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Cuenca: Visit Ingapirca Inca ruins

Visit Ingapirca Inca ruins

The ruins of Ingapirca are the most significant vestiges of the Inca empire to be found in Ecuador, and will add a fascinating historical dimension to your visit to the country.

Occupying a hilltop lookout, Ingapirca had both military and religious functions. Today the most striking building within the complex is the Temple of the Moon, with its curved stone walls enclosing a large sacred rock. The temple was built so as to filter the sunlight through a small doorway to the inner sanctum on the solstices, while the walls were constructed in the typical Inca style: chiselled to fit so precisely that no mortar was needed to fix them together.

 

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