Hired a collectivo, we are going to a little town called Ollantaytambo from Cusco. It will take two hours (72 km).
Colectivo, collective bus, is a vehicle for collective transport.
Leaving Cusco for Ollantaytambo by the colectivo.
Map from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
We are passing the town of Poroy.
Poroy District is one of eight districts of the province Cusco. Poroy is located 13 km west of Cusco and at 3,570 m above sea level. It has a population of 4,452 inhabitance. The main industries of Poroy are agriculture and livestock, there is not any other industry. The travelers just pass by.
When approaching the town of Chinchero, we found a lake on the right. We went there and took pictures.
The lake called lago puray.
Soon, we arrived at the town of Chinchero, where is located at 3,762 m above sea level.
Town Hall of Chinchero
Chinchero is a small town about 30 kilometers northwest of Cusco towards Urubamba in the Peruvian Andes. It has a population of 9 763 inhsbitants.
Walking to the town centre, and arrived at the main square “Plaza de Chinchero.”
The people that live in the district are mainly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent.
Parish Church Virgin of the Nativity
From the parish church, we are walking up the slope to see the Chinchero Ruins in hurry.
Archeological site of Chinchero
Leaving the Ruins of Chinchero
After the ruins of Chinchero we are leaving for the next destination Urubamba hurriedly.
We are running up to a town of Urubamba through the country road. The surrounding landscape is peaceful and beautiful.
Valle Sagrado de los Incas (Sacred Valley of the Incas) We will arrive at Urubamba soon.
Across Rio Urubamba to Urubamba Town
Main Street Av. Ferrocarril Urubamba
Urubamba is a small town in Peru, located near the Urubamba River under the snow-capped mountain Chicón. It has a population of 2,700 inhabitants.
Mount Chicón is in the Urubamba mountain range in the Andes of Peru, about 5,530 m high.
We arrived at the town centre called Plaza de Armas.
Church of St. Peter the Apostle Urubamba on the main square, Plaza de Armas.
Urubamba is the largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is also located near a number of significant ruins of the Inca Empire, including Machu Picchu.
From the Plaza de Armas we were walking to Mercado de Urubamba (Urubamba Market), it took 3 minutes.
We arrived at the market. “Come now, let’s go inside.”
There are all items in the market, colorful fruits, meat and fish, vegetables and potatoes, clothing, simple meals, etc.
My friends are happily enjoying shopping, but we cannot stay here so longer. We have to start already.
We continue our journey along the Urubamba River to the town of Ollantaytambo.
Distance from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo is 20 km, it takes about 30 minutes.
We arrived at the Inca Rail Ticket Office of Ollantaytambo.
We got tickets for the train to Aguas Calientes. As we have time for departure, we decided to roam around the town of Ollantaytambo.
Roaming about the town of Ollantaytambo.
Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 metres above sea level on the river Urubamba, in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region.
Main Square, Plaza Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center.
Temple Hill : From here we are walking into the ruins of Ollantaytambo.
Terraced fields of the ruins. I have to climb here.
Steep stone stairs; I should have come when I was young.
Temple of the Sun, Ollantaytambo Ruins
Wall of the Six Monoliths
“The bath of the princess”, a fountain at the base of the ruins
According to a legend, their god Viracocha have instructed the Inca to build the town of Ollantaytambo.
Town of Ollantaytambo, view from the temple hill.
Viracocha, Great creator god in Inca mythology.
Viracocha, also known Con-Tici or Kon-Tiki, is the great creator deity in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region. Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and created the universe, sun, moon, and stars, time (by commanding the sun to move over the sky) and civilization itself.
It is a beautiful scenery, but we cannot stay here for long. We have to go to the rail station of Ollantaytambo soon.
Getting of the ruins of Temple Hill.
We went down the Temple Hill and walked to the train station of Ollantaytambo through the narrow street. The town looked very peaceful.