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Sacsayhuaman, Cusco

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Marvel at the walls of Sacsayhuaman, an ancient fortified complex constructed of huge, megalithic stones. Although the wildly varying shapes and sizes of boulders used for the dry stone walls may give the impression of haphazard construction, each piece was carefully cut to fit tightly with the adjacent stones without the use of mortar. The Killke culture built the first sections of the wall around 1100 CE, and the Inca later expanded it further in the 13th century. Within the walls, explore the ruins of many buildings, storage rooms, a large plaza, and various sites of ceremonial or religious purpose. The complex sits at an altitude of 3,701 m (12,142 ft) and offers many commanding views of the surrounding mountains. The easiest way to visit is to arrange a tour from nearby Cusco. To visit Sacsayhuaman on your holiday in Cusco, and find out what else Cusco has to offer, use our Cusco vacation generator.
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  • Stunning and magnificent. You will be really impressed with these edifices. At the same time, also full of respect for the "architects"
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  • Excellent destination not to be missed. It is rest a few hours at the hotel before heading out to lessen the discomfort by height.
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  • You feel as if you're perched at the top of the world up here, above the already high altitudes of Cusco (I was not impacted by altitude sickness, but did feel the altitude here more than at any other...  more »