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THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION

Things do do at Ollantaytambo

At  2,800 asml in the Sacred Valley of Peru, lies a little town, Ollantaytambo, which is home to the number 3 Inca archaeological site about 70 km from Cusco. Being considerable lower that Cusco, the climate is less cold that the climate of Cusco. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region,[3]:73 and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays, located in what is called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca ruins and its location en route to one of the most common starting points for the four-day, three-night hike known as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the surrounding Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary.

 

During the Spanish conquest of Peru, Ollantaytambo served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the native resistance against the conquerors. He fortified the town from the direction of Cusco, which had already fallen into Spanish hands.  A Spanish assault attempts was fought off in the fields  by Manco Inca in 1536, thus temporarily halting the Spanish advance. Nevertheless,  the king withdrew to the forests of Vilcabamba, founding a new Inca empire. In 1540, the remaining people of Ollantaytambo were incorporated in the encomienda of Pizarro.

 

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Ollantaytambo Train Station

The Ollantaytambo train station is a stop  for

  • a very basic and inexpensive regular passenger train for Peruvian nationals; and

  • the much more costly tourist trains to and from Machu Picchu.

Foreigners who try to ride the regular train will get will be heavily fined. The tourist trains run from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). If you are doing the Inca Trail, you will want to get on the train to Aguas Calientes and get off when the train stops mid-route.

There are three types of tourist trains. Ordered by descending price, they are the Hiram Bingham, Vistadome, and Expedition trains. Go to Peru Rail's website for more current prices and schedule. Make room in your budget though because you will need at least $100 each to do the trip both ways.

 

If you purchase a ticket from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, you can get off at Ollantaytambo for a few hours and then use the same ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. If you want to spend time in Ollantaytambo, it is more cost effective to take a bus to Urubamba from Cusco and then a connecting bus to Ollantaytambo (or a direct minivan).

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: The main platform.THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Inside there is a little restaurant at the train station.

The modest train station for the train to Machu Picchu.

Inside there is a little restaurant, where one can order some simple food and drinks if there is room

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Boarding the train to Machu Picchu.THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: The Machu Picchu tourist train at Ollantaytambo.

The tourist train to Machu Picchu.

 

Temple Hill with the Six Monoliths

'Araqhama is bordered to the west by Cerro Bandolista, a steep hill on which the Incas built a ceremonial center. The part of the hill facing the town is occupied by the terraces of Pumatallis, framed on both flanks by rock outcrops.

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Walls built from one single rock, called a megalithic rock, at Ollantaytambo archaeological site.

Megalithic Rocks at Ollantaytambo, Peru.

 

Terraces

The valleys of the Urubamba and Patakancha Rivers along Ollantaytambo are covered by an extensive set of agricultural terraces or andenes which start at the bottom of the valleys and climb up the surrounding hills. The andenes permitted farming on otherwise unusable terrain; they also allowed the Incas to take advantage of the different ecological zones created by variations in altitude.[28] Terraces at Ollantaytambo were built to a higher standard than common Inca agricultural terraces; for instance,

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: The Inca terraces of the Inca ruins at Ollantay Tambo.THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: The Inca terraces of Ollantay Tambo seem from above.

The Inca terraces of the Inca ruins at Ollantay Tambo.

The Inca terraces of Ollantay Tambo seem from above.

 

Storehouses Pinkuylluna, Inca storehouses near Ollantaytambo

The Incas built several storehouses or qullqas (Quechua: qollqa) out of fieldstones on the hills surrounding Ollantaytambo. Their location at high altitudes, where more wind and lower temperatures occur, defended their contents against decay. To enhance this effect, the Ollantaytambo qullqas feature ventilation systems. They are thought to have been used to store the production of the agricultural terraces built around the site.[32] Grain would be poured in the windows on the uphill side of each building, then emptied out through the downhill side window.

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Pinkuylluna, Inca storehouses near OllantaytamboTHINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Inca storehouses

Pinkuylluna, Inca storehouses near Ollantaytambo

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Inca water works serve in villages until the present day.

Inca water works serve in villages until the present day.

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: The inca ruins  of Ollantaytambo.THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Ollantaytambo fountain of the Princess.

The inca ruins  of Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo fountain of the Princess.

 

THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Pink Angels' Trumpets are native to the Andes only.THINGS TO DO AT OLLANTAYTAMBO & TRAINSTATION: Little humming birds can be seen all along the monument.

Pink Angels' Trumpets are native to the Andes only.

Little humming birds can be seen all along the monument.

 

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