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Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) Tours and Activities

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The largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) was built by the Incas from massive stones weighing as much as 300 tons. A critical military site in the battle with the Spanish for the Inca empire in 1536, the ruins offer impressive views over the city below.

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 Tambomachay, Qorikancha, Puca Pucara, or Qenqo, while a full day allows time for Cusco’s top attractions as well. To see the ruins from a different perspective, opt for a horseback riding tour. 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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) 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, depending on the option chosen.
  • Bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the sun at high altitude can be intense.

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.

When to Get There
While it’s possible to visit the archaeological site throughout the year (temperatures tend to hover in the mid to upper 60s), the best time to go is between June and September when rain is less likely.

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.
Address: Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru
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Cusco Pass - 16 attractions included

Cusco Pass - 16 attractions included

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Access to: 1 – Sacsayhuaman Fortress. 2 – Qenqo Archaeological Site. 3 – Puca Pucara Archaeological Site. 4 – Tambomachay Inca Fountains 5 – Contemporary Art Museum. 6 – Historical Museum of Cusco. 7 – Popular Art Museu of Cusco. 8 – Qoricancha Site Museum. 9 – Qosqo Center of Native Art. 10 – Pachacuteq Statue Museum. 11 – Pikillaqta Archaeological Site. 12 – Tipón, Gardens of the Inca 13 – Pisac Inca Town. 14 – Ollantaytambo Archaelogical Complex. 15 – Chinchero Inca Square. 16 – Moray, Terraces
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 Cusco City Tour

Cusco City Tour

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This City tour we do all day that gives you time to explore with enough time to explore the sites and get to know all the sections of the visited places.
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Inti Raymi 2021 Ticket - Festival of the Sun on June 24

Inti Raymi 2021 Ticket - Festival of the Sun on June 24

Don't miss the most amazing re-enactment of the Inti Raymi, the Sun Festival, the most important celebration of the Inca empire. With this ticket you will skip the purchase line on the day of the event which is 20 minutes away from the event location.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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5-Day Machu Picchu and Highlights of Cusco

5-Day Machu Picchu and Highlights of Cusco

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Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now popular for its Spanish flair and easy access to historical ruins. Tour the major attractions of this 2-mile high city on this 5-day tour of Cusco, which includes all lodging, meals, and transportation as per itinerary. This tour also includes a trip to Machu Picchu.
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5-Day ||All Included|| MachuPichu, Rainbow Mountain & Humantay Lake ||Private||

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5-Day ||All Included|| MachuPichu, Rainbow Mountain & Humantay Lake ||Private||

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These days you will visit the most important places of Cusco such as: City tour Cusco, Humantay lake, Machu Picchu that is a wonder of the world and rainbow mountain.
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Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

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Take an intimate look at Cusco’s colonial and Incan legacy during this 4-hour private guided history tour. Marvel at the Spanish architecture and art inside the city’s main cathedral, and check out the ‘Qoricancha,’ a one-time Inca temple that’s now a monastery. You’ll also visit the Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay.
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Cusco Half Day City Tour: Four Ruins

Cusco Half Day City Tour: Four Ruins

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Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was thought of as the center of the world. Visit the four iconic archaeological sites on the outskirt of the former Inca capital - Cusco.
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Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

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Tick off more Cusco attractions in less time on a private, half-day city tour, designed with history buffs in mind. With a private guide, you’ll visit ancient Inca archeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay; explore the Historic Center of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and admire landmarks such as Cusco La Catedral and the Convent of Santo Domingo. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Private Half-Day Cusco City Tour

Private Half-Day Cusco City Tour

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Explore the ancient heart of the Inca empire and its later role as a Spanish colony during this half-day private exploration of Cusco. Check out key city sights including the main cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery (once the site of the Inca temple Qorikancha) and the massive Incan stone fortress at Sacsayhuaman. During the course of your visit you’ll receive personalized insight from your private guide and also have the chance to admire a range of Inca- and Spanish-style architecture. Your Cusco visit also covers a private vehicle and hotel pickup.
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Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman

Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman

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Marvel at the architectural and archeological majesty of Cusco on a half-day tour of the city’s most significant sites. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit fascinating ruins of Qenqo; the sacred temples of Puca Pucara, and the ecclesiastical structure of the Cusco Cathedral. Admire exquisite architecture and gain insight into Peru’s alluring history on this enriching excursion.
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Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman Half-Day Tour

Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman Half-Day Tour

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Immerse yourself in the impressive Incan architecture of Sacsayhuaman on an exciting excursion from Cusco. Explore the ancient fortresses and sacred temples of the archaeological park with a knowledgeable guide to discover legendary landmarks like the Tower of Puka Pukara. Seek out the source of natural spring water; navigate a mystifying stone labyrinth; and gain fascinating insight into the culture and customs of the Incas.
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Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour

Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour

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Discover Cusco’s UNESCO-listed center and remarkably preserved Inca ruins on this full-day tour and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the archeological sites of Puka Pukara, Sacsayhuaman, and Tambomachay; admire Cusco landmarks including Plaza de Armas, Coricancha temple, and Cusco Cathedral; and browse the stalls at San Pedro market.
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Cusco City Tour and Nearby Archaeological Sites

Cusco City Tour and Nearby Archaeological Sites

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf. Then, visit the Cathedral at the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Finally, visit Tambomachay. Afterwards, return to your hotel.
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Cusco City Tour Four Ruins Half-Day Tour

