Cuenca is a jewel in Ecuador’s crown from its majestic views atop the mountains to its rivers and walking paths to its beautiful cathedrals. There is just about something for everyone and, it will take a while, but we plan on doing as much as we can at a leisurely pace.
One of the places that I thoroughly enjoyed and plan on a more thorough examination, is the Museo Pumapongo. This museum houses some beautiful pieces of Ecuadorian artwork, sculptures, ceremonial masks, samples of their stunning weaving, a full size replica of a hut used in the Amazon and elsewhere. Behind the museum one will find a walk-able Inca ruin that is terraced down a slope, there is a working farm field, indigenous plants, examples of tools used and more. We were unable to go to that part during our first visit as there was a lot of remodeling being done. Now we want to see not only the Inca ruins but what they did in the remodeling. There is even a gift shop where you can purchase coffee from the Amazon and other items.
On the lower level you will find glimpses of Cuenca’s past and Ecuador’s history. There are old sculptures, various types of currency that was used before they switched over to the U.S. dollar. One of the sad stories about that switch is that people who had hundreds of thousands of dollars in the old currency for retirement, found that when the dust settled all they had left was $400.00 in the bank and unable to retire. The opposite side of the coin, so to speak, is that those who owed thousands of dollars in mortgages and loans and paying hundreds of dollars a month, suddenly found themselves only having to pay eighty cents a month.
On the main level one will find beautiful paintings depicting Cuenca’s past, its history and other things. We noticed some exquisite stained glass while touring that level, but don’t know if it’s still there after the remodel. On the upper level is where you walk through the native huts, see examples of Ecuadorian weaving skills, their ceremonial dances, face masks, feathered head dresses and much, much more. It is definitely a place one can return to again and again and find something that catches their eye that they missed the first time through.
Until the next time my friends, remember life is for living and exploring to its fullest.
All the best.
Terri at the Drake’s Nest