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Aguas Calientes Hot Springs
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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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Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
3 out of 5
Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
The price is CA $66 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 20
Situated on a river, 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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (92 reviews)
"River view was great."

Reviewed on Jun. 5, 2021

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Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
4 out of 5
Av. Pachacutec #808, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $119 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (658 reviews)
"The property is at the top of the hill from the train station so if you have any issues with the altitude in Aguas Calientes, you will have to take your time getting to it. Also, be cautious of opening the windows as there are no screens and insects will come right on in. The staff are WONDERFUL ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 22, 2021

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Jaya Suite Machupicchu
Jaya Suite Machupicchu
3.5 out of 5
Alameda Los Artesanos 207, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $111 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
Situated in Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.8 mi ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (229 reviews)
"What a gorgeous place! My room blew me away with spectacular views and everything I could have needed or wanted. The staff went above and beyond to help me at my trip had a few logistical bumps prior to my arrival and were hospitable and available throughout my entire stay! I would highly recommend ..."

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

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Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu
Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu
3.5 out of 5
Av. Imperio de los Incas 634, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $55 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
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Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
4 out of 5
Av. Pachacutec #808, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $119 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
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Jaya Suite Machupicchu
Jaya Suite Machupicchu
3.5 out of 5
Alameda Los Artesanos 207, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $111 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
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Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
3 out of 5
Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
The price is CA $66 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 20
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Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Jiron Colla Raymi 104, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $140 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
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Casa Del Sol Machupicchu
Casa Del Sol Machupicchu
4 out of 5
608 Imperio De Los Incas Avenue, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $349 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pueblo de Machu Picchu, 084, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $558 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 10
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Retama Machupicchu
Retama Machupicchu
3 out of 5
Avenida Hermanos Ayar 1303, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $64 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
Retama Machupicchu
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
5 out of 5
Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is CA $1,084 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
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