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Tourist Places

Complejo Arqueológico Puntiatzil

Puntiatzil, an architectural complex that holds archaeological evidence and it was used as an astronomical observatory of the indigenous people of the Cayambe area, However, after the arrival of the Spaniards, the land passed into private hands and several vestiges of their culture was lost. Centuries later, in 1990, Indians were taken forcibly that site to perform their ceremonies of celebration of the Solstice, but there was opposition from the owners. Now the conflict ended after the expropriation which made the municipality, led by Mayor Diego Bonifaz, and who managed so they declare to the 3.6 hectares of land as Cultural heritage.

To get to the site, you do so at the sucre in direction West - East Street.



Museum Municipal

It is a place that keeps archaeological pieces that belong to cultures face and Panzaleo of the integration period, i.e., 100 - 1534 DC; they are original, although they were not recorded by a scientific archaeological excavation but rather are the product of a fortuitous discovery. Both the archaeological evidences in ceramic and metal (bells) and stone (hands, metals, axes and supports nape) are original.

It is located on the first floor of the old building Espinoza Jarrin, the streets Simon Bolivar y Rocafuerte




Nevado Cayambe

It is located 28 kilometers from the center of the Canton, a place that it enchants visitors by its beauty, who will never forget the charm that has. To reach the snow must travel 28 kilometers from Cayambe by Wimper road, named in honor to the German Mountaineer; Edwar Wimper, one of the first to ascend to the Summit. Road, for the most part is paved and narrow, goes through several ranches, one of them the herd. The last stretch of the route is of Earth, reason why a 4 x 4 truck, is necessary to reach the refuge. During the journey you can see large expansions of grasses, moving with the strong breeze, announcing that the snowy is near. Amidst the greenery a flower stands out, it's the Chuquiragua, called the "climber" flower. In the area known as the Z (road that has that way), the cold begins to feel stronger, if the climate favors, the nevado; you can admire much better With a cloudless sky, until the road is easy, case, snow is a white carpet making it difficult to access. In the same sector, we find the waterfall of the Blackbirds, whose name originated by birds arriving there. Tourists can leave the car here and walk for approximately 30 minutes until refuge Ruales Oleas Berge, and named three climbers killed when up came a flood of them. A few meters from the refuge, with large rocks mountains are the gateway to the snowy, where walking the few condors remaining in the country. Arriving at the refuge, the snow is shown as a large white blanket, which impresses the national and foreign tourists, while a noise out of the great Gorge, is the slopes that form the snow, whose water reaches the Pisque River.

The entrance to the Nevado Cayambe starts in the parroquía de Juan Montalvo





Waterfall of the josefina

Aspects of water that lie mountains of the site..

Is located in the parish of Juan Montalvo, sector the josefina









Puente del Ferrocarril Molinos la Unión

Between the years 1940-1960, aims to establish a mill in Cayambe using the force of the water of river Guachala for mill and plant, on the initiative of businessman Colonel Carlos Guerrero, to the spreading of the Ecuadorian army after the war with Peru (1941), which acted as Minister of war, and at the end of the war, he was invited to Cayambe by the brothers Carlos and Manuel Tobar Zaldumbide , so invest your retirement into something productive, so, Juan Montalvo parish came forward; because its inhabitants provided labour for the operation of the huge milling plant.

Sector of la Josefina, has two entrances:, There are two entrances:
- Entry 1: down the street on April 13, last stop of the bus Ciayora.
- Entry 2: by the Panamericana Sur via Quito km 2.5.



Waterfall of Cariacu

A 40-minute walk from the entrance, from where it leaves them the bus; you will reach the first waterfall known as Kuchi Kama, has a height of 20 meters and is located located at 3 162 meters above sea level; the residents of the sector ensure that your water helps to eliminate the bad energy, reason why perform purification rituals. The route continues uphill, through beautiful landscapes and a variety of native trees, then you will find two smaller waterfalls, 3 150 meters to 3 162 meters above sea level, are less plentiful, but equally attractive.

Cariacu the community la Chimba, along the paved road towards.









Viewpoint of Fátima

Gazebo located in the parish of Ayora, founded in 1981, is located 3 km from the city of Cayambe.

Avda. of the army to the East of the Avda. Quito.







Forest of buga

You can enjoy beautiful landscapes and allows you to go along the path of the Condor through the communities of Paquiestancia and Cariacu, in the Cayambe-Coca ecological reserve.

Community of Paquiestancia, by the path of the Condor.








Viewpoint of Ugushpamba

You can enjoy beautiful landscapes and allows you to go along the path of the Condor through the communities of Paquiestancia and Cariacu, in the Cayambe-Coca ecological reserve.

