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OLLANTAYTAMBO | Sitio Arqueológico de Ollantaytambo is one of the most impressive sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It’s part of the village of Ollantaytambo, and was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the time of the Inca Empire, who captured and rebuilt the town when he conquered it in the mid-15th century. It’s a working village to this day, and one of the oldest continually occupied Inca sites.

During the Spanish conquest of Peru, Ollantaytambo served as the last stronghold for the leader of the Inca resistance, Inca Manco Yupanqui, and was one of the few instances where the Inca defeated a Spanish expedition. Knowing that the Spanish would return with a stronger army, the town was abandoned by the Incas in 1536 and, in 1540, it became part of the Spanish Empire.

There is a lot to see at this site, the sheer scale of which can only be appreciated as you walk up the mountain on which it’s located, and explore the various ruins that have been carved into the face of the mountain. There are temples and terraces, storehouses and quarries, defences and more. While the elaborate gold which used to gild the structures is long gone, it’s possible to image how grand Ollantaytambo must have looked in its prime. Even as ruins, it’s spectacular.

If you would like to learn more while exploring the ruins, you can hire an English or Spanish speaking tour guide at the site. This archaeological site is part of the Boleto Turistico, and as such, you require one of these passes to enter the ruins.

Sitio Arqueológico de Ollantaytambo

Escaleras
Ollantaytambo
Urubamba 08676
Peru

Telephone: +51 969 009 906
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Mon – Sun: 9:00am to 6:30pm

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