Sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman
4.5
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  • Julie T
    Queensland, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Inca site
    The hour or so we spent here was very worthwhile. It is amazing to see how incredibly precise the Incas were in their building - you couldn't slide a piece of paper between the huge granite blocks. A truly inspirational Inca site
    Visited June 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Kevin A
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cusco fortress
    June 2019: My travel buddy and a friend decided to taxi here one day during our stay in Cusco. Generally over exceeded our expectations. Vast and diverse; awe inspiring views. The fee S 70/ $ 21 was worth it though at first we were hesitant.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • lisajlb
    Westhoughton, United Kingdom1,476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive and worth a visit
    This is a huge place. We only had about 45 mins there on a trip. You need a guide to explain the story behind it. When you get to the top, which is an easy walk-up, the views are impressive This place was a multi-purpose venue for the INKAs, not a temple or Palace and to think the space was impressive
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite Good Photos of Sacsayhuaman - for Free
    We walked (slowly, very slowly) up to Sacsayhuaman as training for a trip at 5000 meters altitude tomorrow but didn't want to pay the 70 soles per person entrance fee. In a few days, we'll experience Machu Picchu itself, and there we'll surely satisfy our desire to see ancient Inca ruins. Instead, we walked over to the Cristo Blanco statue, 10 minutes from the entrance of Sacsayhuaman, where no entrance fee is required. On the way back from Cristo Blanco, we discovered that it was possible to get a good view of a part of Sacsayhuaman and take some quite good photos. Maybe worth considering?
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Bean-Buggles
    Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible masonry
    We arrived at this site along a path from the Cristo statue as we had our own car. Once we crossed the bridge and entered the site we could see the ticket booth to the right and the restrooms. A guide approached us anchored we negotiated a price. We learned all about this amazing site. There are alpaca and llamas around ‘mowing’ the grass, which adds to the charm. The size of the stones at this site are just massive and it is mind blowing to think they moved them without modern machinery. Highly recommend having a guide when exploring the site.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Em
    Berlin, Germany105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easily accessible from the city, offers a stunning view and some well preserved Inca ruins
    The sote provides a stunning view of the city, and features very impressive and well preserved walls. Like in many other sites in Peru, I wish there were more information provided throughout the site. Note that if you climb up by foot, you'll reach an entrance that lacks any billboards; the other 2, where the busses go, have them with some information about the site and a site map. I do recommand reading about it before you visot, so you could appreciate what you see. You could also get a guide, but this is not mandatory. Pro tip: Don't miss the cave! Very spooky, especially if you manage to get in there alone, without people chatting around you and breathing down your neck. Afterwards, reaching the Cristo Blanco viewpoint is easy, or even continuing to Q'enco (manageable by foot).
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 May 2024
  • Melissa H
    Denver, Colorado236 contributions
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    Breathtakingly beautiful
    My family and I hiked up the road and stairs to get to the entrance of what we later found out is a multi site park. After finding out there was at least another 30-40 minute (all uphill) hike to get to Sacsaywaman, we opted to hire a guide and driver. We relaxed on the steps to wait for our ride. Let me tell you, we are from Colorado and this altitude will kick you in the chest! Slow and steady with breaks is key). We were soon picked up by our taxi driver and Alfredo, our “English” speaking guide. He was a delightful gentleman who is very passionate about these historic sites. He informed us he is Quechuan and from a small mountain village. He lead us through Sacsaywaman explaining about the construction and meaning of all of the areas of the site. Some of the rocks that have been carefully carved to fit together so perfectly that you can’t slide a knife between them weighs 128 to 200 tons! The stones have all kinds of angles to make them earthquake proof. Quite a feat considering the stones were MOVED there from some distance. Amazing experience.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 May 2024
