The Andean country has always fascinated me. Being an avid traveler and adventurer, I am always out to search for the best places and adventures. Just one day, I decided to book a trip to Ecuador and this is one of the best places I’ve been too. Ecuador is a place known for its active volcanoes, red roses, the best chocolates and amazing tourist spots that you cannot find in any other. From the majestic ancient beauty of Inca’s empire to the country’s rich culture and amazing people, there are so many things to love about this place.
Ecuador has a rich history dating back thousands of years ago. Tribes from the northern parts of Ecuador formed the Quito Kingdom about a 1000 years ago. It was eventually included into the Inca Empire. In 1532, Spanish Francisco Pizarro invaded the land until 17th century. When I visited the country, until now everyone gets to see Spanish culture and even in the physical looks of the natives.
Visiting Ingapirca Ruins
The very first time I laid my eyes on the Ingapirca Ruins, I was really amazed. The sun temple stands high at 3,200 meters and I got to witness the panoramic views, an experience that I would never forget in my lifetime.
When you reach the site, you can see the stone foundations. There is still the Temple of the Sun that creates a nice centerpiece. Around the Temple of the Sun, there you can find the 5 hectares low stone walls. On the southern side, there you can find the Pilaloma complex which served as the original settlement of Cañari.
There is a fragment of Incan road known as the Ingañan. This road leads to the bodegas used for storing food and then to the La Condmine, an exterior plaza which was named in 1748 after a French scientist.
Temple of the Sun is the highlight of the area. With its amazing stonework, it is the hallmark of Inca civilization and construction. As I walked into the steps, they lead to a doorway (trapezoidal in shape) and a rectangular platform. The whole place is very mesmerizing as if you are traveling in time.
Outside the complex, there is a small museum. I paid for the entrance fee. Going inside the museum, I got to see the collection of Inca ceramics, the traditional dresses, sculptures, tools, skeleton.
Ingapirca is open from 8 am to 6 pm with entrance fee costing about $6. It comes with a free tour.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito
Another highlight of my trip is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito. Wherever I go, I always find time to visit old churches since I have always been interested with nice architectures and structures. The Quito Cathedral or also known as the Iglesia Museo Catedral Primada de Quito is one of the oldest churches all over Latin America.
The structure showcases a rich history of artistic, political and religious development in Quito. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito is full of beauty and charm. The external sight alone is already a feast in the eyes. But it has a lot to offer. I found beautiful artworks, sculptures and paintings done by famous artists. Some of the best works I have seen include La Muerte de la Virgen, Miguel de Santiago and the death of Virgin.
My trip to Ecuador is short, but it is one of the best places I have visited so far. When I get the chance, I will definitely come back for more!