AGUAS CALIENTES PERU: BUOYANT ACCESS TOWN TO MACHU PICCHU. Enjoy cozy town with wonderful restaurants & fantastic hot pools B4 Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes, Peru

This is your end station of the tourist trains to Machu Picchu and the port of entry for the monument. For decades this little village was a boring sleep town, until all of a sudden, the sleeping beauty woke up to become one of the most outgoing places in Peru, second only to the Barranco neighborhood in Lima.


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Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site LimaWorld Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.


Aguas Calientes, or "hot waters" is totally stuck between the Vilcanota River and the canyon wall of the Vilcanota River canyon and given the limited space, everything is narrow. The town is quite small with a small plaza and a church in the center, while all accommodation are within walking distance of the train station.


Most visitors arrive in Aguas Calientes, to spend the night there and take the 20 minutes bus to Machu Picchu at a distance of 6km over a hairpin mountain road, but there is an amazingly pretty trail through the cloud forest that will take about an hour and half to get you there.


Called after its hot spring baths, many people enjoy soaking after arriving on the train, have a massage in one of the many massage parlors in the village before going out in one of the many cozy and reasonably prized restaurants along the pedestrians promenade. 


Aguas Calientes, Peru: Great selection of restaurants.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Night life downtown.

The main "road" in the village is lined by countless little nicely-priced restaurants where people go out for dinner in the evening.


Aguas Calientes, Peru: Trail to thermal baths.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Thermal baths.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Hot springs.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Hot pools.

A beautiful 10 minutes hike along Machu Picchu's rock facade gets you to the hot baths, where you can soak and have a massage before going for dinner "down town".


Aguas Calientes, Peru: Plaza de las Armas.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Park.

Plaza central of Aguas Calientes.

Waiting space at the railroad station.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Railway station.

Aguas Calientes, Peru: Train station.

Aguas Calientes railway station.

Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu second class - the regular tourist class - tourist train takes passengers from either Cusco or  Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back. Aguas Calientes: on board service tourist train Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.

Machu Picchu second class - the regular tourist class - tourist train takes passengers from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, Peru and back.


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