The best views of the Ollantaytambo valley
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Start time: 6am
Suitable for: Recommended Moderate To Advanced Fitness Level
We will leave Ollantaytambo in direction to Inti Punku at 6 am and cross the Inca suspension bridge to the other side of the Urubamba River. Then, we will follow the path downstream heading north. On clear days, you can enjoy the first rays of light that shine in the Temple of the Sun on top of the Ollantaytambo fortress. This especially on the days of the winter solstice.
We will continue for about an hour and we will arrive at the first of the two stone quarries where the pink granite used to build the temple of the sun in Ollantaytambo comes from. There are numerous chullpas (circular stone structures) and megalithic stone blocks scattered along the path. One more hour of fairly steep terrain will take us to the second quarry. Here we will stop for breakfast and have free time to explore the various stone formations.
Another hour of ascent will take us past an Inca settlement where stone masons probably lived and at the end of the road we will arrive at Inti Punku, an impressive sanctuary that offers priceless views of Apu Verónica with its snowy peak.