25 years of Tourism Management experience in Ecuador and Peru
Learn about the fascinating history of the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador
Have the possibility to visit the indigenous markets of Ingapirca and Cañar
Visit the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex and explore the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador.
Except Mondays and Tuesdays
Hotel and hostel pick-up
Hotel and hostel drop-off
Without a doubt the Ingapirca Archeological Complex is the biggest and best-preserved in Ecuador. It lies deep in the dry sierras swept by the wind of the southern mountain range, 80 kilometers (48 miles) north of Cuenca and at 3180 meters above the sea level. Along the way you will observe interesting Andean landscapes and people in colorful dresses. Along the highway we will see the famous “cascaritas” (pork rinds), a typical dish based on crisp pork skins.
Ingapirca offers us an incredible view of the past, coming to know the Cañari and Inca cultures. Marvel at the different styles of construction of the temples as well as the precise solar calculations and aqueduct system. In addition, we visit the outstanding Virgen del Rocío church , which sits high on the cliffs of the nearby town of Biblián.
Depending on the day on which we do the tour, visits may vary slightly. Here are the options:
Wed: Cuenca – Biblián. Stop at the “Weavers of Biblián”. (The weavers are located along the Cuenca-Cañar highway).
Friday: Cuenca-Ingapirca – The Animal and Handicrafts Market.
Sunday: Cuenca-Cañar – Colorful market in the town of Cañar.
Return to hotels at approximately 4 p.m.
08:00 - 08:30
Hotel and hostel pick-up
Depart from Cuenca
Arrive at Ingapirca Ruins
10:30 - 13:00
Visit the Inca-Cañari Archaeological Complex, and the Face of the Inca. Visit the indigenous markets of Ingapirca and Cañar (depending on the day)
14:30 - 16:30
Visit the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Rocio in Biblian Canton (only on Wednesdays and Fridays, not on Sundays)
Return to Cuenca
- Private transport
- Professional bilingual tourist guide Spanish-English
- Lunch at a restaurant in the area
- Entrance fee to Ingapirca Complex: $6 USD per person
- Personal expenses
- Closed and comfortable walking shoes
- Dress in layers
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a windbreaker, and clothing to protect you against rain (in case of wet weather)
- Beverages: bottled water, juice
- Cash for personal expenses
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
Changes: A 20% administration fee will apply to change the tour date before 6:00 pm (Quito time) 2 days before the tour begins.
Cancellations: If you cancel before 6:00 pm (Quito time) 2 days before the tour begins, a 40% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel this tour or make any changes.
What time zone is used in Cuenca?
Local time in Ingapirca is GMT -5, the same as on Ecuador's mainland.
What kind of weather can we find in Cuenca?
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 wear closed and comfortable walking shoes, and dress in layers. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a windbreaker, and clothing to protect you against rain (in case of wet conditions). Also take beverages, like bottled water and juice, and cash for personal expenses.