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Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP

Calle Larga y Huayna Capac s/n, Cuenca 010110, Ecuador
+593 2831521
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Overall a good morning out, we enjoyed the ruins and the gardens. But inside there were lots of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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The ruins are bigger than they initially seem. Walk around behind the old high school and follow... read more

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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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Calle Larga y Huayna Capac s/n, Cuenca 010110, Ecuador
+593 2831521
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Reviewed yesterday

Overall a good morning out, we enjoyed the ruins and the gardens. But inside there were lots of exhibits with no description or explanation, and where there were, it was only in Spanish. This left lots of holes in the story. I read Spanish, but...More

Thank Beltiemama
Reviewed 4 days ago

The ruins are bigger than they initially seem. Walk around behind the old high school and follow the arrows. There's a cool lake, a bird exhibit, and lots of flowers. The museum is free.

Thank Brandon8080
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This complex mixing old ruins, a small bird zoo and some sort of botanical garden showing aspects of Inca life and mythology is a nice park to walk through. There's also decent views on the western part of the town from the top of the...More

Thank Gengi5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free museum an very complete. Also shows how their money evolved down to the use of the American dollar. It is a must see.

Thank coolgran5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice museum, small and free which is good. Unfortunately, the main attraction which is beautiful doesn't have any English information associated with it. Fortunately we had seen something similar in Otavalo so we knew what everything was. Maybe go if you have a...More

Thank Olivia S
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

20th century Art, changing exhibition space, plus a ton of information about local indigenous cultures, and a side not in the history of money in Ecuador. Except for one section of the ethnographic studies it is entirely in Spanish. The ruins outside are quite interesting...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 26 July 2017

It was most disappointing to discover that the museum had only a few rooms open, and none of these had anything to do with the prehistory of Cuenca. In addition the pictures on display were poorly labelled what labels there were were only in Spanish...More

Thank annh2002014
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It's a great place to see and feel a touch of the history of Cuenca from the Inca indians to today. How the Cañar indians living in their huts, dress and family life. Even the money crisis of 1999 of Ecuador's currency showing the expired...More

Thank skipkm16
Reviewed 5 July 2017

The museum and grounds are free to visit, but as of July 2017, there's almost nothing to see in the museum as most of the floors are closed for refurbishment and renovation. Only the ground floor and the basement are open and that limits you...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We visited the museum in May and when we arrived were told that they were remodeling and that the majority of the museum would be closed for the next six months. The only part open was an exhibition on the history of Ecuadorian Currency.

Thank pmpatt
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As of when do they charge admission? I was just there the first week of January (2015) and there was no admission charge.