Archaeological Site of Ollantaytambo
The magnificent archaeological site of Ollantaytambo were built on a hill facing the Urubamba Valley on the way to Machu Picchu from Cusco. "Ollantay" is the name of a general of the Inca Empire and "Tambo" means a travel inn. It is said to have been a lodging place for travelers on the Inca Trail that stretched throughout the empire, or a religious facility dedicated to the sun god. It is one of the most spectacular ruins in Peru, with various remains of stone masonry, megaliths, and other structures that were created using the sophisticated techniques of the Inca civilization.
In the mountains of the Andes Mountains on the outskirts of Cusco lies the Urubamba Valley, also known as the "Sacred Valley". The colorful landscape surrounding the Urubamba River, the source of the Amazon, is dotted with small villages that coexist with the ruins of the Inca Empire. This is an area full of charms that you will want to take the time to explore. You can enjoy the countryside that has been around since the Inca period, see the beautiful ruins, and buy folk crafts and food in the bustling markets to experience the lives of the local people.