The small town of Ollantaytambo is the perfect base for exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Nestled in a beautiful valley, Ollantaytambo is a small Andean town with many restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops to cater to the large groups of tourists that visit here every day for touring the ruins in the village.

We stayed in Casa del Abuelo, a small B&B located on the street next to the ruins. Our room opened to the street and beautiful view of the moutains.

Our room was right above the entrance – the one with small balcony

We started the morning with tour of the Ruins of Ollantaytambo. This was the last stronghold of the Incas during the Spanish invasion. The complex served as a Military Fort while offering spaces for Religion and Agriculture.

Ruins of Ollantaytambo – Terraces for farming

From the top of the ruins, you get to see the whole valley, with Ollantaytambo town at bottom.

Ollantaytambo in the Valley

There were clear sections for farming, religion, administration and military. All these had thatched roofs once, all gone now.  Some more pictures in the Gallery below –

It is here we first noted the beauty of Inca Architecture. The huge stones are locked against each other as they have been welded together. They even withstood earthquakes! All this was done on hard stone without help of modern technology!

One for the Album 🙂

On our way down we came across some Quinoa plants. These were one form of staple food for the Incas. They were once harvested in these grounds. Extra grains were stored in granaries, like the one you see in the distance in the mountain.

This place is so beautiful and serene that we didn’t feel like leaving!

After exiting the ruins, we walked around the old town a bit. The streets and houses have not changed at all. Many people still stay in the ancient stone houses that Incas built, just the roofs have changed.

How Incas used to live
The street still has old drains built by Incas

Then we walked into the town square. The views from every corner of this town are just stunning!

Town Square – Many restaurants and souvenir shops
Looking back to the Ruins from the Square

That’s all Ollantaytambo has to offer. There are many shops where you can bargain and get some souvenirs. It is advised you buy them here, as the prices are cheaper than in touristy Cusco.

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