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Address: Patacancha Valley, Ollantaytambo, Peru

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Non-touristy ruins to explore

We hiked to these ruins from downtown Ollantaytambo from directions given in the Awamaki hiking book. The hike was about 5 hours roundtrip and the Pumamarca Ruins were the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We hiked to these ruins from downtown Ollantaytambo from directions given in the Awamaki hiking book. The hike was about 5 hours roundtrip and the Pumamarca Ruins were the halfway point and highlight! We were the only ones there so were able to explore them to our hearts desire. Very worthwhile hike from Ollantay.

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King City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Our guide Miguel led our group up to the Pumamarca ruins. Seldom visited by tourists - they are exceptional and a well kept secret in the Sacred Valley.

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West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Beautiful hike. Definately strenous. Watch for altitude sickness if you're not fully acclimated. The valley and wild flowers and plants are lovely. We had an local guide who added to the trip immensely.

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fort collins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I did this hike by myself, easy and safe. Gorgeous ruins, very different from the many Incan sites in the valley. Get the area hiking book from the Awamaki 's store in Ollantaytambo.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We were rather underwhelmed by the ruins given the reviews we had read beforehand but the walk there highlights beautiful scenery so it was worth it. The directions we had weren't really that helpful so this is how we got there. If you are standing outside Hearts Cafe the road opposite, just to the right, is the one you want... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We stayed in Ollantaytambo and hired a driver to take us to Maras and Moray in the morning, then drop us off at Pumamarca after lunch. We brought the directions from the Moon guide with us and had read through the reviews here in order to find the start of the trail back to hike back to Ollanta. We are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited in April 2012 and enjoyed visiting the ruins, the view of the city from the top is terrific. Down below there are markets with all sorts of good bargains for a tourist. The site is full of history and a good guide will give you many interesting facts about the place. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Around one hour walk uphill gives you an interesting knowledge about the incas and their way of life. Nice walk to Ollantaytambo from Pumamarca.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had a taxi take 4 of us to the ruins and drop us off for $40 sols total. We left town around 9 AM. It took about 20 minutes to get there by cab, the road got a bit rough. We explored the ruins on our own for about an hour or so. There are no facilities here. Bring... More 

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SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Had a view of it from our hotel room - Ollantaytambo is very small & you can see the ruins from pretty much everywhere. Thought too expensive & the steps are very steep - it's very high up a hill with very steep steps- we didn't go all the way up - has good view over the town.

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