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Ollantaytambo the living Inca Town

Reflecting a unique architectural organization since the time of the Incas, it has a planned urban design and narrow streets that converge towards the Urubamba River.


The town was divided into rectangular blocks with a well-planned geometric scheme that gives the impression of being a town designed by modern architects. Its thin streets open up towards the Urubamba River. Each block or court is composed of a group of houses that share the same door to the central courtyard. In the town there is a distribution of rectilinear and narrow streets, which have been inhabited uninterruptedly since the time of the Incas.


At the opposite end of Písaq and 80 km from the city of Cusco we find the town of Ollantaytambo.


The village itself

The current town of Ollantaytambo stands on what was once an Inca city. This town is divided in two by the Patacancha stream. Qosqo Ayllu: It is the eastern portion, comprising the central square and four streets parallel to the creek.PatakanchaAraqama Ayllu: Comprises the western area of Ollantaytambo which is dominated by various archaeological units.

The Streets

In the sector of Qosqo ayllu, there are 4 streets parallel to the Patakancha stream, which are: Patakalli, Chaupikalli, Hornokalli and Lariskalli. In addition, we can mention the following transversal streets: Qowekalli, Phuyukalli, Umakalli, Rosaskalli and K'ijtukalli. All these streets form 15 blocks which form this part of Ollantaytambo.

Railway station

It is located at the mouth of the Patakancha stream at the Vilcanota river (Urubamba). It is the station used to start the trip to Machu Picchu and is a mandatory stop for the Cusco - Machu Picchu trains.

Punku Punku o Llacta Punku

It is located where the road makes the last curve to enter the town of Ollantaytambo, is a huge door, built with lithic polyhedrons with clay mortar. The name translates as

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