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The largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador, the Ingapirca complex features a small fortress that archaeologists believe the main elliptical platform structure, called the Temple of the Sun was used for ceremonial religious purposes. The Temple of the Sun was positioned to the solstices, and at exactly the right time of day, sunlight would fall through the center of the doorway of the small chamber to the temple.
Ingapirca had long been settled by the Cañari people, who called it Hatun Cañar. The Ingapirca complex was built by the Incas around 500 years ago on top of an old cañari settlement. It is believed that Ingapirca was a religious center, an administrative center, as well as a military fortress. The vast archeological area of the ruins includes an open fortress, courtyards, terraces, temples, houses and a castle complex, possibly the Temple of the Sun. In the middle of the Plaza of Pilaloma (the Kancha) lies the tomb of an important woman, when excavated revealed ten people accompanied her, both male and female. The tomb dates to the pre-Cashaloma era before the 10th century. The Inca influence can be identified by the use of negative imagery on their pottery, which is often lentil-shaped. The pit burial also enforces the theory that the woman was buried prior to the growth of Hatun-Cañari. A group of rooms were excavated on the east of the warehouses, and archeological remains discovered that this area was used for the production of objects required by the politico-religious elites who lived in Ingapirca.
Lunch is included: a typical meal at El Castillo Restaurant at Ingapirca
Wednesdays – You’ll be able to observe the Biblian women knitting the straw in order to make the base form of the Panama hats, and then tour the archeological complex afterwards.
Fridays – You can visit the animal market and the pottery market prior to visiting the ruins.
Sundays – You can visit the Cañar market close by, prior to the tour of the ruins.
Following these visits, there will be a typical lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back to Cuenca, we will visit the Biblian Church, which is constructed on the top of a mountain that overlooks the town. You’ll learn about some of the tales and myths of the Biblian believers, which you may find interesting and meaningful.
Price $50 per person
Wednesday – Friday – Sunday
Individuals or groups (1-40)
Excursion 8 hours
Professional bilingual guide
Ingapirca Ruins $6 tourists – Ecuadorian nationals and residents with cédula $2
Services not specified
Ecuador Tourist Tax
Lightweight wind/rain jacket
Day temperature 50° to 77° F / 10° to 25° C