History Comes Alive
Cañar, in the southern Andean region, is home to Ecuadors most
important archaeological site Ingapirca. Here, the Pre-Colombian
finds and the Temple of the Sun attract hundreds of visitors year round.
The province also has interesting indigenous markets and lakes. The climate
here is relatively cool.
This scenic provincial capital is famous for its colonial homes with their
carved wooden balconies and for the beauty of the cathedral in towns
central square. The Virgen de la Nube is also worshipped in the San Francisco
de Azogues Church.
Ingapirca Ruins - The Mark of the Incas
Characterized by its perfectly carved stones held in place with natural
mortar as well as for its and its strategic location, Ingapirca is the most
important archaeological complex in Ecuador. Cemeteries, observatories,
roads, storage rooms, priests chambers, and an indigenous plaza have
all been found here in addition to the sites most impressive structure
- the oval-shaped Temple of the Sun, which was an important ceremonial and
ritual center for the Cañari-Inca. Ingapirca is located 53 km from
Towns and Villages
High up above Biblián, you will find the Santuary of theVírgen
del Rocío, a rather impressive site for tourists. Nearby Verdeloma
as well as the beaches of La Fátima and San Luis are also worth a
visit. Tambo (43 km from Azogues) also has a church with several valuable
pieces of religious art and in Déleg (25 km from Azogues) you can
see colorful handicrafts such as shigras (bags), colorful belts, and ponchos.
Set in the beautiful surrounding of the rural Andean highlands, the Yanayacu
Spa is an ideal spot for relaxation and recreation. The spa is located 126
km from Azogues.
This lake, with its resident wild duck colony, is ideal for those that like
hunting and fishing. The lake is located 75 km from Azogues.
Near Cañar, you will find the ancient cemetery of the Cañari
culture. Here, pottery with distinctive snake patterns are kept in a necropolis.
Culture & Traditions
Saturday is market day in Azogues. Here, you can buy straw hats, woven fabrics,
Map of Cañar, Ecuador