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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

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Address: Machu Picchu, Peru
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It is very difficult to describe in words, because this place evokes so many emotions. It really depends on the individual, however, for me was an extraordinary experience

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It is very difficult to describe in words, because this place evokes so many emotions. It really depends on the individual, however, for me was an extraordinary experience

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North Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Gate of the Sun is inside Machu Picchu and I am so glad we had Gate 1 Tour to explain it to us. Not only was it interesting to see how the inka people made this to catch the first light of the day but also to learn how they made it and why it was made in that paticular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is definitely one of the wonders of the world and well worth making the trip. The views are spectacular and heart stopping. Try to spend more than one day so you can experience different weather and times of day. A guide is essential for you to learn all of the history. The hike to the Sun Gate from Machu... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This place is just magnificent and the best time to see it is early in the morning just after the gates open at 8.30am or later in the afternoon when most of the tourists have left. To do this you must stay on top at Machu Picchu. You should get your picture taken in the gate if possible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Walking through Intipuncu after 4 days of hiking on the Inca Trail to view Machu Picchu for the first time is awe inspiring. After 4 days of being mostly alone on the Inca Trail, it was shocking to see so many people at the Sun Gate, wearing shorts, sandals and little sun dresses. Those few of us who hiked the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This cutout on the mountain ridge permits the first ray of morning sun on Machu Picchu. It is not a hard hike, but a level of fitness and proper shoes makes this a much more enjoyable activity. If you are a student of the Inkas this is an essential hike, but a significant number of the hikers seemed more interested... More 

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Kimberley, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

On the second day of my stay at Machu Picchu, I hiked up to the sun gate with my guide Victor. He said the climb would be about 2 hours up and 40 min.'s down, but we did it in about 1 hr. 35 min.'s which was pushing it, mostly because of the altitude. The trail is a good rock... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This review well over due!!The views here are amazing and just so much to see spent hours exploring and sitting in different parts as all had a different surreal view.Trip of a life time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We raced to the Sun Gate on the last day of the Inca Trail however besides a bird's eye view of Machu Picchu, I didn't see what the big deal about this site it. Perhaps it was because we had a cloudy sunrise, not a clear one.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Unfortunately it was foggy when we got to the sun gate. But the hike was epic. I miss climbing up that almost vertical path.

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Address: Address: Machu Picchu, Peru
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Cusco Region  >  Sacred Valley  >  Machu Picchu

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