Ollantaytambo is an ideal place to acclimate to the altitude in the Sacred Valley
If you live at a lower elevation, then a visit to Cusco will take your breath away. I mean, literally. When you travel to a place higher than you’re used to living. , altitude sickness is a real risk. Ollantaytambo is situated at a more reasonable altitude of 2800 m (about 9200 feet) above sea level. You may still experience altitude sickness, but the impact of the altitude will be much less severe than in Cusco.
Pros of staying in Ollantaytambo
- Adorably quaint town.
- Near Machu Picchu.
- The ruins are located near your hotel.
- You don’t have to worry about rushing to the train station as it is only 10 minutes away from your hotel.
Cons of staying in Ollantaytambo
- If you are staying near the train station you are likely to be disturbed by train horn sounds during the day.
- Not many travel agencies provide tours from Ollantaytambo.
- More geared towards tourists than local residents.
- Far from Cusco and the airport.
How to get to Ollantaytambo
There are two ways to reach Ollantaytambo from Cusco by bus:
You can reach Ollantaytambo from Cusco without missing out on exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Visit Pisac and the Alpaca farm on your way to Ollantaytambo.
Explore the ruins of Chinchero, Moray and the Salt Mines either of these two routes is worthwhile as both allow you to explore the Sacred Valley on your way to Machu Picchu.
The archaeological site was discovered from the time of the Spanish conquest, although it was also destroyed like most temples in Cusco, although many believe that Ollantaytambo was built by the Incas. We believe that there was an earlier civilization that developed high technology which made the job of transporting and cutting the stones easy, if you visit Ollantaytambo it is easy to notice that there was a major destruction perhaps before the arrival of the Spaniards because it is still possible to find broken well carved stone blocks, spread everywhere as if a cataclysm would have occurred thousands of years before the Incas.
The archeological complex of Pisac is located on top of a mountain, the hill was sculpted by the agricultural terraces like a bird, it is believed that this bird was a partridge still well known by the inhabitants as Pisaq’a, and many archeologists believe that this would be the real name of the ruins of Pisac in the time of the Incas. The ruins of Pisac are divided by several sectors or zones, there is a zone dedicated only to agriculture, another dedicated to the production of crafts, ornaments, things made in silver and gold this sector is also known as the sector of the artisans since it was found more than 10,000 pieces of pottery, silver, gold, get to know more about this unique place on a private tour from Cusco or Ollantaytambo.
Moray was a place designed to adapt and domesticate certain plants at different heights, although it was known as an amphitheater by the Spanish perhaps by the circular shape of their terraces, this site and many that are still under investigation were built over 600 years ago. It means that they are not from the Inca era, during the tour in the Sacred Valley, we will be providing you with all the information. Do not miss exploring the magical place of Moray.