The impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman (Cusco, Peru)

07 Dec
Ruins of Sacsahuaman - Cusco
Saturday December 07, 2013 - Posted by to Destinations

The impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is a must see for tourists visiting Cusco, Peru; ranked 8 out of 87 attractions to see in Cusco by The former capital of the Inca Empire – Cusco – offers insight into the battles between the Incas and the Spaniards during the 1500’s; while also providing breath-taking views of the city and the surrounding country side simultaneously. With an altitude of 3,701 meters one should be mindful of water intake and pacing to avoid altitude sickness when visiting this beautiful fortress, at only a few kilometers from Cusco.

This once labyrinth-like fortress housed around 1,500 Incas. In 1533 Francisco Pizarro Gonzales, a Spanish conquistador led a small army of 13 men to the Inca territory to claim their new land. With two previous failed attempts in 1524 and 1526 Pizarro was very determined having already seen the riches of the Incas. The Spaniards based their attack from Rodadero Hill. The first night of the attack the Incas gained head way when Juan Pizarro, Francisco’s brother was killed by a strike to the head by a stone fired from an Inca slingshot. The second night the Spaniards devised a plan; launching a surprise attack with ladders the Spaniards forced the Incas into the 3 tall towers in Sacsayhuaman massacring them all.



Sacsayhuaman - Cusco, Peru



Not much of Sacsayhuaman remains as of today. Until the 1930’s Spanish builders used the ancient site as a quarry to build their own structures. In addition to the abuse from the Spaniards, heavy rainfall damaged parts of the site in January of 2010. Unfortunately now only two foundations of the three historical towers remain in Sacsayhuaman.

Tips for visiting Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is now open from 7am until 6pm with the last guided tours beginning at around 5:15pm. The entrance fee covers 3 other ancient ruins in the area as well. You can purchase the Boleto Turistico Del Cusco for 130 soles (around $55 USD) for access to 16 different tourist attractions in Cusco including, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.

Some tourists choose to take a taxi up to Tambomachay which runs about 20 soles and then walk through each ruin on their way back to Cusco ending in the most impressive Sacsayhuaman. Tambomachay, while much smaller in size still has a very interesting and intricate water system that is still working today. Puka Pukara situated across from Tambomachay offers great views of the valley of Cusco. Q’enqo, just down the road offers several photo opportunities as well. You can also book a horse riding tour through the ruins, which includes transportation, the horse, a guide (but not the entrance fees).

Note: A visit to The impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman (Cusco, Peru) is included in the Cusco City Tour!


If you want to book any of those above mentioned tours or you simply have questions about planning your trip to Cusco,

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Sacsayhuaman - Cusco



3 thoughts on “The impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman (Cusco, Peru)

  1. Those ruins are absolutely stunning, the stones even bigger than in Machu Picchu! a must see!

  2. I love these ruins and the view of Cusco from there!


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