Every visit to the Sacred Valley, should include a stop at quaint Ollantaytambo, which lies at the end of the road from Cusco. The town’s namesake archaeological site is one of the best examples of Inca architecture in the region, and it’s easy to spend a half-day exploring the temples and other structures there, especially if you hike up beyond the ruins. Meanwhile, much of the town itself remains as it was in Inca times, with original houses, streets, and waterways. Some buildings are open to the public, offering a fascinating glimpse into a centuries-old way of life. Most Machu Picchu-bound trains leave from the station here.
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