Ollantaytambo is an Inca archaeological center and a town located in the south of the country, in the Cusco department. It is the capital of the Ollantaytambo district, located in the Urubamba province. It is located northwest of the city of Cusco (at approximately 80km). The Ollantaytambo archaeological complex is considered a religious, agricultural and military center of the Inca time. Many people admire the architectural beauty of the place, which amazes for its original style and size. Specialists think that this military complex was built to protect the capital of the Inca empire from invasions.
Best time to visit Ollantaytambo
The best time to visit Ollantaytambo is in the dry season, from April to December, because during the rainy season the routes may be affected.
Climate in Ollantaytambo
The climate in Ollantaytambo is dry from April to December, and rainy from January to March. During the nights, the wind is usually moderate. The average temperature of Ollantaytambo is 57.92°F. The minimum annual temperature is 41°F and the maximum temperature is 73.4°F.
Things to do in Ollantaytambo
Nightlife in Ollantaytambo
El Ganso Bar
Location: Horno Calle, Ollantaytambo Hours: unknown Price: unknown Bar that has an excellent mood, perfect to share with friends after a tourist day.
Location: Patacalle, Ollantaytambo Hours: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Price: unknown Bar and restaurant that has a good view of the Ollantaytambo ruins. It offers typical Peruvian dishes.
Where to eat in Ollantaytambo
Apu Verónica Restaurant
Location: Redondel de Ollantaytambo, Calle ventiderio, Ventiderio, Ollantaytambo Hours: 11 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. Price: unknown This restaurant offers delicious dishes of a very good quality. Also, it has excellent prices.
Location: Avendio Ventiderio, Ollantaytambo Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Price: unknown Restaurant that offers varied dishes, among them there are vegetarian options. The style of the place is of homemade and healthy food.
The tourist places to see in Ollantaytambo are:
Los Fuertes de Chocana
It is a barracks that functioned as a place of administrative control, signal station, food depot, as a communication and water supply center, and as a fort.
La real casa del Sol
This building is the house of the Sun, and it is made up of 17 overlapping terraces, which are a succession of platforms located near the center square and the town. Also, it has a higher group of platforms, which are higher than the previous group.
The things to do in Ollantaytambo
El Museo de Sitio
This museum shows the history of the region in a simple and interesting way. It has five rooms that expose the main attractions of the Ollantaytambo culture, architecture, archeology, crafts and other elements related to the settlers of the region.
Museum that shows the use of Peruvian cocoa seed. In this place tourists can learn to prepare handmade chocolates. Also, visitors can buy several cocoa products such as chocolate bars, beers and even tea.
How to reach Ollantaytambo
It is only possible to get to Ollantaytambo by train from Aguas Calientes. The ticket price goes from $59, and the average time of the journey is 2 hours.
Ollantaytambo does not has its own airport. The Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport from Cusco city is the nearest to Ollantaytambo, located 2 hours average from this place.
Ollantaytambo by bus
Ollantaytambo is located 49.7 miles (80 km) average from Cusco city, and the duration of the journey is 2 hours. The bus company that makes this route is Bus Pedro, and the average price of the bus ticket is 25 soles. The duration of the journey is 2 hours average.
Accomodations in Ollantaytambo
Location: Rumi Ñahui Pillcohuasi Calle Rumiñahui lote D-3, Ollantaytambo Price: From 45 Soles Lodging that offers rooms with shared bathroom with bathtub or shower. Also, this place has free WiFi and the reception desk is available 24 hours.
Mama Simona Ollantaytambo
Location: Carretera Occobamba, camino a Willoq, near bridge Jancarachaka, Ollantaytambo Price: From 54 Soles Hotel that offers single or shared rooms. Also, it offers free Wifi, bilingual receptionists 24 hours, lockers, full kitchen for guests, TV room and garden with hammocks.
Location: Calle Principal S/N, Ollantaytambo Price: From 65 Soles Hotel that offers rooms with bathroom and balcony. It gives Continental breakfast in a place that has a beautiful view of the garden.
Peru Quechua’s Lodge
Location: Camino a Willoq 174, Ollantaytambo Price: From 94 Soles Hotel that offers comfortable rooms, free WiFi, TV and free parking. The location is perfect to practice horse riding and cycling.
Hotel Munay Tika
Location: Av. Ferrocarril 554, Ollantaytambo Price: From 118 Soles Hotel that offers rooms with wooden furniture, big windows and private bathroom with hot water. Also, it has free WiFi, garden, bar and restaurant.
B&B Picaflor Tambo
Location: Lari Calle 444, Calle 3, Ollantaytambo Price: From 178 Soles Hotel that offers rooms with modern private bathroom with shower, carved balconies and view of the historic valley. Also, it has free WiFi and Continental breakfast with local products.
Important dates in Ollantaytambo
Traditional festivity that dramatizes the story of Ollantay. This story is about a forbidden relationship between the general Ollanta and Cusy Qoyllor, daughter of the Inca Pachacutec.
Señor de Choquekillka
From May 19th to 27th
This is the most important celebration of the region. The Ollantaytambo municipality and other neighboring villages organize several cultural activities such as typical dances. Peruvian and foreign tourists come to participate in the events.