Welcome to Aguas Calientes
Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, this town lies in a deep gorge below the ruins. A virtual island, it’s cut off from all roads and enclosed by stone cliffs, towering cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. Despite its gorgeous location, Aguas Calientes has the feel of a gold rush town, with a large itinerant population, slack services that count on one-time customers and an architectural tradition of rebar and... Read More
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Aguas Calientes activities
7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu
Book a 7-day tour of both Lima and Cusco and don't worry about the daily schedule of a vacation in Peru. This extended tour, designed for both first-time visitors and savvy travelers alike, includes your hotel accommodation (with breakfast), transfers to and from the airports in Lima and Cusco, guided tours and much more! You'll spend the first two full days in Lima, the City of Kings, and capital of Peru. On the first day, you'll have a guided sightseeing tour of the city and explore the famous landmarks and areas of interest. On the second day, you'll enjoy a day of leisure. It is recommended that you visit the famous Temple of Pachacamac or spend the day at some of the renowned museums or simply go shopping. On the third day, you'll be taken to the airport to head to Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire. On your first day in Cusco, you'll visit the city, the famous San Blas neighborhood, the Palace of Inca Roca and Korikancha. On the fourth day, you'll have the opportunity to visit the archeological ruins which surround the city of Cusco. Head over to Sacsayhuaman to admire the large stone structures and enjoy panoramic views of Cusco and its rooftops. You'll also visit the archeological sites of Qenqo and Tambomachay before returning to Cusco for an afternoon of leisure. On day 5, you'll head to the train station and board the train to Aguas Calientes, the small village at the bottom of the mountain to Machu Picchu. Ascend to the citadel by bus and spend a few hours at the sacred site, both on a guided sightseeing tour and at your own pace. You'll stay the night in Aguas Calientes so that you can capture breathtaking views of Machu Picchu both at sunset and at sunrise. There will not be a better chance for postcard perfect pictures! Enjoy some free time at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes before returning to Cusco in the evening.Please see the itinerary field below for more detailed information.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes
After arriving at the train station in Aguas Calientes,a reprenstative meets you for the short walk to the bus station. After a 25-minute bus ride (but ticket not included) arrive at Machu Picchu (entry not included) and begin a 2.5 hour guided tour during which the architecture and history of this 15th Century Incan archaeological site will come to life, including the Sun Temple and the Room of the Three Windows.After the guided tour, stay at Machu Picchu to explore on your own (the site closes at 5pm) including a hike up to Huayna Picchu (separate reservation and ticket required), Machu Picchu peak (separate reservation and ticket required) or the Sun Gate (no reservation or ticket required). Then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (bus ticket not included) where you can board your train back to Cusco (train ticket not included) or enjoy the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes (hot springs entry not included).
Machu Picchu Day Tour
In the morning, you will meet your driver at your hotel in Cusco and be taken to the train station, where you will board the train for a wonderful hour and a half scenic ride to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, your guide will take you on a guided tour of the ruins of Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas.’ You will learn about the important and inspiring history of this sacred Inca site and visit the temples of the Sun and the Condor. You'll also get to see the aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Inca Terraces. After your tour, you will have some free time to explore this site on your own. There are many short trek options, such as a the one to the Sun Gate for an impressive view of Machu Picchu or a visit to the Incan Bridge, a secret entrance for the Incan Army.You will then return back to AguasCalientes to take the train to Cusco. Once you have arrived to Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel.
4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco
Day 1: Cusco to Lares Town and Trek to Wakawasi (14 kms) (L/D)You will be picked-up from your hotel in Cusco between 5am and 6am and you will be transferred 2-miles (2,900m) to Lares Town. There, you can spend some time to enjoy the hot springs (not included) and then you will begin your 6-hour trek. You will begin a 2.5-mile (3,850m) zigzagging climb to the town of Wakawasi with views of glaciers, wildlife and local communities. The campsite at Wakawasi community will give you the chance to meet local families living in harmony with nature. Day 2: Trek to Patacancha Town (15 kms) (B/L/D)You will hike uphill on a 4-hour-trek that will take you over Ipsayccocha Pass (2.7 miles/4,400m) and then you'll walk for 40 more minutes downhill where you will enjoy lunch next to the lake. Continue 3 more hours to Patacancha town (2.4 miles/3,800m) where you will camp surrounded by llamas, alpacas and amidst native crop plantations. Day 3: Trek to Ollantaytambo and Transfer to Aguas Calientes (12 kms) (B/L/D)From Patacancha mountain community (2.4 miles/3,800m), you will walk 4 hours to reach Ollantaytambo. Enjoy lunch and hop on a train to reach Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night at a hotel. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax and unwind. Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu and Return to Cuzco (B)Catch one of the first buses (5:30am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) so you can admire the 'Lost City of the Incas' in the early morning light. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and then explore the place on your own. If you still have energy, you can climb Huayna Picchu which takes 45-60 minutes to reach the top. (This is an extra walk, please talk to your guide for arrangements to climb this mountain prior to your arrival). You will then meet your guide in Aguas Calientes, which can be reached by walking or by bus. There, you will have lunch and receive your train tickets for the return trip. You can visit the local marketplace right next to the train tracks before your departure. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus to Cusco, arriving at 10:30pm. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the hotel of your choice.See the map of the trek by clicking on 'View Additional Info.'
Inca Trail Short 2-Day Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 1: Wiñay Wayna - Machu PicchuYou will be picked up from your hotel at 4am (depending on the train schedule) and taken to the train station. You'll travel by train, on a very picturesque route for two and a half hours to the starting point of the trek (Kilometer 104). You'll then have a walk of approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), (2,680 m/8,792 ft), the most impressive site on the Inca Trail.You will then continue on to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), (2,730 m/8,792 ft) from where you will have your first incredible, panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2,400 m/7,873 ft). You will walk down to the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, you will take a side path off the trail to descend to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes you will settle for the night. Machu Picchu will be toured on Day 2. Day 2: Machu Picchu TourThe final day begins with a breakfast before you take the first bus at 6am to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the amazing city by yourselves. If you still have energy and have bought the ticket, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu, and you will get a magnificent view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.You will later meet your guide back in Aguas Calientes (the trip down to Aguas Calientes can be reached by bus or foot) for lunch (this lunch is not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail. Note: It is no longer possible to spend a night camping on the actual Inca Trail for the 2 Day/1 Night trek. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu Full Day Tour from Cusco
Receive an early-morning pickup from your hotel around 5:30am, driving to the train station in Ollantaytambo for the rail journey to the mysterious lost city of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, walk to the bus stop for a short ride (25 minutes) up the hill to the Inca citadel. Spend the next two hours enjoying a guided walking tour, providing you with an overview of the key landmarks and history of this enigmatic Inca center. You will also have some extra time to explore this fascinating site on your own, relax, and take pictures. At the end of your visit, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Then board the train for the ride back to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Here you will receive a drop-off back at your hotel in Cusco.