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The Sun Gate or Intipunku is made of steps that makes believe that these were some kind of control gate for the people who enter and go out of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Is one of the most important archeological constructions that connects with Machu Picchu, is dedicated to INTI, the Sun god.

Getting to Inti punku means the end of the of the trekking road (1, 2, 4 or 5 days Inca Trail), due that from that place is all downhill, and from that you can see the entire Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the view is amazing, takes your breath away. You can observe Machu Picchu Mountain, Vilcambamba or Urubamba River, Putukusi mountain and Huayna Picchu mountain.

Located at 2745 meters above the sea level, Inti Punku features windows and gates, this is the first place that you can actually see the whole Sanctuary.

What is the best way to get to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu:

Here are some ways to get to the famous Sun Gate:


The Inca Trail treks include the Sun Gate so no need to buy another ticket.

***As of 01st June 2024, the Sun Gate is now open for visitors from Machu Picchu. The hike takes around an hour each way. The climb is up a set of steep steps, but the views of Machu Picchu are worth the effort. For those who want to do the hike up to Sun Gate you will now need to buy a Circuit 1C ticket to enter Machu Picchu and hike to the Sun Gate. Along the way you can enjoy the Guard House view points for the best pictures of Machu Picchu.

What to do and see in Intipunku (Sun Gate)?

Visit the offering rock

Almost halfway through the hike, you will find a rock, where in Incas times, people who came from Cusco used to leave some offerings. Nowadays, day visitors bring Coca leaves so you will see the rock with a lot of Coca Leaves.

Observe amazing landscapes

From the Sun Gate, you can see Machu Picchu from a different angles that cannot be seen from elsewhere. See the Vilcanota river, the Wayna Picchu mountain, Aguas Calientes town, and its surroundings.

Take unique pictures

Some of the best photos of Machu Picchu that you can take are from the top of Sun Gate. Not only from the top, you will also find the best places to take the best pictures on the way up to Intipunku.

Bird watching

Hiking to the sun gate, you will have to chance to spot some of the bird species that inhabit Machupicchu Sanctuary. You can see species such as the cock of the rocks, the Andean turkey, the tile tanager, the chestnut-breasted hummingbird, and the mountain watchmaker among others.

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Best Time of the Year for hiking up to the Sun Gate

There are two main seasons in the sub-tropical Peruvian Andes:

But, When is the best time of the year for hiking up to the Sun Gate?

The hike can technically be completed all year round, the peak trekking season to Machu Picchu occurs during the dry season and is busiest between May and September. So, the best time of year to do the hike up to the Sun gate is from April to September.

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