Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:15 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Matt Earley
    Baildon, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imressive ancient Inca ruins, well worth a visit
    We visited here as part of the 'sacred valley' tour, our guide who grew up in the area gave us a vivid picture of how this place used to be in Inca times. Some of the structures are incredibly impressive especially the anciant blockwork that predates the Inca's, they consist of huge block that perfectly fit with no motar and gaps so small you can't get a piece of paper between. The huge rectangular blocks that comprese the 'Temple of the sun' are mind blowing, just how they got them in place is staggering. The faces in the mountain oppisite are also a sight worth seeing.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 8, 2023
  • MrCliveG
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have a couple of hours, go and climb up to the top!
    Very nice and well-kept Inca ruin. Even in the heat and heart of August it was not busy. Nice to walk around for an hour or so. Alpacas just chilling in the place and nice relaxing benches made it a memorable time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, New Jersey6,451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient INca Site -- Still in Use
    This was an ancient archaeological site that was a City, a Fort and a Royal Estate for the Inca Elite. Today, it is the only Inca Site that is still very much in use as a modern city. The urban planning of the Incas still exists everywhere in the village, and the impressive architectural complex is known as “The Living Inca City” What we saw was a tall Pyramid with huge terraces, many steep steps and also a ceremonial site called “The Bath House”. It is complete with running water coming out of 3 aqueducts and collecting into small pools. The Main Pyramid is called “The Royal House of the Sun” and consists of 17 very large terraces, and each one faces the town. We only climbed about half way up, but even from there, we could see the expanse of the surrounding area, as well as the little town below. On the opposite side, there was a large mountain with lion faces on the rocks, and many storage rooms for food. We wondered how they carried everything way up to those areas. Other enclosures on the two mountains look like they were used for military surveillance purposes. The name “Ollanto Tambay” derives from the Quechua word “Ullanta-Wi” which literally means “the place to see down”. The Spanish derivation of the word “Tambo” means “The City that provides accommodation, food and comfort for travelers” – What an appropriate name…! This was our final stop in the Tour of the Sacred Valley. We were driven to the Ollantaytambo Train Station after this to board our Peru Rail heading towards Machu Picchu. Absolutely recommend a visit. Just make sure you go with a guide who will explain what you are looking at, and improve your understanding of the purpose of this area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
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Lubeck93
Lausanne, Switzerland42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a very nice guided tour by a very passionste local guide (Manolo). Worth spending 1 to 2 hours there. Up high landscape is beautiful. You’ll get different insights into Inca culture.
Written February 18, 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,584 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Couples
Definitely worth the climb up. I think it’s about 18 levels. Make sure you take some breaks along the way, and it’s actually not that bad. The views are outstanding both at the climb and then be sure and look across the hill.
Written January 27, 2024
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vern C
Mount Vernon, WA662 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
This was my second visit to Ollantaytambo and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was part of a Sacred Valley tour, which for many, included a one-night stay here, which I did the last time I was here, but chose to stay at Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu this time instead. Unfortunately, that choice didn't give me the time I needed to really explore the ruins the way I had the last time I was there. The Temple of the Sun is composed of some enormous stones that were quarried all the way across the valley, hauled down the mountainside, across the Urubamba River and a thousand feet up the other side of the valley. They are so well-worked that you can't put a knife blade in the seams. The Incas were truly amazing stoneworkers. I would love to know how they were able to achieve such amazing things. And no, I do NOT believe it was aliens. We give ancient culture far too little credit for their achievements. The last time I visited the ruins, I actually climbed up the side of the mountain to visit some of the warehouses way up on the side of the mountain. The trails are steep and can be dangerous. It is not a climb for the feint-hearted. One of the things that is interesting about the little village of Ollantaytambo is that it has remained nearly untouched since pre-hispanic times. The streets and houses have remained pretty much the same for centuries. These ruins and the little village are well worth a visit.
Written October 29, 2023
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This was an ancient archaeological site that was a City, a Fort and a Royal Estate for the Inca Elite. Today, it is the only Inca Site that is still very much in use as a modern city. The urban planning of the Incas still exists everywhere in the village, and the impressive architectural complex is known as “The Living Inca City”

What we saw was a tall Pyramid with huge terraces, many steep steps and also a ceremonial site called “The Bath House”. It is complete with running water coming out of 3 aqueducts and collecting into small pools. The Main Pyramid is called “The Royal House of the Sun” and consists of 17 very large terraces, and each one faces the town. We only climbed about half way up, but even from there, we could see the expanse of the surrounding area, as well as the little town below. On the opposite side, there was a large mountain with lion faces on the rocks, and many storage rooms for food. We wondered how they carried everything way up to those areas. Other enclosures on the two mountains look like they were used for military surveillance purposes.

The name “Ollanto Tambay” derives from the Quechua word “Ullanta-Wi” which literally means “the place to see down”. The Spanish derivation of the word “Tambo” means “The City that provides accommodation, food and comfort for travelers” – What an appropriate name…!

This was our final stop in the Tour of the Sacred Valley. We were driven to the Ollantaytambo Train Station after this to board our Peru Rail heading towards Machu Picchu.

Absolutely recommend a visit. Just make sure you go with a guide who will explain what you are looking at, and improve your understanding of the purpose of this area.
Written September 25, 2023
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Laura A
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Archaeological Park of Ollantaytambo is a captivating destination in the Sacred Valley of Peru. It boasts well-preserved Inca ruins, including a magnificent temple and terraced agricultural fields. The site offers a fascinating glimpse into Inca history and architecture against a stunning backdrop of natural beauty. Not to be missed.
Written September 4, 2023
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MrCliveG
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very nice and well-kept Inca ruin. Even in the heat and heart of August it was not busy. Nice to walk around for an hour or so. Alpacas just chilling in the place and nice relaxing benches made it a memorable time.
Written September 1, 2023
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Matt Earley
Baildon, UK18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We visited here as part of the 'sacred valley' tour, our guide who grew up in the area gave us a vivid picture of how this place used to be in Inca times. Some of the structures are incredibly impressive especially the anciant blockwork that predates the Inca's, they consist of huge block that perfectly fit with no motar and gaps so small you can't get a piece of paper between. The huge rectangular blocks that comprese the 'Temple of the sun' are mind blowing, just how they got them in place is staggering. The faces in the mountain oppisite are also a sight worth seeing.
Written August 8, 2023
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ChrisAllsopp
Hemel Hempstead58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
What an amazing site to visit made more special by our guide Fernando. His English was excellent. Got to understand the Inka's in more detail. Just amazing.
Written July 24, 2023
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DodoDidi
Tampa, FL909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The park is on the outskirts of the very touristy town.
The are a number of temples, unfinished stones in the quarries and alpacas wandering freely. Recommended more than the town or market set up at the entrance to the site.
Written May 1, 2023
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain894 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Archeological Park of Ollantaytambo is impressive. As you get in the ruins, you have a steep mountain in front of you that you climb using the stairs. The views are impressive and when you reach the top, several building arise.
Beware of the wind!
Written February 5, 2023
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