Community of Paquiestancia, by the path of the Condor.







Lake of San Marcos

It is part of the Cayambe-Coca ecological reserve, and is the perfect place to anticipate beautiful landscapes. Located 3,400 meters above sea level, ideal for photography and fishing. We recommend camping on beaches since its scenic resource has the beauty of a pond of height. The lagoon is fed by the river Cuypajihua (Quechua word that means Guinea pig and boil). In the meantime, that the desfogues take another name. Mainly, the river Azuela was born in this place and flows into the Quijos. The temperature of the water of this lake is from 0 to 12 degrees C. the fauna reserve that exists in this area is the reserve Cayambe - Coca, to which belongs the lagoon of San Marcos are vultures, hawks, ibises, ducks torrenteros, owls and hummingbirds. The site reported the existence of skunks glasses, deer, dwarf deer, paramo wolves, bears, Cougars, rabbits, bats and chucuris. Around the lagoon there is a wide variety of native flora, which include iguilan, licopodio, xerotillo, ferns, cauchillo, chilca, bomarea, quishuar, chilco, moral, mortiño, equisetum, ponytail, yurac, Chamana and Valerian

The site is reached by land, passing by Cayambe and Olmedo parish and on the North by Ibarra - Zuleta. From San Marcos, it is possible to enter the lagoons of La Alegría and the waterfall known as La Chorrera where it is common to see dantas.


Tomb of transit of Amaguaña

Tola built as part of the infrastructure of the transit Amaguaña Intercultural Center. The Intercultural Centre, as well as the tomb of Tránsito Amaguaña is a mausoleum explanatory of what was and continues to be the indigenous movement and especially the big reforms that Tránsito Amaguaña carried out at the time of the land reform. This large indigenous leader, was born in assay, Pichincha province, in 1909 and during his lifetime fought in defence of the rights of indigenous peoples. He participated in the creation of the first agricultural trade unions of the country; along with Dolores Cacuango and other leaders and indigenous leaders, he founded the Ecuadorian Federation of Indians in 1944. Subsequently promoted and established the agricultural cooperative as one of the mechanisms of social and political pressure to require the delivery of lands for indigenous to the State. On the initiative itself and without support from the Government, in 1945, started farming schools, founding, in the Cayambe area, four bilingual schools (quichua-espanol). In 1961, she was arrested and jailed, accused of receiving money and Russian weapons to promote revolution in the country, something she denied. "The loss of a leader to his 100 years, leaves as Heritage Village his unwavering struggle for land, water, and education for their sons and daughters".

Located in the parroquia of Olmedo, sector la Chimba in the city of Cayambe.


Pucara de Quito Loma

Quito Loma located 3 782 m, Quitoloma Pucara is a military construction. The pucaraes in Ecuador are located at the top of hills and mountains, and distributed along all the Andean sierra. They are also called crabs, since the graves are of this form, from its top you get wide visibility of the environment for the control of movements of troops or commercial movements. Pucará de Quitoloma is considered the largest in the northern Sierra and belongs to a large complex of several fortresses. The outstanding archaeological complex is 17 fortresses, which are available to the visitor. The Caisa fortress prevented the intrusion of strangers from Cayambe Valley towards the plateau; of the Quito Hill, with three vertices, and his assistant Punguyacu opposed to an advance from el Quinche; the four Cangahua pucara served to monitor any attempted invasion by the eastern front of the mountain range; that taper from South to North. Jambimachi with the Pambamarca - Gida Pucara, born Pucara, campaign Pucara and their Western neighbors called Cijan Pucara and Achupallas ensured the defense against enemies coming from any part of the hoya de the Guayllabamba and hindered the penetration in the Valley of Cayambe, saving the crossroads of the Pisque River.

This pucara, near the town of Cangahua, is located at the top of the hill from which you can enjoy an extensive panorama in the four cardinal points, including the capital, Quito. You can access the Pucará de Quito Loma by three roads: If you part of Quito take the Pan-American Highway North until reaching the junction to the town of Cangahua. From this point, continue along a path of third-order and will arrive until very close to the archaeological site. The second route is based on the population of el Quinche, in the direction of the hamlet of Chumillos. From this place, also for a third-order road, arrives at the pucara, and must finish the journey on foot. The third route starts from the city of Cayambe, taking the Pan-American Highway direction South until you reach the junction to the town of Cangahua. From this point, continue along a path of third-order and will arrive until very near the archaeological site.


