A visit to Ollantaytambo is a highlight of any itinerary in the area, and spending a night in the Valley is a must, especially since there is more infrastructure and better accommodation like our beautifull Hotel.
The historian Victor Angles explains the origin of the name of Ollantaytambo, referring to the Inca General Ollantay, then Tambo means place to rest.
Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, located 60km from Cusco by way of Chinchero (about one hour and half by car), with a mild climate which makes it a nice place to relax. Located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level nearly half of its population speaks Quechua.
This beautiful place is considered the last living Inca town. Its friendly inhabitants live in structures that have changed little since Inca times.
You can clearly see the streets, channels, roads, and terraces from Inca times, and the town itself has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided into canchas (blocks) which are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance (usually a huge stone doorway) which leads into a central courtyard. The houses surround the courtyard. Good examples of this construction can be found behind the main plaza.