One of the little towns close to Cuenca that we really like to visit is called Chordeleg. It’s only about a half hour away by bus. Chordeleg is also bursting at the seams with jewelry stores!
We took the bus and it dropped us off in Gualaceo first, from there we took a truck taxi ($2.00) and about 10 minutes later we were in the pretty little park in the center of Chordeleg. The park is really charming, and lining all four sides are jewelry stores!
Learn more about filigrana silver jewelry from Chordeleg.
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So Much Silver
There are dozens of jewelry stores lining the streets surrounding the park, and scattered through the side streets as well. I’ve never seen so many jewelry stores in such a small area!
The abundance of silver jewelry is almost overwhelming, and the unique way the silver is worked made it hard to choose what I wanted. I’ve gotten rings and earrings there, but they also have necklaces, brooches, bracelets and ornaments. We also saw gold jewelry, but the focus is on silver.
The prices were really good. My ring, which is a combination of the traditional solid silver, mixed with twisted silver wire woven into a delicate leaf design, was under $10. The silver and pearl earrings my husband bought me (the pearls are large) were under $15.
Makes A Great Day Trip, Or Stay The Night
We spent the day in Chordeleg and still made it back to Cuenca before dark. We also went there for our anniversary and spent the night. We stayed at Zhirogallo Gran Hotel, the rooms are really nice. There is a rooftop balcony with views of the town and surrounding mountains. The restaurant/Café/Bar on the main level serves a wonderful steak and eggs, one of my favorites.
We hope to head back to Chordeleg soon. And we always try to take friends there when they visit, silver jewelry from Chordeleg makes a nice souvenir. Chordeleg makes a great Cuenca side-trip.
(If you take the bus from the bus station in Cuenca remember to look for the bus line heading to Gualaceo.)