"Machu Picchu - at last" Machu Picchu by malianrob

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It had been a dream of mine to go to Machu Picchu for so long. I was supposed to go last year and the year before that but something would always happen and prevented me from going.
It was even better than I thought it would be and I hope to come back someday with my children so that they can experience the beauty, the people and the history found here.
They say that Machu Picchu is the jewel of South America. I have to say that I agree...at least so far. I havent seen all of South America but I am on my way to do so.

One of Machu Picchu's primary functions was astronomical observatory. The Intihuatana stone (meaning 'Hitching Post of the Sun') has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. The Intihuatana (also called the Saywa or Sukhanka stone) is designed to hitch the sun at the two equinoxes, not at the solstice.
At midday on March 21st and September 21st, the sun stands almost directly above the pillar, creating no shadow at all. At this precise moment the sun "sits with all his might upon the pillar" and is for a moment "tied" to the rock. At these periods, the Incas held ceremonies at the stone in which they "tied the sun" to halt its northward movement in the sky. There is also an Intihuatana alignment with the December solstice (the summer solstice of the southern hemisphere), when at sunset the sun sinks behind Pumasillo (the Puma's claw), the most sacred mountain of the western Vilcabamba range, but the shrine itself is primarily equinoctial.
The Spaniards never found Machu Picchu, even though they suspected its existence.

Machu Picchu is located at 120 kilometers (75 miles) North-West of Cusco city, 2,400 meters (7,900 feet) above sea level. The only two ways to get there is by train (4 hours) or hiking (4 days). Also there is no road from Cusco to Machu Picchu, only a railroad along the narrow Vilcanota canyon.

  • Last visit to Machu Picchu: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Dec 27, 2007
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