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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

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This hike and the view it affords is almost mandatory to your Machu Picchu experience. Many places along this one hour hike to stop and take in alternate, beautiful views of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This hike and the view it affords is almost mandatory to your Machu Picchu experience. Many places along this one hour hike to stop and take in alternate, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the magical city below.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

After 3 hours of walking and climbing over 2000 steps in the citadel, we decided to go to Intipuncu. We did it in 2 1/2 hours round trip, our legs gave out several times, but we stopped, took several deep breath, took more pictures, rested, and continued. When we arrived it was just absolutely amazing!! The view, the silence, and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you start in the early morning you have a good chance to visit some areas alone before the major bus loads start to arrive. A lot of people climb up to the sun gate which gets the first sunlight over the mountain tops. However we weren't convinced that that would provide the best views, with the main buildings still... More 

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San Fernando, Buenos aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Before you climb that, you have to be sure that it isn't cloudy. It's a fairly strenuous hike (probably 1 hours each way) but well worth it. If it's cloudy avoid it. The only thing to do there is admire the view.

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New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

If you visit Machu Picchu and the weather and fitness permit, climb to the Sun Gate. The views are just spectacular.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My husband and I weren't able to get permits to hike the Inca Trail. The Sun Gate is the official end of the Inca Trail and entrance into Machu Picchu. You can hike out to this area from Machu Picchu. It's about an hour each way and worth every step. The views back to the Machu Picchu complex are stunning... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We finished the Inca Trail here, and it was euphoric. Really push your guide to get you there for sunrise; it's spectacular. If you're coming up from the citadel, it might not be quite the same but still it's a gorgeous walk if you've an extra 90 minutes to spare. For our full review of Machu Picchu, check out our... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great views of MP and the surrounding valley. A little steep at the end, but not too bad. About 40 minutes to get there at a very casual pace and about 30 minutes to get back.

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Antibes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We went back on the Inca trail from MP to see the point of view you have when doing the full Inca trail. Indeed this is a good alternative for people not wanting to do climb the Wayna picchu, as rhe view is quite nice, and the walk easy.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This trail is about a 30% incline and will take the average walker about an hour each way. Free entry once inside the park. Rocks are uneven but path is wide most of the way. Altitude is rough so take your time. Bring water, rain jacket, suntan lotion and mosquito repellant. Wait at the top for several minutes if it's... More 

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