Ingapirca (Inca Ruins)
Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
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The Ingapirca ruins (Ingapirca means Wall of the Inca) are not very large, so it doesn’t take a lot of time to explore them, but are worth a visit. These are the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. Do not rush your time there. Walk around the grounds and take in the beauty of the surrounding green hills and valleys, not to mention the museum, the shops and enjoy the friendly people of the area.
The ruins were discovered in 1970 and are located in Caņar province and just outside the town of Ingapirca
For a tourist the entrance fee into the park is $6.00, but if you are a resident, just show your ID as we did (our Censo card was enough, even without having our residency visas yet) and your cost is half price. We brought along a friend who is visiting from the US to check out Ecuador as a place to live and she had to pay the full entrance fee. In fact, anywhere you go in Ecuador, as our personal research has shown, even to the Galapagos, if you are a resident with a CEDULAR (a Censo may not always be enough, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A CITIZEN) you pay a lot less, you pay what the Ecuadorians pay..
The shops there are filled with colorful handmade items, so take cash and have some fun, as the best part is always the shopping, I say. Although we thought that some items were a little on the high side, we generally found the prices to be good and cheaper than in Cuenca
There are a couple of tiny restaurants there as well serving up traditional Ecuadorian food, so you do not have to leave the grounds to eat. We had a large bowl of delicious soup, along with chicken, beans, rice and a glass of pear juice for $1.75 each. Plenty of food was served.
To get to Ingapirca from Cuenca, we suggest you just go to the main bus terminal, which has many little shops and restaurants inside. The buses depart at 9am and 12pm, then return at 1pm and 4pm during the week
The buses are the typical comfortable gray-hound buses, so don’t worry, you will not have to share your space with any chickens or goats. In fact, we haven't seen any animals on any of the city buses in Cuenca, except for maybe baby dogs or cats or baby chickens thus far. However, the buses to Ingapirca do pick up and drop off passengers along the way so the bus can get crowded. (It costs .10 cents to get thru the gate to the buses at the terminal in Cuenca) Anyway, it certainly is an enjoyable day trip.
We returned home around 7pm and 10 minutes later had our 2nd bible study with our landlord John. He was upstairs waiting for us. Tomorrow we start a new study with a woman Fred found today, Aug. 30th and we are hoping to have our second study this week with another woman who teaches English. So there is definitely great potential for many bible studies.
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