Cuenca Studio Rental Photos and Description
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
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.
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
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.
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.