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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  • Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman in some guide books) is a huge rock formation created by the Incas as a military fortress and astrological site. This place is massive! Made of 3 zigzagging terraces 985...  more »
  • It's such a fascinating site. Huge grounds to roam around and simply embrace the ambience. The ruins gives an insight to the Inca culture that was....years ago. Lots of history and if only I could.....  more »
  • About an 1-2 hours to wander around, take your time and marvel at the stone work, structures, architecture. This site shouldn't be rushed. Great city views, and add on the walk/gentle climb to Jesus.....  more »

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