Attractions & Activities In Cusco & The Sacred Valley


Work some culture into Peru family tours with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, a huge Inca fortress perched on a hilltop above Cusco. The ruins stun with their precisely-cut massive stone blocks, which would have been hauled up here from as far as 20 miles away.  Many of the stones you’ll see here were fitted together with such finesse that not even a stem of grass or a needle could be slipped into the seamless crevices where they meet. Even the Spanish conquistadors were impressed by the meticulous joinery of the Inca stonemasons. Francisco Pizarro’s brother, Pedro, when describing Sacsayhuaman in his writings, wondered how human hands could have accomplished it.

On a visit here, you can wander the grassy areas of the site, climb ancient walls and perch on the very same stone seats where the Inca and pre-Inca people of eons past would have sat. Surrounded by the mortarless stone walls, whose zigzag designs cast shadows in the sunlight, Sacsayhuaman is the perfect place to ponder the past and marvel at the enduring artistry of the Incas.

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