Three Must-Do Activities in Cuenca, Ecuador

Hike in Cajas National Park pic
Cajas National Park
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An accomplished professional in the financial services industry, Robert M. Ryerson brings three decades of experience to his role as a Certified Financial Planner with 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.

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.

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.

Published by Robert Ryerson

A financial professional with more than three decades of experience, Robert Ryerson works closely with clients in the Freehold, New Jersey, area to meet their financial planning needs. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at New Century Planning, he focuses on retirement income planning, as well as estate administration, regularly assisting his clients with legacy and estate planning. He also advises them on health and disability insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Supplement Plans. Mr. Ryerson’s many years helping his clients navigate the complexities of retirement planning gave him a deeper understanding of the healthcare costs that retirees face. In 2013, he drew upon this knowledge to co-author the book What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You. Outside of his work at New Century Planning, Robert M. Ryerson is a regular fixture at workshops and seminars on retirement. He has delivered several keynote speeches on the often-confusing topic of required minimum distributions. Mr. Ryerson continues to share his financial expertise as a facilitator of online courses for Certified Public Accountants through The Society for Financial Awareness. In the early 2010s, Mr. Ryerson became concerned about the threat of identity theft after noting the many cybersecurity breaches suffered by major companies. He became a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) in 2014. He has since taught identity theft recovery courses at local community colleges. Mr. Ryerson also wrote a book on the topic entitled What’s the Deal with Identity Theft: A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in economics, Mr. Ryerson began his career in the financial services industry as a stockbroker. He obtained his CFP designation in 1991 and began working as an independent financial planner a few years later. In addition, he is a notary public.

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