Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Ollantaytambo - yes, it is hard to say
Ollantaytambo, in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Inca, is an ancient village, occupied even before the Inca. It has cobblestone streets laid out in a grid and suitable for walking and cars wouldn’t fit down them anyway. High stonewalls are capped by bougainvillea tendrils and mini-canals flow along the skinny streets. In these narrow streets it sounds like someone left a Zen fountain running. It’s kind of peaceful and charming, and a bit busy with construction in the main plaza. Many visitors come for the day from Cusco to see Ollantaytambo Temple. If you go be sure to eat at Hearts Café on the plaza, their profits go to childrens' projects in the Sacred Valley.