Peru - Ollantaytambo Temple Hill

"Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail." (Wikipedia)

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(click to enlarge) Stairway on Temple Hill, leading to the religious center at the top.

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(click to enlarge) Finely cut and fitted stones (with lichen embellishments) in a structure at the top of Temple Hill.

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