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Sacsayhuamán Fortress

Sacsayhuamán Fortress

The Fortaleza de Sacsayhuamán is one of the most amazing constructions in the world, it is thought that it began to build during the Pachacútec government and that it continued for another 70 years until Tupac Yupanqui; It is the work of more than 20 thousand men who extracted the stones from the quarries of Muina, Huacoto and Rumicolca and moved them 20 km to the hill of the city of Cusco, where they were transformed into the wall that can be seen now; and without knowing it, in one of the most mysterious places on the planet. The stones of the wall are so well fitted that there is not a pin between them; Does not it seem amazing? Well then know that they are united “for nothing”; no type of amalgam, glue or any type of mortar keeps them together.


Some schools claim that Sacsayhuaman may have been built by pre-Inca cultures; So, it may be there before the city of Cusco becomes the capital of the Inca Empire. Another one of the great enigmas that the “Fortaleza de Sacsayhuamán” has, that is to say, that has been discovered recently, is probable, writing of 3,000 years of antiquity; this would rewrite the history of the “Sacsayhuaman Inca”.

Fortaleza de Sacsayhuamán a 4 km de plaza principal del Cusco

What does Sacsayhuaman mean?

The term Sacsayhuamán means “place where the hawk is satiated”, and it is presumed that it was a fortress; although the students of the culture of the Incas believe that more it could be a ceremonial place; nevertheless, it receives the denomination of strength from the conquest, when the Spanish attack was repelled from there.

¿Dónde está ubicado Sacsayhuaman?

El sitio arqueológico de Sacsayhuamán está ubicado a 2 km al norte de la Plaza de Armas del Cusco, a una altura de 3.700 my con una superficie de más de 3.000 hectáreas, en una colina rodeada de montañas. El lugar tiene hermosos paisajes con abundante flora y fauna (destaca llamas y halcones).

¿Cómo llegar a Sacsayhuamán?

A solo 10 minutos de la Plaza de Armas de Cusco en automóvil, o 25 minutos a pie, encontrará la pared principal de la “Fortaleza de Sacsayhuamán”. Puede tomar un City Tour o ir por su cuenta, pero recuerde que no puede ingresar a Sacsayhuaman sin el boleto turístico de Cusco. Aquí puede encontrar información sobre cómo comprar el boleto turístico de Cusco.

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