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Ollantaytambo - The Temple of the Sun
    Ollantaytambo was a mountaintop retreat about 45 miles northwest of Cusco.  Massive stone terraces served as agricultural platforms for this temple citadel.  Again, we were witness to the uncanny Inca stonework of doors, walls, and windows.  From the bottom of the site, the walk up the stairs seemed rather tame.  Funny how 11 to 12 thousand feet of elevation can remind you to slow down and take it slow!  The view from the top was spectacular, both looking down at the village and behind you following the course of the Urubamba River.
     When viewing the village from the top of the ruins, there is a nearby mountain behind and slightly to the left of the village.  Several storage sheds were built by the Inca to store their harvest.  Legend has it that a face is carved into the mountain to ward off would be thieves and evil spirits.  Look at the photo labeled "scarecrow" closely and you can see a snarling face looking to your left, with the remains of a storage shed on either side of the face.
    On our return to Cusco, we followed the rim of the Andes and were rewarded with some spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the valley below.  With the sun setting, we hurried back to Cusco.  Tomorrow's the big day!
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Ollantaytambo - The Temple of the …
Ollantaytambo - The Temple of the…
Doesnt look like such a bad climb…
Doesn't look like such a bad clim…
Terraces cut right into the side o…
Terraces cut right into the side …
Me.
Me.
The size of a car!
The size of a car!
Looking back at the village from a…
Looking back at the village from …
Watch that first step!
Watch that first step!
Inca storage bins.
Inca storage bins.
Scarecrow face guarding the storag…
Scarecrow face guarding the stora…
The glacier-peaked Andes Mountains…
The glacier-peaked Andes Mountain…
Inca lawn gnome!
Inca lawn gnome!
Home from school.
Home from school.
Public transportation??
Public transportation??
Mi Amigo, buy all my souvenirs, po…
Mi Amigo, buy all my souvenirs, p…
Ollantaytambo
photo by: lrecht