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Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu)

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The finish line for the Inca Trail

You hear a lot about the Sun Gate. I think it might be more significant for those walking TO Machu Picchu along the trail as opposed to coming from Machu Picchu. We arrived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

You hear a lot about the Sun Gate. I think it might be more significant for those walking TO Machu Picchu along the trail as opposed to coming from Machu Picchu. We arrived there at about 7:00 am. It was cloudy (as it tends to be during most mornings in March). We couldn’t see too much, but it was satisfying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This is probably not the most difficult thing you have done in your life but be warned you do need a reasonable level of fitness, sturdy walking shoes are a bonus but not altogether absolutely necessary. Some useful information for the first timer. Age is not a factor, we sore an 80 year old man on his decent, you can... More 

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Brenham, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Guides are the only way to experience Machu Picchu. They make the visit special. It's a hike, but much easier than Huayna Picchu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Because there's just no way to describe it. I hate to keep saying that, but it's the truth. Start early and watch the clouds part and disappear as the day wears on. Just awesome!

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Cesena, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

interesting trek to do when u are at machu picchu but i would suggest to do first the summit of machu picchu, then if you have time and strenght the other trk to the gate of the sun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The day started VERY early in the morning, about 5AM. Started to hike up though the clouds. By the time we arrived the clouds parted to reveal the wonders. Near perfect day :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Our guide made a lot of stops, giving us a lot of history on the way. We gradually climbed up to the sun gate, doing it in smaller sections, so before we knew it, we were there. It was well worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

It is two miles via the Inca Trail to reach the Gate of the Sun, it is worth every step over what Omar said was "Inca Flat". Great views going up and back, especially at the end when you get to view Machu Picchu as travelers first saw it 500 years ago.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I wouldn’t recommend the walk to the sun gate (time consuming for a view which is not the best), but walking on the way to the sun gate, and stop at the first ruins (about 35% of the way), where you get a great point view (better than the one at the sun gate in my opinion).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Did the hike up from Machu Pichu in the rain. Was ready to quit 200 yards from top until my daughter said,,,"Dad, you have come to far to quit,,,,get up and start walking". I am really glad i listened. It was worth every step. The view is wonderful. Looking down the valley and seeing everything below takes your breath away.Going... More 

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