Ollantaytambo is located around 80 km. NE of Cuzco, at an altitude of 2.800 meters above sea level.
The origin of the name has different approaches.
In Aymara language -Aymara and Quechua were both spoken by the Incas- Ollantaytambo comes from the word ulla-nta-wi, "place to look downwards", the word tambo was added subsequently.
In Quechua language instead, the name comes from the word Ollanta (Inca captain) and the word tambo, a Spanish derivation of the Quechua word "tampu", which means city that offers lodging and food for travelers.
Ollantaytambo became widely known due to a written drama from 16th. century that was represented on theater in 1780.
A love-drama story between general Ollanta (one of the Incas most famous warriors) and Cusi Coyllor, Pachacutec's daughter
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