YAKU WATER MUSEUM
YAKU attends from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The last entry is recorded at 4:30
+593 2 2511 100 ext 117
Neighborhood “El Placer” Oe11-271, Quito
Sitio web http://www.yakumuseoagua.gob.ec/
Adults $ 3.00, Children (3 to 11 years old) and Elderly people $ 1.00, Students (from 12 years old) $ 2.00, people with a disability: Free
Nestled straight above the city’s western slopes, this Water Museum offers an interesting take on water in the Andes, as well as great views from its native species garden.
Yaku, which means “water” in quichua, seeks to educate citizens about water as a collective and strategic resource, through cultural exchange, learning, reflection and interpretation.
Yaku is located in the old district of El Placer, on the slopes of Pichincha Volcano and is one of the most traditional and symbolic places in the city. Its location makes it a strategic spot for observation and contemplation. In the past, the water sources here led to a deep symbolic and spiritual connection between nature and social activity.
According to oral tradition, Atahualpa’s ceremonial and purification baths were located here (near La Chorrera, a natural waterfall found in the mountain.) Some versions of the stories claim that the place was known as “The Inca’s Houses of Pleasure,” which is where the name “El Placer” may have come from.
The water museum provides great views from the eastern slopes of the Pichincha Volcano of the Old Town. Visitors are guided through various installations and exhibits by guides, and it’s a fun place for learning for children.