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Sacsayhuaman is a short 10 minute walk from Qenko and even though only about a fifth of the original structure is left, it is still an extensive site with many Inca structures. The most striking feature is the zigzagging fortifications constructed from large stone blocks. There are fine representations of a llama, a snake, and a puma paw arranged from the stones within the fortification walls.

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img_8500 The slide. The rock is pretty slick. img_8503 img_8507 The amphitheatre.  It is speculated that young Inca nobles wrestled here in front of the crowds as a rite of adulthood. img_8508 img_8510 A stick insect. img_8512 Caves within Sacsayhuaman.