To go from the madness of Lima, to the tourist centric mecca of South America in Cusco, to the laid back, small town feel of Ollantaytambo was refreshing. It serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu, sitting at the beginning of a spider web of valleys that head towards the ancient city. Machu Picchu has no roads to it, so the only way to there is via train or the famous Inca Trail trek. Ollanta remains a great example of Inca city planning, with most streets far too narrow for cars.
The town also has a large Inca fortress by the same name. We were very fortunate to arrive into town a little later in the day, and made it in between the large tour groups from Cusco, so we had the ruins to ourselves for several hours and got to photograph and explore on our own.
We also had the time to hike up to the top of mountain the fort was built into and get to look down into the valleys below. Almost no one does this short trip, as the entrance is hidden near the far side of the main complex, and just sort of looks like a farmer path.
Afterwards we headed back into town and prepared for our voyage the next day to Machu Picchu.