|Terraces at Ollantaytambo|
|View from the terraces of Ollantaytambo|
At the top of the terraces is the Temple of the Sun, honoring one of the most important deities of the Incan religion. It's an uncompleted structure, with a wall of six monoliths. The city was also the site of one of the few Incan victories against Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s, though they later withdrew those forces.
I do realize my hat is dorky-looking... but it was a high SPF and waterproof and bought on clearance before the trip, so oh well. You'll be seeing it a lot!
After Ollantaytambo, we headed to another Sacred Valley town, Písac. In the hills above town are old Incan terraces and buildings, which once served military, religious, and agricultural purposes. Some researchers believe Písac was the southern "gate" of the valley and possibly served as a strategic location for the whole area, with Ollantaytambo to the north.
We did not walk up into the structures at Písac, after climbing Ollantaytambo earlier and not having had lunch yet. We decided instead to head into the town to shop at the large souvenir market, as well as head to lunch at Tres Keros restaurant. From there, we relaxed in our beautiful hotel (the grounds were gorgeous, as I will share in a later post) and repacked our belongings for the trip ahead to Machu Picchu.
Overall, I was happy we got to see these examples of Incan architecture before heading to Machu Picchu. Seeing it in reverse order might have been a little ho-hum, you know? We were blessed with wonderful weather, and the Sacred Valley allowed us to get used to the altitude in the country.