I am going to show you another forbidden area at Sacsayhuaman.
As of December 2011, this part of Sacsayhuaman is no longer forbidden.
Being a forbidden zone I had to be over there very early at around 6 o´clock so no guardians would stop me. Unfortunately, at that hour I stood against the light so some pics did not come out well.
One of the most impressive buildings is within this area. It is a room with fine carved stones and vaulted niches.
In 1534, Pedro Sancho de la Hoz mentioned these niches in his book Relación de la Conquista del Perú:
“…hay una fortaleza…con sus ventanas grandes que miran a la ciudad y la hacen parecer más hermosa”.
I have read in a book about this archaeological site that this area could have had a religious function and the rooms could have been like chapels.
To the West of this building I spot some ducts. So far, I am not sure whether they were drained channels or ventilation ducts.
Moreover, I have also read that Incas brought water to Sacsayhuaman from Chakan, a valley 5 or 6 Km away, so these ducts could have also been water channels. Well, I can not tell for sure.
Then, I retrace my steps to the East and find this stone staircase.
At the bottom, there is a corridor which leads me to a wooden tall cross which you can see it from Cusco´s main square. Actually it is located just 230 meters from the square and from here there is a great view of the city.
Around the cross, some building foundations remain.
It is very unlikely you could visit this entire zone, so I hope to have been helpful to let you know more about Sacsayhuaman. And bear in mind this is a No Trespassing Zone.
And please tell me what you think about this forbidden hot spot.