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CUENCA INGAPIRCA RUINS

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In the heart of the southern Ecuadorian Andes lies the country’s most important and best-preserved Inca ruins. The Ingapirca Archaeological Complex is a window into South America’s past.

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In the heart of the southern Ecuadorian Andes lies the country’s most important and best-preserved Inca ruins. The Ingapirca Archaeological Complex is a window into South America’s past.

 As we head north from Cuenca along the Pan-American Highway, through the rolling Andean landscapes, passing the city of Azogues, we reach the village of Biblián. It is known for one of  Ecuador’s most unique religious temples, La Virgen del Rocío Church, perched on a hill like a fairy-tale castle. We’ll also have a chance to experience local delicacies on the route and continue to the lively indigenous village market of Cañar. Than we reach Ingapirca, we climb to the paramo zone, where the ancient people of the region built a magnificent religious temple whose remains can be still witnessed today. The ruins help us envision pre-Columbian societies in this part of the country, where the Incas established the northernmost capital of their empire.

 After the visit, lunch is served at a traditional farmhouse restaurant in the area, complete with its warm fireplace. At 3,300m altitude it will be appreciated for sure. Return to Cuenca.

 

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