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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.
(In addition to this listing, Pumamaqui Accommodations has three additional apartments surrounding the garden and courtyard pictured here, and which can be accessed separately on this website: Two loft studios (called 'Guanaco' and 'Llama'), and a studio flat ('Vicuña')--these names because we raise alpacas and advocate the other three South American camelids. Photos are included with each listing. If these studios are of interest, guests are invited to inquire with Stuart directly via the contact information provided with the listings.)
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.
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
Mountains of up to 14,000' mark the western skyline; and up to 10,000 in the other cardinal directions....moreless
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A round artisan table with four chairs facing the garden. ...moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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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.
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, a sense of place, and fond memories of Cuenca.
Speaks: english, spanish
Primary:+593 939272402Daylight hours; sometimes out of cell coverage.