Museo Arqueológico y Etnográfico Atahualpa

Northern Highlands

Several small galleries with fascinating pre-Columbian artifacts unearthed in the area. The majority of objects – including ceramic ceremonial pieces and sculptures and armaments, as well as intentionally deformed skulls – are from the Caranqui, who were ascendant before the Inca.

Just one block west from Parque Pedro Moncayo.

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