Peru - Cuzco - Saksaywaman


Saksaywaman is located on a hill (12,000+ feet) on the outskirts of Cuzco. The 20 minute uphill walk from the town centre was a warm-up for my Inca Trail hike in a couple of days. The Inca stonework is impressive, with stones weighing 130 tons fitted together so closely that a single piece of paper will not fit between many of the stones. The precise construction has helped the ruins survive devastating earthquakes, but much of the complex is demolished because the Spaniards used Saksaywaman as a source of stones for building Spanish Cuzco. After touring the ruins, I took in the view of the Cuzco rooftops before returning to the city.