Ecuador has an important Inca history, and some sites are still preserved. Indeed, Ingapirca, the pyramids of Cochasquí and Rumicucho are some of the most representative Inca preserved sites. There are also vestiges of pre-Inca civilizations, such as the Quitus (it is assumed that they founded Quito, but over which many mysteries still hover), or the Cañaris, who populated part of the Andes before the Inca empire period.

Discover these ancient civilization’s secrets, whose influence is still felt today on many aspects of Ecuadorian culture and daily life (language, know-how, ancestral traditions). During your trip to Ecuador, you will get into the heart of its national history, and its preserved traditions will allow you to immerse yourself in this impressive heritage very rich in lessons.


Ingapirca is the largest Inca archaeological site in Ecuador, it was a place where the Cañaris influence was exerted, the Amerindians who once lived on these lands, left only few traces and the Incas who settled there later. The site is very well preserved as evidenced by its sun temple, still almost intact. Charles Marie de La Condamine also described this incredible site as early as 1739.

To get there: 1h15 from Cuenca (northbound)

Cochasquí Pyramids:

This pre-Inca site in Ecuador contains 15 truncated pyramids built between 950 and 1550 AD. Although only the bases of the pyramids are still visible, Cochasquí is no less interesting. Indeed, according to most archaeologists, Cochasquí was the main ceremonies center taking place throughout the northern part of Ecuador, before the Inca conquest.

To get there: 1 hour from Quito (northbound)

Rumicucho :

The “fortress”. This pre-Columbian site (1480-1500) was used for equinox ceremonies, being located very close to the equatorial line. From the site, you will enjoy a breath-taking Quito City view.

To get there: 1 hour from Quito (northbound)