Sacred Rock, Machu Picchu
This is the Sacred Rock, located near the entrance to the Huayna Picchu trail.
Pay attention to it and you will note that the rock´s design tries to imitate the shape of the mountains behind it. Actually nature was always an important part of incan architecture. Most of the walls in the city perfectly frame the mountains like pictures. It is really amazing!!!
Next to the Sacred Rock, there are two "huayranas". These were buildings with 3 walls and a straw roof. Nowadays, visitors use them to rest before or after climbing the Huayna Picchu.
Any idea why this is a sacred rock?
Some say it has the shape of a Guinea Pig -hmm
Some say it has the shape of a Pirana -nope
Some say the sun rises directly above it -getting warmer
It's because it exactly mirrors the shape of the sacred mountain behind.
The Sacred Rock is located near the access point to Huayna Picchu from the Sacred Plaza. This large granite monolith looks more like a wall than anything else however upon closer observation many feel that the outline of the Sacred Rock is shaped like the Inca's sacred mountain, Putukusi. Other than this fact little is known on what the rock was used for. What I do know is lots of tourists like to take their picture against the rock. I actually had to wait sometime before I could take a tourist-free shot of the rock.
It is said that the Sacred City has an "point of energy", where you can "recharge" yourself by getting in touch with Pachamama (Mother Earth). You can see me int this picutre trying to recharge myself.
Se dice que la Ciudad Sagrada tiene un "punto energético", en donde puedes "recargarte" entrando en contacto con la "Pachamama" (la Madre Tierra). En esta foto me puedes ver intentando recargarme.