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Top Choice French in Aguas Calientes

Indio Feliz

Hospitality is the strong suit of French cook Patrik at this multi-award-winning restaurant, but the food does not disappoint. Start with sopa a la criolla (mildly spiced, creamy noodle soup with beef and peppers). …
Fusion in Aguas Calientes

Tree House

The rustic ambience of Tree House provides a cozy setting for its inviting fusion menu served alongside South American wines, craft beers and cocktails. Dishes like stuffed wontons with tamarind sauce, alpaca tender…
Peruvian in Aguas Calientes


Touting 'cocina de autor,' this stylish shoebox of a restaurant serves beautifully plated food, but in its mass production it might not quite live up to gourmet standards. The fare is classic Andean – including gril…
Peruvian in Aguas Calientes

Café Inkaterra

Upstream from the train station, this tucked-away riverside restaurant is housed in elongated thatched rooms with views of water tumbling over the boulders. There's a set menu (starter, main dish and dessert), with …
Cafe in Aguas Calientes


This friendly streetside cafe is popular with the backpacking set. Perhaps it's all the craft beer and burgers on offer. It's worth checking out the arroz chaufa (fried rice) and lomo saltado (strips of beef stir-fr…
Museum in Aguas Calientes

Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón

This museum has superb information in Spanish and English on the archaeological excavations of Machu Picchu and Inca building methods. Stop here before or after the ruins to get a sense of context (and to enjoy the …
Peruvian in Aguas Calientes


Located inside Tierra Viva hotel but independent, this high-quality buffet restaurant is a great idea if you want an expedited dining experience in Aguas Calientes. Diverse offerings include fresh salad, soup, tradi…
Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes

Las Termas

Weary trekkers soak away their aches and pains in the town’s hot springs, 10 minutes’ walk up Pachacutec from the train tracks. These tiny, natural thermal springs, from which Aguas Calientes derives its name, are n…
Bakery in Aguas Calientes

La Boulangerie de Paris

We don’t know how these Frenchmen got here, we’re just thankful. This small cafe sells pain au chocolat, fresh croissants, espresso drinks and desserts, with a few gluten-free items. You can also order boxed lunches…
Church in Aguas Calientes

Iglesia Vírgin del Carmen

The Catholic church of Aguas Calientes sits along the main square.