Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP

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Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP

Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP
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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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Jeff C
66 contributions
adean history
Aug 2021
the museum was closed but still able to walk in the back to see the history of the dean culture and how they lived. also their is a little bird zoo to the right to see the native birds to the area
Written September 15, 2021
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e_shunkov
Quito, Ecuador173 contributions
Recommended for visit
Mar 2021 • Couples
Very interesting museum, they have terraces with historical constructions, even with birds. Very recommended for visit if you have time in Cuenca. Sometimes they have temporary installations
Written April 21, 2021
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VIBRANTDREAMER.COM
Canada2,164 contributions
Closed!
Jan 2021 • Solo
Sadly the museum was closed due to Covid until further notice. Wish they had the info on their site for less disappointment. Funny how other small museums are all open and functional.
Written January 4, 2021
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ChaseSq
Denver, CO92 contributions
Free and Very Interesting and Peaceful
Dec 2020
We spent a lovely afternoon touring the museum and grounds. Admission is free, but we did need to sign in with the guard (this is during the pandemic). Inside are some nice displays about Old Cuenca and how the park came to be and lots of cultural information including stories of the Inca residents of the area and the indigenous people of Ecuador. The park is very pretty and serene, right in the heart of the city, and there is a lovely collection of parrots and other birds and even some grazing llamas. A great way to spend an afternoon. You could just bring a book ad sit in the park and enjoy. Also inside is the money museum, how Ecuador used first colonial Spanish coins, then its own currency, and finally the US dollar. Some information (not all) is offered in English as well as Spanish.
Written December 10, 2020
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Ken J
Cuenca, Ecuador29 contributions
Potentially interesting museum
Apr 2020
A well kept museum with nice presentations. Only problem is that you have to use your imagination as to what is being presented. There are almost no signs along with the displays (in any language). Beautiful dioramas and models leave you guessing as to the stories they tell. Hopefully enough reviews like this one will get their attention. But enjoy a pleasant walk around the manicured grounds where llamas roam.
Written July 6, 2020
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outdoorgirlnj7
Haddon Heights, NJ276 contributions
Great way to spend the day or half!
Mar 2020 • Couples
A free museum offering the history of Ecuador along with archeological sites and gardens to walk through. The museum presents the geographical areas of Ecuador and the culture, clothing, customs and traditions from each area. From the Amazon to the Galápagos Islands there is a scene, hut or house from each area for all to see.
Outside are gardens, archeological sites and an aviary ( was closed for renovation) you can venture through. Very impressive though most of the signs inside were in Spanish so we weren't quite sure what some things were! Didn't stop us from enjoying it. Well worth a visit!
Written March 22, 2020
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Susan S
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Exploring Cultural Things
Jan 2020 • Friends
Pumapungo is a museum of the Ecuadorean culture and history. You can literally spend days exploring all of the exhibits. Beautifully displayed, they tell the story of all of the different people and cultures that came and settled in Ecuador. This museum is extremely informative and very delightful. It’s clearly a must see in Cuenca for any explorer.
Written March 7, 2020
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Karen E
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Archaelogical Park
Jan 2020
There used to be a high school above these INCA ruins. The has since been moved to a new location. At the bottom of the hill are gardens and a few llamas.
Written February 16, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,342 contributions
Generally Impressed
Jan 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed the well thought out displays, though they lack English translations. You have to see the unique shrunken heads and the explanation for their being so. We liked walking the outside ruins, especially through the gardens. The zoo section was closed - not sure what’s supposed to be there. Nice gift shop. Free admission with a moderate walk from central Cuenca.
Written January 26, 2020
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Vanessa M
Niteroi, RJ44 contributions
Amazing!
Dec 2019
This museum is incredible! Don't check the site only, they have a downstairs exhibition about the coins and the history of the country that is amazing! I loved the one about the different populations that are still living in the country, this museum is so complete, you can spend hours and hours there!
Written January 8, 2020
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