Exploring Strange Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Town in Peru

Aguas Calientes is a town in the Urubamba River Valley, in southeast Peru. It’s known for its thermal baths and as a gateway to the nearby Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. The town center is full of eateries and shops, anchored by the central Mercado Artesanal, a craft market. Northwest, along the river, are Los Jardines de Mandor gardens with orchids and birds. The nearby Butterfly House is a local conservation project.

Elevation: 6,693′

Weather: 69°F (21°C), Wind SE at 3 mph (5 km/h), 68% Humidity More on weather.com

Population: 4,525 (2017)

Local time: Sunday 7:37 AM

District: Machupicchu

Province: Urubamba

Region: Cusco

Things to do

  • Phutuq K’usi, Mountain peak
  • Mandor, Tourist Attraction
  • Consettur Macchu Picchu, Transportation service