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Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador

Inga Pirca = Inka Pirka (Meaning Inca Wall in Quechua)

When most of us think about the Incas, the image that springs to mind is always that of rolling mist, towering mountains and the vast archaeological complex of Machu Picchu .

Whilst Peru’s most famous landmark may be the most well-known symbol of Incan civilisation, it is certainly not the only one in South America. What many people don’t know is that there are some very impressive alternatives all over the continent, with just a fraction of the crowds! 

Bask in stunning views in Ingapirca, Ecuador

Ingapirca – Ecuador’s Largest Incan Ruins

Ingapirca is the largest archaeological Inca site in Ecuador and the Temple of the Sun, the most prominent building that remains, is only elliptical Incan temple in the whole of South America. Located around an hour and a half outside of popular expat city of  Cuenca , it is easy to arrange a visit to the ruins.

We organised our trip to Ingapirca through highly rated local tour agency Cuenca Bestours. Their one day trip consisted of a church visit and a trip to a local market to learn about the indigenous culture before arriving at the Ingapirca ruins complex. After exploring the site, there was the opportunity to sample some traditional cuisine in a local restaurant before returning to Cuenca.

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The view of Ingapirca Ruins Complex, Ecuador

The Sanctuary of Morning Dew, Biblián

After we were picked up from the Cuenca Bestours office, Tim and I were introduced to our tour guide for the day, Sebastian. As we began our journey to Ingapirca, he explained our itinerary and a little about the parts of Cuenca that we were passing through.

Cuenca has a huge expat population and therefore the city is rapidly expanding to fulfil demand. There is now a whole section to the outside of the city dubbed by locals as Gringolandia. The vast majority of the district’s inhabitants are expats from the United States and Canada. (You can read more about Cuenca in our guide here. )

A view down a colonial street at dusk in Cuenca, Ecuador

As the journey to Ingapirca is quite lengthy, Sebastian informed us that we would be making a stop at the town Biblián, in Cañar Province. As you weave your way through the town’s streets it becomes quickly apparent what the main focal point is as it looms above you.

The Gothic-inspired Church built on the rock behind it - Ingapirca, Ecuador

The church located here, known as The Sanctuary of the Morning Dew, is distinctly gothic in style and dates back to the late 19th century. The church, which was designed by a German architect, is built into the rock behind, which makes it quite the spectacle. The exit of the building also offers some stunning views of the town below and the surrounding Andes mountain range.

Marvel on at the view of the town while you are at the Church in Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador

Cañar Market

Our second stop was Cañar Market. As Sebastian took us around the area, he showed us where the indigenous people buy their traditional clothes. The skirts that are worn in the Cañare Province of Ecuador have become somewhat of a status symbol and can be as expensive as a few hundred dollars each!

Sebastian also explained that the traditional hat worn by the ladies of Cañar province also tells a story. The hat is white and has two bobbles attached. If the bobbles are worn at the back of the head, this symbolises that the woman in question is married. If they are worn at the front, this means the lady is single.

As we walked around the market, Sebastian continued to gift us with small details about the traditions of the Indigenous people which made for very interesting listening. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any photographs of the traditional dress or hats and the Indigenous belief is that having someone take your photo will result in your soul being stolen. It was definitely an enlightening visit!

Arriving at the Ingapirca Ruins

Ingapirca Entrance Fee = $2 US (Bargain!)

Upon our arrival at Ingapirca, we purchased our tickets which were just $2 US each and waited at the gate to enter. After being let through the barrier, the first thing that struck me was just how few people were there. It was a stark contrast from other archaeological sites I had visited around the world!

One can definitely enjoy a peaceful walk in Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador

Another of the wonderful things about these ruins is the presence of native wildlife. There are a number of llamas roaming free within the site which serve to keep the grass trim and also draw in tourists. Seriously, who doesn’t love llamas?!

Llamas in Ingapirca, Ecuador

In Ecuador, llamas are actually a protected species by law and only roam free in National Parks and areas of cultural heritage. The llamas themselves were very friendly and at times it looked like there were more of them than there were visitors!

The Cañari Civilisation

Sebastian explained that the ruins are actually a mix of both Incan and Cañari structures, which I found very surprising. Originally, the Incas attempted to conquer the Cañaris but were unsuccessful and instead decided to live alongside them in relative peace.

