Patallaqta is located at kilometer 88 of the railway linking Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu. Patallaqta has a semicircle form and is raised next to a huge mountain. Patallacta is located on the edge of Urubamba River, at the beginning of the Inca Trail. It is part of a group of very rich archaeological sites, such as Qente and Willkarakay . All of them located about 2,700meters above sea level. Investigators estimate that Patallaqta must had over a thousand people during the splendor of the Incas. The distribution of the town includes an administrative space and a large area used for agriculture with huge farming terraces.
- The archaeological site of Patallaqta can be seen from the train during the trip to Machu Picchu and on the Inca Trail route, which is the best place to enjoy.
To reach Patallaqta is necessary to cross the Urubamba River; there are several bridges for this, the most important one is located on kilometer to 84 of the railway, on the starting point of Inca Trail.Text & Photos by Iñigo Maneiro (www.bitacora.pe)