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Intipuncu, Machu Picchu

4.8
#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Machu Picchu
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Known also as Sun Gate, Intipuncu remains an important archeological site. 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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  • Melinda and the hotel staff took great care of us during our stay. The hotel is just steps from reataurants, the train station and the bus to Machu Pichu. I was concerned about train noise, but it... 
    Melinda and the hotel staff took great care of us during our stay. The hotel is just steps from reataurants, the train station and the bus to Machu Pichu. I was concerned about train noise, but it...  more »
  • Karen was so helpful and nice. She made our stay at the hotel so wonderful! The hotel was very nice and comfortable. The breakfast was ready before our hike at 5am and was delicious. 
    Karen was so helpful and nice. She made our stay at the hotel so wonderful! The hotel was very nice and comfortable. The breakfast was ready before our hike at 5am and was delicious.  more »
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  • Nice view of Machu Picchu but you are pretty far away. The best place for pictures is much closer (in my opinion)
  • Well worth the trek up from the main site, the views are simply stunning.

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