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“Great Ruins in Ollantaytambo!” 5 of 5 stars
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Temple of Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Sacred Valley Overnight Tour from Cusco
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: An example of magnificent stonework, this ancient ruin originally was a temple and later a fortress used by a number of Incas to repel an attack by the Spanish conquerors.
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“Great Ruins in Ollantaytambo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Ollantaytambo is the best place to stay if you are going to Machu Picchu. You have to take the train or walk the Inca trail, and this is the final stop before the last one where you board buses to climb to Machu Picchu.
The ruins of Patacancha are part of Ollantaytambo town, and vice versa. A tambo is the Inca word for an inn on the Inca trail. The ruins are really worth seeing, and the best way to see them is to stay in Ollantaytambo itself. We stayed at the El Albergue and I must say it was fabulous.
Waking up early, you can almost be alone, exploring the substantial ruins with a great history of their own. In many ways, they are more varied than Machu Pichu, more interesting, and certainly more intimate without the huge crowds! The citidel, temples, water systems, walls and terraces are still intact, and the still-inhabited pueblo below the ruins is part of it: The best preserved Inca town we saw in a month of Peru travel! You can stay in the old town, there are hostels and they look good! The descendants of the Inca live in this town, and the water systems still work, thanks to the archaeologists who helped here!
This was the primary Inca administrative center in the Sacred Valley, a breadbasket of the Inca empire. I could easily recommend skipping the hustle, the crowds, and the cost of Machu Pichu and instead spending the time in this charming little valley.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing Inca Ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Was fascinating hearing about the history of this fort like area. for instance where they stored their food and where the temple of worship is, and where they kept mummies. The chief incas face on the side of the mountain was pointed out by the tour guide which was incredible in itself. The climb to the top is a chore, but well worth it once you see the entire view of the valley below.

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“..go early...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

...we had scaled Pinkuylluna a few days earlier and to be honest, felt the overall experience more fulfilling due to the fact there was virtually no one else on the hill and it was free. If you do this site, be sure to get the multi-site pass, which you can use in Cusco and some of the sites around the Sacred Valley to get your moneys worth. This site was relatively small and can be done within an hour or so.. The afternoon can get quite busy with tour groups which can hinder photo opportunities, so the morning may be more of an ideal time to go.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing - must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We were lucky enough to take a tour with a fantastic tour guide as part of our GAdventures tour the day before we started the Inca trail.

The ruins are fantastic and an amazing example of Inca building work - there's just something really magical about the whole place and definitely worth a visit.

Visited June 2012
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“Amazing esp. with a good tour guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was stunned by the complexity and depth of these ruins. It made all the difference having a private tour guide, Paull, referred by Natalia at El Albergue. He explained the cosmology and archeological subtleties (in English) better than any other guide I had on this 3 week trip. It was $50 for a 4 hour tour that included visits to locals in the town for Chicha and to see how they raise their guinea pigs

Visited January 2013
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