Pumamarca Ruins

Pumamarca Ruins, Ollantaytambo

Pumamarca Ruins
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gdemerit
Cheltenham, UK8 contributions
Better than Machu Picchu
Jun 2021
Much smaller but in many ways more stunning that Machu Picchu. When we visited, we were the only folks there. You do need a guide to show you the way; it's not easy to find on your own.
Written 7 July 2021
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The_Summer_Indian
Montezuma, NM164 contributions
Short hike to secluded ruins
Dec 2019
These ruins may not be as impressive as the ones in Ollantaytambo, but the 30 minute hike to get there is worth it. We were the only tourists there and appreciated the quiet vistas and personal exploration that you can do here.
Written 28 December 2019
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DrhermanK
Benoni, South Africa1,276 contributions
Old, very old
Jul 2019 • Couples
The ruins at Pumamarca is not far from Ollantaytambo. They are very old and not marketed as a tourist attraction efficiently. We were the only people on site during our visit. Nothing to buy so take water with. There is a small entry fee, but it is worth it.
Written 27 July 2019
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Heddy G
Malvern, PA469 contributions
Beautiful
May 2019 • Couples
Worth the climb. Stunning views. Walk around the lower levels also. A lovely day was spent here. Come in the afternoon for appropriate sun levels.
Written 2 June 2019
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Ko4d
Colorado Springs, CO3 contributions
Great hike with lots of variety, ruins were okay
May 2019 • Couples
This was one of our favorite hikes. We went along the river, through forests, along aqueducts, and terraced hillsides that were all amazing. The actual ruins were anticlimactic to the hike, but worth going through. The resident llamas added a little interest. We highly recommend the hike.
Written 20 May 2019
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CandR W
Auckland, New Zealand98 contributions
What an amazing site
May 2019 • Friends
We huffed and puffed our way to the top. What a reward. Not only the views but the in depth explanations provided by our very good guide, Andy. More amazing Inca engineering and workmanship. Not a place to miss
Written 3 May 2019
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RMG
17 contributions
Off the Beaten Track Gem
Apr 2019 • Couples
We took a taxi up and back which takes about 25 minutes each way up a fun dirt mountain road and then a 15 minute walk up the hill to the ruins. Beautiful views and interesting small ruins with Alpaca's and the friendly gate keeper to greet you. Some people hike up there and back from Ollantaytambo but it was a rainy day so this worked just great.
Written 24 April 2019
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1,178 contributions
Lovely ruins off the beaten track
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Pumamarca ruins are not as spectacular as some others in the area, still, they are lovely and worth a visit if you have an extra day in the Sacred Valley. It is possible to take a taxi from Ollantaytambo or hike all the way up. It is a wonderful and not too difficult hike, which offers beautiful views of mountains, agricultural terraces and of course the ruins themselves. It is possible to do the hike on your own, but we were happy to have a great guide from Sacred Expeditions with us.
The ruins are in a fair condition, you can visit the old buildings and feel the atmosphere. Our guide told us that the ruins are pre-Inca, built by the Wari people, and later taken over and used by the Incas, possibly as a hill fort.
The views from the ruins are wonderful and we really enjoyed visiting a beautiful and non-touristy spot in the Sacred Valley.
Written 11 April 2019
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Gene H
Tampa, FL145 contributions
Incan Agriculture
Mar 2019 • Couples
Using the knowledge they gained from their agricultural research station in Moray, the Incans built agricultural terraces here. Depending on the elevation and sun angle, they planted different crops on each terrace. They also built silos to store crops to use during drought years. These can be seen on the mountainside across the valley from these terraces. Again, they knew what temperature and wind conditions would be on the hillside and this determined where the silos for each crop would be built on the mountainside.
Written 30 March 2019
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Terrance1953
Manchester, CT79 contributions
Get there before 1 pm to avoid all the day bus congestion
Jan 2019 • Couples
2nd time here, just as interesting. It's a good walk up the stairs, 140 more or less I believe, to the top. There are old walls and massive, 60-100 ton, blocks at the top still fit together tightly. Views from the top are excellent. The day tour buses arrive from Cusco by 1 and for the next few hours thereafter so stay in the town and get there in the later morning to enjoy the area without all the crowds. Skip the tour guides-they have no idea who built the place and basically their stories are made up in my opinion. There is a 'little village' just before you enter of all the trinket vendors.
Written 12 February 2019
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