While spending a few days in Cusco, Peru, we decided to take a day trip to see the Ollantaytambo ruins. We booked the “Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour” through Viator, a company that I always use to book tours while traveling.
We were picked up from our hostel and set out for a llama/alpaca farm. This was a really nice surprise! We were able to feed and pet the animals and learned the difference between llamas and alpacas. They had Peruvian women weaving the alpaca wool and you could purchase their handmade products at the gift shop. We also learned about the thousands of potatoes that can be found in Peru and some of their medicinal purposes.
After the farm, we set out for the Pisac Market. There were some pretty incredible views along the way and our driver was nice enough to stop for some photos. The picture at the top is from one of the stops. The Pisac Market was pretty similar to the San Pedro Market in Cusco, but it was outdoors. They did have a few different souvenir type items that we didn’t find at the San Pedro Market. For example, I bought a nice blanket with some alpaca wool woven in.
After the market, we continued on our way to the Ollantaytambo ruins. This was our first experience hiking at such a high elevation and we got winded pretty quickly. It was definitely good practice for our trip to Machu Picchu! The following pictures show the town, the ruins, and the view from the ruins.
A buffet lunch was included in our tour with all kinds of Peruvian food for us to try, including some of the potatoes we had seen at the llama/alpaca farm. Apparently there was alpaca steak, but I missed it! After our meal, we headed back to Cusco and got ready for our train ride to Aguas Calientes the next morning. You can read about that in my next post. Don’t worry, we’re almost to Machu Picchu!!!
- Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour – YES! Definitely go there! If you don’t want to pay for the tour and want to go on your own, you can take the bus there. I liked the tour because it was stress free and our guide told us about the history and facts of the ruins. Plus, the lunch was really good!
- Viator – This is such a great website to find tours for almost any major city you’re visiting.