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. Add Pumamarca Ruins and other attractions to your Ollantaytambo trip itinerary using our Ollantaytambo holiday builder tool .
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  • Go up to the Temple of the Sun seems impossible, but just take the first step, say the first ascent. Better with a guide that shows the details that a layman would not notice.
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  • I spent three days by myself in Ollantaytambo acclimating before joining a tour group to hike the Inca trail. This may sound hard to believe, but I loved this hike more than the Inca trail. I had some...  more »
  • We hiked from Ollantaytambo to Pumamarca. This trail takes you right through old terraces next to the watering system, by a waterfall, and offers great vistas.  more »

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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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