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Ollantaytambo

93 kilómetros al NE, Cuzco Peru

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4.5 out of 5
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  • OllantaytamboPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    If I were to do my trip all over again, I would have spent a night in this quaint little town. Home to an Incan archaeological sight, the town has attractive cafes, lovely views of the valley, and just enough to keep you busy at a slow pace for a day or two. Tourists certainly stop here but it isn't nearly as crowded as other spots.

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    Thais Guimaraes
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    5 Nov 16, 2013

    Ollantaytambo was a pre inca political, administrative and religious center. It was conquered by Inca Pachacutec and revamped. Ollantaytambo means Ollantay's passageway. Ollantay was a general who fell in love with Pachacutec's daughter but wasn't noble to marry her. Ollantay then takes refuge at Ollantaytambo. This was a passage point between the jungle and the mountains and consists of several terraces for agriculture and a religious temple for the sun. Across the valley, there is another such construction and beside it, on the big rock, you can spot the face of an inca man, sculpted by nature.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    Spectacular Incan Fortress nestled in the urubamba river valley and about half way between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Next to Machu Picchu this is probably the most impressive Incan ruins. The agricultral terraces are impressive, as are the storehouses, which are precariously located on the surrounding mountain faces.

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    Yvonne Brett
    5 Oct 21, 2013

    Stopped by on our way to Machu Picchu, and it was a delightful surprise. It almost looks like a pyramid when you are standing at the bottom and looking up. The grain storehouses on the opposite mountain are mysterious, and the views from the top are stupendous. Definitely worth a visit to this wonderful little town.

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    Vitor Alexander
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    5 May 03, 2013

    Important city in Peru that attract people from all the World because of your natural valleys and beauties.

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    Joanne G.
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    5 Feb 19, 2013

    Most people visit Ollantaytambo for a few hours as part of a day tour of the Sacred Valley. I'm guilty of the same, but I wish we'd spent a night or two here rather than in Cusco. It's a beautiful Incan town with some really interesting ruins. Besides that, there are some really cute places to stay and some nice cafes and restaurants too. Definitely worth stopping over to enjoy for a little longer.

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    Vik Arrieta
    5 Jan 30, 2013

    A great little town. Spend a night under its yellow street lights, you won´t regret it. Also, if you ever have the chance, participate in their "Fiesta de Reyes" celebrations (January).

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    최동철
    5 Nov 22, 2012

    first I was there, I wasn't expected because I was on the way to Machu-picchu! However,Ollantaytambo was great place!!!

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    Beth Wright
    5 Sep 24, 2012

    If I were going back to Maccu Picchu, I would spend less time in Cusco and make Ollantaytambo my home base. It's a beautiful little town, with winding stone alleyways and surprisingly few tourists. The ruins are nice and definitely worth a visit, but if you want to slow down and experience life in Peru, spend time in the old part of the town. It's beautiful.

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    Deon Pienaar
    5 Aug 06, 2012

    It was just amazing looking at the buildings built from Stone cut across the valley from another mountain , how did those Incas get those big rocks to the site and cut them . lots of climbing worth while seeing

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Ollantaytambo is a town in southern Peru that is centered around an Inca archaeological site. It is located 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco, at an altitude of 9,160 feet above sea level. During the time of the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was razed by warfare, and incorporated into the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. He rebuilt the town and the ceremonial center. Later, during the Spanish conquest of Peru, the carved stone buildings served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, who was the leader of the Inca resistance. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction, as well as one of the starting points for the Inca Trail.
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