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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Address: Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Machu Picchu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Landmarks
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

If you are entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, definitely do so through the Sun Gate. Its magical watching the sun come up here. If you have the chance - its the best!

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Virginia
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29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My wife and I did not hike the Inca Trail, but the walk up to the Sun gate (and a bit beyond) at least gives you a brief experience with it. Great fun to listen to the many hikers as they get their first glimpse of the city.

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miami, fl
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118 reviews 118 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Amazing place to see the structures that were built and still stand today is a testament to another time before we had equipment to haul these massive stones structures up to the sight so long ago. It is a nice climb up and down not for someone who is physically challenged. Not to be missed

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Vienna, Virginia
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27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you have had time to see the core area of Machu Picchu, a hike to the Sun Gate offers a new and stunning perspective. The Gate itself is not a major attraction. From the base level we used about one hour to get to the Gate, but this gave plenty of time to enjoy the views, hydrate, and rest.... More 

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New York City, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
56 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

After a uphill walk you can reach the gate. Remember the weather changes all the time so look back to see the changes behind you as you walk this trail.

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york pa
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Well maintained trail; interesting to imagine following in the footsteps of all those travelers centuries ago. Plenty of foot traffic on the trail now though, as far as that goes! Less than an hour to hike from MP to the Sun Gate & back.

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Alberta/British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

To be able to view Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun where the Incans would have first viewed it when they visited is spectacular. And I can imagine the thrill of the modern Inca trail hikers as they reach this gate and can view their destination.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Whilst most of the walk up to the Sun Gate is a fairly gentle slope, near the top it is more precarious. As someone who has had dodgy knees for over 40 years, I managed to walk up here (albeit with knee supporting bandages), so would encourage anyone to have a go! Take along a couple of helpful supporters if... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

My description can only take away from your individual experience. One of the most memorable experiences.

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Corpus Christi, Texas, Usa
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

It has shady spots all along the way for rest stops and water breaks. There were a few steep steps but it was do-able. I am 50 years old and a little overweight and I did it. I would do it again.

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