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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Machu Picchu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
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RapidCity,SD
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115 reviews 115 reviews
64 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Do this hike if you have time--it takes about 2 hours. We did this after hiking to the top of Machu Picchu mountain aka Montana trail so we were a bit tired. It took us about 1 hour to get to the Sun Gate and 45 minutes to return. Once again there are nice views of Machu Picchu from here.... More

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East London, South Africa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The view from the Sun Gate is amazing! Ideally get there early before the crowds so that you can get some good pictures.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This was one of the highlights on the Inca Trail. Once you get to the Sun Gate (hopefully before the crowds), you get to see Machu Picchu from a distance. The views are stunning.

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Holmfirth, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We had a 2-day pass for Machu Picchu and used the second day to hike back along the Inca trail to the sun-gate. It was very misty when we set off, but allow around 1hour and take it steady to arrive up there around mid-morning, when the mist will start to clear and when it does - Oh boy is... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This was a highlight of my Machu Picchu trip. The views were beautiful, the trail was a fun hike, and it led up to a cool area. It isn't super busy comparatively.

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Kennewick, Washington
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36 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Worth the hike up here to see the view. Go early, it gets hot and crowded. Not too many steps but you will still be hiking UP hill!!

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Marietta, Georgia
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is the way to first view Machu Picchu. Of course, you have to hike the Inca Trail in order to do so. You can also get to the Sun Gate by climbing up to it from Machu Picchu if you happened to arrive via train/bus through Aguas Calientes. The view is truly breathtaking.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Best to do in the early morning. Plus you can say you were on the Inca trail. The Sun Gate is the entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca trail so you will be passing all the hikers heading into Machu Picchu from the trail.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Our tour guide took us to the inca Trail entrance to Machu Picchu. What an amazing view when you first enter the citadel. Well worth the many steps to get there.

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Lake Forest, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The hike to the Gate of the Sun provides an entirely different perspective of Machu Picchu. Agricultural terraces that you could not see from the site become visible. The trail provides a much broader perspective of the area and how much more there is yet to uncover. The hike passes by several areas that are interesting. Our favorite is what... More

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