It's all in the timing!
We leave the hotel at 8am this morning and drive approximately two hours north to Ecuador’s most important Inca Canari site called Ingapirca.
Over the years, the road infrastructure in Ecuador has improved greatly, and although there are still some works going on, our drive to Ingapirca is along pretty comfortable, new roads. We make a stop to see the roadside fast-food snack that is a speciality of the area … essentially crackling from a roasted pig. It smells nice but we’ve only just had breakfast!
Arriving at Ingapirca, we split into our two groups and Franco heads off with Dawn and her guests, and Xavier with Richard and his party. We must advise that the weather is stunning. A little breezy here and there (the Ingapirca site sits on top of a hill, so we’re exposed at times). But some blue skies too, and when the sun catches you, it’s positively warm. The ruins we see were originally built in the 15th century on the Royal Highway that ran from Quito to Cusco and the high quality of the stonework here indicates Ingapirca was an important site.
Lunch is included at Posada Ingapirca. This restaurant is located up the hill and Neptali is unable to get our big deluxe bus up the dirt road, so we’re in for a walk. We arrange a few local “taxis” to help. Local taxis are pick-up trucks with a few seats inside and an open deck at the back. Within a few minutes we are all meeting up in the beautiful gardens of the posada. We spot humming birds, and a few alpacas. Lunch is served in the rustic restaurant overlooking beautiful scenery. Richard and Dawn explain that our Ecuadorian hosts don’t do light snacks … lunch consists of quinoa soup, a chicken main dish and tree tomato dessert! Delicious, but won’t help the waistline. As lunch finishes we head outside to meet the alpacas and some guests visit the guinea pig farmstead too. As we’re getting ourselves together, thick clouds envelope the whole area, causing a complete white-out. We’re glad we visited the Inca site this morning when the weather was clear. It’s all in the timing you see!