Temple of the Sun
Temple of the Sun
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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.
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA2,958 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Sun gate. Reasonably short walk of 25 minutes back to sanctuary lodge.
Moderate to easy hike, well marked by Inca trail stonework. Incredible views.
Written September 20, 2022
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
This place offers and insight into the Incan way of life and worship of their Gods. Whilst exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu it is well worth visiting the Temple of the Sun and your tour guide may offer interesting information in regards to its usage.
Written March 25, 2019
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idrovoviva
Quito525 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Although is not possible to get inside, the view from the upper level shows how impressive where their design and knowledge to be able to build such an amazing structure!
Written January 18, 2015
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VirginiaCW
Mount Pleasant, SC934 contributions
May 2019
It is hard to say anything more that other people haven't said about this.. the first day we got there, the clouds had socked in, we ere in drizzle and the views were sporadic at best but on the second day, the skies cleared and we had a view exactly like this that are so amazing, words fail. To be over 2 miles high, to be looking at just over 3 decades of a civilizations's work that was then abandoned and hidden for centuries... it is truly awe inspiring and something everyone should try to see, especially from this high overlook at the Temple of the Sun (the Inca trail gate). Walking there from the Machu Picchu entrance is most difficult because of the altitude. Many people, who must not be experienced walkers/hikers, stupidly attempt this in flip flops or fancy shoes - you need hiking shoes or sneakers at the least - and they don't bring layers - you are in the mountains and the weather can change quickly so always have a shell, a fleece or sweater, or some extra layers to take off and put on - they don't think of sunscreen - your skin will burn - and most importantly you need to bring extra water, to stay hydrated at altitude to prevent altitude sickness, and even better we all suggest you bring some chocolate and a banana or dried fruit for extra energy. These items were the most important to have a successful hike to the top.
Written March 18, 2020
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy16,892 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
one of the many temples inside this marvellous site. i think, and this is just my personal tip, it's much better watching it from the high than visiting it from inside
Written March 20, 2015
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Alexander M
San Francisco, CA261 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
It is about 45 mins each way from the guardhouse in the Machu Picchu. It is a good hike if you have free time to exercise. Not worth the time if you are there for the view though...
Written July 18, 2019
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BHewi
Perth, Australia81 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Favntastic to think of the construction method, seemingly impossible but done. View from the top 0was great. Well worth the climb.
Written May 15, 2019
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Merri L
Cheltenham, Australia59 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Machu Picchu is amazing. We did Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu via the jungle trek.

The only issue is that we had a HORRIBLE tour company for Machu Picchu. DO NOT use #actionmachupicchu as they are incompetent and liars. They did not book us tickets to Machu Picchu (on a Machu Picchu tour) and then were unwilling to refund us for any of the services we did receive that were part of the tour. It took us 2 hours of sitting in their shop making an official complaint and turning away other customers for them to even give us a partial refund. They are shop 285 in the plaza del armes. Make sure you use somewhere else as I don't want anyone to be caught out like we were.
Written July 11, 2018
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Jake23
New Jersey6,523 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Obviously, Machu Picchu needs to be taken in as a whole. There are a few things not to miss and the Temple of the Sun is one of them. Make sure to see it while you explore the site. A guide is helpful for MP as there is a lot more information they can provide throughout the tour.
Written June 29, 2017
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Mike
London, UK863 contributions
Jun 2017
Completed the Inca Trail hike, reaching the Sun Gate at 6.30am. Great views of the valley but Machu Pichu was largely covered in cloud.

I'm not sure I'd bother with the walk up to the Sun Gate.
Written June 28, 2017
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