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December 13, 2021 – Ollantaytambo, one of the best tourism villages.

Cusco has countless places to visit. Once you are in this region, you will be out of time to discover all the charms and attractions it has for adventurous tourists, travelers who love history and culture, and apart from globetrotters who want to disconnect from the city and find peace in the nature.

Ollantaytambo

It is so amazing to tourism in Cusco that different locations receive nominations and awards by different world entities linked to traveling. The last on receiving a commemoration was Ollantaytambo, which was elected among the best tourist villages by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

During the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization held in Madrid (Spain), it was announced – with the corresponding honors – the villages that stand out for being outstanding models of how being sources of opportunities and engines for the sustainable development from tourism. In total, 170 cities of 75 different countries applied for the title, and the Cusco village of Ollantaytambo was one of the 44 cities selected to be part of this prestigious list.

The criteria for the election of the best tourist villages were the number of cultural and natural resources, the promotion and conservation of cultural resources, the economic, social, and environmental sustainability, the tourist potential and development and integration of the value chain, the governance and prioritization of tourism, the infrastructure, the connectivity, and the health and safety.

Visit Ollantaytambo

This fortress or ceremonial center is considered a treasure for the architecture and engineering. In the past, it worked as a military center due to its strategic placement, apart from being a religious and agricultural location by spotlighting its rocks platforms built at more than 4-meters height.

The village is located in the province of Urubamba, at 80 kilometers of the city of Cusco (you can arrive there in one hour, approximately, by taxi or train) and is constantly visited by tourists who are on their way to the Historical Sanctuary of Machupicchu. In Ollantaytambo, you will also find remains of the village that, despite the time, still preserves houses, streets, and transit channels from the Tahuantinsuyo era.

Ollantaytambo is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can do the journey in group with a tourist guide that lasts around two hours. Do not forget to visit the interior of the Temple of the Sun or the Ñusta Font. These attractions are breathtaking.

 

Interesting fact

From the 44 cities selected as the best tourism villages, only 6 are from South America. In such way, Ollantaytambo is also listed as the best tourism village of the continent.

Sources: WTO / Pulso Regional

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