1. Special offer

Inti Raymi Ingapirca Journey


This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Lunch day 1 & day 2
· 1 night accommodation in La Condesa Hacienda(double rooms)
. Breakfast at the hacienda
. Shaman cereomy during the night
. Ingapirca entry fee

 

This tour does not include

· Travel insurance
· Tips and gratuities
. Dinner
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Packing tips

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

Highlights

Biblián
The small village of Biblián is famous for one thing, it’s neo-Gothic Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Dew (Santuario de la Virgen del Rocío). When a terrible drought ravaged the area in 1894 villagers carried an image of the Virgin Mary up into the hills and prayed for salvation. When the rains arrived a church was built on the site where the shrine had been created. It was completed in 1908. Clinging to the face of a cliff overlooking the Pan American highway, the church resembles a fairytale castle. Make sure you don’t miss the altar built into the rock.
Cañari people
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.
Ingapirca
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.
Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi translates as Sun Festival in Quechua and is a religious festival of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti (meaning “Sun”), one of the most important deities in Inca religion. Into Raymi is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset south of the equator. It is still celebrated in the Andes amongst some indigenous cultures with music, colorful costumes and sharing of food.

 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities