Ollantaytambo: looking beyond the rock piles

At the end of Perú’s sacred valley lie massive terraces towering above the town of Ollantaytambo.

Olantaytambo, Perú

Fortress, experimental planting center, hangout for the elite, it reflects the Inca’s awesome organizational skills.


But, again, the fun begins with details at the bottom: megalithic carving and stonework.

The incas carved flat surfaces and interior corners into solid rock with copper chisels? I don’t think so.


And at the top, more distinctly megalithic remains. Note the monster monolith, upper right.


C’mon now, give me a copper chisel and I’ll show you how it’s done!


Towards the top, an amazing wall of six  monoliths, generally attributed  — without a shred of evidence — to the Incas.

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
Photo: Chester Jagiello

Here you can get an idea of the size of the rocks. And see that mountain in the background? That’s where they were quarried — somewhere the other side of it.

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Here’s a closeup, a section perhaps a meter high. And the relief to the right is not a design, insisted Stephen Mehlen, one of many interesting people along on the tour.  Purely functional. How? Probably in a way an Inca with a copper chisel would be hard-pressed to explain.

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Think energy, vibration, frequency….

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  1. I never went to Ollantaytambo. Spectacular site, especially as I now see it through your learned eyes.

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