Ollantaytambo Fortress

Inca street and town planning at its finest is preserved in the village of Ollantaytambo, surrounded by neatly terraced hills.

Soaring above the town’s cobbled streets, which have been lived in since the 13th century, is the massive Inca fortress and the monolithic stones of the Temple of the Sun. Built by Pachacuti in the 1400s, the huge complex features fine stonework and a ceremonial temple hill area topping the stepped, fortified terrace.

Climb more than 200 steps to the top for fabulous views and an up-close look at the impressively hewn masonry. You’ll also see the remains of several temples and ceremonial fountains.

To see where the huge blocks of stone were quarried from the mountainside, follow the 6km (3.5 mile) trail to the quarry on the other side of the river - the water was diverted to flush the stones down to the construction site.

Ollantaytambo was the site of a rare Inca victory over the conquistador forces in 1536, led by Manco Inca, the leader of Inca resistance. The museum here will tell you more about the incident and the eventual repercussions.

Practical Info

Ollantaytambo is in the Sacred Valley, 25 minutes from Urubamba by road. Cusco is 60km (37 miles) away, 2.5 hours by road.

Trains running between Cusco and Aguas Calientes (for Machu Picchu) stop at Ollantaytambo, the halfway mark along the route. The town is a starting point for the four-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.

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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day excursion from Cusco. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac where you'll visit the local market and see ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 - 10 hours

From USD $82.99

Sacred Land of the Incas: 14-Night Tour of Peru and Bolivia including the Inca Trail

Embark on the trip of a lifetime with a 14-night journey from Peru to Bolivia, including Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Travel from the coastal ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 15 days (approx.)

From USD $3,234.99

8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

Explore the best of the Andes on an 8-day tour of Peru departing from Lima. Visit the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, the circular terraces of Moray and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,219.00

Day Trip to the Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo

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Explore Peru’s Urubamba Valley on this day trip from Cusco! Visit the Andean village of Chinchero, see the former salt-producing town of Maras, view the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $244.99

2-Day Private Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour

Take part on a 2-day private, luxury tour to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley and learn more about the ancient world of the Incas. On your first day, you ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $799.00

4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

This trek combines beautiful lakes, local Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who are still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains, cultivating ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $640.00

4-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Make your way to Machu Picchu on this newly discovered and less crowded route. This 4-day trek will offer you amazing sceneries with waterfalls and Inca ruins ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $699.00

Sacred Valley Private Tour: Chincheros, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq

The Sacred Valley tour is one of the most popular tours in the region. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire and it functioned ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $103.00

Private Tour: Sacred Valley Biking Adventure Including Ollantaytambo

Enjoy one of the most beautiful scenic routes and explore the Sacred Valley by bike from Pisaq to Urubamba, surrounded by a variety of crops and the winding ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.00

7-Night Tour of Lima and Cusco Including the Inca Trail

Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu on a seven-night tour through Peru! Retrace the steps of the Inca Empire from Lima to Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,694.99

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