Ingapirca is touted as the best ruins in Ecuador and a good day trip from Cuenca. The bus takes three hours one way which ends up being quite a lot of traveling time considering that the ruins are pretty small and touring them can easily take less than an hour. If you do not speak Spanish and skip the guided tour the main area could be covered in about twenty minutes.
The site was first inhabited by the Cañari people who were later ruled by the Incas coming from the south. It is quite interesting that the Inca had empirial aspirations like the Europeans. They conquered and enslaved other indigenous communities well before Cristobal Colon’s accidental discovery. I guess history proves the Incas biggest problem was that the Spanish were much better at tyranny than they were -- that and living with small pox.
|In Quichua, Ingapirca means "Inca wall"|
|Ingapirca's next Incan Idol|
Cajas National Park