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Pumamarca Ruins, Ollantaytambo

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Visit Pumamarca Ruins to see the remains of a hillside fortress that guarded the entrance to the Sacred Valley. The ruins stand on the site of one of the rare battles that the Spaniards lost to the Incas. Climb a steep slope to get to the massive terraces, which will reward you with panoramic views across the valley to a quarry where the Incas excavated stones. Take a taxi if you wish to avoid the four-hour round-trip trek. Hire a local guide to get a better understanding of the ingenuity of Inca civilization. Wear sturdy footwear and a windproof jacket. Use our Ollantaytambo vacation planner to visit Pumamarca Ruins on your trip to Ollantaytambo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Online descriptions on how to find the start of the trail up to Pumamarca were conflicting/confusing so we booked a local taxi which drove us to the top of the mountain where there is a parking lot. F...  more »
  • Our party of 4 (3 middle-aged siblings and 1 teenager) hiked to the ruins from the start of the trail with a guide. I am not sure how we would have found it otherwise. It was a beautiful hike, full of...  more »
  • Unknown place of Inca Jews. Interesting agriculture of crops according to height above sea level. Irrigation methods are interesting, worth a visit.
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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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