This beautiful place behind me is called Saqsaywaman and it is a temple that was part of the ancient Incan capital. These giant stones here are about 80 tons each and you think well that’s impossible to move here, but they rolled them here on this ancient stone rollers. All the way from the hills far far away. And it was said that it took over 20 years to build this and about 25,000 people to make this giant city.
Sacsayhuaman in Cusco Peru Photo Gallery
There were earthquakes thousands of years ago and they were smart enough to build these rocks so they leaned in a little bit, they’re not straight up. And so they were earthquake proof. Another thing they did is they actually had a gutter system a water system that ran out of the rocks here. You can see these little spouts here and there that would allow the rainwater to flow in and out down the rocks.
In just a few steps is a spectacular view of Cusco and you gotta check this out. You can see the central square, the cathedrals, and these mountains. This is one of the best views I’ve ever seen.
I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of amazing archaeological sites and temples around the world, but I gotta say this is one of the best. The sheer size is mind blowing.