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Border-line Illusions Part 3 - Ollantaytambo -Temple of the Sun.

Updated on January 15, 2016

Ollantaytambo (Temple of the Sun)

Ollantaytambo Lower Ruins
Ollantaytambo Lower Ruins | Source

The Ruins of Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo was about 40 miles, NW from Cusco. The drive was long with windy roads going through many small towns and had plenty of great views along the way. I only wish I had a better camera about now so I could capture the scenes that rushed by during this trip.

Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo - the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti

Today, (the 6th of Nov.) we are in a bit of a hurry because we needed to catch the right train, to get to Machu Pichu in a decent hour. So we quickly pack and get outside to meet up with our new favorite driver that went by the name of Roger It's nice to hear from him every so often. Always had a smile on his face and even knew a little English so we could actually talk...sorta. (He just messaged me "out of the blue" while I am writing this part....HA! Well that's just telling me I'm going in the right direction..

On-wards we go. Our first part of the day was the drive to Ollantaytambo.
Wait till you see this place. We first arrive at the base of the ruins and find a great small market and plenty of life going on all around us. It's like they never left, just moved to the flat ground.
This would be a great place to do some shopping. In fact, I picked up a few things here myself.
I also found that you could get some great deals on gem stones and minerals. I think this where I picked up some raw emerald, as well as a nice piece of shaped meteorite.

Ollantaytambo town

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You can see the ruins as we arrive, just beyond the small shopping area.As we get closer we can see some beautiful artwork by the locals.Some of the colorful local artwork.Some more of the local artwork.
You can see the ruins as we arrive, just beyond the small shopping area.
You can see the ruins as we arrive, just beyond the small shopping area. | Source
As we get closer we can see some beautiful artwork by the locals.
As we get closer we can see some beautiful artwork by the locals. | Source
Some of the colorful local artwork.
Some of the colorful local artwork. | Source
Some more of the local artwork.
Some more of the local artwork. | Source

The Hike Up To The Sun Temple.

We are starting our climb at a little over 9000 feet above sea level here I believe. This is making the hike up even more challenging. (as if the surrounding ruins didn't take your breath away as it was.) As we tour the lower ruin areas, our guide Robert was telling us, about the aqua ducts. About 30km away and straight up a mountain side, a natural spring gave a generous amount water to feed the various plant life that would produce the food for the area.

We learn that the many aqua ducts could even be plugged at certain places to re-route water to specific areas. It was a pretty amazing thing to see, that this was actually still in use to grow things such as corn and potatos to this day for the local people here, as well as some for tourists.

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As you enter through the ancient walls, you can't help but feel the history with each step.More artifacts from the bottom of the ruins area.With so many places to see I took as many photos as i could in short amount of time we had.
As you enter through the ancient walls, you can't help but feel the history with each step.
As you enter through the ancient walls, you can't help but feel the history with each step. | Source
More artifacts from the bottom of the ruins area.
More artifacts from the bottom of the ruins area. | Source
With so many places to see I took as many photos as i could in short amount of time we had.
With so many places to see I took as many photos as i could in short amount of time we had. | Source
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As you walk through the lower area of the ruins, you see the royal bathing area. It was filled with amazing stone water-works. You can see the water temple as well.The entrance of the royal bathing room.One of the bathing areas.A look into this ancient pool.A closer look at the stone water way.
As you walk through the lower area of the ruins, you see the royal bathing area. It was filled with amazing stone water-works. You can see the water temple as well.
As you walk through the lower area of the ruins, you see the royal bathing area. It was filled with amazing stone water-works. You can see the water temple as well. | Source
The entrance of the royal bathing room.
The entrance of the royal bathing room. | Source
One of the bathing areas.
One of the bathing areas. | Source
A look into this ancient pool.
A look into this ancient pool. | Source
A closer look at the stone water way.
A closer look at the stone water way. | Source

Thoughts of the place.

I wonder how many centuries this small farm land stuck between these narrow canyons, has been feeding the people of this area. As a mouth to the Amazon just around the bend a few miles, I'm sure these steep walls in the area have seen many civilizations come and go.

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Another bathing area at the base of the temple steps.A look from above same area. Pretty amazing to see all these zig-zags of stone "pipes".
Another bathing area at the base of the temple steps.
Another bathing area at the base of the temple steps. | Source
A look from above same area. Pretty amazing to see all these zig-zags of stone "pipes".
A look from above same area. Pretty amazing to see all these zig-zags of stone "pipes". | Source
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If you tear yourself away from all the things to see at your feet. You can also see more ruins carved out of the cliff sides surrounding you.One of the storage areas for the food and seeds of the people.More hill side sites.Walls on all the surrounding cliff sides.
If you tear yourself away from all the things to see at your feet. You can also see more ruins carved out of the cliff sides surrounding you.
If you tear yourself away from all the things to see at your feet. You can also see more ruins carved out of the cliff sides surrounding you. | Source
One of the storage areas for the food and seeds of the people.
One of the storage areas for the food and seeds of the people. | Source
More hill side sites.
More hill side sites. | Source
Walls on all the surrounding cliff sides.
Walls on all the surrounding cliff sides. | Source

We ascend to the Temple of the Sun.

