Posted by Cassie, September 5th, 2010

We spent a day in Ollantaytambo exploring the town and the ruins of the fortress/temple. The name of the town is hard to pronounce, but I think I’ve finally got the hang of it just as we’re leaving. 🙂  Ollantay was an Incan general and tambo is the Quechua word for resting place. This was were people came to rest while traveling throughout the Inca empire. This was where Manco Inca made his final stand against the Spanish before retreating into the jungle. He even dammed the Urubamba River and released it as the Spanish were attacking the fortress. But, the Spanish managed to survive the flood, and Manco Inca was forced to retreat. Check out our photos. Tomorrow, we’re taking the train to Machu Picchu!

View of Ollantaytambo Temple/Fortress and town from Cerro Pinkuylluna

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