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“always a pleasure -- early in the morning”
Review of Sacsayhuaman

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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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“always a pleasure -- early in the morning”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Avoid the crowds in the afternoon and head to Saqsayhuaman around 8am. You will definitely enjoy this stunning place. Walk around the ruins to enjoy a great view of Cusco, as well as the stone toboggans.

Visited June 2014
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Kings Stanley, UK
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“Great views!”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is a great site to visit and explore. The views of the city from the walls are fantastic. Get there early to avoid the haze and the crowds. And don't forget the statue of Christ.

Visited June 2014
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Sacsayhuaman Walls”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Saqsaywaman was once the capital of the inca empire, it is a huge wall structure located at nothern of Cusco, about 20 minutes from Cusco downtown at an altitude of 3.701 m. It played an important role during the the spanish invasion as it was used as a fortress by the incas against the spanish conquerors.

When our tour van set off to Saqsaywaman it was raining, our tour guide said that the rain was not good, and if it doesn't stop or lessen it wouldn't be possible to visit Saqsaywaman, but besides that that was our luck day, right after we arrived in Saqsaywaman the rain started to lessen and it almost stopped completely, but we bought a peruvian hat just in case and to keep our hair dry. We had no umbrellas, but the weather during the day was really nice so we didn't need one.

The Saqsaywaman walls are really massive, the view is amazing and mesmerizing, most of the stones used to build it are really huge, that makes you think how the incas were capable of cutting, polishing and stacking up these heavy stones. You can hear a lot of people conjuring conspiration and aliens theories to explain it. At a first glance, the place seems something fake, but once you get closer, have a better look and touch it, you realize how real it is and makes you admire even more what people are capable of achieving once they have a purpose and the right "motivation".

The are a total of three line of walls that spreads through a long part of the site, at the middle you can find a huge open area that is if often used in modern days to celebrate the annual winter solstice Inti Raymi inca festival.

The place is usually crowded with tourists with a lot of tour groups visiting the place at the same time, but will find lots of space to roam around, to have a better view of the walls you can go up the stairs of a steep hill oposite to the walls, and from the top amuse yourself with the stunning view of the entire site.

So, be sure to have Saqsaywaman in your trip plan.

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Visited August 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Take your time to enjoy this very beautiful site”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

I took a tour that included this site. I wish I had gone without the tour so that I would not have felt rushed. The site and views of Cuzco and surrounding mountains are amazing.

Visited June 2014
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Paterson, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is amazing. It's unbelievable how smart the incas were. Its incredible how good at engineering the incas were, even though they did not have the right tools back then. Our tour guide made us walk through a small underground tunnel, and mentioned that there is a big tunnel that connects Sacsayhuaman with the city. Many interesting myths exist from this place. Very peaceful place with so much to see.

Visited July 2013
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