Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu

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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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  • Sun gate. Reasonably short walk of 25 minutes back to sanctuary lodge. Moderate to easy hike, well marked by Inca trail stonework. Incredible views. 
    Sun gate. Reasonably short walk of 25 minutes back to sanctuary lodge. Moderate to easy hike, well marked by Inca trail stonework. Incredible views.  more »
  • The Temple of the Sun is the most important temple in Machu Picchu. The scale is very magnificent, and the solemnity of the temple can still be felt today. And people are in it, as if you can imagine....  more
    The Temple of the Sun is the most important temple in Machu Picchu. The scale is very magnificent, and the solemnity of the temple can still be felt today. And people are in it, as if you can imagine....  more »

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