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Pumamarca Ruins

Patacancha Valley, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Patacancha Valley, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a lovely hike from Ollantaytambo to the Pumamarca ruins. The scenery was beautiful with granite cliffs, agricultural terracing, and farms along the way. The directions we found online were pretty good, but note the house at the turnoff is currently...More

1  Thank kcit2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a very scary horseback ride to these ruins. In fact my horse went down in a stream as we were crossing over one tiny stone slab. The horseback ride up from Ollantaytambo is not for the faint of heart for sure. FYI everyone...More

1  Thank susantiedemann
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked from Ollantaytambo to Pumamarka. A beautiful hike and a beautiful site. This site was built to resemble a puma's head. A part of the wall was built in a zigzag way to resemble the teeth. Pretty amazing as I have never seen something like...More

Thank reikiflowcsilla
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We hiked 6 miles up hill to visit, a challenging hike but well worth it, great views, walking through terraced fields gives good persepective on farming. Thr ruins temsleves are ok, interesting enough to make the hile worth it.

Thank Motke48
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Towards evening we went up there and view was spectacular! Saw lots of families coming and going there to the top

Thank Blacksmith12
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

We went with our four children aged 14, 12, 8 and 6. We were driven to just beneath the ruins and we walked down to Ollantaytambo using the original Inca trail. The Pumamarca ruins are lovely and hardly visited so you may have the place...More

1  Thank Herman V
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

It's a super beautiful and very easy half day hike which almost no tourist knows. Highly recommend! We got an excellent description from one of the lodges in Ollantaytambo. Please see photos attached.

Thank Steffi D
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Writing this as warning on taking the trail, not road, behind the red house up to the ruins. I had read about the trail and a local pointed it out to me on my way walking up the road. I had some vague directions off...More

1  Thank faaradar
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Visited this site on a private horseback tour arranged by La Casa del Abuelo. Very inexpensive, heavenly 4hrs excursion through eucalyptus groves, fields with bulls ploughing and Peruvian little ladies watching over sheep. Totally Zen! A must, even if you don’t speak Spanish, as the...More

4  Thank ginsengNewYork
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The round-trip hike to the ruins of Pumamarca takes about 4-6 hours from Ollantaytambo on a moderate, steadily climbing trail. The ruins of Pumamarca sit on a hillside overlooking the convergence of the Río Patacancha and the Yuracmayo or White River. The well-preserved site was...More

1  Thank dcr1837
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Hi kishAnSL. Why would you not go by road to Punamarca Ruins? I thought of taking taxi to within a half hour walk so as to have more time.
18 February 2017|
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Response from Fernando M | Reviewed this property |
That's fine. It should be a nice walk. But do leave some time and energy to go up the hills and terraces, which is a steep climb. From up there, there are also trails to hike around.
If we arrive in Olly at 11am, what time is the latest we should attempt to go down i.e. what time does the sun set and it's dark out?
18 September 2015|
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Response from diana r | Reviewed this property |
i think it is a bit late to start, given that the days are shorter. You will miss the best time of day on the trail. Best to over night then walk up from town centre.