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Sep 15, 2013 - Inca Ruins near Cuenca

Today Debbie and I took a bus tour of three Inca ruines. The tour was announced on the "Gringo Tree", a Cuenca based website and blog. It cost $50 each and included lunch and a very knowledgeable (and handsome) English speaking guide, Carlos. We left Cuenca about 9 AM and returned at 7 PM. INFO: The area around Cuenca was originally a Cañari settlement, founded around 500 AD and existed before they were conquered by the Inca in the 1400's. The Spanish came to Ecuador and conquered the Incas around the 1530's. The Spanish called the land...

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Feb 23, 2013 - Cuenca & Ingapirca

Last Sunday, I went on a day trip to Ingapirca with Colette. Ingapirca is an Inca and Cañari site (ruins) next to the village of the same name, about two hours from Cuenca. Many tour companies sell a day trip to Ingapirca for $40 or even $50 a head. Given that this is not Machu Picchu, I didn't intend to pay that much. So we decided to go by local buses. It took us a while to get started. The Cuenca bus station is unexpectedly chaotic for such an orderly city. Going to Ingapirca is a two-step process: first you need a bus to either Cañar or...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Ingapirca, Cuenca

Piatek, 22 luty - Cuenca, Ingapirca Dzis wycieczka do Ingapirca, miejsce jedynych ruin Inkow na terytorium Ekwadoru. Jest to wycieczka samodzielna. Czyli, po prostu, bierzemy podmiejski autobus ($5/osobe za bilet powrotny) z dworca w Cuenca az do samych ruin w Ingapirca - okolo 100 km na polnoc. Podroz tam trwa 2 godziny. Glownie dlatego ze dosc czesto stajemy. No i tez droga (a juz z pewnoscia ostatnie 20 km) jest bardzo gorzysta. Ingapirca jest polozona na wysokim, otoczonym wzgorzami plaskowyzu, na wysokosci ponad 3200 mnpm. Miejsce bylo...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Ingapirca Ruins

Ecuador's best preserved Inca ruins are located 67 km. north of Cuenca at 10,600 feet above sea level. Are they the largest ruins in the country? That is up for debate but they are surely the grandest yet discovered in Ecuador. Ingapirca was a Canar settlement before the Incas arrived to try to conquer this fierce tribe. They succeeded in a fashion for 80 years but the Canar culture is still flourishing to this day in the area. After the Inca occupation, the Spanish took over some of the Ingapirca settlement and used the highly polished cut...

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May 22, 2011 - Southern Highland Fling

Knowing how often the devil is said to dance with his wife here in Cuenca, neither Mike nor I were holding out much hope for the sunshine we’d basked in at the weekend to continue through to this week, but, for once, we were mighty glad to be wrong. The fact that I jumped out of bed with a gleeful look in my eye at 6am when the familiar explosion sounded outside is an indicator of how happy I was to see a clear sky. The good weather was punctuated with a day of cloud and drizzle every couple of days, but even this couldn’t take away the...

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Aug 1, 2010 - Ingapirca Ruins

Hilda and John Gruhn invited me to go on a tour of the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex near the town of Canar, about 2 hours from Cuenca. We left at eight in the morning with our driver Cesar in a comfortable van. The cost of the tour was $66 for all of us. Our first stop was the Sunday market in Canar. This market attracts many indigenous from the countryside who bring their fruits, vegetables, grains, and handicrafts to the city to sell. It was a very exotic place for us since we hadn't seen indigenous in this mode of dress: narrow...

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Feb 4, 2010 - Ingapirca

Today I did a trip to Ingapirca, located 2 hours away from Cuenca. It is a small village but actually its famous for its archaeological site, the only spacious one built by the incas and still in a good condition in ecuador. This site was built in the 15th century by the incas during their expansion into what today is ecuador. At the site there are free guides available that explain you about the history of that place, its interesting but being there like one and a half hour is fairly enough. There is a direct bus connection from Cuenca...

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May 11, 2009 - Cuenca: Ingapirca Ruins

Clare and I were up and at em early this morning and caught a quick breakfast at the hotel before returning to the Terminal Terrestre to get the 2.5 hour bus ride to the Ingapirca Ruins. It was $5 for the return ride. Once we arrived, rain was just starting to pour and it was freezing and I had sadly underpacked for the first time in my Ecuadorian life. I ran off to the little stand of artesania that some local women were selling and settled on a huge and very warm llama poncho for the bargain price of $11.50. We wandering around the site...

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