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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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  • We spent a week touring with South American Peru Tour and our guide Coco was the absolute best! He was extremely knowledgeable! 
    We spent a week touring with South American Peru Tour and our guide Coco was the absolute best! He was extremely knowledgeable!  more »
  • This site is so easy to reach by foot from Cusco! Even after seeing Machu Picchu, it's still very impressive. We opted not to use a guide, but we probably would've gotten more out of it if we had... 
    This site is so easy to reach by foot from Cusco! Even after seeing Machu Picchu, it's still very impressive. We opted not to use a guide, but we probably would've gotten more out of it if we had...  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.

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