After flying into Cusco we descended directly into the Sacred Valley. We made Ollantaytambo our home base for a few days as we explored the area and made our way to Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo itself is a really quant and interesting town. I chose to stay there because the train station to Machu Picchu is in town and there are large ruins of an Incan fortress right in the town.
I loved walking around the tiny cobbled streets, watching all the stray dogs, eating the delicious and hardy Andean Peruvian cuisine, and adjusting to that mountain air.
Many people start/end their journey on the Incan trail to Machu Picchu in Ollantaytambo. I enjoyed overhearing all the intrepid tails of hiking through the mountains and dealing with various hardships.
Let’s talk about the food because (not that I need a reason) I had some really memorable and delicious mountain foods. I’m including some of the food we had in Aguas Calientes because I forgot to post about it as part of our Machu Picchu day and it’s worth mentioning.
On our first day in Ollantaytambo we took on the incredible ruins and archaeological site. We climbed all around Piramide Pakaritampu, explored the Templo del Sol, and Inca Watana.
Despite it being so cloudy John and I both got sunburns because of the altitude and the fact that clouds don’t actually protect you from the sun. Still going to shake my fist at Templo del Sol though.
Ollantaytambo was such an amazing place to visit. If you ever get a chance I highly recommend taking a few days here to explore everything. It’s a perfect charming small town. Other than one driver trying to overcharge us we were treated with kindness while visiting. I mean I would go back just for the food!