Ollantaytambo archeological park is located in the district of the same name in Urbamaba province 60 km far from Cusco (straight line). To get there you can take a bus, taxi or tours organized by travel agencies via Chinchero (75 km) via Pisac (93 km).
Every finished stone is an independent master piece regarding the other ones, with diverse sides, volumes and angles. The ancient Perivuans weren’t as practical as we are now had a different concept of time and art.
Ollantaytambo is also known by a drama play named OLLANTAY, which star was General Ollanta. All the actions during the play take place here.
Many kilometers before Ollantaytambo, close to Pachar, on both sides of the valley, we can find a group of parallel terraces with amazing ornaments toward the hills with stairs coming out of the walls.
The Choqana and Inka Pintay forts.
Choqana is a Quechua word that means "where it is thrown". It is an army barrack or Pucara, located 2 km before Ollantaytambo (on the way to Cusco), on the left side part of Urubamba river. It was an administrative control place, signal station, communication and fort place; it has water providing, food storage and many enclosures designated as checkpoints.
Mañay Raqay Square.
Also called K'uychipunku square, Mañay means "ask" and Raqay means "barn", whicha can be translated as "Ask Square". It was the name of Ollantaytambo square and it stills continues that way; this square is located on the right bank of Patacancha creek, in a rectangular shape; the side walls show many doorways.
The royal house of the Sun.
The royal house of the Sun or fortress and Ollantaytambo itself still have the designed plan of the Incas. It is made up of 17 overlapping terraces, a series of wide and straight terraces orientated to the square and city side; the superior group of terraces runs transversally regarding the previous group and at a lower altitude.
The 10 niche enclosure and the monumental gate.
It is the last terrace of the superior group of terraces of the royal house of the Sun, all the wall is made up of two stones that form a sort of living room, it is now incomplete, the external wall and the wall that had the entering door were destroyed, the base can still be seen and you can notice that the cupboards faced the internal part and not as today that are uncovered.
It is an amazing architectonic site almost completely destroyed, only the unmovable pieces remain there that make up a stone master piece that because of its strength, size and way of junction resisted the robbery of idols and treasures.
It is believed that all the group made up the Sun Temple in which only the eastern wall remains made up of 6 red porphyry stones and among them incredibly exact slats.
The Ñusta Bath.
It is a beautiful fountain with carvings in the internal face, Incas built liturgical fountains in every populated area.
Business hours from 7:00 am to 18:00 pm.
Entrance fee included in the Tourist Ticket.
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