Top 10 Megalithic Marvels at Ollantaytambo

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#1 Toppled Megalithic Blocks 

As you enter Ollantaytambo, one of the first things you notice is this graveyard of toppled megalithic blocks displayed near the entrance. Some of these blocks resemble those seen at Puma Punku in Bolivia 

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#2 Trapezoidal Fountains 

Ollantaytambo features a couple of these incredible looking trapezoidal fountains. The Inca were experts at channeling water. However was the original purpose of this structure to move water or did the Inca find it in ruins and retrofit it later for this purpose? Notice the inferior rough stonework that surrounds the fountain.

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#3 Temple of the Condor 

Towering high above on this mountainous outcropping is what literally appears to be a giant Condor – the ancient builders seem to have even shaped the mountain itself. This location is known as the “Temple of the Condor.” At the bottom here is mortarless stonework and another water fountain that may posses piezoelectric properties. If you run your finger along the lip of the surface in a swift motion, the flow of water stops.

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#4 Giant Terraces

These 12 foot tall agricultural terraces sweep up the mountainside and appear to look like a staircase made for giants when viewed from up in the air. 

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#5 Massive Multi-ton Stones 

After walking across the terracing & ascending high up the steep stairways, you are greeted with these massive multi ton stone blocks that appear to have been thrown down from their original places due to some ancient cataclysm. If the Inca had constructed this megalithic wall as most of the tour guides believe, then why wouldn’t the Inca connect these massive blocks  together instead of filling in the gaps with small rocks? 

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#6 Keystone Cuts

Here are cutouts that were possibly made to hold the blocks together with some sort of clasp

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#7 Temple of the Sun

This ancient architectural master piece is still standing despite the obvious cataclysm that shook this site long ago. The quarry where the granite was mined to craft these super structures came from across the valley & high high atop the next mountain top that you can see in the distance. How could megalithic builders have transported 70 ton blocks  up & down mountain peeks? Some say that these vertical strips are some sot of earth quake proof shim that would allow for this wall to move with the earth. Could this be a design or some sort of a signature 

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#8 Machine-like Cuts 

This is not a natural crack, but an example of some sort of tool that could cut stone and create flat surfaces. This angle makes it very clear 

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#9 The Gateway

Here is the mortarless entryway with what looks like Inca repair work on top that is made of small rough stones & clay mortar. The level of precision seen here is incredible and you can see many of the enigmatic knobs popping up all over this area.  

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#10 Melted Mortarless Walls

This polygonal joinery so precise you cannot slide a razor blade through the stones. It’s almost as if the megalithic builders were able to heat & melt the stone in order to shape it.