Live Virtual Tour: Sacsayhuaman, Peru – Exploring Ancient Inca Archaeology with Michael Gamarra

Live Virtual Tour: Sacsayhuaman, Peru – Exploring Ancient Inca Archaeology with Michael Gamarra


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Join a local Peruvian expert and archaeologist, broadcasting live from the Andes mountain range, as we explore the ancient megalithic constructions at Sacsayhuaman. During this camera-led tour, we will investigate this impressive and sacred Inca fortress and temple, largely built during the government of Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century.

When it was originally built, Sacsayhuaman was used for Inca ceremonies. in 1536 it also became a critical military site in the battle with the Spanish. Nowadays, it is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. As the largest and most impressive archaeological site on the northern outskirts of Cuzco, Peru, Sacsayhuaman (hilariously pronounced as 'sexy woman') was built by the Incas from massive stones weighing as much as 130 tons. It is believed that more than twenty thousand men carried these stones from quarries up in the mountains many miles away. How did the Incas manage to construct such a large and impressive site much advanced for their time and with so much precision they did not have to use any mortar or clay? As we walk around this sacred Inca site together, you will learn more about the citadel’s history and purpose.

Led by a professional guide with over 20 years of experience and a degree in both tourism and archaeology, Michael Lazo Gamarra, this Conversation will be a live virtual tour of the megalithic constructions at the Inca archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Participants will marvel at 360º views of the impressive, finely crafted stonework constructions – in harmony with the surrounding natural landscape. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will emerge with a better understanding of the ancient Inca culture, their impressive stonework capabilities, and their use of symbolism in the designs and shapes of their constructions.

Born and raised in Cuzco, Peru, Michael Lazo Gamarra has been working in tourism since 2003 and has been a professional hiker since 2007. As an officially licensed Tour Guide for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, he has hiked the Inca Trail more than 500 times and leads private and group tours in Peru and across South America. He received his degrees in Tourism and Archaeology from the Universidad Andina del Cusco in 2001. Extremely passionate about his culture and his country’s history, he is fascinated by the Inca philosophy and enjoys traveling, hiking, and meeting people from different backgrounds. He loves questions, especially difficult ones, so come prepared.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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