Saqsaywamán

Saqsaywamán

Located 2km up on the hillside overlooking the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Saqsaywamán, or Satisfied Falcon, saw one of the most bitter battles between the Spanish and the Inca.  Saqsaywamán is the site of the annual Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun celebration each June.  The ceremonies take place at the winter solstice, when the sun is farthest from the earth.  Fearing the lack of sun and ensuing famine, the ancient Incas gathered in Cuzco to honor the Sun God and plead for his return.  Today, hundreds of thousands of people converge on Cuzco from all over the world for the week long celebration making Inti Raymi the second largest festival in South America.

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