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All reviews sun gate view of machu picchu inca trail inti punku long hike take your time easy climb great hike early in the morning take pictures mp ruins intipunku site incline citadel hikers
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot miss this area, especially when on a tour with a guide in Machu Picchu and is the perfect place to go.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Glen U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came in on the 2-day Inca Trail trek. Our entry through the Intipunku (Sun Gate) is where we got our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. When we came over the hill to Sun Gate, it was so elating; we all took pictures of each...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SarahTSears
Reviewed December 30, 2018

After hiking from KM 104 that morning, we were thrilled to finally reach Intipunku, the Sun Gate. This was the Inca traditional main entrance to Machu Picchu, being the primary approach from Cusco to the southeast. Intipunku is aligned with the summer solstice and is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 25, 2018

You will pass through this area on your guided tour. All of this ancient city is magnificent and you will have excellent memories.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Hiked there after visiitng the citadel and Inca Bridge, rocky trail so mind your footing. Some nice views of the citadel along the way. Not too many hikers but it is well worth the hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 1dragonlady
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The day before we had spent the day at Machu Picchu and decided the next day to hike up to the Sun Gate. Yes, it is steep and you need to take plenty of water, sun screen and a hat but if you want to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

For the absolutely best views of Mach Picchu, you need to go up! This is an easier climb than others at the sanctuary. That does not mean it will not take effort. You will climb over 1,000 vertical feet along the trail. Take your time...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mattwf
Reviewed August 24, 2018

Basically a stone doorway, elevated to "Sun Gate" status for tourism considerations. A great photo that probably countless others have also taken.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John D
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

On the last day of our four day trek we got up at 3am for the final push and reached the sun gate for our first glimpse of machu picchu, with the sun rising over the snow covered mountains all around. Awe inspiring

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank seattaxi
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I researched to DEATH (almost literally) which extra hike I should do at Machu Picchu with the family. I probably read a half dozen web sites and blogs - probably watched over two dozen videos of various hikes around Machu Picchu. The one that all...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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January 16, 2017|
Response from dpaustex | Reviewed this property |
You are way to late. Suggest Llama Path.
May 27, 2016|
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Response from Adriana C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stockton, To get to the sun gate If you get to MachuPicchu by bus/train it's no really a hike, it's just a walk up stairs that will take you less that an hour if you go easy, it's not very hard, specially if you take... More
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New York City, New York
Is Intipuncu included in Macu Picchu ticket? (6 Replies)
Hello! I'm looking to (attempt to) buy tickets online from the government website to visit Machu Picchu. I'd like to also to hike the Sun Gate/Intipuncu. It's unclear to me from the government ticket site and my research online whether or not the basic ticket to hike Machu Picchu (the "machupicchu" ticket, if I'm not completely wrong) also allows you to hike the Sun Gate? Or is there a different ticket I should buy? I don't want to visit the museum, I'm not hiking Inca Trail and I don't...More
February 01, 2015|
Response fromwes032|
You don't need an extra ticket to hike to the sun gate. You can do it with the basic Mp admission ticket.
Boston, Massachusetts
Inca Trail in reverse from MP to Wiñay Wayna? (2 Replies)
The "The Machu Picchu Guidebook: A Self-Guided Tour" in the latest edition, suggests that it's possible to hike from MP past Intipuncu to Winay Wayna for about 2-3 hours. Is this accurate/feasible in 2014 or will I be stopped at a checkpoint?
February 18, 2014|
Response fromredhead47|
No, can't do it. Your guidebook desperately needs updating! Plus, there are no self-guided treks allowed, on any section of the trail. And any part of the Inca Trail requires the Inca Trail permit. The Inca Trail has been pretty strictly regulated since 2004 (I believe that's the year) when it became apparent the trail was being overused and getting a lot of trash & damage.
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PlanningTtrip for June 18/19 Inti Raymi/Machu Picchu (1 Reply)
Destination experts...i need more help please... ( contacted Trip Advisor several weeks ago Senior Travel) How do i do this.. we would like to arrive at airport and get transportation to hotel. I would like to purchase train, entrance, and guide tickets in advance to Machu Picchu, since I read that this is essential. I have 5 -6 days to see and experience the sights. How to?? One forum suggested to enter through Intipuncu and walk the trail. Do I need a guide for this? tickets? Tried to...More
March 17, 2014|