Inti Punku

Intipunku is also called the 'Sun Gate' and leads to Machu Picchu. This is a great vantage point where you'll get your first view of Machu Picchu. It was used by the Incas during their ceremonies for the summer solstice in December.

Chachabamba - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inti Punku (Quechua for "Sun gate")

Inti Punku (Quechua inti = sun, punku = door, "sun door") is an archaeological site that was once a fortress of the sacred city, Machu Picchu. It is also the name of an Incan Trail connected to Machu Picchu. It was believed that the steps were a control gate for those who enter and exited the Sanctuary.

It is one of the most important archeological constructions. Inti Punku was once the main entrance to Machu Picchu. This site was the main entry point from the South into Cusco, and the gate would have been protected by its military. Inti Punku is dedicated to the cult of the Inti, the Sun god. The sun would come out from this site. It is located 2745 meters above the sea level. It is a wide archaeological site with windows and gates that are hold up by terrances. This is the first place that tourists can see the whole sanctuary. Tourists are able to see the sun rise over the whole mountains by Machu Picchu. The location of the gate was given to watch the people passing.

You can enjoy the first view of Machu Picchu before sunrise from Inti Punku

Located one kilometer south of the citadel of Machu Picchu

Inti Punku on Google Map

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