Also known as Machu Picchu town, Aguas Calientes is a charming district located 110 kilometers from the city of Cusco. It is famous for serving as a sort of “gateway” to the famous citadel of Machu Picchu.
The district was born in 1901, when a railway designed to link the towns of Cuzco and Santa Ana was built. A camp was established in the area, 110 kilometers from Cuzco, with the idea of turning the place into the operations center machinery and heavy equipment of the railway project. Workers and their families end up settling in the area.
While the main attraction of the city is its proximity to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes is a district that shines. With tourism the town’s main activity, it is not surprising that Aguas Calientes present a varied amount of hotels of different qualities and facts to suit all budgets. The village also has a large business. A large number of trading posts are established on both sides of the rail, giving the impression that it is a long shopping street. There, tourists can find all kinds of colorful accessories, ideal to give away as a souvenir and very comfortable price.
True to its name, it has soothing hot water thermal baths 800 meters from the village, which, they say, have medicinal properties. To reach the hot springs whose temperatures range between 38 and 46 degrees Celsius, tourists have to walk a steep stepped path along the hills. Also, close to the thermal baths, the Municipality of Aguas Calientes it has arranged special environments, which include bathrooms, dressing rooms and a coffee shop. Unfortunately, due to the complicated way to access the thermal baths, these are not intended for those people who have some type of injury that prevents them from walking the steep path or who have restricted physical mobility.
Aguas Calientes also has a number of restaurants specializing in local and international dishes as well as entertaining pubs to socialize and have a good time. No doubt it is a lovely place that tourists can not miss.