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Discover the origins of Quito at Rumipamba park.

Discover the origins of Quito at Rumipamba park.

Whether you are a history buff or want to do something different in Quito, this blog post is for you! Rumipamba park is located in the city and is easy to reach either by public transportation or by car.

We want to share with you some of the highlights of this archeological park in this blog post. (Remember to book a week ahead of time your tour, details at the bottom of the blog post)

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

Upon arrival, we met our guide, who led us on a two-hour tour through the museum and ruins. We were immediately transported back in time to pre-Incan culture in the city of Quito.

About Parque Arquelogico Rumipamba

Parque Arqueológico Rumipamba is located in the modern part of Quito and was discovered back in 1990 by an archeologist. Back then, the land was going to be used to build apartments. During the excavation process, a group of archeologists discovered graves, pottery, and tools that showed that people were buried on this land and that more than one civilization thrived there. Since then, the land has been used as a museum.

Meaning of Rumipamba

Rumipamga is a word taken from Kichwa, meaning “flatland.” This is a large ravine originating on the Pichincha Volcano slopes and shares the name with the neighborhood where the archeology park is located.

The museum

As we walk through the museum’s different exhibits or areas, our guide shows us the remains corresponding to several archeological periods. From the late Formative period(1500 BC to 500 BC) to the “Regional Development” (500 BC to 500 AD), we get to see depictions of each area and activity back in pre-Columbian times in Quito.

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

The ruins

Archeologists have found evidence of three distinct cultural time periods. The Late Formative (1500 BCE to 500 BCE) shows signs of ancient tools. The Regional Development (500 BCE to 500 CE) is marked by deep tombs and the Integration Period (500 CE to 1500 CE) defined by the discovery of “bohios” or well-built huts made from mud and straw. All these are cultures that settled in Quito before the arrival of the Incas.

Besides, there are some remains from the Yumbo ancestral sun culture, such as their trading routes(culuncos) that connected the Coastal region with the highlands.

 

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

 

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

 

Remains from the Yumbo ancestral sun culture, trading routes (culuncos).

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

House of the owner of the land, who donated it for preservation to the city.

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

Plants and ancestral medicine

During the tour, we were also introduced to some herbs and plants to add color naturally to textiles and heal naturally in the past. Some of them are still known as ancestral medicine or medicine from the Andes.

We also found the plant named marco used to concoct different natural remedies and do traditional limpias or cleansing of the aura.

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

This is a “bohio,” a well-built hut made from mud and straw, back from the Integration Period (500 CE to 1500 CE).

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

Rumipamba Park Parque Rumipamba Quito Ecuador

 

How to get there

Before visiting, remember to book a guided tour. This is the only way you will be able to visit the Park.

Make the booking at least a week in advance by calling +593 2-224-2313.

Address:

Mañosca N35-86,
Quito 170147,
Ecuador

Hours

Saturday to Sunday from 08:30 to 16:30.

What to bring

To fully enjoy your tour:

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring a rain jacket or an umbrella in case of rain
  • Dress in layers
  • Wear a hat or sunblock

Conclusion:

A guided tour through the walking trail that connects several excavations at Rumipamba park will bring you back in time to learn more about the Quitu culture and older settlements in the city.

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