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Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of Cusco .This Tour is half a day that includes a visit to the Cathedral in the main square , the Temple of Sun Koricancha nearby ruins around this city such us The fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara and finally we will visit Tambomachay.
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

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On this day tour you'll visit key Incan highlights to experience Cusco at the grassroots level. Start at the vibrant San Pedro local market, then head out of town to explore two major Inca sites: Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by amazing landscapes before returning to Cusco by foot, learning about the history and culture along the way.
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour

Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Cusco on this half-day guided sightseeing tour. With a guide to provide information through insightful commentary, check all of the city's highlights off your list. Stops include archaeological sites (including Sacsayhuaman), the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Water Temple of Tambomachay, and others. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from downtown Cusco hotels included.
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Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay

Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay

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Get a comprehensive tour of the main Incan sites around Cusco on this half-day excursion. Visit all the highlights and landmarks, including Tambomachay, Puccpucara, Quenqo, Sacsayuaman, and Koricancha. Hotel pickup in the historic center of Cusco available; travel via air-conditioned coach.
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City Tour in Cusco

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City Tour in Cusco

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The imperial city of Cusco has a series of Inca buildings and places that deserve to be traveled. And this fabulous tour takes you to the most important sites in Cusco. Since it really is a fascinating place to visit; Providing a mixture of the two cultures (Inca and Spanish), the city has an appearance that is completely different to the rest of Peru. This tour is essential when visiting Cusco and is usually one of the first ports of call for all visiting tourists. PLACES OF VISITS: Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (Temple of Water), Plaza de Armas of Cusco AVAILABILITY: Every day DURATION OF TOUR: Morning (9:00 AM - 1:30 PM) - Afternoon (1:30 PM to 6:00 PM) FREQUENCY: All year
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6-Day: Machupicchu, Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain Private Service

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6-Day: Machupicchu, Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain Private Service

These days you will visit the most important places of Cusco such as: City tour Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu that is a wonder of the world, Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake
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6-Day ||All Included|| Excursion - MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain-Humantay Lake

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6-Day ||All Included|| Excursion - MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain-Humantay Lake

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The countryside outside Cusco is home to some of Peru’s most impressive natural features and Incan ruins, but organizing accommodation and transportation to visit independently can be a challenge. On this in-depth tour from Cusco, hit highlights like Humantay Lake, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, and the Sacred Valley—with all the key logistics covered. Marvel at Peru’s impressive natural beauty, and explore the nation’s rich Incan heritage.
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8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titcaca

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Get a comprehensive overview of Peru’s landmarks on this 8-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca. Enjoy both private and shared tours throughout the week as you discover key landmarks such as the Sacred Valley, Inca archeological sites, the city of Cusco, the islands of Uros and Taquile, and of course, the famous Machu Picchu. Learn about Peru’s rich history and culture as you explore the country.
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Cusco Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 4-Day Tour

Cusco Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 4-Day Tour

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See more of Peru thanks to this 4-day, 3-night, excursion covering the famous Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the nearby Sacred Valley. Make the most of your time as you explore the historic sites of Cusco, the one-time Inca capital, then enjoy the scenery and history of the Sacred Valley. Finish the trip with a magical visit to Machu Picchu. Accommodations, some meals, and transport to Machu Picchu included.
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6-Day Private Tour to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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Discover the best of Peru on this private 6-day tour to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco city and the archeological sites of Pisac, Moray, Chinchero, Maras, Ollantaytambo, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Get a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of Peru from before the Incas to present-day from your guides. Absorb the Peruvian culture and enjoy memorable experiences exploring the country.
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6 Days Exploring Cusco

6 Days Exploring Cusco

Discover the great city of Cusco and its surroundings during this comprehensive 6-day tour. Explore the landmarks of the city, the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pisac, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of Peru and the Incas during the sightseeing tours and admire the beautiful scenery of Cusco and The Sacred Valley.
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

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Embark on a guided tour of Cusco, the most important city in the Inca Empire and the gateway to Machu Picchu. Begin with an informative walk along its cobbled streets, viewing such landmarks as Koricancha—a revered temple with walls once covered in sheets of gold. Peruse colonial artworks and wander the Plaza del Armas, which remains the heart of the city, before enjoying some free time for lunch. Afterward, set out by private vehicle to visit a few of the area's main archaeological sites, including Sacsayhuaman—a citadel built of massive stones. The last stop on this tour is a visit to a local farmer's market, where you will see fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, and the local meats (including pig heads). Included in this tour is a professional, English-speaking guide, private transportation, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a guided tour.
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Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

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Explore Peru’s historic and picturesque capital city on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel with a small group and visit Cusco’s important ruins with an informative bilingual guide. See landmarks like the ceremonial center and massive monolith, Qenqo, the amazing stone-walled fortress, Saqsaywaman, and Coricancha, the all-important Temple of the Sun.
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City Cusco Sightseeing Tour

City Cusco Sightseeing Tour

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See more of Cusco thanks to this convenient, money-saving, hop-on hop-off bus tour. Maximize your flexibility and skip the taxis as you visit top city highlights like Cusco’s main square, the site of the Inca ‘Koricancha’ (sun temple), the Sacsayhuaman fortress, and much more. Hotel pickup, multiple daily departure times, admission tickets, and an English-speaking guide are included.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 239 Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) costs USD 56.00. Guided Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) tours start around USD 56.00 per person. See all 239 Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman) tickets and tours on Viator.
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