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Half-Day Tour of Cuenca Including Panama Hat Factory provided by Cuenca Bestours

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Half-Day Tour of Cuenca Including Panama Hat Factory

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-07-04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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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  • 1
    Mercado 10 De Agosto
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Kdorfzaun Panama Hat Factory
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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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Wanderer27723 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Halifax Nova Scotia5 contributions6 helpful votes
Adrian our guide adapted the tour, on the fly, to suit our preferences. He was knowledgeable of the city, the culture and the history. We highly recommend him for any tour of Cuenca
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from Cuenca B, General Manager at Half-Day Tour of Cuenca Including Panama Hat Factory
Responded Jun. 2, 2020
Hello, thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the tour with Adrian, he is such a good guide with incredible knowledge of Ecuador. We hope to have you again in our tours after the emergency situation with Covid 19. Wash your hands and stay safe our there! Sincerely, Cuenca Bestours Team
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Kelly D wrote a review Feb. 2020
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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
Madison, Wisconsin79 contributions40 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
Houston, Texas3 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 Sep. 24, 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
Cambridge, Massachusetts14 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
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Cuenca Bestours
Iris B
Great Day Tour from Cuenca
My husband and I had a great day with Sebastian our guide. Very professional with unique knowledge of Cuenca and a
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Fantastic Scenery- The guide you get is hit or miss
The actual tour and scenery is great- my guide not so much. All the tour companies all rotate thru the same guides
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Excellent Service and Drivers
We took two trips with Bestours. WE did a last minute Ingapirca tour and Sebastián was our guide/driver. It was b
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ZigZag Train and Ruins
The Devil's Nose train was fun and the views were fantastic. Make sure your seats are on the right side (as you fa
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Wonderful Guide, great experience
We organised to have a private driver to go to Guayaquil from Cuenca, calling at Cajas National Park for a guided h
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Unique view of Cuenca Food and Culture
This was an amazing experience and the highlight of our trip to Cuenca! So much to learn about the fruits and vegg
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Average tour
Adrian was a Nice and professional guide. However, i thought the tour in general was not worth the money. The tra
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Experience Cuenca from the hearth
Javier and Alexandra provided us with an unrivaled experience. It wasn't just the market visit or even the cooking
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Peter M
great tour
The guide spoke English well and was very knowledgeable. The scenery was definitely comparable to that of all of A
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Peter M
Very nice tour
The ride on the train was fantastic. The scenery was amazing. Ingapirca was also great. The tour guide spoke En
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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 me
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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. The
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Experience of a life time
We booked a 6 days private tour with Cuenca Bestours from Guayaquil to Quito. Everything was perfectly organized fr
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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 th
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