"Ingapirca" Ingapirca by MalenaN
Ingapirca Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 109 photos
Ruinas de Ingapirca are the best preserved archaeological ruins in Ecuador, but the site is far from being as impressive as many other ruins in the world. It is an interesting place to visit anyway. In Kichwa Ingapirca means something like ”Inca Wall”. The Incas ruled over the area during the 15th century and then built the Temple of the Sun here. But also before the Incas arrived this was an important site for the Cañaris.
Near the ruins is the village/small town of Ingapirca, and on the surrounding hills there are many small farms. Ingapirca is situated about 90km north of Cuenca at an altitude of 3230 metres. The weather can change quickly and did so when I visited. It seemed to be a sunny and warm afternoon, but as I started to take a walk the clouds and fog came in and the great views over the green mountains disappeared.
The admission to Ingapirca archaeological site is $6 (July 2011). In that price a guided tour of the site and entrance... more travel advice
There are several dirt roads you can take around Ingapirca if you want to go for a walk. I took the one continuing above... more travel advice
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