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Machu Picchu Sun Gate Hike

Take on the Challenge of Machu Picchu Sun Gate Hike

Exploring the sun gate hike to Machu Picchu can be an unforgettable experience for any keen adventurer looking for a challenging journey with magnificent rewards.

Today, it still stands strong and its view over Machu Picchu is simply breathtaking. To experience this remarkable sight, adventurers must first complete the challenging yet rewarding hike up to the sun gate.

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Explore the Classic and One Day Inca Trail Routes to Access the Iconic Sun Gate

The two options for accessing this iconic lookout are via either the Classic or One Day Inca Trail routes. The classic route takes four days, while the one day route takes just one-day of hiking with enjoyable scenery along the way.

For those who wish to take in all of Machu Picchu’s stunning beauty before continuing on their journey, this is a great choice. Both trails offer spectacular views of many archaeological sites during your climb such as Tambo Machay, Wiñay Wayna, Intipata and Phuyupatamarca.

There are incredible breathtaking views in Peru, one of the most beautiful you’ll see on your trek to the sun gate. From lush green valleys filled with waterfalls cascading down mountainsides and diverse wildlife ranging from birds and llamas to alpacas scattered throughout fields of vibrant flowers. No wonder why many people consider it one of South America’s greatest adventures! The final ascent begins at Phuyupatamarca which is located at an elevation of 3,480 meters (11,400 feet).

From here you will make your way up towards Intipuncu (Sun Gate) which stands at 2,720 meters (8,900 feet). This final ascent can be quite challenging so make sure you are properly prepared by packing enough food and water as well as extra layers or rain gear – depending on weather conditions – before setting out on this once in a lifetime adventure!

Once you reach the Sun Gate, you will be rewarded with an amazing view over  Machu Picchu; one that feels like something out of a dream!


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Enjoy Spectacular Views of Valleys, Waterfalls, Wildlife and More Along

There are also many opportunities for snapshots along your journey that will last forever. These include sweeping landscapes with towering mountains in the distance silhouetted against vibrant blue skies contrasted on deep green valleys below – perfect for capturing memories that will last a lifetime!

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Exploring both routes to access Machu Picchu Sun Gate provides keen adventurers with numerous opportunities for intense physical exercise as well as relaxation amidst some of Peru’s most stunning landscapes – giving them time to appreciate nature’s beauty away from everyday life and stressors.

With plentiful accommodation options available – ranging from camping grounds near major attractions or five-star hotels near Cusco city – travelers can easily find lodging suited to their needs during their stay in Peru. So if you’re looking for an awe-inspiring adventure full of history, culture and natural wonders then consider taking on Machu Picchu’s Sun Gate challenge – your photos will thank you later!

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