The Pyramid of Puñay was discovered in 2003 on the peak of a 3300m (10,826 feet) mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes near the border of Sangay National Park.

The temple is 450m (1,476 feet) long and 40m (131 feet) tall and constructed in the shape of the sacred Guacamaya or Macaw.

The archeological site has been carbon dated to 2,400BC making it the oldest and largest temple of its kind in the Americas.

Even though most of the pyramids structure have eroded over time this two day trek where we camp on the peak of the mountain is worth it for the view alone and, if weather permits, one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Andes.

Because the pyramid was rediscovered only recently and is not yet listed in any guidebook adventurers normally have the archeological site all to ourselves to explore.

Alausi is often used as a base for backpackers and trekkers who want to Trek the Nariz del Diablo, as well as visit Sangay National Park, the Ecuadorian Inca Trail, and the Ozogoche Lakes.


If you are traveling on your own – or want to meet other backpackers who love hiking and camping like yourself – make sure you check out Killa Wasi Hostel in Alausi. The hostel regularly organises trips to Puñay.