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Things to Do in Aguas Calientes

Things to Do in Aguas Calientes

When you visit Machu Picchu, located 30 minutes away from the Citadel your main goal is to go to the Inca Citadel. However, the small town of Aguas Calientes (Hot Waters) is a good place to rest, eat, and do fun activities.

We offer many activities for you to enjoy in this historic setting. They will make your time there gratifying and entertaining, so, take note of the following practical info that will help you to have fun before going to the lost citadel!

The Artisan Handcraft Market is a small but lively craft market. It's right in front of the Machu Picchu train station, so it's easy for all visitors to find it.

Even if you don't intend to buy anything, visiting this spot is an excellent choice. Necklaces, souvenirs, handbags, traditional clothing, and other handicrafts are also available. 

The Manco Capac Square is in Machu Picchu Pueblo. Like many areas, it has a main square called Plaza Manco Capac. This point is the core of local life. It hosts many celebrations and community activities. 

The plaza is also home to the pretty Virgen del Carmen church. You'll find many businesses and restaurants around it. They add to the area's appeal. You’ll see this is a lively and colorful gathering place, showing the daily life in this charming community.

The Butterfly Garden is 25 minutes from Aguas Calientes. Also known as "El Mariposario" in Spanish, is a garden that displays real butterflies at various stages of development. This location houses around 400 species. 

The volunteers will joyfully lead you on a tour of the region. They will explain the importance of these beautiful insects to the local environment. You’ll see it’s an instructive and engaging experience that will link you to the local wildlife.

Hot Springs: After a long Machu Picchu trek, you'll want to relax and soothe your sore feet. That's why these hot springs might be useful.

Nature produces the water. They are obtained directly from volcanic sources and have several therapeutic properties. That's why we can say this is a great place to relax. You can wait for your return train here after visiting Machu Picchu.

The Machu Picchu Museum also called Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon was built in the 1960s to show all aspects of the Inca Citadel's civilization. If you have free time in Machu Picchu Town, visit this museum. There, you can learn about the Inca and the discovery of Machu Picchu. 

Mandor Gardens are home to a variety of plants and animals, as well as lush foliage. The grounds feature a 30-meter-tall waterfall. It also provides a pleasant short walk. Keep in mind that Machu Picchu Village is about 2 kilometers from “Los Jardines de Mandor”.

Although it's a small village, there's much to do and see in this town. We encourage you to do these activities when you visit Peru. Remember, Viagens Machu Picchu will give you all the help you need. We will make your Machu Picchu trip unforgettable! Contact us and let’s explore together what the Inca’s ancient land has to offer.


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