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Ollantaytambo

It’s funny, sitting in my living room in Portland reading about Inca history I read the name Ollantaytambo 50 times.  And even though I know how the double-L is pronounced in Spanish, in my head I kept pronouncing the L’s in the English way.  Now that I’m here, no chance.  I have an hourly reminder.  Ollantaytambo is a small town that many tourists pass through on their journey to Machu.  Too bad.  It’s an old Inca town,with the old town grid and houses still in use today.  Plus it has this massive Inca fortress on the hillside overlooking the town(at least what’s left after the Spaniards came through with their Catholic wrecking ball):

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This was one of the few places the Incas were able to defeat the Spanish in battle, mostly because the fortress is on a steep mountain side, rendering the Spanish calvary useless.  It also has the effect of rendering tourist legs virtually useless. I was absolutely amazed by the irrigation system that’s still functioning today. In this photo, underground irrigation channels pass under a field appear at this wall, and then they disappear again underground.  And this pattern repeats itself field after field. (To be clear, there’s still watering flowing out of those openings!)

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Ollanta is just one of those places you don’t mind spending a couple of days, even if you’re not sure what the itinerary looks like.  Sort of like an Andean Tuscany.

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6 responses to “Ollantaytambo”

  1. Dad says:

    Glad to see you are keeping up with the group. How are the altitude pills working.

    The photos are great and the underground rivers sound like the aqua ducts in Italy.

    I would imagine that the hiking boots are a god send for a trip like this.

    I know by now you are amazed at how much more does the back pack weigh in the afternoon vs in the morning. ha

    Hang in there and keep the photos and news coming.

    Take care and I Love You

    Dad

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