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Built in the form of a circular tower on a massive slab of granite, this sacred edifice contains the famous Intiwatana, or sun dial, which the Incas used to "tie down" the sun at the winter solstice each year.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is the most famous and symbolic temple in the Machu Picchu site. Semi-circular elements were built for Inti (the sun) and have fascinating connection with solstice and equinox, which will be well explained by your guide. As all Inca construction, it is less elaborated...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank mcitaly2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple demonstrates some of Machu Picchu's finest stonework. The semicircular building is though to have been used as an astronomical observatory.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank KatielouAustralia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had 6:00 am tickets, weather was perfect, crowds were a minimum. we really lucked out on the weather, no rain...

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

... definitely a must for those that did not go for the Huayana or the Machu Picchu mountain hikes. Excellent views .

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Wes C
Reviewed September 23, 2019 via mobile

A beautiful destination, well worth visiting if in Cuzco. The main drawback is the crowds which, in September at least, make the climb to the temple unbearable, especially with children. I would recommend staying in Ollantaytambo overnight and visiting the ruins first thing in the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rodrigo O
Reviewed August 12, 2019

This "temple" is off limits. You can no longer actually enter it. When doing the tour of the whole site you will pass above and below it. There are no written records of the Incas. This building has now been labelled the "Sun Temple" because...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Ali921
Reviewed July 30, 2019

Close your eyes and make a giant step in the past ... just amazing place and special thanks to our guide! The combination of astronomy & architecture is very impressive. Of course, this is part of Machu Picchu visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Am_et_Mat
Reviewed July 23, 2019

Part of the huge site which is best explained by a tour guide. This is an old site that will amaze you as well as the entire experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed July 17, 2019

It is about 45 mins each way from the guardhouse in the Machu Picchu. It is a good hike if you have free time to exercise. Not worth the time if you are there for the view though...

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank AlexanderM4446
Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

Stunning views all the way up. Well worth the hike to the top. This is where the Inca trail ends. Make sure you go up early in the morning as it gets very hot if you leave it too late and it is a fair...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NaeNae63
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This is part of Machu Picchu.
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