Intihuatana Stone 1/1 by Tripoto
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It is located 3,300–3,400 meters above sea level, near the town of Písac in the Urubamba Valley. The Intihuatana was so-called because the Incas are believed to have “tied” the sun to a hitching post during sunrise on the solstice to stop it from going any further away. It is said to be important in telling Inca when to harvest their crops. Archaeologists believe that it was used for making astronomical observations and calculating the passing of time.