Three Must-Do Activities in Cuenca, Ecuador

An accomplished professional in the financial services industry, Robert M. Ryerson brings three decades of experience to his role as President of New Century Planning in Freehold, New Jersey. A noted figure in the field of retirement planning, Robert M. Ryerson plans to eventually open an office that caters to expat retirees in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador.

One of Ecuador’s most historic and beautiful cities, Cuenca draws thousands of tourists and retirees from around the world to experience its scenic landscape and unique culture. Listed below are three of the top things to do in this increasingly popular city.

1. Hike in Cajas National Park. Located just a short drive from Cuenca proper, Cajas National Park offers a diverse landscape that includes mountains, valleys, and lakes. A network of trails crisscross the park, giving outdoors enthusiasts an opportunity to explore Ecuador’s unique ecosystems and to encounter local birds and other wildlife.

View of the Parque Calderon in Cuenca - Photo Courtesy of Yenis Bejas
View of the Parque Calderon in Cuenca - Photo Courtesy of Yenis Bejas

3. Visit Museo del Banco Central Pumapungo. In addition to a substantial collection of modern art, Ecuador’s rich history is on display at the Museo del Banco Central Pumapungo. Those who visit the museum can wander through galleries tracing the indigenous history of the region, as well as dioramas and reconstructions that bring ancient civilizations to life. The entrance fee also includes access to a nearby archaeological site that is believed to be the remnants of an ancient Incan city

2. Shop in El Centro. One the primary commercial hubs of Cuenca is the marketplace in El Centro. Hundreds of shops are clustered together in the district, offering shoppers everything from handmade alpaca clothing to local produce and baked goods. The area is also filled with food stalls and cafes for when you need a break from browsing the shops.


Pumapungo Museum - Photo Courtesy of Yenis Bejas


Robert Ryerson

Although Robert M. Ryerson completed all the necessary requirements to earn bachelor of arts degrees in both English and economics at Rutgers University, college policy at the time prohibited the issuance of dual degrees. As a result, he graduated from Rutgers with a single bachelor of arts in economics before finding employment as a stockbroker with Shearson Lehman American Express in New York City 1984. Robert M. Ryerson has since established himself as a respected estate administrator and legacy planner. In addition to his economics degree from Rutgers, Mr. Ryerson holds several professional designations including Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP)®; Certified In Long Term Care (CLTC)®; Certified Financial Fiduciary (CFF)®, and Certified Identity Theft Risk Magenament Specialist (CITRMS)®. He has shared his knowledge on the subject of identity theft as the author of the book What’s The Deal With Identity Theft?: A Plain-English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. He has also covered identity theft issues directly for students as the instructor of the adult education course Understanding Identity Theft: Our Fastest Growing Crime.

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