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,411 contributions
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    Sexy Woman
    The remains of this 15th Century fortress really showcase the superior building techniques of the Incas. The block & stonework is at the master builder level and despite being demolished by the Spanish after the siege of Cusco, parts remain as strong as when they were built over 600 years ago. The dry-stone walls cover several acres on the hilltop looking over the town proper. The title comes from our guide who pronounced it Saqsaywaman, as 3 syllables!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2024
  • Danny Hopkins
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I RECOMMEND THE CITY TOUR IN CUSCO, VERY GOOD
    I decided to book my tour with Terra Quechua Peru and I couldn't have made a better decision. From the beginning, your guide captivated us with his deep knowledge of Inca history and his ability to convey it in an enjoyable way. The visit to Sacsayhuaman was the highlight of the day. Walking among the impressive stones transported me back to ancient times, while listening to fascinating stories about the construction and use of this ceremonial fortress. I highly recommend this tour not only for the quality of the information, but also for the impeccable organization and the friendly treatment we received.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2024
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,456 contributions
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Feb 2020
I found myself in Cuzco one cloudy afternoon, after long journey (nearly three days of being on road) via London, Madrid and Lima. First things first, so before I went to take a look at famous Inca fortress I'd sorted out accommodation and transport for the next day. The fortress itself is located to the north of Cuzco's old town, about 20-30 minutes on foot from Plaza de Armas. The ascent to the site was quite steep and slippery. In ticket booth one can buy a ticket for Saqsaywaman only ( entrance to the site costs 70 soles which is around £23) or purchase collective ticket for Sacsayhuaman and another fifteen places (archaeological sites and museums in and around Cusco) in Sacred Valley, which is valid for ten or more days (depends on for how long one wanna stay in that area). This one cost 130 soles. I chose the latter option. Sacsayhuaman is quite big area including fortress itself with its three terrace walls , Rodadero Hill, and some other remains and ruins that can be found beyond the hill. Although Sacsayhuaman is called Inca Fortress it wasn't built entirely by Incas. The oldest, monumental parts of the complex were already there when Inca arrived to the plateau about 13th century. This oldest parts were dated by archaeologists to about 900 AD and connected to the Killke culture, which flourished in area around the Cuzco between 900 and 1200 AD . Inca simply expanded of what they found already in place. Citadel itself was probably built around 1100. Over two hundred years before Incas. Remains of temples beyond the hill are even older. The Incas kept the fortress in their hands for over two hundred years, expanding their empire in all directions, but mostly to the north and the south of the continent. Arrival of Spanish conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro in first half of 16th century put an end to the Inca empire. Sacsayhuaman fell and was used as a quarry until 20th century. While visiting citadel is good to have some rain jacket with, as the weather in the mountains can be tricky. Also, there's no toilets or any other amenities, therefore don't forget to take a water with you, it can be very hot there. There's a beautiful view of Cuzco from the Pukamuku peak with Cristo Blanco statue on, which is located to the east of the citadel. There are information boards all around the place so it is easy to find all those attractions.
Written 3 March 2020
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Brian R
Seattle, WA172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This place is a must-see when you visit Cusco. There are three additional sites that you have to pay for in the entrance fee for this site. The price is 70 Soles, at about $20. The engineering is impressive and perfect for ancient people. If for no other reason to see for your self what so many History Channel aka Ancient Alien shows mess up. No aliens didn't build it, people did. Also, the site is made of volcanic stone, not granite.

