Grabbed an hour-or-two-long car ride from Cuzco to the town of Urubamba. I then hitched a ride from there to the tiny historic town of Ollantaytambo.

In Ollantaytambo I had six hours to visit the local Incan ruins, which were located in a small valley near a beautiful river. Ollantaytambo is the end of the road on the way to Machu Picchu. To get to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo, you must take an hour-long train ride to Machu Picchu town, which is located at the base of the tall mountain the famous ruins sit on top of.

Once you reach Machu Picchu town, you eat and stay the night. It is important to wake up before dawn the next day in order to take an early bus up the switchback road to the ruins.

Ollantaytambo is a very beautiful, traditional, and soulful place. It is a beautiful stop on the way to Machu Picchu where you can relax with a cup of coca-leaf tea and walk through the “Door of God” (stone doorway pictured above).

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