Sacsahuaman in Southern Peru

I am going to start this post out with some brutal honesty, my brothers wedding was probably the most boring wedding that I have ever attended.  His wife is strict Catholic so the wedding was in a Catholic church in Lima.  It was very traditional and very long.  I am going to pretend I did not even attend for the sake of this blog.  Luckily, the trip I had planned was hardly affected since I had an open ended airline ticket and would not be leaving with everyone else.  Be that as it was on my second day of being in Peru and after attending a boring wedding in the a.m., my next destination was Sacsahuaman. This destination is situated in southern Peru, just 2 miles north of Cuzco city. It’s one of the amazingly attractive and historically rich ruins that were built in the 15th and 16th century. Due to the distance between, I traveled by air and landed at Cuzco early in the morning. Without wasting any time, I went straight to my hotel room, rested for an hour and went to Sacsahuaman ruins.

From Cuzco, I took a bike northwards and in less than 5 minutes, I was at the place. I found the historically rich and architecturally fascinating site to be one of its own kinds. It’s one of the Incas that was built centuries ago and which have rich historical significance. I sought the services of a local guide and I was happy to get one who offered me company and explanations about the various attractions in the ruins.

Sacsahuaman ruins looked more like a fortress and covered an expansive area that overlook the Cusco City. While inside, I discovered that there are three walls that take a zig-zag line, with a cumulative length of about four hundred meters. The blocks that make up the wall are perfectly fitted on top of another without cement. It’s something of amazement because the builders were just relying on crude weapons while building the wall.

I wanted to explore all the 4 sections of Sacsahuaman which include the main plaza, the Chuquipampa Square, the terraced wall section and the 3 zig-zag. My guide suggested that we go up the hill so that we could have a clear view of the entire area and that’s exactly what we did. He explained that some areas were only open to those who have tourist tickets, so we bought ours from the COSITUC office that was just a few minutes walk. I bought a one day ticket that allowed me entry to Puca Pucara, Tambomachay and Q’enko. I was also able to visit the highly popular Cristo Blanco Statue when I was coming down the hill.

As I moved inwards from the outer walls, I came across towers and buildings that were constructed from dark andesite , some of which are believed to have been brought in from 7 miles away.

Sacsahuaman played a vital part in the war that the Inca Empire lost to the Spanish. After several days of fighting in around 1536, the Spanish were able to break through the Incas’ defense and charged into the hills that are located on the northwest part of the city.

As the day was coming almost to an end, I visited the famed Cathedral of Santo Domingo. I also found time to tour the magnificent Plaza de Armas which is covered by colonial arcades, covered walks, travel agencies, restaurants and several shops. I ate local delicacies that were sold outside the ruin and bought a souvenir from one of the shops.

I went back to my hotel, marveling at the fascinating scenes that I was privileged to visit.  My hotel was actually pretty amazing too, I was able to get a great deal on hotwire.com.

I will try to update again tomorrow but if I do not find time then I will the next day for sure.

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