The Megalithic Constructions in the Ecuadorian Jungle are Not Natural Features

Ecuador Llanganates Jungle Megaliths Research Report May 2014

Rectangular BlocksIt has been several months since we last issued a project update announcement to the general public. That does not mean we have been simply sitting idle, rather we have waited until we had something well worth sharing.

First a brief recap summary of the situation and the project we are involved with. Some decades ago at least one or more persons stumbled upon a partly exposed megalithic structure deep in the Ecuadorian jungle known as the Llanganates. This is the most inhospitable jungle in Latin America and as far as I can discover it has no indigenous peoples or even any known history of human habitation before modern times. At present a few small colony villages exist just inside its fringes surviving by farming cattle in the swampy fields around the edges of the protected national park itself.

Despite being discovered and even photographed decades ago, nothing further followed for many years. It is understood now that over the years an occasional visitor would either stumble upon the site or be taken there by the handful of local villagers that remained aware of its existence. The site itself is on private land rather than national park jungle due to laws that allowed some hectares of land to be bought from the government in years gone by.

Megalithic road?

Megalithic road?

In 2012 a group of Ecuadorian adventurers were led into the jungle to seek out the structure they had seen in an old photograph. On the first attempt they became lost, yet fate took a lucky turn, they actually stumbled on a second megalithic site, a strange stone platform situated on the edge of a small river. Scattered about on the jungle floor and in the water itself were a multitude of artefacts and human engineered stone objects. As yet these artefacts have not been matched to any known culture and even their previous functions remain a mystery for the most part. Soon after this the same group launched a second attempt for the megalithic wall in their photograph, this time successfully reaching the site.

Thanks to our own efforts to make the public aware of this incredible discovery (or rediscovery even) images and video from the expedition and from others that followed have since sent shock waves through the global archaeological community. No expert has been able to offer an explanation for who might be responsible for this site nor when it could have been constructed. Quite simply it is not reasonable to think these sites were built in the dangerous interior of the Llanganates, rather it only makes sense to assume the structures were built at a time when the jungle was not present and have since been overgrown. The questions is then whether this might be centuries ago, or much more likely many millennia into our past!

Foto0029As responsible researchers and explorers of ancient mysteries we decided to work hand in hand with the laws of this land and the relevant institutions (unlike some researchers). We made inquiries through a personal contact, a very senior figure in the Ministries of Patrimony and of Culture, and through him it was arranged for us to meet with the ministry police, archaeologists and administrators. This happened as arranged and we were able to convince the staff that an official expedition should take place. In 2013 that expedition took place.

Unfortunately the official report by the Ecuadorian government team was a conclusion that the site was entirely natural. For us this was completely unexpected and a terrible blow for our hopes that the site would be fully excavated, investigated and protected. It seems now that we and our associates, other independent researchers, have been left with the job of ensuring this site is given the true interest and respect it deserves. Task one is of course to gather enough evidence of the true nature of the sites (there are now several distinct but related locations already discovered) in respect to it being human engineered rather than natural.

Artefact1For quite some time I had personally avoided visiting the sites in the jungle, knowing how hard they were to reach. Instead I relied on collaborating with other explorers and interviewing those that had been already or examining their captured images of megalithic blocks or artefacts. With the government report being so very wrong I knew I had to go and find conclusive evidence for myself. In April 2014 I set off to see for myself along with my friend and guide, Wilder Vinueza, despite the onset of the rainy season in the region. It was the hardest hike of my life by far – gruelling and unforgiving swampy terrain made up over 90% of the path ahead.

I should like to interject here that we have sought to involve the UNESCO World Heritage, The Royal Geographical Society, Ecuadorian institutions and international institutions but to no avail. The only interest has been from a few international media organisations. At present we are part of a loose coalition of poorly funded independent researchers and explorers – we need your help!

