Intipuncu, Machu Picchu

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Take in the extensive views of Machu Picchu from Intipuncu, one of the city's most important archeological sites. Dedicated to Inti, the Incan sun god, the gateway once served as a part of the fortress that overlooked the roads leading to the city. Today, its vantage point offers some of the best views of all of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountain peaks. Despite the inclining terrain, the relatively short 1.6 km (1 mi) hike over the stone-paved road from Machu Picchu to the gateway is not too difficult. The trail offers excellent views along its entire length, so even if you don't ascend the entire way, the hike remains worthwhile. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring your camera and plenty of water, and note that the path can be slippery when wet. Using our world travel planner, Machu Picchu attractions like Intipuncu can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Only a one hour hike up from the citadel, and the view of Machu Picchu is absolutely amazing. Highly recommend it.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The Inca Empire Inca Trail. No doubt whether the gate is made of what purpose is unknown but is a that would come through the gate to go to Machu Picchu. But couldn't see views for gas round trip walk walking is fun.
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  • August 7, 2017
    If you visit Machu Picchu and you have the time then do this hike. About an hour upwards. This is the end of the Inca trailer and the final descent to the city. Even our children of 7 and 8 liked it. Gives a unique overview about Machu Picchu
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