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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Machu Picchu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
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Darwin, Australia
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162 reviews 162 reviews
84 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Best experience if you've just complete the four day hike. What a sense of achievement. You can feel the tension and excitement in the atmosphere as everyone lines up waiting for the gate to open. And people are almost running on the final few kms. All worth it when you get to the top and see the incredible view.

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Washington and Delaware, US
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We walked up one afternoon after most of the tourists left for the day. Wild orchids and birds along the trail were amazing as well as the ever changing views of MP as the clouds and mists rolled through. Got beautiful late afternoon photos to remind us of the walk up to the Sun Gate.

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Singapore, Singapore
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115 reviews 115 reviews
26 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Everyone should come here to see the sunrise, the rays of sun slowly creeping onto Machu Picchu and thats where you see why did the Incas design Machu Picchu the way it is. Even the shape of the sun light is aligned with the shape of Machu Picchu. Great views, completely worth it. only to see the sunrise. If its... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A wonderful afternoon hike/excursion after sunrise over the main area. The hike is a bit strenuous but you can always take your time and enjoy the views. The last section is a little exposed but the Sun Gate is worth it. Certainly a great addition after the main complex is toured!

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A great way to start the day while the tours do the easy stuff below, spent out time, took around an hour to get to there from the coach drop off, it was outstanding!

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London
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774 reviews 774 reviews
254 attraction reviews
432 helpful votes 432 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Sadly for us it was cloudy and we couldn't see anything. Our friends had time to run back up when the mist had cleared and they took some amazing photos - clever people!

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Hjoerring, Denmark
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39 reviews 39 reviews
35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The view you get over machu picchu is unbelivebel. Sure its a climb to get there !! But its worth evry step !

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Damascus, Maryland
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Coming into Machu Picchu the first time through the Sun Gate is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After hiking the Inca Trail, up all the seemingly endless stairs, and then coming through the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu, feel the breeze, and realizing this is how the Incas did it hundreds of years go - it's just incredible! If you... More

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Cusco Region, Peru
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

THE GATE OF THE SUN lies 2745 meters, 9,005feetabout sea level in the mountain path, it was the entrance to machupicchu, which also served as traffic control to those entering from the inka trail.

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Clearwater, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Macchu Picchu is a very interesting cultural and scenic destination. A guide is a near necessity to provide detailed information. Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge is expensive but allows you freedom to spend more time at the site, to rise early and see the sunrise when there are few tourists and to take a break during the day.

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