Enjoy a scenic trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the town of Ollantaytambo; Visit its magnificent archaeological site and learn about the constellation of the flame and explore the city built in the form of a corn cob; Ollantaytambo was a ceremonial center during the time of the Incas; Served as a checkpoint for people who toured the Sacred Valley of the Incas and center of operations during the Inca resistance at the time of the invasion.
Ollantaytambo has been inhabited since the 13th century, is a great example of Inca urban planning, an important tourist attraction and one of the best places to visit on the way to Machu Picchu; To tell the truth, not to enter by the Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo is a must-see on your trip to Machu Picchu. If you do not have your tickets yet, go here.
Ollantaytambo necessary step to reach Machu Picchu
How do I get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo?
There are 2 ways to get to Ollantaytambo, one to the north by the town of Pisac and another shorter to the south, by the town of Chinchero. You can board small buses to Ollantaytambo at Pavitos Street in Cusco; These will cost S / 15 (US $ 4). They arrive until the Main Square of Ollantaytambo (with an intermediate stop in the Town of Urubamba). The trip takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The town of Ollantaytambo is a must-see if you go to Machu Picchu by train; You will find the station of Ollantaytambo on the banks of the Urubamba River, the highway runs from Cusco and crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
You can reach Ollantaytambo by train, however the cost may be high for most people. If you find yourself finishing your tour of the Sacred Valley or you are in some of its villages, you can take buses to Ollantaytambo, this can cost around S / 10 soles (US $ 3).
What to see in Ollantaytambo?
The place is magical, it preserves the straight streets of the Inca times; Are 15 blocks where you can see the Inca walls of the original houses and where the people live today. On the side of these small streets you can see Inca channels that now supply the town with crystal clear water from mountain springs, you will feel, for moments, that goes back hundreds of years to the past, until you pick up your smartphone and publish a selfie In Ollantaytambo.
Archaeological site of Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo means Tambo de Ollanta; That is, “Ullantay Tampu” was a Tampu (hostel) for the Inca Nobility, it was a place conquered by the Inca Pachacutec. After the Spanish invasion, the town was rebuilt on the original route, with Inca channels for 15 blocks and all surrounded by Inca terraces. Among the most impressive structures of the site, you can see The Temple of the Sun of Ollantaytambo a monumental construction of 6 huge blocks of stone, united with fine slats also of stone, finely worked and polished; You will see the high level of perfection reached by the Incas working the stone.
The town of Ollantaytambo
Enjoy the town, its streets, its landscapes, its people; You can sit in the square and observe the locals who come down from the communities near the market, with their colorful typical costumes, where red highlights, monteras and hats of young women are always adorned with multicolored flowers. Most of these people are accustomed to the photographs, but ask them first.
The Pincuylluna Hill
The Pincuyluna hill means “where you touch the Pincuyllo” (wind instrument of Inca origin), it is located in front of the Temple of the Sun. If you decide to climb the mountain, on the way you can see an architectural site composed of structures of three Identical and superposed blocks with 6 windows in the facade and 6 windows towards the hill, these were Qolcas (Incas warehouses).
CATCCO Site Museum
CATCCO stands for “Andean Center for Traditional Technology and Culture of the Communities of Ollantaytambo”. There are five rooms on the second floor of an old house, here are exhibited samples of architecture, crafts and beliefs of the inhabitants of Ollantaytambo.
Temple of the Sun Ollantaytambo
What to do in Ollantaytambo?
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the best places to practice adventure sports; Try mountain biking at Abra Málaga, it will descend about 1,500 m. (5,000 ft); While descending you will see herds of llamas and alpacas, La Verónica (snowy), waterfalls, and rustic huts of people dedicated to agriculture. You will get exceptional views, on a route that has been described by many as one of the most beautiful in South America.
Inti Punku horse tours in Ollantaytambo
In Ollantaytambo you can also take a horse and go to the viewpoint of Inca Inti Punku (door of the sun). Climb up a steep mountain, on the tour you will see some archaeological sites and you will learn more about the rich Inca culture and its legacy; The tour takes about 8 hours round trip.
Where to sleep?
If you do not enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo is a must to get to Machu Picchu, for this reason it has become a tourist center, you can find Hotels and Hostels of all prices from 1 to 4 stars; No matter the price, all are very comfortable and have been decorated in harmony with the place. If you wish, you can overnight in Ollantaytambo after visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas and from this village the next day, you can take the train to Machu Picchu.
Where to eat?
There are more than 50 places of different categories where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have pizzerias, bars, cafe-bar, restaurants Peruvian food and others; They all serve quality food.
View from Pincuylluna hill
How do you pronounce Ollantaytambo?
Ollantay… what? We know, it is difficult to pronounce, but repeat with us Oy-Yahn-tie-tahm-bo ; May be difficult at first, but once mastered it sounds pretty good. The locals simply say Ollanta.
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Advice from people who have been there
“The platforms, the temples, the whole village actually defines how great we can be and do. It is very cute. Check it out for a while and if you can sleep there, it's cheaper than in Aguas Calientes. Look at the buildings in the mountains around, it's awesome“
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