Saksaywaman

Saksaywaman is an easy walk from Plaza de Armas, yet so many tourists miss this beautiful ruin. Don’t be like them.

If you’re in Cusco for longer than a few days there is really no reason you should miss the Saksaywaman ruins. The 30 minute walk is uphill but enjoyable with beautiful views. Failing that a short taxi ride will see you at the entrance to the ruins in 5-10 minutes.

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GoogleMaps makes getting to the ruins easy from any point within Cusco. Along the way be sure to stop off at San Cristobal Church. While the church is not overly impressive, there are beautiful views from the bell tower.

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Entrance to the ruins is included with the Boleto Turistico Del Cusco (see our Cusco blog for more details). There are multiple short – medium length paths around the ruins, detailed by the free map upon entry. The ruins are distinguishable by their large round rocks. Walking around the vast ruins is enjoyable but don’t forget your sunblock as there is no shade.

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The lookout point under the white Christ statue offers a beautiful panoramic view over Cusco. If you have time, consider following the main road down a kilometre or so before cutting down one of the many staircases leading to San Blas. Many tourists choose to stay here. Its quiet plaza and church are surrounded by a small selection of cafes and a Sunday market. Museo de Arzobispal is conviniently en route back into the city and offers a large amount of religious art if thats your jam.

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