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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Machu Picchu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
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Lake Forest, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The hike to the Gate of the Sun provides an entirely different perspective of Machu Picchu. Agricultural terraces that you could not see from the site become visible. The trail provides a much broader perspective of the area and how much more there is yet to uncover. The hike passes by several areas that are interesting. Our favorite is what... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The view you get here in the morning on a clear day is undescribable! If you have been lucky enough to do the 4 day inca trail, you'll arrive at the sun gate much earlier than the one-day tourist of Machu Picchu and gives you a better view! I could easily have spent a few days at the Gate of... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Gate of the Sun is around ten minutes from the main entrance to Machu Picchu and offers a great view over the agricultural fields of Machu Picchu and is a good orientation in case if you get lost in the Inca City.

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Miami
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

You have to experience it by yourself. Indescribable with words. Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to see it when the sky is cleared. Heavy clouds can be there, but be patient. It changes during the day. An spiritual experience.

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slc
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Take your time, worth the hike, the incline is just steady, take some water and snack and rain gear.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I am in okay shape and it took me about 45 minutes each way, starting from the guardhouse. The trail was rocky so be prepared with proper shoes. Intipunchu is an excellent place to eat a packed lunch that you are not allowed to eat in Machu Picchu proper. Lovely views if it is not too cloudy. The day I... More

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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is where you enter Macchu Picchu if you were fortunate to be able to do the Inka Trek. It is a simple entrance but the climb up is tricky!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This hike is not so bad. If your not in great shape you can do this in three hours round trip, more or less. The views are awesome and the experience is very spiritual.

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northern california
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118 reviews 118 reviews
55 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Ok... the Sun Gate was our gateway to MP.... and priceless.... After the trek on the Inka Trail, seeing MP from the Sun Gate was totally awesome... the first second MP was totally cloud covered, then suddenly, the clouds parted... Felt as if Morgan Freeman should be narrating, it was that incredible.... Don't know what it would be like to... More

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Hebron, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I can't seem to find out any of the fun facts like how far the actual walking distance is or how steep the gradient is. It's not steep, exactly, but like everything else in Peru, it's all uphill. I didn't get to see this at dawn. I huffed and puffed my way up on a blazing hot morning and I... More

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