Inca’s stone building expertise is at its most impressive at Sacsahuayman.
Not only are the stones huge, but they are also fitted so well together that it defies understanding of how this feat could have been accomplished.
So, where did all the smaller stones go? After the Spanish defeated the Inca, they brought the stones down to Cusco to built their own colonial city. The cathedral, many churches, and residential buildings of wealthy Spaniards were built with stone brought down from Sacsahuayman.
What is left to see at the ruins requires some information beforehand and a lot of imagination to envision how it all might have looked. Still, there are many unknowns about the site and this makes it all the more difficult to envision what the original structures would have looked like.
Every time we visited an Incan ruin we wondered what might this all have been like if the Spaniards had never arrived, never conquered the Incas, never destroyed their amazing structures. We understood from several Peruvians with whom we spoke that they have moved on. They celebrate the people they are now, mostly of mixed race and heritage. So, in that spirit, we can better appreciate that the stone structures that used to be at Sacsahuayman now form the beautiful city of Cusco.