"The Most Important Inca Ruins in Ecuador" Ruinas de Ingapirca by calcaf38

Ruinas de Ingapirca Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 37 photos

If the Ingapirca ruins were in the United States, or in Europe, there would be a major park all around, and millions of visitors every year.

If they were in Ecuador, but in a geological and ecological prime spot (like a certain Inca site in Perú), Ingapirca would be a household name.

As it is, the Ingapirca ruins are two hours from Cuenca, and too close to a nondescript village. The somewhat drab surroundings can distract from the site itself, which is interesting.

So don't expect Ingapirca to be Machu Picchu, or even Pisac (where the site is more attractive than the ruins). But if you're traveling from Quito to Cuenca, Ingapirca is definitely worth a two to three hour stop.

The elevation of Ingapirca is 3,180m = 10,433ft

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The only circular Inca temple. Interesting stone color variations
  • Cons:The setting is unremarkable
  • In a nutshell:If you're into ruins, you can't miss Ingapirca
  • Last visit to Ruinas de Ingapirca: Aug 2007
  • Intro Written Sep 8, 2007
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    I hope to visit Ingapirca next year, sounds to be an interesting place!

  • Prinsalsita's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    I must visit Ingapirca. Thank you for sharing your pictures and your tips.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    most interesting

  • Jun 16, 2008 at 6:15 AM

    Nice page!!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:12 AM

    Thanks for the really useful pointer - will certainly consider a stop here as part of our trip

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Thanks for the construction minded description of the ruins...very nice tips :-)

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Great photos! How odd that some walls are smooth, with those square stones and somewhat rounded corners, and the lower walls are covered with moss.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2007 at 6:14 AM

    Very interesting location. Pity that it isn't better kept and that not many tourists visit it. Thanks for visiting my Arras and Ambleteuse pages!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Great to see some more amazing stuff and sites of the Incas, thanks for the great photos and tips.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    Fantastic photos of the rockwork in this unique circular temple and also its setting in the beautiful surrounding countryside! Too bad you were too tired to check out that hike, but it does look like work would be involved!


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