Cultural Cuenca & its Handicrafts
Cuenca is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Ecuador and also a Unesco’s World Heritage Site. It is a city of facades dated from the last five centuries which have been kept intact due to the unique privilege of being the only city on the Ecuadorian Andes which has not been hit by major quakes. We will visit the Cathedral, the Main Square, the flower market, San Francisco and Santo Domingo churches and the Central Bank Museum with permanent archaeological, anthropological, colonial and republican art collections, including photographies documenting the city’s history. We will be in the Turi viewpoint for a panoramic view of the city.
In the late afternoon, we visit the Panama hat factory of Homero Ortega, where a wide variety of goods made from “toquilla” fiber are made, like bags, dolls and a wide variety of hat styles, colors, and prices. We continue to Simon Ortega shop, a famous jewelry workshop to admire the imagination of these skillful Cuencanos which express their culture and traditions into every artifact they make.