White water tumbling over rocks in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes Tours and Travels

About Aguas Calientes

The settlement of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, sits in a deep valley below Peru’s most famous tourist attraction – the legendary Machu Picchu. Its setting couldn’t be more picturesque with stone walls towering above the town, often shrouded with clouds of high-altitude mist. All travellers going to Machu Picchu must pass through here and accordingly, Aguas Calientes has a decent selection of accommodation, restaurants and shops. The town’s biggest draw is the natural thermal baths located above the town’s small plaza. Many travellers soak their tired muscles in the hot springs before returning to Cusco and the communal baths provide the ideal way to end a trek to Machu Picchu.

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Although most visitors only briefly stop in Aguas Calientes, there’s one very good reason to spend the night – get up early, refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and avoid the swarms of day-trippers that arrive in Machu Picchu by train from Cusco each morning. Staying in Aguas Calientes gives you the exclusive opportunity of getting the first bus to the Inca ruins, with the option to stay there until the tour crowds magically disappear in the late afternoon.

Those spending the night in Aguas Calientes or waiting to catch a train back to Cusco could spend their free time hanging out with the locals in the many pool halls in town. A convivial place where all types get involved with bets and brags, the pool halls are an excellent opportunity to experience how Peruvians socialise with one another. Alternatively, overnighters can hike the 90min trail up the sacred mountain of Putukusi to be rewarded with breathtaking views over the town and across to Machu Picchu.

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Aguas Calientes Hotels

If you are planning a Aguas Calientes holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

La Cabana Aguas Calientes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, La Cabana hotel is a rustic and charming hotel near Peru's most famous attraction. Guestrooms are decorated with rich wooden panels and simple but comfortable furniture and all of them are blissfully air conditioned. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is laid out each morning, offering a range of fresh fruits and other delicious treats. In the afternoons and evenings, guests can choose from a number of different Peruvian dishes in the hotel's restaurant. La Cabana is just 30 minutes from the main site of Machu Picchu.

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