Ollantaytambo is a town in the Sacred Valley of Peru known for its relatively intact Incan ruins: the Ruins of Ollantaytambo. A personal estate of the Incan ruler before European conquest, the town now draws tourists from across the globe with its ancient terraces and well preserved structures, which include storehouses, defenses and functioning ... Read more
fountains. Ollantaytambo is a popular starting point for the famed Inca Trail, which leads trekkers into the mountains and finally to Machu Picchu. Visitors of a certain breed will enjoy sampling the locally prepared chicha, a common alcoholic drink endemic to the Andes.

Note: A Boleto Turistico is required for access to some of the sights in and around Cusco. It can be bought at the Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité (OFEC), Av Sol 103, Cusco (ph: +51 84-227-037). There are three different kind of tickets:

  • A full ticket (valid for ten days and for all sites), 130 soles
  • A student ticket (ISIC student card required as proof), 70 Soles
  • (liA partial ticket, (only valid for one day and a limited number of sites)
      The ticket gives access to the following sites in Cusco: Santa Cataline Monastery, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Historico Regional, Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, Museo de Arte Popular, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Danzas Folklórico and Monumento Pachacuteq.
      The ticket also gives access to sites around Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Qénqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Chinchero and the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Tipon and Pikillacta.
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Cusco’s main tourist season is during the Southern Hemisphere winter from June through September, which for the Imperial City brings a cool and dry climate, with temperatures in the 60s (15-21C) . Traveling at ... Read more
off-peak times can mean much better hotel deals, but the summer rainy season can make doing things like hiking the Inca Trail pretty tricky. There is something to be said about the added air of mystery when Machu Picchu is shrouded in a thick, swiftly-moving cloud, but you might not get many postcard-worthy photos. Do bring layers if you travel during the winter -- it can get as cold as 32F (0C) at night.

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Oakland, California, USA

Dominated by two massive Inca ruins, the village is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.

The town is dominated by a main street which caters to tourists and tourism. Here you can find your typical restaurants, craft stores, and trinkets.

The main plaza is a mix of tourists and locals, especially as you head south and visit the area around the town market. It is a nice place to people watch and relax after walking around.

As you walk east from the main plaza you encounter the more local shops and eateries. Well preserved Inca roads are lined with homes and gardens. It is a small area and you don't have to walk much to see the whole area.

Above the town in one direction is a popular Inca site that you can visit. In another direction is an archaeological site that predates the Inca.

You can take the train from here to Machu Picchu, it also isn't far from where the famous Inca Trail hike begins.

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New York City, New York State, USA

This is one of my favorite ruins sight next to Cusco. It has one of the oldest and more important temples for the Incas, the Templo del Sol. The views from the top are breathtaking and something anyone can climb. It's definitely a good precursor on how to climb Machu Picchu.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Marking the beginning of the Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo is one of the region's loveliest towns with its namesake ruins high above. This is often the last stop for Sacred Valley tours but absolutely shouldn't be looked over. If you can, spend the night in town then get to the ruins before anyone else to truly take it all in.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Ollantaytmbo is a small town with a Perurail Train Station. It's not very touristy like Aguas Calientes or Cusco. I stopped by here on my way back from Machu Picchu due to Cusco's train station being in repair.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The town of Ollantaytambo is the best there is. Only two hours away from Cusco city, Ollantaytambo is perfect if you want to get away from the business of the big city. There are nice restaurants and good places to stay around town. The surroundings and town itself is absolutely beautiful.

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Inca archeological site close to Cuzco. Take the train from here to the town nearest to Machu Pichu.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Ollantaytambo was our first city stop along the Inca Trail en route to Machu Picchu. The ruins towered above the town and were amazing sights to see. Hike to the top of the ruins for great photo ops of the city below and valley beyond. The town felt safe during the day and night. Locals we came into contact were friendly and helpful.

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Nizwa, Oman

The last holdout of the Incas in the age of the conquistadores, the echoes of a brutal history of death, betrayal and slavery resonate poignantly from the canyon walls of the Urabamba Valley. The ruins of empire are everywhere - from the wall of the Six Monoliths to the Bath of the Princess and the Terraces of Pumatallis to the faces and language of the people themselves - this is history as it should be - experienced.

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One of the inca trail during the ancient civilization. This is situated in between mountains. Lots of fresh air and green scenery surrounding. Don't forget to wear your hiking shoes for the steps!

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis
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An unexpected highlight of our visit to Peru. Ollantaytambo is a gorgeous little town sandwiched between old Incan ruins and gorgeous mountain scenery. The town feels local but still has plenty of tourist infrastructure. A nice place to sit in a cafe, enjoy a great cup of coffee and marvel and the scenery and local life.

We stayed at a high end resort in Urubamba and regretted it. The location and local feel of Ollantaytambo make it well worth a visit and we wish we had spent the night here.

The ruins are stunning and well worth a visit. Although they don't technically sell tickets for just the Ollantaytambo sight, try to negotiate if you don't plan to visit any of the other sights in the area.

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