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Ollantaytambo

Poised in the northeastern end of the Sacred Valley, about 97 km (60.2 mi) from Cusco, this little town is a cultural haven well worth the visit. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks on both sides, Ollantaytambo boasts spectacular views of both Andean scenery and ancient Inca ruins. The town itself offers a number of hotels and restaurants, and it is recommended that you spend the night in town to ensure that you get to the ruins early, before the crowds. For a truly unique experience, rise early and watch the sun rise over the mountains. Because the scenery around Ollantaytambo is some of the most remarkable in the region, it's a great place to wander while you explore nearby ruins and other landmarks of the Inca Empire. Of the marks left by the Incas, some of the most intriguing are the Inca andenes, or agricultural terraces, that adorn either side of the massive gorge surrounding the town.


The town itself, with its adobe brick walls draped in blooming bougainvillea and perfectly carved canals that continue to carry water down from the mountains, is testament to the Incas' engineering and architectural genius. Take a stroll through the characteristic grid of streets and you'll be astounded by the site of locals lingering in the doorways of ancient Inca residential cachas, once inhabited by several families during the 15th Century.


As you meander through town you may want to stop by El Museo Catcco, which has displays of textiles and archeological objects recovered from the local ruins, in addition to a plethora of ethnographic and archaeological information. If you get lost just follow the Ollantaytambo Heritage Trail, denoted by blue plaques, which highlights the most important historical sites around town.


Onwards from the main plaza, towards the outskirts of town, are a number of enchanting Inca ruins. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the massive fortress, perched among steep stone terraces carved into the hillside. Representing one of the Inca Empire's most impressive architectural examples, the fortress successfully held the Spanish at bay during an attack in 1537. Despite its forbidding façade, however, the edifice was probably originally intended as temple for worship and astronomical observation in addition to military purposes.


Between the temple fortress and town, adjacent to the Patacancha River, you will encounter another interesting site: Baño de la Nusta (Bath of the Princess). This ancient ruin composed of grey granite was once used for ceremonial bathing, and offers excellent views of ancient granaries built by the Incas. If you've got a keen eye you may also make out the face of an Inca carved into the cliffs rising high above the valley.

Altitude: 2,792m (9,160 ft) Population: 3,000 Phone code: 84

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Other places nearby Ollantaytambo: Pisac, Urubamba and Yucay.







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Ollantaytambo Highlights

Ollantaytambo Heritage Trail

The Ollantaytambo Heritage Trail is a collection of about a dozen sites of importance spread throughout the town. If you\'re visiting on a day trip, most guided tour groups from Cusco, as well as ...
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El Museo Catcco

Despite its relatively small size, El Museo Catcco (Centro Andino de TecnologĂ­a Tradicional y Cultural de las Comunidades de Ollantaytambo) is an excellent source for historical and cultural ...
Museum
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Ollantaytambo Fortress

Ollantaytambo\'s complex was built shortly after Emperor Pachacuteq\'s conquest of the region. Today, most of it is spread on the face of a mountain, divided over 16 terraces. The terraces and ...
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Ollantaytambo Hotels

Hostal El Bosque

This hostel is about a two-minute walk from the train station. It has small and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and hot water. The inviting courtyard and gardens are a great place to ...
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Hospedaje Los Andenes

This pleasant hostel offers comfortable rooms, with colorful, heavy wool blankets for warmth once night falls. Rooms have private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. For those looking to save a few dollars, opt ...
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Hospedaje Pumamarka

With only four rooms in an old rustic building, the Hospedaje Pumamarka evokes a pioneer spirit of a romantic past. In terms of budget accommodation, if you are looking for cheap but quality, this is ...
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Hostal Ollanta

Offering simple, clean rooms with wood floors, Hostel Ollanta is great for anyone on a budget. The shared bathrooms are brand new, and have hot water. ...
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KB Tambo

