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Aguas Calientes Vacation Packages

Known for its thermal baths, trekking routes and beautiful scenery, this deep valley village is an attractive stopover for those waiting to climb up to Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes sits below Machu Picchu and is the last train stop before the sacred Inca city. The small town lies in a deep valley enclosed by mountains and forests. With restaurants, thermal baths, hiking trails and a market, Aguas Calientes is more than just a gateway to the ancient ruins. It is worth spending a day or two here before going onto Machu Picchu.

The town has two main streets and is easily explored on foot, though you may need to get used to the thin air at this altitude first. Go to the main square to see the life-size statue of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti, a powerful leader credited with expanding the empire. Buy locally made bags, rugs, jewelry and other handicrafts at the market near the train station. Learn about the rediscovery of Machu Picchu at the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón. There are also more than 200 stone, ceramic, bone and metal Inca artifacts on display. See dozens of butterfly species at the Butterfly House.

If you are feeling fit, take the trail up to Putucusi, the jagged rock formation opposite Machu Picchu. The route starts just outside Aguas Calientes and ancient stone steps and ladders lead partway up to the summit. A much shorter and less strenuous hike is to the Mandor Gardens, an orchid-filled natural reserve that also has a waterfall.

On your return, soak your sore muscles in the thermal baths, a 15-minute walk out of town. Aguas Calientes is named after these hot sulfurous springs that emerge from the rocky ground. For lunch or dinner, try some baked guinea pig, called “cuy,” stuffed hot peppers and other traditional foods at one of the restaurants. The town also has many pizzerias.

Aguas Calientes has plenty of accommodation types including budget hostels, midrange hotels and upscale options. Cut off from roads, the town is a car-free zone. Most travelers arrive by train from Cusco, a journey that can take up to 4 hours.


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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel CA $539
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo de Machu Picchu, 084, Machu Picchu, Cusco
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 3-minute walk.

    Luna Muna CA $43
    Luna Muna

    Luna Muna

    806 Ave Pachacutec, Machu Picchu, Cuzco
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.

      El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra CA $226
      El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

      El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

      109 Pachacutec Ave, Machu Picchu, Cusco
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu CA $78
        Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

        Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

        Avenida Pachacuteq Nº 805, Mz-20 Lt. 3, Machu Picchu, Cusco
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.

          Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu CA $139
          Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

          Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

          Av. Pachacutec #808, Machu Picchu, Cusco
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Retama Machupicchu CA $46
            Retama Machupicchu

            Retama Machupicchu

            Avenida Hermanos Ayar 1303, Machu Picchu, Cusco
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 3-minute walk.

              Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel CA $68
              Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

              Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

              Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is 5 minutes by foot.

                El Mistico Machupicchu Hostal
                El Mistico Machupicchu Hostal

                El Mistico Machupicchu Hostal

                Av. Pachutec 814, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Cusco
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the riverfront, this hostal is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.