Views from the Sun Gate

Sun gate - Inca trail 1 day



With the new regulations, only Inca Trail trekkers will have the opportunity to view Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.  Visitors can no longer hike from Machu Picchu Citadel to the Sun Gate. 

For travellers who trek the Inca Trail, they enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, also called Inti Punku, and watch the sunrise. For those who don’t do this multi-day trek, it’s still possible to enjoy the impressive views from the Sun Gate.

What is the Sun Gate?

The sun gate (2,720 m / 8,924 ft), also known as Inti Punku (sun gate in Quechua), is a great viewpoint of Machu Picchu on one side of the Machu Picchu Mountain.

In fact, it goes almost parallel to the path leading up to Machu Picchu Mountain but the good news is that it’s not as steep.

It’s more than just “a viewpoint of Machu Picchu”, it is the first viewpoint of Machu Picchu for all the people that do the Inca Trails like:

It used to be a control gate for people who entered and left the holy city of the Incas; Machu Picchu. Due to its rather remote location from the ruins, it is believed to that Machu Picchu only welcomed elite guests from the empire..