Aguas Calientes

The Gateway to Machu Picchu

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Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Town, is a small town tucked into the Urubamba River valley that serves as the chief gateway to Machu-Picchu. Tourists and locals alike take the train here from Cuzco or Ollantaytambo before proceeding to the ruins, which are a 30-minute bus ride away.

Not surprisingly, the economy of this former railroad worker's camp is grounded in tourism and visitors will find plenty of hotels and restaurants to choose from, not to mention souvenir shops. Staying overnight in Aguas Calientes gives you the advantage of getting to Machu Picchu before the trainloads of tourists arrive, and in your time away from the ruins you can soak in natural thermal baths or hike up to Putucusi.

The outdoor thermal baths are a 15 minute's walk out of town and are said to have medicinal properties. It is after these natural springs that the town was named (Aguas Calientes is Spanish for hot waters) and they're a wonderful place to relax. There are a few different pools of varied size and temperature and it's best to go earlier in the day when they're at their cleanest.

Further uphill past the baths there are a few beautiful waterfalls for bathing in and fearless climbers can hike the trail to Putucusi, the mountain just across the river from Machu Picchu. This trail was blazed by the Incas and involves scaling some vertical ladders but the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from the summit are worth the effort.

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Av. Hermanos Ayar s/n, Urb. Las Orquideas, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.7
Constantly innovating and improving its services and facilities to achieve the full satisfaction of its guests, the Hostal Chaska is a...
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Calle Wiracocha s/n, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.3
The Wiracocha Inn's three-story, ocher-colored building is located at the edge of the forest and adjacent to the Aguas Calientes River....
from USD 49 per night
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Av. Pachacuteq 804, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Located in Aguas Calientes' main street close to the thermal baths, after which the town was named, Hospedaje Aguas Calientes is a...
from USD 29 per night
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Calle Aymuraypa Tikan 105, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Conveniently located only 50 meters east of the railroad station where the trains from Cuzco pull in, the Machu Picchu ByB is housed in...
from USD 13 per night
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Avenida Pachacutec Mz. 19 Lt. 9, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.6
Taypikala Boutique Machu Picchu is a modern and luxurious hotel located in Aguas Calientes, the town below the ruins of Machu Picchu....
from USD 118 per night
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Avenida Pachacutec 150, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.8
Located in the upper part of Avenida Pachacutec, just a stone's throw away from the entrance to the hot springs, Hostal Imperio de los...
from USD 30 per night
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Avenida Pachacutec 109, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.6
Smart, chic and people-friendly, the El MaPi Hotel unites creative design with day-to-day practicality. Its eye-catching yet...
from USD 200 per night
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Lí­nea Férrea Km. 110, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Escape to your own private Andean paradise of lush gardens, whitewashed cottages and intimate terraces in the shadow of Machu Picchu....
from USD 589 per night
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Calle Colla Raymi 104, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.2
Gringo Bill's Hotel offers cozy accommodations with personality right on the main square of Aguas Calientes. Catering to travelers...
from USD 98 per night
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Las Orquídeas M-24, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.5
Conveniently located near the train station, Inti Punku Machu Picchu is an attractive modern hotel with helpful staff. It can...
from USD 140 per night
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Barrio las Orquideas D-8, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Located a few minutes from the Machu Picchu train station, handicraft markets, and thermal springs, the Green Nature hotel offers...
from USD 65 per night
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Avenida Pachacuteq 803, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.5
Pakarina Inn & Restaurant is a budget lodging in the center of Aguas Calientes catering for all types of travelers, from backpackers to...
from USD 25 per night
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Alameda del Artesano 219, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.0
The Inti Punku Inn opened at the beginning of 2012, featuring a clean, crisp décor in a quiet setting yet conveniently located right...
from USD 80 per night
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Avenida Pachacutec 809, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.0
Pachakuteq Inn is located close to the natural hot springs that the town is named for, and just across the street from the Wiñay Wayna...
from USD 49 per night
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Avenida Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Nestled on the western side of the small town of Aguas Calientes, in the shadow of the mountain housing the archaeological site of Machu...
from USD 361 per night
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Calle Chaska T'ika C-6, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Margarita's House is a budget hotel on the eastern side of the railroad station featuring basic guest accommodations with en-suite...
from USD 30 per night
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Avenida Pahchacutec 706, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Royal Inti Inn is located in the heart of the small town of Aguas Calientes. Besides comfortable accommodations, it offers a...
from USD 50 per night
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Kori Wakanki 607, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Machu Picchu Eucalyptus offers 26 spacious guest rooms with mountain and river views—all with private baths featuring free toiletries...
from USD 29 per night
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Calle Wiracocha M-18-4, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.9
At the Terrazas del Inca hotel guests can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the lush mountains surrounding Machu Picchu and the...
from USD 65 per night
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Avenida Pachacuteq 811, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
The Condor Palace Hostel is located on Pachacuteq Avenue, which is literally packed with restaurants, bars and late night venues, and it...
from USD 35 per night
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Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
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