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 2:00 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 Hat.
Finally we head to Ingapirca. It is believed today that Ingapirca was both a religious and administrative centre, as well as a fortress. The complex was built by the Incas on top of an Old Cañari settlement.
The complex was a ceremonial centre 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 that the theory that the woman was buried prior to the growth the Hatun-Cañari. A group of rooms were 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 Biblian women knitting the straws in order to make the base form of the Panama Hats, also the Arqueological Complex afterwards. 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 tipical lunch at a local restaurant of the city. And return to Cuenca at 4 pm approx.