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Most visitors to Cuenca will make the journey north to the Inca ruin of Ingapirca and as the most important and complete Inca site in Ecuador is certainly worth the two hour trip through the beautiful southern highlands. While mediocre compared to Inca sites in Peru it is especially worthwhile if you have previously visited, or planning to visit the Inca masterpieces in Peru as it shows the true extent and far reaching extremes of the Inca empire.
The complex at Ingapirca was built at the end of the 15th century but the site had already been occupied by the Canaris people before the Incas, under Inca Huayna Capac, assumed control of the area and built on the foundations of older buildings. The contrast between the original and Inca style architecture can still be seen at Ingapirca. While most of the buildings are in major disrepair, the most impressive Inca building, The Temple of the Sun, has large parts still intact. Around the temple are the foundations of a variety of other buildings and dwellings...one of which has been completely restored.
Various trails lead into the surrounding countryside taking you to other smaller sites including the Inca Face ?Cara del Inca? and the Ecuadorian Inca Trail which follows the path of the original Inca highway linking Quito with Cusco via Ingapirca.
A hefty entrance fee of $6 dollars is paid at a booth at the entrance to the complex.
Directions: You can reach Ingapirca though overpriced tours from Cuenca but a better way to reach the site is to take public transport from Cuenca with Transportes Canar (more details in transport tips)
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