21 Jan 2019 - 22 Jan 2019
2 guests - 1 room
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.
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.
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.
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.