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Komator
Barcelona, Spain885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
You reach Sayacmarca on your second or third day of the 4-day Inca Trail (depending on the concrete stops you do). It's an impressive fortress in the middle of the Andes, with an awesome view.
You need to be a bit physically fit since you have to climb (again) lots of stairs (and you've been walking quite a lot before that).
Written 5 February 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
From the site you can look down into the fantastic scenery of the valley. Just splendid views and worth all of your photos.
Written 23 December 2018
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seattaxi
Cambridge, UK1,228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Sayacmarca came at the end of a hard days trekking at the end of day two of our Inca trail hike. The climb up is via some very steep steps that are not for the faint hearted. Once up there the effort is worth it. The ruins are impressive. The view I am sure is amazing but unfortunately obscured by the most rolling down from the mountains on the day I was there
Written 10 August 2018
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M P
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
steep steps to make it up (especially if legs are still feeling sore from dead woman's pass) but it's worth the effort. be like nike and just do it!
Written 8 July 2018
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vpar4
High Point, NC180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
A mini detour (via some steep and narrow steps) along the Inca Trail on Day 3. It is worth the effort for expansive views and the ability to wander through the ruins. When we arrived, we were the only 2 at the site, so it was special to be able to walk around in complete silence.
Written 7 April 2018
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seagullrob
Scarborough, Australia5,925 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
As others have noted, the ruins of Sayacmarca come on day 2 of the Inca trail, after you've already gone through the 2 high passes, including the highest on the entire trek - Dead Woman's Pass.
So you may not feel like tackling another set of quite steep steps to see yet more Inca ruins, especially when you the know the best - Machu Picchu itself - is yet to come.
My advice - make the effort. The ruins are rather spectacular, and chances are, you'll never be here again.
They overlook another set of ruins - Qonchamarka - but you'll see them from the track anyway.
Sayacmarca is pretty big - I spent about half an hour to go all around it.
It's very close to the next camp (and the ruins are visible from the camp), so you don't have all that far to go after it. Hang on to that knowledge, grit your teeth, and climb those stairs!
Written 6 April 2018
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rollinsthomas
Columbia, IL696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful area, that many people enjoy so our advise is to go early or vary late. Take rain gear !!
Written 19 March 2017
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IA_Hawks
Iowa2,284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Outside of Huayna Picchu, Sayacmarca has the scariest stairs to get to the site only there is no cable or rope to hold.

Once you are there, you are rewarded with a great view of the valley so I recommend getting over any fear you may have and step your way to the top.

As the other sites that we visited were built on the side of the mountains, this one appears to be build almost vertical out of the mountain itself making the construction of this site even more impressive.
Written 23 January 2017
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robjustrob
Calgary, Canada1,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
sayacmarca affords one of the nicest views of the mountains and canyons around machu picchu, so dont miss it if you are travelling all the way down there to peru
Written 13 October 2016
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,084 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Our guide pointed out that Sayacmarca (UP) and Conchamarca mean below (seashell). This is at 11,800 feet high, a new name discovered by an Archeologist named Pearl Pecors (Spelling?) Sayacmarca means inaccessible. It was a function for the army sector. This is a well-preserved Inkan town. We were able to access this at the beginning of our third day on the hike. Again, you can only access this while hiking the Inka Trail. If you look on the map, it will be after the second pass after Chaquiqocha.
Written 4 August 2016
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