The district of Ollantaytambo is located 94.4 km away from the city of Cusco (2 hours approximately), which is accessed by the Cusco – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo road. Ollantaytambo belongs to the Cusco – Machupicchu Preferential Tourist Corridor and throughout its history it has managed to remain as a living Inka town, it has been and is an important pillar of the Quechua culture.
It is famous for its Archaeological Park of Ollantaytambo (PAO), (declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation) which was built by the Inca Pachacutec on two mountains, which constituted a military, religious, administrative and agricultural complex, and strategic place for astronomical observation.
Through public and private organisations, various projects and initiatives have been developed for the protection of the cultural heritage and Inca heritage, to periodically improve the heritage structures, committing to preserve the traditional colours of the locality, which make the town of Ollantaytambo authentic Ollantaytambo was chosen as a pilot town for the Initiative “Pueblos con Encanto” of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, which marks the permanent commitment to the promotion and conservation of heritage. Moreover, rural communities actively participate in the Queuña Raymi, an activity organised by ECOAN through the Vilcanota project, with the aim of conserving native natural flora and fauna, and protecting the headwaters of the watersheds, to minimise the effects of climate change.
Ollantaytambo bets on women's leadership
Thanks to the cooperation of the local government, private companies and schools, women of the Huilloc community are strengthening their leadership and participation in decision-making learning how to use technological tools, diversifying the artisanal offer with innovative products and assuming responsibility roles.
Going back to go forward
Thanks to ancestral traditional technique, the farmers in Ollantaytambo are creating sustainable solutions for agriculture in order to produce a greater variety of potatoes, avocado cultivation, and fruits such as strawberries, which were not previously available. This allows, not only a diversification in the locals’ diet, but also a wider offer for tourists.
Trusting young ideas
Ollantaytambo is relying on the students of Toulouse Latrec academy to face the crisis of Covid-19. The young professionals designed more than 70 tourist and commercial shops in Ollantaytambo during the pandemic. Additionally, the TLS students developed a complete proposal to strengthen the Ollantaytambo brand, which is being gradually implemented.