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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Make the hike to the top to fully appreciate the engineering skills of the Inca culture. A GOOD TOUR GUIDE WILL ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE. Fiesta provided us with Yvonne and her knowledge seemed limitless. Views of the valley alone make this trip a must.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

The Inca ruins is stunning. When you walked up the steps, you have a good view of the city. The stonework of the ruin is amazing. Sun's refraction on the stones showed diferent hues of the stone colors, very pretty. It was nice and relaxing if you go in the morning before all the tour groups arrived though climbing up the steps could be strenous.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

The ruins at Ollantaytambo are actually pretty decent, though they pale in comparison to some of the things you are likely to see on your Peru trip. To make sure you enjoy this part of the trip, you are best off scheduling this visit earlier in your Peru trip. If you see Pisac and Machu Picchu before you see these ruins, you will think they are pedestrian, and your experience will suffer. For a better trip, see these, then Pisac, then Machu Picchu as the grand finale.

The ruins feature a couple of notable things. The first thing you will see is a set of fairly well restored terraces. These are more impressive than things you might see earlier in your trip if you start with in the Sacred Valley. The terraces are accessible via stairs. If you are not used to the altitude, these can be a little bit tough to get up. You might need to rest once or twice to get to the top, but this is not a hugely athletic task. That said, you are best off wearing athletic shoes. Hiking boots is overkill.

The views from the top of the terraces are quite good. We had a guide, and the stories were interesting enough, but certainly they did not make the trip for us. You can do this one unguided if you like.

The photo opportunities at the top are pretty decent. You can walk around the ruins or take panoramic shots of the surrounding valleys.

At the bottom of the terraces, there are more ruins worth exploring. These are interesting to poke in and out of, and there are some good photos you can take using the windows to frame the shots. There are also a set of water canals that run through the ruins that are interesting to look at.

There is a town that is situated at the base of the ruins. This town is basically a tourist haven. The items are not terribly unique, nor are they particularly well-priced. If you want to buy here, you can, but if you don't, there are plenty of other places to buy the same things (Pisac, Aguas Calientes, wherever).

Overall, we had a good time here. You are best off starting your Peru trip with a few days acclimating to the altitude. If you do that, this is something you should do on your first day. For us, it was our second stop of the first day, which gave us a nice progression from lame to awesome... so each stop was great. Basically, we did this on the first day, Moray and the salt mines early Day 2, Pisac end of day 2, then we headed to Machu Picchu for days 3 and 4. Then we did some other parts of our trip. That was a good progression and each visit was better than the previous, so we had no disappointing stops.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I want to live there. I seen setting.... sourrounded by hill tops with the sun blistering over the hazey peaks, it 6 in the evening and you sitting in the town square sipping on a cold beer looking at the life around you gently pass you by.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Worth all the puffing and panting to get around. Set in and amongst some of the most beautiful and powerful mountains in the Andes.

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