Ollantaytambo is one of our favourite towns in the Sacred Valley. It is located approximately 60 kms. from Cusco and is one of the best surviving examples of Incan architecture. ‘Ollanta’ as it is known by locals has a tiny population of just over 2000 and its narrow cobblestone streets have been continuously inhabited for over 700 years. This is quite literally the end of the road in the Sacred Valley and is the last stop before you get the train to Machu Picchu.
Our Ollantaytambo Travel Guide has all the information you need to plan a fabulous visit to Ollantaytambo including all the best things to see and do, hotels and restaurants as well as information on how to get to Ollantaytambo.
This Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site built by the resistance leader Manco Inca is made up of a series of imposing, terraces, temples, platforms, paths and walls and offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside, the town of Ollantaytambo itself and the Incan storehouses or ‘Qollqa’ built on the Pincuylluna mountain opposite the ruins.
The Pinkuylluna Storehouse hike is a great short half-day hike you can do in Ollantaytambo. The trail begins in the old part of town and climbs steeply to these ancient Inca storehouses that were used to store grain by Inca king Pachacutec. There is great views of the Ollantaytambo Archaeological site from the top.
Patacancha is a traditional Quechua community that is known for its colourful high-quality textiles which are hand-woven primarily by the women in the community. If you want to really see how local communities in most parts of the Sacred Valley live, this is a real eye-opener well off the beaten track.
The Inca sector of Ollantaytambo town is the oldest inhabited Inca town in Peru with people living there continuously for 700 years. Take an hour or two to wander the cobble stone alleys, take some great photos and see how the locals live.