In the province of Urubamba, 76 kilometers (47miles) from Cuzco, via a path from Quinchero, you will discover the other side of the Sagrado Valley of the Incas with well-preserved archaeological ruins. The best part about the area is that it is located 2,792 meters (9,214ft) above sea level, and you are able to visit it practically year round because of the enjoyable temperate climate.
In Ollantaytambo you can take notice of the duality of the culture and architecture of the indigenous people from the area. It is expressed in two sections that constitute the original Llagta Aragama Ayllu linked to cult and religion, and the Qosgo Ayllu, that performed more homely tasks. This excellent example of Incan architecture, found intact, gives a great understanding of the beginning of urban times, with some buildings still in use.
Ollantaytambo is also called "valle de tambo" (valley of the inn) and is the most valuable part of the Sagrado Valley of the Incas.
In addition to these constructions, or "ayllus" as they were previously called, you can find a gigantic pyramid, "La Roca del Viejo" (The Rock of the Old One), as well as a combination of railways, pre Hispanic stone quarries, and the amazing religious central structure.
76 kilometers (47miles) from Cuzco on the tracks from Pisac and Chinchero
When to go
Year round. Preferential months are April to October.
Archaeology and culture
How to get there
None available. Contact tourist services in Cusco.