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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

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Wonderful hike and fabulous view of Machu Picchu from above the ruins. Get there early to go in the gate first at 6:00 am. Hike fast to be at the sungate by sunrise. A heart... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful hike and fabulous view of Machu Picchu from above the ruins. Get there early to go in the gate first at 6:00 am. Hike fast to be at the sungate by sunrise. A heart pounding hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

all the buildings in the beautiful city of Machu Picchu are incredible you will need much time to visit all of them, if able to climb any mountains Do it . do not hesitate for a se

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

After 3 hard days treking and getting up at 3.30 we finally arrive at the sun gate with high expectations. We you pass through the gate there are terraces although some other groups had already arrived there was enough space for over 200 people to sit and wait for the epic moment. At first the clouds covered the site and... More 

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I decided to go to the Sun Gate after hiking up to Huayna Picchu and the Temple of Moon. It was around 11 am - 12 pm so the sun was quite strong. It took me a while to go up (around 40 minutes) as I was already quite tired. Nevertheless, I found the hike up quite boring in comparison... More 

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Rancho Cordova, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Took this hike at 6 in the morning hoping to see the sunrise. Instead we had rain and clouds. Even on a wet foggy day this hike was beautiful. Could not see Machu Picchu from the top, but was still well worth the hike. Rocks could get slippery, so good hiking shoes helped.

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Definitely the best way to arrive at Machu Picchu. Until you see the tourist arriving form the bottom of the valley, you don't realise that they miss the impact of the place, seen from the Sun gate - yes the trail is hard and you have to get up early, but this is really the best view you are going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

As an archaeologist, I can say that the preservation of the Inca architecture is simply beyond amazing. You will really appreciate this one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

If you want to capture amazing, magazine-quality images of Machu Picchu, no perspective beats that of The Sun Gate. I reached this point after a hike on the Inca Trail. Words cannot describe my excitement as I climbed the steps and came around he bend to see the gleaming ruins in all their glory. This overlook can also be reached... More 

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Trip was in June - Nice short hike, but we did the Gate of the Sun as soon as we got there (6am), the early morning fog was covering the great view! Very short hike ~45 mins so I recommended and not very challenging.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The Gate of The Sun has an amazing view of Machu Picchu: on a sunny day, you can see the entire city. The climb can be quite heavy for some people, so be prepared and take your time. The view up there is really worth the effort!

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