The towering Inca citadel at Ollantaytambo

The towering Inca citadel at Ollantaytambo

Standing where the Patacancha and Sacred valleys meet, Ollantaytambo is a contender for Peru’s most likeable town. A town square of statues, relaxed locals and welcoming cafes is encircled by a formidable backdrop of Incan terraces gracing tawny hillsides, while the ruins of the ancient Ollantaytambo temple lord it above the town, lending a Lords of Rings fortress-feel to the views northwards. Many people fleetingly look in here en route to Machu Picchu, but you’ll only do justice to Ollantaytambo’s sights, trails and local life if you linger a little longer. And a tip: when you’re perambulating that square, try the local banana bread; you’ll be hard pressed to find tastier anywhere.

  • Gallery

Our Favourite Trips