The town and archaeological site of Ollantaytambo is located 90 kilometers from the Imperial City of Cusco. It was built by order of the ninth ruler of Tahuantinsuyo: the Inca Pachacútec. It is the only city of the Inca Empire that still continues to be inhabited and is one of the places that tourists choose to go to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
When traveling to Ollantaytambo you will be transported in time because the 15 blocks of this town preserve the streets and walls of the Inca period. In addition, you will observe how this place is supplied by the water channels that the ancient Peruvians raised to take advantage of the crystalline water coming from the main springs of the mountain.
Attractions to visit during your next trip to the town and archaeological site of Ollantaytambo:
The living people of the Inca Empire
In the town of Ollantaytambo you will observe the amazing and colorful clothes worn by its inhabitants. Also, you can walk through its streets and portray one of the most beautiful landscapes that Cusco has. In addition, you will know the lifestyle of people from neighboring communities that go to this place to make purchases.
2. The archaeological site
In Ollantaytambo you will observe the Temple of the Sun, which was built with 6 large blocks of stone that the engineers of the Inca Empire united with stone slats. In addition, you will be amazed by the way in which the ancient Peruvians built the town by means of channels and platforms that avoided landslides.
Site Museum of “CATCCO”
Take advantage of your visit to this town and archaeological site to attend the Andean Center of Traditional and Cultural Technology of the Communities of Ollantaytambo (CATCCO). In the rooms of this museum, the works of the ancient settlers of Ollantaytambo are exhibited, highlighting their great ability for craftsmanship and architecture.
Your visit to the town and complex of Ollantaytambo will not be complete if you do not enter the hill Pinkuylluna, located in front of the Temple of the Sun. In this place you can see the enclosure built by the Inca Empire, which is made up of Qolcas or warehouses that have 3 identical blocks with 6 windows on the facade and 6 facing the hill.
5. Horseback Riding
Enjoy your visit to the town of Ollantaytambo, heading to the Inti Punku viewpoint on a magnificent horseback ride. During this tour you will be able to appreciate different archaeological sites in which the richness of the Inca culture is reflected. The duration of the tour is 8 hours, time that you can also observe the most beautiful landscapes.
The best accommodation in Machu Picchu
Once you have visited the town of Ollantaytambo and continue with a tour to the city of Machu Picchu. We recommend you to stay at one of the best hotels in Machu Picchu: Casa del Sol Hotels. This lodging has modern facilities, good service, and comfortable rooms; that is, everything you need to enjoy your trip to Cusco. You already know, do not forget to visit the town and archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. In this way you will know a little more about the Inca Empire and the great Impe City.