Horca del Inca, Copacabana

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • In my opinion, an absolutely fantastic place that deserves much more attention than it has got so far. At the top of the mountain you can feel the ancient energy completely and I think it was a very.....  more »
  • I ignored the graffiti on the rocks and found this hill to be magical, red (granite?) rocks and balancing rocks. At the astronomical observatory look for the round holes in each of the rocks. For...  more »
  • Lovely but step hike to the top. Make sure you wear shoes with a good profile as the way up involves some climbing. The footpath is not always clear which gives you a nice chance to explore the area. Make sure you take plenty of water with you.
  • Very beautiful view of the city
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