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Peru: Ollantaytambo
03 Feb 2014

Ollantaytambo (ol lan tay mambo is the only way I can remember how to spell this) was our first stop after the Lares Trek. During the stay we did two things: eat food and risk our lives trying to do a free hike.

When we were first dropped off by the shuttle our guide gave us a quick explanation of the city and then pointed at two opposing mountains on either side of the city. “That one costs 70 soles, that one’s free.” The decision was pretty straightforward.

Well, turns out that it’s free for a reason. It’s mostly a scramble up the mountain to a number of forking “paths” that each lead to successively higher Incan ruins. We made it up to the first ruin and were able to get some decent shots of Ollantaytambo from above, but weren’t feeling like risking rock slides or misplaced steps just to see abandoned Incan warehouses and vantage points.

Once we climbed back down we met our guide for dinner. The food was decent. We went to a typical menu place and had standard food (included in the price of the trek). After dinner we got a front-row seat to the local dog gang bang in the town square. It seems people don’t spay or neuter their dogs in South America so many cities (notably in Peru) have a large feral dog population.

After dinner we had to catch our train to Aguas Calientes where we were going to spend the night before climbing Machu Picchu the next morning. We slept on the train ride and soon enough we were in Aguas Calientes and checking in to our hotel for the night.

Arrival

Feb 03, 2014

from Lares Trek, Peru

Departure

Feb 03, 2014

to Aguas Calientes, Peru

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

The Shuttle from the Lares Trek to Ollantaytambo

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Total bus time0:45

Town Square

Monday, February 03, 2014 15:41

Eating at Restaurant Koricancha

Monday, February 03, 2014 15:53

Had some typical plates included with our tour.

Alleys

Monday, February 03, 2014 16:15

These alleys conjure images of children running back and forth or an epic chase scene in a movie.

The Warning Before Our Hike

Monday, February 03, 2014 16:22

We took a quick hike up the side of one of the mountains near Ollantaytambo. The hike was quick because it wasn’t super clear how to ascend further than we already had.

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The Town Center

Monday, February 03, 2014 17:26

Taking the Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

Monday, February 03, 2014 20:01

After hanging out in Ollantaytambo for the afternoon we caught the train to Aguas Calientes.

"Green Apple Coffee"

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 17:33

Arrival

Feb 03, 2014

from Lares Trek, Peru

Departure

Feb 03, 2014

to Aguas Calientes, Peru