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All reviews ollantaytambo ruins free hike great hike main ruins steep hike free attraction archaeological park worth the climb mountain side town square watch your step entrance fee takes about an hour hand rails incredible views taking pictures worth the effort
It is just a short walk uphill, on the opposite side of the town from the main site. It might be a bit difficult to find the entrance to the path, but any local knows where it is. The buildings are much larger than any...More
Really enjoyed the hike up here (more of a climb, really). Narrow, steep and rocky path was a fun challenge. Lot of interesting vegetation along the way and not crowded at all.
Great views over the town and the fortress.
These ruins are incredible! And FREE! You don’t need a guide. The first 10 minutes are the toughest. After that the incline is gentler. If you’ve acclimated have good knees I encourage. You have incredible views of the Ollantaytambo ruins. Yes, you are much higher...More
This free trail is very close to my hotel so I decided to hike it the day after Machu Picchu. The trail offers great view of Ollantaytambo ruins but it is so steep and narrow with some jagged rock trail sections that I turned back...More
I made this hike on my second day in Peru , so I was still acclimating to the altitude. For this reason it was a little more challenging , but it was certainly doable. I was escorted by a local dog that followed me the...More
10mins walking to go to the storehouses, 5mins more to go to the other ruins above. Definitely worth it, view is amazing and storehouses itself are really interesting. For those interested, there is the possibility for a longer trek till the top of the hill...More
Cusco is at a significantly higher altitude than Ollanta and Machu Picchu. Unless you're traveling from altitude or know you won't have any problems, you should consider staying at lower elevations toward the beginning of... More
Cusco is at a significantly higher altitude than Ollanta and Machu Picchu. Unless you're traveling from altitude or know you won't have any problems, you should consider staying at lower elevations toward the beginning of your trip (fly into Cusco and go directly to Ollanta, visit MP, then several days later, return to stay in Cusco).
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
Cusco – Ollantantambo – Aquas Calientes – MP / HP – 4 days (9 Replies)
Arrived into Cusco airport in the morning and picked up straight away by our taxi. Guy did not speak English but used phone if needed as a translator. Took over an hour to get to Ollantaytambo. Our Airbnb person met us and walked us a little way from the square to our home for a night. Unpacked and went and had a look around the square and the little market then made our way to Archaeological Park where we purchased the Tolistero Boistero for $130 pp. Did not get a guide but just walked all...More
September 02, 2017|
Response fromLyle W|
Nice but there are a few areas that require clarification. 1. Travel time between Cusco and Ollantaytambo should be about 2 hours 2. The "Boleto Touristico" is S/130 Soles and not $130 for the full or "general" ticket, partial tickets are also available for S/70 Soles 3. Travel time for the train between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes is about 1-1/2 hours 4. Although the Machu Picchu area is generally a comfortable temperature for most, it can get cold at times, mainly depending on...More
planning a trip to Machu Picchu (4 Replies)
Hi My husband & I are fairly active - bike 20 - 30 miles /week & workout - in our 60's - trying to plan this trip and have 8 -10 days. The main focus is the Machu Picchu 2 day /1nite Inca trail trek with hotel. We'd like to stay in Ollantaytambro the night before our trek rather than in Cusco. Any suggestions to this? Rough plan Day 1 Lima - is it worth spending a day here? Days 2-4 Cusco - to acclimate to the altitude for 2 more days. What to see while there - can refill 2 days?...More
August 09, 2017|
Response fromLyle W|
Considering the main reason to stay in Ollantaytambo is to aid in adjusting to the altitude, it would make more sense to go to Ollantaytambo before Cusco. As for hot springs, my favorite are the ones in Lares. In my opinion the ones in Santa Teresa are not that hot, there are far too many sand flies there, and they are not that convenient. From Aguas Calientes you would either have to take the train to Hydroelectrica or hike there (about 3 hours), then get a taxi or colectivo to Santa...More
How much time to tour Chinchero, Moray & Salineras by taxi? (6 Replies)
We are arriving in Cuzco next week and plan to do two days tour of Sacred Valley. First day (Sept. 7), a taxi driver will pick us up at Cuzco airport around 9am and take us to Pisac Ruins, then the market, and drop us off at Ollantaytamb Ruins. We are staying at Ollantaytamb that night. Second day (Sept. 8), we plan to start early to hike up to Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries for the view. Then visit Chinchero, Moray and Salineras by taxi. How many hours do we need to tour these 3...More