Ollantaytambo: A must-see destination in the heart of the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo is a small historic town -about 60 km from Cusco- that is full of cultural treasures and natural wonders, offering travellers a unique and authentic experience when discovering Peru. It has been named one of the 50 best places to visit in the world by the famous Times magazine! Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover or an adventurer looking for new experiences, Ollantaytambo has everything to seduce you.
The remains of Ollantaytambo are a must for any traveller visiting this region. Nestled on the steep mountain slopes, these Inca ruins offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding valley. You can explore the beautifully preserved Inca terraces, sophisticated irrigation systems and sacred temples. Local guides will transport you back in time, telling you the fascinating story of this fortress and its strategic importance during the Inca period.
But there is more to Ollantaytambo than just its ruins. The village itself is a charming place to explore. The cobbled streets lined with adobe houses with carved wooden balconies will immerse you in an authentic atmosphere. You can meet the mostly Quechua inhabitants and learn about their rich culture by visiting the handicraft workshops where artisans make textiles, pottery and other local products. You will also be able to participate in traditional ceremonies and taste the delicious Andean cuisine, offering a complete immersion in the daily life of this community.
Nature lovers will also be delighted in Ollantaytambo. The surrounding mountains offer great hiking opportunities, with trails winding through spectacular scenery, including the famous ‘Inca Trail’. You can explore hidden archaeological sites, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the valley and surrounding peaks. For the more adventurous, there are also adventure sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing and rafting for a dose of adrenaline and discovery.
If you need to relax after a busy day, you can visit the thermal baths of Pumamarca. These natural hot springs are renowned for their healing properties, where you can relax while admiring the surrounding Andean mountains.
Another attraction not to be missed are the salt pans of Maras. These thousands of terraced salt ponds have been in use since Inca times and offer a unique and fascinating sight. You can walk through this amazing landscape and learn more about this ancient tradition.
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