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Tour from Baños de Agua Santa to Cuenca, Ecuador

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Ancient Ingapirca Ruins

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Ingapirca ruins

Visit the Inca site of Ingapirca today. Kichwa: "Inca wall"), also Hatun Kañar (Hatun Cañar, "Great Cañar"). The exact purpose of the site, which was called "castle" (castillo) by the Spanish chroniclers, has still not been deciphered. In the meantime, however, it has become clear that it was not only a fortress, but also a place of worship of the Kañari, which was later also used and extended by the Incas. The construction method of joining large hewn stone blocks together without joints is similar to the Inca ruins preserved in Cusco. According to common interpretation, the complex includes a temple of the sun, an observatory for the observation of the sun and moon, storage rooms, ritual baths, tombs, streets and squares.

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