An attractive little village on the river of the same name, Gualaceo is known as "The Garden of Azuay" (Azuay being the name of the province). Located about an hour away from Cuenca, this village is in the heart of a fertile agricultural region known for its fruit. The best time for visitors is Sunday, market day. Gualaceo's market is small but picturesque, and shoppers can find handmade baskets and other articles. There is a pleasant little park along the river that is excellent for a stroll. If you go far enough, you'll come across the remains of a Spanish aqueduct from the colonial period.
Buses to Gualaceo leave from Cuenca's bus terminal every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., returning to town every 15 minutes between 5 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. ($0.60). "Santiago de Gualaceo" and "Santa Barbara" are the two companies that run this route. Also, travel agencies in Cuenca offer tours that normally include the towns of Gualaceo, Chordeleg and (sometimes) Sigsig.