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Once again, Cusco surprises us with each of its attractive sites, this time we are going to visit the archaeological site of Sayacmarca, a construction that you will find along the Inca Trail. This attraction is characterized by its vertical constructions and for being very close to the cliff.

Below I will explain everything we can see in Sayacmarca, where it is located and what tour takes us to this attraction, follow us to learn more about one of the Inca constructions that you can find and few know it.

What to see and do in Sayacmarca?

Before telling you what we can find, we must understand what Sacyamarca means, at first it was given the name "pampa de cedro" named by Hiram Bingham, because at that time in the place there was too much cedar, however, later the researcher Paúl Fejos named it as Sayacmarca which means "unreachable town"; it is because of the geographical situation.

This was a brief summary of this tourist attraction, Sayacmarca was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1915 when he was exploring Machu Picchu, at that time the complex was surrounded by cedar so he decided to name it "Pampa de cedros".

  • In 1941 Paul Fejos decides to make an expedition who defines the new name of the archaeological site to Sayacmarca and defines it in Spanish to "inaccessible town" because geographically Sayacmarca is located in a high area of the mountain with difficult access, hence the name Sayacmarca.

What we can see in this incredible site are the enclosures that were built on the edge of the precipice of the mountain being one of the great Inca architectural feats, and even their buildings do not end in rooms, also have canals, squares and fountains that border the place.

Because of this, researchers believe that Sayacmarca had a ceremonial, astronomical purpose, it was practically sacred, therefore its constructions were made in the highest area, also this would hinder the access of the enemy because it has a single entrance and exit which would hinder the easy entry of an invader.

In short, there is no precise data on the site, there are only indications of what the investigators were able to see and find, which is why some of the data may be modified according to the data found.

Sayacmarca Panoramic View

Where is Sayacmarca located?

Sayacmarca is located over 3,600 m above sea level, between the Urubamba and Aobamba valleys, near the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.

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To know Sayacmarca we recommend you to do the 4-day Inca Trail tour, this is one of the most exciting trekking that leads you to the citadel of Machu Picchu, during the tour you can see all the paradisiacal nature, the surrounding mountain ranges, lakes, forests, flora, wildlife and more.

In conclusion, whoever visits the imperial city of Cusco, will take everything beautiful that has this living Inca culture, in which you can find endless archaeological remains some already discovered and others to be discovered: actually live this experience is unique, so if you come to Cusco - Peru visit the most of each destination and take the best of each of them.

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