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About Aguas Calientes

The town of Aguas Calientes is located among the lush vegetation and the mountain area close to one of the highest tourist attractions of Peru: Machu Picchu. It’s also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo (Machu Picchu Town) due to the proximity and for being the reference to get to the famous fortress. Its origin goes back to 1911, when took place the begining of the railway line construction, some years after the discovery of the Machu Picchu citadel (in 1901). Th...is populated center is also the last train station from Cusco city. The development of Aguas Calientes has been influenced by the tourism activity, turning the town into a commercial place where you can find from simple accomodations to the most exclusive establishments for the visitors pleasure. At 800 meters from the town there are crowded thermal baths which have a unique medicinal fame (main reason for its name “Aguas Calientes”, which means warm waters).
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Travel tips for Aguas Calientes

-The high season goes from June to August. During this period it will be very difficult to find accomodation and tickets to Machu Picchu, due to the high demand, besides that the price will ascend considerably, even in transport (make your bookings in advance, to save money and bad times).-It’s located at 69 mi (112 kms) from Cusco; you can get there by train (a route of 4 hours), by bus (5 hours of travel) or by foot through the Inca Trail (tours of 4 days and 3 nights).-The tour of the Inca Trail costs from $300 to $400, the train tickets from $30 to $100 (the low-cost) and the bus, an average of 60 soles.-Aguas Calientes is located at 9 mi (15 kms) from Machu Picchu, which makes 1h30 min. by foot and 30 min. by bus).-The entrance to Machu Picchu is from 6:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (you should leave early in the morning Aguas Calientes to squeeze Ma...chu Picchu).-Take your own food and the necessary as water, clothes and medicines, because in Aguas Calientes town the prices are inflated (you will pay the double or triple for essentials).Aguas Calientes is a little town, but very commercial. You will find restaurants, hotels an shops in every step, all of it very close. You could just go across the town by foot to know all it provides. To get to Machu Picchu you can take a bus in any of the transportation companies which operate very near to the train station.During the rainy season there is a risk of “huaycos” (landslides of mud and rocks) and gliding of big land pieces. In the past there have been natural accidents due to the negligence of some businessmen who doesn’t consider danger, locating their shop in high risk areas. During the rainy season don’t you take risks in areas near the river.
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Aguas Calientes weather

Best time to visit Aguas Calientes

The best time to visit Aguas Calientes is from June to September. On June the 24th takes place the Inti Raymi, an important date when the people from Cusco pay tribute to the Sun.

Climate in Aguas Calientes

-The climate in Aguas Calientes is temperate to warm, due to its location at the jungle’s edge.-The average temperature in Aguas Calientes is 61 °F (16 °C); you should bring warm clothing.-There are intense rains from November to March (take raincoats and rain boots). From April to May the weather is warm. The rest of the year the days have nice weather.

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Accomodations in Aguas Calientes

Casa Machu Picchu Hostel
Location: 636, Av. Imperio de los Incas (in front of the railway)
Price: from $12 per night
This simply hotel has shared rooms and individual lockers so as to keep safe your belongings. The breakfast is served from 4:30 a.m., they have wi-fi and a good service.