General Information of Ollantaytambo

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    Basic information

    Height in meters and feet: 2792 meters above sea level (9160 feet).

    Location: It is located 72 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    Climate: The climate is dry and rainy depending on the season of the year. The average temperature is 13ºC.

    How to get there: From Cusco you can get there via the Chinchero road. It takes approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes by car.

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    Ollantaytambo Ruins

    The main tourist attraction of Ollantaytambo is, without a doubt, its archaeological site. The structures that the Incas built there are as impressive as the buildings in Machu Picchu.

    ➤ The ruins of Ollantaytambo was a religious and military center located on a high mountain.

    ➤ The archaeological site still has immense Inca constructions such as the Temple of the Sun, the Monumental Cover, the Bath of the Ñusta and many others.

    ➤ The troops of the Inca rebel Manco Inca and the Spanish invaders led by Hernando Pizarro faced each other.

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    Catcco museum

    If tourists want more information about the tourist sites of Ollantaytambo, they can go to this place. There are also exhibits of handicrafts made by the locals.

    ➤ El Catcco means Andean Center for Technology and Culture of the Ollantaytambo Communities.

    ➤ This cultural site exhibits unique handcrafted pieces created by the residents themselves.

    ➤ In addition, the place includes a didactic exhibition on the origins of Ollantaytambo. It has a conference room for cultural events.

    How to visit: The venue is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. at 1.30 p.m. and from 2p.m. at 4 p.m. Tourists should head to the Qosqo Ayllu sector in the same town.

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    Ollantaytambo Main Square

    One of the places to visit in Ollantaytambo is its Plaza de Armas. There are the main tourist services of the town.

    ➤ The Plaza de Armas de Ollantaytambo is the busiest point in town. It has trees, benches and is surrounded by several cafes, bars and tourist restaurants.

    ➤ There are also the main hotels and tourist services. A short distance from the Plaza de Armas you reach the train station heading to Machu Picchu.

    ➤ Nearby there is also the Church of Santiago Apóstol, patron saint of the town.

    How to get there: The buses that cover the Cusco - Ollantaytambo route stop at the Plaza de Armas. It can also be reached on foot from any part of the town.

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    Ollantaytambo town

    Ollantaytambo is not only a train station to get to Machu Picchu. The town is full of Inca constructions that survive in time. Many tourists are delighted with this place.

    ➤ The town of Ollantaytambo is the only one in Peru that preserves its original Inca urban design.

    ➤ Incan, colonial and modern structures mix in its streets. Strolling through the town is like visiting a museum city.

    ➤ On the outskirts of the town you can also enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Vilcanota river and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    How to get around: The town is not big. The main tourist sites can be reached on foot. It is not necessary to take a taxi there.

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    Pinkuylluna archaeological site

    Pinkuylluna's warehouses are one of the least known attractions of Ollantaytambo and Cusco. They are in the middle of a steep mountain. From there the whole town is seen as a beautiful landscape.

    ➤ From any part of the town you can see some Inca buildings in the shape of houses located in the narrowness of the mountain.

    ➤ These Inca structures are known as The Pinkuylluna warehouses. The Incas built these warehouses to store various products such as corn, potatoes, coca, and more.

    ➤ From the Pinkuylluna you can see the whole town and its surroundings. The Incas built it at that height so that the climate conserves food better.

    How to get there: You can get there on foot. Only follow the path of ‘Qosqo Ayllu’ street from the Main Square. The journey takes 20 or 30 minutes.

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    Perolniyoc Falls

    Ollantaytambo also offers adventure tourist attractions. Perolniyoc Falls is a natural attraction that includes a short trekking route.

    ➤ Perolniyoc waterfalls are a very beautiful natural attraction located on the outskirts of Ollantaytambo. You get there on your own or on an adventure tour.

    ➤ The falls have a waterfall of more than 100 meters in height. The beauty of the place are one of the locals' favorite attractions.

    ➤ You don't need to buy an entrance ticket to visit the Perolniyoc waterfalls. It is only required to arrive at the place and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

    How to get there: Perolniyoc is located a 30-minute walk from the town of Socma. You can get there by taking a short drive from Ollantaytambo.

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    Yanacocha lake

    The Yanacocha lagoon is a very popular natural attraction in the towns around Ollantaytambo. The trekking route to this lake is also an incredible tourist activity.

    ➤ Yanacocha means ‘Black Lagoon’. This natural attraction is close to the town of Huayabamba (just 26 kilometers from Ollantaytambo).

    ➤ The color of the waters of this lagoon is black. The diameter of the lake is 240 meters. The depth of 14 meters. The place is surrounded by a set of mountains.

    ➤ Many tourists decide to camp near the lagoon. The place is also ideal for taking very good pictures.

    How to get there: The only way to get there is on foot. The journey begins in Huayabamba. The path takes approximately 4 hours. Admission is free.

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    Experiential tourism in Ollantaytambo

    One of the new activities in Ollantaytambo is experiential tourism in the Willoq community. This town preserves many of the ancient Andean traditions.

    ➤ The community of Willoq is located 45 minutes by car from Ollantaytambo. This small town has been visited by tourists since 1992.

    ➤ The main customs in Willoq include land cultivation and ancient weaving techniques.

    ➤ There, tourists can also get to know the lifestyle of the peasant communities of Cusco as well as their problems and joys.

    How to do experiential tourism: There are several tourism agencies that carry out this activity in Willoq. Through the internet you can contact and get more information.

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    Inca trail

    Ollantaytambo is an obligatory route to reach Machu Picchu by train and also through the Inca Trail. This 4-day trek is considered one of the best in the world.

    ➤ The starting point for the Inca Trail is at kilometer 82 of the railway that leads to Machu Picchu. From Ollantaytambo it is 15 kilometers by car (33 minutes).

    ➤ From there, tourists cover a total distance of 39.6 kilometers on ancient Inca trails until they reach Machu Picchu on the morning of the 4th.

    ➤ During the tour, tourists will appreciate other Inca archaeological sites such as Patallacta, Q’ente, Wiñaywayna and many more.

    How to do the Inca Trail: You can only do the Inca Trail hiring the services of our tourism agency (online). The reservation must be made 4 or 6 months in advance.

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