Ingapirca means “Incas stone wall”. It is a full and fascinating trip day from Cuenca to the massive fortifications of Ingapirca. We find them above the dramatically beautiful valleys. We drive from Cuenca at 8 am taking the Pan-American Highway which will lead us to the province of Cañar where Ingapirca is located. It is about 2 hours driving time from Cuenca to Ingapirca.
This tour goes on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
We continue with the visit of an Indigenous family to look at tissue Straw Hats.
Finally, we head to Ingapirca. It is believed today that Ingapirca was both a religious and administrative center, as well as a fortress. The complex was built by the Incas on top of an Old Cañari settlement.
The complex was a ceremonial center or observatory for the Cañari and Inca cultures. There is a museum which is administered by Banco Central del Ecuador, it is open now at this place, containing both archeological and ethnographic displays, as well as this castle we have already mentioned.
The vast archeological complex of the ruins includes a roofless fortification, courtyards, terraces, temples, houses, and a “castle” possibly the “Temple of the Sun”.
In the middle of the Plaza of Pilaloma (the Kancha), there is a tomb of an important woman, who is still accompanied by ten people of both sexes, it has been excavated. The grave wealth seems to be related to the pre – Cashaloma area before the tenth century. They are identified by their use of negative decoration, and on their pottery, we can see the Inca influence which is often lentil-shaped. The fact that it is a pit burial also supposes the theory that the woman was buried before the growth of the Hatun-Cañari. A group of rooms was excavated on the east of the warehouses. Archeological remains mean that this was a specialized area of workshops. This area was used for the production of objects required by the politico-religious elites who lived in Ingapirca.
On Wednesdays, you’ll be able to observe the Biblical women knitting the straws to make the base form of the Panama Hats, also the Archeological Complex afterward. On Fridays, you’ll be able to go to the animal market and the pottery market before the visit to the Ruins. On Sundays, you’ll be able to go to the Cañar market in the city before going to the Complex.
After the above-mentioned visits, we will enjoy of a typical lunch at a local restaurant in the city. And return to Cuenca at 4 pm approx.
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