The Inca ruins at Ingapirca are located in Ecuador's Southern Andes region, at an altitude of 3230 metres. They are the largest and most significant Inca ruins in Ecuador. The site consists of a complex network of stone walls and buildings which surround the circular sun temples. The site reveals just how aware the Incas were of solar patterns, as well as their remarkable stone-working skills.
The ruins at Ingapirca also show the relationship between the Inca tribes and the Cañari people - the tribes were almost permanently at war with one another. Evidence at the site suggests that Cañari tribes occupied the Ingapirca site and were displaced by the more powerful and expanding Inca population.