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Ollantaytambo: A place stuck in time

05 February 2014

Many will see Ollantaytambo as part of the expedition to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, but few they are who saw their inner potential within the city over the remains of Inca culture. Since your distribution keeps the old citizen of this city formations. And preserve channels streets, roads and stalled on the road stones, which were used for the construction of the fort and its streets. Steps carved granite strengths, platforms and aligned holes from the foot of a mountain next to a colorful make Ollantaytambo village in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.


This town and archaeological site is located approximately 80 kilometers northeast of Cusco and Machu Picchu 40, at an altitude of 2000 792 meters above the sea and on the opposite Pisac town which is also part of the valley end.


Ollantaytambo is a great citadel crowned by the temple to Inti (Sun God), consisting of six pink granite monoliths.


The area is known as the "Home of the Mysteries," and that questions about their history abound: how and from where conveyed the gigantic monoliths, what does the Inca iconography, what served the hallways? the top? Locals, guides and teachers seem to agree, everyone has their own theory.


What they all agree on is passionately tell the site was an important fortress city during the Spanish Conquest.


You have to climb about 200 steps to reach the top. From there the magnificent area composition is admired and one can understand that, by topographic and hydrographic conditions, was described as sacred by the ancestors.


"Here are the tired stones, which were called so because they give the impression that by not allowing completion of construction, workers are tired, died and were not able to complete them," says Jimmy Vasquez, one of the guides, pointing to a set granite rectangles aligned well on the way up.


Among the stands emerge sheltered by grass terraces and far highlights the green landscape, courtesy of the fields of corn (maize).


The set also include the Incamisana, the Baths of Ñustas (princesses) and Chullpas Cachiccata (a group of symmetrically stepped terraces).


The guides and teachers up and down all day insist that you have to appreciate the proactive spirit of the ancient civilization that built underground aqueducts.


No excavations have discovered that most are not allowed," says Paul, another expert in the area.


At all times there is movement. Tourists sweat drop fat with the rise, caregivers who berate anyone who dares approach the edges of the mountain guides who provide services in exchange for some soles and teachers who give lectures to their children.


Here and in Cusco, says Professor Dulmaro Sandini their high school students, the Incas lived the privileged class. The buildings are solid walls and trapezoidal doors. Among above were, they had greater range for so saw all these people and they turned around to see them last like unattainable.


In the village there are many houses built on the foundations of the old Inca town, locals who inhabit them often greet the stranger bowed his head and clasped hands.


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How to get?

LAN Chile, Peru, and TACA Aeromexico have direct flights to Lima. Then you have to take another flight to Cusco. From the latter point to Ollantaytambo about an hour and half drive is.

Where to sleep?

The Sacred Valley region has hotels and hostels in the town of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, but a more comfortable option is the Rio Sagrado Hotel Sagrado, a ranch with rooms and upscale suites located 30 minutes from the area. The cost ranges from 900 thousand to 23 thousand pesos per night. Even offer packages with tours in the area, at extra cost.

What to eat?

In the municipal market town can try the green corn in chili or chicken (adobo) tamales and drink chicha (corn drink) or muña tea and coke.

To know

Ollantaytambo is considered by scientists and historians as one of the most important living museums of the world as complex agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military center.
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