Aguas Calientes is near to Machu Picchu where you can feel something special as compare to other places. This area is situated at the bottom of the mountain where the Incas made the city of Inca. There are many places you can visit including the Mandor gardens, thermal baths, Putucusi mountain and much more. In order to see everything, you need to know where to stay in Aguas Calientes.
Below, I mentioned some main tourist attractions of the place.
Bars & Restaurants
There are various hotels, discos, bars, and restaurants available in the town of Aguas Calientes. There are some popular restaurants including the Tinkuy Buffet, the Mapi, the Chullpi, and the Happy Indian. If you are looking for a cheap option then the supply market of Aguas Calientes is best for you, where you can buy lunch from 3 dollars. On the other hand, the most famous bars include the Rock’n Roses Snack Bar, the Inkaterra bar, the Mapacho, and much more. Whereas the best hotel names in the town are: the Inkaterra, the Sumaq Hotel, the Casa del Sol, the Sactuary Lodge, and the Casa Andina.
Gardens of Mandor is situated some kilometers away from Aguas Calientes (nearly one hour of walk). It is an environmental reserve with luxurious ecology. The road is full of plants from town to Mandor Gardens where you will see fungi, ferns, orchids, begonias and much more related to vegetables. This place is especially for peoples who love ecology and want to enjoy. At the end of the road, there are the waterfalls that are some meters high. During the walk, you will hear the singing of some birds and enjoy the flight of many kinds of butterflies.
Aguas Calientes has some small natural pools full of hot water that will enable travelers and visitors to relax after your trip through the town. These water pools also known as the “Thermal Baths” with temperature varies from 38º. The thermal baths are situated in the main part of Aguas Calientes that can be reached after the end of the road of Hermanos Ayar de Aguas Calientes. The entry fees of the thermal baths are different from the national peoples: while foreigners pay 3 dollars and visitors of Peru pay 2 USD.
For adventurous people, Putucusi Mountain is the favorite activity especially if you are the kind of person who loves outside walks. The feet of this mountain are 2560 meters and the overall trip takes almost two hours. The top of this mountain will enable you to take incredible views of Machu Picchu from a little known point of view.
If you are traveling to make a tour for just a single day, then you will have little chance to know Aguas Calientes. And if you make a trip to Machu Picchu for two days visit then you will have the chance to spend one night.