"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.

  • Last visit to Ingapirca: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated Aug 28, 2011
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  • Aunt_Bertha's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    This looks like a really mysterious place. And the name is interesting, too - Ingapirca sounds like "Inga got a piercing" ;-)

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    And happy 10th birthday!

  • metteks's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Hi. Thank you for the comments on my page and the update on the price of the hotel. It is by far still the cheapest hotel I have come across, but nowadays I aim for better standards (getting older and needs a hot shower and a comfortable bed).

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Such wonderful adventures! Keep it up! Nice page!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Enjoyed reading about somewhere new to me! Looks so scenic and the ruins look great too!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Interesting to see these ruins. It all looks so off the beaten path.

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Many memories! It's really an adventure to get from Baños to Ingapirca or the other way around. Remember the way the bus touts lean out and shout "Ambato, Ambato Ambato..." Some of the landscapes before Riobamba (or after, the way you did it), are just incredible, no?

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Interesting to read of your experience in Ingapirca. Look forward to reading about your other experiences in Ecuador.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    the Ruinas de Ingapirca look very interesting !

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Excellent page on your adventures; good to know you're ok after that walk and bus trip!

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