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Address: on the left bank of the Urubamba river, Machu Picchu, Peru
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Climb for the views

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
David B
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Oakland, CA

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 ?

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

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

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The Incan were amazing people and their intelligence should never be missed. This stones name means, "Hitching post of the sun" and for good reason. It is a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It's very impressive how the Inca were so knowledgeable in archaeology and complex construction. Their ability to use astronomy to determine planting/harvesting seasons as they monitored the path of the sun was amazing. Very impressive to see structures such as this and to imagine life during that period.

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Oud-Zuilen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is also one of the must sees at Machu Picchu. The rock has a very special shape and must have been an important 'instrument' in the Inca astronomy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This stones name means, "Hitching post of the sun" and for good reason. It is a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods.

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