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Review of Pumamarca Ruins

Pumamarca Ruins
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We hiked from Ollantaytambo to Pumamarca. This trail takes you right through old terraces next to the watering system, by a waterfall, and offers great vistas.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Large historical site with variable stories depending on your guide
lots of stairs
nice views, some interesting history
active artisan market outside ruins

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We walked to Pumamarca from Ollantaytambo, following some directions we found on the internet. It was a lovely walk of approximately 2 hours, gently uphill, with great views and interesting sights on the way. No one at Pumamarca when we got there (around 10am), apart from one local man doing a bit of maintenance, and some friendly alpacas! Spent nearly an hour enjoying the views, the ruins, taking pictures etc and then walked back to Ollantaytambo for a late lunch. A perfect half day in sunny weather!

1  Thank ClareG213
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

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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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Our party of 4 (3 middle-aged siblings and 1 teenager) hiked to the ruins from the start of the trail with a guide. I am not sure how we would have found it otherwise. It was a beautiful hike, full of local color (farms, animals, residents) and lovely views. The ruins themselves were interesting, and there were only 2 other people there when we arrived. The solitude made it easy to contemplate its past history.

For those reviewers who note that this is an easy or moderate hike, my hat is off to you. I am in pretty good shape, and if Pumamarca were at an altitude I am accustomed to, perhaps it would be easy/moderate, but this was challenging! It was only our 2nd day in Peru, and we needed to rest every 100 yards or so. Still, it was definitely worthwhile.

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