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Sacsayhuaman Inca fortress, everything you need to know

The fortress of Sacsayhuaman, near very close to the Central Square of Cusco, here nothing more than 2 km from the city of Cusco, you can go by taxi, on buses that route there, on City tour in Cusco of travel agency , or if you have your own mobility that better, and if you want to walk much better, the walk can last between 30 minutes from the Main Square of Cusco, the climb through the main square is by Suecia Street, double by Huaynapata Street , turn down Resbalosa Street, turn right to the church of San Cristobal and follow the road, and you will join the old route to Sacsayhuaman, so however you want to go go, but visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, you built in the government of the Inca Pachacutec, and tells the story, which put to work 20 thousand men who extracted surrounding stones and moved 20km to the hill of the city, is located at 3,700 meters above sea level, with an area of ​​3 thousand hectares, between the animals to find re the hawks jump and llamas that will see them around and be encouraged to photograph them, that is why the word Sacsayhuaman means "place where the hawk is slashed", or it can be "satisfied hawk" and has a puma head shape , since from this point you could watch the Inca city of Cusco, it has a dry and temperate climate, strong winds in the afternoon, if you want to visit it you can do it in the schedule from 7: am to 6: pm., Sacsayhuaman is an imposing Inca building of huge stones, carved rocks, amazes by its perfect connections between its stone walls, these large blocks made of granite reach up to 9 meters high, others 5mtrs and 2.5 wide, between 90 and 125 tons of weight, since the main wall is built in zigzag with this size of stones, they were placed one after the other, Sacsayhuaman also houses every June 24 people who visit because it serves as a stage for the staging of the Inti Raymi (Feast of the sun), for its style and construction.


Sacsayhuaman was considered by the Spaniards as a military building, but it is also believed that it would have had a religious purpose as a great temple to the sun god, had different accesses to the fortress and there were 3 and these are: uncle punku, punhu and huiracocha acahuana punku, on the other hand, Sacsachuaman is currently divided into the throne of the Inca, rodadero, warmi khajchana, bath of the Inca, amphitheatres, base of turrets and the chincana, this archaeological site Sacsayhuaman offers an amazing view of Cusco where you can appreciate the summits of the Ausangate, Pachatusan and Cinca that were sacred to the Incas, let's describe a little about this division of Sacsayhuaman and that you can appreciate them one by one:

Rodadero: geologically a natural formation of volcanic origin, which emerged on its surface as a tobo.

Inca Baths: it is a place dedicated to water, and where the Inca rested, it is a fountain with fine limestone finishes, and something that is attractive is its 2 aqueducts that are all year round.

Torreons: they are the zigzag walls and in the time of the Incas they were towers, and in this place there was enough water, and you can still see it.

Chincana: there are 2, which has become a distraction for visitors, the large one is under a smooth rock and the small one is next to warmi khajchana, these tunnels called chincana are an action of the underground waters that circulate through the caves.

Well, you decide in which month of the year you want to go to this place, you will always find good food, people who will guide you if you go alone, and appreciate these stone carvings, which are an attraction for everyone, and if accompanied by A tourist guide, you can learn more about the history of the Sacsayhuaman fortress.