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“Great family place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Posada Ingapirca

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Posada Ingapirca
Ranked #1 of 1 Ingapirca B&B and Inns
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Macas, Ecuador
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“Great family place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

This hotel is great for families. It is very rustic and has a farm there too. You can see the Incan ruins from the "tree house" porch. There are some cute swings to sit on and read a book. Our boys played with piglets and got to see guinea pigs too. It was very cold at night, but they give you a heater in your room. The food was good, but a little expensive for Ecuador. They also have a game room with a pool table and lots of movies.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

I've accompanied visitors to Ingapirca various times and we always go to Posada Ingapirca for a delicious lunch before driving back to Cuenca. The restaurant has choices from a set menu of delicious Ecuadorian food. The building is interesting and takes one back to another era, servers are polite and pleasant. Lunch here tops off the visit just perfectly.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We arrived after dark and had to bargain to get $85/night. We had a wonderful meal for dinner and breakfast was also fabulous. The room was large but quite cold. We were given hot water bottles that amazingly stayed toasty through to morning - a necessary luxury! Hot water was a bit of a problem we had to run the taps for a very long time to get any. The atmosphere was wonderful, very evocative. The buildings seem well maintained antique hacienda trappings all over.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a lovely place, great old building with creaky floorboards, big rooms and log fires.

The restaurant was really nice with good traditional food that the super friendly waiters were more than happy to talk us through. However, the wine bottles were very over-priced and we didn't realise until too late that we could have gone for more reasonable carafes of house wine.

The room was enormous. Would have been lovely with the log fire roaring but we were told we couldn't use it due to the amount of smoke it causes. We had an electric heater instead, plus were given hot water bottles at night which was a really nice touch.

The only downside for us was that we had no hot water at any point in our room. Luckily it was just for one night as it was freezing there and I'm not sure if we could have coped for longer! We did tell reception about it several times and were promised it would be fixed, but it never was. There was no offer of a discount or a room change, despite the place being half empty.

Can imagine the views would be fantastic, but we were stuck in clouds for our whole visit!

It's really nice and close to the ruins, just a 10 minute walk.

Definitely watch out for the dogs. They're tied up but will go very mental if you get close!

Room Tip: The end rooms are prob best for size and multiple windows, but check the taps for hot water!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is like an old Ranch Hacienda feeling to me. Beautiful grounds, so relaxing to just hang out and read in. The restaurant food is fabulous and even has a bar with nice view of the countryside. The service is old fashioned too- really good! And the Inca ruins are just a short walk away. A bit out of the way on the public buses- but worth it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Most visitors come to Ingapirca from Cuenca. They hire a tour company and day trip this area. That is fine with the way most people travel and the Inca site here can easily be seen in two or three hours but your remembrance of this place will not be nearly as special if you do it in this way. First of all, a car or bus trip on the Pan American Highway from Alauisi in the North to El Tambo, which sits just North of Ingapirca is one of the most beautiful, inspirational, and spiritual roads in the world. You ride high above the clouds and look down into the valleys which are thousands of feet below you. You go through picturesque towns unspoiled by tourism. It is my opinion the most beautiful stretch of road in Ecuador and one of the most beautiful in South America. A morning trip on this road is stunning.

Plan on staying in Ingapirca once you get here. The Posada Ingapirca is just a short walk from the ruins and is an incredibly surprising facility. It is in a word OLD. The rooms were lovely and massive and dinner was an experience. This is not the Hilton-----but I would choose this over the Hilton any day. They view here is lovely, the facility is kept up and first rate, and very clean. It is quiet and you have about as much privacy as any place on earth. On your travels your lodging can either make your day or detract from it. We try and stay in memorable places and this place I would rate in our top 10% of memorable places.

Room Tip: choose one of the rooms on the top level----they have beautiful beamed ceilings
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

I was the only guest overnight in early February. The chicken dinner served was good. About $22 (a tad pricey but there didn't seem any menu available so there was no basis to compare to). The options were pollo, pesches and cordero (lamb). To be fair, I don't know how they typically operate in the presence of more guests.

My room #12 is clean and cozy. The night was chilly and hot water bottles are provided to keep you toasty warm overnight. By morning the bottles were still warm! Portable radiant room heaters are also available.

The grounds are immaculately maintained. Grasses cut like a golf green! It is a shame more folks don't enjoy the posada.

My only beef is they couldn't take my Mastercard even though they had a Visa/MC logo on the portable terminal. Wasn't the first time either...

Posada Ingaprica is located roughly 500 meters beyond the entrance to the ruins. Take the left hand fork up the hill to the posada.

Taxi from El Tambo is roughy $4 to $5 dollars and from Canar can run up to $10. Ask the locals. Taxis come in two flavors. One is the well known yellow cab. The other is a white pickup truck with green stripes (I don't know the cost or their area of operation). Alternatively, you can hop on the bus from the facility at one pm to Cuenca for $2.50. Simply ask where entrance tickets are sold.

The tourist facilities are very recent and new. Much construction is ongoing to build up the site. One currently being built is to be a museum above the Tourist/Administrative building. Tickets are purchased at the onsite office. Comfortable large lobby and bathrooms are provided. Across the street are tiendes (small stores) and restaurants and souvenir shops are available.

Pamphlets about the site are available in Spanish and English. Site descriptions are available in three languages including Quechua. Tours are easily self guided. Some may prefer the service of a guide and are available. I do not know what a guide costs. I prefer to study (Google, Wiki and such) my sites beforehand.

If you come roughly before 10am you may find yourself the only visitor to the ruins. I got lucky with mostly warm sunny weather in the morning. The site is patrolled by armed security.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Posada Ingapirca
Address: 500 Meters From Ingapirca Ruins, Ingapirca 030550, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Canar Province > Ingapirca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ingapirca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Posada Ingapirca 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Posada Ingapirca is located in the most beautiful and mysterious region of the province of Canar. It is near the largest archaeological monument of Ecuador (Ingapirca Ruins), which was populated by Canari and Inca. It is a charming old farm house 200 years old, and is located 500 meters from the most important archaeological complex in Ecuador, Inca ruins and Canaris, where you can enjoy the Andean landscape. It has 21 attractive bedrooms furnished with colonial antiques and handmade fabrics. All rooms are carpeted and equipped with electric heater, fireplaces and minibars. Our establishment has adequate infrastructure to provide the best customer service and specializes in serving local food to the delight of tourists. ... more   less 
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