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Tunupa: The One Who Knows.

Tunupa: The One Who Knows.
Made by Trapac
Can you see the broken nosed man in profile with a big chin grimacing in the Pinkuylluna mountain rocks?? He's been there for a long time. His name is Wiracochan (who showed light to men), described as a messenger... 'Tall, stern and poorly dressed, (like a priest or an astronomer) he only had a bonnet like a crown on his head and a prodigious staff as a sign of his authority and he wandered like a pilgrim throughout the Andes.' He is described as having a 'grim visage and an admonishing look' and is 140 metres in length. He otherwise became known as Tunupa or 'the one who knows', and was pretty good at turning people who disagreed with him into stone! He prophesized the arrival of the Inca's and travelled to the Sacred Valley, where in the memories of the people remained his image - hence the carving. One version of the myth describes that eventually he himself was turned to stone. The sculpture is astonishing as during the winter and summer solstice the dawn sunlight illuminates key parts of his profile and the nearby temple. It's not a great picture as I had to zoom in with a standard P&S 35mm, but you should get the general gist!

Peru Day 06 205 Sacred Valley Tour

Peru Day 06 205 Sacred Valley Tour
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The sixth day of my trip to Peru and Easter Island. On a bus tour around the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. The valley is generally understood to include everything between Písac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Urubamba River, or Vilcanota River or Wilcamayu, as this Sacred river is called when passing through the valley. It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the empire's main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the best place for maize production in Peru. To see my full travelblog from my trip to Peru and Easter Island visit: www.travelshorts.com/travel-blogs/peru-and-easter-island-...

Peru Day 06 148 Ollantaytambo

Peru Day 06 148 Ollantaytambo
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The sixth day of my trip to Peru and Easter Island. Visiting Ollantaytambo on a tour of the Sacred Valley. Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail. To see my full travelblog from my trip to Peru and Easter Island visit: www.travelshorts.com/travel-blogs/peru-and-easter-island-...

Ollantaytambo market

Ollantaytambo market
Made by LusoFox
Market Ollantaytambo, Peru From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail. More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollantaytambo IMG_4347

Terraces of Pumatallis - Temple Hill

Terraces of Pumatallis - Temple Hill
Made by ronnyg
Araqhama is bordered to the west by Cerro Bandolista, a steep hill on which the Incas built a ceremonial center. The part of the hill facing the town is occupied by the terraces of Pumatallis, framed on both flanks by rock outcrops. Due to impressive character of these terraces, the Temple Hill is commonly known as the Fortress, however, this is a misnomer as the main functions of this site were religious. The main access to the ceremonial center is a series of stairways that climb to the top of the terrace complex. At this point, the site is divided into three main areas: the Middle sector, directly in front of the terraces; the Temple sector, to the south; and the Funerary sector, to the north. Terraces at Ollantaytambo were built to a higher standard than common Inca agricultural terraces, for instance, they have higher walls made of cut stones instead of rough fieldstones.

Ollantaytambo [ Panorama ]

Ollantaytambo [ Panorama ]
Made by capiotti
@ Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollantaytambo

Inca Storehouses

Inca Storehouses
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The Incas built several storehouses (Quechua: qollqa) out of fieldstones on the hills surrounding Ollantaytambo. Their location at high altitudes, where there is more wind and lower temperatures, defended their contents against decay. To enhance this effect, the Ollantaytambo qollqas feature ventilation systems. It is believed that they were used to store the production of the agricultural terraces built around the site. Grain would be poured in the windows on the uphill side of each building, then emptied out through the downhill side window.

Rooftops Of Ollantaytambo.

Rooftops Of Ollantaytambo.
Made by Trapac
The morning before we set off on the Inca Trail, we 'stop-off' at Ollantaytambo to get some stair practice at yet more Inca remains..... I had just about caught my breath at the top of this immense set of temple ruins to appreciate the sweeping vistas and the typical red rooftops nestled in the valley below. Through the anticpation of the Inca Trail and what lies at the end, it would be easy to under-estimate or even overlook just how beautiful this place is too.

texturas

texturas
Made by GMH
Marta Colvin es la más importante escultora de la historia de Chile. Dejó sus estudios en Europa para recorrer Los Andes. En las ruinas, palpó los muros y le encanto la textura. Luego se embaló con la cultura precolombina, dándole un giro a su obra hacia las raíces culturales de la región. Fue la primera mujer premio nacional de Artes. Todo lo anterior es para decir que fue piola palpar las ruinas de Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo #2

Ollantaytambo #2
Made by aaron.oberlander
Ollantaytambo citadel. The major stones used in the construction of the temple at the top of the citadel were quarried from the mountain in the left rear of the picture. The huge stones were moved across the river by placing the stones on islands in the middle and diverting the river to either side to allow the workers to move the stones.

The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley
Made by Trapac
From the top of the ruins at Ollantaytambo, this vista stretches out before you. I was struck by the way this verdant river of fertile lands snaked through the feet of those mountain faces...in the floor of the valley mean temperatures are around 14C, on the higher reaches of these mountains it drops to a mean of 6C.

Wanting Some Attention

Wanting Some Attention
Made by Gregg Zimmerman
I was taking a photo of this cart against the stone wall (below) and this kid purposefully jumped in the photo. He jumped just in the right place to show up in the corner (this is't cropped at all). I like this one a lot more than the one without him. Taken in Ollantaytambo, Peru.

It's Official!

It's Official!
Made by Trapac
Looks like we really are here then, and none of this has been a figment of my imagination! Some day soon, someone will realise that there's some modern and trendy signage to be had - until then, well I rather likes the informality of this. It seemed right. :-)

IMG_2226

IMG_2226
Made by Jack Zalium
Taken at Latitude/Longitude:-13.257461/-72.266658. 0.39 km West Ollantaytambo Cusco Peru (Map link)

Inca Textures

Inca Textures
Made by ©haddock
Ruins at Ollantaytambo, sacred valley of the Urubamba, Peru. A detail of a ruined gate and terracing in the background. Taken in the morning, just after the site opens to the public.

Inca Magic!

Inca Magic!
Made by Lazy B
Our first experience of Inca masonry. A citadel at Ollantaytambo in the Urubamba Valley - the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru : Looking like cracks (but actually man-made joints)

Ollantaytambo #1

Ollantaytambo #1
Made by aaron.oberlander
Viewing the town of Ollantaytambo from the citadel. The structures on the far mountain are Inca grain storage facilities. Ollantaytambo is in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, Peru.

How did they do that ?!

How did they do that ?!
Made by Lazy B
Our first experience of Inca masonry. Detail from a citadel at Ollantaytambo in the Urubamba Valley - the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru : A closed opening

Mochilão - Vale Sagrado - Ollantaytambo

Mochilão - Vale Sagrado - Ollantaytambo
Made by silviopc
English Ollantaytambo Português Ollantaytambo

Diciendo Adiós / Saying Goodbye

Diciendo Adiós / Saying Goodbye
Made by Miguel Vera
Mamá se detiene un momento antes de terminar el descenso. Ollantaytambo, Perú. Moms stops for a minute before we go all the way down. Ollantaytambo, Peru.



Nearest places of interest:

Cachiccata
Inca Trail - Day One lunch site
Ollantaytambo
Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley Hotel
  Inca Ruins
Huilloc
Comunidad de Rumira
area de trabajo

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