Expedition Photography: Pongo de Mainique Peru
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  Cusco through the Sacred Valley of the Incas  

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Ollantaytambo, Peru     With the Vilcabamba Mountains not far in the distance, we explored the town of Ollantaytambo and talked with the local people.

Outside of town lies the ruins of a fortress used by the last Inca, Manco Inca, in the last of great battles against the Spanish Conquistadors. The original inhabitants of this area, the "Tampas", built the fortress as a bulwark against the invading "Antis", a savage jungle tribe who were never subdued by the Incas.


    Ben and Tad
Ben and Tad hit the streets.

Ollantaytambo market
local fruit for sale
    Ollantaytambo market
Ollantaytambo market

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Passage across the Mountains to Quillabamba.


Quick Facts:
75 kilometers from Cusco, Ollantaytambo is a major train stop along the railway to Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo is named after "Ollantay", hero of Inca folklore. The Chieftain Ollantay's passionate love for a princess lead to his disgrace by the ruling Inca.


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