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Charming Studio Apartments in Cuenca's Historic District

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Studios with bedroom lofts share the second-floor balcony, top of the stairs.

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Last updated: 09/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cuenca studio 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 'Llama', has a balcony with flowers overlooking the courtyard. The studio's bedroom loft includes a queen-sized bed, two side tables with reading lamps, a skylight and ample closet space. The downstairs level includes the kitchen, bathroom, closets and living area, and a sofa-bed that could accommodate a third guest. 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.

(In addition to this listing, Pumamaqui Accommodations has three additional apartments surrounding the garden and courtyard pictured here: A mirror twin of the loft studio (called 'Guanaco'), and two studio flats ('Vicuña' and 'Alpaca')--these names because we raise alpacas and advocate the other three South American camelids. Photos are included with this listing. If these studios are of interest, guests are invited to inquire with Stuart directly via the contact information provided here.)

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.

Property Type

  • Studio
  • On floor 2

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

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

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

              • Loft bedroom: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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              • Bedroom loft overlooks kitchen area with a view towards courtyard. Includes 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 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
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Zoo

              Leisure Activities

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

              local services and businesses

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

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

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

              • 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

              sports and adventure activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fly Fishing
              • Golf
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Dining:

                    Counter-top can be used from both sides for dining. Comfortable tall stools. ...moreless

                  • Seating for 2 people

                  General

                  • Garage:

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

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Free, on-site....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Free, on-site....moreless

                  • Internet
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking:

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

                  • 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

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Iron & Board

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional

                      Kitchen

                      • Kitchen:

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

                      • Refrigerator:

                        Under-counter....moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

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

                      • Coffee Maker:

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

                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Garden is multi-colored and frequently attracts hummingbirds. It's principal plant is a fig tree with figs ripening all the time....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

                      • Balcony:

                        Loft studios share a brick-tiled balcony overlooking the courtyard and garden....moreless

                       

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                      7 night min stay

                      $309 $1,013

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 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:

                      • Cleaning $20
                      • Taxes Included

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                      Last updated: 09/22/2014
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                      Location

                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Mariscal Sucre 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 (www.cordilleratropical.org), 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, and a sense of place.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, spanish

                       

                      Photos

                      • Studios with bedroom lofts share the second-floor balcony, top of the stairs.

                        Studios with bedroom lofts share the second-floor balcony, top of the stairs.

                      • Entry to the studios, and the flower garden.

                        Entry to the studios, and the flower garden.

                      • The kitchen on the lower level of the studio 'Llama'.

                        The kitchen on the lower level of the studio 'Llama'.

                      • The bedroom loft overlooks the kitchen, and is reached by a stairway to the left

                        The bedroom loft overlooks the kitchen, and is reached by a stairway to the left

                      • The second-floor loft studios, Llama and Guanaco, share a balcony.

                        The second-floor loft studios, Llama and Guanaco, share a balcony.

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

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

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

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

                      • Entry to the studio flat, 'Vicuña'.

                        Entry to the studio flat, 'Vicuña'.

                      • Vicuña's kitchen area (right) and bedroom.

                        Vicuña's kitchen area (right) and bedroom.

                      • The mirror and identical twin of the listed studio 'Llama', is called 'Guanaco'.

                        The mirror and identical twin of the listed studio 'Llama', is called 'Guanaco'.

                      • Guanaco's view from the kitchen.

                        Guanaco's view from the kitchen.

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

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

                      • Stairway to the loft studios.

                        Stairway to the loft studios.

                      • Adobe covers the side walls and dominates the aesthetic sense of Pumamaqui.

                        Adobe covers the side walls and dominates the aesthetic sense of Pumamaqui.

                      • The kitchen is new, complete and functional.  The living area is seen behind.

                        The kitchen is new, complete and functional. The living area is seen behind.

                      • Loft bedrooms have a queen-sized bed with side tables and reading lamps.

                        Loft bedrooms have a queen-sized bed with side tables and reading lamps.

                      • Bathrooms are new and elegant.

                        Bathrooms are new and elegant.

                      • Niches are illuminated internally.  Edges are soft.

                        Niches are illuminated internally. Edges are soft.

                      • Decorative facade in the courtyard.

                        Decorative facade in the courtyard.

                      • The bedroom area of the Vicuña studio.

                        The bedroom area of the Vicuña studio.

                      • Vicuña's dining table.

                        Vicuña's dining table.

                      • Sleeping loft and lower level of 'Guanaco'.

                        Sleeping loft and lower level of 'Guanaco'.

                      • A downstairs one-bedroom is designated 'Alpaca'.  This is the kitchen area.

                        A downstairs one-bedroom is designated 'Alpaca'. This is the kitchen area.

                      • Pumamaqui Accommodations has used its street-facing spaces for art exhibitions.

                        Pumamaqui Accommodations has used its street-facing spaces for art exhibitions.

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                      0 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 3

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