Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo both a town and an archaeological site in the Sacred Valley. Most of the Incan ruins are up on the hills and look down over the town. There are ruins on the valley floor which are slowly being excavated including some impressive plumbing that still works, but the most impressive things are up on the hills.

One side has an unfinished temple and terraces, the other side does not have any terraces, but it has quite a few huge grain storehouses. The view, like most of these places, is amazing.

The town itself is quite lovely. Small, easy to get around it is one of the more accessiable towns you can visit. It is based on the original Incan layout so gives you an idea of what it would have been like several hundred years ago.


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Ollantaytambo. Our second set of Inca ruins
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I loved the way they'd make steps for themseves
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Looking across at Ollantaytambo town and the grain storehouses
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View of the temple on top of the mountain
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Looking back up the valley
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Impressive stone work
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A moth we found
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Doorway of the temple
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This was a taranchula of some sort, no idea what though
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Tina, photographing a tarantula
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The Incas use every available space
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Ralph, photographing the photographer
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Looking over the ruins and up the side valley
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Another view of the side valley and ruins
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Tight lines on the stone
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This was the unfinished temple at the top
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Decorative top to the railings
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Motif carved into the stone in the temple
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Part of the altar stone
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Looking up to the top of the mountain
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Me, taking it all in.
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Rougher walls, so some less flash buildings
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Looking down the terraces to the valley floor
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Prickly!
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My succulents don't look like this
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Some buildings completely encompase the terraces, making them excellent defensive points.
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Looking across to the temple
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I loved the way plants just cling to the rock faces
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The gang at Ollantaytambo
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Looking back towards the temple from around to one side
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Now everyone's looking over the edge at Ollantaytambo
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Looking down a staircase and drain through the terraces
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Red daisy
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Yello daisy
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A hairy fly and a pretty flower.
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And a small white daisy
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Everyone admiring the view
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The grain store houses were high up for easy defence
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Path around to one of the storehouses
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Walking down the steps at Ollantaytambo
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Ralph and Tina admire the stones
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This is looking up a drain beside one of the staircases
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The creek still flows through the channels made for it
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And over one of the fountains
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Looking back up towards the terraces
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Another rock fountain
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I believe this is one of the fountain altars they had
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This room had a view back to the main site
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