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Tuesday, July 4, 2023


Like Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo was built by Pachicuti, the ruler who expanded the kingdom of Cusco into the Inca Empire in the mid-1400's. It's about an hour's drive from Cusco, and was both a ceremonial and agricultural center and Pachicuti's royal estate.

After the murder of Atahualpa, this was used as a fortress by Manco Inca, and was the site of the only victory of the Inca army against the Spaniards.

The main site is a series of terraces and stone walls surrounding an esplanade. This is the Water Temple, containing one of many ceremonial fountains.

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