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Museo Pumapungo

This museo, a unit of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Ecuador, is a center of anthropology, archeology, ethnography, art, documentation and audiovisuals. It also has some ruins of an Inca settlement, excavated almost a century ago by the German archaeologist, Max Uhle.

De Agencia de Noticias ANDES - TEATRO PUMAPUNGO, CC BY-SA 2.0,

We've been twice. The first time we stayed inside, where no photography is allowed. One of the most well-known exhibits is a collection of shrunken heads. If you're not too squeamish, this link to a Google image search "Pumapungo shrunken heads" will show you some.

On our second visit we spent some time in the area that had artifacts and miniature diaoramas showing how the earliest settlers of the area may have lived.

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This area then leads to the archaelogical park and ruins. They don't look like much, but we were fascinated that here, in the middle of the city, we could wander about this late 15th century Inca city.

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