The city of Aguas Calientes is also known as Machu Picchu village, and seeing it from the mountain Huayna Picchu, is a small and dense city deep in the throat formed underneath the ruins by the Urubamba River; let’s say, it is a (virtual) island separated from all places, by stone cliffs, a beautiful cloud forest and 2 rivers, one that the naughty and the other that surrounds it. It has an enviable location, but in spite of it, the city was formed very fast, with an urban planning to the orange blossom and dedicated entirely to the thousands of people from all over the world who visit the wonder every day. It is possible that he is overwhelmed by the exaggerated attention of the merchants; but without any doubt, spend the night in Aguas Calientes, board the first bus in Aguas Calientes and be one of the first to reach Machu Picchu is one of those experiences, and will give you the possibility to enjoy the sunrise in Machu Picchu.
If you like adventure you can go up to Machu Picchu along the path that links it with Aguas Calientes
To get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by walking
It is a great idea to go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by walking, unless you have reserved Machu Picchu tickets that include the mountains; in this case, we recommend using the bus to get to Machu Picchu. The mountains of Machu Picchu demand a great physical effort and if you choose the Mountain Huayna Picchu, also mental. Then know that you will not like being tired when I arrived in Machu Picchu. If after walking the mountains of Machu Picchu, you still want to walk, then you can go down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes walking, we recommend to start your descent trek no later than 4:30 pm; so you can reach Aguas Calientes before sunset. Unless you have to get there before, to board your train.
You can begin your ascent to Machu Picchu taking the path along the side of the ruins bridge, it will take between one and an hour and a half to reach the entrance of Machu Picchu; so we advise you to leave at about 4:30 a.m. from your hotel in Aguas Calientes, to start your early ascent will allow you to reach Machu Picchu before sunrise. This is very special in one of the most spiritual places in the world; a city that was built just dedicated to the sun, the main deity of the civilization of the Incas.
To get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by bus
The ticket office of the buses to Machu Picchu is very close to the final station of trains, and in front of it the small station where you will have to board buses to Machu Picchu. You can only buy the bus tickets in person, you must present your passport or valid ID. Remember that the trail from the train station to the bus station to Machu Picchu is staggered. Some people choose to go by bus and walk down or vice versa. In any case, there is a ticket office for the buses of Machu Picchu, just outside Machu Picchu.
Hours: Buses to Machu Picchu leave from 5:30 am, the last bus leaves Aguas Calientes at 3:30 pm. You can enter Machu Picchu until 4:00 pm and stay inside until 5:30 pm.
The Hiram Bingham highway from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
It is the only road traveled by vehicles in Machu Picchu; Moreover, in the town of Aguas Calientes there are no more vehicles than the ecological buses that provide the service of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. It takes about 25 minutes for the buses to travel along the meandering trail to Machu Picchu National Park. If you decide to walk up, you must walk the first few minutes on one side of the road, so be careful about buses that transit at the same time as you; we recommend carrying plenty of water with you. One of the best places to relax after touring the Inca city of Machu Picchu or some of its mountains is definitely the hot springs of Machu Picchu. They are only 15 minutes from the main square; although you can find many other things to do in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Buses to Machu Picchu
The buses in charge of the service of transport of passengers to Machu Picchu are ecological buses, run with gas, they cross the highway Hiram Bingham until Machu Picchu and are the unique ones with the authorization to cross this road. So you will not see more vehicles than this, while you are in this small town.
The fastest and easiest way to get to Machu Picchu is by bus
Advice from people who have been there
“Aguas Calientes, the village at the foot of Machu Picchu“
“Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes is one of the most cosmopolitan places I have ever seen. It is the place where you have to board the only buses that arrive to Machu Picchu; although I found them somewhat expensive, but worth to enter Machu Picchu, before all the other people that enter with you that day.“
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 09-19-2017