Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ingapirca, Inca Ruins in southern Ecuador
When traveling in southern Ecuador be sure to visit the Inca ruins at Ingapirca. The name means "Inca Wall" in Quichua. The site is located near the town of Tambo, just north of Cuenca about an hour. You'll find well preserved Inca ruins of a temple
to the sun. When the Inca Túpac Yupanqui moved
his forces into the area he found diplomacy and intermarriage a better approach than direct conflict. He succeeded in marrying the Canari princess Paccha and thus uniting the two peoples as one. The Canari Indians were allowed to keep much of their customs and traditions though surrounded by the dominant Inca Empire. While there is no geocache in this location (the nearest being in the city of Cuenca Arco 1 GC38572) the visit will open your eyes to the wonderful architecture the Canari and Inca people were able to create and the rich history of this most beautiful of places. Hopefully there will be a cache here in the near future. A special thanks to Andries3 and Routard05 for the photos.