Have you ever been to a place that takes your breath away?

Trying going to Ollantaytambo Ruins in Peru. It will literally make you catch your breath.

Located more than 9,000 feet above sea level, you need to climb a steep staircase to reach it.

According to the National Geographic Travel, Ollantaytambo was an ancient Inca temple and fortress thought to have been built over 500 years ago by Emperor Pachacuti.

The place was partially built into a mountainside fortified with solid rock walls, gates, and steep slopes. The location proved useful when Spanish troops stormed Ollantaytambo in 1537. Using the high ground, Emperor Manco Inca defeated the aggressors. It is considered the most important battle ever won by the Inca against conquistadores.

Once in Ollantaytambo, don’t miss the giant rocks of The Wall of the Six Monoliths. Although many of the structures there were never completed, Ollantaytambo is still considered as one of the best preserved ruins today.

The place maybe old but it was never abandoned. You will still find people living in some parts of the ancient city.

Wander the mazy streets of this quaint town center in Peru, and explore its two massive stone fortresses where the Inca won their greatest victory against the conquistadores. https://on.natgeo.com/2GjDKhy

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Sunday, February 3, 2019


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