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Alpaca! Charming One-Bedroom Apartment

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A balconied courtyard and garden are Pumamaqui's serene center.

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Last updated: 09/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We have reconstructed a traditional rural adobe home in downtown Cuenca, with all-new amenities. A peaceful garden and cobblestone courtyard comprise the centerpiece of Pumamaqui Accommodations. The studio apartment featured here, which we call 'Alpaca', has its own corridor facing the courtyard. The studio includes a queen-sized bed, two side tables with reading lamps, a desk with book shelves, sofa bed that could accommodate a third guest, ample closet space, reading lamps, a modern bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Recessed lighting and adobe style make the space both functional and pleasing. Ceilings have exposed beams and floors are artisan brick, made by Cuenca craftsmen.

Three features make Pumamaqui Accommodations extraordinary: A beautifully reconstituted building with all new amenities; the central courtyard that feels like a sanctuary in the bustle of the city; and proximity to all that that the two Cuencas--historic and modern--have to offer.

Rentals include broadband WiFi, satellite cable and flatscreen TV, abundant hot water, hair dryer, complete kitchen (including toaster, microwave, coffee maker, blender, refrigerator, stove, plates, pots and pans, cutlery, wine glasses), linens and towels, free on-site washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, and a round table, chairs and sun umbrella in the interior courtyard. All utilities are included.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Studio
  • On floor 1

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • One-bedroom: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom has a view towards the garden and courtyard. Includes a queen-sized bed with two side tables and reading lamps. Hand-woven artisan rugs. Large closet with extra blanket and hangers....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Hot water is generated by an on-demand heater and is endless...moreless

  • Elegant tiled bathroom with shower. Includes large mirror, over-mirror lighting, and plenty of storage space. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirectTV via satellite. Numerous sports, movie and audio channels. Some programs available in HD....moreless

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Pumamaqui Accommodations is located in Cuenca's historic district: cobblestone streets, museums, restaurants, taverns, coffee shops, river parks and art galleries are all within walking distance....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mountains of up to 14,000' mark the western skyline; and up to 10,000 in the other cardinal directions....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    A round artisan table with four chairs facing the garden. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Free, on-site....moreless

  • Garage:

    Independent, paid parking garage located a half a block away....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Broadband, fast, reliable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living area has a sofa couch, two movable low tables, a flat screen TV, recessed lighting, reading lamp and hand-woven rug....moreless

  • Parking:

    Guests with vehicles can use a guarded parking lot a half a block away....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Free, on-site....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Black-and-Decker 6-cup....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Pots, storage containers, set of four dishes and utensils, knives, wine glasses, glass pitcher, vegetable peeler, scissors....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Cultivated granite countertops with deep sink and built-in stove. Spacious and well-lit. Artisan brick floors....moreless

  • Microwave:

    New, large capacity....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Stand-alone Whirlpool refrigerator with freezer and ice trays....moreless

  • Stove:

    Built-in counter top gas stove, electronic burner ignition....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    'Alpaca' has its own entry corridor facing the garden. The three second-floor loft studios share a brick-tiled balcony overlooking the courtyard and garden....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Cobblestone courtyard on ground floor, with a round table and sun umbrella for spontaneous gatherings of guests, a glass of wine in the evening, reading.......moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Garden is multi-colored and frequently attracts hummingbirds. ...moreless

Building Type

  • House

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$49
$326 $1,170

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $47 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $39 Nightly


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $25
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Sales tax (12%) is included in the published rate.

Smoking is prohibited on the premises of Pumamaqui Accommodations.


Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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Last updated: 09/02/2015
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Location

5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Mariscal Lamar Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cuenca Golf and Tennis Club

Car: Not Necessary

From Pumamaqui Accommodations' location on Honorato Vazquez street, visitors can walk for miles along Cuenca's linear parks, which follow the course of its four rivers. Close-by large city parks, including Parque de la Madre and Parque el Paraiso, are actively used by local residents and visitors for exercise, relaxation and picnics. The main city plaza, Parque Calderón, is 5 blocks away. Leaving from the Parque Calderón are double-decker buses that tour the downtown and stop at Turi Hill, giving a bird's-eye view of the city.

