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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Address: Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Machu Picchu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

An absolute must. If you have not done the inca trail and have arrived by bus, go straight to the Sun gate, it's an easy 45 min walk and the views are incredible.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We got our first glimpse of Machu Picchu entering the Sun Gate from the Inca Trail. It was breath takin, late afternoon. It was sunny and there were no crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a hike out on to the tail end of the Inca trail - you'll see it before the town itself, if you hike the trail. For those like me, who took the train - it's about 60-90 minutes out, depending on how you are doing with the altitude. It provides a fabulous view of Machu Picchu, and is... More 

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Quito
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108 reviews 108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
3,114 helpful votes 3,114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

One of a kind and while passing through is simply amazing the feeling. almost the feeling of being part of that time.

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was overcast the morning we hiked up, but it was fun watching the clouds burn off and see Machu Picchu magically appear. Could really be a great spot to watch a sunrise!

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Much easier walk than climbing the nearby mountains. Fewer people met on track, so had opportunity to take one's time, see & photograph plants, insects, birds. Views from Gate spectacular.

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Georgetown, TX
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If physically capable, this is a must do while visiting Machu Picchu. The 1000' vertical climb may difficult for some as you are already at altitude (approx. 8000') when you begin the climb/walk. The reward at the top, however, is breath-taking. Loking down on the ruins of Machu Picchu is a life-lasting vision. It is one that will be forever... More 

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Small hike as return by inca trail route; really hard to do it. During the way and from Sun Gate; always you will see machu picchu.

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Los Angeles
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It started drizzling when we came through to the Sun Gate. The view is amazing. I think we stood there in awe for about ten minutes. Only a few people hanging around so we were able to enjoy. A great end to our long day of hiking on the Inca Trail.

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We hiked up here the morning we went to Machu Picchu, here you will get to see the very best views of Machu Picchu. Go early!

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