KB Tambo Hostal and Tours is located in the center of Ollantaytambo, \'The Living Inca Town\', situated halfway between Machu Picchu and Cusco. We are an upscale travellers hostal and adventure tour ...
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Andean Moon

Set back from the main square, up one of Ollantaytambo\'s pretty cobblestone streets, the Andean Moon is a pleasant place to crash for a day or two. The owner is friendly and accommodating, and you ...
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Home Sweet Home Ollantaytambo

A unique house offering every traveler´s dream: a cozy, comfortable place with services of the highest level that does not overcharge.The breathtaking views of the Ollantaytambo Fortress, seen from ...
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Hotel Pakaritampu

Lodging in Ollantaytambo doesn\'t get much swankier or much more relaxing than Hotel Pakaritampu. Located on Avenida Ferrocarril, which links the railroad station with the town center, the hotel\'s ...
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K'antuyoc

Perched on a very slender piece of land between the road and the river, K'antuyoc may be as close to sleeping in a grove of eucalyptus as it gets without actually swinging from a hammock. From the ...
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Las Portadas

Don\'t panic when you step through the gate at Las Portadas and find yourself in a courtyard surrounded by only a handful of rooms. The path winds through the flowered courtyard and opens up into a ...
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Hotel Munay Tika

From the front courtyard of Hotel Munay Tika you can hear the hum of the river as it tumbles down from Incan ruins and makes its way into the RĂ­o Urubamba. If the lull of babbling brook doesn\'t ...
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Ollantaytambo Restaurants

Ollantay Bar and Restaurant

Ollantay Bar and Restaurant calls itself a \"pizzeria, café, and restaurant,\" and what it claims is pretty much what you get. The menu includes pasta, soup, salad, steak, chicken, wines, trout, ...
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Inka Traveler

The Inka Traveler bar has a narrow winding staircase, decked out in stained wood bark, which you carefully walk up in order to access the restaurant itself, an efficient provider of well-made and ...
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Hearts Cafe

Hearts Cafe has become something of an Ollantaytambo favorite with backpackers, who enjoy the cozy ambience and comfort food. Owned by British ex-pat Sonia, Hearts offers its patrons international ...
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Quechua Blues Bar Cafe

More of a bar than a restaurant (although you can get international food here), the Blues Bar Cafe is great for sinking a beer early evening after most of the tourists have left town. Their marketing ...
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Tayta Pizzeria-Trattoria

Tayta Pizzeria-Trattoria has a marvelous view of the Ollantaytambo fortress. This artsy dive specializes in homemade wood-oven pizzas and Italian pasta. Cheap and good, the menu also includes an ...
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Sonccollay Restaurante Café Bar Pizzeria

Thanks to its giant heart-shaped sign, Sonccollay attracts a fair amount of attention from visitors, despite its faraway corner location in the Plaza Mayor. A smattering of outdoor tables creates a ...
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Mayupata

For a taste of home, make your way to Mayupata, which is famous for its seriously delicious and massive burgers smothered in cheese. There\'s also excellent Peruvian dishes such as fresh trout and ...
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Ollantaytambo, Peru

Kusicoyllor Café-Bar

International treats and Peruvian delicacies collide at Kusicoyllor Café-Bar, where you can choose from a diverse menu of novo-Andean dishes, homemade croissants, real espresso and homemade ice ...
Restaurant
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Il Capuccino

For a little more sophistication, Il Capuccino is the ideal place to relax, sip on a drink and sink into a pleasant conversation. In addition to excellent coffee, the café also has a selection of ...
Restaurant
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Restaurant Miranda

Compared tothenumber of touristyrestaurants in Ollantaytambo, Restaurant Miranda has a refreshingly local feel. Early risers can enjoy a $2 breakfast of fresh juice, eggs, tamal and coffee, and those ...
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Alcázar

A popular joint for breakfast and lunch, Alcázar is praised for its cheap breakfasts and mouth-watering vegetarian lunch options. Try the French toast or honey-and-banana-pancakes, which can be ...
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