Aguas Calientes Tours

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If you're visiting Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s a good chance you'll pass through the small pueblo of Aguas Calientes en route. This gateway town to Peru’s famous Incan ruins sits nestled in a valley of cloud forest, where a series of natural hot springs gives the town its name.

The Basics
The majority of travelers to Peru come to see the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, and almost all of them will spend at least a little time in the town of Aguas Calientes. The train taking passengers from Cusco to Machu Picchu stops at Aguas Calientes, where day-trippers then board a bus to the ruins. Visitors on overnight itineraries, including those hiking the Inca Trail, often spend the night in the village before rising early to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s a good idea to book your stay and Machu Picchu entrance tickets well in advance, particularly during high season.
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Dress in layers, as conditions can change quickly between town and the ruins.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Aguas Calientes is by train, several of which depart Cusco daily for the journey of one hour and 45 minutes. A bus runs from town up to Machu Picchu.

When to Get There
Aguas Calientes enjoys the best weather from June to August, the busiest season for vacationers. While things are quieter from October to April, this is the rainy season, so expect regular downpours. 

Attractions in Aguas Calientes
Aside from the thermal baths, Aguas Calientes highlights include a hike to the summit of Putucusi Mountain, which offers stellar views of Machu Picchu on a clear day. You can also visit the Butterfly House, Machu Picchu Museum (Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón) and nearby botanical gardens, or the Gardens of Mandor (Los Jardines de Mandor) with its waterfalls. 
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Address: Aguas Calientes, Peru
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike, and features four different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus) and the site entrance fee.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$346.00 USD
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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$346.00 USD

2-Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Enjoy a relaxed overnight visit to the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu from Cusco, allowing you early access to this iconic archaeological site. Journey by train through the beautiful river valley to the city of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have time relax and explore town before settling in for the evening. Then wake up early for a sunrise visit at Machu Picchu, including a 2-hour guided tour plus time to explore this amazing ancient marvel on your own. Your trip also includes round-trip train tickets and bus transfer to Machu Picchu, one night of accommodations at a three-star hotel, breakfast and site entrance fee.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$477.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Spend three days communing with the ancient civilization of the Incas during this 3-day, 2-night trip covering the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Cusco and Machu Picchu. Discover the key highlights of Cusco, once the capital of the sprawling Inca empire, with visits to its cathedral, and the fortress at Sacsayhuaman. Rise early the next morning for an incredible morning visit to the mountaintop city of Machu Picchu, including a guided tour. Your trip also covers round-trip airport transport, a guide, two nights of accommodation, meals as per the itinerary and site entrance fees.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$559.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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4-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Experience the best of Cusco and the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip. Spend your first day exploring the colonial and Incan history of Cusco at sites including Koricancha, the city’s main cathedral and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. On day two, travel on a scenic train trip to the Machu Picchu staging city of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll spend the night. Wake up early on day three to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu and explore this amazing site with your guide. This Cusco and Machu Picchu experience also includes a guide, round-trip airport transfer, train and bus tickets, three nights of accommodation at a three star hotel, entrance fees and Cusco city tour.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$639.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

If you want add some exhilaration to the Inca Trail then opt for this 4-day jungle adventure from Cusco, which includes adventure sports such as white-water rafting, mountain biking, and ziplining. Amid the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes mountains, you’ll hike to mountain summits, observe native flora and fauna, and visit Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World, at sunrise. Most meals, accommodation, activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$495.00 USD
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4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek

Get your adrenaline pumping as you make your way to the famous Machu Picchu. Enjoy a 4-day adventure tour through the jungle from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Spend your days biking, hiking, zip lining, and rafting as you traverse the ancient Inca jungle paths. Get to know your small group and tour guide as you enjoy meals together and learn about the history of Peru.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$415.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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3-Day Express Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu

See all the highlights of Cusco and Machu Picchu on this 3-day express tour. Visit key archeological sites such as Qenqo, Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, and of course, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of the Incas and Peru from your informative guides and admire the beautiful Peruvian scenery during your train journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$519.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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5-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Immerse yourself in the Inca's ancient and modern culture with a 5-day visit to the historic city of Cusco and the amazing mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. First explore Cusco's rich colonial architecture and fascinating Inca traditions, stopping at Inca sites like Saqsayhuaman and Koricancha. Then spend the day at Machu Picchu, touring its incredible buildings and temples. Spend your final day exploring Moray, home to both an ancient agricultural site and an Andean textile center. Here you can watch traditional dyeing and weaving demonstrations as well as purchase souvenirs.
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore.
  • Duration: 5 days
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$905.99 USD
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Embark on a 4-day journey to fabled Machu Picchu along the Lares Trek and experience Peruvian life en route. Drive from Cusco and enjoy a cleanse in the thermal baths at Lares before setting out on foot. Over the next few days encounter women in traditional dress, learn about local weaving techniques and visit several mountain villages amid views of snow-capped peaks and ancient Inca ruins. Arrive at the famed citadel in the early morning for a guided tour, then have some time to discover Machu Picchu on your own.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$600.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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