Ancient Ruins and Sacred Places Close to Tolemac House

Tolemac House is located right in the middle of the Inca Heartland and gives you easy access to some truly stunning locations.

If you’re interested in ancient civilizations and the impressive structures they left behind then this is a place you simply have to visit.

Machu Picchu gets most of the press but there are many other sites here that are almost as impressive and deserve your time and attention.

Here is a brief guide to most of the ancient ruins and sacred places that you can visit close to Tolemac House

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu needs no introduction. It really is one of the most spectacular locations on the entire planet.

The train station to Machu Picchu is in Ollantaytambo which is 30 minutes from Tolemac House in a taxi. The train takes 90 minutes to reach Machu Picchu village and then the bus up the mountain takes about 25 minutes. However, I would always recommend that you arrive at Machu Picchu village the day before you intend to visit the ruin.


Pisac is one of two spectacular ruins located in the Sacred Valley. The town of Pisac is about 50 minutes away in a taxi and it then takes about another 15 minutes to get to the top of the mountain where the ruin is accessed. The views of the surrounding valley are magnificent and the ruin is also an amazing complex to explore.


Ollantaytambo is just 30 minutes away by taxi. Although this is credited at an Inca ruin (and most of it probably is), there is one section at one of its highest point that is almost certainly pre-inca.

Be prepared to climb a lot of steps but the views over the town and surrounding area are mind-blowing.


Moray is believed to be an ancient agricultural laboratory built by the Incas, although it kind of looks like an ancient spaceport!

Moray is located in the mountains above Urubamba and can be reached by taxi in less than 30 minutes.


The stonework at Sacsayhuaman (pronounced similar to ‘sexy woman’) is the most impressive of all the ancient sites in the whole of Peru. It is credited as an Incan construction but a growing number of researcher believe that it is far older and possibly pre-iceage. Remnants of Atlantean civilisation perhaps?

The way these giant stones have been so precise;ly cut and placed together like a giant 3d jigsaw puzzle defies logic and imagination. This is truly one of the most impressive ancient monuments in the entire world.

Sacsayhuaman is located on the mountain above Cusco, which is just over an hour away in a taxi.


Of all the ancient Inca complexes around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Tipon is probably the least visited by tourists because it’s a little further out of the way. It’s believed to be another place that was at least partly built for agricultural experimentation but it also has a sacred water temple. If you get there early when it open then you’ll probably have the entire place to yourself!

It’s less than an hour from Cusco in a taxi and around 2 hours from Tolemac House.