About Ollantaytambo Ruins
Ollantaytambo is an ancient Inca fortress and modern village located approximately 60 miles north of the city of Cuzco, which now contains a series of impressive Inca ruins.
The fortress was originally built to bring local tribes under Inca control, however the Inca were soon facing a new threat in the form of the Conquistadors, who attacked the fortress in 1536 but were repulsed. However, the Inca abandoned the site shortly after in favour of the more defensible Vilcabamba.
Today, the ruins of this ancient fortification sit 2,800m above sea-level atop a high hill and still boast the original stepped walls as well as the remains of a royal chamber, Temple of the Sun and a structure known as the “Princess’ Baths”.
Today the Ollantaytambo ruins are a popular stop on the Inca trail and a visit to the village and ruins is often included in organised guided treks of the route.
This site features as one of our Top Tourist Attractions of Peru.