During the Spanish era, much of the area was desecrated, the beautifully chiseled stones carted off for churches and homes. But some remained. Some stones have been returned to the site. And today, the Canari people still use the site for religious ceremonies. The Inca's chiseled and fitted the stones so carefully that they did not require mortar. And the earlier Canari people had learned to make doorways and windows with an arch to make them earthquake resistant.
The Inca Temple was to the sun. It was situated so that on the solstices, the sun would light up an area, through the doorways. The Canari worshipped the moon. One of the remainders of that worship is a rock with water holding indentations. Each night the moon would center in a different hole, making this an early calendar.
scenery on the rough road to Ingapirca. Heavy rains left rock slides and good sized chuckholes