Pumapungo Museo, Cuenca

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Learn about the history of the nation at Pumapungo Museo, an innovative and interactive institution. Set among the ruins of an Incan settlement, the museum introduces the ethnographic history of the nation, revealing the diversity of those that settled the land and the cultures that grew here over the centuries. With dioramas and life-size replicas of houses, the museum provides a glimpse into the lives of montubios (coastal farmers), rainforest cultures, and Afro-Ecuadorians. Using our international travel planner, Cuenca attractions like Pumapungo Museo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We walked here from our apartment after reading some other reviews. Didn't go inside as there was a fee and we were tired after walking around the Inca ruins in back, and viewing the bird exhibit.  more »
  • Huge Museum, and excellent. It has a very large Ecuador ethnographic sector. It has a very good Numismatic Museum, and other rooms with random samples. Outside are the archaeological remains of Pumatumbo, and also a huge industry with flora of Ecuador, and a sample of birds. Surprisingly, the quality of the Museum and maintenance, and is completely free of charge. 100% recommended.
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  • I wanted to visit this museum (and a couple others), but apparently they can't be bothered to be open on Sundays. I trust the church covers the rent for whatever revenue's lost.  more »
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  • Great place to see some of Ecuador's history. The Inca ruins were pretty cool, and the scenery is beautiful. There us also a nice collection of birds to look at. The whole thing is completely free, which you can't beat.
  • The museum itself was just ok but the park that forms part of it is fantastic. Good place to spend a couple of hours.
  • even though I didn't get to see the second floor I was impressed with the coin museum Plus it's free. Good place to visit
  • Great place to see local ruins and art while in Cuenca. It seemed like some of the exhibits were closed when I visited but I was still able to see a lot. The grounds behind the museum are the real prize and encompass a lot of different things in about a 45 minute walk. You begin at the ruins and make your way to the gardens and finally end up at a beautiful bird display. A must visit location in Cuenca.
  • Well curated, with adequate interpretations, all in español.

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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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