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Coming up on the last few days, I've come to realize something: I'm tired. I'm going to bed earlier, it's becoming a chore to stay up past 9. After going on this incredible journey through a country that I never thought I'd be able to go to, I'm ready to be home. Lots of things I miss about America, the familiarity of knowing where everything is, …
Last night I slept well for a while, then it felt a little like the first night again - basically sort of seemed hard to breath well and fully. Not a huge deal, just uncomfortable. Almost like the air was thinner, or I was somehow getting un-acclimated. I get up for breakfast feeling pretty good but still a little hard to feel like I'm fully …
Sept 17th Lima to Cusco
Our transport arrived on time to get us through rush hour and to the airport for our flight on LAN airlines.
We landed in Cusco where the elevation is 10,800 ft. The number of people in the terminal was almost overwhelming! At first look we groaned at the thought of standing in lines that would …
... tried chewing some coco leaves but were told quite clearly to only do so for a few minutes otherwise our lips would go numb (i.e. like rubbing pure cocaine into your gums).
So today we got to decide whether we wanted to walk for 3 hours in the morning or go zip lining (which covered the same distance). It was a no brainer. We opted for zip lining which consisted of 5 zip lines connecting the mountains. I went first across the zip line ...
... night camp in a place called Collpapampa which was at ~2920m altitude...but not without first encountering Issais' now infamous SHORTCUT...
In brief, this didn't turn out to be a shortcut and actually involved scrambling over a collapsed mountainside of unstable boulders and rocks, a suspension bridge that had massive gaps in the floor missing, and finally but by NO means least of all...the landslide. Yep a fairly recent landslide had rather unceremoniously ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pakaritampu Ollantaytambo
Nice hotel with easy walk to train to Machu Picchu. Much better location to stay while touring Machu Picchu than Aguas Calientes, which is touristy and filled with poor quality markets. Rooms are basic with small bathrooms, but grounds are very nice with a great view. Only complaint is that hotel needs to unlock narrow double doors that trap wheelchair users in complex and make independant evacuation impossible.
Beautiful location and grounds
New and clean hotel.
Beautiful grounds and surrounded by mountains.
Fantastic buffet breakfast.
No bathtub - only shower.
No TV or clock in the rooms.
4 min walk to town or train station.
Probably the best hotel in Ollanta and the most expensive. It is well worth the price!
Loved my stay at Hotel Pakaritampu. Nice cozy, spacious rooms spotlessly clean.
This is a very nice hotel with lovely gardens and clean, spacious rooms. It is quiet--no barking dogs, no roosters, no traffic noise--peace and quiet and clean air. Easy walk to the plaza in Ollantaytambo and the train station. Has a nice restaurante. I'd stay there again in a heart beat
The hotel is attractively set out in lovely peaceful gardens with a beautiful mountain backdrop. The rooms are tastefully furnished in wood with polished floors and are very clean and comfortable. There is a nice lounge with an open fire in the evenings and sofas to sit and read the books provided. We found it quite chilly as the staff seemed intent on leaving the doors open - obviously they are more hardy!
Breakfast is fine, we tried one dinner but it is certainly cheaper to eat in Ollantaytambo. It is very close to the station and the hotel will provide an early breakfast and wake up call.
I would definitely recommend the hotel.
Beautiful, quiet hotel
We stayed here for three nights in early May 2005. The weather was perfect and the hotel was clean, staff friendly. Definitely the nicest place in Ollantaytambo that we saw. Outside of town - about 10 minutes to walk to restaurants. We felt safe here, and walked everywhere at night. You can also take a motorcycle taxi for about 30 cents US if you don't feel like walking.
We took the 7:00 AM train to Machu Picchu and the train station is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel. We bought the tickets the day before at the station which made it less of a hassle the day of the journey.
We would go back and stay at the Hotel Parkaritampu, for sure!!!
A little Basic
About the best hotel to stay in if you want to catch the train to Machu Pichu and avoid the slow part from Cuzco (and getting up at 5.30 am!). Hotel was quite basic but very handy for the Ollantaytambo train station (5 minutes). Breakfast was a bit simple but dinner was ok.
Extraordinary Hotel in an Extraordinary place
I went looking for peace and relax and find and oasis in the midle of nowhere. The town is like returning in time to the years of the incas. The hotel is walking distance from the Ollantaytambo Ruins, were you can go any time and stay there the hole day. The hotel not only have very good restaurant but the what is principal is the sharm of the people of the town that work there.
you will be able to sleep like a king until the train tell you that it's time to wake up and go to Machu Pichu.
Very good rooms, bathrooms and beds.
Not expensive but for what you receive it can be consider cheap.
I stayed for 5 nights in this lovely hotel. Very close to the railway station.
Friendly people at the desk and good food. Try the lama carpaccio.
The rooms were very clean and the place is very quiet. I loved the garden with the flowers and colobri's. They even have 2 lamas.
I should defenitively go back and will recommand it absolutely to everybody.
My compliments for the furniture and the fireplace. Very tastefull.
Very nice, just one catch
Spacious modern rooms if a bit basic, llamas in residence. Short walk to Ollantaytambo along the river.
Only thing that let it down was the cunning menu. Some things in dollars, some things in solares. We got caught out and paid thro the nose even tho it was a good meal, if served by a miserable git. Go into town to eat and you'll enjoy your stay here.