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Intihuatana in Machu Picchu

The structure known as the Intihuatana is a rock carved out of a rocky outcrop. This incredible rock is characterized by preserving several polished planes with incredible accuracy. This rock served as a sundial and has been known for years as the rock that radiates energy. Although it is forbidden to touch it, it will be enough to put the palms of your hands a few inches to feel its energy.


This incredible pyramidal building is located in the “hanan” sector of the urban area of ​​the modern wonder of Machu Picchu, exactly on the slopes of a hill designed to take the shape of a pyramid.

What is the Intihuatana in Machu Picchu?

Intihuatana in Machu Picchu, is a rock “carved” on a rocky outcrop, located at the top of the place named in the same way.

This enigmatic rock is characterized by:

It presents several polished planes with incredible precision and dexterity, it is carved in the same rock that serves as its pedestal.

But it is not only a carved rock, but it also served as a “solar clock” and as a “source of positive energy” during the Inca times, it will be enough to put the palms of your hands a few inches to feel the positive energy that radiates.

Meaning of Intihuatana:

The name of Intihuatana comes from two Quechua voices:

  • Inti which means “sun”,
  • Huatana which means “to tie or tie”.

Then we deduce that the Meaning of Intihuatana literally in Spanish is “where the sun is tied.”

It is also presumed that the Intihuatana was chosen as a place for astronomical observation, but the meaning of this place would hypothetically be more religious due to its location among the main structures of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, thus making it an “altar”. For the use of sacred religious rituals.

What was the function of the Intihuatana in Machu Picchu?

The Intihuatana was a calendar that marked the sowing and harvesting seasons, according to the position of the shadow cast due to the sun’s rays.

Furthermore, the Intihuatana was a sacred construction for the Incas. According to the Inca worldview, the sun was the main god and father of the Inca ruler.

The mystical energy of the Intihuatana:

The Intihuatana is known as “the stone that radiates energy”, the people who felt the energy that radiates placed their hands on it to feel the mystical energy of Machu Picchu; However, one of the most common questions is:

Where does this mystical energy come from?

Professional people on the subject speak of an energy vortex; below the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and the place where this energy can be felt most strongly is precisely in the Intihuatana.

Access to the Intihuatana in Machu Picchu:

You can access the Intihuatana through two long stairs located to the north and south of the building; one of them is made up of 78 steps exquisitely carved into the rock of the mountain, many of which are carved from a single piece of the rocky massif of the hill.

From this chamber you can reach the top of the building, which is surrounded by some of the most important places in the city, the sacred square or the temple of the 3 windows give it a spiritual character and a religious meaning.

The most important acces to Intihuatana is through the Classic Inca Trail 4 days and the Short Inca Trail 2 days.