The town of Ollantaytambo is situated along an Inca trail that connects the city of Cusco to the Amazon Jungle. The town demonstrates itself to be a fine example of Inca urban planning, with the presence of many home-like structures built around a main plaza. Part of the purpose of the town itself is found in the name, “tambo” meaning rest stop. Hence Ollantaytambo was the resting place for the town of Ollanta, built to allow large groups of people travelling from Cusco to the jungle and vice versa, to rest and recover during such a long strenuous journey.
In the areas surrounding the town the Incas also incorporated a large amount of terracing and irrigation channels, many of these terraces are still in use today, and the irrigation channels continue to flow. Ollantaytambo is unlike any other Inca town because the town itself is considered an archeological site, dating back at least 480 years, to the moment of Spanish colonization. In this town you will see that the locals continue to live within it, going about their daily lives, allowing us to be a part of it and making your trip to Cusco even more interesting.