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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Thank goodness the Spanish never found this sanctuary that honors the rain and thunder.The Incan culture were amazing architects and builders of there temples. Using the rock formations as part of the structures was necessary and pure genius.

If you desire to learn a bit of the Incan culture and the many niches they built in which to honor nature, it's worthwhile hiring a guide. We had a Quechuan guide who began our tour with a tossing of cocoa leaves to honor the new day(sun). There are other structures that honor rain, the beautiful condor and don't forget to locate the sundial. A real treat is seeing llamas feast on the grass.

Thank denise73AZ
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Hard to believe this magical place... It’s worth every step to get to it...
We hiked in along part of the Inca Trail and first saw it from the Gate of the Sun... then hiked down for a closer view..
Then actually came back the next day to explore the ruins.
One thing.. definitely take the bus from town up...there is a walk but it looked brutal..
Everyone said to expect crowds... but we managed to hit it a day when the tourist train from Cuzco was derailed (no one was killed it injured, thank the Lord); however, it left us almost alone touring the ruins...
Also - take water - it’s can get hot... and take a rain poncho!

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit, worth every step of the journey however you arrive. We added the Huayna Picchu hike and were very glad that we did for the incredible views. Interesting to learn of how the Incas lives at this high altitude.

Thank Joan L
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

I'm still fascinated from the Inca culture and what our guide shared with us that day, a 3 day trip with visiting the Machu Picchu and alternative Rainbow Mountain. We had the morning session as we stayed in Aguas Calientes, tried to be the first but the waiting line for the bus was very long. Anyway, we made it as one of the first groups and it was worth it to wake up that early. The view over Machu Picchu was incredible, especially as we still had some hours of free time walking around. We followed Erik's tip and went up to the Sungate, a spectacular view ober the ruins and mountains. It was our main reason to come to Peru.

Thank SunHK90
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We were a family of three seniors (60+)in pretty good shape with one young person.
We took the train from Ollytatambo where we had spent a night and day. I highly recommend a day in this most charming place ..it was in fact one of the most beautiful places on our trip.
Having said that I am most grateful to advice gleaned from Trip advisor posts NOT to try walking along the trail from Agua Calientes and just to take the bus. Our mistake was walking down. I wouldn't recommend that to anyone around our age. It was a never ending series of stairs and.took us almost 3 hours..we almost missed our train. There is nothing to commend that trail since there are no scenic views. Taking the bus BOTH WAYS would be a much better option.

2  Thank mita b
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