Beautiful garden courtyard. Close to museums, great park, restaurants & more. The owners are lovely.
Stewart and Patricia the owners of this vacation rental were so warm and friendly.
I thought for a minute we landed in Utopia.
The property is so pleasant with its lovely garden and comfortable accommodations’.
It is centrally located in town. You can walk to all the wonderful restaurant’s and Caldron Square is close by as well.
Patricia had food in our refrigerator so that we didn't have to run out at night and shop.
I highly recommend this most Charming vacation rental.
It will always be a wonderful memory of Cuenca.
Susan and Bruce
Pumamaqui is a unique and wonderful place to stay, located in El Centro. I have stayed in three of the units here (all of which are lovely) and this is my favorite. This is a lovingly restored building -- incredibly charming with a beautiful courtyard and garden for you to relax in. The owners, Stu and Patricia, are fantastic hosts and are two of my favorite people in Cuenca -- muy buena gente. Stu is there to welcome you when you arrive with cheese, fruit, bread, and flowers, and will answer any questions that you may have about the building and the city itself. The unit is very spacious, with a full kitchen, eating area, living room, office space, bedroom (with a comfy bed), and bath. A washer and dryer are located in a room off the courtyard. There are several great restaurants a few doors down from Pumamaqui and its location is a great starting place to explore the city. You will not be disappointed with any of the 4 units in the building!
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If you would like to experience the lively city of Cuenca while maintaining a home base that is classy, comfortable, and clean then Pummamaqui Apartments are for you. The attention to detail in the courtyard design and the great care of design within each apartment to makes this place the best value in the city for 1 or 2 week stays. The ability to select various combinations of interior lighting created a variety of possibilities, from romantic to functional and the kitchens were built with the ability to produce a 3 or 4 course meal for four people. If you are staying anywhere in Cuenca near Centro I suggest you bring ear plugs. The noise did not bother me, but some sensitive travellers who either cannot deal with noise made by other people or have medical sensitivity will need ear plugs. You are close to it all here in this apartment. I seriously doubt you can do better than this place as you are near some of the best food in all of Azuay within Cuenca (eg: Tiesto's) and a short walk to the daily market for fresh seafood (mornings), fruits, and vegetables.
Also, I'd this is your first time in Ecuador and have never traveled in South America before then I highly recommend hiring a private driver, of which Stuart can provide you names. Guillermo can take you from Guayquil to Cuenca (or Guayquil to anywhere), and Angel can take you from Cuenca to Quito or Cuenca to Loja, Cuenca to Guayquil. Both can give you tours and speak English. Just ask Stu after you book.
Stu and his wife, Patricia, are attentive hosts. Stu responded to our e-mails promptly-- both before and during our stay—and ensured that all of our needs were met. Additionally, Stu met us upon arrival and provided us with an orientation to both the property and Cuenca.
The property is centrally located and within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and Cuenca’s major attractions; Patricia also vends hand-sewn alpaca apparel at the on-site boutique.