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 spent a delightful morning at this Museum. The Museum itself is an ethnographic museum that introduces you to the various peoples of Ecuador and their cultures--and yes, you will see actual shrunke...  more »
  • These museum is free and has wonderful displays showing the culture of the area! But don’t forget to go out back! There is a bird aviary, a beautiful park, alpacas and ancient ruins  more »
  • This museum has an indoor area and an outdoor section based on the pre-Columbian people living here. Lots of history and extremely interesting. This museum charges no entrance fee.  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.
  • Would have been nicer if more things would have been in English. There is a very cool floor with the different natives and a part about the shrunken heads. Also there is a money museum and a modern part.
  • Free, great presentation of natural and archaeological history of Ecuador, with outdoor archaeological park. A must see in Cuenca.
  • Marvelous and fantastic place! The culture of Ecuador all in one place.
  • Amazing museum. Also, it has some animals outside.

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Where to stay in Cuenca

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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