Inca remains revealing the entruiging history of the city and its people.

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Pucará de Rumicucho

Fascinating archaeological site

This archaeological area, on the outskirts of Quito, is on a hill not far from the middle of the world monument, in the Pichincha province. Pucará de Rumicucho was built by the Incas and although its exact dates are unknown, experts have dated the remains found here to between 1480 and 1500. The objects found on this hill suggest that this was a military site, a fortress built to defend the surrounding area from possible attacks from neighbouring tribes. Unsurprisingly, there is also evidence of later civilisations using this site. Other remains found here suggest that Pucará de Rumicucho may also have been used for religious ceremonies. You can find out more about this interesting proposal through the site's wealth of testimonies to the Inca civilisation. A very special way of exploring the power of this great civilisation before the arrival of the Spanish.

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