Canari ruins - Ingapirca, Ecuador

The Cañari civilisation was the first to build on the land and a stark difference can be seen between the two different styles of architecture. Whilst the Cañari used a form of mortar to fix the rocks together, the Incas cut the blocks precisely to size so they fit together perfectly without the need for a bonding aid. There are a number of different sections to the ruins. They range from rooms in which grain and meat could be stored to aqueducts to provide water to the compound.

The Inca Temple of the Sun

Perhaps the most important and spectacular of the ruins is the elliptical ‘Temple of the Sun’. Much of this Incan structure still remains intact and is built around a large rock. The temple is positioned so that the Inca’s were able to tell the time of year through the seasons, using the sun. The temple was also used as a sacrificial point where both humans (mostly female virgins!) and many animals were lost to the Gods over the years! Thankfully this activity no longer takes place today.

The Temple of the Sun at Ingapirca, Ecuador

It is said that the Incas chose this particular site for the temple due to the rock face nearby. The Incas believed that there was a face in the rock which would watch over them. After exploring the main ruins site, we made our way to the famed face. Upon seeing the rock, it is quickly apparent where the face is meant to be, although I am cynical about its ability to protect anyone!  

Chiseled in the mountain edge is The Rock Face - Ingapirca, Ecuador

Perhaps one of the most intriguing things about the ruins are the nearby houses. In Ecuador, any archaeological site that is discovered automatically belongs to the government, regardless of who owns the land. There are rumours that many of the nearby houses were constructed to conceal Incan and Cañari treasures and keep them out of state hands.

Whilst the government suspect this themselves, it is very difficult to search properties with no proof of any wrongdoing, so no-one really knows what could be hidden away from view!

After our exploration of Ingapirca was over, we headed to a local restaurant for lunch. We were given the opportunity to sample Canelazo, a traditional Ecuadorian alcoholic drink made from sugarcane. Always be careful when attempting to drink this in one this as it is served hot!

Lunch was a spread of potato soup to start, with a pork chop with rice and vegetables for main. It was delicious! Feeling well and truly content after lunch, we spent the journey back to Cuenca reflecting on the day and even caught the odd bit of shut-eye!

Ingapirca… Final Thoughts

Our visit to Ingapirca was both the perfect mix of history and nature. As someone who loves being in the company of animals, I was hugely excited to share the site with the resident llamas as we explored.

The site itself makes for a great morning of discovery as it is a place that holds many secrets and is still relatively undiscovered on a tourist scale. When you compare the volume of travellers at Ingapirca to other important archaeological sites, the numbers don’t even come close. This is great for those of us who choose to visit as it means the ruins are generally very quiet. As a result, you can see the site without big crowds and take some great photographs.

A tomb in Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador

Organised Day Tour VS. Independent Trip?

Whilst I have heard it is possible to reach Ingapirca without the need of a tour, I would definitely recommend one. I have no doubt that had we not have been accompanied by our guide, Sebastian, I wouldn’t have left with the level of understanding or enjoyment that I did.

He taught us about both the Cañari and Incan history as well as pointing out the differences in the stonework. He also showed us to the Incan face in the rock, which we would have never found without him!

Whilst we took a day tour to the ruins, it is also possible to visit Ingapirca as part of a longer, multi-day trip with Cuenca Bestours. For the adventurous, there is even a 3-day walk called the Camino del Inca Hike from Cuenca that you can do independently or on a tour. 

The Ingapirca ruins are home to a stretch of Inca trail which originally ran all the way to Incan capital Cuzco,  now in modern Peru. Whilst most of the trail in Ecuador has been destroyed, there is still a remaining section which can be followed. It starts in the small village of Achupallas and stretches 40km before reaching Ingapirca.

Cuenca Bestours not only provided us with a hugely knowledgeable local guide but also gave us an insight into both traditional and modern Ecuador. The stops at the gothic church and the trip to the market were nice added extras which injected more variety into the day. Coupled with a tasty lunch and comfortable transport, we really couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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Departure time:  8:30 am (private tours flexible), included: , hotel pick-up, licensed tour guide in english/spanish, transportation.

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Ingapirca Ruins tour 

Ingapirca ruins sun temple exploration

Private tour :   Daily Wed to Sun   Duration:  7.5 hours (approx) Offered in: English / Spanish Shared tour: Wed, Fri, Sun

Highlights:.

Visit the largest archaeological Inca site in Ecuador and the only elliptical temple of the Inca empire.

Enjoy the beauty of the Ecuadorian Andes while driv ing through the fertile farm landscape of the countryside. 

On Sunday visit the local Cañar Market and immerse yourself in the traditions of the indigenous tribe.

