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Ollantaytambo Town Fountain of Youth Fuentes de la Juventud Tours Peru

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Published on May 11, 2011

www.TOURinPERU.com learn more about our travel packages. Ollantaytambo Fountain of Youth Fuentes de la juventud. The four winds sculpt the cypresses into wild forms in the Valley of Ollantaytambo. Located between Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, this ancient site the Valley of Ollantaytambo was fashioned completely in stone by man using only stone. Limestone was carved with basalt, balsalt carved with porphyry, porphyry with granite and ... and you get the picture. The locals live at an altitude of 3,600 meters and not far from is the sacred fountain of youth where if you drink the water you will live to be 110. 3 Reasons We Really Like it: 1 It's magical the wonder of mans determination to build and leave he's mark Ollantaytamobo Fountain of YOuth 2 It's ancient and still baffles the minds of engineers today. 3 Hello, there's a FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH !
Ollantaytambo and the fountains of youth
Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail.
History

Around the mid-15th century, the Inca emperor Pachacuti conquered and razed Ollantaytambo; the town and the nearby region were incorporated into his personal estate.Protzen, Inca architecture, p. 19. The emperor rebuilt the town with sumptuous constructions and undertook extensive works of terracing and irrigation in the Urubamba Valley; the town provided lodging for the Inca nobility while the terraces were farmed by yanaconas, retainers of the emperor.Protzen, Inca architecture, p. 64. After Pachacuti's death, the estate came under the administration of his panaqa, his family clan.Protzen, Inca architecture, p. 27.

During the Spanish conquest of Peru Ollantaytambo served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the native resistance against the conquistadors. He fortified the town and its approaches in the direction of the former Inca capital of Cusco, which had fallen under Spanish domination.Protzen, Inca architecture, p. 26. In 1536, on the plain of Mascabamba, near Ollantaytambo, Manco Inca defeated a Spanish expedition blocking their advance from a set of high terraces and flooding the plain.Protzen, Inca architecture, p. 23. However, despite his victory, Manco Inca did not consider his position tenable so the following year he withdrew to the heavily forested site of Vilcabamba.

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