|possible to be so cute and so beautiful?|
Established as part of the inca empire in the 15th c, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacútec who built it as a ceremonial center. At the time of the conquest, it served as a stronghold for the inca resistance to kick spanish boot-tay!
Today, buses clog narrow stone alleys by midday - unloading visitors on day trips or the brave few who will start the three-day hike here aka the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
For me, Ollantaytambo reminds me of the is one of those less traveled gems - a sacred place to recover, reflect and renew.
|twilight illuminating incan storages|
|from the top of the ruins, view of the town below|
|gift of inca irrigation: water flows in streets and pathways|
|pinch me, we are 9,160 ft above sea level!|
|sopa de zapallo - the silk of calabaza / pumpkin soup in your mouth|
|trucha (trout) with andean potatoes and veggies|
|the best trout you will ever taste - open up for a succulent nibble|
|no weathervanes in the scared valley only clay oxen's protecting la casa|
|the curious neighbor in back of the hotel|
|2 tone choclo (both natural and morada) - andean corn laid out to dry|
|nothing like a nice alpaca steak - gamey like venison. i crave it :)|
|oh, just another 15th c door way...|
|lovely, beautiful, wish you were here!|
|what do the coca leaves predict?|