See how the famous Panama Hats are woven.

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Ingapirca is ecuador’s major inca archeological site.  sun worshippers built this fortress temple  in cañar valley in the 15th century.  it is located approximately 50 miles northeast of cuenca at an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level..

We start our tour by visiting the Sanctuary of The Virgin of the Morning Dew.  This church has a very distinctive Gothic architectural style blended into the mountain, dating back to the late 19th century. Next, we will visit an indigenous family where we’ll observe the weaving of Panama hats.  This is one of the most authentic crafts of Southern Ecuador and has a prominent role in the economy of the area.  We continue our tour with a ride through the enchanting highlands, enjoying the beautiful views along the way.

Upon arrival at Ingapirca, one of the most important Inca structures is waiting for us – an elliptical platform known as the “Sun’s Temple”.  Next to this, you will be able to see courtyards, terraces, and various other ruins. In order to get a closer look at the local atmosphere, we will take a short hike to observe the Inca Face, a large stone-carved mountain. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the area before our return to Cuenca.

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- You can cancel up to 24 hours before your experience for a full refund.

- If you cancel within 24 hours of the experience, the amount  you paid will not be refunded. 

- Changes made less than 24 hours before the experience will be subject to availability. 

- We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the weather conditions are not suitable. You will be offered a different date or a full refund.

- This experience requires a minimum of 2 travelers. If conditions are not met, we reserve the right to cancel and we will offer you an alternative date/experience or a full refund.

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For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver.

Ingapirca Ruins are closed on Monday and Tuesday 

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Ingapirca Ruins Tour

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Experience the essence of Ecuador's rich history on an unforgettable Ingapirca tour. Discover the fascinating Inca ruins, marvel at the intricate stonework, and immerse yourself in ancient traditions. Visit the magnificent Biblian church, an architectural masterpiece nestled in the Andean highlands. This immersive journey will transport you through time, showcasing the cultural treasures and spiritual heritage of this remarkable region.

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  • Entrance fees Ingapirca $2 each
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Embark on an extraordinary journey to Ingapirca, the crown jewel of Inca archaeological sites in Ecuador. Delve into the rich history and architectural marvels as we venture approximately 50 miles northeast of Cuenca to the mystical Cañar Valley. Our tour commences with a visit to the remarkable Sanctuary of The Virgin of the Morning Dew, a gothic-style church seamlessly integrated into the mountainside since the late 19th century. Traverse through captivating highlands, basking in the breathtaking scenery en route. Arriving at Ingapirca, behold the awe-inspiring "Sun's Temple," an elliptical platform of immense significance, accompanied by courtyards, terraces, and other captivating ruins. Immerse yourself in the local ambiance with a short hike to witness the majestic Inca Face, a grand stone-carved mountain. Our day concludes with lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Cuenca, leaving you with indelible memories of this extraordinary Inca treasure.

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After several years of wanting to visit Ingapirca, we finally drove to this pre-Columbian archaeological complex located 50 miles north of Cuenca, Ecuador in the province of Cañar. It takes about 25 minutes from the city of Cañar or an hour and a half from Cuenca and three and a half hours from Guayaquil. Ingapirka is a Quichua word that means “Wall of the Inca”.

Ingapirca is Ecuador’s largest and most important archaeological construction of Inca origin and makes the best day trip from Cuenca, Ecuador. In this guide we share everything you need to know about the Ingapirca ruins, what to expect and how to get there.

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This archaeological site could have been an observatory of the sun and the moon. It is not known for sure what are the purpose for this building of Inca-Cañari origin. The Temple of the Sun is the most prominent building in the complex and is the only round Inca temple in all of South America. The complex was built at the beginning of the 16th century. The ruins are a mixture of Inca and Cañari structures, since at the time the Incas tried to conquer the Cañaris, and when they were unsuccessful the two cultures learned to coexist.

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The Cañari civilization was the first to build on this land and you can see a great difference between the two different styles of architecture. While the Cañari used a form of mortar to join the rocks, the Incas precisely cut the blocks to size so that they would fit together perfectly without the need for an adhesive. There are several different sections of the ruins. They range from rooms in which grain and meat can be stored to aqueducts to provide water to the complex.

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Things to know before visiting Ingapirca

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  • ATM: Bring cash for the entrance fee. We did not see any ATM nearby and they did not accept credit cards when we visited.
  • Tickets: The entrance fee is $2 USD per person. It includes a mandatory guided tour in English or Spanish as you cannot enter the complex by yourself.
  • Altitude: 3200 meters above sea level. Make sure to acclimate yourself and bring plenty of water.

