The Pinkuylluna Incan Storehouses Ollantaytambo are located on the hill overlooking the North-East side of the town of Ollantaytambo. This short but steep climb takes between 30 minutes to an hour each way depending on your level of fitness and is well worth it for the spectacular views of Ollantaytambo town and the Incan ruins.
It is believed that the storehouses (Qollqa in Quechua) were built in the 15th century by Incan emperor Pachacuti to store grain produced in the surrounding agricultural terraces. The storehouses were built at high altitude to both preserve the food (more wind and cooler temperatures) and to protect their food stores in the case of attack.
This hike is a nice way to spend a few hours and get a spectacular panoramic view of Ollantaytambo. Pack a picnic and a bottle of water, find yourself a window ledge in one of the storehouses and soak up the view.
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- Be warned! Only attempt this hike if your knees and back are in good working order as it is a steep climb.
- To find the trail to begin this hike, walk down Lare Street away from town. About half the way down on the right hand –side you will see a narrow set of stairs where the walk begins.