Inca trail in Ecuador

The Inca road system was the most extensive and advanced system in pre Columbian South America, connecting important cities from the coast and the andes, having more than 39900 kilometers, all these roads lead to Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire.

Inca trail is part of the ancient Inca road system, the portion in Ecuador consists of a 7 meters wide stone road that goes through the high mountain ridges of the Andes. The hike is done at about 3100 to 4000 meters above sea level.

The main products of trade were garlic, cotton, salt, coca and specially spondylus and strombus.

The most traveled trail hike in Ecuador starts from Achupallas, near Cuenca, and we start following the Cadrul Rriver, through the mountains Callana Pucará and Mapahuiña.

When we get to Tres Cruces lake we stop following the river and continue towards to the Three Crosses Kife Pass towards Quillaloma.

From here we have an amazing scenic landscape, surrounded by mountains, lakes and a view of the Espindola Valley with the Inca Trail.

We will start following the Inca Trail from the valley, besides the Espindola river until we arrive to the Paredones Incan ruins.

We would cross the Puyal pass until arriving to the Ingpirca Ruins, the end of our trail.

The Ingapirca ruins are one of the most important archaeological monument in Ecuador and the largest ruins. This was built merging the Canari and Inca cultures, the Canari were moon worshippers, the Inca were sun worshippers.

Ingapirca has an elliptical shape and was constructed around a large rock on top of the mountain.

The temple of the sun is the most significant building, built according to their beliefs, as moon and sun worshipers, they tried to be as close to their gods as possible.

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