“The Incan City”- A Perfect Precursor to Exploring Machu Picchu


Ollantaytambo or “The Incan City” is a small town 60 km Northwest of Cusco. It was once the royal estate of emperor Pachacuti and served as both a town and ceremonial center. Today it is a small residential town that thrives off of tourism in addition to serving as one of the starting points of the popular Incan Trail. The Incan city as it stands today consists of a mix of its original infrastructure with more modern infrastructure built atop. From the paved roads, to the retaining walls, the original 500-year-old infrastructure is discernible throughout much of the town.

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