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“a great place to walk around”
Review of Ollantaytambo

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Lima, Peru
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
“a great place to walk around”
Reviewed 11 November 2010

Ollantaytambo is a great place to walk around. It is an overnight stop for many tourists on their way to or from Machu Picchu, with the train station a 10-minute hike down the hill from the town.

We got a comfortable, quiet room at Hostal Las Portadas (on Calle Principal, about 5 minutes' walk from the main square.
We ate dinner at a cute mom-and-pop chicken restaurant on Calle Principal, between the main square and Las Portadas.

With two stopovers in Ollantaytambo, I had time to take two walking tours through the old town, which is a grid of old Inca streets with the original stone paving and with the Inca stone walls of the houses intact. It is truly a unique town. The difference is that it is still inhabited and much of it appears to be unchanged from Inca times.

Walking past the Casa de Wow! hostal, I continued past the old town for a minute. The stone-paved Inca street was now a dirt road heading up to a village on the hillside. The place or the street was called "Miscanapampa" (I couldn't figure out whether that was the name of the village or the street). I spotted a tiny mom-and-pop store "Bodega La Favorita" where the locals shop at (tourists probably don't leave the old town) and where the prices where lower than those found in the tourist section.

I was told that further up the road, I could find a mom-and-pop restaurant with home-cooked specialties such as cuy (guinea pig) and rabbit, but it was not dinner time and I decided to turn back.

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Yorkshire
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
78 helpful votes
“quiet and pretty”
Reviewed 30 October 2007

We stayed for 5 nights in the Pakaritampu in Ollantaytambao. The town is very small and quiet- everywhere closes soon after 9.00pm. It is far less touristy and more authentic than Aguas Calientes or Cusco, and is fairly attractive, although rather dusty. There are a few walks , with the walk to Puma Marca the most worthwhile - ask for directions. The ruins don't merit more than half a day visit , so it is only worth staying here if you want to get away from it all, go hiking, or take trips such as up to the high pass at Abra Malaga - which is worhwhile for the views and birds. It is also a very convenient halfway point for Machu Picchu rather than travelling all the way from Cusco in one day.

The Pakaritampu is a delightful hotel with huge rooms and beatiful (if small) gardens full of flowers and hummingbirds. It is slightly let down by average food, and a lack of heating - we found it quite cold at nights.

The best restuarant in Ollo is Puka Rumi (linked to the KBTambo
hostel). We found the food much better and cheaper than in our hotel, and it had a nice atmosphere, although like everywhere it closes early.

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1 Thank Des Langford
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