Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu

#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Machu Picchu
One of three primary Machu Picchu structures, Temple of the Sun remains one of Peru's most significant archeological treasures. A well-preserved example of the ancient Incas' advanced stone-building techniques, the semi-circular tower sits on a giant granite slab and contains the celebrated "Inti Watana" stone, a sundial arranged to point at the sun during the winter solstice ritual. The Incas strongly believed their stone sundial held the sun in place on its annual path across the sky. Take a guided tour of this World Heritage Site to learn more about the temple's role in the Inca belief system. Plan a trip to Machu Picchu easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • After entering the macchu Picchu reserve via left for a one hour up hill trek to the sun gate. Take water and sunscreen and don’t over dress as it gets fun sun all the way. The path is ok for most fit...  more »
  • If you are hiking up from the citadel, it is about a 90 minute hike depending on how busy the trail is and how many photos you take. The Sun Gate is actually higher than the young mountain, but not wi...  more »
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