Aguas Calientes is the closest town to Machu Picchu, and by staying here you’ll enjoy easy access the best Inca site in Peru. Travelers usually spend the majority of their time at Machu Picchu, and rightfully so—the site offers an utterly fascinating look at ancient Inca culture. There are, however, a few other things to do while staying in Aguas Calientes. You can visit the thermal baths to soak and relax; the best time to do so is in the morning when the baths are cleanest. There’s also a waterfall that you can hike to and experience a beautiful, forested setting.
Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is a modern and comfortable hotel. It’s located near the train station and is convenient for travelers who will be riding the rails to or from Aguas Calientes. The bus station is also just down the block.
The hotel’s 54 rooms spread over 5 stories. The rooms are clean and simple, and equipped with the right range of amenities. The rooms have a private bathroom with a hot-water rain shower—the rain shower is pleasant and especially nice after a long day at Machu Picchu. Also included in the bathrooms are a hair dryer and toiletries. You can travel lighter by leaving these items at home.
The beds have plush comforters and ample pillows, so you’ll be sure to sleep well while staying here. If you’re in need of entertainment, flip through channels on the cable TV or hop on the Wi-Fi and write an email to friends. Clothes can be hung up in the wardrobe, and valuables can be stored in the safety deposit box. Certain rooms look out on the Vilcanota River—a beautiful sight. Open the windows to enjoy the breeze or turn on the ceiling fan to circulate air.
Guests can start their day with a tasty, buffet-style breakfast. The breakfast features seasonal fruit, cheese, ham, bread, juice, coffee, cereal, and more. Breakfast is offered early, which allows you to fill up before making the sunrise trek to Machu Picchu. Throughout the rest of the day, you can order food off the restaurant’s menu. The meals incorporate local ingredients into international cuisine and include quinoa, trout, alpaca, pizza, sandwiches, and deserts. The dining room is attractive and has views of the river.
If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to sit down to eat, you can stop by the Sama2GO minimarket to purchase snacks, sandwiches, and soft drinks. The store also sells personal items like sunscreen, insect repellent, and ponchos.