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    Museum at Ingapirca

    by MalenaN Updated May 27, 2013

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    Admission to the small museum is included in the ticket price for visiting the Ingapirca ruins ($6 July 2011). I didn’t visit the museum right after the ruins, but came back later before closing time. At this time there were no other visitors and I had the museum to myself.

    In the museum you can see pottery from the Cañari and Inca people and there is also an ethnographic room with textiles and other items of the Cañaris. There are also photos and information about the restoration work of the archaeological site.

    Ca��ari dress, Ingapirca Museum Ca��ari dress, Ingapirca Museum Pottery at Ingapirca Museum
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    Visiting Ruinas de Ingapirca

    by MalenaN Updated May 27, 2013

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    The admission to Ingapirca archaeological site is $6 (July 2011). In that price a guided tour of the site and entrance to the museum is included. The guided tour takes about an hour and if you don’t speak Spanish there are also English speaking guides available. You don’t have to follow a guide, but as there is no information about Ingapirca at the site it is a good idea to do so.

    The most interesting building at Ingapirca is the Temple of the Sun, built on an elliptical shaped platform. Here you can see how the Incas have fitted the stones of the wall together perfectly without using mortar. It is also built so that at the solstices, at a special time of the day, the sunlight will shine through the doorway to a small chamber.

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    Walk around Ingapirca

    by MalenaN Written Aug 18, 2011

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    There are several dirt roads you can take around Ingapirca if you want to go for a walk. I took the one continuing above Ingapirca archaeological site, past Posada Ingapirca. In the early afternoon (when I sat inside to eat lunch) it was sunny and views over the mountains were great. When I started my walk I could see how the low clouds where getting closer and it was not long until the surrounding landscape was covered in them and there were no view, and it also became colder. I passed houses and pastures on my walk and greeted people I met. The road was going uphill all the way until I turned around and walked back. On my way back a woman asked me if I wasn’t afraid to walk alone and I told her I wasn’t. She said something about robberies and I think there might have been one (but I’m not sure). I’m glad I hadn’t heard of that before my walk.

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    The Trail

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Replica

    by calcaf38 Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    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.

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    The Temple of the Sun

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Trapezoidal Openings

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Highest Craftmanship Walls

    by calcaf38 Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Cara del Inca

    by Strannik Written Oct 5, 2004

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    Besides walking through Ingapirca ruins, there is another interesting thing to do in the surroundings, just ask for "Cara del Inca" rock and you will be led by a 20 minute-path that crosses small colorful rural houses to a rock with a clear human face's siloutte, which is known as "face of Inca" (don't ask me which one). If you see closer you can see his hairy eyebrows :)

    And the most amazing is that he has been there even centuries before than those Mt. Rushmore gentlemen! :)

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    Ingapirca

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 4, 2002

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    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.

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    An Awsome View

    by StephanAvery Written Aug 13, 2012

    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.

    Ruins from nearby hilltop.

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    Other Structures

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 8, 2007

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    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.

    Irrigation canal
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    Lesser Craftmanship Walls

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 8, 2007

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    As in other Inca ruins, edifices that were built less carefully are thought to have been used for storage, or housing for workers.

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