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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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  • How did the people build these structures is mind blowing? The largest is 250 tons and about the size of a small room in a house. They fit so perfectly too! 
    How did the people build these structures is mind blowing? The largest is 250 tons and about the size of a small room in a house. They fit so perfectly too!  more »
  • It was wonderful to arrive at Sacsaywaman, on arrival I felt a sense of tranquillity and peace, but when I lay down in the grotto of the moon it was something inexplicable. 
    It was wonderful to arrive at Sacsaywaman, on arrival I felt a sense of tranquillity and peace, but when I lay down in the grotto of the moon it was something inexplicable.  more »
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  • You need a tour guide to explain what is that you're seeing. Also you'll need plenty of time and energy the walk up hill is 20 minute long. Once you reach the site is worth the effort.
  • Enjoyed my visit to this historic place. Was emotional to be there. It's great to visit these ancient structures and remember the pomp of a bygone era. Marvelous rock works.

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