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Sacsayhuaman

Portal de Panes 123, C. C. Ruisenores Oficina 206 | Plaza de Armas Cusco, Cusco 051, Peru
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Ranked #5 of 101 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
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Scotia, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Like some others who reviewed this, I went here alone. The US Dept of State warns against this as there are "roving gangs" who will rob you, sometimes while armed, and not to carry your passport or personal belongings while here. I was a NY State Police Lt for 32 years, am 58, and am not one to be intimidated,... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It is (relatively) easy to walk from town to this ruined Inca hill fort. A lot of the original stone has been used elsewhere for house building, but enough remains to see the extent of the structure. you need a pass to get in - either 70S to see just the fort, or 140S to see all things Inca in... More

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The walk up to Sacsayhuaman is quite scenic and good for photos. I didn't actually pay to go into the ruins and instead took a horseback ride ($30 US) to outlying area. I found it interesting and fun to photograph the llamas and alpacas around Sacsayhuaman.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We used this historical landmark to get our climbing skills warmed up and to get used to the altitude. It was amazing seeing and walking around the engineering and architecture that has survived for 600+ years. What a view of the city. Use a guide to get the most out of the experience!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

To me, every ancient site we visited in Peru was special in its own way and while maybe not as visually stunning as other Peruvian ruins, Sacsaywaman was still an important Incan site and the history here is something you can almost feel as you walk around. The remaining stonework is very impressive and there are lovely views of Cusco... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were prepared for the steep climb up and enjoyed the views. Loved seeing the huge walls and the slip n slide was fun. We needed to hire a guide but we couldn't negotiate a good price.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Another great ruin on my trip, the great problem you visit most these classic ruins all much the same be it wonderful and your very happy you visited all very enjoyable and on most peoples bucket list

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Fabulous site that really needs at least half a day to explore. Take a slow pace though because of the high altitude - it really does affect your breathing.

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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting ruin overlooking Cusco, and you can walk there from the city. You don't need to book a tour to get there, and you can pick up a guide when you arrive if you so desire. It does have an admission fee, so be forewarned, especially if you aren't doing the Sacred Valley circuit. It was... More

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I'll be honest I wasn't as excited about this place as I had been for some of the other ruins around Cusco. Maybe because it'd been talked up so much and because everyone that goes to cusco can get here as it's so close. Had just finished the Inca trail and Machu Pichuu the day before, so maybe was expecting... More

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