Cojitambo is one of the hidden gems of Ecuadorean tourism. This little town in the Canar province claims to have the largest Inca ruins of Ecuador. Inga Pirca is usually the only stop for people to make when looking for Inca ruins, but Cojitambo is an excellent alternative.
The ruins are not as well-reconstructed as the ones in Inga Pirca, but you can see that it once must have been an important stop for the Inca's. It is located on a strategic location. From the ruins you can see for miles. Cuenca, Biblian and Azogues are all visible from the ruins.
There is not a lot of information available on site and there is no museum or tourguide to tell you about the place. However, a quick stop at the tourism information office in Azogues (across the street from the busterminal) will give you all the information you need. Detailed flyers will give you the information you need to learn more about Cojitambo.
Something backpackers can appreciate; it's free! Unlike the touristy Ingapirca, a visit to Cojitambo is free. As a daytrip from Cuenca Cojitambo can be a great alternative for Ingapirca.
Places to stay in Cojitambo +
Places to stay in Cojitambo
Mid-range Hotels: No
High-range Hotels: No
Places to eat in Cojitambo
Cojitambo (the town) is tiny. On the plaza there are a few places where you can get some snacks. No restaurants though.
Practical information about Cojitambo +
Getting to and around in Cojitambo +
How to get to Cojitambo
There are regular busses leaving the Azogues bus terminal for Cojitambo. It's a 20 minute trip up the hill.
Map of Cojitambo