The mysterious inca fortress
The ruins of Ollantaytambo, situated above the Urubamba river, are located in the Sacred Valley of the incas. Here once again the typical urban planning of the inca can be. The grounds are still in a very good condition and you can understand the effort of the construction, if you make the effort of the ascent on the countless steps. But who has managed to do so, can enjoy the fascinating view over Ollantaytambo and the Urubamba valley.
Opposite the fortress there are also some buildings on the mountainside. These are the old storehouses of the inca, which because of the cooler climatic conditions caused by shadows and wind there are very good ways of storing food, such as potatoes offered. Usually only tourists who do not reach Ollantaytambo on the guided bus tours get there. A steep unpaved path also allows you to reach this point. It is also necessary to allow more time for this because, due to the altitude, you have to take enough breaks so that the oxygen requirement does not suffer.
In Ollantaytambo there is usually a milder climate than in Cusco. From Cusco you can take the guided bus tours or public transport to Ollantaytambo. If you want to take the public buses, in Cusco go to the intersection Av. Gray / Puente Gray. There is the “Terminal de buses” where the big buses and small collectivos / station wagon / shared taxis depart. Some of the collectivos drive directly to Ollantaytambo, others stop in Urubamba, where you then have to change again. A taxi ride is also affordable with one of the taxis organized by hostels or hotels.
The small village is not only fascinating because of its imposing fortress. Also, the village architecture of the Incas, which dates back to the 15th century area, has charming lanes with original antiquarian charm. The walled Canchas (these are the walled farmhouses) of the inhabitants are still impressive today, especially since the population within the village still largely lives as in ancient times.
Several habits, which are found only rarely in the big cities, are still lived here. So it is still here, his dead relatives in his own house to store and in no velatorio (a kind of morgue) to bring. The connectedness within families is still of great importance here. As an outsider you can be surprised when someone is approached and led you into the house. Small dishes such as galletas de soda (a kind of salty crackers) and Coffee or Chicha are then welcome. It is usually drunk at many body shows in Peru more than in some restaurant.
In addition to visiting the fortress and temple complex Ollantaytambo is also an interesting point to continue by train to Macchu Picchu. As the train tickets are cheaper from here onwards, there are always tourists who stay in town for one or two days. If you plan your tour planning as a whole, you should consider this option as needed. In Ollantaytambo there are enough hostels, hotels and restaurants, cafes and a variety of small shops selling beautiful crafts.
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