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Sacsayhuaman

Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #6 of 89 attractions in Cusco
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The ruin complex of this military fortress is a superb example of Inca architectural skills since it was made of enormous carved limestone boulders... more » Owner description: The ruin complex of this military fortress is a superb example of Inca architectural skills since it was made of enormous carved limestone boulders (some weighing more than 300 tons each) that were fit together perfectly without the use of mortar. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Portola Valley, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This site is just outside of Cusco; you can hike up to it from the city quite easily. It is a good starter hike to get you used to the altitude if you plan to do some trekking. It provides a great backdrop of Inca building for your initial photos on your trip.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Loved the view from up top. Hired a tour guide from the checkin point where we paid for entrance (didn't know we had to pay- I think it was 70 soles per person for ALL 4 of the archeaological sites- sacsayhuaman, and 3 others). The tour guide kept saying, "como se dise?" So we fired her, nicely, after the tour... More

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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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134 reviews 134 reviews
44 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

This place is worth the hike or take a cab. Everyone really needs to see this before going to Machu Picchu. The stone work and the grounds are fantastic. Walk up the stairs from Cusco for a better experience - along the stream.

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playa samara
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

I didn't have a guide, so I didn't know much about what was going on. It was also a little bit expensive. It is a steep walk from down - it's a great idea to take a bus up to the highest of the 4 ruins and then walk down.

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Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Site close to the city of Cusco, one can easily view how construction was done. Part of the "boleto" which allows you to visit many sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Very tranquil and gorgeous view. I recommend seing it on your own time and not with a bus tour. It takes a few more minutes than they give to walk around and appreciate all that it has to offer.

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Paris, France
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

astonishing, the megalithic construction of wall astonished first Spanish soldiers, that continue to astonish every visitor - take a time to walk all around even climb the oposite hill to see it better - the best view is from sky, but that is only possible to ghosts of Inka...... Do not miss it it's hard to ptonounce = Sacsayhuaman =... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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91 reviews 91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

If you have the time, this place is an easy walk from the city center and you have a great view of the entire city. I think if you just do this one ruin, the price is about 45 soles - 70 soles if you want to do all four of the ruins. Sacsayhuaman is definitely the most interesting of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

These ruins are an amazing feat of engineering and it offers great views of Cusco. We went for one of the horseback tours offered on the way up. It sounds a bit suspect but we paid S/.45 each (we paid a tip at the end as well) for entrance to Sacsayhuaman (usually S/.90 each) and a three hour horseback tour... More

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Lima, Peru
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My second visit and maybe there will be a third one! the road is very good, I was lucky since the weather was very good. A tip, in my opinion, would be to visit the ruins after lunch, colors at the Sacred Valley are amazing at that time.

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