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2 kilómetros al norte de Cusco, Cusco, Peru

Sacsayhuaman Cusco Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Saksaywaman Jul 26, 2016
Saksaywaman is a beautiful citadel above the town of Cusco. It is actually the real capital of the Incas, and Cusco was just the town under it. Monolithic stone walls are mostly all what’s left of this massive town. Stones used are so big, that it shows incredible skill and ingenuity of the Inca’s. Once a year there is a big celebration between this walls, but I missed it this time. To get to the citadel you can ride a car, go with the bus, or walk crazy number of stairs. I did walk but on the way down and you can see the way that fortress is built, with many terraces and great walls. This place is extremely expensive for what it is, but until there are tourist that don’t have anything else to do…
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starship1 starship1
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Sacsayhuaman - Temple or Fortress Apr 16, 2014
One sight not to be missed while visiting Cusco is "Sacsayhuaman" sometimes written Sacsaywaman which is just a scant mile away from the center of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman was a huge Inca complex and a remarkable feat of engineering of which only a portion remains today. Sitting at an altitude of about 12,000 ft., it is difficult to grasp the enormity of the complex, as well as the overall structure and shape without seeing an aerial shot of this archaeological wonder.

Built by the Inca about 1431 - 1508, it perplexed the Spanish conquerors, as perhaps it does the visitors of today, just how the enormous stone blocks, especially those which form the 3 zig-zag stone terraces of the section called the fortress, could be moved into place and fitted together with such precision that you cannot fit even a knife or blade of grass between the stones. Look closely to examine the construction of the walls. The invading Spanish not only discounted the ingenuity of the Incas' engineering capabilities and the worthiness of their culture, their mindset was to destroy everything of Inca origin in their path. Thankfully for us, the Spanish were not totally successful and some of the Inca work such as Saqsaywaman does survive to this day.

Sacsayhuaman was called the "House of the Sun" by the Incas and the festival of "Inti Raymi" still takes place here every June 24. But the Spanish conquistadors considered the complex a fortress more than a ceremonial structure. There are 4 sections: the 3 zig-zag, terraced wall section, the Chuquipampa Square or main plaza section, the Towers and Suchuna Hill sections. Sacsayhuaman was certainly an important military position when Manco Inca fought to retake the city of Cusco from the Spaniards in 1536. As with so many other Inca sites, the Spaniards dismantled much of Sacsayhuaman to use the stone in their own building ventures.

All of Sacsayhuaman can be climbed and explored but on foot only. Climbing to a higher level will not only get you a better view of the complex but also yield a very good view of the sprawling city of Cusco. Our guide explained that the Imperial City of Cusco, which included Sacsayhuaman, was laid out in the pattern of a puma -- one of the 3 levels of Inca spiritual life: the condor - above the earth; puma - on the earth; the snake - below the earth. This pattern or diagram can be seen on a map that is available from the tourist office in Cusco although it may be hard to get one.

As with many of the most special sites in and around Cusco, admission to Sacsayhuaman can only be gained with the purchase of a Boleto Touristico (tourist ticket). Only a full admission ticket (valid for 10 days, or the partial circuit ticket admitting entrance to specified sites which includes Sacsayhuaman and the sites of Q’enko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara which is valid for 1 day) is acceptable.
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german_eagle says:
Wow, absolutely impressive.
Posted on: Feb 20, 2017
starship1 says:
Thanks, Albert. Just this morning still trying to edit this review.

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wabat says:
Excellent review Sylvia.
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TheNomad TheNomad
5 reviews
Sacsayhuaman Aug 18, 2011
Its not as dramatic as Macchu Picchu or sacred valley but it def a place to see. The taxi ride from the city will cost you $10 which is a great deal cause its kinda far up the Mountain. There were multiple rainbows and they all touched down there in the hills. Great experience overall.
davidx davidx
564 reviews
Almost incredible architecture Dec 09, 2010
I say ALMOST incredible because I don't seriously doubt that this was a genuine Inca site, although the size of the stones and the way they join at unusual angles but without any gaps between them don't suggest that they were erected before the age of machinery. Apparently some of the Spanish Conquistadores believed that it was the work of demons. Yes, well - - .

Sacsayhuaman ('Sexy woman' as it has often been called by English speakers) was unquestionably used as a fortress for one of the greatest and last battles between the Spanish and the Incas but the architecture suggests that this was not its original purpose. It was more likely a ceremonial site.
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alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
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gigantic stones make up fortress walls Nov 25, 2008
We took a cab to the ruins on top of the mountain behind Cusco. These ruins are different from the others we’ve seen because they are made of HUGE stone blocks. The fortress was much larger in Incan times, but Spaniards, and later the locals, used the large stones as their own quarry. Only the largest stones remain. The largest stone is about 8.5 m high! It is amazing to see such large stones fit so well together. They are all cut, but not into squares or rectangles like most stonework. These are giant, multi-sided stones that can have 4-8 sides or more and are generally not at right angles to each other. The stones form three tiered walls.

From the top of the ruins, you get an incredible view of Cusco from above. You can see the Plaza de Armas, Qoricancha, Pachacutec Monument, a few stadiums, and millions of rooftops. You can also see the big Jesus cross on the next hilltop (and walk there fairly easily). The large grassy area is perfect for a picnic or soccer game, several, in fact. Across the field is an awesome rock outcrop that you can walk around. It is supposed to be a nice place to watch the sunset, but it was cloudy so we couldn’t see anything.

Several local women sell their crafts near the entrance or you can pay to take a picture with a llama. Cabs gather at either entrance so you should have no problem getting a ride back. You can also walk down a sort of steep path 2 km back to the city. These ruins are included on the Cusco ticket.
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