Time traveling. You may sense it just as you look at the temple’s imposing facade; maybe it will happen at the end of the tour, watching Andes at every direction. The world as it was 500 years ago, simpler but often wiser, will arise in front of you. For a moment, priests and farmers, nurturers and warriors will come back to their ordinary duty and past’s echoes will rumble from every wall.
You’ll look at the Sun just as they did: our main energy source, rightful sovereign of our days. Mountains will reveal their natural condition: fertile and vigorous, at least as alive as we are. You’ll understand that there is no need for pomposity in order to reach splendor, and you’ll admire the citadel even if it isn’t made but of stone. But who were the ones that built it? Who were the responsible for such gateways?
Ingapirca is the fruit of two powerful civilizations that learned to live together in peace. At first it was Cañaris’ capital, a culture whose main traits were there brilliant commerce skills and their military discipline. So brave they were that when Túpac Yupanqui, Inca emperor, advanced with its army, he couldn’t bow them down. He was forced to diplomacy, and one of his daughters had to marry a local chieftain. What then was Hatun Cañar became Ingapirca -Inca’s Wall. It was a temple and a fortress, the main Inca settlement in Ecuador and yet another evidence of Tahuantinsuyo’s supremacy over innumerable disciplines.
You’ll check it out yourself: Ingapirca is an engineering tour de force. Built upon carved stones, its walls, 500 years later, remain impassible. A pin can’t pierce the unions of rock and rock. When you ascend to the temple’s terrace, you’ll be part of a most precise solar watch. You’ll be able to watch shelters, aqueducts and farming terraces, disposed in perfect order for the well-being and economic prosperity of. At Incan Empire, it has been said, everyone had something to eat and somewhere to sleep. Several academics have said that it is one of of the few economic systems that worked with relative equality through the history of human kind.
Above all, Ingapirca will fill you up with mysterious harmony. To visit it is not just a cultural excursion, but a spiritual one. It is, for a moment, to live at another time, at another system of existence. It is to understand that beyond our multiple progresses, we still have plenty to explore; that it can be the case that we have deviated when choosing our priorities. It is to look at the world through our ancestors’ eyes, to whom maximum progress was to be like the very nature where they’d come from. That may be the reason why Ingapirca, like Machu Picchu, looks sculpted with the same chisel as the mountains themselves.
Through the past, we can reconsider our present and discover new perspectives of our current reality. To visit Ingapirca is to find oneself again. Our Posada is located just 200 meters away from the Complex. If you don’t plan to stay the night, we can offer transfers back and forth from Cuenca; they include a guided tour and a lunch at our restaurant for 70USD. Book them here.