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!
As 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.