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“You better be in shape”

Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You better be in shape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

The trail to these ruins in in very bad shape. It's easier to climb Huayna Picchu! However, the view is spectacular.

Visited April 2012
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Victoria BC
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“spent 3 hours taking pictures of flowers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

We arrived in Ollanta yesterday and really felt tired and light headed. What a delight this morning to have energy, so we headed up the steep hill beside the town. It's the end of the rainy season and the hillside was a maze of various flowering plants, succulents, cacti, orchids, and interesting rock formations. I was in heaven, clambering over prickly things to take close up photos of many unusual plants. The ruins are impressive and the views of the town and up the Sacred Valley are lovely. This hike might be less thrilling for me, in love with wild plants and complex ecosystems, in the drier months. We spend about 3 hours, but others are up and down in 45 minutes or less. What a great day!

Visited March 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

just dont plan to start this walk early coz there is a gate which is un locked around 7ish,this is only a new thing so be advised!

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“this mountain is great.. ¡¡”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

there is a nice view to all the town and part of the sacred valley is really nice

Visited February 2012
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
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“Great view of the town from these free ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

The entrance to these ruins, which are part-way up the mountain Apu Pinkuylluna, is off Lari Calle, the first Inca street of Ollantaytambo, one block before the plaza as you come in from Cusco. Walk up the street and turn right into an alleyway with a wooden door and steps up. If you get as far as the ceramics or Apu Lodge you have gone too far up the street.
The path up is well-restored but quite a steep climb, though not as hard as it looks and well worth it unless you suffer from bad vertigo. I suggest to my guests that if they are acclimatised enough that they hike up early on in their stay to get an idea of the layout of the town. Most people can make it to the biggest ruins there in half an hour, but there are more storage houses round the other side of the mountain (right hand fork after the first 50m or so of steps) that I can reach in 5 to 10 minutes if I just want a quick hike.
Why did the Incas store their corn so high up? Probably to keep it fresh as the afternoon winds here can be pretty strong, and also perhaps to keep it safe from the danger of flooding or attack in the valley. And of course the storage houses are placed in astronomically determined sites too, because the whole mountain Pinkuylluna is a solar calendar. The face of Tunupa carved in the mountain between the two biggest sets of ruins overlooks the town of Ollantaytambo. From the fortress on the other side of town, Tunupa can be seen to be carrying one set of granaries on his back, with his eye on the other.
If you want to make it right to the top of the mountain be prepared for the winds at the top and take plenty of water and a snack. You can reach the flag in 3 hours if you are a good climber... but I have never made it yet in eight years in Ollanta! Enjoy!

Visited February 2012
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