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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

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An easy climb if you are in great shape. A challenge if you are not.

Healthy hikers will find the trail from the Citadel to the Sun Gate to be a pleasant, 30-minute climb. Out-of-shape, fiftysomethings with medical problems (that would be me, with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Wilton Manors, FL, United States

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Wilton Manors, FL, United States
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Healthy hikers will find the trail from the Citadel to the Sun Gate to be a pleasant, 30-minute climb. Out-of-shape, fiftysomethings with medical problems (that would be me, with asthma) will experience a heart-pounding, 2-hour uphill challenge. Plus another hour to get back down. Definitely worth the effort (the views of the Citadel below are awesome), but only do it... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The "sideways-on" view of Machu Picchu we got from the sun gate was possibly the best we had from anywhere (we didn't climb Huayna Picchu but we did climb Machu Picchu mountain...). It took us approximately 1 hour to walk there and rather less to walk back, since it is uphill from the main site, though if we hadn't just... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

You need walk and enjoy the views. Remember not bathrooms or bars inside machu pichu. take care and carry the water bottle. Really is HOT.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

30 minute hike to an amazing view! Be prepared there are a lot of stairs and probably need to train before making the visit or you could run out of energy to see it all.

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scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The highlight of the Inca Trail coming through the Sun Gate at 7am with the sun just rising and Machu Picchu below before all the crowds arrive. Be aware if you are climbing to the Sun Gate from Machu Picchu to be properly equipped. We saw lots of people who were obviously unfit trying to walk up in sandals with... More 

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Deming, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Nice short hike. Took us about 45 minutes. If you can't do Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu peak, do this one. Views are amazing and stairs are wider.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It takes about an hour to walk to the sun gate and the track is in full sun, so it can be very hot. The view back to Manchu Picchu is spectacular. Worth the walk.

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Mundelein, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We hiked from km104 u to Intipuncu (a hard hike for me!) and when we walked through the gate, we saw our first incredible and classic view of Machu Picchu. Much better than just taking the bus up to the site.

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islamanare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Once you get to the top of Macchu Picchu and after your tour has ended head up to the Gate of the Sun. Is a half hour to 40 minutes walk that looks harder than it really is. You will enjoy the views, take the most amazing pictures and at the very end of the trail you will be able... More 

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Basingstoke UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

As did many others, I arrived here at the end of a 4 day hike. The last morning had seen us rise at about 03:30 and start our hike by torch light then just before the Sun Gate is a daunting flight of big steps - but it was all worth it to see that first view of Machu Picchu... More 

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

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