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Built in the form of a circular tower on a massive slab of granite, this sacred edifice contains the famous Intiwatana, or sun dial, which the Incas used to "tie down" the sun at the winter solstice each year.
Temple of the Sun is on of the many structures on the grounds atop Machu Picchu. We discovered that all Temples of the Sun, regardless of their location are circular in design setting them apart from all other structures. The windows align with the various...More
When the guide explained how this was built to tell the time with the positioning of the sun, we were all amazed. These people were were very smart.....possibly due to no social media influence at the time maybe? (Just joking!).
We went April 9-10.. I think the best recommendation is plan for rain and heat.. but if you’re reading this, you’re considering going. Tourists are taking over this wonder... but it is just that, a wonder. The whole time you’re there, you can’t believe it’s...More
Temple of the Sun is located in the urban centre and was a centre for religious ceremonies as well as a key scientific centre. It consisted in part of a semi-circular building. From here it is believed that the priests officiated the rite for the...More
The Inca's really took pains to plan their community for 5 years and built it carefully with the best engineers and artisans they had for their times. Too bad Peru doesn't follow the same template for how they have built Aguas Calientes and formed the...More
This is the most perfect building in the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. The stonework is completely without cracks or mortar and the temple is aligned for the winter solstice. The rock it encloses is of great astronomical significance. Under the temple is another interesting...More
This area takes some hiking to get to from the main grounds, but it is worth it. Gives you a chance to see hiw the incan people lived and the views are just amazing. Be careful though because it's all stone, and can be slippery,...More