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De la Madre (Mother's) Park and Planetarium

Walk in the cradle of an Olympic champion

QUICK PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURE

• Country:
ECUADOR

2250

• Altitude meters:

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PARK AND PLANETARY

• Type:

• Kind:

URBAN

• Location:
CUENCA CITY

• Altitude feet:

7381

• Max. visit time hours:

2

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • PANORAMIC SIGHTSEEING

  • GUIDED VISITS

  • INDEPENDENT VISIT

  • EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY

CULTURAL:

  • ATTENDING CIVIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING FOLKLORIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING ARTISTIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING SPORTING EVENTS

  • ATTENDING COMMERCIAL EVENTS


ENTERTAIMENT:

  • ATTEND SHOWS

  • NIGHT LIFE


SPORTS:

  • WALKING/TREKKING

  • RUNNING

  • BIKING


SPECIALIZED:

  • BIRDWATCHING



FRIENDLY WITH

CHILDREN - FAMILIES - SENIORS - HANDICAPPED - PETS

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Within Cuenca's Historic District World Cultural Site by UNESCO.

  • Within Cajas Massif Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

  • Cultural National Heritage by the Ecuadorian Government.

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • The Park is open every day 

  • The Planetarium, Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:15. Saturdays 10:00 - 14:00.

GALLERY 

De la Madre (Mother's) Park & Planetarium

By: Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons

De la Madre (Mother's) Park & Planetarium

By: Fundación Municipal Turismo para Cuenca - Creative Commons

De la Madre (Mother's) Park & Planetarium

By: Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons

De la Madre (Mother's) Park & Planetarium

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

 
 

ABOUT

Parque de la Madre, a quarry of Ecuadorian sports champions. There you will find the headquarters of the internationally famous "Luis Chocho" Walking School. On its old trails, the walker Jefferson Perez trained towards the first Olympic gold medal of Ecuador in Atlanta 96.

 

The 500 m athletic track, three lanes, paved with special synthetic material, is used every day by dozens of professional and amateur athletes, to train for future competitions. The bicycle path allows alternative mobility. There is a multipurpose court, children's games and green areas to rest.

 

Cuenca honored Jefferson Perez and coach Luis Chocho by erecting monuments to their sporting achievements. The Parque de la Madre, formerly called Parque del Ejército, changed its name in 1966, when its third monument was inaugurated, dedicated to La Madre, a bronze work by artist Paúl Palacio.

 

The Park occupies 36,000 m2 between Florencia Astudillo Avenue, Doce de Abril Avenue and Federico Malo Street. It has two parking lots, one open-air and one underground. Important institutional and heritage infrastructures are built nearby, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Industries, the Todos Santos religious complex, the CIDAP, the staircases, the Military Hospital and the stadium.

 

An essential attraction of the sector is the Planetarium Ciudad de Cuenca. It carries out important educational and scientific dissemination work on the Universe, the stars and the solar system. It has state-of-the-art projection equipment that accurately replicates the position of the stars in the celestial vault. It carries out an agenda of complementary activities related to astronomy, such as conferences, talks, direct observation of the sky or through telescopes, audiovisuals. The capacity of its room is for 100 people. Inclusive space, accessible to people with disabilities.

 

ADDRESS

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Federico Malo, between Florencia Astudillo and Doce de Abril streets, Cuenca City, Ecuador

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