Online descriptions on how to find the start of the trail up to Pumamarca were conflicting/confusing so we booked a local taxi which drove us to the top of the mountain where there is a parking lot. From there it's a short, steep walk up the hill to the ruins. The ruins itself are very interesting with a number of structures to explore, and are home to 4 alpacas. Near the top of the site there's a perfect, flat rock where we sat and had a snack. The best thing about Pumamarca is the incredible views of the Sacred Valley. It cost 10 soles per person and the toll booth is at the foot of the mountain, so not sure how they collect this when you hike up. The drive up the mountain is a long, winding single-lane path and the entire drive took about 1/2 hour from the train station in Ollantaytambo.
Hiking down from Pumamarca is relatively easy as the path is in good condition and there is only one path down. When facing downhill, the path starts from the right side of the parking lot. If in doubt you can ask locals. The views throughout the hike are absolutely incredible. It took us about an hour and 40 minutes to walk down but we stopped to take lots of photos. You definitely need hiking boots - parts of the path are very rocky and narrow. At one point the path is a riverbed. The trail starts/ends in the tiny village of Munaypata. See pics showing the start of the trail if you plan to hike up.
We walked from Munaypata to Ollantaytambo which is about a 1/2 hour walk down a very dusty dirt road. I'm glad we only did it one direction - though the views on the walk were beautiful, our lungs were filled with dirt every time a car passed. If hiking up to Pumamarca, I'd suggest getting dropped off at Munaypata.
To get to the dirt road take Carretera Occobamba - there's a place called Mama Simona just before a bridge where the paved road becomes a dirt one. See pics.
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