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Cochasquí Archeological Site - Monument Guayllabamba - Ecuador

Cochasquí is one of the most important archeological sites in northern Ecuador. It was built by the Cara people between 1000 and 500 years ago, probably as an astrological observatory. The site is composed of numerous pyramids, but don't expect a scene out of Giza or Machu Picchu; the pyramids were built of earth, and today they appear as grass-covered mounds. Still, the views are beautiful and the site will certainly be of interest to ruin buffs. Spanish-speaking guides are available at the entrance gate.


Near Quito, Guayllabamba, Ecuador


Getting There

Buses traveling north from Quito to Tabacundo can let you off at the turn-off for the park, about 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) south of town. The walk is 8 kilometers (5 mi). Alternatively, you can get a taxi from Cayambe for about $10.

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Admission is $3-5.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
30 Oct 2013

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