Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo

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Frequently overshadowed by the world-famous Machu Picchu ruins, nearby Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo offers canny travelers a chance to see a breathtaking site in a sacred valley with a fraction of the tourists. Towering over the adjacent town, the ruined Inca complex once served as a former royal estate for the Emperor Pachacuti. Climb the tiered walls to discover the treasures that wait above, such as ruined fortifications and a sun temple. Take a moment to look back and appreciate the spectacular views Inca rulers once enjoyed. Using our online itinerary creator, Ollantaytambo attractions like Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Unfortunately we had little time to visit the temple but what we've seen has really impressed. It is an imposing structure dominating the surrounding Valley. Ollantaytambo inca era had an important defensive function and control. There is a stairway magnificent!! Another thing of note is note the profile of a Rocky Ridge, looking to the left if you keep your back to the staircase, which resembles a human with eyes, nose and mouth. Should be viracocha! Gorgeous!!
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  • August 15, 2017
    A fine example of the inca culture with a site that is both temple, fortress and agricultural space. Well preserved because innate walks along a signposted track. However, to avoid the influx of tourists, you must visit in the morning. It is close to the station and included in the overall tourist ticket of the Cusco region. Not to be missed if you are in the area.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful archaeological ensemble. It is recommended to do it with a guide. You need comfortable clothes to climb to the top.
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  • June 6, 2017
    Was really crowded but still worth it. Llama and alpaca graze on the grass at the bottom and each step up the ruins reveals a more majestic view. If you are really feeling adventurous try hiking up to the flag on the top of the mountain opposite the largest set of ruins. If buying lunch in the town don't go anywhere that doesn't have their clay oven hot and cooking something already.
  • June 24, 2017
    Lovely valley with easily accessible ruins on either side. We could see them from our hotel window. Interesting terraces the Inca used crops and defense.
  • July 30, 2017
    Wonderful work of ancient Inka people. I advise to climb up and see the 6 huge blocks and other megalithic rocks. It's a charming place, but the road that takes you to the sanctuary is super small. The village walls and the method used to build the village houses where people still currently live in is similar to what the Inka did in the past. I recommend this place.
  • June 13, 2017
    Unique town to explore with cobblestone streets. Nice market and great ruins with a view. Enjoyable town.
  • July 25, 2017
    Just simply a wow much better than any other places of the sacred valley.

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Where to stay in Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is packed with budget-friendly hostels located near the center of town and offering nice views of the countryside. Providing simple but clean and comfortable rooms ideal for backpackers, many of these establishments offer their own guided tours to nearby archeological sites. Mid-range hotels present a good alternative for travelers with kids, providing free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and access to enclosed gardens or terraces with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
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