Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ollantaytambo, Peru – May 11 – May 13, May 14 – 15, 2012

Ollantaytambo was one of our favorite stops.  It is the start of the Inca Trail and where you take the train to and from Machu Picchu.  This quaint village is locked in time.  The residents live, eat and dress as they have for centuries, uncaring of the ever-changing world around them.  The architectural purity of this site is perhaps even finer in its exactness than anything else we saw in Peru.  Stone blocks weighing tons (the heaviest more than 100 tons) were moved more than 4 miles over mountain terrain and are cut with such extreme precision that you cannot fit even a piece of paper in between them.

We were lucky enough to stay at the Suace Hostel, a small family owned Inn with the feel and treatment of a B&B and the finest view of the archeological site available right from our suite (room 13).  Their cuddly puppy Puno was more than hospitable and enjoyed as much attention as you cared to share.  We happened to be there for mother’s day and what a colorful celebration it was…local costumes, music and food were in full display.   And for those who are lonely for some North American cuisine...Miss Carrie owns and operates the Hearts Cafe located on the town square that serves up the tastiest cinnamon buns in all of Peru.  Way ta go Carrie!

Ollantaytambo, amazing and a must see!

Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.  It’s perfect for wandering the mazy, narrow byways, past stone buildings and babbling irrigation channels, pretending you’ve stepped back in time.  It also offers excellent hiking and biking.  Do not...I repeat...Do Not miss this beautiful quaint completely enchanting little town and if you plan to stay for two days...add an extra to just enjoy the views!

Tomorrow – Machu Picchu!

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