Ollantaytambo is a village in the Sacred Valley of south Peru, set on the Urubamba River amid snow-capped mountains in Cuzco. It’s known for the Ollantaytambo archeological park, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Archaelogists say, that some of the constructions have around 12000 years old. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple and the Princess Baths fountain. The village’s old town is an Inca-era grid of cobblestoned streets and adobe buildings, its known as the last living Inca town.
Casa de Wow, its just across the archeological park, in fact you will be able to watch it from your room window at Casa de Wow. This magical place is located 80 km from the city of Cusco, 32km from Macchu Picchu and sits at 2,700 meters above the sea level. Ollantaytambo is one of the most important towns that make up the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Surrounded by many archaeological structures, being astronomic observatories, administrative offices, agricultural land and urban constructions. Is a city with the alive remains of its Inca legacy, since it still keeps some of the constructions that were built by the Incas and the locals are still habitating them just like it was 400 years ago.
Once arrived to Cusco city there are two ways to reach Ollantaytambo by bus:
- By the Pisac route: To take this route you should take a bus on Puputi street. The bus drives through Calca and the trip lasts about 2 hours. Then you should take a collectivo to Urubamba (30 minutes). From here, take a bus to Ollantaytambo (30 minutes).
- By Chincheros route: You should take a bus from Pavitos street. The buses arrive at the Plaza de Ollantaytambo (2 hours approximately) after a shortstop in Urubamba town.
From Ollantaytambos main plaza you just walk one street towards the ruins direction and on your right there will be the sign for the Patacalle street. Go right for another block following the water stream on the rock floor, and when hitting the abandon museum wall you can only go left, then you can only go right, and that is Patacalle st. Walk it down, for like 8 blocks ( sorry no traffic allowed here) when you reach the peruvian coat of arms on your right, you are almost there, on your right theres the sign Casa de Wow, and wooden benches over the water stream, you have reached your destination.
Besides The arquelogical park of Ollantaytambo, this place holds a lot of amazing trekking routes, with its 34,800 acres, being the wonderful andes landscapes or the archeological stone constructions all over the place, we are sure you will have fun. Here a few of the travelled trekks around:
- Fortaleza ( Archaelogical park)
- Puente inka
- Punku punku
- Munay pata
- Inca pintay
- Naupa iglesia
What People Say
Fascinating mesolithic ancient fortress, nothing to envy from Macchu picchu, cheaper, closer and far less crowded.Walter Tell
The last inca town alive, most of the houses and streets hold the same structure as 500 years ago or perhaps more.Jeremias Rowler
Ollantaytambo is surrounded with archaelogical complexes, nice trekks of discovery all around.Dr. Harrison