Intihuatana Stone, Machu Picchu

#6 of 14 in Historic Sites in Machu Picchu
See if you can use the solar clock at Intihuatana Stone to tell the time, as the Inca people of Machu Picchu did so many centuries ago. This "hitching post of the sun" symbolizes the spiritual importance of the sun, which was considered a god, to the Inca culture. High priests would perform sacred rituals around the stone clock, beseeching the diety not to desert them and their people, and to bestow upon them a bountiful harvest. Visit the solar clock with a guide to get a full understanding of its importance. To visit Intihuatana Stone and other attractions in Machu Picchu, use our Machu Picchu route builder website .
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  • A stone like others inside Macchu Picchu. If it was a source of energy it was definitely drained by the multitude of tourists. It is now bounded and it is forbidden to touch it but there is always some person who extends the hand disrespectfully.
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  • This stone, also known as the connection between the site and the Sun is a Sun dial, an astronomical stance of the four compass points. Highly significant during the Equinoxes - it casts no shadow at ...  more »
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