Aguas Calientes’ claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to Machu Picchu. Because of this, Aguas Calientes is a great place to stay before or after exploring Machu Picchu. Aside from visiting the best Inca ruins on the planet, there are a few attractions that travelers may also enjoy. You can hike to the Mandor Waterfalls and get good views of the rainforest, or explore a local garden that hosts around 250 different species of orchids. And after a day of walking around Machu Picchu, hit the town’s thermal baths—these naturally fed pools are a good place to soak in the morning, which is the time of day when they are typically the cleanest.
The Hatuchay Machu Picchu Hotel offers guests easy access to Machu Picchu. This kind of service can’t be overestimated, especially if you want to get to the ruins around sunrise. Every minute counts.
The Hatuchay Machu Picchu Hotel borders the Urubamba River. The hotel is also close to the train station, which is convenient for guests traveling by rail. It takes about ten minutes to walk from the train station to the hotel.
The hotel’s 42 rooms have two important amenities—comfortable beds and a hot water shower. There is both air conditioning and heating to keep your comfortable no matter the time of year. Use the telephone to dial friends at home or schedule wake up calls, and enjoy the cable TV during any downtime. Some rooms also come equipped with a coffee maker, safety deposit box, and bathrobes/slippers. The suites here are larger and include an outdoor terrace, in-room sitting area, and a Jacuzzi bathtub.
The restaurant has good meals and an early breakfast buffet—the breakfast gets going around 4:30 AM, which allows you to fuel up on food before heading off to Machu Picchu at sunrise. There is also a lunch buffet that features a wide selection of salads, cold appetizers, soups, and main dishes. The food here is a fusion of regional and international culinary styles. The restaurant has windows that look out on the Urubamba River and surrounding mountains.
After eating, head to the hotel bar and enjoy a pisco sour or traditional cocktail. The bar also has a variety of premium liquors, beers, and wines.
If you have trouble leaving your work at home while traveling, you can use the hotel’s business center to catch up on anything that’s pressing. The business center is stocked with computers and Internet and is accessible 24 hours a day. Free Wi-Fi is also available in the lobby and restaurant.
After a long day of exploring Machu Picchu, relax with a massage in the hotel’s massage parlor. Listen to the sounds of the river flowing and the birds chirping while you indulge in a number of treatments, including Swiss massage, reflexology, Inca massage, and Champi massage.
Other amenities offered by the Hatuchay Machu Picchu Hotel include luggage storage, room service, fax service, laundry service, and oxygen service.