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I lived and worked in Ecuador from 1977 to 1980. Here are some of the photos of those times.

All the photos were taken with my Canon T70 camera.

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Ingapirca: Town and an Inca Archaeological Site

Cañar Province, Ecuador (1979)
For the history of Ingapirca, click on this Wikipedia link.

"INGAPIRCA" is an archeological cañari-inca site, which had multifunctional characteristics. It is composed by a temple, administrative center, ceremonial area; the "Castle" is of elliptical shape and contains places for the guards, big and small areas for lodging, a square ("kancha"), ceremonial baths and several steps. The site was built with stones of the region and it has an architectural layout of great harmony. In the site, there are traces of pre-Hispanic settlements showing that the Incas built "Ingapirca" on top of an ancient cañari site. Source: UNESCO.

See also: Tomebamba, Pumapungo, Hatun Cañar, former city-state in the Inca federation.
See also: The Lost Pyramid Puñay, pre-Incan pyramid built around 2400 BC by Cañari people.

Town of Ingapirca
   
         
Temple of the Sun  
   
         
   
    Temple of the Sun main entrance    
   
The remains of dwellings   Sacrificial Altar???   Solar calender???
   
Royal Palace of Inca Huayna Capac   Interior of Royal Palace dwelling. Don Pepe looking on.   Surrounding panorama as viewed from the Temple of the Sun
 

Volcanos in Ecuador

Stratovolcano Chimborazo in July 1980
It is 6,268 metres high and is widely reported to be the farthest point on the surface from Earth's center.
See Wikipedia for more info. See also Google Earth closeup.

 
 
Another view of Chimborazo  
 
   
Climbing to Pichincha in 1977 (an active stratovolcano overlooking Quito) with my good friend Henry (Enrique) Falconi (R.I.P.).
After a 7Hr climb from Quito, we gave up and came back down. The rim of the volcano was still a way up. Note: The two brush fires give an illusion of volcanic activity.
In October 1999, the volcano erupted and covered the city with several inches of ash.
See Wikipedia for more info. See also Google Earth closeup and Panoramio.
 
 
   
Cotopaxi stratovolcano in 1977. It is 5,897 m high.
See Wikipedia for more info
. See also Google Earth closeup.
 
 
 
Snow blizzard in Ecuador! You better believe it. This photo is about 1/4 way up to the summit of Cotopaxi.
 
 
Cotopaxi on a clear day.
 

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