Ollantaytambo

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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.

El Albergue Ollantaytambo
El Albergue Ollantaytambo
3 out of 5
Estacion De Tren, Ollantaytambo, Cusco
The price is $81 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly guesthouse in Ollantaytambo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (281 reviews)
"Beautiful property in a very convent location! We hiked the Inca trail, and it saved us two hours in the morning as we could be picked up from Ollantaytambo instead of Cusco. We also stayed here immediately upon our return from the hike - literally hopped off the train and into the shower. Excellent ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Hotel Pakaritampu
Hotel Pakaritampu
3 out of 5
Av. Ferrocarril, 852, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, 8676
The price is $150 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Ollantaytambo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (45 reviews)
"Hotel Pakaritampu is a hidden gem, literally. Behind the stone wall you see on the street is this beautiful, quiet oasis. My husband and I were only there for 1 night and wish we had more time to enjoy the property. Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Hotel Pakaritampu
Vertical Sky Luxury Suites
Vertical Sky Luxury Suites
3 out of 5
Antanuca, Onora Fundo Huaraccpunku, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, 08676
The price is $800 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this 3-star lodge in Ollantaytambo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and indoor private spa tubs. Popular attractions Plaza de Armas and Ollantaytambo ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"I enjoyed sleeping in a luxurious capsule shape room with a 180 degree view of the outdoors. Luxurious bed, indoor jacuzzi, mini bar and room.easy access in and out of"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Vertical Sky Luxury Suites
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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
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Region
The price is $40 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this aparthotel in Ollantaytambo. Enjoy free breakfast, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Plaza de Armas and Ollantaytambo Archaeological ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
I loved the view! And the service was great.
"It was great"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

Hotel with two terraces overlooking the mountains and the temple of the Inca sun
casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
3 out of 5
Carr Pumamarca Choquebamba, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, 08676
The price is $65 per night from May 27 to May 28
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casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
Glamping Eco Spirit
Glamping Eco Spirit
2 out of 5
Glamping eco spirit, carretera huilloc km. 05, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco
Stay at this campground in Ollantaytambo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Popular attractions Plaza de Armas and Ollantaytambo Archaeological ...
Glamping Eco Spirit
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