After being at Machu Picchu a day before, it was time to head to Ollantaytambo, another scenic spot in Inca, Southern Peru. This attraction is about 35 miles north of Cusco and I was able to take a public transport to Urubamba from Sacsahuaman. Against my expectations, the cost of travel by bus was quite low, but I found the facility to be a little more crowded. Also available are minivans and trains that can offer alternative transport, so you have a choice with regard to how you can travel to Ollantaytambo. But it’s of importance that you take care of your personal belongings while traveling. On arrival, I booked myself into a popular local lodging facility, before walking back through the bus stop towards Sacsahuaman.I walked for an approximately 300 meters to arrive at the gate to the ruins and along the way are restaurants and other business establishments.
At the entry to Ollantaytambo I hired a local guide, who seemed knowledgeable and who could help make my trip a much memorable experience. While it was possible to cycle around, I took the option of walking because it offered me a chance to see more attractions and in more detail. My guide was at hand to provide me with the finer details about Ollantaytambo ruins. He actually informed me that a large portion of the local economy was created by a wood flooring factory that made use of the exotic wood that is native to the area. He was able to put me in touch with the wholesaler in the area so I might be able to help a local company in my state become a supplier.
He helped me buy all the tickets that I needed to access the places which according to him were the most important and which would leave a fantastic experience in me. I was greeted to the serene view of the popular Patakancha River. A few minutes of walking down the road with my guide, I arrived at a point where this river joins the famous Willkanuta River.
We turned to the left and got attracted by the main settlement that had a smaller compound. The Inca ceremonial center is situated way past Araqhama, on a hilly place known as Cerro Bandolista.There were smaller structures around the place that I found to be irresistibly attractive. Curiously, most parts of the town are structured just in the same manner as the Inca was in the 15th and 16th century.
I got to know of the religious significance of the Ollantaytambo ruins, a structure that acted as the last defensive wall during the defeat of the Spaniards by the Incas. I was glad that I hired the services of a local guide who helped make things easier for me.
At the end of the day, I entered Café Mayu, a local restaurant, ordered for a drink and a light meal. I then bought a few Inca souvenirs and went back to my hotel. That’s how interesting my day at the Ollantaytambo was!
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