This city for the Incas served as a valuable checkpoint. According to Inca laws, these lands were reserved for the Inca rulers’ dynasty.
It is the only place that preserves its ancient Inca urban design. It is the prelude to visiting the city of Machu Picchu.
It does locate 80 km from the city of Cusco
The Ollantaytambo fortress was an important military, religious and political center and a strategic place of resistance against the conquerors. Before visiting Machu Picchu, you can tour the Inca remains you will find here if you have some time.
Here you will find large fields of traditional cultivation, so you can also visit the Temple of the Sun, built with the same type of stone blocks, perfectly carved.
You will also be able to visit the ñusta Bath, where the Inca woman bathed to purify herself. Until these days, the water continues to flow.
A little-visited site is Pinkuylluna, one of the necessary activities to visit Ollantaytambo. It is a set of agricultural deposits from the time of the Incas, located in the middle of a cliff. The climb is steep but short (between 20 and 30 minutes).
Because the streets of Ollantaytambo mostly retain their original Inca construction design, it is beautiful to take a walk through its streets, giving you the feeling that time has gone backward.
We also recommend visiting the following sites: its church, handicraft market, and the Catcco Museum (Andean Center for Traditional Technology and Culture of the Communities of Ollantaytambo), which shows the history and crafts of the region.
In the middle of the mountains, hidden, the Ñaupa Iglesia is one of my favorite places in the valley and an important place to visit in Ollantaytambo.
Important: as the site is free, it does not as well preserve as the tourist ruins, and although many stairs go up to the top, it is better to be careful not to take unnecessary risks due to lack of attention or overconfidence; take a good look where you step!
The Cervecería del Valle is a microbrewery installed at the entrance of the town of Pachar: Of course, it is the best place to enjoy a good beer during your stay in Ollantaytambo!
They were doing a 02-hour walk in the middle of the Inca quarries. The Incas extracted the stones for their constructions; until reaching the Inti Punku.
The “Inti Punku” was a strategic point for astronomical observation and a control site for the roads to Machu Picchu and the Amazon rainforest. With breathtaking views from the top.
It is also possible to arrive from Cusco. Includes: transfer from your hotel, breakfast in the Pachar community, walk with a guide, a small lunch, and a stop at the Cervecería del Valle brewery before returning to your hotel.