Horca del Inca, Copacabana

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#8 of 14 in Nature in La Paz Department
For insight into pre-Incan civilization head to Horca del Inca, an ancient astronomical observatory located on the hillsides of Copacabana. In spite of the name, the ruins are neither gallows nor made by the Incas. (Rumor attributes the erroneous name to Spanish colonialists upon their discovery of the site in the 16th century.) Locals use the piercing sunlight through the holed rocks surrounding the observatory to predict all kinds of things, from rainfall to expected crop yields during the Aymara new year. By using our Copacabana travel planner , you can arrange your visit to Horca del Inca and other attractions in Copacabana.
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  • A fairly tiring climb with a half improvised guide which did not believe most of the things he said, but do it quietly and without dubious information also voucher worth.
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  • We went to Pachataka or La Gallows Del Inca. You need to climb a steep hill also like Calvary, but wasn't clean or organized as the other. Downed trees that made it difficult the course and it began to rain. The chance to run into a snake or slip on the rocks was great and there was no one but me and John. In the end, all right. Pachataka in Aymara language means "place of where you measure the time", it was a centre of astronomy pré-incaico, where mediate the cycle of the seasons, predicted eclipses and see planets. Anyway, the 5000 m altitude really that people were closer to the sky. And no wonder the main inca god was the Sun (Inti). Despite the cold, the Sun in this place burns. Take your sunscreen and abuse without mercy.
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  • The most interesting place of the city, by the breathtaking views, the rock formations of the Hill and archaeological site on top, so-called Horca del Inca (actually an old astral Observatory).
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