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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It looks like a fortress because of the immense stones of the walls, they make one imagine all the work that it must have meant at the time, and that they are still standing makes you think how... more »
Place with vast space to enjoy a short walk, the architecture is too beautiful, to think about the number of stones they used to build it and the perfectionism is incredible. View highly recommended. 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
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