Sacsayhuaman, Cusco

4.7
#2 of 484 in Things to do in Cusco
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.
Create an itinerary including Sacsayhuaman
map
Related Tours to Book
View more tours
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
10,334 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • August 16, 2017
    Our initial visit here was for the Inti Raymi festival which was awesome! We came back a couple of days later to learn more about it and were very glad we did.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The part of the site which merit interest lies side Cusco. We see a long zig zag wall built with huge Rocky blocks of several tons. It still stuns in front of these buildings and one wonders how the Incas were able to superimpose the boulders on each other.
    View original
  • August 16, 2017
    This is one of the larger and more interesting sites. Very easy to get to if staying in the old town of Cusco. Can simply walk or take a taxi. Allow 2 hours for the visit, you will also see plenty of ...  more »

Plan your trip to Cusco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Cusco

One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Cusco by other users

60 days in South America BY A USER FROM SPAIN January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Cusco BY A USER FROM PERU September, culture, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in South America BY A USER FROM PERU September, culture, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Peru BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Cusco BY A USER FROM PERU September, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Peru BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Peru BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Peru BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS March, kids, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Peru BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Peru BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Peru BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans