Pumapungo Museum: A Photo Gallery

There are so many museums in Cuenca, Ecuador, and we think the Museo del Banco Central, or Museo Pumapungo, is one definitely worth visiting. This large museum can be found in the historic center and makes for a great free half-day activity. The museum can be easily reached on your own, but there are also numerous city tours offered by various operators that will have the museum as a stop in the itinerary.

Pumapungo Exhibits

Museo Pumapungo combines both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Inside, you’ll find a range of artifacts, ranging from Ecuador’s currency over time to indigenous ceremonial masks and everyday tools. Don’t miss out on the shrunken heads!

One of the many unique birds housed in the gardens
One of the many unique birds housed in the gardens

 

Outside the museum lies old Incan ruins that once stood as the city of Tomebamba. While much of the ruins have been destroyed by Spanish conquistadors, many of the terraces are still intact. There are also some beautiful gardens to walk around and a small bird exhibit that hosts a variety of Ecuadorian species.




Note: The plaques describing the exhibits were all in Spanish, but if you don’t speak the language, the displays themselves are still very interesting. You can also hire an English guide beforehand or visit by tour if desired.

Pumapungo Photo Gallery

We generally aren’t the type to visit many museums on our travels, but we genuinely enjoyed this one. Following are some photos of our visit to the Pumapungo museum and ruins. We haven’t posted all the photos we took because you should go see this place for yourself if you are in Cuenca!

Extremely beautiful and intricate ceremonial attire
Extremely beautiful and intricate ceremonial attire

 

Ecuador's currency has changed a lot throughout its history
Ecuador’s currency has changed a lot throughout its history

 

Unique masks carved from wood
Unique masks carved from wood

 

Cuenca in a painting
Cuenca in a painting

 

An exhibit of an Amazonian village setting
An exhibit of an Amazonian village setting

 

A mysterious pit with walkways below
A mysterious pit with walkways below

 

Looking up at the ruins from below
Looking up at the ruins from below

 

The gardens at Pumapungo were so beautiful
The gardens at Pumapungo were so beautiful

 

The cutest little alpaca wandering around the gardens
The cutest little alpaca wandering around the gardens

 

Atop the old Incan ruins
Atop the old Incan ruins

 

A beautiful blue bird searching this grass tuft for food
A beautiful bird searching this grass tuft for food

 

The macaws did not seem too interested in us
The macaws did not seem too interested in us

 

Looking down at the gardens that showcase various Ecuadorian plants
Looking down at the gardens that showcase various Ecuadorian plants

 

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