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Discovering the sacred valley of the Incas: Ollantaytambo

Posted on : 08 April 2021

Discovering Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is located on the edge of the Patakancha River, near the point where it meets the Urubamba River. It is located in the district of the same name, province of Urubamba, approximately 60 km northwest of Cusco city, and it has a height of 2,792 meters above sea level. The name of Ollantaytambo is due to the legend of love between General Ollanta and Princess Cusi Qoillor (daughter of the Inca Pachaquteq).

The Inca legend tells that General Ollanta asked the Inca Pachaquteq to give him his permission to marry her daughter. Pachaquteq got angry and General Ollanta a sentence to death. The Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo is one of the most impressive architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. The architectural technique used in this construction makes Ollantaytambo one of the most surprising works of art made by the ancient Peruvians.

The streets and alleys of the town of Ollantaytambo are narrow and made of stones. Today there are 15 blocks of houses located north of the town square. The entire town is made of stone and in its streets, you can breathe the magic of the Incas. Currently, Ollantaytambo is part of the tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Book the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and get to know Ollantaytambo with Peru Private Tour.