A Colonial-style portal marks the courtyard.Stairs to the second floor.
Studio flat, historic Cuenca
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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We have reconstructed a traditional rural adobe home in downtown Cuenca. The street-facing side is our new art gallery, PumamaquiGalerías. Four studio apartments surround a gardened cobblestone courtyard. This listing describes the single-level studio currently available. Serenity and security, with the city just outside your door.


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Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

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Ellen User Profile
August 2017
A heavenly quiet, safe, secret alcove in the heart of the hustle and bustle of El Centro. I was welcomed as family, assisted with everything and anything I needed, and actually wish I never had to leave! Anyone who is going to Cuenca should stay here. That's the bottom line.

Gustavo User Profile
July 2017
The place is absolutely lovely – beautifully designed, spacious, and we were even left some bread, cheese and fruit to enjoy! It was unusually cold when we visited, and there is no heating, so it did feel a tad cold inside (though the bed was deliciously warm!). It is ridiculously close to the centre of town and to the main street, so you can walk anywhere worth walking from there. Tons of options for eating, drinking, coffee, breakfast... The hosts were amazing. They're sweet, personable, and they forgave us ruining one of their hand towels (sorry again! and thanks for your understanding!). I wouldn't think of even thinking of staying anywhere else if we were back in Cuenca and Stu and Patricia had a room available!

Patty User Profile
April 2017
This place is magnificent! The photos can't even do it justice, as the quaintness of the renovation, beautiful interior garden and the comfort of this mini-apartment can't be matched! The bed even has a beautiful and cozy alpaca blanket, as the owners have an alpaca farm. The location is wonderful, right in the central part of Cuenca with lots of great restaurants and interesting places to visit just steps from the front door. Best of all, Stu and Patricia are wonderful hosts, really to answer all questions and provide ideas for travel around the area too. We've had a most wonderful stay and look forward to coming back some day soon.

Bert User Profile
March 2017
This is probably the best Airbnb we have stayed at. The location is perfect yet private and safe. Patricia and Stu and their beautiful family are the nicest people. The apartment has everything you need and the inside patio is sooo pleasant. Highly recommended.

Elizabeth User Profile
October 2016
I just got back from a marvelous ten day stay in Stu and Patricia's studio flat in Cuenca. They get excellent scores as hosts for the best of all reasons -- their warmth, attentiveness, and quick response to any issue, question or request. I have to agree wholeheartedly with all the great reviews for their spotless and well-equipped apartments. (FYI - Stu and Patricia are the husband and wife owners and Lisa and Chris will be the new caretakers, but at the time I was there, Stu and Patricia were still making sure the turnover would be smooth. I have no doubt that once they hand over the task, Lisa and Chris will be equally attentive and helpful!) The location is perfect for those who want to be centrally located in the historic center. And for runners, the nearby river trails, parks, and long staircases for stair repeats are a wonderful asset. Join the huge crowd of Cuencanos into fitness and running! You will definitely not be alone and will even be encouraged. The only slight issue I had was that the area can get louder on the weekend nights, but that is to be expected in most cities. (A white noise iPhone app easily solved this problem.) Finally, Stu gave me the name of a fantastic, knowledgeably local driver, Angel, who took me around for a couple of days to the outskirts of Cuenca, namely Chordeleg, Sig Sig, and El Cajas. It was definitely easier than renting a car for such a short time. I felt lucky to have found this oasis! Thanks Stu and Patricia.

David User Profile
May 2016
Stuart and Patricia, who has a shop downstairs with beautiful alpaca products, were most welcoming hosts: warm, friendly, helpful, accommodating. It felt like we were staying with family. Stuart is a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of Cuenca. Location was great, walking distance to great restaurants and important sights. The apartment was exceptionally comfortable, clean, spacious, modern with a wonderful courtyard. They also had a washer & dryer which was a welcome sight. It is hard to imagine a more perfect place in Cuenca. We stayed here a week and would stay here again in a heartbeat! We are already planning a return, longer visit. Thank you for for everything.

Diane User Profile
May 2016
Pumamaqui is a wonderful place with beautiful, welcoming apartments and lovely people all around. It is perfectly located with restaurants and sights within easy walking distance. Stuart and Patricia are the perfect hosts; Patricia left a beautiful cheese plate and flowers on the table for my arrival, and they both helped so much with getting around the city, including hiking the parks nearby. They are so interesting too - so much enjoyed talking to them. You will want to know more about their alpacas and the wildlife preserve! However, if you are like me, you will be out enjoying the Cuencano people and smiling continuously as you hike and view the paramo landscape. All just wonderful - highest recommendation!

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Cuenca Canton, EcuadorJoined in July 2013
Stuart User ProfileStuart is a superhost.

Patricia and I are dedicated to wild habitat conservation, in two ways: Since 2000 we support a dynamic local NGO, Fundacion Cordillera Tropical, 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.

Languages: English, Español
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