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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Address: Machu Picchu, Peru
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lookouts, Landmarks & points of interest, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Lookouts, Landmarks & points of interest, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Did the hike up from Machu Pichu in the rain. Was ready to quit 200 yards from top until my daughter said,,,"Dad, you have come to far to quit,,,,get up and start walking". I am really glad i listened. It was worth every step. The view is wonderful. Looking down the valley and seeing everything below takes your breath away.Going... More 

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Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is where I got my first unforgettable view of Machu Picchu in March 2004! I lost my first pictures, but 10 Years later, in November 2014, I went back to this spot and took new ones and this time even with snow on the mountains behind Machu Picchu, beautiful!

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islamanare
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113 reviews 113 reviews
44 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Once you have toured Machu Picchu, you think there will not be anything better until you take the hour long hike to Intipuncu. Try it, you will experience a new sense of peace and you will give your soul the best present ever.

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Faro, Portugal
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

After the long and hard trek and arriving at Intipuncu just before the sun rose and alighted on the mountains opposite is so emotional. Few will ever experience it. I will be eternally grateful that I did.

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Orsa, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A great option if you don't want or can visit Hyanapichu or Machu Picchu mountian. Offers great views over Machu Picchu and the surrounding nature. Beautiful!!

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Norwich
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We arrived at Machu Picchu through the sun gate on a clear day (very lucky!) and got the most incredible first look at the site, it is hard to appreciate the setting unless you have seen it from up here.

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Madrid, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I am not great with heights and was quite apprehensive about the trail to the sun gate due to the reviews stating that there were steep drops and narrow paths.It is true that the are some steep drops near the top(and not for a big distance) but the paths are wide enough so that you can walk against the stone... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

An absolute must. If you have not done the inca trail and have arrived by bus, go straight to the Sun gate, it's an easy 45 min walk and the views are incredible.

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We got our first glimpse of Machu Picchu entering the Sun Gate from the Inca Trail. It was breath takin, late afternoon. It was sunny and there were no crowds.

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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a hike out on to the tail end of the Inca trail - you'll see it before the town itself, if you hike the trail. For those like me, who took the train - it's about 60-90 minutes out, depending on how you are doing with the altitude. It provides a fabulous view of Machu Picchu, and is... More 

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