Saksaywaman Ruins Cusco

From the Plaza De Armas we are walking to a ruins called Saksaywaman.

Going up a narrow slope. Church of San Cristobal. Roadside stone monument. Approaching Saksaywaman.

Arrived at the ruins of Saksaywaman Cusco.

Saksaywaman (Saksaq Waman, waman means falcon or variable hawk.) is an Inca “ceremonial fortress” located two kilometers north of the city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. 

A section of the wall of Saksaywaman

The fortress were first built by the Killke culture about 1100; they had occupied the area since 900.

Remains of the fort the temple of the Sun and huge stone walls.

The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls (without any mortar) constructed of huge stones. The workers carefully cut the boulders to fit them together tightly without mortar. 

Through this gate, walking up to the hill top.

Arrived at the hill top and took some phots. The site is at an altitude of 3,701 m.

In this ruins, Inti Raimi (festival of the sun) which is regarded as one of the three major festivals of South America will be held on June 24 every year.

Inti Raymi festival (Photos are from the brochures got at the tourist association.)

The Inti Raymi is a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti (Sun), one of the most venerated deities in Inca religion.

Female vendors outside of the ruins. Lovely llamas with woman, boy and girl.

Going out of the ruins, a lot of souvenir sellers came. My friends were buying something for their grandchildren. They are shopaholics.

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