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Notes on the Geography of Peru: Ollantaytambo: Photo 5

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We're standing on top of the terraces and looking over the town of Ollantaytambo, which lies at the confluence of the Urubamba and Patacancha. There's lots of tourist stuff for sale in those light-colored sheds, and beyond that there's the old--meaning Inca-old--settlement of Ollantaytambo, colloquially simply Tambo. Again there's an irony, because the Inca burned down the town that the Tambo themselves had built. The Inca then proceeded to build another town on the site. Today, it's the best preserved of all Inca towns. It takes some nerve to call the place Tambo, don't you think?

Time to overcome our natural aversion and go join the mob down there at the bottom.

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