Saqsaywaman is located on a steep hill behind the city of Cusco not far from the large white statue of Christ. Here are the remains of a three-tiered fortress and esplanade. The fortress walls were built in a zigzag form with some of the stones possibly weighing as much as 200 tons! It was built from 1431-1508 and was subsequently dismantled by the Spaniards from 1537 to 1661. They took the smaller stones and used them to construct buildings in Cusco. This site contains some of the most amazing example of Inca stonework. Just look at the enormous stones!
Puka Pukara is just a fun name to say! It is located about 4 miles from Cusco and was a place of lodging and an administrative/military headquarter. Located in a beautiful lush green valley, it was also a warehouse for food. The name means "Red Fortress". I could picture myself living in a little hut in the nearby mountains and loving the views! (If you are noticing that Michael looks a little "off" in these photos, you'll soon know why!)