How to get from Ollantaytambo to Pumamarca Ruins in Peru
Pumamarca is an ancient Inca site that is one of the top things to see if you are visiting Ollantaymbo. The hike takes about one and a half to two hours one way. But it is worth the hike as you are rewarded with amazing views and an Incan site all to yourself.
When I did the hike on my trip to Peru and Machu Picchu, I kept thinking “am I going the right way?” So I decided to write a post detailing my journey, including pictures to reassure you that you are going the right way.
In the picture captions I note the hiking time from the time I left Ollantaytambo (time = 0:00). I did not rush, but I did not stop either, other than to take pictures. Your time will vary. You will be coming back the exact same way, so keep checking what the view looks like from the other direction.
I have been here twice. The first time I went straight and just worked my way to the site. The second time, I took the road to the right and about halfway there was a person who was selling tickets to get into the sight for 10 soles.
Note that there was a small rickety gate when I approached the site. It makes you wonder if you should enter or not. But I did. Plus, no one else is around, so who would know?
I loved this hike because I felt like I “discovered” the ruins as I was the only person there. I got to explore anywhere I wanted and the views were amazing. It was definintely worth the hour and 44 minutes to get there.
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