Artefact2Near to the infamous megalithic wall was a final steeply sloping path, rather more like a mud chute if you lost your footing for a moment. At that time I did not know it but this path was almost opposite the exposed megalithic wall, and was in fact on an almost identical gradient. What was more at several points on the way down I noticed strange stone artefacts in the mud and what seemed to be pieces of broken building blocks made of the same dark stone recorded in pictures of the wall that I had examined. It was only later that I realised the most likely conclusion is that the path is in fact just mud covering a similar enormous megalithic structure. A nearby pyramid shaped hill also left me intrigued…

Artefact3We were unlucky in some ways but lucky in others. The wet season had caused water levels to rise and had also turned the trickling waterfall at the left side of the structure into a raging torrent. My hope to climb the ancient stairs reportedly on that part of the megalithic wall were dashed, landslides were occurring even as we watched. Also gone was was my hope of reaching the second site where Wilder had previously located some pieces of statues. We would be limited to exploring the main exposed wall. That would turn out to be no bad thing at all. The increased rainfall had changed the landscape, more of the mud covering had been washed off revealing very obviously non-natural features.

SteppedBlocksWhat I saw that day was enough to turn any scepticism into certainty. Perfectly rectangular blocks, stepping of blocks, smooth stone facing, a double layer of stone facing and even steps cut into the stone. More stone artefacts were also present, mostly parts of larger objects but also small hand tools. Perhaps most important was the discovery of a cement type mortar, clay-like when wet but appearing to be stone when dry. We also found a small piece of what seemed to be pottery.


There can be no doubt now that what we have here is the remnants of human habitation from a very ancient era. The building techniques and artefacts do not match any known Ecuadorian culture. What we need to do now is have samples tested, dated, and examined by relevant experts. Alongside this we need support in setting up a museum in the nearest local village where artefacts can be safely kept and shown to the public as well as to researchers in a safe easy to access environment. The local people want a sustainable enterprise to be built up around this discovery and we fully support that, it is the perhaps the best way to ensure commercial artefact theft or damaging excavations are avoided. To this aim we will be looking to help in raising funds for a museum and for other sustainable local enterprises, as well as for further research and exploration.

We will need your help – for more information about how to get involved or to suggest your ideas please contact me at fenton_bruce @

Visit the next article in this series or visit the previous article.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our current collaborators and supporters, especially the following persons and groups:

Benoit Duverneuil and his team of explorers from

Michael Carmichael consultant professional anthropologist/archaeologist.

Timothy Moon consultant professional archaeologist.

L.A. Marzulli expedition supporter and historical mysteries researcher.

Steven & Evan Strong our research collaborators at

Richard Gabriel research collaborator and image analyst.

Members of previous expeditions especially those discussed in our last project update.



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  • Gavin

    I’ve done a bit of basic geological research regarding the area. My first thoughts at looking at the rock was it looks like a mudstone. Indeed, the area is know to comprise Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks (see Geology of I noted the polygonal-shaped cracks in the rock one of your photographs. This is, of course, quite common in mudstones and happens during moisture-loss. This could be a remnant of the original structure from it’s formation before subsequent diagenesis. My second thought was, looks like it has been recently (geologically-speaking) exposed by some kind of action, perhaps glaciation. I know, seems unlikely in the tropical jungles of Ecuador! Upon investigation, however, the mountainous areas were indeed glaciated during the most-recent Pleistocene Ice Age (1,8 Ma to ~13ka) (see Geology of Glaciation of course strips superficial material away and exposes the tougher bedrock. Consequently, it frequently causes polishing, scratches, holes or indentations in the rock surface (hence the possible reason behind the features noted). Furthermore, following the end of glaciation it’s common that glacio-fluvial action, or simply water passing over the surface for long enough will cause areas to become worn away especially where the flow is concentrated. I certainly don’t currently see any convincing evidence that this is anything other than a natural feature, but please do continue to post more photos and other lines of investigation. Regards, Gavin. References:

  • Salena Shakti Radford

    mentioned in this article is a comment that is incorrect and I quote “This is the most inhospitable jungle in Latin America and as far as I can discover it has no indigenous peoples or even any known history of human habitation before modern times.” unquote.
    However there are a handful of indigenous tribes dwelling within the forest and more that are unknown, and as for being “inhospitable” that is surely subjective as human and animal alike live there quite happily that all said and done, a very intriguing discovery has been made there but not for the first time, the Crespi gold for example.

