Just outside the village of Cañar, and an easy day-trip from Cuenca, lie the ancient ruins of Ingapirca, the largest known and best preserved Incan ruins in the country. Dating back several hundred years, the ruins are an interesting mix of Inca architecture and local indigenous Cañari input. The most recognizable structure is the Temple of the Sun, a round partial tower built around a centre-piece stone. The ruins might not compare to Machu Picchu, but then again, what ruins can? The site is also the location for a number of festivals and rituals that might take a bit of luck to stumble upon.