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“Even in the fog, it is beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of the Sun

Temple of the Sun
Machu Picchu, Peru
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Built in the form of a circular tower on a massive slab of granite, this sacred edifice contains the famous Intiwatana, or sun dial, which the Incas used to "tie down" the sun at the winter solstice each year.
Oakland, California, United States
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“Even in the fog, it is beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We started the hike in dense fog; a few guides were turning back because they said there would be nothing to see at the top. They were wrong! Perhaps we even enjoyed this more because the fog obscured the trail on our way up -- when it began to clear at the top, and we began our descent, we could see an amazing view (series of views, 360 degrees) below us open as if on display just for us. Mystical, magical, amazing.

Visited June 2014
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“Lots of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Everything in Peru is full of history and I was amazed to everything I saw and had the chance to visit there. The temple of the sun is one those - don't miss it - for sure Peru and its history can surprise you!

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Temple of the Sun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A bit crowded, but easy to move about after walking around Machu Picchu. Beautiful place, great tour with an amazing tour guide. Just wish traffic around the area would be more manageable.

Visited April 2014
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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“Surprising and interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Solar astronomy and solstice dawn sun alignments gave this temple in Machu Pichu it's name because it is obviously dedicated to one of the deities the Incas understood well - the sun and it's solstices.
To see it best has to be a visit on June or December 21st for sunrise at 7:20am

Visited May 2014
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“Spend some time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

would have been great to be there on the solstice or solstace. Incredible engineering and architecture.

Visited May 2014
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