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Those who want to witness the most unique archaeological sites should head to South America, particularly beautiful Peru. One of the most visited sites in this country is Machu Picchu, which was chosen, in 2007, as one of the seven wonders of the world. On the way to this famous destination, many travelers have a stop at Ollantaytambo, making it a popular location. In fact, it is a charming site of ancient Inca Ruins, situated at the end of the Sacred Valley, that reveals the cultural values of the Inca civilization. Therefore, if people do not want to hike Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo would be the best alternative, for it is also a fascinating destination for nature and history lovers. Here is what to know about visiting this marvelous spot in Peru.

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Here Is What To Know About Visiting The Authentic and Magical Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is home to one of the most charming ruins that will blow every tourist's mind. It is a town full of history and cultural features. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by ancient ruins that date back to the 15th century. They will be impressed by the beautiful Fortress or Temple Hill, which features breathtaking views from the top, making it worth the climb. Another marvelous attraction in Ollantaytambo is the Temple of the Sun, which amazes people with its structure. They will also be astonished by the Wall of the Six Monoliths formed by huge stones carried by people who did not have the tools to move them from one place to the other.

The Pinkuyllana Granaries are storehouses located at the top of the mountain to preserve the Incas harvest and the overlapping terraces designated for agricultural activities. These are also worth witnessing along with the ancient narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, where the houses and structures are almost intact, and tourists can meet beautiful people wearing garments and holding lama or baby alpacas. All of these picturesque sites and places will leave a mark in every tourist's memory.

  • Caution: People with an intense fear of heights should not visit some of the abovementioned spots.
  • Tip: a good pair of comfortable shoes and sunscreen are essential when touring Ollantaytambo.

Here's How To Get To Ollantaytambo

From Peru's capital, Lima, to Cusco, tourists can take the "Peru Hop" bus, the most popular and renowned travel company in the country, according to TripAdvisor. There are two ways to get to Ollantaytambo by bus. The first is through the Pisac route, and the second is via the Chinchero route. The latter is shorter and cheaper than the first route.

  • Cost: People expect the trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by Pisac route to cost them around USD 6. On the other hand, the trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo through the Chinchero route costs the traveler around USD 4. Thus, they will be saving time and money when taking this route.

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Here's What To Eat And Where To Stay In Ollantaytambo

Street food lovers can head to the local market or to the entrance of Ollantaytambo ruins, where they can enjoy simple meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at less than a dollar each.

  • Recommended: Those who like to try new kinds of food can taste the alpaca meat in the food market.

However, for tourists who prefer to eat in a restaurant, there is a wide range of places to visit in the area that offer good food, including yummy wood-fired pizza, burgers, and many other delicious meals at reasonable prices.

  • Where to stay: Ollantaytambo offers good accommodation choices. From hotels to guest houses, the town has it all. One of the best mid-range hotels to stay in Ollantaytambo is "The Albergue." This is a traditional-style hotel with good services and is located 800 meters away from the Ollantaytambo ruins. People can also stay at the "Picaflor Tambo Guest House, " located 3 minutes away from the main square.
  • Cost: A night will cost the traveler between USD 55 and USD 90, depending on the season.

When visiting Ollantaytambo, tourists can head to the colorful local markets to buy souvenirs. They will also enjoy partaking in various activities, such as mountain biking or horse riding in town. Chocolate lovers should also visit the "ChocoMuseo," a museum that they can enter for free and taste the "bean to bar" chocolate.

  • Entrance fee: The basic entrance fee to the ruins is 70 soles (USD 18.8). If tourists have the "Cusco tourist ticket," they can enter the ruins for free. If not, they can get the general ticket for 130 soles ( USD35). This type of ticket will grant them access to 16 sites.
  • Opening hours: The site is open from Monday to Sunday, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tourists can find small maps at the entrance of the town.

Ollantaytambo has one of the most amazing ruins in the region. Photography enthusiasts will fall in love with the marvelous landscapes because this town gives them access to some of the most iconic attractions in the Sacred Valley.