If you only have time to see one place in The Sacred Valley outside of Cusco, make it Ollantaytambo. It’s a place that served as an Incan Temple, a farming land, a residential community, a war shelter and defense, a place for Incan rulers to retreat when the Spanish took over the country, a place to tell when the winter and summer solstice planting seasons occurred, and a religious place for sacrifices and worship.
It’s also an incredible structure that has survived earthquakes, wars, and the Spanish and still stands as an engineering marvel of stones cut to perfection on the top of a mountain.
Seriously, every angle yields quite the view.
And the incredible sized stones rolled up the mountain gave us utmost respect for the Incan people.
Behind us is the tiered agricultural structure- where a different crop was planted on each tier. Ingenious gardening and pollinating solutions were created. Far more advanced than any other place in the world during the time of this civilization.
You really can’t beat the modern civilians casually passing through the ruins with their livestock.
All the ruins in Peru’s Sacred Valley are amazing, but I have to admit, we started it off right with our favorite ones in Ollantaytambo.