Exploring Beyond the Lost City

Exploring Beyond the Lost City: Several trails lead from the site to surrounding ruins. If you come by train, you can take a 45 minute walk on a gentle arc leading uphill to the southeast of the main complex.

Intipunku, The Sun gate, is a small ruinin a nearby pass. This small ancient checkpoint is where you’ll find that classic view that Inca Trail hikers emerge upon. The walk along the way yields some interesting and slightly different angles as well. Some minor ancient outbuildings along the path occasionally host grazing llamas.

Inti Punku is also the gateway to the Inca Trail. A two or three hour hike beyond the Intipunku along the Inca Trail brings you to the ruins of Huiñay Huayna, a terrace complex that climbs a steep mountain slope and includes a set of ritual baths.

Built rock by rock up a hair raising stone escarpment, The Inca bridge is yet another example of Inca engineering ingenuity. From the cemetery at Machu Picchu, it’s a 30 minute walk along a narrow path.

The Huayna Picchu trail, which follows an ancient Inca path, leads up the sugarloaf hill in front of Machu Picchu for an exhilarating trk. Climbers must register at the entrance to the path behind La Roca Sagrada (The Sacred Rock).

Limited to 400 visitors daily, no one is permitted entry after 1 pm. the limit is reached long before 1 pm in the highseason and all back takes at least two hours and is only for the sure footed.

Bring insect repellent; The gnats can be ferocious. An alternate route back down takes you to the Temple of the Moon. The map at the entrance to the Huayna Picchu trail designates it as the Great Cave.


Inti Punku:

Located 5 kilometers from the wonder of the world. The Sun Gate is located in the same Machu Picchu, and you consider the entrance to this great stone city.

This place is no longer the only entrance to the Inca city, but it is considered the main reason that it was what was first built for Machu Picchu. It is 2745 meters above sea level and since then you can see the Verónica Snowy.

How to find the point of entry?

Follow the upper path, from the entrance gate to the citadel of Machu Picchu.From the point known as the “guardian’s house”, you will have to turn left and follow the path that goes away from the citadel of Machu Picchu, through the agricultural terraces.


To make the walk to Sun Gate (intipunku),  you require a medium physical level. However, the road is wide and much less uneven, than other excursions offered by the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

The best time to go:

The walk to Sun Gate (Intipunku) is available throughout the year, but keep in mind that during the rainy season (November – April), heavy rains are more likely. The region has a subtropical environment throughout the year, with average temperatures around 18º C. In the dry season the humidity is around 40 and 45%, while in the rainy season it reaches 60 and 65%. Hiking in the early morning will offer cooler temperatures and better shade from the sun. So you can choose the month in which you want to discover this wonder gate of the incas. Is highly recomend to hike this in the dry season.

Huayna Picchu:

Huayna Picchu is located towards the north of the Inca city of Machu Picchu.To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, you must reach the checkpoint and entrance to Huayna Picchu and follow the path that begins a few meters from the Sacred Rock, is an area with very dense vegetation, this road is very steep and quite narrow and includes sections of stairs and steps made of granite stone placed irregularly, there are some that appear carved in the same rock. The ascent lasts between 45 to 60 minutes depending on the physical state of the person.


Don’t miss the opportunity to life the best experience in your life. Exploring beyond the Lost City of Machu Picchu will give you a good memorial during your trip. Ready?