the Inka Wasi restaurant for dinner. (Most of the streets are pedestrian only, and everything seems to be uphill!) By not going to the hotel until we were ready to stay there, we walked a lot less.
The restaurant décor was interesting—they had some interesting art work, including a sculpture of the Last Supper, with 14 Inca kings instead of disciples.
Favorite Dish: They have both local dishes and pizza, and both were good.
This was a great place to eat in Aguas Calientes. The restaurant has a wonderful ambiance with tables built out of tree trunks and beautifully carved chairs. There are beautiful masks and sculptures of local Incan heros covering the walls. The staff here is slow and it was the first restaurant where I experienced the supposed common slow service in Peru, but the food and the ambiance are worth it. My husband had the ceviche and he thought it was the best dish he had in Peru and it was very fresh. I had a steak stuffed with ham and cheese which was quite tasty and the staff had no problem taking it back when I requested it to be a little more well. Also bonus is that they have their own cappuchino machine so I was able to get a very tasty mocha.
Toto's House is a restaurant that isn't too far from where the train drops you off in Aguas Calientes. It was a nice restaurant that offered a very good buffet lunch complete with many different types of local Peruvian fare as well as wonderful desserts. If you don't want buffet, you can also order straight off the menu. They also have a wonderful wood fire burning in the middle of the restaurant which is a delight after climbing Machu Picchu on a rainy day. We sat at a table that was adjacent to the fire and overlooking the Aguas Calientes River and we were in pure heaven. Furthermore, they have a Peruvian quartet playing local music complete with a flute player, guitar player, and a guy beating on a drum. The prices are a bit steep but it was a nice place to blow the time while we were waiting for our train to board.
Favorite Dish: Cream Puffs