As we prepare for the hike up, we hear stories of the Spaniards and Inka people having some of their final battles here. You can see rows of terraces all the way to the top with 8 to 10 foot walls separating each level. I took an extra walk around more of the ruins as everyone catches their breath a few.

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SO COOL!A left over stone carved for use.Plant lifeAn ancient royal seat? Maybe.....haha.A piece that looks to me like it was being prepared for more water works.
SO COOL!
SO COOL! | Source
A left over stone carved for use.
A left over stone carved for use. | Source
Plant life
Plant life | Source
An ancient royal seat? Maybe.....haha.
An ancient royal seat? Maybe.....haha. | Source
A piece that looks to me like it was being prepared for more water works.
A piece that looks to me like it was being prepared for more water works. | Source

Take a few steps....breath....take a few more....then breath

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The first steps to the Sun TempleStone steps on the far side to get to each level had these made into the walls.You can the two very different building styles here, also indicating two eras of civilizationLooking back into the valley as we climb.Back t climbing.The Gate-way the Sun Temple.These were absolutely amazing to experience. Massive stones from across the valley.  A look across the way to more cliff side ruins. ....and Rodger.....Hi Roger! Down through the main valley over the town from the Sun TempleCheck out how steep some of these walls are.John seeing a side view of MASSIVE stones.Looks like an ancient throne on top of the ruins in the Sun Temple.A closer look at one of the massive stones.A little size comparison.
The first steps to the Sun Temple
The first steps to the Sun Temple | Source
Stone steps on the far side to get to each level had these made into the walls.
Stone steps on the far side to get to each level had these made into the walls. | Source
You can the two very different building styles here, also indicating two eras of civilization
You can the two very different building styles here, also indicating two eras of civilization | Source
Looking back into the valley as we climb.
Looking back into the valley as we climb. | Source
Back t climbing.
Back t climbing. | Source
The Gate-way the Sun Temple.
The Gate-way the Sun Temple. | Source
These were absolutely amazing to experience. Massive stones from across the valley.
These were absolutely amazing to experience. Massive stones from across the valley. | Source
A look across the way to more cliff side ruins. ....and Rodger.....Hi Roger!
A look across the way to more cliff side ruins. ....and Rodger.....Hi Roger! | Source
Down through the main valley over the town from the Sun Temple
Down through the main valley over the town from the Sun Temple | Source
Check out how steep some of these walls are.
Check out how steep some of these walls are. | Source
John seeing a side view of MASSIVE stones.
John seeing a side view of MASSIVE stones. | Source
Looks like an ancient throne on top of the ruins in the Sun Temple.
Looks like an ancient throne on top of the ruins in the Sun Temple. | Source
A closer look at one of the massive stones.
A closer look at one of the massive stones. | Source
A little size comparison.
A little size comparison. | Source

On towards Machu Picchu

Time to rush off to catch the train (after a quick bite to eat at one of the local cafes).
The train ride was awesome with no shortage of things to see as we wind through valleys about 2 hours from start to finish. We go from mountain desert to the jungle this great trip to the next place.

Quick shot with John as we take a break.
Quick shot with John as we take a break. | Source

From Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

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North West through the mountains from Ollantaytambo to Mach Picchu

The Trip To Machu Picchu

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Finding a seat.A nice views of these mountains. As fly by.Kinda blurry, but this shows the plant life we were around when we left.A drastic change in scenery.One of the many tunnels we went through on the way to Machu Picchu.
Finding a seat.
Finding a seat. | Source
A nice views of these mountains. As fly by.
A nice views of these mountains. As fly by. | Source
Kinda blurry, but this shows the plant life we were around when we left.
Kinda blurry, but this shows the plant life we were around when we left. | Source
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A drastic change in scenery.
A drastic change in scenery. | Source
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One of the many tunnels we went through on the way to Machu Picchu.
One of the many tunnels we went through on the way to Machu Picchu. | Source

Our first glimpse of an almost forgotten land.

Not a bad view from our room for a couple days.
Not a bad view from our room for a couple days. | Source
A quick dip in the hot springs before we go to bed.
A quick dip in the hot springs before we go to bed. | Source

Another satisfying day has come to an end.

After we unpack, we stroll the town a bit and then hit the hot springs. It was great end to another life changing day of soaking in the history. With so much to see and talk about I will end the writing here for this part. See you in part 4, it's all about Machu Picchu.

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