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Ingapirca Ruins

The historical ruins of Ingapirca (meaning Wall of the Inca) are located about 17 km from Cañar and stand as the most important archeological memory in Ecuador.

Originally, it was constructed as an inn for Incan couriers and other travelers and later was fortified under the control of the Cañaris of Huayna Capac. Later it was expanded and used as a lodge for troops, a resting place for the emperor and a temple. Ingapirca was build in the style of Coricancha, the main temple of Cuzco. The ruins of Ingapirca, an ellipse-shaped fortress made of green diorite, is still appreciated and admired today as it was 500 years ago.

Difficult: Easy Group: Any Family: Yes Duration: 7 Hours


  • Departure from Cuenca towards the Inca Ruins of Ingapirca, the biggest archaeological Inca complex of Ecuador.

    The ruins, located just two hours away from Cuenca, date from the 15th and 16th century. On the way, you will observe typical handicrafts from the region starring the Panama Hats Fabrics.

    On Sundays you can also visit the handicraft market of Cañar. After the excursion, you will enjoy a typical meal from the region of Cuenca.
    • Bilingual guide English/Spanish (we also offer German and French speaking guides)
    • Lunch
    • Transportation

    • Entrance to the ruins of Ingapirca
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Panama Hats

    A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed hat of Ecuadorian origin that is made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant (Carludovica palmata). Straw hats woven in Ecuador, like many other 19th and early 20th century South American goods, were shipped first to the Isthmus of Panama before sailing for their destinations in Asia, the rest of the Americas, and Europe. For some products, the name of their point of international sale rather than their place of domestic origin stuck, hence “Panama hats.”

    The 49ers picked up these hats in Panama, and when President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Panama Canal construction, he wore such a hat, which increased its popularity. They're also known as a Jipijapa, named for a town in Ecuador once a center of the hat trade. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a use of the term as early as 1834.

    Glorified during the 19th century, the Panama has since been considered the prince of straw hats. Ecuadorian national hero and emblematic figure, Eloy Alfaro helped finance his liberal revolution of Ecuador through the export of panamas. The reputation of the hat was established by Napoleon III, Edward VII, and some other aficionados.

    Number of Passengers 1 2 3 4-9 10-15
    Ingapirca Ruins Tour $176 $109 $83 $73 $50

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Tours Unlimited is a leading company offering personalized service to international tourists. For 15 years, it has contributed to the development and promotion of all Ecuador’s four regions. We invite you to come and enjoy Tinalandia, one of the best places to go for avid birdwatchers; 8 out of 10 of our clients and visitors has given an “excellent” rating to our tours dedicated to discover the Tinalandia and its surroundings.

We will offer a punctual, courteous and professional service adjusted to your individual needs with the objective of showing the magic of Ecuador in a safe, fun and responsible way. All of our guides are bilingual fully prepared to give you the most complete information about the local culture, history and geography; 9 out of 10 of our clients and visitors has given an “excellent” rating to our guides. If you don’t believe us, check out some of our clients’ testimonials:

Excellent tour guide and driver. Very knowledgeable and interesting
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Impeccable service. Ecuadorians should be very proud of their country. Thanks Nicolas and Jose
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