50 Photos - Mar 1, 2013
Photo: Oops!  Detour from Cañar to Ingapirca, via a one-lane dirt roadPhoto: Along the detourPhoto: Scenery on the detourPhoto: We have arrivedPhoto: The Cañari people are in charge of the Ingapirca site and all signage is in English, Spanish, and KichuaPhoto: the Ingapirca ticket officePhoto: LLamas graze nearbyPhoto: Overview of the Ingapirca complexPhoto: Replica of an Inca housePhoto: These walls were built by Cañaris without mortar, with loosely-fitting stonesPhoto: Photo: Portion of an Inca roadPhoto: Picking grasses that cuy like to eatPhoto: Photo: Inca "B" masonry": wall made with mortarPhoto: Mortar made of a local limestone mixed with llama poopPhoto: Water drain in Inca wallPhoto: Inca stones not in structure, probably for future expansionPhoto: Sheila near the main Inca structurePhoto: View of the main structurePhoto: Main Inca structure, thought to have been a templePhoto: The Inca builder's "A-grade" masonry:  no mortarPhoto: Inca's best masonry, closer view.  This was done around A.D. 1550.Photo: Closeup of Inca masonryPhoto: Side view; slight bulge of stones is part of the designPhoto: The entrance way to the temple buildingPhoto: Window detailPhoto: View of the structure that remainsPhoto: view of the remaining end wall of the templePhoto: Sheila in the Inca wallPhoto: Marty, Sheila, Cecilia, EnriquePhoto: Marty, Ingapircaa guide Carlos, Cecilia, EnriquePhoto: After almost 500 years, a few stones are crackedPhoto: Nearly 500 years of earthquakes have opened up a few gaps on one side of the temple structurePhoto: A new village is rising near the Ingapirca sitePhoto: Still functioning Inca aqueduct behind the ruins (with modern repairs)Photo: Photo: The Inca temple seen from behind and belowPhoto: This woman popped out of her hut on the old Inca path and offered to sell us genuine Inca artworks (?)Photo: Only $500 for this genuine Inca kitchen chopperPhoto: We hiked along the old Inca path to see this rock formation known as Inca facePhoto: Inca face overlooks river valley from which many stones for the Ingapirca site were minedPhoto: This visitor walked the Ingapirca site in spike heelsPhoto: The Ingapirca Inn, our lunch spotPhoto: He didn't seem particularly ferociousPhoto: Country lunch: TamalPhoto: Countrh lunch:  HumitaPhoto: Country lunch: fried pork chop with potatoes, rice, and vegiesPhoto: Country inn dining roomPhoto: Cecilia relaxing back in Cuenca after a long day's drive