Casa de la Cultura

Central Highlands

This cultural center is built on the site of a former Jesuit watermill known as Molinos de Monserrat and houses a small ethnography and art museum. The stone steps above the river are a nice retreat from Latacunga’s busy sidewalks. Check out its schedule for free dance and theater events.

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