"CUSCO : SACSAYHUAMAN" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

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Sacsayhuaman or 'Sexy Woman' is in the northern outskirt of Cusco.

The even more impressive Inca stones here weigh up to 130 tons and yet, somehow, they are all fitted together with absolute perfection. The structure is built in such a way that a single piece of paper will not fit between two stones. Besides this perfect way of stone-fitting, the rounded corners of the blocks, the various interlocking shapes, and the way the walls lean inward all increased the ruins' ability to withstand devastating earthquakes.

Unfortunately, the Spanish took a large quantity of rock from the walls of the structure to build churches in Cuzco. Duh!!

Sacsayhuaman is a sanctuary and temple to the Sun with an altar, carved out of solid rock. Graves of priests were found buried here. There is an extensive system of underground passages known as chincanas which connect the temple to other Inca ruins within Cuzco.

It is about 30-minute walk up Pumacurco from Palza de las Nazarenas.

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  • Written Jan 12, 2008
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