Aguas Calientes Travel Guide

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Aguas Calientes Highlights

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    Tom_In_Madison says…

     You can find anything you need for your trip to MP here. 

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     Everything Overpriced 

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     You only need to go if you're going to Machu Picchu 

Aguas Calientes Things to Do

  • Life without cars

    It is interesting to watch daily life activities in a town like this. A street at the bottom of the hill was open to vehicles, but from there it was all hand labor. Groceries came to the little market on the corner on a hand truck, 6 crates at a time. Garbage collection and recycling is a guy with a handcart. Children coast down the street on...

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  • Climbing Putukusi

    I figured it wouldn't be a big deal, I had time so lets do the 1 hr 15 minutes ascent of this hill/mountain. Started out easy enough, strenuous but not hard, then came to a 'ladder' made of thick wood with about 20 rungs. Not bad....kept walking up and up and up. The wood was slightly damp, and that made it slippery. I took the photo of AC on the...

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  • Hot Springs

    We walked up a million stairs from our hotel, and then another steep trek from the gates to reach the hot springs. Aguas Calientes name was derived from the Hot Springs..... They are small, but it was well worth to soak for awhile and enjoy the scenery. I think it was about $1.50 to get in and open from 5:00 a.m til 8:30 p.m. You can rent swim...

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Aguas Calientes Restaurants

  • On the main square

    On the main square if u get a seat on the balcony it's ok but like everywhere else in this place it's over priced and nothing specialWe went for the pisco sour 4 for 1 offer (offered by most bars here) and a bowl if chipsDidn't like the drink much, chips okBut all restaurants here add a service charge, as did this place

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  • Basic grub

    Just across road from our hotel, john hostal this place is how I imagined restaurants in this town, over priced n pretty crap Had alpaca but veg was cold n meat chewyWas empty too but we just wanted something quick n nearby so served a purpose87 soles incl a stupid 15soles service charge! Robbing bstards

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  • Terrace for people watching

    Located right by the rail track by the river u can't miss this 3 level placeThe terrace had great views n a great spot to people watchFood is slightly overpriced but u pay for the viewWe had two salads, chips, two beers all for 87 soles (£18)Good service

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  • Andean or Pizza

    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...

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  • Great Peruvian Food

    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...

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  • Nice Place To Wait For The Train

    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...

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Aguas Calientes Nightlife

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    relaxing......

    by Tom_In_Madison Written May 26, 2007

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    I finally fell victim to the woman standing in the street enticing you into this bar/cafe. I was parched from my unsuccessful ascent to the top of Putukusi, and a cerveza didn't sound half bad.

    9 soles ($3) for a 2/3 liter Cuzcoqueno, nice. When walking from the main plaza, walk up hte hill....about half way up, on your right side.

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Aguas Calientes Transportation

  • Backpacker train to and from AC

    About $70 r/t to and from Aguas calientes. Seats are comfortable enough, and the view is usually spectacular. I had a small woman from Ireland across from me, so it wasn't bad. If 2 tall people are opposite each other, it will be tight and there will be some knee-knocking. Next to me a guy from Canada and a guy from France in my 4-cube. We had some...

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  • the Backpacker

    riding from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes and back ...for a visit to Macchu Picchuthe train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes and back.The trip took more than 3 hours ..... and it goes very slowly, so that you can take pictures. From Aguas Calientes we had to take a bus to reach the top for seeing Macchu Picchu, but it was worth to make the long trip. The...

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Aguas Calientes Warnings and Dangers

  • There is an ATM now in Machu Picchu...

    There is an ATM located in Machu Picchu Pueblo (incorrectly known as Aguas Calientes for its thermal baths located there). The ATM was opened in July of 2006. There is a surcharge on transactions made at the Machu Picchu Pueblo ATM. It is located right next to Toto's House restaurant on the tracks.

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  • No ATMs or Banks?

    When we were there in 2001, there was no ATM or bank so we couldn't get more money until we returned to Cusco. So be forewarned: if you hike to Machu Picchu and plan on spending the night in AC, bring some money with you. It may be different now but I wouldn't take the chance unless you can get confirmation that there is a bank or ATM there.

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Aguas Calientes Tourist Traps

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    by littlebush Written Apr 18, 2014

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    Check your restaurant bill in detail

    All places add a service charge but we experienced twice where they just make up a figure and add it to the bill

    One place it worked out 30%! Their menu stated 10%. When we challenged the waitress she quickly changed it but it still worked out 20%.
    We asked to see the manager and he was all smiles and said what do we want to pay!!

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