Things to do in Aguas Calientes

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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Depending on the option you select, enjoy a guided tour of Circuit 5. Visit Qolqas, the Agricultural Zone, the waterway, dry pit, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, water sources, set three covers, Pisonay Square, and the archaeological reserve. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide

2. Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide

Explore the historic citadel of Machu Picchu with a skip-the-line ticket and return transfer from Aguas Calientes. Experience panoramic views of the ruins and surrounding mountains before discovering the archaeological site with a guided tour. After meeting your guide embark on the beautiful 30-minute drive to Machu Picchu. Take a 20-minute walk to the upper part of Machu Picchu, following your guide to the perfect lookout location.  Spend 2-hour on the legendary site and delve into the history of the Lost Citadel and Machu Picchu. You will get lost in the maze-like stone constructions of the site.  Soak in the beautiful panoramic views of the ruins and the mountains. You will get lost in the maze-like stone constructions before returning to Aguas Calientes.

Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

3. Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

Discover the magic of the Andes and Machu Picchu on a full-day trip from Cusco. Marvel at mountain views on a train to Aguas Calientes. Hop on a comfortable bus to Machu Picchu and begin a guided tour. Upgrade your experience with the option to include an authentic Peruvian lunch. Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This is the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a scenic train journey through dramatic Andean landscapes. The train has ample seats with large windows allowing for grand views of the surrounding jungle and mountains.  Board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The city of Machu Pichu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by the Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat. Within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. Take a guided tour of the site which explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. After the tour, be returned to Aguas Calientes where you can take some free time to explore the city, or enjoy an optional lunch.  After some time in the town, return to Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to the Ollantaytambo Station, from there you will be taken back to your hotel.

Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel & The Mountain Ticket

4. Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel & The Mountain Ticket

Discover the Inca ruins and hike up Machu Picchu Mountain at your own pace with this official entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Sacred Valley. This offer includes the entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu lost citadel and access to the Machu Picchu mountain hike. Only 800 people are allowed to enter the Machu Picchu Mountain per day, divided into 2 groups. The first group can access the Mountain from 07:00 to 08:00 am and the second group from 09:00 to 10:00 am. The ascent to the Machu Picchu Mountain depends on the physical condition of the individual and can range from 2-3 hours. From the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be able to enjoy impressive views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and winding Urubamba River.

From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

5. From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

Benefit from the convenience of pre-booked round-trip transfers from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu. Soak in the peace and quiet whilst riding an air-conditioned bus and checking out the scenery along the way. Your professional driver will make sure your transfers are safe and relaxed. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a flexible schedule and reasonable prices.  

Cusco: 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour

6. Cusco: 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Discover Peru's ancient wonders with a 2-day excursion from Cusco. Explore Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, take a 2-hour guided tour of the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, and upgrade your tour to include a hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Day 1The journey starts with the pickup from your hotel in Cusco. If you choose the 6:30 A.M. start time, visit Chinchero, Maras-Moray, and Ollantaytambo. Choose the 7:50 A.M. start to visit Pisaq and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Stop to enjoy lunch in the town of Urubamba (included) before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, head to your accommodation. Choose the accommodation add-on when booking to enjoy an included comfortable hotel room. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure in Aguas Calientes. At night, the guide will contact you at your hotel to provide all the instructions for the tour to Machu Picchu the next day. Day 2Wake up early for a 7:00 AM departure from Aguas Calientes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu by bus. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. Walk with your guide and learn about this ancient Inca city. Visit gardens, shrines, water channels, and prisons. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time to explore the Inca citadel on your own. Increase your adventure by adding an optional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climb to your trip. Following directions from your guide, climb to the summit on your to enjoy panoramic views of the area. Head back to the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Finally, return to Cusco city by bus.

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

7. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Salkantaypampa (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then continue to the Salkantaypampa base camp to spend the night. Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through what is know as the cloud forest. Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana, and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, here you will have the option (at an extra cost payable onsite) to visit the hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Return to the campsite for an overnight stay. Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, rafting, or canopy at an extra cost payable directly on-site. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing through waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Take the train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

8. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

Make the most of your time in Cusco with a full-day private tour of the best of Machu Picchu. Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Cusco, travel through the Andes by train, and learn about the origins of Machu Picchu on a guided walking tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to Ollantaytambo for your train ride to Aguas Calientes. Take in panoramic views of the Andes mountains and surrounding jungle from the window of your train. Next, board the bus for a quick 25-minute journey to Machu Picchu and avoid the long trek. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic citadel and learn about its most important landmarks, including the Main Square, Temple of the Three Windows, the sacred Sun Clock, and the cemetery. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Aguas Calientes to explore the city or grab lunch before hopping on the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco at the end of the day.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

9. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

Join a small-group tour and go on an unforgettable guided journey to Machu Picchu. Receive a guided tour of the awe-inspiring citadel from an official guide and benefit from a tour package that includes hotel pickup from Cusco, train tickets, and bus shuttles. After being picked up from your hotel, be driven to Cusco's train station and embark on a 2-hour scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas set against the stunning Andean landscape. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, hop on a small bus and travel past the town of Urubamba and up to the ruins of the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get dropped off at the main entrance to Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert guide who will lead you around the sacred hilltop site and tell you about the fascinating history and culture of the Incas. Marvel at more than 600 terraces, 160 buildings, thousands of steps, several temples, and 16 fountains built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec. Gaze up the restored buildings, like the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, and take in the sweeping scenery of the surrounding valley.   Descend back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy free time to walk around the city and look for a place to have lunch.  At a scheduled time, board the train back to Cusco and be picked up at the train station to be transported back to your hotel.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

10. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

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What people are saying about Aguas Calientes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 865 reviews

Wow! Travel now ,and dont wait to go to Matcu Picchu. The Mountain was I expected. Amazing fascinating. Place . We did travel from Cuzco from 4 am and catch the bus to train to ollaytumbo for a 7 am departure . We Arrive at Aqua before noon , and went to Matchu Picchu following meet up with the private guide to take the 8am bus to Mach Picchu and was back by noon at AQUA C . We had lunch, and took the train before 2 pm and arrive at OLLAYtumbo at 4 , and rented a taxi back to Cuzco , which we find it much better than sharing a shuttle , or bus . Something to consider.. -Peru Rail with Bus from Cuzco to OLLay . -Dont need to bus back from OLLay to Cuzco, Consider taking a private taxi for 20 US. Buy a Bus ticket with MP entrance and with a Private guide . Aways rent a newer car with air-con. Its make the travel easier on hot long drive . The tour guide will make your tour easier. be nice to them at all d time , and pls TIP them well. Read Peru guide on how to tip.

Christian, our guy, was a very nice person.. he pick us up at our hotel then take us to the bus to Machu Picchu's entrance (bus ticket is excluded). He took us to many great photo spot at the site, while explained us the history of the site. The best thing was he allowed us to move at our pace, so we didn't need to get rush, so we really enjoy our trip within Machu Picchu site, along with all breathaking scenes at the site. And we finished our adventure at the site less than 3 hours, before take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We extremely happy with the tour. Thank you very much Christian!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

everything went like clockwork from first pick up to the train and the chaos of getting a bus in machu pichu. Scenery amazing. Guide at the site was very knowledgeable and friendly. A must do trip

Everything went perfect. The pick up was on time and our guides were absolutely awesome. I highly recommend this trip if is your first time visiting Machu Picchu

Bryan was a great guide. Was a good pace. Provided a good background/ history of Machu Picchu and was a great photographer