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Ollantaytambo is a town in southern Peru. It is approximately 60 km to the northwest of the city of Cuzco and 50 km from Machu Picchu, situated at an altitude of  9,160 feet (2792 meters) above sea level.


Ollantaytambo, which means something like "Storehouse of my Lord," is thought to be the only remaining example of Incan urban planning. The buildings and courtyards as well as the narrow lanes have their original form. The straight, narrow streets today form fifteen square blocks, or canchas, which contain one entrance to a central quadrangle which is surrounded by houses. The original Inca settlement constituted an administrative, religious, agricultural and military complex.

 

Ollantaytambo. Satellite image: Google Earth, eye alt. 17,046 ft.

 

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Last updated: March 26, 2007