Ollantaytambo is synonymous with good wal- king and maize with cheese. Its peaceful Main Square is the place for sellers of the largegrain variety —appellation of origin— straight out of the pan, and lumps of fresh creamy cheese. Sometimes you can also get humitas, a sort of tamal made from white maize that is soft and delicate. Biting into one is a taste of heaven and they give you the strength to cope with the hundreds of stairs leading to one of Cusco’s greatest treasures.
Ollantaytambo is one of the most interesting places in the Sacred Valley, famous for its huge ceremonial centre erroneously referred to by many as a “fort”. But in fact it is the town itself that enchants; it dates from Inca times and retains the original structure and architecture, but it is inhabited. Stone buildings separated by courtyards, the walls full of recesses. Its families live a quiet communal routine between perfect 15th Century stone wall. Its streets, aqueducts and small woods make up an ancient landscape transmitting peace and good energy. Stay for a couple of days and lose yourself in a natural idyll that you will not find anywhere else.
The future preservation of Ollantaytambo is assured. The community, the municipality, provincial, regional and national governments and the main actors in the private tourism sector represented by TurismoCuida have united to carry out the Plan Wallata, which will make this district a model of responsible and sustainable development and an exemplary cultural tourism destination. LimaTours is a founding member of TurismoCuida.
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