Inti Punku Hike

  • Destination: Cusco, Sacred Valley
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Price per person: $85
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Based on 2 persons minimum.

The Inti Punku, which means Sun Gate in Quechua, is the main control gate and entrance to the city of Ollantaytambo. Walking through it in the other direction, it is leading to the original Inca Trail and Machu Picchu itself. This beautiful destination is a beautiful lookout point over the Sacred Valley.

Photo credits: Eduardo Ruiz.

 Itinerary

Day 1

Starting our Tour around 8:00am, we go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in a private transportation. On our way we will be passing the small traditional community Cachicata, whose name finds its origin in the nearby quarries from which the Incas took the big stones to build the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. We stop here with our car and start hiking up to the great lookout point. Walking up the path, we will find a few massive, perfect shaped stones – some of them are graves (chulpas), where great Inca constructers are buried.

After 4 hours of slow hiking, we will reach the Inti Punku. This strategic lookout point was once built by the Incas to serve as a control gate, but the gate also has its astronomical meaning as it is connected with the solstice and a religious event that took place there in relation to the sun. With help of the Sun Gate, the ancient sun priests could predict the time of planting and harvest while observing the angle in which the sun light shined through this gate. The Inti Punku also faced towards the sacred mountain (Apu) Veronica, which is in direction of Machu Picchu.

Reaching the gate, we will have our box lunch and take a short rest. Enjoying the incredible view, we will descend the same way downhill to get back to the starting point. The whole hike will take us approximately 8 hours.

Included:
  • Transportation Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Lunch box
  • First-aid-kit and oxygen
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
Not Included:
  • Drinks during the hike
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • A personal light backpack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Raincoat or rain poncho
  • Thick jacket
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Extra T-shirt
  • Personal medication
  • Toilet paper
  • Energy bars
  • Camera with charger and extra batteries
  • Extra money (Soles).
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written on your passport
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.

Price US$ 85 per person.
Based on 2 persons minimum.

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Terms and Conditions

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.