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. Discover how to plan a Machu Picchu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • It is the sight of the Holy City after 4 days of walking. It's amazing to arrive in the early hours of the morning and the city you get with the first rays of Sun. It's exciting to be able to reach and enter the city by the puerta del sol. The effort is worth it.
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  • It’s Machu Picchu, what is there not to love and be inspired by this place and awed at its design and history. This walk wasn’t that hard, and the views are amazing!  more »
  • Another of many constructions of the Inka heritage. Undoubtedly a visit obliged to know the ancient ruins.
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