Gualaquiza is a tranquil oasis at the southern most tip of the Oriente, where the dense lush Amazon collides with the verdant sierra forests. In this quaint, proud, amiable town the rich biodiversity ranges from jungle, to forest, caves, natural waterslides, and hosts delicious temperate climate. Gualaquiza boasts the same conveniences as its northern counterpart, Macas, but adds a personal quality, the type of place where people gladly take time out of the day to help a lost stranger find their way.
The activities rival that of Macas, experienced personableguides for a much fairer price than Macas (typically $20 for two full dayhikes/activities), immerse their new friends in the cultural and ecologicalsplendors of their jungle. Most important to the people of this town is not thedollar earned but the positive experience of its visitors. If you do not leavewith a smile on your face, a camera full of pictures, and a satisfied palette,it will become the personal mission of everyone in town to rectify the issue.
For adventure travel options you can consider:
- Wild water rafting
There are some interesting small Shuar villages to visit in the area as well. The local people will tell you more about their culture, and will show you around the forest to tell you more about medicinal plants and other ways they have been using the forest as a resource for several generations.
Places to stay in Gualaquiza +
Places to stay in Gualaquiza
Mid-range Hotels: Yes
High-range Hotels: No
Places to eat in Gualaquiza
Gualaquiza is a large town with many hostels and restaurants available. If you are looking for a good place to stay in the center of town, try Hotel Waquiz. Rooms come with cable tv and optional private bathrooms. The little cafe downstairs is a good place to sit down and enjoy adrink. The friendly young owner has a lot of information about the area and can arrange tours in the area. There are several good places to eat. Just walk around town to findthe one you like. Most of the restaurants offer standard Ecuadorean meals.
Practical information about Gualaquiza +
Details about Gualaquiza
Watersports, Climbing, Nature Walks, Extreme Sports, Biking, Hikes, Waterfalls, Horseback Riding, Markets
Events in and around Gualaquiza
Getting to and around in Gualaquiza +
How to get to Gualaquiza
From Cuenca take a bus to Gualaquiza, theyleave the Cuenca main busterminal a few times a day. The ride will takeyou from Cuenca through small towns in lush forests and beautifulmountainranges. You can also take a bus from Macas to Gualaquiza. Buses leave from the busterminal. From Loja take a bus to Zamora and transfer there to get to Gualaquiza. From Cuenca $5,50- 6,5 hours From Macas $4,00- 5 hours From Loja $5,00 - 5,5 hours (depending on transfer).
Map of Gualaquiza