Sunday, April 10, 2011

Peru - Day 4 Part III - Ollantaytambo

We are headed to the ruins of Ollantaytambo. The Spaniards did their best to destroy this temple/fortress, but it was too big a job so much of the site remains. All I can say is that it is awesome. Every time I go to a new site, I get feel even more respect for the Inca's.

Ollantaytambo was exquisitely designed unlike some places that just evolved over time. The Inca's had small aqua ducts that brought water to all parts of the complex. Everything has its place and it is efficient. Amazingly, if viewed from overhead, sites like this and Machu Picchu actually are built in the shape of an animal.

These grain storage structures are located on a mountainside to take advantage of the higher altitudes and dryer air so the grain wouldn't rot while stored.

No there are lots of steps. At 8,000 feet, climbing can be a challenge for those not in good condition.

Some in the group did climb part way up the terracing for a better view of the site.

That is it for today.

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