Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley Peru

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The main square in Ollantaytambo is charming.
Finally we are heading for the Sacred Valley and will use Ollantaytambo as an entry and exit point. The collectivo drops us of in yet another charming village Plaza and we make our way to Intitambo,  our resting spot for two nights.
What a warm and welcoming hostel. None of these mountain hostels have heating but seem to be very well designed and constructed with extremely cosy beds.
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The terrace looks straight out onto the ruins and always up, up to the peaks of the surrounding mountains.
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Looking back to Ollantaytambo. As always, a very steep climb.

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The track is precarious when you get round to that structure in the distance.
Climbing any of the ruins in the Sacred Valley has an element of risk. We hear that the Pisac ruins are closed due to someone falling. Another person has died while doing  a star jump for a photo and falling off a cliff  – that is according to some reports. We see people doing exactly that so could be correct (star jumps that is, not falling).
The Ollantaytambo ruins extend up the mountain with various temples and the ever present water features at the base. In the wet season, mornings seem to be the optimal time to set out. The tracks may be a little precarious in the rain, though the yellow ponchos high up tell the story that people do undertake it in the rain.
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Time is obviously a factor for a lot of people heading to Machu Picchu, so many seem to head straight back to Cuzco. Exhaustion plus in my book after a big day at MP. But if time is not an issue, Ollantaytambo is a perfect spot with nice accommodation,  food and coffee. What more could you need?
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Kura Oqllo wife of an Inca king murdered by the Spanish, according to the sign. She is supremely impressive in spite of the statue being mounted with her head in the electrical wires.

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