A living example of what an Inca town was like. Preserved in time, houses, streets and canals are just as they were in the Tahuantinsuyo era. The name of the town and the archaeological area comes from Cacique Ollanta who, according to oral tradition, fell in love with a princess, daughter of the Inca Pachacútec, and was severely punished.
In the Ollantaytambo complex, on a hill that towers above the town, several buildings stand out, including the Sun Temple and its gigantic monoliths, the Mañaracay or Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Princess's Baths. In the upper part of the complex, the fort is clearly visible, with a series of carved stone terraces built to protect the valley from possible invasions from ethnic groups who came from the jungle. One of the best preserved areas extends to the north of Hanan Huacaypata plaza: a total of 15 blocks of mansions built on walls of carved stone.
Average temperature: 12°C (54°F) between November and March, and 9°C (48°F) between April and October, with cold nights and sunny days.
Season: Cusco has two well-defined seasons: a rainy season, between November and March, and a dry season (the best time to visit) between April and October.
Access by Land: if travelling by bus or car, follow the Chinchero - Urubamba route for 93 km. All along the route there are restaurants, hotels and services for hiring horses and mountain bikes.
Access by Train: 68 km from the central station to Ollantaytambo station.