How to get to Sacsayhuaman

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How to get to Sacsayhuaman

At first sight, the Sacsayhuaman archaeological park impresses the tourist who arrives at this place attracted by the stories that are told about this Inca monument. Sacsayhuaman means “place where the falcon is satiated”.

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1.- To get to Sacsayhuaman on foot from Cusco

This option is the best alternative if you love walking. To get to Saqsayhuaman take as reference the main square of Cusco, then you have to enter through Suecia street, walk up one block and turn right to Huayna pata street. Walking about 100 meters you will come across Resbalosa street, this is a narrow street with steps up, pedestrian and just follow until the end to reach the viewpoint of San Cristobal which is close to the temple of the same name. From this viewpoint you will see the square of Cusco, its churches and how big the city is. But how to get to Sacsayhuaman from there, follow the main trail always uphill for about 5 to 6 minutes more and you will arrive to the first checkpoint of the Saqsayhuaman park. 

It is important that you bring your tourist ticket. After passing the control, the road will be signposted and you will be on your own. Climbing up some steps you will reach the second checkpoint and here is only show the ticket and finally you will be in the esplanade. The walking time from the main square to Saqsayhuaman is about 45 min. The whole way is uphill.

2.- Arrive in local combis

If you want to take a local bus to get to Saqsayhuaman, you should know that there are two buses that can drop you off nearby.  These are the “cristo blanco” and the “Huerto”.  Perhaps this may seem difficult but with a google maps or physical map in hand you can get to their stops, from where you can board these combis. The “El Cristo Blanco” passes by the Paraíso shopping center, which is 2 blocks from the well-known San Pedro central market. The cost of the ticket will be S/ 02 and the travel time will be about 30 minutes.

If you are staying in the San Blas neighborhood, get on the “Huerto” and wait at the Rosaspata bus stop, which is near the Rosaspata market. The cost of the ticket is 01 sol and 50 cents.

Whichever bus you take, remember that these combis pass through the city’s neighborhoods and make brief stops while passengers get on and off. Ask the ticket collector how to get to Saqsayhuaman and he will tell you right there, how you have to do and where you have to get off to get there. Usually you get off near the monument of the White Christ that you can even see it from the square of Cusco. From the bus stop you will walk for 5 to 10 minutes and you will arrive at the control booth to punch your tourist ticket to Saqsayhuaman.

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If you are really going to get on these combis stay attentive all the time and before getting off the combi make sure you do not forget any belongings and thus avoid bad moments.

3.- Arriving by cab

You can arrange it from your hotel or lodging where you are staying, to come for you but always find out how much it will cost. If it suits you well, because you can also go out to the avenue and take the first one that comes along. Cab drivers usually charge from S/10.00 upwards and no more than S/. 15.00 from the center of the city, and don’t forget your tourist ticket. 

Now to return there is little chance of finding a cab, then what you can do is two things, the first is to return in line eleven as they say around here, it means walking on foot. The way back is easy and you could go down to explore more of this beautiful city. The other option is to ask for the Saqsayhuaman stop on the Cusco – Pisaq trail and wait for a local combi. These combis often pass by with passengers from the neighborhood and you can pay the fare right there. You pay the amount of S/. 20 and it will bring you back to the center of Cusco again.

4.- How to get there with a travel agency?

If you like to learn more about each place you see, and know a little of the history behind it and you are curious to know about the things you are seeing or that are there, this is your best option. You can hire a guided tour with a travel agency that can take you not only to Saqsayhuaman, because Saqsayhuaman is included in the City tour. Then, can you imagine visiting the Cathedral of Cusco? Well, you can also visit other archaeological centers such as Qenqo, the water temple “Tambomachay”, the fortress of Pukapukara and the temple of the sun. Think about it and it will be a good introduction to Cusco and the Incas.

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