Why was Ollantaytambo built?

Why was Ollantaytambo built?

It is believed to have been of refuge for Inca royalty and nobility. The fortress was built with huge rocks brought from a quarry 6 kilometers away, near to the Urubamba River. To transport these stones, the Incas had to divert the entire water channel around them, meaning a masterful engineering work and much wisdom.

Who lived there Ollantaytambo?

Their houses are built on Inca bases. Ollantaytambo is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the province of Urubamba (Cusco). It is located 2,792 meters above sea level, almost 60 kilometers from the city of Cusco.

How did they build Ollantaytambo?

The official version of how it was built | Ollantaytambo The rock was partially carved in the quarries, and taken to the bottom of the valley. With the help of rollers or rolling stones like wheels, leather ropes, South American camelids, levers, pulleys, and the power of hundreds and even thousands of men.

Can you stay in Ollantaytambo?

Ollantaytambo ruins are definitely on the tour bus circuit but by staying in Ollanta, you can visit the ruins early and beat the crowds. We practically had this well-preserved archeological site all to ourselves.

Is it better to stay in Cusco or Ollantaytambo?

Your best bet is to go directly to Ollantaytambo as it is lower elevation and closer to MP than Cuzco. The highly recommended El Albergue is at the train station in Ollantaytambo, making it super easy to catch the early train to Machu PIcchu.

How do you get to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo?

If you are not going to do the Inca Trail, the only way to get from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu is to take a train from the Ollantaytambo station to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

How long is the train ride from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo?

PeruRail operates a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo hourly. Tickets cost $70 and the journey takes 1h 37m.

How do I get from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu?

If you are not hiking the Inca Trail, the best way to get to Machu Picchu is by the Train. The train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu is 1 hour and 50 minutes. There are two major train companies that run this route: PeruRail and Incarail. Both offer similar services.