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Intihuatana Stone

on the left bank of the Urubamba river, Machu Picchu, Peru
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“hitching post” (10 reviews)
“sun dial” (8 reviews)
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on the left bank of the Urubamba river, Machu Picchu, Peru
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"hitching post"
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"sun dial"
in 8 reviews
"winter solstice"
in 5 reviews
"sacred mountain"
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"compass"
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"energy"
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"incas"
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"filming"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The stories of the child sacrifices and Llama tortures were far too crazy to be real when the locals told me. Liitle did I know because when I sat on top of the stone to tie my shoelaces, chills went down my spine and I...More

Thank Feral_Piranhas
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Typically this will be covered in any guided tour of the Machu Pichu citadel. You are not allowed to wait for too long around this as this part is sinking.

Thank Jayi R
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

At the top of Machu Picchu, is this stone sun dial and sacrificial stone,. It's worth a see but also part of the experience,.

Thank Sharon B
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

High on a hill within Machu Picchu is this magnificently huge rock sun dial. The Incas were so clever! Make sure you make the effort and walk up to it (up the stairs from near the ancient quarry, after the Temple of the Sun).

Thank seagullrob
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Exceptionally clever people who knew a lot about direction if sun’s rays for both summer and winter solstice. Stone acted as an indication for crop growing.

Thank tinkle_24
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This magnificent rock as part of the Machu Picchu ruins is carved out from a huge slab and stands at the highest level of the ruins. We were part of a Gate1 tour and the guide basically explained to us that it functioned back then...More

Thank Patrick S
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

This area left me completely awed at the ingenuity, engineering and science of the Incas. It’s carvings and positioning points perfectly in all directions. There is a stone across from it that points directly to magnetic north. Our guide even got out his compass to...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This is just plain awesome at so many levels. Although we encountered rain and mist nothing could dampen our enthusiasm and we were just so impressed. If it is on your bucket list go when you have the stamina because there is a lot of...More

Thank Marilyn A
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

The Intihuatana – the stone to tie the sun. The Intihuatana is a mixture between an altar and an astronomical device. The ingenious stone will cast absolutely no shadow on the day of the solstice. Different angles and levels also made it possible to predict...More

Thank Bruce H
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The stone's exact purpose is unsure but some myths believe that it must have served some astronomical purpose such as sundial or tracking the solstices by virture of shadows of the sun casted on the stone needle standing at the top of the structure. This...More

Thank Ricky Y
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RowenSARM
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Response from AB_Stb_OZ | Reviewed this property |
Do you mean the Zona Arqueologica at Moray at Maras district? The coordinates of that are N 8524890.05 E 803989.57 Success and good luck.
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