Aguas Calientes is the colloquial name for Machu Picchu Pueblo, a town in Peru on the Urubamba (Vilcanota) River. It is best known as the closest access point to the sacred Incan city of Machu Picchu (in Quechua: old mountain), which is 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) away, about 1.5 hours walk. It has many hotels and restaurants for tourists, as well as ... Read more
natural hot baths, which give the town its name ("hot waters" in Spanish). The baths were destroyed by floods several years ago, but have been rebuilt. Aguas Calientes serves as a terminal for the PeruRail passenger train service from Cusco. Trains serve locals and tourists arriving from Cusco and Ollantaytambo to visit Machu Picchu. A sheltered souvenir market is adjacent to the train station. Avenue Pachacutec is the town's main and only thoroughfare, connecting the baths to the town's main square.

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Cusco’s main tourist season is during the Southern Hemisphere winter from June through September, which for the Imperial City brings a cool and dry climate, with temperatures in the 60s (15-21C) . Traveling at ... Read more
off-peak times can mean much better hotel deals, but the summer rainy season can make doing things like hiking the Inca Trail pretty tricky. There is something to be said about the added air of mystery when Machu Picchu is shrouded in a thick, swiftly-moving cloud, but you might not get many postcard-worthy photos. Do bring layers if you travel during the winter -- it can get as cold as 32F (0C) at night.

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If you're going to Machu Picchu, then odds are you'll have some downtime here. Take the time to walk around the town, and see some of the beautiful statues/artwork.

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San Jose

If you don't want to rough it and camp outside when visiting Machu Picchu, you don't really have many options as to where to stay...except in Aguas Calientes. Some people will tell you it's a hole; and although there isn't much there, considering where you are and what you're here for, it's really not all that bad. In fact, there are some decent restaurants and bakeries, and the accommodations are surprisingly nice compared to what I'd read about (and feared) before coming. It's nothing remotely close to the major metros of the world, but it is remote. Given that you'd likely only be here for Machu Picchu anyway (the town is here solely to cater to tourists), does it really matter?

Puerto Vallarta

The small town at the foot of Machu Picchu completely set up for tourists coming to visit the world famous site.

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There's a thing as too touristy that is precisely what Aguas Calientes is. It lacks the charm of Cusco, but remains frenetically busy due to it being the stopping point to Machu Picchu. I got good deals in the markets here, but overall I was not impressed. It's not worth sticking around in. Other than the market, the only redeeming factor for me was the river area, which reminded me of the gorges and flumes of New Hampshire. I would've loved to see more of that beauty in the town itself.

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This town exist for one purpose: Machu Picchu. Hard to find authentic food. There are a lot of cheap accommodations are around the town, but the price value isn't so great in this town. Try to find places to eat in small streets rather than on the main street.

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This hots springs and riverside town is the perfect retreat after a trek on the Inca Trail or day in Machu Picchu.

Los Angeles

This small town is the closest town to Machu Picchu. Because of its location, the town mainly caters towards tourism. The rushing river running through the middle of the town and the surrounding mountains were nice to admire. There were numerous hotels, souvenir shops, and eateries throughout the town. Food and groceries seemed to be high priced here.

To get to Aguas Calientes, take the Peru Rail from nearby cities.

A paid shuttle bus service can be found in the middle of town that frequently travels to and from Machu Picchu every day.

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Dumpy little town with little of interest other than the river and the tourist infrastructure. The riverside location and nearby mountains still give it charm. More pleasant than I expected given the reputation.

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This little town near Machu Picchu is a great place to stop after The Inca Trail. Famous for it's thermal springs, the warm water are just the ticket after a long hike.

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Mumbai (Bombay)

Awesome staff. Great hotel. They make you feel welcomed. The bus to MP stoos right here. The staff here is very nice