Ollantaytambo

Archaeological complex

Description

Archaeological complex

They stand buildings like the Temple of the Sun and its gigantic monoliths in the whole of Ollantaytambo, located on the hill overlooking the village: the Mañaracay or Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Baths of the Princess.

At the top stands a fortress, with a series of carved stone terraces built to protect the valley from possible invasion from ethnic groups coming from the forests.

One of the best preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: a total of 15 blocks of houses built of carved stone walls.


Coordinates

  • 13°15′25″ south latitude
  • 72°15′47″ west longitude

Weather

Ollantaytambo climate is dry from April to December and rainy in the months of January to March. Because of its location between two sides in the evenings runs a moderate wind. The minimum temperature is 5 ° C to 11 ° C and maximum 18 ° C to 23 ° C throughout the year.


Área

The town of Ollantaytambo is located along the Patakancha River near the point where it joins the river Willkanuta. The main settlement is located on the left bank of Patakancha with a smaller compound called 'Araqhama in the right margin. The main Inca ceremonial center is beyond 'Araqhama on a hill called Cerro Bandolista. Inca are several structures around, and what follows is a brief description of the main sites


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