Sacred Valley of the Incas through the eyes of an Adventure World traveller
Originally a royal Inca estate, Ollantaytambo has some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America. Tumbling terraces, elaborate waterworks and impressive storehouses cling to the side of the steep hills which were used as a defence against Spanish attacks from Cusco.
The town seems to drowse in the late afternoon sun which casts long shadows across the vast stone structures which run up the mountainside. From the top of the terraces the vista is amazing, with the modern town stretching out across the valley floor. The railway line we are to take to Machu Picchu snakes alongside the Urubamba River, disappearing between mountains in the distance.
Arriving as the sun rises the following morning, the train station itself looks like it would be more at home in Disneyland. We join the small crowd milling about the platform, gathering proof of their journey as they pose in front of the iconic blue and gold livery of the Vistadome trains. The journey is smooth, the only interruption is from the smiling Peru Rail attendants who deliver a morning snack of little sandwiches and Coca Tea to our seats.
AUTHOR: Alison O’Loughlin, Adventure World.
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