Inca Ruins in Ollantaytambo
10.11.2012 - 10.11.2012 75 °F
Stories and Experience:
Today we travel to Ollantaytambo to see the ruins and get our train tickets for Sunday. We took the public transit to Ollantaytambo, which is always an adventure. The one trick what we found was to make sure you get the front seat. We waited at the bus station for a little bit and figure out quickly that you have to be quick to get the front. A nice drive made sure we did. Once in town, we got our train tickets to Machu Pichu. Here we found that you can only take 11 pound of luggage on you. The rest has to be stored or put on a train for luggage only. Since we are taking the train to Cuzco on our return. This was a major issue. But I have a plan and I did bring my photo vest with me.
The ruins were incredible. It’s amazing how the Inca lived and built their cities. I was able to take some picture and posted them at http://www.rootsourcephotos.com/Other/Peru-Sacred-Valley
What To Do:
Do see the ruins and visit the town. The ruins are good to see and it does give you a indication of what Machu Pichu would be like.
Hire a guide. For about $50 soles ($25 US) you can get a personal guide to tell you the history and take a few photos of your love one and you. Plus I like to think that it part of the economy. I like to support the locals instead of give the money to the tourist companies.
Take the public transit to Ollantaytambo and get the front seat. The cost was only $2 bucks for the ride. The taxi is 30soles ($15 US), which we took on the way back to the hotel
Gear and Advise:
Try out your gear here. I found that I didn’t need a few things like my hiking poles and my lens need to be clean (had a few dust spots that were annoying)
I did bring my Gore biking jacket which came in handy at the top. Light weight but able to break the wind.
I’m also glad that I brought my monopod instead of my tripod. The monopod is much lighter and double as a walking pole. It is was always a trade-off because the you are not as stable and can’t take photos of yourself as easy (along with some other drawbacks). But the weight and being able to shoot at a lower shutter speed is worth it to me. I would also be bring a point and shoot one for general travels. Having 2 or 3 pound around your neck does get tiresome.
After our rest and acclimation on day 6, which was really needed. Going and discovering Ollantaytambo ruins and the town was a good pace and to see how the Inca’s lived their daily lives. It amazing the engineering and balance with nature the people had. It really makes me think that the ending of Battle Star Galatia is true. But heck that only a TV series
I was able to update some photo on my site. The URL is http://www.rootsourcephotos.com