Ollantaytambo I Love You

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Jul 05, 2009

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Sunday, June 28, 2009

As soon as we rolled into Ollantaytambo, I made a connection to the place.  It was weird, Lima was a cool, modern Peruvian city; Cusco, a more traditional Peruvian city; Ollantaytambo was even more traditional.  It was small, dusty, charming.  And the Ollantaytambo ruins literally looming over the little town just took it over the top.

We jumped off the bus and I automatically stuck my nose into the guidebook for accommodations.  That's the routine really...  get to a new place, look around confused, stick nose in guidebook, and walk. Asking directions in my fucked up Espanol is optional.  When I finally pin-pointed a place to go, I did opt for directions from a local lady standing by her souvenir stand.  She replied, "oh, if you're looking for a room, my family owns a hostel close by."  Spidy sense started tingling but she seemed nice so Rowena and I followed her through an alley in town and into her hostel not 5 minutes away.  We checked out the room and agreed on the price and settled in. 

I forget the name of the hostel but its location is by the Plaza Araccama and sits at the base of the Ollantaytambo ruins.  In front of its doors was an aqueduct built way back when that actually had flowing water running in it.  I'm not talking about a trickle of water, but gushing water.  It was damn cool.

The rest of the day was to setup our train tickets to Aquas Calientes and our return train ticket back to Ollantaytambo.  When we got to the train ticket place, Rowena and I got our first rude awakening about the growing popularity of the Machu Picchu ruins, US$180 for the both of us.  Not much you may think in U.S. standards but come fucking on, I'm in Peru for crying out loud.  Tourism got us by the balls (ovaries in Rowena's case) and I grudgingly paid up.

Once we were set on the train situation, it was about wandering the city (checking out the Ollantaytambo ruins just a few steps away) and getting some street food grubbin' on.
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kuya_jojo on

Inca Experience
Must've felt like going back in time when the Inca's roamed the streets

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