Ollantaytambo, an alive Inca village (Peru)
Ahhh here’s a place I really like…: the village / fortress of Ollantaytambo.
It is at the end of the famous Sacred Valley, about 66 km north-east of the city of Cuzco, Machu Picchu at 44 km by train, and it is here where leave the trains to Machu Picchu. So it is obviously necessary to avoid rush hours in the afternoon or buses loaded with hundreds of tourist passing by and stopping everywhere…
Here more than elsewhere in Peru must absolutely visit this place early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when there is nobody. Ideally, and I recommend, is to sleep there. Two lights will not be too much to delve into the atmosphere.
Walking through these streets, squares and the oldest preserved intact, provides the magical feeling of reliving in the past.
This is a typical village and is the only town in Peru that has preserved the Inca city plan. So it is a testimony to their extraordinary planning. In the middle of streets, we find the original channels of drainage, which rocked the whole village seems in a certain melancholy.
The village is divided into rectangular blocks according to a geometric pattern so well defined that gives the impression of having been designed by modern architects. The narrow streets open towards the Urabamba River and each block is composed of a set of apartments that share a single door opening onto a central courtyard.
Some colonial houses were built with the magnificent Inca walls finely polished.
But the Ollantaytambo is also an old Inca fortress, and really imposing and impressive.
Ollantaytambo served as a refuge for the Inca Manco Capac, who fought the Spanish in 1536. These are their last suffered a defeat. It is a grandiose impression that climbs the steep stairs leading up the site, through the splendid Inca terraces. Hard not to think of conquerors who tried to do the same thing but under a rain of arrows and stones, before beating a retreat and come back later, many more.
This fortress guarded the road to Machu Picchu.
This archaeological complex was a strategic military cartel, a religious and agricultural center.
The type used is based on archaeological quality of each stone, worked individually, and the Ollantaytambo art work is one of the most spectacular and surprising ancestors brought to us by the Incas, including the Temple of the Sun and its gigantic monoliths.
The site Ollantaytambo is characteristic as the most important hydrolic work, because of its irrigations canals throughout the village, a water distribution system in each lane a place