Ingapirca Travel Guide

  • Ingapirca
    by bpwarne
  • Ingapirca
    by bpwarne
  • Ingapirca
    by bpwarne

Ingapirca Things to Do

  • Museum at Ingapirca

    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...

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  • Visiting Ruinas de Ingapirca

    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...

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  • An Awsome View

    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.

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  • Walk around Ingapirca

    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...

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  • Other Structures

    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.

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  • The Trail

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Trapezoidal Openings

    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...

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  • Highest Craftmanship Walls

    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...

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  • Lesser Craftmanship Walls

    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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  • Cara del Inca

    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...

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Ingapirca Restaurants

  • Restaurant at Hostal El Huasipungo

    The rooms at Hostal El Huasipungo is upstairs and the restaurants is downstairs. I had intended to eat there in the evening, but it seemed like they had closed for the day. When I asked for something too eat one of the girls, who were sweeping the floor, ran out in to the kitchen to have a look. She came back and told me I could have some chicken...

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  • Lunch at Posada Ingapirca

    Just a few hundred metres above the archaeological site in Ingapirca is Posada Ingapirca. I had heard that it is a beautiful place and decided to go there to see if they served lunch. There were no other lunch guests at the moment but there was lunch so I sat down in the restaurant. It was a lovely room with a nice view through the window, and...

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Ingapirca Transportation

  • From Cuenca to Ingapirca

    In the morning I took a taxi from the hotel in Cuenca to the bus terminal. It was $2. At the terminal I looked for Transportes Cañar which have direct buses to Ingapirca at 9am ( the bus left 5 minutes earlier, so don't come late). The ticket was $2.50 (July 2011) and to Ingapirca it took about two hours. There were many tourists on the bus and...

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  • From Ingapirca to Baños

    From Ingapirca there are frequent buses to El Tambo and Cañar. The first bus in the morning is leaving around 6.10 and that is the one I took when leaving Ingapirca, because I had a long journey ahead of me and I didn´t want to arrive to Baños too late. The bus stopped many times along the way to pick up people and their goods. To El Tambo it was...

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  • From the North, or from Cuenca

    From Cuenca, you will find buses, of the Cañar line, which can take you directly to the ruins. The last bus back leaves the ruins at 4 p.m. and the ride between Cuenca and Ingapirca takes around two hours. From any point North (Quito / Baños / Riobamba / Ambato) you will need to get off the bus in a small town called El Tambo. There, it is easy to...

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    Ingapirca ruins

    by BE001903 Written Jul 19, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We visited Ingapirca on our drive from Riobamba to Cuenca. Having seen Macchu Picchu this was not an amazing site for us. Nevertheless it's a nice site; the chape of the temple is special as it is an ellipse. The scenery is nice. So in short; if you're in the neighbourhood, it's a nice trip if you're not... don't go out of your way to visit it.

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