Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, Cuenca

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Learn about Ecuadorian history through engaging exhibits built around actual historical sites at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP. Built around a convent from Incan times, the museum guides guests through Ecuador’s history. Observe the different exhibits such as the map of inhabited areas, plant life of the area, and descriptions of the indigenous people. Behind the museum you can find a snack shop serving waffles and ice cream as well as some gardens which are nice resting places, especially if you have children. To visit Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP on your trip to Cuenca, use our Cuenca route app.
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  • My Spanish is lacking and few of the exhibits had an English translation but that is my fault for not knowing Spanish as well as I should. But some of the exhibits did have explanations in English as....  more
    My Spanish is lacking and few of the exhibits had an English translation but that is my fault for not knowing Spanish as well as I should. But some of the exhibits did have explanations in English as....  more »
  • The museum has historical memorabilia and the expected collections of costumes, beliefs, and rituals. Of particular interest to me was the French Influence in Ecuador, dating back hundreds of years... 
    The museum has historical memorabilia and the expected collections of costumes, beliefs, and rituals. Of particular interest to me was the French Influence in Ecuador, dating back hundreds of years...  more »
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  • While the museum is definitely worth a walk through, I enjoy the grounds of the park even more. Enter between the museum and the orchestra building to access the back side of Pumapungo where you'll find the hillside Cañari ruins and park. Entry is free but you may be asked to sign in. This was apparently a sacred site for the powerful Cañari tribe. Although no full structures have been preserved, you can see the outline of their buildings and terraced agriculture, an underground cave, and water system. As you continue down the hill, you'll find a large display garden of the many local crops and native plants. New signs are available in Spanish and English. There is also a small outdoor aviary with stunning birds from the region as well as a few llamas on the hillside. (The lower gate to the riverwalk is no longer open so you will need to hike a short hill to enter and exit.) For more recommendations on what to do in and around Cuenca, find our blog posts by searching: "Intentional Travelers Cuenca"
  • I was enchanted by the gardens, those giant bromeliads and those plants with large leaves that kill me. And best of all it's free!!

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