Blogs from Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes March 4th 2019

Today we are taking the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. I’m looking forward to this for 2 reasons; (1) it’s the start of our visit to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and (2) it’s 2000 m above sea level, that’s a mile lower than anywhere we’ve been in the past 10 days. Train tickets aren’t cheap - we’ve paid almost £300 - yet a big chunk of the journey consists of a bus replacement service due mudslides making the track impassable. We leave at 6.15 am, taking a bus to Ollantaytambo 50 miles away. I’m surprised how much of the bus journey involves climbing (most of the first hour, in fact). After an hour we stop at a viewpoint amidst snow capped mountains. Then we reboard the bus and begin to ... read more
Chinchero Mirador
Chinchero Mirador

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes October 31st 2018

Up early this morning for our 06:30 pick-up. Luckily for us, the driver and man at our hotel picked up our heavy bags onto their shoulders and carried them to the van, so we just had to carry our overnight bags. The driver drove us to the station and asked us to wait. A Condor Travel rep came down and explained to us that we were suppose to leave the bags at the hotel as they were being picked up from the hotel, which meant the driver had to take our bags back! We felt really bad about that but looking at our instructions, it was ambiguous and wasn’t stated clearly that we were to leave our luggage at the hotel. We had a 45 minute wait for our train so I ate some of the ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes September 29th 2018

Aguas Calientes, from the Spanish for ‘hot water, is formally known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. Wedged in a deep gorge, it is accessible only by train or foot. We came by train - panoramic PeruRail Expedition class train to be exact. The multi-car locomotive decked out in tasteful local motifs featured large windows on both sides and on the roof and as it meandered through fields of corn and wheat and alongside the rushing river the views on the Andes - around and above - were never lost. In some ways, Aguas Calientes (let’s call it AC) reminded us of a certain hill station we passed through in India - high altitude, forested, misty and cool. For the most part though, AC was way more developed. Exiting the train station, we emerge to views of bridges ... read more
Street Name
Looks like a regular train on the outside...
Traveling in Style and comfort with Pa-no-ra-mic views!!!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes March 17th 2017

Suzanne here... Originally we'd planned to do the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. But the more we looked into it, the more we went off the idea. It seemed like hard work, and very basic accommodation. Yes, we had the same thing on the Inle trek in Burma. But there the trek itself was the whole point. Whereas here, visiting Machu Picchu was the main event. In the end we decided that a visit to MP after a decent nights sleep in a hotel sounded nicer than visiting after a three day trek. The train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes was stunning. Expensive though, at £85 each for a 60k round trip (our last journey of a similar distance had cost £2.50). We'd read that the Vistadome train was worth the extra money, but ... read more
Train journey from Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes
Train journey from Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes
Train journey from Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes November 23rd 2016

Woo hoo tomorrow we will be going to Machu Pichu ! I enjoyed our time in Cusco . The plaza and the monstrous buildings are a sight to behold . The Spanish continued the process of destroying the culture of the Incas in grand style . The churches are by and large built on the sites of the Inca temples often using the fountain and the stone quarried by the Incas.. They had come to realize that the construction used was earthquake proof . The Incas had dug down into the rock @ 6 feet and filled it with small rocks and sand . This acted as a cushion that could absorb the shock waves of a quake. Mind you it also helped that the stones they used weighed a massive amount . Tons in some ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes June 7th 2016

Day 1 An early start as we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. The train stops on the way to allow people to get off to do the one day Inca Trail hike. I'm gutted to miss the chance of doing this trail. The permits for this hike are restricted to 200 tourists a day and, despite booking my trip four months in advance, it was not good enough for visiting Machu Picchu at the start of the peak season. Although I missed out on one of the best hikes in the world, the train still at least offers impressive scenery views of the Scared Valley. Once we arrive at Aguas Calientes and check-in at the hotel we have plenty of free time to explore this small town. The town gets it's Spanish name ... read more
Yellow ball of fire
Truly a magical place

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes January 31st 2016

When I returned from Machu Picchu, I stopped first for lunch as I was starving. And thirsty! I picked a cute little restaurant which looked right out on to the river. I ordered a soda and a water, as well as a personal pizza and avocado vinegarette, the appetizer that I had the previous night that I just loved. Unfortunately, this was not nearly as good - it was smothered in a mayonnaise based dressing rather than a vinegarette. Yuck. Oh well, at least I got to check my email on the slow connection. Then I went next door to my hostel, where i had told the guy that morning I anticipated I would be back around 3. It took about ten minutes to get anyone to come see me at reception and even then, I ... read more
Aguas Calientes Main Square
Handicraft market
Love the drainage system here

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes December 18th 2015

Right now I'm sitting at a beautiful restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes which is the starting point to get up to Machu Picchu. The area is beautiful with huge mountain scene that is incredibly green right now in the rainy season and a beautiful river raging through the town. Okay so just a little background on my situation here. I have been extremely sick with altitude sickness. and I just share that with you not to get any pity but just to let you know that these things happen. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't but that doesn't mean you don't do everything you can to enjoy your trip. So today I paid for a late departure at the hotel and then tried to get a little more sleep. And then it ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes November 15th 2015

Z Cusca se dá na Machu Picchu dostat několika způsoby. První je dojít tam pěšky tzv. Inca trail. Jsou to tuším 3 dny skrz hory. Většina gringos si na cestu s sebou bere „průvodce“ s mulami, co za ně nesou všechny potřebné věci, postaví stany a uvaří jídlo před tím, než gringos dojdou do tábora. Druhý způsob je dlouhá cesta autobusem, pak track pěšky. To přijde údajně asi na něco přes 100 dolarů. Poslední způsob je dojet autobusem k vlaku a pak vlakem dojet do Agua Caliente, což je městečko pod Machu Picchu fungující téměř výhradně jako ubytovna turistů. Tato varianta má ještě dvě podvarianty. Inca train a Peru train. Inca train za 240 dolarů jede něco přes dvě hodiny a musí se k němu přes dvě hodiny jet autobusem. Peru train stojí asi 270 dolarů, ... read more
Machu Picchu
Vrcholek Nosu
Okolí Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes November 2nd 2014

This morning we left the peaceful town of Ollantaytambo to make our way to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Rivelino had arranged for some moto-taxis to take us from the hotel to the train station for our 9:00am departure. The ride into Aguas Calientes only took about 2 hours as we rode through some incredibly scenic jungle scenery. About halfway through the ride, the train had stopped to drop off those who were going on the multi-day Inca Trail hike. Kevin had signed up for a one day trek on this trail so he was let off here and would meet us in town later that evening. In retrospect if I had this trip to do over again, I probably would have opted to do the multi-day hike on the Inca ... read more
Train to Aguas Calientes
Ruins Seen From the Train Ride
Train Ride to Aguas Calientes

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