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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