Quito’s pre-Columbian sites

DISCOVER INCA AND PRE-INCA TREASURES IN AND AROUND QUITO

Rumipamba archaeological park, located on the west flanks of Quito, is a fascinating place with pre Inca stone walls, canals, and foundations of houses and temples which date back to 400 AD.  The second place close named La Florida with remains of the Quitus culture, an ancient tribe and the first inhabitants of the city before the arrival of the Incas. In the afternoon you will visit the Alabado museum in the historic center of Quito. This museum allows you to discover the pre-Columbian culture represented by the finely crafted ceramic pieces and jewelry, most of the ancient Valdivia Culture between 3500 and 18h00 BC in Ecuador.

1 Day
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD 2021 - 2022

01 Pax

300

02 Pax

165

03 Pax

140

04 Pax

120

05 Pax

110

06 Pax

95

07 Pax

90

08 Pax

85

09 and more Pax

80

  • – Private transportation
  • – Bilingual archeology expert guide
  • – Entrance fees
  • – Costs guide and driver
  • – All measures for bio security
  • – Beverages
  • – Lunch
  • – Tips (optional)
  • – Travel insurance

GENERAL INFORMATION:

BEST TIME TO VISIT

All year round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Walking

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • – Visit the remains of the first inhabitants of Quito
  • – Visit the Rumipamba Archaeological Park
  • – Visit el Alabado museum with finely crafted ceramics, most by the Valdivia Cultura
  • – Archaeology expert guide

GALLERY:

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FULL ITINERARY:

You will be picked up at your hotel and your driver will take you to the archeological site of Rumipamba, on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano. In the 1990´s a group of Ecuadorian archaeologists dug and found the remains of the Ancient “Quitus”, the first inhabitants of the city before the arrival of the Incas. The Rumipamba Archaeological Park, is nowadays one of the numerous pre-Incan sites worth visiting in Quito. The complex stands high on the skirts of the Pichincha volcano and offers outstanding views of the capital city. The park comprises some Pre-Inca trails and the diggings where you can see stone walls, canals, and the foundations of houses and temples.

Afterwards you visit the archaeological site-museum of La Florida, which isn’t far from the Rumipamba Park. La Florida is a cemetery of the ancient inhabitants of the valley of Quito. It shows you various tombs that are shaped like deep wells. This is a small but valuable museum where the unearthed finds are exhibited.

Thematically organized around subjects such as shamans and the afterlife, the Casa del Alabado Museum allows you to discover the indigenous beliefs represented by the finely crafted ceramic pieces and jewelry, most of the ancient Valdivia culture between 3500 and 1800 BC in Ecuador. Contained in one of the most colonial and beautiful houses of Quito, this privately owned museum with contemporary-style displays showcases a remarkable collection of pre-Columbian pieces. It has explanations in English and Spanish and audio guides are available. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel.

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