Peru – Ollantaytambo Terraces

Peru - Ollantaytambo Fortress Ruins

Peru – Ollantaytambo Fortress Ruins

The valleys along Ollantaytambo are covered by an extensive set of agricultural terraces that permitted farming on otherwise unusable terrain; they also allowed the Incas to take advantage of the different ecological zones created by variations in altitude. Terraces at Ollantaytambo were built to a higher standard than common Inca agricultural terraces, for instance, they have higher walls made of cut stones instead of rough field stones.

Peru – Ollantaytambo

Peru - Ollantaytambo

Peru – Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern  Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center.

Peru - Ollantaytambo Closeup

Peru – Ollantaytambo Closeup

A close up of the mountains reveals a face resemblance and two protected storage chambers for grain and supplies