This massive museum, archaeological site, and botanical gardens are the pride and joy of Cuenca. The museum itself covers several floors in a modern building next to the Central Bank building. Exhibits range from rooms filled with colonial and religious artwork, to walk-through re-creations of typical dwellings from the various regions of Ecuador, to an entire numismatic section that chronicles the country's currency from spondylus shells through the now-defunct sucre. The Tomebamba Hall is a highlight. The museum was constructed over the ruins of an Inca palace -- Pumapungo -- and in this room, you will learn the history of the Incas in Cuenca, as well as see archaeological artifacts found in the area. Afterwards, you can exit and walk behind the museum to see the actual archaeological site, which has a few llamas wandering around it. The complex is set on a high hillside, from which the views are wonderful. In addition to the Inca archaeological excavations, the Museo del Banco Central has added some beautiful botanical gardens and a small aviary. This museum complex is huge, and you really need 2 to 3 hours to see it. Groups of more than four people can ask for a free bilingual guide.
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- Highly Recommended 2010
- tel: 07/2831-255
- Calle Larga y Av Huayna Capac, Cuenca, Ecuador
- Calle Larga and Av. Huayna Capac
- Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-1pm
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