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Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman)
Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman)

Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman)

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The Basics

The ruins of Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) are close enough to Cusco to explore in a few hours; together, the ruins and city make up a large UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided half-day tours often include stpos at Tambomachay, Qorikancha, Puca Pucara, or Qenqo, while a full-day excursion allows time for Cusco’s top attractions as well. To see the ruins from a different perspective, opt for a horseback riding tour; or, for a deep dive into the Inca empire, embark on a multi-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu that stops at Sacsayhuaman along the way.

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Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman
Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman
star-4.5
$40.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Half day tour
Was very informative and interesting Julio really knows his stuff, would recommend this to anyone visiting Cusco.
Justine S, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

star-5
Fun and informative!
Marilyn_D, Oct 2021
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
The tour along with horseback ride was one of the highlights of our Peruvian adventure. Highly recommended!
star-5
Highly recommend, had a great time
Lauren, Jun 2021
Horseback Riding: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay
Guides were super knowledgeable, and I appreciated their commitment to making our experience memorable. We had a great time with the horses, and even got to do some galloping! 100% would recommend to a friend, or anyone looking to explore Cusco in a new and exciting way
star-5
Great city tour!
rbhunton, Feb 2020
Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo
The guide was very sweet and knowledgeable. She always made sure we had enough time to see everything. She took a lot a pictures for us. Well worth it!
star-5
Excellent Experience!!!
Justin M, Jan 2020
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
My wife and I had an amazing experience in this tour with our tour guide Jenny. One major regret was not wearing sun screen even though it was cloudy all day, so please plan accordingly. The horse back riding is exciting as the horses trot from time-to-time.
star-5
Very knowledgeable
andgodsaid, Dec 2019
Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo
Guide was prompt, very knowledgeable, and spoke flawless English. Overall we had an enjoyable and instructive afternoon.
star-5
Wonderful experience exploring Cusco+Sacsayhuaman
jh95030, Aug 2019
Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman
Our wonderful guide was friendly and knowledgeable and very accommodating as we learned stories of the the local buildings, people, life, food, history. We loved it and would recommend and come back!
star-5
Excellent Sacred Valley Tour
Fabstravels, Jun 2019
Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour
Our Guide Simon was great value, very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of his people. My husband and I had a fabulous time visiting the main Sacred Valley sights from Cusco in June. A must do tour, if you have limited time in Cusco. Thanks Simon.
star-5
Lovely Day in Historical Cusco
GlobeTrotting826840, Apr 2019
Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman
Luz was one of the best tour guides we had on this trip. She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and so energetic with our kids--they loved her. We visited Sacsayhuaman including the slides and tunnels, which my children loved. I was amazed at the amount of ground we covered in 3 hours! It was completely worth the cost and I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cusco
star-5
Excellent
FarAway10800946696, Jan 2019
Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour
Really enjoyed this tour and our guide Ernesto was very knowledgeable and helpful. Ernesto was on time, spoke excellent English and is very experienced as a guide.
star-5
Great Tour!
Oscar O, Nov 2019
Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo
Tour was great, had a car to shuttle us around all the sites with our tour guide. Guide was very informative and helpful.
star-5
This was an excellent tour, a bit...
Mary Lou M, Mar 2018
Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman
This was an excellent tour, a bit long, but our guide Clara was clear spoke, informative, knowledgeable.
star-5
Best city tour we had
Renatohtx, Oct 2019
Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo
We had this on the day we will leave Cusco on the way back to reality and we had a pretty amazing stay in Peru so far thus we expected the least. But our guide showed up prepared and well versed in the Inca empire. Just touring around the temples and the fortresses we were able to pick up from him the richness in architecture of the people of Peru. He showed great love for his roots and this showed in the way he speaks of his ancestors. The last 4 hours came as a breeze. Best city tour we had.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sacsayhuaman is a great option for time-pressed travelers and history buffs.

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera; the panoramic views of Cusco from an altitude of 12,139 feet (3,700 meters) are stunning.

  • Tours visiting the Sacsayhuaman ruins last anywhere from three hours to a full day.

  • Bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the sun at high altitude can be intense.

  • The Sacsayhuaman ruins are not wheelchair or stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the ruins from the Plaza de Armas via a steep trail. Those who’d prefer an easier route should take a taxi or join a guided tour to the Inca site 1 mile (2 kilometers) north of Cusco.

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When to Get There

While it’s possible to visit the archaeological site throughout the year, the best time to go is between June and September when rain is less likely. Arrive early to escape the largest crowds and enjoy the ruins to yourself.

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Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun

Each year on the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere (June 21), Cusco celebrates its most famous festival, Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun. The second-largest festival in South America includes a huge procession to Sacsayhuaman, where sacred rites and traditional dances take place in the grand square of the fortress. Entry is free during the festival, and food and drink vendors come out to keep the crowds sated.

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Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman)