The little town of El Tambo is situated along the Panamericana and it is from here that most people continue the 4km to Ingapirca. However you can also take another trip – a 3.5 kilometre train ride to Coyoctor.
This short journey gives you a chance to enjoy the rural scenery of the areas, passing fields of maize and potato as well as a few herds of cows.
On arrival in Coyoctor you can visit the Baños del Inca, an archaeological site which, like Ingapirca was sacred for the Cañari people and later adopted as a ceremonial centre by the Incas. The baths and other constructions have recently been restored to coincide with the opening of the train line.
In all honesty there is not that much to see at Coyoctor but, combined with the train it makes a pleasant excursion. On return to El Tambo you can catch a bus on to Ingapirca. Alternatively it is possible to travel from Coyoctor to Ingapirca on horseback.
The train leaves El Tambo at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
The journey lasts 15 minutes. The train spends less than an hour at Coyoctor before returning.
Cost (includes train and site entry)
$2.50 children and adults over 65.