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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. 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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  • My wife and I marveled at the sheer size of the Incan ruin and wondered how they built this enormous complex with its massive stones. We enjoyed walking around the grounds taking in the sites... 
    My wife and I marveled at the sheer size of the Incan ruin and wondered how they built this enormous complex with its massive stones. We enjoyed walking around the grounds taking in the sites...  more »
  • If you are in Cusco take your time to visit Sacsayhuaman, you will love it! before you visit the site make sure to hire a tour guide so you will have a better understanding why the site was build for....  more
    If you are in Cusco take your time to visit Sacsayhuaman, you will love it! before you visit the site make sure to hire a tour guide so you will have a better understanding why the site was build for....  more »
  • We took an early taxi up from our Cusco hotel to the start point, avoided the bus tours and the heat. It's a really interesting site with much to look at. Also Alpaca's are wandering free which is... 
    We took an early taxi up from our Cusco hotel to the start point, avoided the bus tours and the heat. It's a really interesting site with much to look at. Also Alpaca's are wandering free which is...  more »
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  • Stunning views over Cusco. Quiet. Peaceful. I loved being. It was definitely worth the seventy sol (seventeen US dollar) admission.
  • It says 14 minute walk and I'm not sure whose stride they were taking into consideration but, it was a killer walk. The elevation got me but it is beautiful at the top.
  • Pretty incredible. We got around fine without a tour guide but maybe it would've been nice to know a bit more about what we were looking at. The guides normally hang near the entrance of most historical sites and offer to take you around for a fair price.
  • Some of the biggest rocks I've seen to make walls. Not sure it's worth getting a guide (for 30 soles), but they'll point out the sun gate and the most impressive rocks. There was a battle between the Spanish and the Incan here, so it's maybe worth reading up about that.
  • If you stop to think about it. The simetry over this place is absolutely stunning. And yeah, you're not tripping. You can actually feel the energy all around.

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