Cusco: Ollantaytambo Giant Steps and Inca Fortress

Giant steps and Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo near Cusco, Peru

Inca fortress and agricultural terraces

Ollantaytambo Inca fortress
The image shows the fortress of Manco Inca Yupanqui (1515 – 1544) where he defeated the Spanish Conquistadors in the famous Battle of Ollantaytambo. Manco Inca was the Inca resistance leader and the Inca Emperor. He happened to be another brother of Atahualpa, the last independent Inca Emperor, and the puppet leader the Spanish installed after killing Atahualpa. Manco Inca eventually realized Spanish treachery and revolted against them. He then created a new Inca Empire and defeated the Conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro’s half-brother Hernando Pizarro at the Ollantaytambo fortress. When Hernando Pizarro arrived at the fortress with his cavalry and the native soldiers, Manco Inca flooded the plain below the fortress forcing Hernando’s cavalry to retreat. The Spanish returned with greater force and eventually took over Ollantaytambo and Manco Inca retreated to the forests.

Related Pages
Machu Picchu, Inca Civilization, Ancient Cultures of Peru, Cusco, Lima, Peru

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