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The easiest way visit Ingapirca is either by private car, tour or by public transport from Cuenca, Guayaquil or Cañar. Transportes Cañar has direct buses from the Terminal Terrestre in Cuenca to Ingapirca at 9:00 AM. The tour lasts approximately 2 and a half hours and the ticket costs $3.50. The cool thing is that the bus takes you to the ruins, waits for about two hours, and brings you directly back to the bus station in Cuenca. If for whatever reason you cannot make it, then take any bus to the town of Cañar and from there hire a taxi to take you to the ruins and we suggest pre-arranging a pick up with them too.

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You can buy your tickets to visit Ingapirca at the information center. The entrance to the Archaeological Complex of Ingapirca includes a mandatory guided tour. The tours are offered in Spanish and English, plus there are several signs around the complex in both language and Kichwa that explain the basic concepts of the site. These signs complement the information given by the tour guide and helps answer any questions you may have about this archaeological complex. The entrance is $2 per person and it is necessary to wait for a full tour group to form to able to enter the tourist complex with the guide.

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What I liked the most about my visit to Ingapirca is the abundance of nature and animals living in the complex. The presence of native fauna, such as llamas, make your visit more pleasant. In fact, one of my favorite photos that I sell in my Etsy shop was taken there. I was able to frame a llama walking with some yellow flowers. These llamas not only make the landscape more beautiful, but by roaming freely around the site they help keep the grass cut short.

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Another of the things that can be done in the area are: walk to the face of the Inca, which was the reason why the Incas chose that particular site to build their famous Temple of the Sun. They believed that the Face del Inca would watch over them and protect them from any harm. The face-shaped rock is visible from the temple and can be reached by a short hike from these Inca ruins in Ecuador. There is a great similarity between the shape of the rock with a human face that will surely leave you astonished. The Archaeological Museum which is located in the same complex and like the ruins, is also run by the Cañari indigenous people. It displays an illustrative diorama of the entire site, a mummy, and various artifacts that belonged to the Inca and Cañari civilizations. Entrance to the museum is included in the entrance fee to the entire archaeological complex.

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Ingapirca Ruins Tour

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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.

One day tour

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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  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual specialized guide licensed for different sites to visit
  • Lunch in typical zones visit (Box lunch for more than 1 day)
  • Visits specified in the description of the tours
  • Comfortable transportation
  • Orchid farm $5 (private tour)
  • Giron waterfalls entrance $3
  • Entrance: $6 Ingapirca foreign
  • Nationals Cajas National Park Free Entry

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  • All Gulliver cars come with advanced satellite tracking devices to control position and speed, or for extra safety in an unlikely case of an accident. Every car has full insurance. We always make sure to fulfill the highest security and safety standards for all our clients.
  • You must have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • We put all our effort into organizing the tour, therefore cancellations require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. A 50% refund will be given back. Cancellations will not be refunded with a shorter time notice.
  • Please note tips for our guides are not included in the price.

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Discover the incredible Temple of the Sun while exploring the Ingapirca Ruins

Visit an indigenous family where you will observe the weaving of panama hats

All guides are bilingual and very passionate about their culture

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Ingapirca is Ecuador’s major Inca archaeological site . Sun worshippers built this fortress-temple in Cañar valley in the 15th century. It is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Cuenca, at an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level. We’ll start our tour by visiting Rocio Virgin Church . This church has a very distinctive gothic architectural style, dating back to the late 19th century. Next, we will visit an indigenous family where you can observe the weaving of Panama Hats. This is one of the most authentic crafts of Southern Ecuador, and has a prominent role in the economy of the area. We’ll continue our tour with a ride through the enchanting highlands, enjoying the beautiful views along the way. Upon arrival at Ingapirca, one of the most important Inca structures will be waiting for us – an elliptical platform, known as the “Sun’s Temple” . Next to this you will be able to see courtyards, terraces and various other ruins. In order to get a closer look at the local atmosphere, we will take a short hike to observe the Inca’s face, a large stone outcropping. We will stop for lunch at a typical restaurant in the area, before our return to Cuenca.

