Right after landing in Cusco, we immediately went down to Sacred Valley. Since it is at a lower elevation than Cusco, we decided to stay a night at Ollantaytambo before going to Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor during the Inca Empire and has the famous Ollantaytambo ruins. The above picture is a picture of the town taken from the ruins.
Most of the stones here are laid down during the Inca era!
This photo is my favourite photo I took on the trip… the girls are so cute!
We stayed at Casa de Wow and
they gave us a map of the recommended restaurants in town.
For our first meal in town, we picked Puka Rumi… apparently, it has the best burrito! It’s located next to the entrance to Ollantaytambo ruins.
very rustic decor..
mate de coca (coca tea)… apparently this helps/prevents altitude sickness and this was my drink staple at every meal. Coca tea leaves are the source for cocaine base anhd it’s supposedly illegal in the US unless it’s decocainized. But hey! it’s legal in Peru and Bolivia!
Everyone knows that to prevent altitude sickness, you should avoid alcohol… but my alcoholic friend had to have a beer for lunch…
At this point, I was still having stomach flu so I shared a burger and burritos with my friends.
DIY burritos! Look at the generous spread of toppings!
I put so much toppings that I couldn’t wrap it!
my other friend ordered grilled alpaca…. surprisingly, this was really tender and was one of the foodie highlights… the green pea mash was pretty good too!
Even though we only stayed in Ollantaytambo for a day, it was one of the most memorable stays of the trip because I loved the small town Peruvian experience.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
next to the Ollantaytambo ruins