Based on the sun setting early and rising early, we sort of reset our internal clocks – we went to sleep early and were up most days with the sun. The days were just busy enough for us – Ollanta is the kind of place you can keep exploring and finding new things.
Day 1 – Arrived Cuzco around 8:30AM (following overnight flight into Lima), met by driver to head out to Casa de Wow in Ollanta. Arrived, ate lunch and relaxed. Walked around town and tourist market, then had a nice dinner. Also picked up the book of local day hikes at Awamari (maybe $3).
Day 2 – Bought box lunches from Heart’s Cafe and headed out to Pumamarka, following the directions in the Awamari book. Directions were great; hike was largely uphill through AMAZING scenery and rural life. Ate lunch at the ruins (had them all to ourselves - way cool!) and made our way back to Casa de Wow to relax and have dinner.
Day 3 – Got up early to visit the Ollanta fortress, entered with the ‘boleto partial’ (70 soles each, good for 2 days). Grabbed a good cup of coffee near the fortress, and entered the fortress when it opened at 7AM. We walked around at our own pace for about an hour and a half. We basically had the entire ruins to ourselves. At 9AM, we had arranged with KB tours to do the downhill bike at Abra Malaga. Abra Malaga was an amazing experience and a real highlight – if you go, be ready for all types of weather! kbperu.com/tours/…
Day 4 – Winn at Casa de Wow scheduled a private driver for us to visit Chinchero (both for the church and the Sunday market), Moray, and Salineras. The sites were all amazing! We used the second day of our boleto partial covered our entrance fees. We left around 8:30AM and returned around 1PM. Our driver cost 150 soles. (good deal, we planned to pay over 200 soles) That afternoon, we climbed up the Pinkuylluna Ruins for about an hour and watched the sun as it was setting.
Day 5 – We headed to the train station just after 7AM for our trip to the one day Inca trail trek. Casa de Wow stored our luggage. I posted a separate review of the trail here:
Day 6 – Day 2 of Machu Picchu. We returned to Ollantaytambo around 5PM and had a magical dinner (complete with classical cellist) at El Abergue, and spent our last night at Casa de Wow.
Day 7 – Headed to Cusco…
Favorite restaurants: Puki Rumi and El Abergue. Had a great guinea pig meal at El Huacatay (their cuy takes 3 hours to prepare, so we ordered ours a day ahead). Great pisco sours (and 2 for 1 happy hour!) at the “Blues Bar” (actually plays more reggae) near the fortress entrance. We had some fantastic trout ceviche as well.
We highly recommend Ollanta (and Casa de Wow!) as a base for the Sacred Valley!