Aguas Calientes – the gateway to Machu Picchu

  • Aguas Calientes

    Aguas Calientes – the gateway to Machu Picchu
  • Tren a Aguas Calientes
  • Urubamba Aguas Calientes

If you want to visit the historic site and Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sooner or later you will end up in Aguas Calientes, a place of 2,000 souls in the Urubamba Valley, and the last place before the legendary Inca site.

Aguas Calientes – which means “hot springs”, which are just above the town, by the way – can only be reached via a narrow gauge train from Cusco, and there is no road connection to this day. Here ends the Peruvian South Railway (Southern Railway) for tourists.

The town, officially called Machu Picchu Pueblo, has numerous hotels, restaurants and shops, but it is not necessarily touristy. But that does not mean there is nothing to see.

The hot springs of Aguas Calientes

The fonts of the same name are easy to find: simply follow the path uphill. The gardens open every morning at 5 a. M., and as they can be filled during the day, it is advisable to present as soon as possible. Towards the end of the day, not only the water in the pools is no longer particularly hot, it is not very clean!

If necessary, you can borrow towels and swimsuits at the entrance for a small fee.

Here you can relax sore muscles and then enjoy a relaxing treatment in one of the many massage rooms (adequate massages, not negligible)