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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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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  • These ruins were spectacular and merit at least an overnight stay in town to fully absorb. Breathtaking views!  more »
  • Be ready to climb some serious steps. The ruins here comprise of over 200 steps to get up to the highest point, and they are not small steps. You will be rewarded at the top by a beautiful view of the...  more »
  • This is a set of Incan terraces adjacent to the town of Ollantaytambo. I think it is worth visiting both the terraces and the quaint little town on the way through the Sacred Valley. It is quite a cli...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Unique town to explore with cobblestone streets. Nice market and great ruins with a view. Enjoyable town.
  • Really great site, with storage facilities way up on the opposite mountain and two faces in the rock. One natural, one carved. Really cool. The terrace/steps take a bit of climbing and may leave you winded, but totally worth it for the view.
  • Great historical Inca site. Definitely worth a visit along your travels
  • Quaint and charming town. Great day hikes/walks.