Other attractions of our neighborhood include a great many quality restuarants, among them Moliendo Café (Colombian), HR-Hermanos de la Ruta (Spanish tapas), Bella Cuba, El Mediterráneo and La Viña (Italian), and Los Tiestos and El Monasterio (Ecuadorian and international). Museums include the Banco Central's cultural museum with Inca ruins, a botanical garden and zoo; the Museum of Aboriginal Culture, founded by the historian Juan Cordero Iñiguez; the Sagrario Religious Museum (once Cuenca's original cathedral) on Parque Calderón, dating from 1567; the Museum of Modern Art on San Sebastian park; and a great many private art galleries. Coffee shops, bread stores, bars, bookstores, hat stores and shopping are all available close-by.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: My wife Patricia and I are dedicated to wild habitat conservation, in two ways: Since 2000 we support a dynamic local NGO, Fundacion Cordillera Tropical ( that does environmental research, environmental education, and biodiversity conservation in the Nudo del Azuay region of Ecuador's Cordillera Real; and we own and protect a large conservation area, the Mazar Wildlife Reserve, in Cañar Province, Ecuador. We have three young children who share these enthusiasms. On the reserve's pastures at lower elevation we maintain a herd of 500 alpacas. We recently restored a patrimonial building with four studio apartments in Cuenca's historic district that we hope will generate fond memories for our visitors from all quarters of the world.

Why the Owner Chose Cuenca:
Cuenca's downtown is vibrant, and part of its energy comes from its architecture of old. We found a house-in-ruin in 2006 and decided to give the building a new lease on life. Once we got started, Pumamaqui took six years to complete--from the initial municipal permits, to a final design based on traditional rural Cuenca homes, and of course the construction itself. We finally finished Pumamaqui in August of 2013. The result since then has given our guests plenty of peace, they say, a sense of place, and fond memories of Cuenca.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
Many guests have enjoyed staying with us, and one point they very often make is this: "The location is perfect!" Indeed, we are within walking distance of most of the distinguished restaurants, cafés, museums, city parks and river walks, venues for theater and musical presentations, and shopping.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

 

Photos

  • A balconied courtyard and garden are Pumamaqui's serene center.

    A balconied courtyard and garden are Pumamaqui's serene center.

  • The 'Alpaca' one-bedroom has a desk and study area.

    The 'Alpaca' one-bedroom has a desk and study area.

  • Bathrooms are new and elegant.

    Bathrooms are new and elegant.

  • The living room area.  Original art by Charles Reddington.

    The living room area. Original art by Charles Reddington.

  • Kitchen in the foreground with wall-mounted TV and sitting area behind.

    Kitchen in the foreground with wall-mounted TV and sitting area behind.

  • Entry to the studios, and the flower garden.

    Entry to the studios, and the flower garden.

  • Stairs to the studio lofts.  Alpaca is on the first floor with curtained windows

    Stairs to the studio lofts. Alpaca is on the first floor with curtained windows

  • Stairs within Pumamaqui's gallery space.

    Stairs within Pumamaqui's gallery space.

  • The kitchen area and dinette of the 'Alpaca' studio, with a view of the garden.

    The kitchen area and dinette of the 'Alpaca' studio, with a view of the garden.

  • Ample closet space and elegant bathroom.

    Ample closet space and elegant bathroom.

  • Ample cabinet space, modern fixtures and shower in each bathroom.

    Ample cabinet space, modern fixtures and shower in each bathroom.

  • Niches are illuminated internally.  Edges are soft.

    Niches are illuminated internally. Edges are soft.

  • Cobblestone courtyard's decorative facade.

    Cobblestone courtyard's decorative facade.

  • Garden and stairs to the second-floor studios.

    Garden and stairs to the second-floor studios.

  • Pumamaqui Accommodations will  include a street-facing arts and crafts gallery.

    Pumamaqui Accommodations will include a street-facing arts and crafts gallery.

  • Pumamaqui Accommodation's adobe facade is handsome yet unassuming.

    Pumamaqui Accommodation's adobe facade is handsome yet unassuming.

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  • Bathrooms
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