Patacancha Valley, Ollantaytambo

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Explore the rolling hillsides and traditional Quechua weaving communities of Patacancha Valley on your Cusco adventure. Life in these villages has remained largely the same over the last century, with farming, cattle raising, and weaving still the main commercial activities in the area. Very little Spanish is spoken here and transport to the area is limited, so do some research before your trip. Plan your Patacancha Valley visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ollantaytambo using our Ollantaytambo vacation builder.
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  • July 15, 2017
    This is a nice site we visited on the way to patacancha village. You cross the bridge on the right and then go up the stairs. Very beautiful  more »
  • June 8, 2017
    On this occasion we traveled to Ollantaytambo from Cuzco by a new path, to avoid repeating the same made by 2015 through Chinchero and Urubamba. We handle an Izcuchaca (Anta) towards rental car, to get us through the Valley of Naupa and crossing the Urubamba river just a handful of kilometers from Ollantaytambo in Pachar. It is a route that is in stage of asphalting, therefore many sections of Earth is complete. We assume that, with rain, it is not advisable. Once in Ollantaytambo, take the Occobamba Road heading northeast - runs parallel to River Patacancha-, hence also the name of the Valley that bathes with its babbling flow of meltwater. They are nearly 17 kilometers to the village that could not be otherwise, also carries the same name of the Valley and its river: Patacancha. On that beautiful consolidated route and in excellent condition, surprises are one after another. Left hand appear Choquebamba INKA terraces - terraces cultivation of almost 300 metres height-, still used in some parts by local residents. Also from the same bank of the River leaves a few kilometers a Switchback road to the ruins of Pumamarka, visited by 2015, but spend long on this occasion. Later, as where the valley widens more geography and if their beauty can also further, the ruins of which was an Inca tambo, are Markacocha. The next item on the road was the hamlet of Huilloc which we had references as an interesting site to appreciate their weavers, but did not see a soul, we continue path to the final destination. Arriving at the small hamlet of Patacancha occurred in Huilloc, not a soul in sight. What was happening? Simply that it was a day of week and the movement in these small rural populations is minimal. In fact they work within their homes. Luckily the typical blond hair of a "gringas" caught our attention and we went there. And that was the place, a small light in a hill, a small barbecue of straw and 3 weavers local selling his beautiful production. This time values, in Peruvian soles, were within reach of South American pockets. Back to Ollantaytambo along the same path, we were lucky to cross in the hamlet of Huilloc - where an hour before we did not see a soul-, with the departure of the students in the primary school. A true show the typical dress of the Wayruros (thus the name of the inhabitants of this area), smiles, colours, pure joy. There yes I collect life this tiny hamlet, in fact we were invited to the funds of a number of homes where the women of the place, showed and sold his work in "back-strap loom". Here also the values in Peruvian soles were very reasonable. In Ollantaytambo we had late lunch facing the plaza de armas, which on this occasion was more gentle. Less tourism and the ban on parking vehicles in the area, have returned you your small town quiet. Return to Cuzco along the usual way, when the Sun had already been lost behind the mountains, 18:30 hs is already closed night... That beautiful day, not to be missed!
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  • May 31, 2017
    Visited this part of Peru in May 2017. It was stunningly beautiful and one of my favourite parts of my trip to Peru. A must see before you visit Machu Picchu.  more »

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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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