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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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  • Our visit to Sacsayhuaman was not to be missed. Our tour guide shared his knowledge of the history and building of this site.  more »
  • This Inca site is great and is a must if you are in Cusco, offering sweeping views of the city. Be careful about the people outside trying to sell you a cheap entry or a horse-ride, they are super dod...  more »
  • A special place, full of history. Masonry work is superb. Remember to go to the upper platform to get wonderful views of Cusco  more »