A fully preserved Inca village, whose impregnable military position enabled it to withstand the Spanish, Ollantaytambo is the only one in the valley to have retained its original layout and its colonial houses stand on Pre-Columbian foundations. Its paved lanes are still laid out in canchas. This peaceful halt, at the far end of the Sacred valley, provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in authenticity before heading off to the Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. Don't miss the Ollanta Raymi (June).
The osmosis between Incan culture and nature is nowhere more visible than in the Sacred Valley. Temples, agricultural sites and towns are devoted to the glory of nature, still unspoiled and still worshipped by its inhabitants.