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Polylepis Tours

163 reviews
Cuenca, Ecuador
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About Polylepis Tours
Polylepis Tours has a fresh, personalised approach to tours, offering a range of services to meet travellers' interests and budgets. We offer the full range of tours, including Galapagos and Jungle tours. Along with the most famous destinations, we aim to introduce visitors to the delights of lesser known destinations in Ecuador, including community based, sustainable tourism projects.
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Cajas National Park Half Day Tour
5 reviews
Cajas National Park, with its 200 glacial lakes and numerous hiking trails, is easily one of the most beautiful places in Ecuador. With this tour, travelers with limited time in Cuenca can still spend a few hours exploring the Andean highlands with two guided hikes through two different forest ecosystems.
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$42.00 per adult
Gualaceo, Chordeleg, and San Bartolomé from Cuenca
4 reviews
Make the most of your visit to Cuenca with a day trip to three important artisan villages of Ecuador. After pickup from your hotel, take in the Andean landscape on your way to Chordeleg and San Bartolomé. You’ll get an immersive look at the craftsmanship that goes into textiles, guitars, and more.  Let your private guide help you decide on what to eat for your included lunch in Gualaceo.
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$60.00 per adult
22 reviews
Experience the flora and fauna of Cajas National Park without renting a car on this full-day trip from Cuenca. Just relax and enjoy the scenery as someone else handles the navigation. Learn about Andean vegetation and wildlife through guide commentary, and get views of the more than 200 glacial lakes on a challenging hike. Lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cuenca hotel make for a seamless, stress-free experience.
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$60.00 per adult
5 reviews
Ingapirca is the most important archaeological site in Ecuador and a unique example of two cultures in one site. Enjoy the beautiful stone architecture at the site and learn about its Cañari and Inca inhabitants. A short walk reveals a rock formation that resembles an Incan profile and, on Sundays, a local market is visited as well.
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$60.00 per adult
Ingapirca Archeological Site and Cuenca City Tour
1 review
The Ingapirca ruins, the most important archaeological site in Ecuador, lie to the north of Cuenca, considered Ecuador’s most beautiful city. See them both with this full-day tour. Tour Ingapirca Archaeological Site to learn about ancient Incan and Canari civilizations, then head to historic Cuenca for a city tour to the most important landmarks and attractions. You’ll also have time for a walk through the colorful Mercado 10 de Agosto.
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$65.00 per adult
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Eddy was a wonderful knowlegeable guide. We felt save and comfortable in his control. His knowledge of the area was very interesting. We would highly recommend Polylepis Tours to any of our friends.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Klever was our guide, and is one of the best. We chose a Sunday so an add on was a stop in Canar to visit the Indigenous Market - a must see! Tour included a stop to see Cascaritas being prepared, the charred pig. A...More

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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Dear Laura. Thank you for trusting in our services. It´s so good to know you have enjoyed your visit to #IngapircaRuins, it´s a nice option to know more about our culture and traditions and we are so glad that you´ve passed a good time...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly loved our trip to the Cajas National Park! The day was well organized and our guide went above and beyond to make sure we were well informed on the history of the park, as well as making sure we saw a bunch of different...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear friends Thank you very much for your comment, it was a pleasure to help you with this tour to the Cajas National Park. Regards

Reviewed March 16, 2019

Our guide, Luis, was knowledgeable, attentive and drove safely. We had a wonderful day seeing the sights and enjoying the incredible views! Highly recommend this day trip! Thanks Polylepis!More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2019

Greetings Dear Jodi. Thank you for joing in our tour DEVIL´S NOSE TRAIN + INGAPIRCA RUINS. We want to give thanks you for trusting in our services and we are so glad tha you have enjoyed the tour and had a good day with our...More

Reviewed March 11, 2019

I took the 100 Birds in One Day with Edison. We did not quite make it to 100 birds it was not for lack of trying and we had some great birds. Edison was particularly skilled at knowing what birds might be in which locations....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ed F
Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2019

Hello, there Dear Ed. Thank you for participating in our tour 100 Birds in One Day. This tour is a good option to see and know more about the local birds and birds of passage, inside of two differents places Cajas N.P and Manglares Churute....More

Reviewed March 11, 2019

I really enjoyed this tour. Really the best part was the vast amount of knowledge that Herman the guide shared about the history of the area. I was impressed that he knew so much about it and could remember it all without ever looking at...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ed F
Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2019

Hello Dear friend Ed. Thank you so much for your comment about the tour Devil´s Nose Train + Ingapirca Ruins. It's A pleasure for us to know that the tour our was ok for you and you did learn more about the our history and...More

Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

Flavio and the driver picked me up right on time with a friendly greeting. We had a total of eight on our tour from Canada, Hungary, the US and Cuenca. The train trip was great with cool coaches and bilingual guides. The scenery was spectacular,...More

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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2019

Dear friend, thank you very much for your comment, we are glad that you enjoyed the Devil´s Nose Train & Ingapirca Site. We hope that the services provided were the best. The Polylepis Tours team thanks you for your comment. Best regards

Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

My brother and I went on a hiking tour of Cajas and had the best time. We couldn’t have asked for better. Eddy really went above and beyond! He took us on a medium-level hike and had so much knowledge about the geography, plants, animals...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2019

Helle, there Dear Sinead. Thank you for visiting our city and Cajas National Park. It´s a pleasure for us to know that you enjoyed the visit to Cajas N.P and you had taken advantage to learn with our tour guide Edison Juca about the flora...More

Reviewed February 25, 2019

We did the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour. Very interesting and our guide Flavio was very funny - had us laughing all day long. He was also very informative and attentive to our needs. Great day trip to see these two outstanding attractions.More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2019

Dear friends, thank you very much for your comment, we are glad that you enjoyed the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca tour. We hope that on another occasion you can take another of our tours and enjoy it equally. The entire Polylepis team thanks you...More

Reviewed February 19, 2019 via mobile

Had a wonderful day at El Cajas National Park with guide Eddie. He is very knowledgeable and sets a great pace. He took time to find out our interests and we always knew what to expect. We were picked up at our hotel and every...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Polylepis T, Gerente at Polylepis Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2019

Greetings Dear Mrs and Mr. Hockaday. Thank you for trusting in our services. It´s a pleasure for us know that your visit to Cajas National Park was a great day and you had enjoyed, also the tour guide Edison Juca is grateful for your visit...More

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