Panoramic view from Pirámides de Cochasquí - an archaeological site located about 65 km north of Quito, in the canton of Pedro Moncayo. It comprises about 84 hectares, at an altitude of 3100 meters.
The site contains 15 truncated pyramids, made from blocks of “cangahua” (a volcanic material that was extracted from nearby). Nine of the pyramids contain ramps. There are also 21 mounds at the site. An important feature is that the complex is located very near the Equator, at 0º 3' y 35''. The pyramids and the mounds were constructed in the period 850 CE to about 1550 CE. Located in the Caranqui region, they were built and occupied by the Cara people and then possibly later the Incan people.