FD Pisac Inca Site & Ollantaytambo


| March 10, 2020

Full day visit to the Inca sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, the town of Pisac was of supreme importance in Inca times. It was the site of one of the most important fortresses built to guard the capital of the empire and a visit to the archaeological site, at the top of a hill, reveals views of some of the most spectacular Inca terracing in the region. The site itself features splendid Inca walls, a few towers and a sundial. The town of Pisac today is a sleepy hamlet of brown adobe buildings with faded red tiled roofs and narrow cobblestone streets. A mixture of Inca and colonial influences, parts of the town date from the colonial era and, in the church, Mass is still said in Quechua. The tour continues to Ollantaytambo, a small town built around a superbly preserved Inca fortress. The fortress guarded the entrance to this part of the valley and protected it from possible invasion from the lower jungles. The central part of the ruins is the Intihuatana group of temples and rock outcrops which reveal the most magnificent Inca masonry. The design and foundations of the majority of the buildings in the town also date from the Inca era, when Ollantaytambo was a strategic military, religious and agricultural centre. Share:
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