Our hotel in Ollantaytambo is basically on the train platform. It has been quite interesting to watch the constantly changing scene of people, trains, cars and buses. Every trip out brings vast changes.
At times the street and platform are totally quiet, devoid of all people and traffic. At the other extreme is pure chaos of trains, buses, taxis, street vendors, police, conductors, locals and tourists. The morning starts at 5am with the adventure tourist crowd headed to Machu Picchu and the arrival of the street vendors and local workers.
A lull follows until the trains start to arrive from Cusco. Suddenly the street is full of porters humping huge packs of gear up the road and piling it on top of buses. Tourists hiking the Inca trail send their baggage on to Aguas Calientes and I can only gather that this is the first stage for the baggage trip.
The early and late trains are full of young backpackers, staying in hostels and carrying all their possessions in a backpack. The more well to do sleep in hotels, take a train after sunrise and have others carry their baggage should they choose to hike. I admire the former, but find myself at present appreciating te fact that I can make the hike without schlepping a huge pack.
The Hotel itself is quite lovely. It has 16 large and comfortable rooms, though I would try to avoid the rooms directly facing the train tracks. The restaurant is one of the best in town, and a made to order breakfast is included. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the heart of town, but is very convenient to the train station.