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Ollantaytambo Travel Guide

Best of Ollantaytambo

The village of Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca city planning.

Best of ollantaytambo without a doubt some is the ruins, is one of the archaeological centers very conserved, nowadays the ruins just as in time of the Inca can even be seen.

The city has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided in canchas which are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance (usually a huge stone doorway) which leads into a central courtyard. The houses surround the courtyard. Good examples of this construction can be found behind the main plaza.

Ollantaytambo is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba river - an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed.

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