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. To visit Pumapungo Museo on your holiday in Cuenca, and find out what else Cuenca has to offer, use our Cuenca vacation generator.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The Pumapungo Museo is not to be missed. It is full of pieces from Ecuador's past, full size models of thatch huts, masks, samples of their beautiful weavings and much more. Behind the Museo is a pres...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    A very nice place, first-class facilities, suitable for all types of presentation, the modern architecture that blends with all the present instead of the past.
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  • August 5, 2017
    We got off the tourbus to visit and there were only two small exhibitions (coins-nice and guadros-very few). The shop even had several items, but prices are not attractive, you could find everything elsewhere..
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  • June 26, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    The museum itself was just ok but the park that forms part of it is fantastic. Good place to spend a couple of hours.
  • June 6, 2017
    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
  • May 12, 2017
    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.
  • July 26, 2017
    Well curated, with adequate interpretations, all in español.

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