This tour includes
· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Packed lunch
· Entrance fees
This tour does not include
· Travel insurance
· Tips and gratuities
· Any other service not mentioned herein
Due to the high altitude, weather can change rapidly. We recommend you check with our office prior to departure regarding proper attire.
· Good walking shoes
· Warm and waterproof clothes
· Sun cream
The Cañaris were once the principal indigenous group in all of southern Ecuador. When the Incas arrived in the 15th century they at first resisted them fiercely, at one time defeating them and pushing them back to Saraguro. When civil war broke out in 1527 between two claimants to the Inca throne, Atahulapa in Quito and Huascar in Cuzco, the Cañaris sided with Huascar. In retribution Atahualpa killed most of the men and boys of the Cañari tribe. The Cañaris then fought alongside the Spanish against Inca forces in their conquest of Ecuador, but received little recognition from the Spanish for their help. There are currently about 40,000 Quichua-speaking Cañari indigenous peoples living in Cañar, the highest province in Ecuador, most of whom are farmers or herders. They have their own traditional dress and wear felt hats.
Cojitambo is a small mountain, village and an archaeological site in the Cañar province. One of the hidden gems of southern Ecuador, this large complex of Cañari-Inca ruins covers an area of about 25 hectares and is located 11 km from Azogues. Due to its strategic location with views of Cuenca, Biblián and Azogues, the complex was occupied by different cultures from 500 B.C. to 1532 A.D. and archaeologists claim the site houses the remains of a Cañar and Inca ceremonial sanctuary and military stronghold.
Coyoctor is an important Cañari-Incan ruin originally a sacred site for conducting rituals. Located about 1.5 km south of El Tambo, it is made up of a series of stone structures and paths that cover about 20 hectares.
Located at the top of a hill with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, Ingapirca is the most important Inca complex located in Ecuador. It was built during the Inca expansion into Ecuador at the end of the 15th century on a site that had been occupied by the Cañari people for 500 years. The original Cañari structures were mostly destroyed and replaced by the Incas and their settlement was probably used as a fortress and place of worship on the Inca road between Cuzco and Quito. Today the Temple of the Sun is the only structure that remains mostly intact. The temple features stone walls constructed in the Inca way using massive blocks chiseled to fit together perfectly without the use of mortar.