Thursday, September 10, 2009

Trip to Ingapirca. Sept 7

We took advantage of the last day before school starts to visit the nearby (2 hour bus ride) Incan ruins at Ingapirca. It's a pretty neat site, with ruins from both the original Canari inhabitants as well as the Incans who conquered them, shortly before the arrival of the Spanish. Under both groups it seems to have been a religious and administrative site, strategically located high up the sides of a valley. Notable is the difference in the building styles, with the Canari buildings made of stone walls, but the Incan ruins made of stones carved into trapezoidal shapes, and fitting so closely together that no cement or mud was used to bind them.

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