Aguas Calientes or the city of Machu Picchu, one of the strangest cities in the world.
Aguas Calientes, nowadays it is known as Machu Picchu Town. He began his life at the beginning of the 20th century when the railroad was built through the mountains.
The city is not big and is built on the surrounding hillside, it does not produce anything, so everything is sent by train, and each visitor will spend at least a little time in the city.
Aguas Calientes may not be great, but it is confusing. Probably not by design, but rather as a function of the growth of the city. It is an endless variety of restaurants, convenience stores and massage parlors.
Taking advantage of the fact that hikers will be sore and tired, the salons offer much-needed massages at reasonable prices
Most restaurants in Aguas Calientes are very similar copies of each other; each offers the same generic tourist menu. The main difference between Aguas Calientes and Cuzco are the prices.
The prices of everything in Aguas Calientes will be the highest you’ll find anywhere during your trip through Peru, in some cases twice as much, the same goes for items in stores, from water bottles to snacks.
Aguas Calientes is named for a reason, and some of the city’s visitors will spend time submerging in the warm natural waters from which it takes its name.
Around a ten-minute hike up the mountain from the city center, for just a couple of dollars you can immerse yourself in the healing waters of the springs in an outdoor facility with the incredible mountains as a backdrop. And even more enjoying a delicious pisco sour.
The location of the Manuel Chavez Site Museum a mile from the city center sounds awkward at first, but, visiting it, with a walk along the main road that takes approximately 25 minutes or so, is a great experience, passing by hotels , camps, a butterfly sanctuary and even botanical gardens.
This is a nice walk, it is interesting to see things from a different point of view to get to the museum in the jungle, it is a well earned prize. This is one of the best managed museums in Peru, modern, well distributed and interesting, it may be a bit small, but it shares very good information about Machu Picchu.