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“Sacred Valley Success” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of Ollantaytambo

Temple of Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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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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“Sacred Valley Success”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

A great intro to imperial and mortar style ruins. Highly recommend seeing this before or on your way to Machu Picchu.

Visited February 2013
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“nice, not my favorite”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

These were a good introductory ruin. But it got better so if you have limited time skip this in favor of Moray (although different). There are lots of steps here so pace your self climbing up. It was nice to be high and look to the other hill sides and see what was there. I was very glad we had a guide to tell us stories and explain what we were seeing. The throne at the top was kind of neat to see. As with all the ruins it was amazing to see what the built back then and how well it's lasted.

Visited October 2012
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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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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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