No single construct at Machu Picchu gets more attention
than the Intihuatana.
Also nicknamed, "The Hitchingpost to the Sun," it stands at
constructed point at the top of constructed stone stairs,
walls, and "living rock."
You can see how the stone is built into rock formation,
termed "living rock,"
with attention to detail that has survived many centuries.
Almost at the top, Willow stops to show us what appears to
group of carved stones mimicking the mountains facing him.
Twice this architectural antiquity has been damaged in
I was told by a guide that a Spanish prince arrived here by
which hit the Intihuatana and broke it.
Another story has it that it was
damaged during the filming of
a beer commercial. One or both of these stories is
true. It was carefully repaired, but you can see the
The Intihuatana is significant for many reasons. The
Inca worshiped the
sun, moon, stars and earth. A monument such as this, also
"Hitchingpost to the Sun,"
was present in many places all over Inca territory.
other one of them was destroyed by the Spanish
as noted before, this site was never found and ravaged by
This Intihuatana has been shown to indicate the date of the
and autumn Equinox. On March 21 and September 21 at noon,
the sun is directly above the stone, casting no shadow.
The Inca held ceremonies at this time, when the sun was
to the earth - hitched to the earth.
Many people believe that by touching this stone, one may be
energized by it's spirit. Visitors
are not supposed to touch it anymore.
Dr. Bruce Field has his hand out to "feel" the emanations
the Intihuatana. I don't know if he did. I didn't.