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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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  • Cool but maybe it’s better with a guide, I liked that they have some llamas chilling over there. The view was beautiful. But there is better sites 
    Cool but maybe it’s better with a guide, I liked that they have some llamas chilling over there. The view was beautiful. But there is better sites  more »
  • Impressive piles of huge stones unless you come with a guide or a tour. Plaques in the historic park only state the name of the location/exhibit in Quechua, without anything relevant interpretive... 
    Impressive piles of huge stones unless you come with a guide or a tour. Plaques in the historic park only state the name of the location/exhibit in Quechua, without anything relevant interpretive...  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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