Museum / cultural center

Opening hours



Casa de la Cultura, Núcleo del Azuay

M-Su 8-18

Sucre and Benigno Malo

Modern and historical art.

Catedral El Sagrario, Museo de Árte Religiosa


Mariscal Sucre y Luis Cordero

After the construction of the Inmaculate Conception Cathedral the El Sagrado Cathedral was no longer used and is now a museum for religious art.

Museo Arqueológico de las Culturas Aborígenes

8:30-18 Sa 9013

Calle Larga 5-24 & Hermano Miguel

Pre-Columbian and recent Indigenous objects.

Museo Arqueológico Universitario

8:30-12 14:30-18

Honorato Loyola 2-42 y Agustín Cueva

Some 5000 pre-Colombian items in 4 expositions representing important archaeological eras.

Museo Arqueológico López Abad


Av. Jaime Roldós, 150m before the roundabout

2000+ archaeological items.

Museo Pumapungo


Pumapungo Ruins

8-18 Sa 8-13

Calle Larga & Av. Huayna Capac

Exposition: archaeology of the Cañaris and Incas, ethnographic exposition of the indian cultures of Ecuador, monetary exposition and religious and colonial art exposition of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The Pumapungo Museum also includes the Pumapungo Ruins site.

Museo de la Identidad Cañari

9-18 Sa 9-13:30

Presidente Córdova 6-26 & Borrero

500 pre-Columbian archaeological items of the Cañari, Inca and other cultures.

Museo del Centro Interamericano de Artes Populares CIDAP

9:30-3 14-18

Hermano Miguel 3-23 & La Escalinata

More than 7000 modern art items from Latin America.

Museo de Esqueletología “Doctor Gabriel Moscoso”

10-13 16-19 Sa 10-14

Bolívar 6-57 & Borrero

Collection of 150+ skeletons from the 19th century.

Museo Manuel Agustín Landívar

8-13 5-18

Calle Larga 2-23 & Manuel Vega

Archaeoligical museum with 20,000+ objects.

Museo de Geología Marco Tulio Erazo Vallejo




Museo de la Medicina Guillermo Aguilar Maldonado

8:30-12 13:30-17

Av. 12 de Abril

Collection of historical medical and surgery tools

Museo de los Metales

10-12 15-17

Alfonso Moreno Mora 1-51 & Av. Solano

Pre-inca metal objects.

Museo del Monasterio de las Conceptas

9-13 15-18, Sa 10-13

Hermano Miguel 6-33, & Juan Jaramillo

Religious art in the former infirmary of the monastery dedicated to the Virgin María.

Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno Luis Crespo Ordoñez

8:30- 3 3-18:30 Sa 10-13

Sucre 1527 & Coronel Tálbot

Museum of Modern Art in the restored historical building Casa Temperancia, a recovery center for alcoholics before becoming a prison.

Museo de Remigio Crespo Toral

8:30 - 13 15-18:30

707 Calle Larga and Borrero

8000 archaeological, historical and art objects, including Cañar and Chordeleg gold items as well as pre-Colombian ceramics. Furthermore a collection of colonial paintings and sculptures and religious art.

Museo de Ciencias Naturales Benigno Malo


Av. Fray Vicente Solano 2-58

Natural history museum with a considerable collection of animals.

Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla

Shopping hours

Calle Larga 10-41

The Rafael Paredes Panama Hat shop has historical Panama hat production items as well as a production workshop where you can see panama hats being produced by the workers. Probably one of your best opportunities to buy a Panama hat from an enormous collection of traditional and creative modern models for men, women and children


PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Banco Central Museum. PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Exposition Banco Central Museum.


Pumapungo Museum

You can't visit Cuenca without going to the Pumapungo Museum and the Banco Central Museum which also is home to the Pumapungo Ruins site, the ancient pre-Colombian city on which Cuenca was built. The museum itself showcases the archaeology of the Cañaris and Incas, an ethnographic exposition of the Indian cultures of Ecuador, a monetary exposition and religious and colonial art exposition of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.


Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:



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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.


Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.



Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.


The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days


Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador


The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!


Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days


Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.


Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.



Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls


Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days


Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park


We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.



Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.


A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Old Cathedral Sagrario, Old Town Cuenca. PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Chapel old cathedral.


The Sagrario Cathedral, the former cathedral of Cuenca, has been turned into a religious museum and living arts performance center. The interior of the side-chapel.


PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Panama Hats Museum Paredes Roldán, Cuenca

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Panama Hats Press in the Panama Hats Musuem, Cuenca

Panama hat museum and workshop Paredes Roldán.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Museum modern art.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Museum modern art expostion.

Museum of Modern Art.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Museum aboriginal cultures.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Museum indigenous cultures, interior.

Archaeological Museum of Indigenous Art with more than 5000 objects of pre-Columbian and recent historical periods.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Conceptas Monestary, Cuenca

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Las Conceptas Museum, Cuenca

Las Conceptas is a little museum in a beautiful colonial house, mostly dedicated to colonial and religious art.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Museum of medicine.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Crespo Toral Museum.

PUMAPUNGO MUSEUM & RUINS: Museum of modern art, court yard.


Medical Museum.

Crespo Toral Museum

Modern Art Museum

Cidap Museum

Pumapungo Museum & Ruins