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Ingapirca Ruins

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Address: Ingapirca 030356, Ecuador

Ingapirca or “Wall of the Inca” is one of the most important ruin...

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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Incredible Cañari/Incan Ruins

Large area of Cañari and Incan ruins including a Temple of the Sun with a couple of fairly intact walls. The layout was interesting with its solstice orientation. It has an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Large area of Cañari and Incan ruins including a Temple of the Sun with a couple of fairly intact walls. The layout was interesting with its solstice orientation. It has an aqueduct and boulder/stone calendar system which I found intriguing. The museum is worth a walk-through. Most interesting to me is that the Incan walls were built without mortar -... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Well done Museo of the site and integration of the cañari and Incan peoples. The ruins contain a moon and Sun temple of which the Sun temple remains. Good informative bi- lingual guides. The structure which is the only Inca site with an elliptical design, reflects the integration of the cañari religious influences which showcase circular structures .... similar to... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

We had a knowledgeable guide with good English. You have to have a guide (free) but you are given sufficient time to see the ruins. Whilst not much is left, it was really interesting and the guide brings it all to life.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

This are nice, but a bit disappointing if you have traveled to Manchu Picchu. Our guide supplied the history of the Ingapirca ruins on a brief visit to that site, while traveling north to Quito.

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Southbury, United States
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Definitely take the time to go to visit Ingapirca. It was worth the travel from Cuenca. Our guide was terrific and it is easy to get a private tour for only a few dollars. (I suggest a tip afterward.) the information was incredible and the alliance of the Inca and Canari was something modern governments could certainly learn from!

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Murten, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

Ingapirca is very interesting when you have got a good guide knowing details and well his history. Amazing what human kind knew before having modern technology. I was very impressed. Although there are bigger Inca ruines in other countries, Ingapirca and its surroundings are worth a trip.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

By all means, visit Ingapirca if you're in Ecuador. This was a religious site belonging to the Canari prior to their conquest by the Inca.

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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Great site. Make sure to take the 30- 45 min walk in the small trail behind the ruins to see the Face of Inca, the turtle, sun and water carvings. The Face and the back valley are great. Few tourists do it but they miss a great natural piece in the cliff you won't see in a museum. Easy trail... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

It isn't Machu Picchu but it is still an Inca ruin and worth the visit. It is very well preserved and looked after and I loved the fact that the Llamas wander around probably as they used to when it was occupied. We didn't hire a guide as we were part of a group but I found the facilities were... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful archaeological site that shows how you both Cañari and Inca architecture. This isn't a magnificent site or a huge site (nothing along the lines of Tikal (Guatemala) or Machu Picchu (Peru) but it's probably the best archaeological site in Ecuador. The site is quite striking and the Sun temple is both aesthetic and interesting because the... More 

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