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Ingapirca, Inca Archeological Site (Ecuador)

Situado en la provincia del Cañar a 3.120 msnm, y a 16km de Cañar. Es la más importante construcción arqueológica del Ecuador, de origen inca. Es un observatorio del sol y la luna.

These are the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. The most significant building is the temple of the sun, an elliptically shaped building constructed around a large rock. The building is constructed in the Inca way without mortar in most of the complex. The stones were carefully chiseled and fashioned to fit together perfectly. The temple of the sun was positioned so that on the solstices, at exactly the right time of day, sunlight would fall through the center of the doorway of the small chamber at the top of the temple.

The Incas were not the first inhabitants of Ingapirca. It had long been settled by the Cañari indigenous people, who called it 'Hatun Cañar'.









































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