Ollantaytambo is a neat old town with a host of ruins in the area. We already posted about our visit to the main complex of ruins, so we thought we’d add about our side trips.
Since we spent 5 days here prior to the Inca Trail we got to see some of the hidden gems, like the rock quarry 4 miles away and across the river. Somehow the Incas were able to cut the huge granite blocks from the side of the mountain and haul them to the site across a large river. Since construction halted suddenly with the arrival of the conquistadors, there are still “tired stones” that were abandoned on the side of the trail when construction on the site was halted.
We also found a cave with some human bones in it. I imagine they are probably not all that old, but still kind of cool to see.
Just outside of town on the hillsdie, there are some buildings that they think were granaries for storing extra foodstuffs.
Some nice sunflowers were blooming outside our hotel.
Our last morning in Ollanta we climbed up the hill to look back at the main Inca ruins on the eastern facing side of this mountain. This fortress/temple complex was the site of the Inca’s only victory in battle versus the Spanish.