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Ollantaytambo

Practical information on Ollantaytambo

  • Mountain
  • Archaeological Site
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
2hrs by train from Aguas Calientes
When to go
From May to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Ollantaytambo

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

The town of Ollantaytambo and it's archaeological site are situated between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Take the time to visit this charming, little Inca town.

My suggestion:
Archaeology aside, the town of Ollantaytambo itself is lovely. It has lots of small cafes, shops and a great market if you need to stock up on things. I would have liked to have spent more time there during my holiday in this region of Peru.
My review

The town and Inca site of Ollantaytambo are well worth a stop. You can catch a train from the town and go to Machu Picchu - a journey that passes through breathtaking countryside. I decided to travel by minibus and train. Both were amazing experiences.

Incas chose where to build their towns and temples according to divine signs associated with each location. At Ollantaytambo, for example, you can see a naturally formed face carved into the mountainside. You'll also find a sundial, an aqueduct, recesses where idols were placed alongside house foundations dating back to the Inca Empire. And that's just for starters!

This was one of the best archaeological sites that I had the chance to visit during my time in this part of Peru.  

Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

Ollantaytambo is an old Inca fortress, and the village of today has been built at its feet. Vestiges of Inca architecture at 2,700 metres above sea level, between Cusco and Machu Picchu make it a good place to stop during a trip to Peru.

My suggestion:
The place is considered to be something worth seeing. It's true that it is not very big, but it has managed to keep its soul and is worth a look, especially for those looking for authenticity or ancient buildings. Stay there a day.
My review

I remember a calm and relaxing village. I only stayed there the night and the following day but the atmosphere was gentle. Few tourists compared to Aguas Calientes or Cusco. So, little in the way of infrastructure either, and the restaurants were only open til 9 p.m. ...So be warned! I found myself visiting every restaurant in the village starving and ready to eat anything.

Apart from these details, lovers of ancient architecture will adore Ollantaytambo . The Inca city which overlooks the village is very well preserved. You can easily see where the little lanes and the houses were...and it is laden with history: the city was the site of an Inca defeat during the Spanish colonisation.

michael mamane Seasoned Traveller
76 written opinions

Ollantaytombo is a little village in Peru and was once an ancient Inca city. The town makes a very interesting stop for all travellers making a trip to Peru.

My suggestion:
Don't hesitate to make an overnight stop at Ollantaytombo on your way back from visiting Machu Picchu, rather than returning directly to Cusco.
My review

I went to Peru in 2013 and I still have great memories of my trip to the town of Ollantaytombo. I went on my way back from visiting Machu Picchu and I had hesitated between spending the night at Ollantaytombo or returning directly to Cusco. In the end I stayed one night here and I didn't regret it because Ollantaytombo still has some remains from its Inca past. It was in fact an old fortress where ancient fights took place and I very much liked the guided tour. The visit to the fortress also offers some beautiful views over the surrounding valley.

The town is small and I found it relaxing after the all turmoil of Machu Picchu. I remember a pretty little square where a few restaurants had set up shop. If you go a little further away from the square you can wander the little streets of the town, which are charming in themselves.

I also took advantage of my time in Ollantaytombo to find a guide to show me the salt terrasses "Salinas de Maras" and the ancient agricultural grounds at Moray. This half day visit was really worthwhile, in that allowed me to view these exceptional places. In short, I liked Ollantaytombo and recommend all travellers to plan a stopover.

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