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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  • ... if you haven't hiked either of the mountains (and let's face it, most of us do't) then this is a great way to get a wider view of the whole site. Of course, if the weather is bad then you won't ge...  more »
  • After a beautiful, highly scenic route at every point, you arrive at the sun door without difficulty because the partly uphill walk does not present any noteworthy issues. A must for those who arrive here.
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