Ingapirca Ruins
Ingapirca Ruins
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Ingapirca or “Wall of the Inca” is one of the most important ruin complexes in Ecuador, which many archaeologists theorize was once used for religious purposes.
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Mira F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Olando was our guide and driver while we’re visiting Cuenca. He was driving us from Guayaquil airport to Cuenca and back as well as being out guide in CuencaOlando was incredible. He was extremely knowledgeable about so many topics: history, geography, flora and fauna, indigenous peoples, political history, local food and so much more. He knew when to give us information as we arrived in different areas, answered any questions that we had, and prompted great conversations. He was also a great and safe driver, and was obviously very familiar with all the areas that we visited. Olando as guide for El Cajas national ParkOlando was our guide when we’re visiting Ingapirca archeological site.Located about 2 hours north of Cuenca, Ecuador, Ingapirca is a gem. This was an Inca outpost, or waystation that includes a Temple of the Sun. It was built on the location of a Canari complex. The Canari people predated the Inca in this area, and continue to thrive there today. Olando was excellent guide Hi really brought the history and meaning of the site alive. It was interesting to learn how the older Canari civilization and beliefs were incorporated by the Incans. And the Sun Temple is unique being an oval shape. Definitely worth a visit and Olando was definitely guide to hire for this visitWe’re strongly recommending Olando and would like to hire him again for some other trip in Ecuador
Written June 4, 2024
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KayandTomK
Sandpoint, ID8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The van picked us up at or Airbnb!
Our guide, Luis was a native of the Ingapirca area and told us all kinds of interesting stories about his connections to the area. The farmland setting was absolutely beautiful. The ruins were well maintained and impressive.
Shopping in Chordeleg yielded me a poncho that was made out of yarn that was softer than butter. I'm not jewelry person but the options seemed endless.
I enjoyed the ikat weaving demonstration. My regret is I didn't have more room in my luggage to bring their one of a kind scarfs home!
Written June 2, 2024
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lies1970
Pourrieres, France92 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Museum seems to be close o. No days and Tuesdays but this isn t visible on many sites. Our local Travel agence also seed not informed ( seems to be like this since August 22). We travelled Miles and sabes for years for this trip, so very disapppointed. Hope that all sites are changed QuickType ams You are informed and don T het the same issue!
Written August 1, 2023
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Craig G
Maumee, OH621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We booked this side-trip from our hotel. It was a scenic 6–7-hour trip riding through the countryside. The archaeological site had good signage and our driver explained the ruins, as well. There was a walking trail nearby which allowed us to see some interesting rock formations.
Written August 1, 2023
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finallyfree
Castries, St. Lucia968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A beautiful way to end our visit to Ecuador and Galappagos on our way back from Cuenca to Guyaquil. If you have the time take thios detour. After having visited Machu Pichu this was a nice refresher of Maya hostory
Written May 31, 2023
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Robynrad
Greater Sydney, Australia766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Really glad we stopped here on way to Cuenca. The site is small compared to the Peruvian Incan ruins we've seen but it is significant. We joined a tour at the site with an excellent guide who spoke both English fluently and who really brought the history and meaning of the site alive. It was interesting to learn how the older Canari civilization and beliefs were incorporated by the Incans. And the Sun Temple is unique being an oval shape. Definitely worth a visit!
Written May 26, 2023
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Zuzana W
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I took the bus at 9 from Cuenca (return ticket 8 dollars), we come at 11:30, the tour through the main site with a guide (in Spanish) lasted from 12 to 12:45. Then we could continue on ourselves on a self guided path visiting the Incas game and Incas face etc. The bus departed at 13:30 and came to Cuenca after 16 o’clock. The bus was waiting quite a long time in Cañar. For me it was a little bit hurry. On the selfguided tour (45 min normally) there were some small restaurants of local people, also the possibility to buy the chicha de jora. Also lot of artesania etc. Last but not least there is a nice museum. I would maybe recommend to search for some earlier connection to Ingapirca (via Cañar) or later return connection to enjoy the site for a longer time.
Written May 20, 2023
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val m
United States216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Ruins of ancient past are one of my "have-to's" on any journey, so Ingapirca was to be a highlight for me. My guide, however, didn't seem as joyous to be there let alone guide me as I was paying him for, sadly. The special thing about the site is that on one end was the Temple of the Sun (Inca) and directly across from it was the Canary castle complex (indigenous peoples) and running from one to the other is an aqueduct system thanks to the Canaries. This is worth your time and learn about the cultural "union".
Written May 10, 2023
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goodguyjas
London, UK1,163 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful countryside setting with rolling hills in the Canar province primarily featuring the foundation Inca ruins. Ingapirca means inca walls. The site is believed to have been a temple. The temple has been well looked after and restored and although not elaborate it does look imposing. A good portion of the site is a walk around the foundation areas and rings. There are various things to read about the construction and purpose. There is also an inca walk. The site has many tourist shops and people selling things. A newish centre features modern toilets.
Written April 2, 2023
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Astrid W
Bogota, Colombia134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
This is a small but nice place. The trip from Cuenca can take 2.5 hours by bus. You can pay 60 dollars to go on a private tour that will take you there faster and you can stay as long as you want. Or you can take the bus at the terminal (1.5 dollars in a taxi from the historical center to the terminal) which leaves at 9 am or 12:30 noon and goes directly there; you can buy a roundtrip ticket for 8 dollars. Just keep in mind that it is a public bus, so it stops frequently to pick up and drop off passengers and it has to go all the way to nearby towns such as Cañar, El tambo and some more before it arrives in Ingapirca. The bus will wait for you two hours and then it goes back to Cuenca. If you miss it, you can go to El Tambo and take a bus from there. If you are on a budget, this is the best option. If you can afford it and don’t want to spend 5 hours in a bus, take a private tour. Tha place itself is quite small, you have to take a tour with a local guide, the entrance is 2 dollars and the tour might take 40 minutes. Those tours are at certain hours and you have to wait for more people to complete the minimum number of people allowed. You can actually see the whole thing from the entrance door, but the guide will explain some more.
Written January 1, 2023
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