Day Three Afternoon
This afternoon we traveled along the Urabamba River to the World Heritage site of Ollantaytambo. The town dates from Inca times and has been continuously inhabited since then. Above the town are terraced fields and a temple to the sun god. The temple and terraces were never finished due to the fall of the empire to Pizarro and the Spanish.
Carole stands next to an Inca wall in the city
Carole stands next to an Inca wall in the city

Carole stands next to an Inca wall in the city
One of the narrow streets   Note the drainage ditch on the side   The homes on either side date from the Inca times
One of the narrow streets Note the drainage ditch on the side The homes on either side date from the Inca times

One of the narrow streets Note the drainage ditch on the side The homes on either side date from the Inca times
This family sang us a song, for a fee
This family sang us a song, for a fee

This family sang us a song, for a fee
Women like this come from the highlands around town
Women like this come from the highlands around town

Women like this come from the highlands around town
A typical street scene
A typical street scene

A typical street scene
Carole observes finely cut stone at a street intersection
Carole observes finely cut stone at a street intersection

Carole observes finely cut stone at a street intersection
A niche in the wall on a street
A niche in the wall on a street

A niche in the wall on a street
The inside of a typical home reveals many guinea pigs
The inside of a typical home reveals many guinea pigs

The inside of a typical home reveals many guinea pigs
The variety of grains and potatoes in the typical home
The variety of grains and potatoes in the typical home

The variety of grains and potatoes in the typical home
All the streets in this town are laid out in a perfect grid pattern
All the streets in this town are laid out in a perfect grid pattern

All the streets in this town are laid out in a perfect grid pattern
All walls are wider at the base   This town has survived centuries of earthquakes with no damage
All walls are wider at the base This town has survived centuries of earthquakes with no damage

All walls are wider at the base This town has survived centuries of earthquakes with no damage
Around this town are located terraced fields and storehouses
Around this town are located terraced fields and storehouses

Around this town are located terraced fields and storehouses
In this picture you see the terraced fields and at the top, a temple
In this picture you see the terraced fields and at the top, a temple

In this picture you see the terraced fields and at the top, a temple
Here Carole stands at one of the main entrances of the town  identified by the double inset of stone
Here Carole stands at one of the main entrances of the town identified by the double inset of stone

Here Carole stands at one of the main entrances of the town identified by the double inset of stone
This huge stone forms the corner of one the streets
This huge stone forms the corner of one the streets

This huge stone forms the corner of one the streets
The river flows through the town and also was diverted down some streets for the town's water supply
The river flows through the town and also was diverted down some streets for the town's water supply

The river flows through the town and also was diverted down some streets for the town's water supply
This temple was the earliest one the Incas built    It did not have the fine cut stones of the later one next to it
This temple was the earliest one the Incas built It did not have the fine cut stones of the later one next to it

This temple was the earliest one the Incas built It did not have the fine cut stones of the later one next to it
Carole begins the climb past the agricultural terraces to the temple at the top
Carole begins the climb past the agricultural terraces to the temple at the top

Carole begins the climb past the agricultural terraces to the temple at the top
A view of Ollantaytambo from the terraces
A view of Ollantaytambo from the terraces

A view of Ollantaytambo from the terraces
The new temple has huge finely cut stones that fit together perfectly
The new temple has huge finely cut stones that fit together perfectly

The new temple has huge finely cut stones that fit together perfectly
Carole at one of the main temple gates that was never finished
Carole at one of the main temple gates that was never finished

Carole at one of the main temple gates that was never finished
Royal niches where idols and offerings to the gods were places
Royal niches where idols and offerings to the gods were places

Royal niches where idols and offerings to the gods were places
Notice the complex shapes of the stones that were shaped by hand and fitted together perfectly
Notice the complex shapes of the stones that were shaped by hand and fitted together perfectly

Notice the complex shapes of the stones that were shaped by hand and fitted together perfectly
Carole at a finished gate  The trapozoidal shape  is earthquake proof
Carole at a finished gate The trapozoidal shape is earthquake proof

Carole at a finished gate The trapozoidal shape is earthquake proof
Looking across from the temple are ruins of storage buildings where grain, dried potatoes and meat were stored for hard times
Looking across from the temple are ruins of storage buildings where grain, dried potatoes and meat were stored for hard times

Looking across from the temple are ruins of storage buildings where grain, dried potatoes and meat were stored for hard times
This seat was being cut for the Inca King when the site was abandoned
This seat was being cut for the Inca King when the site was abandoned

This seat was being cut for the Inca King when the site was abandoned
This huge stone was carried up to the mountain designed to be part of the temple
This huge stone was carried up to the mountain designed to be part of the temple

This huge stone was carried up to the mountain designed to be part of the temple
This huge stone was dragged down one mountain and up a ramp to the top of another   The ridge was used to attach ropes. It would have been removed later
This huge stone was dragged down one mountain and up a ramp to the top of another The ridge was used to attach ropes. It would have been removed later

This huge stone was dragged down one mountain and up a ramp to the top of another The ridge was used to attach ropes. It would have been removed later
Here is the remains of the ramp that Incas used to drag the rocks up to the top
Here is the remains of the ramp that Incas used to drag the rocks up to the top

Here is the remains of the ramp that Incas used to drag the rocks up to the top
The rock slide on this mountain was the location of the quarry where stones were cut and dragged to the temple
The rock slide on this mountain was the location of the quarry where stones were cut and dragged to the temple

The rock slide on this mountain was the location of the quarry where stones were cut and dragged to the temple
Another side of the temple wall composed of six huge stones
Another side of the temple wall composed of six huge stones

Another side of the temple wall composed of six huge stones
Local girls eating jello
Local girls eating jello

Local girls eating jello
On the way back from Ollantaytambo we saw the salt mine we visited the day before
On the way back from Ollantaytambo we saw the salt mine we visited the day before

On the way back from Ollantaytambo we saw the salt mine we visited the day before
Our late lunch was at a restaurant in Urabamba that featured a great buffet including these traditional desserts
Our late lunch was at a restaurant in Urabamba that featured a great buffet including these traditional desserts

Our late lunch was at a restaurant in Urabamba that featured a great buffet including these traditional desserts
Carole enjoying her first course of appitizers
Carole enjoying her first course of appitizers

Carole enjoying her first course of appitizers
We ate on a terrace that overlooked the Urabamba River
We ate on a terrace that overlooked the Urabamba River

We ate on a terrace that overlooked the Urabamba River
Live music at lunch
Live music at lunch

Live music at lunch