Ingapirca Ruins

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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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The resting place for Incas Oct 20, 2009
The historical ruins of Ingapirca are the most important archeological remains of the Incas in Ecuador and is therefore an essential sight.

Over 500 years ago, the Incas had build an impressively large system of roads. It total, these roads measured over 5,000 kilometers in length. These roads were mostly used by Incan couriers who carried messages through the vast Inca empire and travelers.

Ingapirca was build as resting place for those who had made a long trip, and still had many more miles to cover. Later Ingapirca expanded so it could be used as a lodge for troops, and a resting place for the emperor. The place was enlarged and gained a fortress and temple.

After the Spanish landed in Ecuador, Ingapirca was dismantled. Rocks form the walls were stolen to use to construct Spanish settlements. Despite this deconstruction, some constructions survived. The ceremonial altar were most likely sacrifices had taken place and the ellipse-shaped fortress are the most important remains.

Ingapirca may not be as mind-blowing as Machu Picchu or other Inca structures that surround Cuzco, but is nonetheless interesting, especially if it is the first Inca ruin you see.
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travelman727 says:
Great review! Your comments bring back many happy memories; I helped build a church in Cañar one block off the Pan American highway :-)
Posted on: Oct 22, 2009
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alexa0974 alexa0974
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ingapirca ruins Apr 03, 2009
The ruins are the largest Incan ruins in Ecuador. The most significant building is the temple of the sun, an elliptical shaped building constructed around a large rock. The building is constructed in the Incan way without mortar. The stones were simply chiseled and fashioned to fit together perfectly. The temple of the sun was positioned so that on the solstices, at exactly the right time of day, sunlight would fall through the center of the doorway of the small chamber at the top of the temple. Most of this chamber has fallen down.
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