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OllantaytamboPeru

Home to the ruins of a striking temple, this quaint village has changed little since it was inhabited by the Inca centuries ago. 

A well-worn stop for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo exudes an old-world charm despite the crowds it attracts. The Old Town is among the longest continuously inhabited neighborhoods on the continent, with a well-preserved layout designed by the Incas. The town’s most famous attraction is an ancient fortress, one of the Inca’s most stunning architectural achievements.

Explore Ollantaytambo’s Old Town, a delightful grid of streets organized into canchas (blocks). Each cancha usually had one entrance leading into a main courtyard bordered by a group of houses. Investigate Calle del Medio, an excellent example of one of these small communities. Follow blue plaques around town designating the Ollantaytambo Heritage Trail, which guides visitors to the most interesting sites.

This city is a perfect base for hikes around the surrounding valley and mountains. Climb the stairs near Calle Lares K'ikllu and walk along the trail leading to Pinkuylluna. This 1.5-hour hike will take you to an old set of Incan granaries, a scenic spot with views over the Old Town and fortress.

Don’t miss the iconic Fortress of Ollantaytambo, an impressive example of Incan stonework consisting of terraces carved into the hillside. The ruins are believed to have served as a temple for worship and astronomical observation, before being used as a fortress to defend the city against an attack by the Spanish. At the bottom of the terraces, find Baños de la Ñusta, an area once used for ceremonial bathing.

Visit Ollantaytambo during its colorful festivals, when the city comes alive with dance, music and ceremonial processions. Numerous festivals are held throughout the year; Fiesta de Reyes in January is one of the best. During this festival, an effigy is carried into town from the sacred site of Marcaquocha.

Ollantaytambo is located at the northwestern entrance of the Sacred Valley. The fortress ruins are popular with large tour groups during the day, so it’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Top Hotels in Ollantaytambo

Rumi Sonqo
Rumi Sonqo
2.5 out of 5
Calle Kuychipunku 273, Ollantaytambo
The price is CA $23 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this guesthouse is steps away from Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Plaza de Armas. Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries and Cerro ...

4.2/5Very Good! (38 reviews)
dont delay, STAY HERE

"Just a wonderful place to stay. Incredible location right at the ruins and a 10 minute walk to the train station. Rosa who runs the place is also wonderful. We had to get up at 4am to make our 5am train to Maccu Picchu and she was awake and waiting for us to give us some breakfast snacks to take ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

Rumi Sonqo
Mama Killa
Mama Killa
2.5 out of 5
Calle principal, una cuadra antes de la plaza principal, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco
The price is CA $26 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)

"Close to everything. Rosemary is amazing always willing to help customers."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2019

Mama Killa
Parwa Guest House
Parwa Guest House
3 out of 5
Calle Patacalle S/N, Ollantaytambo, Cusco
The price is CA $47 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Cerro Pinculluna and Yanacocha ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (172 reviews)

"This location is superb. Location is excellent, the views to the ruins are incredible. It's a boutique hotel with only a few rooms that are well decorated and make your stay super cozy. The staff is very helpful and welcoming. Nice room with a view, hot water and an excellent breakfast in the mornings, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Parwa Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ollantaytambo

Glamping Eco Spirit
Glamping Eco Spirit
2.5 out of 5
Glamping eco spirit, carretera huilloc km. 05, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas, Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. ...

Glamping Eco Spirit
Tantakuy - Private Room in Earth Home w/ Mountain, Stars & Farm Views
Tantakuy - Private Room in Earth Home w/ Mountain, Stars & Farm Views
San Isidro s/n sector chacras, Ollantaytambo, Cusco (region)

Situated in a rural location, this romantic holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plaza de Armas ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
MOST MAGICAL PLACE♥️

"Don’t look any further! Book this place now! Lucho and Chloe are amazing souls and their house IN THE SACRED VALLEY is so unique and breathtaking! We stayed for two nights while going to Machu Picchu and it’s the perfect place to stay between Cusco and Machu. They arranged for a taxi to pick us up ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Tantakuy - Private Room in Earth Home w/ Mountain, Stars & Farm Views
casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
3 out of 5
Carr Pumamarca Choquebamba, Ollantaytambo, Cusco
The price is CA $85 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Cerro Pinculluna and Plaza de Armas. Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries and Yanacocha ...

casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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