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“Don't forget to visit the Moon Temple when going to HP/MP!” 5 of 5 stars
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Moon Temple
Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ranked #15 of 21 Attractions in Machu Picchu
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Evansville, Indiana
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“Don't forget to visit the Moon Temple when going to HP/MP!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

After ascending to Huayna Picchu and getting to the top, we decided to go back to the main site through a different route. We were tired but very excited to have made it all the way to the peak! Little did we know that there was more hiking to do.
The road to the Moon Temple is kind of isolated, not well kept (maybe because it's not too frequented), and there are two wooden stairs that reminded me of an old fear of heights. Fortunately, my friends were there to support me. I would not recommend going through this path on your own, but it is truly worthy. We also met other visitors when we got to the temple, almost all of them had hiking poles. It was nice to talk to them and discover that even though we all came from different countries, we had so much in common. After descending to the Moon Temple, you must go up again to reach the path that leads back to the Machu Picchu archeological site. Also, I would suggest to book the earliest slot to HP if you want to visit the Moon Temple (i.e. 7 am) because it may take some time to get back to MP and you don't want to rush during the remainder of your visit!
Don't forget to your sunblocker and bug repellent! They are a must! There are lots of flying bugs in the whole archeological site, but most of them were in Huayna Picchu and even more near the Moon Temple.
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Visited August 2011
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“A tough challenge for the unfit but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

We climbed up Huayna Picchu and then decided to visit Temple of the Moon (signposted the Cave from the top of HP) on the way back. This was a tougher walk than we had thought - you have to hike down steep slopes with little protection, and climb down a long wooden ladder before then hiking back up and walk up a shorter ladder to rejoin the main HP route. It was worth it though ... lovely and quiet and great views plus the temple all to ourselves. I would definitely recommend if you have the time.

Visited April 2011
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“Hike Down to the Temple of the Moon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2009

After stepping up the 12-18" steps all the way up to Wayna Picchu, it was a pleasant surprise to find that the route down around the back side to the Temple of the Moon were so much smaller at 6 to 9". A couple of exciting places with a cable to hold on to in a steep area and a really long ladder to make a steep transition otherwise a much more pleasant hike than going down the front side and battling the hordes coming uphill. We only encountered 3 other people and really enjoyed the solitude. The Temple of the Moon was beautiful with it amazing stonework. Be prepared for hiking back uphill to the main trail but the views are stunning and the steps are much more reasonable.

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