Cuenca Walking Tour: a Journey of Culture and Purification

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  • Duration3-4 hours (starts 9am)
  • Starting point Your hotel in Cuenca
  • Group size1 - 10 pax
  • All year roundExcept for certain holidays (see calendar)
  • Bookings At least 3 days in advance

Embark on our Cuenca Walking Tour; an authentic journey through Ecuador’s gem of cultural heritage. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuenca’s historic center is a living museum of colonial and republican architecture, vibrant markets, and rich traditions. This half-day walking tour offers you a chance to immerse yourself in this cultural tapestry, topped off with a unique purification session for a holistic experience.

This is not a typical run-of-the-mill sightseeing tour. Your local guide, a real ‘cuencano’ (who are famous for having a peculiar dialect) picks experiences that will connect you with the people from Cuenca in a meaningful way.

You will be picked up at your hotel at 9am, after which your Cuenca adventure begins with a leisurely stroll through the city’s historic center, where time seems to have stood still. Marvel at the colonial buildings, artisan neighborhoods, and the Barranco del Tomebamba, all while soaking in the city’s rich history and culture. It’s a fascinating blend of the old and the new, where tradition and modernity coexist in harmony.

The Cuenca Walking Tour also includes a visit to one of the city’s bustling markets, a paradise of colors and aromas. Here, you’ll be introduced to an array of typical Ecuadorian fruits and even get to sample some. It’s a sensory feast that showcases the country’s rich biodiversity.

But the journey doesn’t end there. You’ll also participate in a local purification session (of approx. 10 minutes) aimed at healing the soul, mind, and body. It’s an intimate cultural exchange that not only enriches you but also respects and uplifts the local community.

As you can see, this isn’t just a tour; it’s an invitation to experience the daily life of Cuenca, to feel its pulse, and to engage with its people.

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If you’re keen to explore more of what Cuenca has to offer, consider our diverse range of additional tours. From a hands-on artisanal cacao workshop to a full-day immersive experience in the Kushiwaira community, and even a private hiking tour in the stunning El Cajas National Park, we’ve got something for everyone. Each tour is designed to offer a unique, enriching, and impactful perspective on Cuenca and its surrounding areas. Ready to expand your Cuenca adventure? Explore all impactful Cuenca tours here.

Cuenca Travel Guide

For those looking to explore Cuenca even further, don’t miss our comprehensive Travel Guide to Cuenca. Filled with local insights and sustainable travel tips, this guide is your key to an authentic and impactful journey. Discover the city’s hidden gems, savor local flavors, and connect with Cuenca in a way that is both enriching and responsible. Make your trip to Cuenca not just a vacation, but a transformative experience.

Alejandra Jimenez - Impactful Travel - Trip Designer

The immediate objective of the Cuenca Walking Tour is to provide travelers with an authentic, enriching experience that goes beyond the typical tourist path. By walking through Cuenca’s historic center, visiting artisan neighborhoods, and participating in a local purification ritual, travelers get a deep dive into the city’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

Alejandra JimenezEcuador travel specialist
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What makes this experience Impactful?

Cultural Preservation: The tour spotlights Cuenca’s history and artisans, helping to keep local traditions alive.

Economic Benefits: We support local businesses by bringing visitors to markets and artisan areas, providing a vital income source.

Educational Value: The tour educates on responsible tourism and cultural respect, fostering better travel behavior.


Price Includes

  • Guided tour by English speaking local (Andrés León or one of his fellow colleague-guides from Cuenca)
  • Fruit tasting
  • Purification session

Price Excludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Cuenca Walking Tour: a Journey of Culture and Purification

Is Cuenca safe to wander around?

Yes, Cuenca is generally considered safe, especially in the Historic Center where the tour takes place. However, like any city, it’s always good to stay alert and keep your belongings secure.

Can the Cuenca Walking Tour be done in the afternoon?

Absolutely! The tour is designed to be flexible and can be scheduled for either morning or afternoon, depending on availability and your preferences.

Select your desired package when booking the tour.

What places of interest in downtown Cuenca will we visit during this tour?

The tour covers the Historic Center, artisan neighborhoods, central markets, and the Barranco del Tomebamba. Specific sites can vary depending on the day and guide.

How large is the tour group?

The tour accommodates a maximum of 10 participants to ensure a personalized and impactful experience. If you are traveling with more people, please enquire.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes, the tour is family-friendly and children above the age of 8 are welcome.

What should I bring on the tour?

Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, a reusable water bottle, and a small backpack for any purchases are recommended.

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

This is a private tour, but if there is limited availability of guides, we might ask you if two couples or small groups can join together to do the tour. Of course we will always communicate about this beforehand. 

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

Visits to places that ask an entrance fee are not contemplated in this tour. 

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

Ecuador’s Andean region has temperature swings due to its altitude, with 15-25°C (59-77°F) in the day and 0-10°C (32-50°F) at night. Rainy season is from November-May with a brief dry period in December-January. Mornings are typically sunny even in the rainy season.

Find more info about climates in Ecuador in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Ecuador“. 

How can I see the prices for this tour for my amount of travellers?

If you want to see the price for your situation, please select an amount of travelers (number of adults, children, etc) on the right side of the website (or the top, on mobile). You will then see that total price for your party right above it. For some tours, the price will change according to the amount of people. 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

Your Travel Designer
Andrés León, Impactful Travel's preferred guide for the Cuenca Walking Tour

Andrés León

He is far more than a guide; he’s a passionate storyteller, fervently in love with Cuenca’s rich history and culture. Born and raised in Cuenca, his deep-rooted affection for his hometown is palpable. His academic background in history and tourism, combined with local insights, offers a unique perspective on Cuenca. Andrés’ passion extends beyond guiding; he views himself as an “Ecuadorian, passionate about this land that shelters me: born among mountains, raised in the jungle, shaped by the páramos, volcanoes, and beaches.”

With over a decade of experience, Andrés has become our preferred expert for truly impactful, sustainable travel experiences in the city. His commitment to responsible tourism manifests through close collaborations with local artisans, farmers, and community leaders. He ensures his tours not only educate and entertain but also benefit the local community.

His offerings are beyond typical sightseeing excursions. They are carefully curated experiences aimed at meaningfully connecting travelers with the local community. As Andrés puts it, “I want travelers to see Cuenca through my eyes, understand its soul, and leave with not just photos but meaningful memories and a deeper understanding of the place and its people.” He firmly believes that “tourism is a tool for endogenous development that will ensure local well-being.”

Joining the Cuenca Walking Tour led by Andrés is not merely signing up for a tour; it’s becoming part of a larger, impactful story deeply rooted in the local community.