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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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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.
us by giant stones in wall
trapezoidal door
11 cornered (giant) stone
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