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Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP

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Address: Calle Larga y Huayna Capac s/n, Cuenca 010110, Ecuador
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The Museum and Ancestral Park of Pumapungo, are the two main elements that...

The Museum and Ancestral Park of Pumapungo, are the two main elements that conform the cultural complex administered by Ecuador's Culture and Heritage Ministry in the city of Cuenca. These are public spaces, open to a variety of cultural activities, projects, and initiatives, that have a very profound meaning for Cuenca's citizens. Pumapungo Museum has a lot of different components. It has seven temporary exhibition rooms were a wide diversity of exhibitions are produced: art, history, photography, sculpture are some of them. It also has an archeology exhibition room - site museum, where the development of society is explained through time, as well as the Inca occupation and findings at the Pumapungo archeological site.

In addition, the museum exhibits the national ethnography room, where Ecuador's multicultural diversity is displayed through vivid representations of every day's life, dresses, instruments and images.

The museum also counts with a library and historic archive; both open for free and open access from the public, art, archeology and ethnography reserves, which are available for students as well as for national and international investigators. In total, the complex conserves around 160.000 cultural and heritage goods.

Another important component of the cultural complex is the Ancestral Park. There are three main elements: The archeological park, where visitors can appreciate the remains of the once most important administrative, military and religious center of the northern part of the Inca Empire; the Ethnobotanic park, with more than 230 species of native Andean plants and trees, this space has become the last native ecological niche in the center of Cuenca, and it is the reason why it is visited by more than 30 local species of birds daily. The park is also a very important space for educational activities aimed at illustrate ancestral knowledge and traditions. The bird rescue center is the last element of Pumapungo's Ancestral Park. At the moment it contains about 200 birds of around 25 species. It complements the whole educative content of the park, as this animals are filled with significance and myths of our ancestors. We work together with the Ministry of environment to fight against the illicit traffic of native species. In this area we cure and feed the birds that are brought by the competent authorities.

After the birds have reached its optimal shape, we coordinate its liberation in the birds original environment. Shamefully, in most of the cases, this liberation process is not possible, as the birds have suffered from irreversible injuries, and conditioning of their behavior. The park has a full time 13 people team, that carry the traditional knowledge needed to attend all of its areas. Biologists, veterinarians, agronomic engineers, are amongst them.

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A Pleasant Ethnological Museum

It's a bit of a walk from the center of town, but it's a picturesque one as it follows the river most of the way. Exhibits concentrate on the many tribal peoples of Ecuador.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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A free museum in Cuenca with some cool ruins out back. A bit underwhelming but still fun to visit with beautiful views of the city in the archeological park.

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It's a bit of a walk from the center of town, but it's a picturesque one as it follows the river most of the way. Exhibits concentrate on the many tribal peoples of Ecuador.

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Nice to have a park with traditional gardens in the middle of the city! Either combine with a visit to the museum, or just stroll and see the different veggies that the Incas produced!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately this museum was almost completely closed the day we visited. Only a small exhibit on the history of Ecuadorian money on the lower level and 1 room of exhibits on the ground floor were open. Had that been all there was here, it would have been terribly disappointing but the archaeological park behind the museum made the visit very... More 

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This was as far as I remenber where "Atahualpa" the last king of the Inca Empire was born .. It's right in the city next to this museum, the ruins are free entrance and the museum I don't remember well but if it was a cover it was like one or two dollars. if you want an smart little taste... More 

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What a fantastic place to visit in the heart of Cuenca. It is walking distance from the center of the city with beautiful birds, rare flowers, history of the incas and before, and views of the area which are stunning.

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Pumapungo wasn't really on our radar other than the fact that I heard about the amazing Belgian waffles near the bird sanctuary. Then a friend staying at the same hostel was interested in going back for her second visit, so we decided to tag along with her. What a nice surprise! The Indian ruins were quite neat although not spectacular.... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We walked from our hotel to the museum, about thirty minutes. They asked for our passport numbers. Fortunately I had a copy of mine in my pocket and knew my husband's number was one more than mine. The museum was free, at least that day because one floor was closed. They did have a nice exhibit of music across Ecuadorian... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Yes, the Incas were here, and here you can learn about their lifeways. A great way to spend the afternoon!

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Reviewed 11 March 2017

The arqueological site is rather interesting and filled with history. Llamas and alpacas are also in the garden area for pictures. Unfortunately the museum area was under renovation when I visited.

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