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OllantaytamboPeru

Home to the ruins of a striking temple, this quaint village has changed little since it was inhabited by the Inca centuries ago. 

A well-worn stop for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo exudes an old-world charm despite the crowds it attracts. The Old Town is among the longest continuously inhabited neighborhoods on the continent, with a well-preserved layout designed by the Incas. The town’s most famous attraction is an ancient fortress, one of the Inca’s most stunning architectural achievements.

Explore Ollantaytambo’s Old Town, a delightful grid of streets organized into canchas (blocks). Each cancha usually had one entrance leading into a main courtyard bordered by a group of houses. Investigate Calle del Medio, an excellent example of one of these small communities. Follow blue plaques around town designating the Ollantaytambo Heritage Trail, which guides visitors to the most interesting sites.

This city is a perfect base for hikes around the surrounding valley and mountains. Climb the stairs near Calle Lares K'ikllu and walk along the trail leading to Pinkuylluna. This 1.5-hour hike will take you to an old set of Incan granaries, a scenic spot with views over the Old Town and fortress.

Don’t miss the iconic Fortress of Ollantaytambo, an impressive example of Incan stonework consisting of terraces carved into the hillside. The ruins are believed to have served as a temple for worship and astronomical observation, before being used as a fortress to defend the city against an attack by the Spanish. At the bottom of the terraces, find Baños de la Ñusta, an area once used for ceremonial bathing.

Visit Ollantaytambo during its colorful festivals, when the city comes alive with dance, music and ceremonial processions. Numerous festivals are held throughout the year; Fiesta de Reyes in January is one of the best. During this festival, an effigy is carried into town from the sacred site of Marcaquocha.

Ollantaytambo is located at the northwestern entrance of the Sacred Valley. The fortress ruins are popular with large tour groups during the day, so it’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Top hotels in Ollantaytambo

Sol Ollantay Exclusive Hotel
Sol Ollantay Exclusive Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Ventiderio 226, Ollantaytambo, Cusco
The price is SG$67 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site. Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries and Cerro ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Wonderful, helpful staff, beautiful site of ruin from our bedroom window! A true blessing to have room 201! Be sure to ask for it!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Sol Ollantay Exclusive Hotel
Parwa Guest House
Parwa Guest House
3 out of 5
Calle Patacalle S/N, Ollantaytambo, Cusco
The price is SG$48 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Cerro Pinculluna and Yanacocha ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (172 reviews)

"This place has the potential to be great with it's location and breakfast. The reason I am giving it 3-stars is because the room that we were given did not have windows or any ventilation whatsoever."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb,2020

Parwa Guest House
La Casa del Abuelo Riverside
La Casa del Abuelo Riverside
2.5 out of 5
Av. Occobamba sn, Ollantaytambo
The price is SG$73 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Cerro Pinculluna and Yanacocha are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (145 reviews)

"Good stay, good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2020

La Casa del Abuelo Riverside
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Holiday Rentals in Ollantaytambo

Hotel with two terraces overlooking the mountains and the temple of the Inca sun
Hotel with two terraces overlooking the mountains and the temple of the Inca sun
calle QOYARUMIYOC 215, calle qoyarumiyoc con patacalle, Ollantaytambo, Cusco (region)
The price is SG$121 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated on the waterfront, this historic aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Cerro Pinculluna and Yanacocha ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
I loved the view! And the service was great.

"It was great"…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug,2018

Hotel with two terraces overlooking the mountains and the temple of the Inca sun
Glamping Eco Spirit
Glamping Eco Spirit
2.5 out of 5
Glamping eco spirit, carretera huilloc km. 05, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas, Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. ...

Glamping Eco Spirit
hotel with mountain view
hotel with mountain view
calle patacalle 215, Ollantaytambo, Cusco (region)

Situated in Ollantaytambo, this historic aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and Ollantaytambo Archaeological ...

hotel with mountain view
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6 Nov 2019

Easy to get there by local combi minibus from Cusco (S/.10). Easy to get to Machu Picchu by train for the day. Much better to stay there than in Aguas Calientes. Ollanta is quaint and great sites to visit. The Incan mountain fortress is amazing.

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10 Oct 2019

Ollantaytambo is a great place to start your journey to Machu Picchu. It is lower than Cusco and closer to the height of Machu Picchu. There are also a couple of hikes around some ruins you can do to prepare for Machu Picchu.