Ollantaytambo’s vibrant fiestas are a sight to behold, particularly the Festival of the Cross, Corpus Christi and Ollantaytambo Raymi (generally on the Sunday after Cusco’s Inti Raymi), and at Christmas, when locals wear flowers and decorative grasses in their hats. On the Fiesta de Reyes, around January 6, there’s a solemn procession around town of the three Niños Reyes (Child Kings), sacred effigies, one of which is brought down from the sacred site of Marcaquocha, about 10km away in the Patacancha Valley, the day before.

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