Intipuncu, Machu Picchu

4.7
#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Machu Picchu
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. Discover how to plan a Machu Picchu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • You cannot miss this area, especially when on a tour with a guide in Machu Picchu and is the perfect place to go.  more »
  • 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...  more »
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