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Welcome to Doña Catta Inn! Our Inn was founded in 2013 as Casa del Abuelo before being renovated and rebranded in 2018 as Doña Catta Inn. We are excited to host you at our property and be your home away from home in the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo.
Our lodge is a locally owned business with a strong family spirit. We will welcome you as a member of our big family and share with you our love and passion of the magical Andes, beautiful Ollantaytambo and of course mystical Machu Picchu. We are only 1.5 hours away from Cusco and we have amazing hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rafting that starts right from this town, Ollantaytambo.
Can you hear the train? Our hotel is the ideally located as your base in the Sacred valley and only an 8 minute walk from the Ollantaytambo train station. Hop on the train to Machu Picchu for an unforgettable 1.5 hour train ride along the banks of the Urubamba River.
Come stay with us and we will organize your activities including the most awe-inspiring treks in the mountains, visiting mystical Inka ruins, horseback riding, weaving, pottery classes, meeting local people and drinking our favorite local drink: chicha. We will help you visit the most off-the-tracks trekking and Inka spots of Ollantaytambo and attend the lively and amazing festivities in Peru! We are also happy to help you purchase your Machu Picchu tickets, arrange guides and make this an unforgettable visit for you.
Can you feel the energy of the Sacred Valley? Can you tell the difference of the pure air of our mountains? The flavors of our locally grown fruits and vegetables and our Peruvian gastronomy? Can you notice the quality of your sleep; the stars shine bright in this part of the world. This is Ollantaytambo!
Leave your worries at home and start wandering around in our safe town of Ollantaytambo: on your left the colorful craft market at the entrance of the fortress ruins or in the opposite direction, just 5 minutes walk, the main square lined with multiple small restaurants offering Peruvian gastronomy.
Practice your Spanish and chat with the beautiful compañeras with their characteristic dress, selling their pots of "choclo con queso" (steamed large kernel corn with Andean cheese) wrapped in their colorful mantas (textiles). A little bit further down the road is fruit and vegetable Market, full of life and vibrant displays of the local produces. Try the "maté": made daily fresh and brewed medicinal herbs to make you strong and healthy.
Contact us early and let us help you organize an unforgettable trip to Peru.
We look forward to meeting you and hosting you in our inn!
Our Hotel Amenities
- We can coordinate transportation and activities for you, Contact Us here
- Less than 3 minutes to the entrance to the Fortress
- 8 minutes from the train station
- Less than 3 minutes to the Plaza
- Free luggage storage for your trip to Machu Picchu before or after your stay.
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the property and rooms
- Free breakfast included, served from 7am-9am daily (eggs, bread, jam, butter, coffee, tea, fruit)
- 24 hour gas heated hot water showers
- Feather-down comforters in all rooms
- Staffed reception
Ollantaytambo (Quechua: Ullantaytampu) is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Perusome 72 km (45 mi) by road northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 m (9,160 ft) 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, and 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, located in what is called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca ruins and its location en route to one of the most common starting points for the four-day, three-night hike known as the Inca Trail.
Archaeological Site Ollantaytambo Was a site with many archaeological structures like astronomic observatories, administrate, agricultural and urban. Is a city with the remain of his Inca legacy, since this still keeps some of the constructions that were built by the Incas, and the natives are still using it like 400 years ago.
Origin of the name
Ollantaytambo comes from the Aymara voice Ullantawi, which means watchtower or observatory. Many years later Wiracocha Inca conquered Ollantaytambo, and send to build a Tambo or deposit where they keep all his food and products grow in the Andenes (Platform’s), therefore the name Ollantaytambo, which means The Tambo of Ollantay, who was a soldier, who comes to life on a theater play that was made around 1780.
The plot was that Ollanta, an Inca General who was in love of Cusi Coyllur, Pachacutec´s daughter. He was one of the bravest soldiers that the Inca Empire has, but he leave the city given that Cusi Coyllur was not from his same social condition.
He starts a rebellion against the Incas, which last for almost a decade. He was captured by Calcuchimac, a General from the Pachacutec Empire, and when went to Pachacutec, he explains his situation, and the Inca forgives him and accept that he and Cusi Coyllur get married.
Was a deity, like Wiracocha, a supernatural being, dress as an astronomic priest, with a stick of 4 parts, which represents the fourth cardinal points.
He was draw on the side of the Pinkuylluna Mountain; a very important place where the priest could observe the changes of the constellations and the movements of the Sun, the Moon and Venus.
Tunupa means creature from the nature, which protects the entire universe, and is located at the top of a tree, that represents nature in all his pure state.
That mountain was a reference point to elaborate the relation between Uku Pacha (the world of the present) Kay Pacha (the world of the death) and the Hanan Pacha (the world of the Sun, the one who rules).
FACTS: Coordinates: 13 ° 15'29 "S 72 ° 15'48" W Population: 11 225 Country: Peru Region: Cusco Province of Urubamba District Ollantaytambo Elevation: 2,792 m (9,160 ft) PET time zone (UTC-5)
WEATHER: During the months of September, October, November and December, you will experience a pleasant climate with a pleasant average temperature. • Most of the rains (rainy season) are observed in January, February, March and December. • Ollantaytambo has dry periods in May, June, July, August and September. • On average, the warmest month is September. • On average, the coldest month is July. • January is the rainiest month. This month should be avoided if you do not like the rain. • June is the driest month.