Ollantaytambo: Overlooked ruins in the heart of the Sacred Valley

My wife and I recently did a trip to Cusco just to spend the weekend there (that’s one of the many benefits of living in Peru), and we ended up astounded by Ollantaytambo. Now, I’ve been to Ollantaytambo (every time I write or say that word I get excited that I can pronounce it), I’ve been overwhelmed by it. Peru is amazing in that basically everywhere you look you see a fantastic ancient structure that, if located in any other country in the world, would in itself be a completely valid reason to draw millions of yearly tourists. In Peru, everbody knows Machu Picchu, but if Machu Picchu wasn’t there, there is a list of about 50 other archaeological sites (conservative estimate) which could instantly step up and take Machu Picchu’s place.

In the brief video above, you can see a 360 degree spin from the center of the ruins that kind of gives you an idea as to the scope and majesty of the place. Seriously, this is a set of ruins you don’t want to miss, and my prediction is that Ollantaytambo will be the next tourist destination to start filling up and be overdeveloped like Cusco is (actually, Cusco isn’t “overdeveloped” it’s just that you can still get land in Ollantaytambo for 45$ a square meter, that’s not the case in Cusco I don’t think).

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1 Comment

  1. 09/28/2016

    Good post, Ben. I too love Ollantaytambo. People who plan to visit Machu Picchu should spend a night in Ollanta and experience life in a former Inca town. The ruins there are great and you can take day walks to other intriguing sites.

    Ollanta is also lower in altitude than is Cusco, which makes it a good place to hang out and acclimate. Good hotels in the town include Wendy Weeks' classic El Albuerge, and Hotel Sauce (in the center of town).

    A friend of mine has a farm on the outskirts of Ollanta, and we have loved spending time there.

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