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The Hitching Post of the Sun

I'd heard that The Intihuatana Stone's English translation is "The Hitching Post of the Sun", because the Incas believed that the stone can hold the sun in its place along its... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd heard that The Intihuatana Stone's English translation is "The Hitching Post of the Sun", because the Incas believed that the stone can hold the sun in its place along its annual path in the sky. So you should take the time to really look and study this stone with a pillar in it's center. The Spanish conquest destroyed almost... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

A religious construction, conformed of 4 sides, considering like the 4 cardinals points located at the top of the sacred mountain. It is a wonder of the ancient technology, given the fact that was a kind of clock to measure when was the time to celebrate the winter solstice, one of the most important celebrations and rituals of the entire... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this if you walk around machu picchu. The stone is aligned with magnetic compass points. This is totally unnecessary and unrelated to primitive agriculture which is the traditional story. Any farmer can see where the sun rises and sets so why would you need a precisely calibrated compass?

Thank Adam Y
Laguna Niguel, California
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This was a very interesting landmark in Machupicchu. It was pretty amazing to see how the Inkas used this stone device to determine time and seasons. Watch out this area is tight and some may find it difficult to take a photograph.

Thank Cynthia G
Oakland, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This was probably a ritual altar. The views from here are fantastic. The quality of the stone work is great.

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

If the story matches the science, it will be a most remarkable feat. How did the Incas acquire the knowledge, establish the correct data, then chisel the rock to perfection ?

Thank Dirk W
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is the only thing like it in all of Peru. I really don't think they know what it is for, but listen to the stories and make up your own.

Thank Michael T
Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Inca were also scientists, this stone was used to tell the dates of the summer and winter solstices, like a sun-dial. Just incredible they were able to have this knowledge and use it. Machu Picchu really is a spiritual place, and to be here is a dream come true.

Thank garywing
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

you might have to search this attraction out or ask where it is, but you dont need a guide to find it. once you are there you will find that there are lots of people who will tell the story and hiistory of the stone.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

An intriguing piece of rock which functioned as a sun dial to predict solstices and hence the seasons.

Thank iWiebe

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