The village of Aguas Calientes sometimes referred to as the base of Machu Picchu, is one of the must-see destinations while travelling through Peru. Aguas Calientes is a tiny, outlying village. You can reach Aguas Calientes only by foot or train. Even though it might seem less intriguing, there are many things to do in Aguas Calientes, which are described below.
Aguas Calientes Hot Springs
One of the best things to do in Aguas Calientes is to visit the hot springs. It will be extremely simple to visit even if you are only staying for a short while. The hot springs are situated less than 1 kilometre from the town of Aguas Calientes. There are seven hot water pools here, some quite warm and some lukewarm, all formed by volcanic activity years ago. If the water’s light yellow colour worries you, you shouldn’t because the water’s chemical nature gives it that colour. Some people believe that the water of the Hot Springs has medicinal benefits because of its high mineral content.
Also, according to some local inhabitants, taking a bath in water helps the body expel toxins, improves digestion, lifts your mood, and relieves the symptoms of rheumatic disorders. The hot springs are one of the greatest spots to relax after taking a hike to Machu Picchu. You can also appreciate the gorgeous lush green landscapes and connect with nature while visiting the Hot Springs. Since the hot springs are open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday, you will have plenty of time to explore.
Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon
Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, also known as Machu Picchu Museum, is named for the archaeologist who spent most of his life examining the fascinating past of Machu Picchu. The museum is located at the base of Machu Picchu Mountain about 7 kilometres from Aguas Calientes. The Manuel Chavez Ballon Museum’s exhibit includes information on Machu Picchu’s history from its discovery to the moment the citadel was recognized as a global cultural treasure.
Also, you can find a garden area that accurately portrays Machu Picchu’s surroundings with local plants and animals. Additionally, the museum displays over 250 other items, including tools, ceramics, and clothing found at the Inca City. Aside from hunting and military items, the archaeologists have found other components employed for ritual reasons, such as trinkets, and fine small sculptures. Visitors can visit the Machu Picchu museum from Monday through Saturday beginning from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Mandor Aguas Calientes
Exploring the Mandor Gardens is one of the top things to do in Aguas Calientes. The 30-meter-high Mandor Falls is the major draw, and the surrounding area is incredibly picturesque with few tourists around. The Mandor Gardens are around 2 kilometres from Aguas Calientes. The 400 different species of orchids in the garden. Visitors find most captivating the Wiayhuayna and Waqanki orchid varieties. In addition, there are more than 500 different species of butterflies here, some of which are exclusive to this region of Peru. Mandor Gardens is open daily from 6.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and visitors can camp there at night.