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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  • Said to provide some of the best views of Machu Picchu the Sun Gate was probably used as a control post for people entering and leaving the city.  more »
  • This was a heck of a hike up about 60 minutes each way with a 7 year old. We were blessed with nice weather and it was a good day to take this route. The rest of the main citadel was packed with touri...  more »
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