HOW TO GET FROM CUSCO TO OLLANTAYTAMBO
Arrive to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley is very simply take a collectivo from Cusco to Ollantaytambo from Calle Pavitos and Av. Grau, which is a 10-15 minute walk or short taxi ride from the centre of Cusco. These minivans leave regularly from early in the morning, and depart when they are full. Travel time is one and half hours, and it’s 10 soles per person.
A private taxi one-way from Cusco to Ollantaytambo costs around 100 soles, but could cost more or less depending on your negotiation skilL.To return to Cusco from Ollantaytambo, simply find the minivans and drivers will drop you off in San Francisco square
WHAT TO DO IN OLLANTAYTAMBO
ENJOY THE VIEW FROM THE DEPOSITOS DE PINKUYLLUNA
A great free view over Ollanta (as the locals call it) and its imposing mountains is available from these old storehouses – it’s perfect for golden hours vibes. They’re also much less visited than the Terraces and Ruins, so offer the opportunity to escape the crowds and work up a sweat too.
To find the trail, simply go down Lare Street and you will see a set of the stairs and sign on your right to take you on the trail; the start point is also clearly pinpointed on Google maps if you type in ‘Pinkuylluna’ . The walk up takes 30-45 minutes, and be careful on the way down!
VISIT THE OLLANTAYTAMBO RUINS AND TERRACES
Snaking up the hills, these ruins define and dominate Ollantaytambo from nearly every angle. However, it’s important to try and get to them in the early morning or later the in the afternoon as it becomes incredibly crowded once the large tourist buses turn up (however, it’s quite entertaining to watch hundreds of humans from a distance as they make their way up the 256 large steps and somewhat resemble an ant colony). The town is at an altitude of 2,792 m, so don’t be surprised if you’re a wee bit out of puff making your way to the top.
Entry to the ruins is only possible with the Cusco Boleto Turistico ( tourist tickets ) a multisite ticket which covers many of the best Sacred Valley ruins. It is not possible to buy a single entry ticket to Ollantaytambo, so find out more about the Boleto Turistico,
EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN STREETS
It always sounds like it’s raining in parts of Ollantaytambo, and that’s due to the town’s unique and incredibly well preserved Incan open-draining system which runs straight through the centre of many of its pretty cobblestone streets (if you don’t spot them in time, expect wet feet). Walking the town’s narrow backstreets feels like stepping back in time and, as Ollantaytambo is so compact, you’ll never really get lost.
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