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Pucará de Rumicucho












 



© all photos by the author except # 3 & 7 (A. Dust)



This fortress near San Antonio de Pichincha and the Pululahua Crater was built by the Inca invaders in the 15th century as mostly a military outpost to serve as an offensive and defensive guard post in their struggle to subjugate the northern tribes of the Cayambe, Cochasqui and Caranquis Indians, who offered them bitter resistance. However apart from this most important military function, it also served ceremonial and astronomical purposes and it also known that a large settlement of tradesmen, workers and other people surrounded the installation at that time.


 

Quichua:

Pucará = fortress

Rumi = Stone

cucho = corner




 





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Travel and Tourism Information.
3rd edition, 2005

Erich Lehenbauer

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