Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Travel Guide

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Things to Do

  • The Main Square

    The main square is home to several shops and restaurants, and in the centre is a statue of Inca Pachacutec, the greatest spiritual leader of the Incas and the builder of Machu Picchu. The town church is also located at the square. We tried to visit the church, but it was occupied by a school class (confirmation preparation?) and we only had a...

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  • Banos Termales (The Hot Springs)

    The Hot Springs are – besides Machu Picchu – the main attraction of Aquas Calientes, and the town is named after the springs. They are located about 15-20 minutes walk from the town centre, a nice walk along the Rio Aquas Calientes and with the high mountains on each side... At the Hot Springs complex, you find the changing room, bathrooms, and...

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  • Machu Picchu, our visit...

    We took one of the first buses from Aquas Calientes, and arrived very early to Machu Picchu. At the entrance waited a long line of official guides, and we decided to book a 2-hour tour in order not to miss any of the main attractions. It was quite expensive, but some things you are willing to pay a little extra for… The first stop was at the famous...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Restaurants

  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)

    Of course you'll want to try the guinea pig, gross out your friends back home, tell them you hope to eat dog on your next trip, frighten the children... Same

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  • Not to be missed in Aguas Calientes

    In a town that seemed not to have any quiet, confortable places to sit, and after being under the rain for a few hours, this restaurant felt like heaven. The decor was beautiful, with handpainted wood furnishings, and decorative accents that made it very cozy. We sat near a stone fireplace. There were flowers everywhere. The service was good, and...

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  • Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel

    The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel which is the only hotel located on the grounds of Mach Picchu offers a buffet lunch. The price of the buffet is a whopping $25 USD. Considering I ate a three course lunch in Lima for about $2.50 this price is ridiculous. Everyone on the trip was sick so we really didn't have the energy to look around for a...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Nightlife

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    by Jupepita Written Sep 1, 2007

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    If you enjoy watching traditional dance performed to live music, almost every evening there are dinner shows at Pueblo Viejo restaurant.

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Transportation

  • Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    There are no roads that connect Aquas Calientes to the outside world, and you have to take the train from either Poroy (just outside Cusco) or Ollantaytambo (or walk the Inca Trail) to get there... Peru Rail operates with 3 different types of trains: The expensive ‘Hiram Bingham’ train – with gourmet meals and an observation carriage, the midrange...

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  • Machu Picchu

    We deciced to take one of the first buses from Aquas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and therefore we arrived at the bus station before 7am in the morning. There was only a short line at the ticket stand, and with the bus ticket (a two way ticket was 14 USD in November 2009) in hand, we queued up in the bus line. There are about 20 shuttle buses in...

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  • Peru Rail

    I have been to Maachu Pichu a few times now and I believe I have figured out the easiest way to get to Maachu Pichu. Once in Lima, Peru find yourself an agency that sells tickets. It is easier and more efficient to buy your tickets on PeruRail in Lima before you fly to Cusco as the train frequently sells out their tickets. Ask your concierge at the...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    Then we arrived at Aquas Calientes and walked from the train station to our hotel, we passed through a big souvenir market...Later, we visited the market again. The market was huge and very colourful. We almost got lost a couple of times, the stalls seemed to go on and on. If you have some spare time – and money – I’m sure you will find the...

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  • Indian Market

    There are dozens of shops selling traditional Indian and other items. The colors are amazing. Just be careful - if you show any interest in an item you will find the seller to be quite polite but insistent. It is perfectly okay to bargain - just ask them what the price is and come in with something less but not insulting. If they can make a profit...

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  • Quality Peruvian Merchandise

    I truly recommend this shop for their high-quality merchandise. Compared to the wares at the local market (in Aguas Calientes) with its many vendors, this shop gets 4-stars for selling items of way better quality. For some items, the prices here are only a bit higher, but not that much. For example, I compared one jewelry from this store to a...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Local Customs

  • Food carvings in restaurant

    I don't know if this is a local custom or just done at one restaurant. I can't remember the name of the restaurant but it has an Inca version carving of the Last Supper on the wall. Our meals came with these cute carved animals on them. I took a bite of the white part to try to figure out what it was. The closest I could come to was jicama. It was...

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  • White-collar beggars

    The buses are the latest model of Mercedes Benz’s environment protection technology. They are clean physically and ecologically. For some funny reason the bus company has printed a text on the back of every ticket, appealing to the good will of the customer and spend more money on more trips to more side locations for the noble purpose of...

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  • Hot Springs

    The hot springs seemed like a nice way to relax after a long day of hiking, so we decided to check them out. The gentleman working at the entrance was kind and helpful, and we walked up a beautiful path to get to the springs. It seemed like a great start to a relaxing afternoon. Unfortunately, it was exactly the opposite. The hot springs had the...

