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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #5 of 17 attractions in Machu Picchu
Type: Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
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Vancouver Island
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Nothing to dislike! A beautiful walk, lots of stairs, amazing energy fields along the way! Take the time to feel your way to the top.

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New York City, New York
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a hike of about 2.5 hours to a mountain pass overlooking Machu Picchu. It is not difficult walking, mostly the stone-paved Inca Trail.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

You wont get this view if you go to Machu Picchu via the train and the bus - do the hike and be rewarded with the view from the Sun gate - trust me, its worth the pain and the aches afterwards

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Atlanta, Georgia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
27 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We visited the gate by taking the trail up from Machu Picchu. It is an elevation gain of about a 1000 feet and is reached by a winding rocky path. I hate heights but apart from a couple of spots I did fine. It took a good hour or so to get there and I felt we kept up a... More

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Ahwahnee, California, United States
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This 4.5 mile hike was an outstanding trek up to views and vantage points that really showed the best of Machu Picchu. It takes about 2 hours round trip. We did this right opening time which was really the best time because you get to watch the clouds rise up over the valley and the ruins.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

After taking photographs above the Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock, we walked up to the Gate of the Sun. It was about 7.30 am by the time we reached the Gate, as we were stopping to take photographs all the way long the path. The view from the Gate of the Sun back to Machu Picchu was... More

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you wish to get away from the crowds, hike to the Sun Gate. Not only is it the best view of Machu Picchu, but the hike is too hard for most people and you will be among a small crowd at the peek. Lovely view and I could have spent hours up here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is about a hour and a half hike if you aren't a regular hiker (like me- who had to stop frequently to catch my breath) It was very beautiful all the way to the Sun Gate. Once there, the view was amazing. I highly recommend making the journey up there!

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Richmond Hill NSW Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Looking down on Machu Picchu, you don't even see all the hundreds of tourists down there - it feels like you've got it all to yourself!

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you aren't up for the three to four day hike up the Inca Trail, you can still experience a small piece of the trail by treking from Machu Picchu up to the Sun Gate. Its about a two hour round trip hike. The terrain is uneven and moderately challenging, but well worth it. The views are spectacular and you... More

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