If you have the time, and the energy, there is a loop trail which goes down to the stream and back to the ruins. I usually enjoy such trails, but it was the same day as my Alausi fiasco, and I was getting deeply tired.
It is hard to visualize what the place must have looked like when new, so one small structure has been erected, purportedly similar to the original structures in their prime.
Ironically, the reconstitution is unevocative. It looks like a plain shed.
Readers of Tintin comics (Le Temple du Soleil) will not be disappointed with this gorgeous structure. It is the only known circular Inca temple. And you can tell that the masons faced a huge challenge while cutting the stones: the fit is not as preternaturally perfect as it is with flat walls.
Most attractive is the color difference between the various parts of the temple. On a sunny day, or at sunset time, it must be haunting.
A trademark of Inca architecture is the presence of trapezoidal doors, windows, and niches.
As you would expect, some of those openings are precisely aligned with the cosmos so that, on some predetermined day, the rays of the sun point exactly through several openings in a row.
During my visit, however, it was cloudy, with short bouts of cold drizzle.
You haven't lived until you have seen a 1st class Inca wall. It is simplicity itself, and yet how was it ever built without modern instruments? As everyone knows, no mortar was used either.
Also, Inca walls look 3,000 yeard old. Yet they are "only" 500 years old. The Inca structures, which brings to mind cyclops and legends, were still fairly new (although the empire was teetering) when the Conquistador army invaded.
The structures built with the carefully fitted stones were used for worship, or for VIP housing.
Ingapirca is a nice site with both Incaic and Cañar influence. The complex itself is not huge, but the explanations offered by the guide and the museum is informative. What I liked the most was the fact that the local Cañar people controlled and managed the site... our guide was even dressed in traditional Cañar clothing.
Hiking away from the ruins give impressive views of the site itself. This was the second time I've been here and it is just as amazing every time.
Some of the remains of Ingapirca are barely more than outlines of what once was. While it is interesting to guess what stood there, you can also appreciate the graceful turns of the stonework.
As in other Inca ruins, edifices that were built less carefully are thought to have been used for storage, or housing for workers.