I took an Uber up to the site and then just paid the entrance fee, but if you wanted to visit all of the places, I would get a guide and a driver. If you go in alone, you can also hire a guide and driver at the site. There is a Christ the Redeemer statue nearby and the Cusco Planetarium that opens at 6 pm if you're visiting the site late in the day.

Don't forget sunscreen and water as there aren't many services here except bathrooms.
Written 5 January 2020
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johnlanebooks j
London, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
These dramatic Inca ruins sit just above the Imperial city and should not be overlooked. With respect to the altitude take a taxi up to the entrance and enjoy the easy walk back. The site covers several acres-take your time, forget the selfies, imbibe the spirit of the Incas. If you only have time to visit one of the ancient sites then pay 70 soles. However, with more time at your disposal better to pay S/.130. Pricey, but the higher rate will give you access to other sites over the next 10 days without further charge. Either way don’t miss this Inca fortress.
Written 10 January 2020
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Manuel Castillo
Bogota, Colombia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The cost of the entrance is 70 soles but I advise you to buy the tourist ticket that will also help you to enter other places such as Quenco, Pucapucara, Tambomacha and each one a different experience.
It is one of the most amazing buildings in the whole world. It is thought that it began to be built during the government of the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. It is believed that more than 20 thousand men worked on its construction.
Written 3 January 2021
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DavidCorder
Peyton, CO95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I really loved these temple ruins. The design and construction are beyond words and if you have a great tour guide understanding the history just makes the city of Cuzco a very special place. Take your time, sit, study digest the information and you will be changed.
Written 5 January 2020
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Tim W
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This may be the best of the ruins to visit from Cusco. The area is huge, allow 3-4 hours to explore everything. Bring lots of food and drink as there isn' much at the site in the way of this. I would recommend getting a guide so that you can hear the background story on what this site means and its history.
Written 9 February 2020
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saylemk125
California2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have been on many city tours and this was very incredible, I wanted to enter all the places but I understand that they must take care of their remains, but upon receiving the explanation of the guide I was very satisfied and impressed. the guide was very nice, patient and understanding. Learnt a lot about Peru and culture.
Written 10 February 2020
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kathinpa
Philadelphia, PA182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I'll admit that by the time we got to Cusco and saw Saqsayhuaman, we were hitting up against ruin fatigue. We had already stayed in the Sacred Valley for 4 nights and seen several other sites.

These ruins are somewhat different from the others, and there's less climbing than most (which is a bonus), but they weren't very impressive after having seen Machu Picchu & Ollantaytambo (both 5 star) and Pisac (4 star). Admittedly, we didn't have a guide here, but we didn't have a guide at every location. I'd rate this one 3 stars for the ruins alone, but 3.5 stars (if I could) due to the nice views & walk down to Cusco.

We took the took the advice of other travelers to take a taxi up to the ruins and walk down afterwards. Since we had purchased the 10 day Boleto Turistica, it cost us nothing more than the taxi ride (which was cheap – I think it was 10 soles < $3). Therefore, coming here was worthwhile for a relaxing easy walk and lovely landscapes. Since this was on a free day between some heavier hiking days, this was a nice choice. We walked around the ruins for about an hour, taking our time & enjoying the views.

We'd read that it was an obvious path down, but we must have missed it. No problem, since there are plenty of streets and sidewalks to follow, so you simply head down to get back into Cusco. Our route took us past Blanco Cristo along the road, and after some time on the road we took one of the pedestrian paths (stairs down the steep hillside). We had been staying in the San Blas neighborhood, which is just below the ruins, so it wasn't hard to find our way back. And it was nice to see some of the city that we hadn't previously. We passed through a nice pedestrian-only square in San Blas with shops & restaurants and had lunch. Our circuitous route took us about 50 min from ruins to that San Blas square, but I believe other paths would have been quicker.

By the way, our guide on previous tours explained how to pronounce Saqsayhuaman: Sexy Woman. Silly, but it helped.
Written 4 January 2020
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Travelbug291
Bribie Island, Australia923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Most of these amazing forts, temples leave me in wonder at how such massive stones were carved, carried and placed. Sacsayhuaman have the largest and most complex placement, some stones reported to weigh over 300 tonnes. The site, said to represent the head of a Puma is a work of genius. Three massive ramparts of zigzagging walls, interlock to withstand earthquakes and just about anything else.
Written 2 February 2020
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Jo P
Adelaide, Australia175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We came here during a half day tour of the sites around Cusco and it is very beauitful. It's amazing to see how the Incas carved the rocks so perfectly together and hearing the history behind it. Great views of Cusco too!
Written 23 January 2020
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