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  • Mosquitoes

    There are many mosquitoes in Aquas Calientes, at least when I was visiting in November (2009). I sat at an open-air bar for less than an hour, but it was time enough for the mosquitoes to bite me about 50 times on my legs! I was completely eaten up by the small, blood-sucking insects! Use Mosquito Repellent, you can buy it at local shops!

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  • Hiking Along the Inca Trail-Creepy Bugs!

    Hiking along the Inca Trail might sound like fun but it is a long journey and only for die hard hikers. In the last decade there has been lots of upgrades due to safety concerns and now it is practically impossible to hike the Inca Trail without a guide. There were many cases of people being robbed along the Inca Trail during their multiple day...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants

    Walking up the main street, you will be greeted (or harassed, depending on your point of view) by dozens of people shoving menus in your face. These people are paid for every group they bring into the restaurant, not by the restaurant itself, but by the groups themselves. This extra fee is added into your bill as a "local tax". They often try to...

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  • The whole place is a tourist trap!

    Aguas Caliente is only here 'cause it sits right below MP. EVERYTHING here is a tourist trap. That being said, it's actually a pleasant little place, hostals, restaurants and gift shops fill up the two main (and several side) streets. Up at the high end of town are hot springs, you might as well go to the hot spring as they're the only thing here...

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  • Dont listen

    If your like me and want to enjoy nature on your own and trek to Machu Pichhu. Do the Salkantay trek and tell the park ranger who you will run into on the morning of the trek up to the 4600m pass to p!ss off.By all means pay the park fee as its respect for the locals to do so, but just say I have walked a hole day to get here and Im going the way...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu What to Pack

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    by SirRichard Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Metallic or plastic walking sticks are not allowed in Machu Picchu. But you can buy these bambu sticks that happen to be very useful during the trek, specially on rainy days, when the rocks get slippery.

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Off The Beaten Path

  • Hike up Putucuzi

    If you loved the hike up Waynupichu, the green mountain in all the famous photographs of Maachu Pichu, why not try out Putucuzi. It is the other mountain, less known, but still a great hike. Of course, after the climb up Waynupichu you might be very weary and tired but if you are in this part of town for longer then a few days, it will be well...

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  • Hidden Treasures in Aguas Calientes

    The town of Aguas Calientes is said to exist only to support the bustling economy created by tourists visiting Macchu Picchu. It sits in the valley below the ruins along the Urubamba River and is filled with restaurants and hotels catering to tourists. I missed the train out of town after my visit to Macchu Picchu, so I had the opportunity to...

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  • Become a Millionaire!

    Viracocha is the dominant deity of the region. There are imprints (of his face mind you) in Tiahuanaco and Ollantaytambo. While in Bolivia, on the island of the Sun, his face is in desperate need of a spotlight (a tour guide comes handy with a laser one), in Ollantaytambo the features are much easier to recognise. What is puzzling though is the...

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Sports & Outdoors

  • Ladder Climbing up Putucuzi

    This activity involves climbing up a mountain via ladders and stone steps. Even though Putucuzi is a smaller mountain in comparison to Waynupichu, the famous green mountain in the backdrop of the ruines of Maachu Pichu, it is by far a tougher climb and not for the weak hearted, the acrophobic, or those not up for a strenuous challenge. The reward...

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  • Walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu...

    Although I love hiking I didn't do the inca trail (too expensive and too many people on that track). To do dome hiking anyway we walk the way to Machu Picchu. Once you get on the beginning of the hill, you can get up bij the inca stairs. These are pretty intense. Walking back we walked in to some peruvians who where dressed up like incas. They did...

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  • Massage

    There were many massage centers in Aguas Calientes. They are meant to treat people coming here after the 4 day trekking of the INCA TRAIL. I didn't use them, as I was short of time, but it would have been a good idea!

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Favorites

  • INC – iPeru Tourism Information

    I don't know how the procedure is today, but when I was visiting Machu Picchu in November 2009, it was not possible to buy the entrance ticket at the Machu Picchu site itself... Instead we had to buy the tickets at the ‘INC - iPeru Tourism Information’ in the centre of Aquas Calientes. The price was 125 sole, and you had to pay in sole – not in...

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  • Excursion Tips for Independent MP...

    It is worthwhile to stay in Aguas Calientes overnight in order to get to experience the area more fully. You can take some time...it's a vacation after all, and if you're not doing the Inca Trail, but just doing an independent tour of MP, the more you should consider staying an overnighter in AC. Staying one more day leaves you plenty of time to...

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  • Get Close to A Llama

    While you are visiting the ruines of Maachu Pichu, make sure to take some time and check out the llamas. Odds are there are no high altitude llamas in your homeland so here is a good spot to snap a few pics and make friends with a llama. There are always a few of these beautiful animals wandering around on Maachu Pichu. They provide that natural...

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Intihuatana Stone
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