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Aguas Calientes

If you're visiting Machu Picchu while you're in Peru - and why wouldn’t you? – there's a very good chance you'll pass through the small pueblo of Aguas Calientes en route. The gateway town to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes is nestled in a valley of cloud forest below the famous Incan site.

Make Aguas Calientes your base if you want to tour Machu Picchu in depth. It has all the facilities of a well set-up service town for visitors, including a varied collection of hostels, cabins, eco-lodges and hotels.

As you'd expect, the pueblo also has a well-rounded selection of restaurants, with a choice of local and European cuisine, as well as a lively choice of bars.

While you're here, unwind for a spell in the town's natural hot spring baths, off the central Avenue Pachacutec. You could also browse the souvenir stalls set up near the train station.

Practical Info

Aguas Calientes is the closest point of access for Machu Picchu, only 6km (4 miles) away. From Cusco, it's around a three-hour train journey to Aguas Calientes aboard the scenic Vistadome rail service.

Buses travel hourly from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, around 20 minutes away.

Tours & Tickets

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 380 Reviews

Take an all-inclusive day trip to breathtaking Machu Picchu from Cusco. Visit the world-famous Incan ruins and learn about the city, its history and the people ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $335.00

5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $904.99

2-Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

This 2-day tour is a great option for those who don't have much time to visit Machu Picchu and want to arrive in a more leisurely fashion than trekkers. You ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $475.00

3-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a 3-day tour to see the best highlights of Cusco and Machu Picchu. You will explore Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and see its important landmarks ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $472.00

Machu Picchu Guided Group Tour from Aguas Calientes

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a 2.5-hour group tour of Machu Picchu which includes assistance from the train station upon arrival into Aguas Calientes and transfer to the bus station. ...  Read more

Location: Aguas Calientes, Peru
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.90

15-Day Tour of Peru and the Galapagos Islands from Lima

See Peru and the Galapagos Islands on this 15-day tour from Lima. You'll arrive into Lima, City of the Kings and enjoy a city tour. Then, explore Cusco and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 15 days (approx.)

From USD $4,690.00

4-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Small-Group Tour

This 4-day tour is a great option that provides you the best to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu in a small-group setting and with a professional guide. Your ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $695.00

3-Day Express Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu

Enjoy a 3-day tour which includes a city sightseeing tour of Cusco, where you will visit all the major sites in and around the city. You'll also have a tour of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $595.00

Private 2-Day Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu

Get the most out of Cusco and Machu Picchu on a 2-day private tour, and enjoy the personalized attention of a private sightseeing experience! This tour is ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,111.99

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

The Lares Valley trek is sometimes known as the 'Weaver's Way' or the Weavers Trail and it's a wonderful way to immerse yourself into Peruvian culture and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $580.00

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