The top tours in Aguas Calientes, show you why the region is a gateway to adventure. Hike Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Explore the landscape from the comfort of an elegant train. Take part in cultural and mystical activities. Head to a waterfall where the journey is part of the adventure. Raise your adrenaline when you soar on a zipline, then calm yourself with a soak in a hot spring. See? Gateway cities have a lot to offer!
17 Things to Do in Aguas calientes
This tour introduces you to local history and some truly stunning views. On this educational tour, your guide will point out the agricultural, residential, and religious buildings. Because we have so few written records left behind by the Inca, historians have had to make educated guesses about what purpose some of the structures served and much of the site remains shrouded in mystery.
4 hrsFrom $136
This 2-hour hiking tour is a breathtaking complement to a visit to the Machu Picchu ruins. You will leave for Huayna Picchu mountain from Aguas Calientes, the small town that is nearest Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu’s peak towers over Machu Picchu – at the summit of Huayna Picchu, hikers will be 1,180 feet higher than ruins of Machu Picchu, at 8,920 feet above sea level.
2 hrsFrom $138
Some say that the path to adventure is uncertain and unknown. When hiking to Peru’s Mandor Waterfall, the path to adventure takes you through the village of Aguas Calientes, past the bridges of Machu Picchu, up a ladder, past train tracks, through a garden, and jungle. After all of this, you still have a waterfall to look forward to — talk about taking the scenic route.
5 hrsFrom $36
This hike will take you to the top of the Machu Picchu Mountain, and will give you a sweeping perspective of the mountain range that the Inca held sacred. At its highest peak, Machu Picchu Mountain rises a staggering 10,000 feet above sea level. As you hike up the mountain, you will see the Machu Picchu ruins sprawled below, nestled among the mountains of the Sacred Valley.
4 hrsFrom $131
Cola de Mono Lodge is home to the first-ever zip-line in Peru. This lodge is just 7.5 miles from Machu Picchu, located a short distance outside the Santa Teresa village. Once you arrive at Cola de Mono Lodge, the zip-lining adventure lasts a total of two hours.
10 hrsFrom $209
The Belmond Hiram Bingham train not only makes this possible, it turns a magical journey into an unforgettable experience, with personalized service that takes care of every last detail on your trip. Travel on the exclusive and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train and enjoy the elegant dining car, the bar car, and the observatory*, where you can take in the unmatched scenery in the open air while sipping on a traditional Peruvian cocktail and listening to live local music.
3 hrsFrom $643
To really bring the mystery of Machu Picchu alive, there’s no better way than our shaman-led Mystical Tour of Machu Picchu. While scholars may debate the reason behind the building of this amazing sanctuary, the shamans know that it had deep spiritual significance to the Inca people.
6 hrsFrom $400
Peru's weather can sometimes impact transportation options, especially during the months of January to April. That's why the Vistadome Bimodal exists. By pairing the comfort and beauty of the Vistadome train with the reliability of a private bus, nothing stands in the way of your adventures in Peru. Book your excursion any season — the Vistadome Bimodal will get you there.
4 hrsFrom $144
You're on vacation, so slow down and take the scenic route. This throwback lets you enjoy the ease and comfort of traveling by train. If you've never done it before it's a treat. Whether you're traveling solo, enjoying a vacation with your significant other, or a family getaway, the train is an excellent way to unplug and be in the moment — read a book, play a card game, or simply look out the window whilst holding hands. Go along for the ride and take in the beauty of Peru.
4 hrsFrom $103
Peru When was the last time you took a leisurely trip through the Andes? If you ride the Vistadome, the answer will be: your last vacation. This train takes you through Peru's beautiful, yet rugged landscape in style. Enjoy air conditioning, complimentary refreshments, and even onboard entertainment. This isn't your average commuter train — it's the PeruRail Vistadome.
4 hrsFrom $140
Trains are anything but boring — chugging along from destination to destination, you often get to take the scenic route. The professionals are doing the driving, and you're along for the ride as you follow tracks akin to backroads, typically immune from the traffic of other modes of transportation. Take in the world whilst you reach your next stop, the Vistadome #304 is literally made for you to make the most of your journey.
3 hrsFrom $146
This train lives up to its title — go on an 'Expedition' when you choose this PeruRail tour. Your journey takes you from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo . Enjoy a leisurely 1 hour and 45 minute ride through the Peruvian Andes and arrive in the Sacred Valley.
2 hrsFrom $116
Take the scenic route through Peru on the Vistadome. Peru's stunning landscapes, complimentary refreshments, and onboard entertainment? So much for the train being boring... Rediscover the magic of train travel when you ride the Vistadome — all you have to do is look out of your window.
2 hrsFrom $155
Thousands of people visit Machu Picchu every day, and walk the extra miles to get to an incredible view of the Inca ruin from the peak of nearby Huayna Picchu. Why? It’s one of the most stunning sights in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and one of the most recognizable spots in Peru. Media companies and brands are latching on to what popular Instagram influencers already know – it’s such an eye-catching spot, travelers know their pictures will get lots of attention.
11 hrsFrom $495
Machu Pichu’s vast ruins have a distinctly Inca layout. Scholars have discovered that many of the site’s buildings have astrological significance. With a design inspired by the stars, Machu Picchu has an implacable hold on the imagination of everyone who tours it.
11 hrsFrom $383
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