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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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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was a spur-of-the-moment decision when we decided leave the crowds of Machu Picchu behind to take the path less traveled, with no idea to where it led. Starting at about 7,000 feet and ending at about 8,000, the hike took us about two hours, round-trip. The path is well maintained, but for anyone with any acrophobia, beware! This might... More

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Villahermosa, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not so easy to get there, be prepared for a 40min walk up, but totally worth it! The view from up there is amazing, even Machu Picchu seems small from up the mountains. Must see!

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Darwin, Australia
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172 reviews 172 reviews
91 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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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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254 attraction reviews
436 helpful votes 436 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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