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About Ollantaytambo

Only a short drive from Cusco, Ollantaytambo is a small town nestled into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, astride the beautiful Urubamba river. Unsurprisingly, there are many stunning examples of ancient Incan terraced architecture in the town. It’s also a popular starting point for three to four day treks along the famous Inca Trail, ending at the spectacular Machu Picchu.

However, even before you embark on the Inca trail, there's plenty to do and see in and around Ollantaytambo itself. For example, you will find some incredible Incan ruins at the Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo nearby or you can take a guided horse ride up to the Pumamarca Ruins, for spectacular views. For chocoholics, there's a fascinating chocolate musem here too - the Chocomuseo - where you can also learn to make the stuff. Ollantaytambo also once served as a capital for the leader of the country’s resistance against the conquistadors, Mano Inca. Whether chocolate had anything to do with it - who knows...

We’ve selected the best places to stay in Ollantaytambo to take in both the spectacular scenery and history. As you would expect, the best places to stay in Ollantaytambo are very popular during the peak trekking season (May and October), so if you plan to visit during these months, get organised and book well ahead.

The best places to stay in Ollantaytambo

For access to Machu Picchu

  • El Abergue is a chic and comfortable hotel situated within the train station where trains take you directly to Machu Picchu and Cusco. With intimate and rustic rooms offering great views over the green surroundings, it’s the perfect starting point for any adventure. There’s also a sauna to unwind in!


  • The delightful Casa de la Chola is a couple of miles south of town is a quiet spot in the Sacred Valley. It's a bit like a homestay, its quaint rooms decorated with plenty of colour and featuring artworks made from traditional artefacts. This a homely place to stay - but has just 4 rooms, so book well ahead as it's super popular.


  • For a chic family option, drive a few miles north of town up the Urubamba river to Del Pilar Ollantaytambo. It's and elegant, colonial-style hotel on the route to Machu Pichu, an 11 hour trek away. Exposed beams and intricate Peruvian textiles inject local flavour into the guestrooms, while spacious family bungalows offer split-level living.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for properties located ideally to enjoy everything this fantastic town has to offer.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport located 75km (46 miles) from Ollantaytambo with a range of domestic and international connections.
  • Catch a train to Ollantaytambo with routes to Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Or the bus which provides various connections including Cusco.
  • If you want to rent a car, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Best time to visit - the temperature is generally between ten and fifteen degrees throughout the year and to avoid the rain, aim to visit between April and August.

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Best Hotels in Ollantaytambo

  • Casa de la Chola Ollantaytambo (Urubamba) 4 rooms from AU$69

    Active Holiday  -  There's a wide range of activities in the region from horse back riding to trekking
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to explore important archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley
    Sights nearby  -  Explore some of the most famed local sights including Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chinchero, Moray or Salineras de Maras
    Full of character
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    A charming small hotel occupying a secluded spot in the spectacular Sacred Valley. Quaint rooms are decorated with plenty of colour and feature artworks made from traditional artefacts. The restaurant features a pizza oven and local dishes are cooked on request. A homely base. See More

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  • Del Pilar Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo 18 rooms from AU$155

    Local exploring  -  With one of Peru's most famous Inca sites located close by, this hotel is a great base for local exploring in the Sacred Valley
    Back to Nature  -  Set in the dramatic natural landscape of the sacred village of Ollantaytambo in Peru, this hotel makes a unique nature retreat
    Families  -  The family bungalows are perfect for adults travelling with children, offering ample, self-contained living space
    Local markets  -  Visit Pisac Market, a lively market in Cusco frequented by vendors from the indigenous Quechua communities in the highlands
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    This elegant, colonial-style hotel is situated a stone's throw from majestic Machu Pichu. Exposed beams and intricate Peruvian textiles inject local flavour into the guestrooms, while spacious family bungalows offer split-level living. Sample celebrated local cuisine at the restaurant; a chic hotel. See More

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  • El Albergue Ollantaytambo (Av Ferrocarril 1) 15 rooms from AU$292

    Sights nearby  -  Given the location you've absolutely got to go visit the stunning archeological site Machu Picchu
    Back to Nature  -  The hotel is situated amidst the mountains with great views and has a beautiful garden
    Great walks  -  Roam around the mountains and take in the wonderful views
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    This inn is situated in Ollantaytambo, 19 miles away from Machu Picchu. It features rooms decorated in a chic, rustic style and has wonderful views of the surrounding area. Relax in the sauna after a long day hiking or book yourself a massage to fully unwind. A peaceful and unique spot. See More

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