Pumamarca Ruins, Ollantaytambo

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. Add Pumamarca Ruins and other attractions to your Ollantaytambo trip itinerary using our Ollantaytambo holiday builder tool .
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  • October 2, 2017
    We walked to Pumamarca from Ollantaytambo, following some directions we found on the internet. It was a lovely walk of approximately 2 hours, gently uphill, with great views and interesting sights on ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    fuinos at the end of the tour for which not was was able to visit 100% the place, so that caution with tour schedules
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  • August 13, 2017
    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 »

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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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