Ollantaytambo – gateway town to Machu Picchu, Peru

Ollantaytambo is where most trekkers set off on their four day hike to Machu Picchu.  Its where we started our epic 1.5 hour train ride to same.  Forgive me but I’m not walking for 4 days at high altitude and sleeping in a tent when I can easily catch a train.  If that’s your thing, go right ahead, I’ll meet you there.  🙂

Anyway, back to Ollantaytambo.  This small town is interesting in its own right.  There are massive Incan ruins around the town and town itself has been continuously occupied since well before the tourists arrived, since the 13th century in fact.

We “hiked” up to some of the ruins which were very impressive and gave fantastic vistas back across the town.  As you can also see by what we were wearing, it clearly wasn’t tropical…  I’m in red and the crazy old lady in purple is my Mum.

The following extract is taken from Wikitravel“the ruins of largely religious significance, they doubled as the the last and largest defensive structures near the plains below where the Incas defeated the Spaniards in battle.”

Pinkullyuna is the hill with Incan storehouses overlooking the town and facing the main ruins. 

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  1. Hi been directed to your blog by Rowena at Beyond the Flow and saw this. It’s over 25 years since we caught the push me pull you train to Manchu Pichu and enjoyed the extraordinary beauty of Peru. Lovely photos and such great memories jogged of the extraordinary architecture. Did you take in the Colca Canyon and the terraces there. I don’t think I’ve seen anything so spectacular related to agriculture built so long ago other than the tanks in Sri Lanka.

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