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Is the trail from the Citadel to SunGate closed?

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Is the trail from the Citadel to SunGate closed?
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I was told you can do the Inca Trail and do SunGate to Machu Picchu Citadel, but you cannot go from the Citadel to SunGate because of COVID. Is that still true?

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Hi, yes that is true. On the Inca trail yes or yes you visit the sungate since it is located on the way just before reaching Machu Picchu. Now only with the entrance to MachuPicchu before the pandemic you could visit the sungate, but not now due to the covid restrictions. What is open to the public is the visit to the Huaynapicchu mountain and MachuPicchu mountain, these may be good options instead of the sungate. Cheers!!!

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Thank you. That helps our planning for our trip later this month.

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Isn't the view at the Sun Gate the main reason people come to Machu Picchu?

Can you still get that iconic view anywhere else?

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I thought the iconic view was from las Casas de los Guardianes.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Guard+Houses/@-13.163136,-72.5471516,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x916d9b1644459421:0xe134f4e5a1292596!8m2!3d-13.1649692!4d-72.5434868

Edited: 12 November 2021, 21:53
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The hike from Machu Picchu to the Sun Gate is not allowed anymore! The ONLY way to have a great view over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate,

The ONLY way to hike through the Sun Gate and have a great view over Machu Picchu is by doing the Inca Trail hikes. (1 da, 2 days or 4 days Inca Trail). More topics: https://machupicchutravelguide.com/2-day-inca-trail-information/

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The view of the citadel from the Sungate is not great - it is a speck in the distance. It gets coverage because if you have treked 4 days it is a welcome site as your first glimpse of it in the distance and you know you are almost there. The best viewing point and what you see in all the iconic classic photos is taken from around the guardhouse (Casas de los Guardianes) and surrounding terraces within the citadel. Looking at the new circuits that would be circuit 1 or the longer circuit 2

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