June, July, August and September are the best months to visit Machu Picchu, since there is no rain and the days are sunny, but cool.
It can be temperate, dry or warm, depending on the season. Temperatures are around 16° C. In January, February and March, rains are stronger. In April, November and December the weather is nice, but the temperatures are a little bit cold. May and October offer a cool weather, that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Aguas Calientes does not stand out for having a night life very active, but local restaurants offer you 4 drinks for the price of 1, on the Happy Hour time.
Location: Lloque YupanquiWasicha is the only night club in Aguas Calientes; there you can have a drink and enjoy the latest hits untill early morning.
Lots of restaurants have, in general, a bad quality and high prices (most of them collect 15% of taxes and services that are not mentioned on the menu). However, as the competition is strong, you can always negociate the dish price. In the list below we recommend some of the best restaurants, so that your stay in Machu Picchu is as pleasant as possible.
Location: Jr. Sinchi Roca
Phone number: (084)7 97798
Hours: everyday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Just perfect to take a coffee when you're back from Machu Picchu. You can taste a delicious croissant, desserts, and snacks such as quiche, lasagne or pasty.
Location: Pachacutec 156
Phone number: (084) 211006
Hours: everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
This restaurant offers pizzas, soups, and mexican and peruvian food. They have an interesting assortment.
Location: Lloque Yupanqui, lote 4 M, close to Pachacutec.
Phone number: (084) 211090
Hours: everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: menu around s/. 55
This restaurant is expensive, but you'll find special dishes you have nowhere else. We recommend trout with mango and for dessert chocolate mousse with orange cake, a delicacy!
Location: Huanacaure, 105
Phone number: +51 84 435849
Cost: 27 to 83 US dollars
Fusion food, Latin American and local food. It's the most appropriate for a romantic dinner! The flavors are mixed and dishes are just right: guinea pig with peanut sauce; raviolis of quinoa with chimmichurri sauce are some of the delicious samples of creativity of their chefs, just succulent!
Even if the main attraction, close to Aguas Calientes is Machu Picchu, there are some other tourist places that you shouldn't miss.
Location: in between Aguas Calientes and Puente Ruinas.
Entrance: S./ 20
In this centre of observation and interpretation of butterflies, you'll appreciate a big diversity of them, because in Peru you there are more than 4400 species.
The inca city is the pre-Columbian place the most amazing in Latine America, for its legacy and monumental beauty. The visit to this emblematic place, protected by the UNESCO and declared wonder of the world, is restricted to 2500 people a day.
In summer time you have to make a reservation of your entrance.
To get into Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes you have 2 options:
- By foot (1h30 of trekking, climbing 1716 steps).
- By bus (the first bus leaves at 5:30 a.m.). Try to get there soon to make the line and you'll take one of the first buses.
Once in Machu Picchu you'll be able to look at the wonderful landscape and visit the ruins. To understand all the secrets Machu Picchu hides, we recommend you to take a guide, that you can also reserve in advance if you buy a tour all included.
The bravest (with excellent physical conditions) and luckiest people (only 400 people can climb per day) will climb the Wayna Picchu to have a unique sight of the Machu Picchu. Even though you can climb also the Machu Picchu mountain located on the opposed side.
Location: close to Puente Ruinas, at the beginning of the way to get to Machu Picchu.
It's a museum where you can find the building methods incas people used in a teaching way; in addition, the museum explains how the archaeological excavation was made.
Location: At 700 metres from the town, take the Pachacutec avenue and go up (7 min).
Hours: open everyday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: S/. 10
Thermal fountains are sulfurous waters, so don't you get scared about the colour and smell of the water, it's normal. Nothing better than a relaxing thermal bath after an exhausting trekking; and much better if the waters are considered medicinal. The temperature of the water is between 38° and 46°. The place has toilet, locker room and a snack bar. We recommend to bring a towel and a bathing suit.
|Inti Raymi||Date: June the 24th||The Inti Raymi is the most important feast of the Imperial City. People from Cusco pay tribute to the Sun in Sacsayhuamán fortress in honour of the Inca Empire; they dance with traditional costumes and they represent the inca appearance, up in a bunk bed.|