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Ingapirca Inca archaeological complex

Astrological fort and observatory of the incas

•location:
CAÑAR CITY, INGAPIRCA PARISH

•type:

•country:
ECUADOR

•interest:

CULTURAL

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

Ingapirca Inca archaeological complex

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ABOUT - 

Ingapirca Inca archaeological complex

Incas and Cañaris tell their story at Ingapirca or "Wall of the Inca". It is the largest and best restored archaeological complex of Ecuador at 3.160 meters above sea level and 16 km from the city of Cañar, province of Cañar, in southern Ecuador. Ingapirca is from Inca origin, but when visitors enter the jurisdiction of Cañar they also enter to the Cañari nation, an ethnographic and geographical space conformed by the provinces of Cañar and Azuay, known as the Ecuadorian Austro.


The solar and lunar observatory, which also served as a military fort, was built at the beginning of the 16th century, before the arrival of the Spaniards to the area. The outer world has knowledge of the remains from the 18th century, locating it in the province of Hatun Cañar or "the great place of the Cañaris". The ruins were excavated and restored by an Archaeological Mission of Spain between 1974 and 1975. Those investigations gave rise to several publications by archaeologists José Alcina, Miguel Rivera and Antonio Fresco.

 

In the archaeological complex, there can be appreciated different architectural units, of which the Temple of the Sun or “Castle” stands out, it is an elliptical shape of 37 meters long and 12 wide. The oldest building is Pilaloma. Then there are the shrine and the chambers. It is possible to hire the services of native guides who explain the history and meaning of the Inca structures.

 

The site is put into value by the Archaeological Museum and inside it there is an explanatory mockup of Ingapirca and a large amount of ceramics belonging to the integration period. It also has an ethnographic room where you can find elements such as: utensils, tools and Cañaris’ clothing. The excavations carried out reveal the presence of the Cañari and Inca cultures. The administration of the Complex is in charge of the National Institute of Cultural Heritage of Ecuador.

 

The city of Cañar is also known as the Archaeological Capital of Ecuador, because in addition to Ingapirca, the town is the point of reference for other important archaeological sites such as the Inca baths of Coyoctor, Narrío Hill, Tambo Real de Paredones, the Inca trail (Camino del Inca) or "Qhaphacñán", Labrashcarrumi, Shungumarca, Shizhu, Hatun Cañar Mines, Taski, Culebrillas and Quilloac, all of those easily accessible.

 

GET THERE - 

Ingapirca Inca archaeological complex

• location:
CAÑAR CITY, INGAPIRCA PARISH
•country:
ECUADOR
•region: 
SOUTH AMERICA

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Ingapirca parish, canton of Cañar, province of Cañar, Ecuador

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

71 km by bus, taxi or private vehicle from the bus station of Cuenca city to Ingapirca, by the North Pan-American Highway and then by the road to Honorato Vázquez, canton of Cañar.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

1h18 minutes from the bus station of Cuenca city to Ingapirca.

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

71 km by bus, taxi or private vehicle from Mariscal Lamar airport in Cuenca city to Ingapirca, by the North Pan-American Highway and then by the way to Honorato Vázquez canton in Cañar.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

1h17 minutes from Mariscal Lamar airport in Cuenca city to Ingapirca.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Cuenca city - 71km - 44miles

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Guayaquil city´s airport - 167km - 104miles

 

PRACTICAL - 

Ingapirca Inca archaeological complex

PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

PLACE

• Class:

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

• Type:

• Kind:

RURAL

3160

• Altitude meters:

10367

• Altitude feet:

• Minimum visit time in hours:

1

• Maximum visit time in hours:

3

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • Monday to sunday, from 08h00 to 17h30. 

ENTRANCE FEE

  • Ecuadorians USD 2. 

  • Foreigners USD 6.

  • Students with id, children from 5 to 12 years old, elderly and disabled people have 50% discount.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Assited selfguided visits.

  • Independent visit.

  • Experiential journey.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending folkloric events.

  • Attending artistic events.

ENTERTAIMENT:

Attend shows.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Camping.

  • Biking.

  • Horse riding.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Cultural National Heritage.

  • Municipal protected area.

  • Communitarian protected area.

  • Rural community.

  • Ethnicity.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A camera.

  • A video camera.

  • Warm clothes.

  • Candies.

  • Walking shoes.

  • A hat.

  • Sunscreen.

LOCAL CONTACT