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"Ollantaytambo" Peru Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The village of Ollantaytambo is situated at the western end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and is at an altitude of 9,160 feet (2,792 meters). The village was established by the Incas in the fifteenth century along the Patakancha River near its confluence with the Urubamba River. They called their settlement Llacta.

Because Ollantaytambo was built by the Incas, many of the town's buildings date from Inca times. Some of the townspeople live in traditional thatched houses that were constructed by the Incas, making these homes the oldest continuously inhabited houses in South America. And like in most towns in Latin America, the conquering Spanish built their own buildings. Ollantaytambo has a Plaza de Armas, or central square, which is surrounded by colonial buildings, as well as a colonial-style Roman Catholic church.

Ollantaytambo is a popular stop for tourists on their way to Machu Picchu. Attractions include the Ruins of Ollantaytambo (see my tip for more information), Pinkullyuna (an Inca grainery high on the steep mountainside overlooking the town), the colonial Plaza de Armas, and the traditional Inca homes. There are also several restaurants and hostels in town that cater to tourists.

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  • Updated Aug 27, 2012
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