    It is not surprising, given that the Ecuadorian government wish to allow drilling for oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon national park area, that they conclude the site to be naturally formed.

  • Salena Shakti Radford

    oops! typo above should read “crespi gold”

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  • R.A.

    While I’m certainly disappointed at hearing that the conclusion of the official government expedition was that the site is “natural”(really? Nature made those stone tools too, did it? Needed ’em to build the wall, obviously), I have to say I’m not surprised. In your earlier articles on this subject, I was a bit startled at what I thought was a somewhat naive unquestioning trust of government officials. Such people are just as likely(or not) as anyone else to be inclined use their public position to pursue personal interests to the detriment of their public responsibilities; but because being part of the government makes them much less likely to be caught, they are far more likely to fall to the temptation…assuming they didn’t pursue a government postition specifically for that purpose in the first place.
    Someone commenting earlier mentioned the area of jungle in question is supposrd to be leased for oil exploration, but this article says the ruins are actually on private land. Who owns the land and when was it purchased? And is the area of government owned land where the oil exploration is to take place bordering on the private property containing the ruins? If so, it would make sense why it is judged natural…ruins in the area might jeopardize the deal, endangering the prospects for recieving large monthly fees, and bribes, etc.
    There’s also the possibility that a government functionary in charge of overseeing the country’s archaeological sites may be directly involved in the black market sale of artifacts, similar to Zahi Hawass of Egypt, who’s public statements and official decisions in many things apoeared nonsensical in the extreme if one assumed he was honest.
    Also there is the possibility of their being an “academic” motive for seeing the site as natural…it is in a part of the world where, paradoxically, the greater the skill and tech that would have been required to build it, the more likely it is that mainstream academia is going to want to say it is a natural formation, and aim their explorations and observations in that direction.

    • Earth4AllAdmin

      You raise any good points. I am certainly suspicious of the motives behind this natural categorization of the site.

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  • Paul Modde

    The find is intriguing to say the least. Large tools and Lost City of the Giants only adds to the mystery. Of world origins of the past inhabitants leaves much room for speculation. Lord Pyes Everything we know about our origins is wrong and Forbidden Archeology attests to that. As does DNA research and origins of humans. But life can be much stranger than fiction. Personal experiences in my own life have verified that on several occasions. I am planning to move to Ecuador and hope to one day visit that site

    More direct, to the point, for me however is any traces that may exist relating to agriculture. As a Global Agro-Ecology/Permaculture Consultant this is my area of expertise and passionate interest.

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  • Jacob

    Anything new? It’s been a year and a half since your last comment/update.

  • Stanley Eckert

    Get Discovery channel involved see if “The search for lost giants ” team. Will help they have a scientist that can help you.

  • Pierre-Yves Morais

    How about using LiDAR as done in Central America and Angkor Wat?

    Damn! I am in Ecuator now. If I was younger, I’d love to visit this site. How about setting up a tourist tour to raise some money? Or worried the site might get damaged?
    Volunteer work? As for the pyramid in Bosnia?

  • We have been to the Ecuadorian jungle many times with many different types of travelers. The question of how hospitable it is depends on the individual. I have seen wealthy folks stepping in the jungle for the very first time absolutely loving it and some hating it. There are also many tribes in this jungle. These are just some things that needs pointing out and correction.

    • Earth4AllAdmin

      I am very specific here and saying that the Llanganatis area is inhospitable and that there are no tribes in that region of jungle. I am very aware that there are areas of jungle in Ecuador with tribes and that can easily be visited. The Llanganatis is known to be among the most dangerous stretches of jungle on earth, much of it is swamps, it can become incredibly cold at night (towards freezing), is often covered in near impenetrable fogs and mist. A large number of explorers have died there. For much of the year even experienced guides won’t go in.

      I am not talking about a jungle lodge in Puyo, this is a raw dangerous stretch of land that no tribe lives in – humans can’t survive there.

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