Peru: Visiting Sacsayhuaman

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(Last Updated On: October 17, 2018)

Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites. Venture this morning to the outskirts of Cuzco to visit the amazing ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca architectural masterpiece. From this fortress enjoy fabulous views of the city below.

Sacsayhuaman sits high on the hillside above Cuzco, a constant reminder of the city’s glorious past as the center of the Incan world.

Sacsayhuaman Cuzco Peru - ExplorationVacation 2005-12-29_09_37_20%20Inka%20terracesThis Inca fortress has massive walls that zig-zag along the hillside, echoing the base of the mountains beyond.

Lucho Peru - ExplorationVacation P1010057%20LuchoWe are told that most of the fortress is no longer here, having been dismantled by the Spanish and hauled into Cuzco for use in various colonial structures. When the Inca held their ceremonies here, the walls towered three times higher than they do today. It must have been an awesome site.

Now it feels desolate and lonely. Even our large group seems to dissipate in the large open meadow at the base of the massive fortress.

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