During a recent visit to Cusco, we had a guided day tour outside the city. One of the places that we visited was Ollantaytambo. It is not only a town but, also, an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru. Although not as spectacular as Machu Picchu, it was definitely worth the visit.
Our tour bus dropped us off in a square that was lined on one side by shops and on the other by open-air vendors. Both offered wide varieties of souvenirs, as well as, drinks and snacks. If you don't have a bottle of water, I would recommend buying one here before beginning the tour.
We followed our guide through an arched entrance to the base of the ruins. After a brief description/explanation of the terraced areas, we began the staircase ascent. The altitude will take a toll on the unsuspecting. Our guide was aware of this and stopped several times to let us catch "our breaths". And the higher we got, the more amazing the views, especially, of the steep mountainside opposite the ruins.
It was on this mountain where agricultural storehouses were built.
Arriving at the top of the terraces, is the temple sector. The main place of note here is the six gigantic blocks that belonged to the Temple of the Sun. These enormous stones stand vertically and perfectly aligned.
From the top is a narrow path that winds back down the ruins to the intihuatana or sundial. And at the base of the structure are Incan fountains.
A good place to tour if time in the Sacred Valley permits.
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