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Review of Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman
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Sacsayhuaman and Temple of the Sun Tour from Cusco
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour
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Private Tour: Half-Day Cusco City Discovery Tour
Ranked #2 of 174 things to do in Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 20, 2013

go it alone not with a tour as you will prbably only spend like 30 mins there, we spent 2 hours had a picnic surrounded by some llamas with the sun shining. the ruins are the best in cusco some of the stones are huge. also gives great views of cusco.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We spent about an hour at Sacsayhuamen as part of our half day tour of Cuzco. It was our first taste of Inca architecture and we were impressed by the scale. Access was easy and the climb up to the highest point was well worth it in order to enjoy the beautiful view over the city of Cuzco.

Thank LadyMolestrangler
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

After seeing a host of other Inka wonders one might think some rocks, big deal, if so you would be wrong. This place is serene.
As we walked the site there was a sense of peace. May sound kookie, but multiple people commented on it.
The amazing feat of what was done, when, and with such precision had us awestruck.

Thank Dbugmajor
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The general description in this site of what Sacsayhuaman is as a MILITARY FROTRESS. But, it isn't so. It was called a military fortress by the Spaniards whom had no idea of what they're looking at much less of what the building was all about. Sacsayhuaman was and still is an archeological wonder, the summit of architectural skills of the Inkas. They knew how to maneuver nature to their advantage. Sacsayhuaman was a very important complex that housed storage compartments where they kept provisions for the people in times of extreme necessities as it was also a religious ceremonial center. In the chronicles of one the first writers honoring the Inkas who's writings were forbidding by the "Holy Inquisition" - Pedro Cieza de Leon... with sadness and regret explains the beauty of what he had seen and the destruction he was being a witness too.. Sacsayhuaman as he tells it was the most grandiose sacred religious site where most of the year around great Inka ceremonies were performed and where the Inkas kept the most important momies and deities represented by them in gold, silver and precious stones. These treasures were ransacked by the Catholic Church titled them as demonic along with the greediest of Human kind back in those days the SPANIARDS.. When you visit the site you can still see the foundation of the round tower in the center of one of the sides of the fortresses stand. Here was where they kept the momies this tower was tall - high and stand over the entire complex... After it's destruction the stones were used to build the Catholic Churchs that now stand still around the entire city of Cusco. Since the last battle of rebelion fought by Tupac Amaru ll the last Inka whom almost won back the Inka Empire from the Spaniards but lost it to a treason, keptured, tortured and killed dismembered in the Plaza Mayor of Cusco - Wacaypata... Spain ruled free abolishing the citizenship of the Tawantinsuyo Inka people took away not only the land, it's riches but dehumanized them as well. The Catholic Church proclaim that these people weren't worth going to the kingdom of God because they were evil. Tupac Amaru ll was the last breath of freedom of the INKA EMPIRE... The TAWANTINSUYO it's RELIGIOUS CAPITAL CUSCO - Q'OSQO. (It means the center).

Thank tania2160
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

The quality of the stonework and scale of the complex makes it a must see. Very sad to see that the conquistadors, as usual, destroyed what must have been a great temple to force their own religion on the people. What remains is still impressive. The story of this structure as a symbol of (unsuccessful) revolt against the Spanish is also very interesting if sad.

Thank Andrew S
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