To some, the Sacsayhuaman may seem like a formation of large rocks. However, the stones are the largest used, during prehistoric America, 25-350 ton stones. The craftsmanship and precision used to fit every stone alongside another without even the space to fit something as minuscule as an index card in between, takes skill and wisdom. The Sacsayhuaman is like a puzzle with stones of rounded corners and interlocking shapes; no two are the same. I think that the placement of the Inca Ruin is almost as essential as the stones themselves due to the high altitude of Cusco. Cusco, Peru is 11,000 feet above sea level. Every place in the city is more beautiful because it appears that you are walking alongside the mountains, with hundreds of houses built along the hillside. Sacsayhuaman is no different. While glaring at the stones, you see the houses on the hills and mountains along the horizons. You are able to further engage in the Peruvian experience as alpacas and llamas climb the ruins along side you. While I was lodging in Cusco, visiting the Sacsayhuaman wasn’t on the top of my list. However, I as toured the city on a double-decker bus, which cost me 20 Peruvian sol, I was able to catch a glimpse of it. That glimpse peaked an interest. That interest then turned into an excursion. I could not see myself missing an opportunity to learn about this unique Inca Ruin. There aren’t many masterpieces that have the elaborate detail of over seven decades in the making and that have required the sweat and tears of nearly 20,000 Inca men. I would be remiss not to discuss the complex name of Sacsayhuaman. Sacsay, pronounced like the word “sexy”, means satisfied. Human is pronounced like the word “woman” and it means falcon.  Sacsayhuaman is worth the hype and every bit of your attention.






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