Cuzco & the Sacred Valley

The Inca site of Saihuite, 45km east of Abancay, has a sizable, intricately carved boulder called the Stone of Saihuite, which is similar to the famous sculpted rock at Q’enqo, near Cuzco, though it’s smaller and more elaborate. The carvings of animals are particularly intricate.

If you are arriving via a Cuzco–Abancay bus, ask to be let off at the turnoff to the ruins, from where it's a 1km walk downhill.

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1. Eastern Terraces

11.74 MILES

Visible as you approach the ruins from Marampata, these steep terraces are only partially excavated. They are worth exploring for a closer look at the…

2. Ridge Group

11.89 MILES

A residential area with inferior building quality where the lower classes may have lived.

3. House of the Priests

11.89 MILES

While no one is sure about the use of these two walled-off buildings, their excellent structure and dominating location, off to one side of the usnu,…

4. Llama Terraces

12.07 MILES

Discovered only in 2002 by archaeologist Percy Paz, these steep terraces on the backside of the ruins feature unique stonework resembling that found in…

5. Usnu

12.07 MILES

This huge leveled platform was likely a ceremonial center. Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of the Vilcabamba range from here.

6. Parque Arqueológico Choquequirao

12.09 MILES

Translating as 'Cradle of Gold,' this remote Incan site (3050m) in the Vilcabamba mountain range over the Apurimac canyon bears a strong resemblance to…

7. Lower Plaza

12.12 MILES

The first area of the ruins you approach coming from the campground, these include the great terraces, topped by a plaza area that leads to a Hall of…

8. Upper Plaza

12.21 MILES

On the truncated peak, follow the water channel up from the lower plaza to these ruins that include a niche house and carved upper fountain.