07:30 - 08:00

Hotel and hostel pick-up

Depart from Cuenca

Go to the Virgen del Rocio Cathedral; visit an indigenous family and observe the weaving of Panama Hats in the village of Biblián

Depart from Biblián

Arrive at Ingapirca Ruins

Depart from Ingapirca ruins

Return to Cuenca

- Lunch - Private transport - Bilingual guide

- Drinks - Tips - Entrance fee Ingapirca Ruins: $6 USD per person - Personal expenses

- Walking shoes - Hat - Sunscreen - Sunglasses - Comfortable clothes - Jumper or jacket IMPORTANT INFORMATION: CHILD (UP TO 12 YEARS OLD) In order to obtain this discount, the child must be up to 12 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.

Cancellation or changes of this tour: Changes: It is FREE to change the tour date before 5:00 pm (Quito time) 2 days before the tour begins. Cancellations: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (Quito time) 2 days before the tour begins, a 10% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% cancellation fee. Please email [email protected] to cancel this tour or make any changes.

What time zone is used in Ingapirca?

Local time in Ingapirca is GMT -5, the same as on Ecuador's mainland.

What kind of weather can we find in Ingapirca?

You will be in a mild year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 20°C (68°F). From January to April it can be hot and humid, sometimes it rains a lot. The driest months are from July to August, and the coolest month is July.

What should I bring to the tour?

You should bring money for tips and personal expenses, drinks, and your video camera or camera. Also, the entrance fee to Ingapirca is $6 USD.

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Cultural Experiences To Have Before Leaving Ecuador

Posted: September 21, 2023 | Last updated: September 21, 2023

There is so much to explore in Ecuador. While it may not be the biggest country in South America , the culture is rich, the cuisine is delightful and the experiences are everlasting. There’s beautiful natural landscapes, ancient ruins and world-class marketplaces to explore. Whether you’re visiting for a long time or just briefly, there are a few cultural experiences you have to try before wrapping up a visit to Ecuador. 

Explore an Ecuadorian Marketplace 

Otavalo is the home of one of Ecuador’s most popular marketplaces. Some describe it as a sensory playground with smells, sounds and vibrant colors experienced around every corner. The marketplace is held everyday at the Plaza de los Ponchos. It’s the perfect place to experience traditional South American shopping culture, bartering practices and Ecuadorian cuisine. There are a plethora of vendors selling everything from artisan crafts and Panama hats to woven tapestries and jewelry made from local gemstones. 

Hike Through the Jungle at Puyo

One of the best ways to explore the rainforest in Ecuador is on a guided tour. There are many tour opportunities available to see the jungle at Puyo. Whether you decide to hike or go by van, its definitely a sight worth seeing. There are waterfalls and swimming holes to swim in, hiking trails to run down and rivers to canoe down. Some tours are multi-day and visit locals who live within the rainforest. Visiting the Ecuadorian rainforest is a cultural treat every visitor should check out. 

Reimagine Ancient Life at the Ingapirca Ruins

Ancient ruins serve as reminders that before modern times, indigenous people ruled and were prosperous. South America has some of the oldest ruins of past civilizations, and Ecuador is no exception. The Ingapirca Ruins are the largest archaeological Incan site in the country. Located in Canar, visitors can check out the ruins on guided tours and use their imagination to reimagine ancient life. 

Spend the Night at an Old Hacienda

There are plenty of old haciendas in Ecuador. These giant farmhouse estates served as the homes of Spanish conquistadors back in the day. Now, many of them are rented out to vacationing travelers or are tourist attractions showcasing the country’s rich history. Some of the top Ecuadorian haciendas to spend a night at include Hacienda El Porvenir, Hacienda Tambopaxi and Hacienda Cusin. These traditional homes are a wonderful way to experience Ecuador’s old world charm and elaborate architecture. 

Take a Train Ride Through the Avenue of Volcanoes

Travelers can enjoy a full day of picturesque landscapes and scenery as they ride through the Avenue of Volcanoes. The avenue includes 200 miles of roads winding through the Andeans. There are eight beautiful, snow-mantled mountains surrounding travelers as the train whisks them through the hills. Full of national parks, hidden nature coves and a few traditional markets, a train ride through the avenue is a treasure for adventurous travelers. 

Go Whale Watching off the Coast of Salinas

Salinas is one of the most popular beaches in Ecuador. It’s also an excellent location for whale watching. Once you’re done surfing and sunbathing, take some time to view the whales before leaving Ecuador. Whale watching tours in Salinas allows travelers to see humpback whales in their natural habitat. The best season to catch the majestic mammals is from mid-June to October. However, if you are traveling outside of whale watching season, Salinas also has a museum dedicated to the incredible animals. 

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  • The guide will pick up you in the lobby of the hotel ( Hotel pick up inside the Urban perimeter of Cuenca)
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