Just above Cuzco are four Incan ruins: Saqsaywaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pukara, and Tambomachay. Of the four, Saqsaywaman is perhaps the most astounding, particularly when your guide mentions that some of the huge stones used to build the city walls may weigh as much as 200 tons. To this day, no one really knows how the Incas, lacking wheels, were able to get these stones into place and keep them together without using mortar. Another Saqsaywaman highlight is the gorgeous views of Cuzco, which lies below. Tours typically combine all four ruins, and while they’re close by car, reaching them on foot takes time.
Can you begin to guess how to pronounce Sacayhuamán ? With the help of my guide, I will now remember it all the days of my life. “Sexy Woooman”. Easy right.
This site just outside Cusco is a prime example of the precise stone cutting skills the Incas had mastered. Many of the huge boulders were so tightly fitting you couldn’t slip a piece of paper between them. From the highlands you have a great view of Cusco in the distance below.