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.
Create an itinerary including Intipuncu
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Intipuncu Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,128 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I was trying to get down to Machu Picchu, but the line for the bus was too long. So I just walked down. The hotel is located in the middle of the city. Every time the bus passed by, i thought it would be a good idea to go.
    View original
  • From the watchhut, you can go up the road opposite machu Picchu ruins for about an hour. It takes two hours to go back and forth, so if you go around the Machu Picchu ruins after you come back, it will be quite exhausting, so it is recommended for those who have time or come to Machu Picchu for a few days.
    View original
Places to stay near Intipuncu

Plan your trip to Machu Picchu

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Machu Picchu

View all >
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Machu Picchu

4.7
Duration: 3​h

Hidden gems in Machu Picchu

4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 3​h
4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Machu Picchu

4.8
Duration: 30​min
4.8
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.6
Duration: 3​h

Nature in Machu Picchu

4.1
Duration: 3​h

Historic Sites in Machu Picchu