Pukara Tambo community Chimborazo
Discover the old center of the Puruhá culture
About the community Pukara Tambo
At 3275m above sea level, Pukara Tambo is a community tourism project beautifully situated on a hill overlooking Riobamba, with magnificent views of Chimborazo, Tungurahua, El Altar, Carihuairazo and Sangay. Pukura Tambo is located within the parish of Cacha, which has a formidable and fascinating indigenous history. This was the centre of the great pre-Inca Puruhá culture and the location of their main city, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1640. The lost city remains underground to this day, as no formal excavation has ever been made. Cacha also has the distinction of being the first indigenous parish to be recognised by the government, in 1980, allowing its inhabitants to choose their own authorities and decide their own government structure.