I really felt the high altitude here and had to stop few feet and catch my breath but you'll get the best view of Cusco if you climb up and over the actual ruins. The ruins themselves date to the 1400's and are called "Sexy Woman Ruins" by most visiting English speakers. An easy way to remember how to pronounce it! The stones and boulders show off staggering Inca handiwork with each one carved to fit perfectly together without mortar. I say it is impossible for some of the boulders to have been moved by humans, yet they made it happen.
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Sacsayhuamán's Slippery Slope
This natural rock formation has been giving people thrills for centuries, and when you visit Sacsayhuamán, you can help keep it polished to a high shine by taking a slide yourself. A hard-won note, however: don't try to slow yourself down by using your hands. Doing so may cause you to catch a fingernail in a fissure and rip it pretty much off. Use your heels instead.
I despise steps as much as you (if not more), and they’re especially no picnic at 11,000 feet, but reaching the Sacsayhuaman is worth the pain. If you opt instead for a taxi, iPeru recommends Llama Taxi (222000) and Alo Cusco (222222). And they say coming here alone is safe as long as you avoid early morning or night. There’s an admission fee, and if you’re continuing on to the ruins of the Sacred Valley later, buy the pricier Boleto Turistico ($55) now.