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Sacsayhuaman, Cusco

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Must see · Historic Site · Ruin
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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Cusco holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sacsayhuaman and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Worth a visit if you spend time in Peru. The Spanish destroyed some of the more important buildings but still lots to see. Bonus points to trek up there.  more »
  • Excellent place to visit a magical and amazing place and an excellent view of Cusco, I will be back soon  more »
  • Partially closed so all areas were not available. Cristo Blanco and nice view of Cusco. Cosco is a city of hills, stairs, lazy dogs and colorful ladies carrying llamas (for photos for 10 soles).  more »
  • Better to go with a guide. This area was the second important temple in Cusco. The temple for the Sun. Some stones here weight's over 900 tons, some structures shaped as Lama, Puma's head and more. Must visit. Free entrance.
  • Lugar hermoso! Beautiful place! Everyone must be visit this place. Is a ancient-energy-castle! The pictures speaks for itself
  • Advanced ancient precision stonework at this site. Unexplainable🎅🏼 For those who cut the rock, I salute you.
  • Awe inspiring location, mind blowing boulders! How did they get there and by whom? A place to reflect on the wonder of our human history. Highly recommended when visiting Cuzco.
  • Inca engineering is really wonderful, how to make all that structure with basic tools and using a lot of intelligence ... surprising wouu

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