Saywite

Saywite, Abancay: Address, Saywite Reviews: 4/5

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Curahuasi, Abancay 03101 Peru
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acorna
Vilnius, Lithuania4,304 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2019
However, without a good and informed guide, it is just a large carved stone, some Inca ruins and nice views to admire. To have full visit, either read prior to going or go with a guide. Otherwise large part of a visit will be lost. The info boards on site are in Spanish only.
Written November 16, 2019
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JAC-B-321
534 contributions
Inca town planning
Oct 2019 • Friends
A quite place with few tourists. An amazing example of Inca town planning in a tranquil location. Great views too.
Written October 27, 2019
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Jackie T
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Very interesting but still a bit of a mystery.
Aug 2018 • Family
We visited the site of Saywite from Curahuasi, about 40 minutes away by car. There was a local guide / security man there who was able to tell us about the carved stone and the water irrigation system. He didn't speak any English so it was a good thing I could translate for my family. There was a lot more to see, quite a long walk beyond the flight of steps, but our children had done enough that day so we didn't go any further.
Perhaps it was our guide's lack of knowledge but it seemed to me that there is a lot more archaeological investigation to be done at this site to fully understand what it was all about. He said that there are underground caves, perhaps full of Inca treasures, but no one has been able to explore them yet. A great story to capture the imagination of our 12 year old son!
Written October 16, 2018
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Travellover1978
Messina, Italy218 contributions
Very interesting place
Feb 2018 • Couples
This place is located at about an hour from Abancay, the carved monolith is still an enigma for archaeologists and there are a lot of hypotesis about it. Anyway it's interesting and we didn't pay anything to get in. Please note that there are no guides or description of the stone. Unfortunately there's a high fence around the stone so you can't get close to it. The views of the valley are stunning.
Written March 13, 2018
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John L
London, UK132 contributions
Make time for this.
Feb 2018 • Friends
About an hour out of Abancay, 30kms, on the road to Cusco. Entrance charge S/.10.00 and the 'gatekeeper gives a brief introduction. The initial feature is a massive rock 'map', somewhat damaged and eroded but still depicting the Inca compass, condors and wildlife. There are adjacent ruins and from the central vantage point can be seen further more distant ruins - at this juncture set your imagination to auto and reflect.
Written February 12, 2018
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Roving_Correspondent
La Rochelle, France114 contributions
Seriously cool hydrological engineering plan map
Sep 2017 • Business
In a region with LOTS of Inca ruins, the key reason for visiting THIS one is the scale hydrological model of the valley -- it is truly astounding to consider that the Inca could conceptualise -- without modern survey equipment -- an entire hydrological basin! Otherwise there is not much to look at here.
Written December 3, 2017
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IrishMD
Dublin, Ireland208 contributions
Fascinating carving
Jun 2017 • Friends
There are so many aspects to Peru that I was completely ignorant of before my trip and this huge carved stone was one of them, along with the ruins behind it, giving you a great view of the surrounding area. You can almost imagine what it was like to live here hundreds of years ago.
Written October 6, 2017
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Shanzoz
Australia26 contributions
Beautiful valley and interesting stone
Jul 2017 • Couples
You can catch a colectivo to Saywite for around S.10 from Abancay, just ask a taxi to take you to the colectivo stop for Saywite. Or you can catch a cab all the way up for around S.30. The trip takes about an hour and is a beautiful way to see the valley, if not a little hair raising with the large trucks, hairpin corners and 500ft drop on one side of the road.

The stone was very detailed and quite amazing to see, especially as you are allowed to go right up close to it. It cost S.10 for adults and S.5 for students - my ISIC card worked fine here. There are no guides or description of the stone so read up on the history before you go. The views of the valley are stunning. There are some extra ruins around the area which are easy enough to walk to, shouldn't take more than 10mins or so.

There aren't any taxis waiting to take you back so best bet is to hail one from the main road (approx 30min walk from the stone) or even better, ask if the driver who takes you up can wait for you if you pay a bit extra. The sight itself doesn't take long to walk around.
Written July 28, 2017
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matt h
Winchester, TN212 contributions
very cool monolith, difficult to access
Jan 2017 • Friends
The main attraction of the site is the monolith, and that alone is well worth the visit. The only other ruins we saw was the smallish pyramid next to it, and another smaller one down the valley that we didn't hike to.

The difficult part is getting there. We didn't get a tour guide or dedicated taxi, but found a bus from Abancay to Cusco that was willing to basically stop and toss us out the door (about 75 minutes drive on bus). Finding the monolith was the next challenge, because they dropped us off about 5km away, but we finally found someone to point us the right way. After seeing it, walked back to the highway, and spend about 20 minutes trying to flag down a taxi to take us back to Abancay, ended up sharing it with a total of 8 people (even crammed people in the trunk), but that made it cheap!

So if you're in Abancay and feeling adventurous, go for it!
Written January 20, 2017
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Kusi Selma
Lima, Peru43 contributions
Fantastic!
Aug 2014 • Couples
The fantastic place that I am about to describe is located in Abancay the capital city of Apurimac. Approximately its distance is around 45 km from Abancay.
I found it pretty interesting because it has different archeological remains. It has a monolith that due to its importance was put into circulation in a collection of Peruvian coins.
This huge place not only has that monolith but other attractions that have an important archeological interest. It is said that it was regarded as a religious area.
If you go not only visit this amazing stone, if you walk a bit further you will find as I described previously more interesting remains.
Written January 11, 2015
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