There are some magnificent Inca Walls in the ruined ceremonial center of Sacsayhuaman, on a hill on the northern part of Cusco. The Inca walls are hugely impressive, weighting up to 130 tons are fitted together with absolute perfection.
Sacsayhuaman was thought for centuries to be a fortress, but the layout and architecture suggest a great sanctuary. Broad steps lead to the altar from either side. Up the hill is an ancient Quarry, the Rodadero, now used by children as a rock slide.
You can visit Sacsayhuaman on your own, only 1 km away from Cusco city. You can either walk up (30 min from city center) or even take a cab that drives you for about 10 soles (USD$ 3.5). We recommend you taking our tour Machu Picchu Classic, which includes this site and others, don’t forget that you can customize your trip with with us, just contact us.
Along the road from Sacsayhuaman to Pisac, at 3600 m, is the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo. These are not exactly ruins, but are of the finest examples of Inca stone carving, especially a large stone altar inside. The rock is criss-crossed by zigzag channels that give the place its name. The open space was used for cermemonies, according to the authors, many mummies and idols used to be worshipped here.
A few hundred meters up the road is the spring shrine of Tambo Machay, still in excellent condition. There are many opinions about the real purpose of this place. Some say that this was a resting place for the Incas, however other authors claim that it was a hunting place used by the Inca Yupanqui.
On the site, we can see three ceremonial water fountains built in different levels. As water was considered a powerful deity it’s possible that the site was a center of a water cult. Indeed, water still flows by a hidden channel. Straight into a little rock pool Known as the Inca’s bath.
Don’t hesitate to visit all these interesting, sites that are included in your tourist ticket (BTG), we highly recommend you taking our organized city tour.
Explore Vinicunca, known as the rainbow mountain because of its great colors. Its part of a great landscape, located at the south of Cusco. The geological formations contrasted with the blue sky makes us feel rewarded after a full day trek. You can explore this unique place with us, don’t hesitate to add this excursion to your normal tour package or do it separately.
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