Friday, February 24, 2012

Road trip from Cuenca, Ecuador to Bullcay and Chordeleg in search of weavers

In search of Ecuadorian weavers and pottery makers we drove to the small Village of Bullcay about 20 kilometers east of Cuenca.

And just on the left of the highway in Bullcay we found a pottery shop next to a very old weaving factory.

We found many beautiful hand made pottery pieces.

And next door we went up some old stairs to a weaving room and shop.

Here we found women weaving scarfs and shawls.  A tourist bus pulled up outside when we arrived and the tourists were buying up all the merchandise, we could not even get into the store.

The following photos are typical Ecuadorian weavers.

Beautiful colors and designs

And next we drove to the Village of Chordeleg, where we found shops full of jewelry.

Chordeleg Cathedral

And now that everyone was hungry we drove back down the highway to Gualaceo to the Central Mercado for some lunch of roasted pork!

This is Sunday and as usual the Mercado in full of families having lunch. There are a dozen concessions displaying whole roasted pigs. As you walk by the ladies offer you samples plucked from their delicious roasted pigs with their bare hands! (What no plastic gloves?) And we walk with caution on the greasy floors!

Jessica, Mayra and the kids enjoying lunch.

And down the stairs with caution and past the roasted Ginnie pigs!

Back to Cuenca past some more beautiful countryside.

And the end of another beautiful day in Ecuador!



  1. Gary,

    We are considering retiring in Cuenca like you did - hopefully at the end of this year. We sent an email to Bryan and hopefully he can help us when we come to visit in May. Thanks for the blog - we are enjoying it and hope to have a chance to meet you when we are in Cuenca.

    Kenny and Gloria

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