Are you ready to explore the most iconic part of Inca culture? Ollantaytambo Ruins are a historical Inca temple and fortress as well as a village in Peru. Locals call it Ollanta. It is located 60 miles north of Cusco at the northwestern end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The village preserves some of the best Inca ruins in Peru.
Who Built Ollantaytambo Originally? It’s a Topic of Concern That until Now Has No Explanation
Today, the Ollantaytambo ruins fortress holds a great mystery about its structure as such edification is nearly impossible to build. The fortress is in a ruin today which was rebuilt in 1440 by Inca Pachacutec. It is at a distance of 40 km from Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo faced many demolition. Having been destroyed, it was reconstructed in various phases of the Andean culture. One of those cultures was the Incas. This huge empire found it and renovated it.
Ollantaytambo Ruins and Inca Culture
The Ollantaytambo ruins nestles on the hills that encircle the town Ollantaytambo. For those who hike the Inca trail, these Ollantaytambo ruins serve as the starting point of this trek. The original walls of Inca still exist and their endeavour is beyond applause.
These ruins are extremely famous for the summer solstice celebrations. A giant mountain having a warrior’s face is present that faces the town. The light glares on the face only during the summer solstice which is a must watch thing.
The Sacred Valley of Incas has numerous mysterious treasures to explore and witness. The marvellous beauty of the celebrated sites is an illustration of a great civilization that this place retained during ancient times. The fine citadels with subtle yet minute details in their arts hold the great pride of their artistry.
What to See in Ollantaytambo Ruins?
The fortress is in good condition. People can see the streets of the Inca Era that gives a true sense of reconnection with history. Where the inhabitants live today, the Inca walls of the original houses can be seen today.
The small streets have Inca channels on one side that supply crystal clear water to the town. Here are some of the main attractions:
You can see the landscapes, people and streets. In the main square, you can see the locals in colourful traditional costumes coming down from the nearby communities. They have their hats decorated with multicoloured flowers.
If you happen to take a walk around the town, you can witness a diverse scenario that is full of living culture which is unforgettable.
Pincuylluna hill nestles right in front of the Temple of the Sun. If you agree to climb the mountain, you will notice stone block arrangements superimposed with the 6 popular windows known as ‘colcas’ (Inca warehouses).
The Royal House of the Sun
The Royal House of the Sun or fortress yet conserves the configuration of the urban planning of the Incas. It is constructed by 17 superimposed terraces, a progression of straight and wide outlets that orients towards the side of the square and the village.
Temple of the Sun
The Temple of the sun is an important part of Ollantaytambo ruins. It is a remarkable architectural complex that has been almost destroyed. All appreciation goes to the manner it was constructed. It did survive to withstand treasure looters.
Legends say that the entire set constituted the Temple of the Sun. Out of the entire structure, only the western wall has stayed. It is comprises of 6 red boulders that fit with great precision.
The Local Festival in Ollantaytambo
The most awaited part of Ollantaytambo is the local festival. The Ollantaytambo’s Raymi is unmissable. This is the annual carnival which is observed in June where the Inca Sun God is honoured.
The scenes, performance, food culture, music and the colourful setting shouldn’t be missed. This will serve as a memory for a lifetime.
This is the most important town of the Sacred Valley in the Cusco. It is unique as it retains the old Inca urban design. Ollantaytambo ruins have their unique charisma that has amassed various tourists from all across the globe.