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Half-Day Tour of Cuenca Including Panama Hat Factory

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This sightseeing tour of Cuenca combines vehicle transport with easy strolling so you can soak up multiple landmarks at a mellow pace. The Modern Art Museum, El Sagrario (Old Cathedral), flower market and Panama hat factory, plus Mirador de Turi viewpoint are all stops on the half-day itinerary, starting with hotel pickup.
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    Mercado 10 De Agosto
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Our tour begins in San Sebastian neighborhood, here we find the Modern Art Museum where the famous international biennial painting contest takes place. We will be able to explore not only the exhibits but also the historical house with its typical architecture. Afterwards we will visit the "10 de Agosto market", this is the perfect spot to learn about the local products and culture.
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  • Half-day Cuenca tour includes scenic viewpoint and multiple stops
  • Easy way to explore neighborhoods like San Sebastian
  • Guide discusses colonial architecture, parks, and museums
  • Transport provided from centrally located hotels
Important Information
  • Professional tour guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Mercado 10 De Agosto
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact us to within 2 days notice to reconfirm the tour.
  • For 1 to 5 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 5 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided.
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kelly D wrote a review 5 Feb
1 contribution
Klever, my guide, was great; informative and knowledgeable. I appreciated the chance to go to the Panama Hat Factory to learn about the history and the process of making these hats. They are beautiful works of art. I also appreciated learning a bit about the history and
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MLSOBG wrote a review Oct 2019
82 contributions38 helpful votes
My husband and I had what turned out to be a private half-day tour of Cuenca given by Sebastian. We had done a "Hop On, Hop Off" tour of Cuenca the day before (frankly, to kill some time before check-in), and it gave us a basic overview of the city, but was minimal in quality.
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Date of experience: October 2019
LCollazos wrote a review Sep 2019
3 contributions
Our guide, Klever, loves Cuenca and after this tour we loved it also. The Ortega hat factory tour was fascinating. The information Klever gave us about the differences in dress of the women from different ethnic groups was so interesting. We loved learning of the various types
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Response from Cuenca B, Manager at Half-Day Tour of Cuenca Including Panama Hat Factory
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Dear Elvlin, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are really glad to hear that you fell in love with Cuenca. Actually, Cuenca is one of the most beautiful cities of Ecuador, with old-world cathedrals, colonial parks, and rivers. Cuenca is a city that has too much to offer, and take this tour let you know a little about the city. If you are ever back in Cuenca, we hope to have you in one of our excursions. Sincerely, Paula Carmona Cuenca Bestours Team
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Amanda T wrote a review Aug 2019
14 contributions2 helpful votes
This tour was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed the tour of the Panama Hat Factory and learning about the history of the factory. We were also greeted there with a warm beverage when we arrived which was a really nice welcoming touch. Afterwards, we visited several different areas
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Date of experience: August 2019
Michael L. wrote a review Jul 2019
14 contributions
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Cuenca. Our guide Sebastian, whose English is excellent, gave us a great introduction to the city. He took us to places we would not have found otherwise (the ceramics shop and the last tin smith in Cuenca) which was really special.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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By: Cuenca Bestours
Ruben N
Melbourne, Australia
Best Family Tour i had by far
The tour was a long tour for my Family cause i was with my Wife, infant and Grandpa but it was well worth it, the
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Terry Z
Great Guide & Driver, Breathtaking Beauty
We just had the best day! Our guide was Cristian and our driver was Manuel. Cristian spoke better English than
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Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
These tours are so necessary, you will not regret it!
The two tours that look so uneven, but both are history, engineering, cultures, landscapes and extreme beauty.
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Windsor, Canada
Experience of a life time
We booked a 6 days private tour with Cuenca Bestours from Guayaquil to Quito. Everything was perfectly organized
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Ashford, United Kingdom
I did the trip on my own
Didn't use a tour package but took the bus like a big boy and had a great time. Sigsig and the weavers museum is
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Wendy A
The Train!
The train experience was some of the best eye candy from start to fishish. The whole tour was informative and
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Kelly D
Half-Day Tour of Cuenca
Klever, my guide, was great; informative and knowledgeable. I appreciated the chance to go to the Panama Hat
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Melanie J
Awesome Tour!
My husband and I made a last minute decision to do this tour, and it ended up being one of the highlights of our
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Philip C
Outstanding Short Introduction to Cajas
Our guide Jaime knew a great deal about the geology, flora, and fauna of the park. He led us on a 2.5 km
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Atlanta, Georgia
Nice natural trip
The trip is excellent, the national park is really full of landscape and magical plants, and this one-day trip
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