Complejo Arqueológico Pambamarca

Pambamarca is located at 4 705 m MSL. The Inca military forts or Pucaraes are located generally South of the deep gorges of the Guayllabamba and Pisque, rivers that had to be used as defensive farallones and insurmountable natural pits. The Pambamarca Pucaraes group added fifteen structures, some talk to each other and are distributed over a mountain of Quinche, Pifo and Cayambe. They are constructions that were designed by the Cayambi village, as a system of defense against the conquest of the incas and improved by the looming presence of the Spanish conquistadors. Some archaeologists believe construction began with the first conquests of Túpac Yupanqui in 1470 ad, although it has been proven that the Pucaraes were built on the "Face" culture

Pambamarca is located 4 km southeast of Cangahua. The term pucara is a Word from the classical quechua language meaning fortress, fortification and defensive construction although some researchers understand the term as "fortified place".




The Tingo

Spa thermal and mineral waters, according to data provided by natives of the community of San Luis of Guachala belongs legally, is known that the pool belonged to Neptalí Bonifaz and that its construction it was made approximately for the year of 1930, exclusively for private use. Minerals containing these waters, are similar to the springs of Machachi. You can see a beautiful waterfall that comes inside the mountain.

Located southwest of the Mitad del Mundo monument, approximately 1 km, on the banks of the Pisque River.



La Bola

It is a site that is represented by a ball carved from stone, representing the globe, situated on a sheet of cement within a fence also of stone; It belongs to the community of San Luis de Guachala

Located in the community of San Luis de Guachalá; When we travel to Cayambe South - North, 10 minutes before reaching the city, is the monument to the ball in the middle of the world.




Complejo Arqueológico Quitsato

It is a large Sundial of 52 meters in diameter, made with a great mosaic of stone to point out the different lines of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as the hours of the day, these are marked by projecting the shadow of a great post of 10 meters in height that is located exactly in the center of this large circular platform. Day of July 23 the 2 007, the Municipal Government of the Cayambe Canton Eng. Diego Bonifaz, this Solar clock management.

It is next to the carretera Panavial, km 47, via Quito-Cayambe (South), in the sector of Guachala, in just one hour from Quito, in direction to the North, a few meters from the monument to the middle of the world.



Castles ofGuachalá

Formerly known as Villa. Its owner was Don Neptalí Bonifaz (President of the Ecuador 1 931), then takes the name of Guachala Castle, as it is known today. Its architecture is a mixture of whimsical styles Greek, Roman, Spanish, combined with the atmosphere of peace, tranquility and beauty

Located to the East of the monument to the middle of the world, just 1 kilometer must travel to get to this place, the road is stoned.




The House of the deer

New tourist attraction in the canton of Cayambe, place where there are many deer of all sizes, you will also see other animals such as cattle, alpacas and native birds of the Canton.

Located in Cayambe, Cangahua parish, San Luis de Guachalá, Panamericana Norte Km 70, community in relation to Quito.
Owner: Sr. Julio Villalva.





Swimming pool of thermal waters "Pisque"

From the confluence of the rivers Guachalá and Granobles, is formed by the river pisque, here there is a thermal spa with a temperature of 38° C. Analyses determined that they have lots of sulfur and iron. At the moment this resort is managed by the community of San Luis de Guachalá, by order of the Municipal Government of Cayambe in the administration of Mr. Diego Bonifaz. The waters are medicinal and crowded by people from across the country.

The thermal pools, is located on banks of the river pisque, a few kiĺometros of the Cayambe canton in direction North - South by the Pan-American Highway. The attention is from Monday - Sunday from 04:00 until 17:00. The cost is $ 1 adults and $ 0.50 children.



Balneario la ruta del Venado

Come and enjoy a nice and cosy atmosphere, offers of:
• swimming pool
• Turco
• Social events
• Camping
• There is also an underground restaurant.

Located a few meters from the monument to the middle of the world, by way of the deer in the community of San Luis de Guachalá. Served: Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 09:00 to 02:00.



Sport fishing

Where you can taste the best trout, you can catch your own trout. Tourist attraction with beautiful landscapes and service of food to taste. It has cabins, heated swimming pool and green spaces for walks and sports.

Located on the hillside of the river Guachala, right side South-North from Quito.
Attention: from Monday to Sunday and holidays from 08:00 to 17:00.
Telephone: 097 9342 630
Email: vonvinnizoo@outlook.com



Mirador de Otón

It has a strategic view, accompanied by a beautiful nature.

Located a few meters from the entrance to the parroquia Oton, left side, on the North Pan-American Highway in relation to Quito.








Tunnel of the Ferrocarril

Ancient place where the train, magical and mysterious place, recommended for enthusiasts and adventurers passed

Located in the sector of Pingulmi, East of the Northern Pan-American Highway in relation to Quito. The entrance is a paved road.