATION The Kushiwaira Community Tourism project (wind of luck, in the Cañari language) includes the communities Chilcatotora and Parcoloma. The community of Chilcatotora belongs to the Tarqui sector, and is located in the Cuenca County approximately 17 kilometers from the city of Cuenca. The climate is cold, with an average temperature of 12 degrees Celsius.  [ Read More ]

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CUENCA FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Cuenca is waiting for us to discover. We start the day strolling through the cobbled ...

HACIENDA FARMING FULL DAY

  Only few minutes away from the city there are several cattle farms in which the ...

GUALACEO & CHORDELEG with kids

  In the morning enjoy the so called “garden of Azuay”, for its rich and luscious ...

CUENCA HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Have a guided visit through the highlights of the historical area of this beautiful World ...

INGAPIRCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPL

  In the heart of the southern Andes we have the Archaeological Complex of Ingapirca, the ...

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