The Tiny, Sleepy Town of Aguas Caliente, Peru

We stayed for 3 days in Aguas Caliente, as it is the only town near Machu Picchu. All tourists who visit MP over the span of days stay here for its 30 minute bus ride to MP. It looks like a tiny Western boom town, replete with shanty-town-like homes, lots of restaurants and even a railroad track smack dab in the middle of the main street.

We came in to Aguas Caliente in the dark of night, so we didn’t get to see the scenery as we hustled through the markets with our two hotel escorts.  Our hotel, the Rupa Wasi Tree House, was truly in the middle of huge trees on top of yet another mountain.  It took us 10 to 15 minutes to walk up the concrete steps just to get to the Tree House.  Once we got to our room, it was a beautiful ecological hotel environment. But, a nightmare for the typical “Modern Person” – No TV, No Radio, No A/C, No Heat, No Refrigerator. Truly an eco-friendly hotel built out of wood, from the inside out.

We woke up to the most beautiful, breath-taking view of Machu Picchu.  Oh my gosh! It was so, so, so amazing…. The Tree House is surrounded by mountains! I can visualize an aerial view of where we are…we would definitely be in the midst of the mountain.  We decided to take a “walk about” and discover quaint, little Aguas Caliente. We ate at one of the many outdoor cafés, we shopped at the local market for the obligatory souvenirs, we drank MORE cocoa tea, then we ate Peruvian food for dinner and most of all – we had a totally relaxing day just walking around, sitting in cafés and watching up at the beautifully magnificent mountains.

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