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La Casa de la Makana, Cuenca

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La Casa de la Makana is located in Cuenca. A visit to La Casa de la Makana represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cuenca vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • My wife especially had a great time as the first stop on a day trip through Gualaceo, Chorteleg and St. Bartholome. The proprietor is a master artisan. We watched her son work the old hand weaving mac...  more »
  • This is definitely a wonderful place, Jose and his family produce fabrics using traditional methods, thus rescuing a legacy inherited from past generations. They perform above all colourful makanas (term quichua) or shawls, made with a technique known as Ikat. This technique allows to make showy and colorful designs. One interesting part is you get the colors of items daily such as leaves, flowers, fruits, insects, rocks and more. The fabric made with a loom very, tissue requires patience and skill, but the end result is definitely spectacular. They have a small shop in which find can be a wide variety of fabrics to buy them aid for this legacy to not die and can be appreciated and valued by future generations.
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  • The owners explain the process very well. I particularly enjoyed how they make my favorite color... Red... From insects!  more »

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Extremely popular with international visitors and expats, Cuenca features the sizeable range of hotel options you might expect from a renowned tourist destination. Scores of hotels and bed and breakfasts line the streets of the city's old town, many of them occupying historic mansions and homes restored to their former glory. The larger, more upscale hotels in the city center tend to offer onsite restaurants and other amenities, while cheaper hostels feature little more than bunk beds in exchange for much lower rates. However, keep in mind that Cuenca's popularity has a flip side, as the large foreign presence makes for higher prices than elsewhere in Ecuador and also large fluctuations in cost depending on the season.
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