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Exploring Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley: One of the best preserved Inca cities

Take a step back in time during your trip through Peru and walk along the ruins of Ollantaytambo.

The roads and walls of this former Inca city are still intact that it is not difficult to imagine how Ollantaytambo must have looked like centuries ago.

Ollantaytambo is a village in the Sacred Valley in Peru that is best known for its huge ruins of a former Inca city.

Here the Incas, led by Manco Inca, won their biggest victory over the Spanish conquerors, but they also suffered one of their biggest losses.

Nevertheless, the stone walls of the former Inca city are still standing proudly.

Sacred Valley

Ollantaytambo is one of the best preserved Inca cities in the Sacred Valley.

The original city layout and walls of the old city are almost completely intact.

The former Inca city was sandwiched between high, steep terraces from where the Incas attacked the Spanish rulers.

The ruins of Ollantaytambo are located on the north side of the Sacred Valley.

In the Sacred Valley, you will find various old city ruins.

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The Inca trail crosses the Sacred Valley and leads you to the most famous Inca city of all: Machu Picchu.

Ollantaytambo is a nice warm-up on the way to that wonder of the world during your vacation in Peru.

Ollantaytambo ruins

Ollantaytambo is located in the Sacred Valley between the city of Cusco and the famous lost city of Machu Picchu.

A few hundred years ago there was an influential Inca city here.

Ollantaytambo fell under the dominion of the Inca leader Pachacuti.

In the sixteenth century Spain conquered Peru from the Incas and the powerful Inca empire came to an end.

However, this of course did not happen without resistance.

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Inca resistance fighter Manco Inca used Ollantaytambo as his base and in 1536, the Incas won a major battle here against the Spaniards.

The victory, however, was short-lived.

Not much later the Spaniards returned to Ollantaytambo with a much larger army and drove Manco Inca to the jungle.

Pisac ruins, Pisac village and its market

Additionally, there is also a smaller ruins site called Inca Pisac in the Sacred Valley.

It was also once a city, military base and a religious and astronomical center during the time of the Incas.

The Pisac ruins lie on a platform between the Andes, far above the village of Pisac.

From the village of Pisac, a four-kilometer steep mountain slope which you can challenge by foot or simply take a taxi, leads to the Pisac ruins.

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You can see the agricultural terraces on the hills, which are used since long time ago.

If you are considering going to the ruins, it is always nice to stop at the Pisac village, which is known for its brightly colored bustling Sunday market.

Here you can find the traditional Peruvian handicrafts, such as traditional flutes, finger puppets, alpaca sweaters and more.

This is only a few dozen kilometers from the city of Cusco so a quick trip to Pisac from Cusco sounds like a fabulous idea to enjoy one of the ruins in the Sacred Valley.

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