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  • Address: Peru
  • Hours: Daily 7am-6pm

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Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco, Peru. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The name itself can be translated as “speckled head” and some say that the city of Cusco was laid out in the shape of a puma, with Sacsayhuaman forming the head.

The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar. Today, many of the outside walls, built in a tiered, zigzag formation, remain, as do several tunnels and the “Inca’s Throne.” The latter is a series of large rocks with well-worn grooves used by many visitors as slides. A large, open plaza holding several thousand people was once home to ceremonial activities and continues to be used today – most notably for the annual celebration of the Inti Raymi festival in late June.

The location of Sacsayhuaman, at over 3700 meters and high above Cusco, affords visitors spectacular views across the entire valley.

Practical Information

It is possible to walk up to Sacsayhuaman from Cuzco, following Plateros Street from the Plaza de Armas as it turns into Saphi Street and then continuing along a curvy paved road until you reach a cobblestone walkway. The journey is a steep uphill climb and can be quite strenuous, so some may prefer to visit by joining a guided tour or hiring a taxi. Many tours will combine a visit to Sacsayhuaman with the other sites in the area, Qenko, Pukapukara and Tambomachay.  The ruins are generally open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Sacsayhuaman and Temple of the Sun Tour from Cusco, Cusco, null
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Sacsayhuaman and Temple of the Sun Tour from Cusco

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Be fascinated on a half-day tour of Cusco’s surrounding archeological sites, including the famous Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas’ construction of tightly placed ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites, Cusco, Day Trips
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

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Enjoy a 6-hour private guided tour of Cusco, considered the historical capital of America. See its main landmarks and archaeological sites and learn about its ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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City Tour of Cusco and Archeological Sites, Cusco, City Tours
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City Tour of Cusco and Archeological Sites

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Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Cusco Afternoon City Tour, Cusco, Half-day Tours
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Cusco Afternoon City Tour

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Visit the ancient capital of the Incan empire on this 4-hour afternoon tour. See and feel the magic of this city with a combination of the traditions and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
Private Cusco City Tour Including Workshop or Spa Session, Cusco, City Tours
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Workshop or Spa Session

Discover the best of Cusco City and its amazing history of the Incas, its precious temples and get under the skin of the Peruvian and Andean culture. At the ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Half Day Historical Tour of Cusco, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Half Day Historical Tour of Cusco

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Enjoy a private city tour of Cusco and visit the main Cathedral of Cusco, the temple of Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Pucapucara. The tour ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

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Cusco Horseback Riding tour around Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cusco Horseback Riding tour around Sacsayhuaman

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Enjoy a half-day horseback riding tour to see the most famous archeological sites around Cusco. Starting at the Inca site of Tambomachay, you will ride your ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Horseback Riding Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay, Cusco, Horseback Riding
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Horseback Riding Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay

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Enjoy a horseback riding tour which will visit the "Four Ruins" taking you to the most famous archaeological sites around Cusco which are Qenqo, Puka ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco, Cusco, Horseback Riding
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Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

On this 4-hour small group tour you'll visit the highlights of Cusco. Explore The Cathedral, The Temple of the Sun, Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Private Full Day City Tour of Cusco, Cusco, Half-day Tours
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Private Full Day City Tour of Cusco

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Visit the highlights of the city of Cusco on a private tour. You will see Inca Streets, the local food market, the cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00

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