Ollantaytambo is potentially one of the most visually unnerving sites in Peru. When you look closely at this site, believed to be from the Incas and situated at an altitude of 2,792 meters above sea level, it becomes almost difficult to imagine that the Inca civilization, with its limited technical resources, could have built such a place.
Ollantaytambo was the royal hacienda of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire, and when he invaded the area, he founded the town and ceremonial center within it, according to the academy.
It is such an impressive and perfectly located strategic structure that it acted as a fortress for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the leader of the Inca resistance, during the Spanish invasion.
The area is now known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas and is a popular tourist destination. However, as we have addressed many times on our channel, how could a civilization build such amazing architecture at such a young point in history?
Also, why did they create any of these websites in the first place, and what reason might they have served? Some of the ruins found in Peru, especially at Ollantaytambo, make one wonder if they were designed for human use. If the gigantic stairs carved into the hillside were, for example, intended for human use, why were they built on such large scales?
According to legend, the Inca emperor Pachacuti “conquered” Ollantaytambo and the surrounding territory in the mid-15th century. All of this was included in his own assets.
The emperor then seems to have restored the city with extravagant constructions and to have expertly terraced and irrigated the Urubamba valley… Particularly remarkable, without any prior knowledge of these techniques…
The main settlement of Ollantaytambo has an orthogonal pattern, with four longitudinal streets intersected by seven parallel streets. A wide courtyard, accessible from the east and flanked on three sides by corridors and other blocks, is at the center of this grid. The northern part of the city has a wider variety of architectural designs.
Surprisingly, the amount of deterioration that has occurred over the years has made it impossible to assess the initial plans, perhaps suggesting its true age? Were giants ever able to use these massive cornice steps? Or perhaps it served a function near the old site of Morray?
This mind-boggling site had incredible intent, according to Morray, who also claimed to be an Inca.
He suggests that the creators of this huge building were horticulturists. They found that by building these raised ledges at precise angles to seasonal winds and heat, they could eventually acclimate plants that had not previously adapted to the atmosphere for several years.
Perhaps that was the intention of Ollantaytambo. Moray is loosely rooted in academia, and his presence, as well as his former purpose, are difficult to understand using current paradigms. And while they’re not giants, we think the sites were once just as spectacular.