The Lost Pyramid of Puñay was discovered in 2003 on the peak of a 3300m (10,826 feet) mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. The temple is 450m (1,476 feet) long and 40m (131 feet) tall and constructed in the shape of the sacred Guacamaya or Macaw.
The archeological site has been carbon dated to 2,400BC making it the oldest and largest temple of its kind in the Americas.
The Lost Pyramid of Puñay is a two day camping trip where we take travelers from Riobamba to the ancient temple ruin and camp on the peak of the mountain. Because the pyramid was rediscovered only very recently and is not yet listed in any guidebook we normally have the archeological site all to ourselves to explore.
Ecuador Eco Adventure is actively involved in cleaning and maintaining the pyramid and protecting it from grave robbers and private collectors. For more information check out this post on the history and archeological studies of the Ecuadorian Pyramid Puñay
2 or more people: $125
Transport from Riobamba to Puñay and Back
- Camping Equipment like Tents and Sleeping Bags
- A Local Guide with expert knowledge on the pyramid
- All Meals and Snacks
The archeological tour to the pyramid on top of Puñay was incredible. Quite a challenge for two very inexperienced hikers but truly worth it. After hearing about the history of the ancient cultures we got really excited about this hidden treasure. Camping on top of the mountain we learned about the magic of hanan pacha and explored the pyramid. And the sunrise the next morning was truly indescribable!
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