Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
Top Attractions in Ollantaytambo
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What travelers are saying
- The vastness of these ruins were just amazing. The history, architecture and engineering of the site was really fascinating. Not to be missed!Written July 17, 2022
- Already in Ollantaytambo for the massive Incan fortress, the Pinkuylluna ruins are an added bonus. In addition to being easily accessible, access is free as well as free of the crowds flocking to the main attraction.Written June 8, 2022
- Sunrise run from Ollantaytambo. Total 9.2 miles round trip, 2.8k’ ascent. Took us a total of 2.5 hours (I was running with my 11 & 15 y.o. boys), so we were back by breakfast. Some things must be watched out for, including lack of signage & some “assertive” dogs. I learned in Peace Corps that dogs know to back off if you bend down as of picking up a rock - these dogs are no different, but it’s even better if you carry a short stick. Anyway it wasn’t a significant issue. The trail was well maintained and somewhat better marked as we got closer. Cell signal was fine all the way.
The ruins were something else!!! We had the whole place completely to ourselves. No admission, zero staff… we just walked around respectfully and appreciated the cornfields and cattle still being maintained all around.Written July 10, 2022
- The Patacancha valley is high up the Andes at a great elevation but is incredibly beautiful. There are native communities of people living up there, who are very friendly. It is worth a visit to get a taste of the rural life.Written February 15, 2020
- We had a traditional meal at the farm. Almost like a Hawaiian luau. Fun to walk around the farm and visit the distillery while the meal was cooking.Written August 17, 2022
- Very nice people teaching kids how to pour chocolate into tablets. for reasonable price kids can do it themselves and take the chocolate bars with them at the end. They explain the process of the cacao from start to end, and also have a little shop with many good products. You need aprox 1 hr availability for the activity.Written October 15, 2021
- Small, but special site. Some say it's Incan but others believe it's much older.
Close to Ollantaytambo and worth a visit.Written October 29, 2019
- It is quite a mission to walk along the road to see this bridge and also to cross it is not for the fainthearted - but worth it! The deeper value of this bridge makes it a important placeWritten May 31, 2019
- My fiancé and I trekked the Inca Quarry trail as there were no more permits left for the classic Inca trail by the time we booked. However, this was an amazing alternative hike which I am so glad that we did! It was so beautiful and had archeological sites as well as a Sun Gate and Tombs to visit along the way, too. The main highlight for me was the fact that during our 2 1/2 day hike, we only saw 2 other couples on the path (which was during the morning on the first day). The rest of the time it was just our little group of 5 (which included the guide, too!) hiking in the Andean Mountains! We then got to experience the Inca Rail to Machu Picchu town and go through the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, too!
The hike wasn’t too strenuous (we’re both fairly fit) but the altitude took it out of us slightly on the second day. Also watch out for when you are descending as it’s quite uneven gravel and I did get a few grazes!
You don’t get the tag of saying you did the ‘classic’ Inca trail which is further in distance, covers more archeological sites and the terrain varies more. However if you’re looking for something a little more personalised then this is your trip!
100% would recommend this hike!Written August 26, 2019
- Like any place of interest, here, too, are the vendors all selling mostly the same stuff. But it is a nice distraction from all the ruins and there were a few interesting items - the man dressed up as a Inca King/warrior/Priest? in full garb and you get to take a picture with him for a few soles.Written July 3, 2022
- I did this hike on July 15th with no idea of how to start. I asked at ollantaytambo town but looks that most of the people doesn't as much about this trek.
I ask some mini vans that leaves from the market in ollantaytambo and fortunately they give us some idea of how to get there.
First, you can take this mini van from ollantaytambo to pachar bus stop (5min) then you have to cross the bridge there, just follow the car's route or the rail,
there are some signs but not as much so just continue along the route, you will find other site (looks inka) but not sure about the time it was built. This site is called *Ñaupa Iglesia* , there is old painting on one wall too. You must go until Socma village. There is a route you have to take going up, you can use your google maps to guide you however there is no route specify.
From pachar to socma village took me about 2 hours then from socma to Perolniyoc waterfall around 1 hour to 2 hours approx. This would be acording your pace. I get some Chicha (inka drink made by corn) while in Socma so you just have to follow the route from socma village to Perolniyoc Waterfall, this part of the hike was strenuous since it was up hill there are up and downs but the last part is harder.
In general was a great experience and is a hike with no so much people as you can see in a regular trips.
So recommended if you want to have a different hiking experience or adventure.
:) i must go again, i missed the inka site in Perolniyoc.Written July 16, 2018
- This town is still as the Incas had played it out... the straight cobblestone streets with canals allowing for the water to run down the slope - and the houses' foundations that still date from the Inca empire. Enchanting.Written February 26, 2020
- Cute little square with great views just a block from our hotel. Lots of little shoppes and restaurants. When we arrived, they were having a big festival with dancing and music. Comfortable part of town.Written February 22, 2019
- This is a not too difficult hike in interesting ruins. Plan at least 1 1/2 hours to hike the entire ruins.Written October 10, 2019
- Small pretty church a few blocks from the Ollantaytambo ruins and craft market. I didn't stay long because they were holding services.Written April 30, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Ollantaytambo
- The best day trips from Ollantaytambo according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu with Lunch
- The Ultimate Sacred Valley tour: 12 hours of Inca history, lifestyle, landscapes
- Machu Picchu Full Day
- Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu on Panoramic Train
- Pisac Inca Town, Artisan Market and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco