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Intihuatana Stone

on the left bank of the Urubamba river, Machu Picchu, Peru
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on the left bank of the Urubamba river, Machu Picchu, Peru
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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 gweeboonhiah
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
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

1  Thank Greg M
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
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
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
Reviewed 22 August 2017

I am so glad to see that everything had a pathway and was protected, including the intihuatana. I have pictures of my childhood sitting on top of it, you cannot do that anymore. Just so beautiful and is all protected now.

Thank Cuatrodivas
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This stone had many uses and it sits at a very high point in the main structure, overlooking the steep drop to the river below. A guide is useful for this point in your visit because they can describe each of the stones uses in...More

Thank Kat K
Reviewed 29 July 2017

They used the stone for many things including astronomy, the times and seasons and this is an example of how their knowledge was used so long ago. Make sure you include this in the trip and have a guide describe it.

Thank turoar
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Nice Stone and worth to visit and see it also feel the energy from it. With a guide will be a amazing experience because you will learn a lot from this stone and all the history around it.

Thank Armando V
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24 February 2017|
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.