Aguas Calientes town Machupicchu

Aguas Calientes town MachupicchuHistorical Sanctuary of Machupicchu comprises 32,592 ha in which is offers to the visitors an amazing variety of flora and fauna of Peru such as the archeological site of Machupicchu. It constitutes the most important archaeological legacy of Peru and South America. It is located at 120 km northwest of Cusco, the Inca city of Machu Picchu lay hidden from the world in dense jungle covered mountains until 1911 when was discovered by the American Historiator HIRAM BINGHAN. This ‘Lost City’ is one of the world’s archaeological jewels and is one of South America’s major travel destinations.

The well preserved archeological site of Machu Picchu set up at the bottom of amazing mountains (2450 m.a.s.l) and surround by great vegetation was nominated on 2007 as New 7 Wonder the impressive mix of well-preserved houses, courtyards and terraces sprawled majestically on the side of the incredibly steep mountain. The building techniques of the Incas, combined with their knowledge of astronomy, agriculture and engineering, are a tribute to the sophistication of the society.

2012, The Peruvian government increases the number of visitors to Machu Picchu to 2500 people per day. Most of the visitors purchase the Machu Picchu entrance tickets before arriving to Machu Picchu. We mean the entrance ticket must be bought at least 04 days in advance so in crowded seasons tickets must be bought much further in advance following the instructions in the online booking system. Website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe to climb Huayna Picchu and Machupicchu Mountain you need to get the tickets at the same time than the Machupicchu archeological site.

Aguas Calientes town Machupicchu

 

MACHUPICCHU TICKETS RATE:

  • 128 soles (Peruvian currency) adult
  • 64 soles (Peruvian currency) student with ISIC Card
  1. Pluss 24 soles for Huaynapicchu Mountain
  2. Pluss 12 soles for Machupicchu Mountain

HOW TO GET MACHUPICCHU

1. – JUST BY TRAIN:

2. – THE MOST USED TREKKING ROUTES ARE:

WHAT TO DO IN MACHUPICCHU TOWN

MACHUPICCHU SITE MUSEUM

  • Daily attention except on sunday: from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • rate: S/. 20 soles (USD 7)
  • peruvians: S/. 10 soles (USD 3.5)
  • children under 12 years old for free.

The museum presents a collection of 250 original objects between stone, metal, ceramic, bone and others; a result of archaeological research in the recent decades in the Inca City of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. These findings have been the product of archeological “digs” conducted by Cusquenian researchers, and other professionals of Instituto Nacional de Cultura de Cusco.

Within the collection, one of the many highlights is the lithic artifacts used in the construction of the Inca city. There are nails and rings embedded in astrals and used for mooring the rafters made of straw, and in the roofs of the precincts that were formed by one or more inclined planes or tracks (depending on the type and structure of buildings, were: one, two, four or water). Likewise there are tools such as “percutores” made from different types of rock: granite, andesite, basalt, boulders and hematitas among others that were used in construction work. The stones were carved in such a way that “coincided” with each other, in some cases, the construction involves a helical flat, ie a plane that fits with a concave and convex alveoli carved into the rock formations, and providing stability to the building. The other blocks of stone set an example of the integration with the environment and optimization of the materials.

The museum is located at kilometer 112 “Puente Ruinas” – the old train station, which is Km. 122 downstream and approximately 1.7 kilometers from Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes). The museum is located at the base of the mountain of Machu Picchu, on the third of a series of platforms ending its decline staggered down to the Urubamba River. It is reached by passing the bridge across the Urubamba River in path-route to Inca city of Machu Picchu, as it diverts to the west (toward right).

CLIMB THE TRAIL UP TO PUTUCUSI MOUNTAIN

One of the magnificent cone-shaped peaks opposite Machu Picchu. The climb has a reputation as being difficult due to the need to scale some rickety wooden ladders to get over a couple of small cliffs It for a little adventure.

The hike takes hour and a half where there are couple of ladders, some steep-ish sections untill the top. The prize of the walking is a great view of the entire valley, including a nice view across to Machu Picchu.

WATER FALL OF MANDOR

The excursion is a gentle one, without any hills to climb, about an hour from Aguas Calientes you’ll be entering the cloud forest and can see many different types of flowers along the way, especially many varieties of orchids in a wide array of colors. You may also see some coffee plants and banana trees. Birds are generally quite plentiful here, most notably hummingbirds which are present in various sizes. Once in Los Jardines de Mandor, there will be a building on the left hand side where you need to pay a 10 sole fee; 5 soles for Peruvians. The attendant will then let you into the grounds on the right where you will walk through the gardens to the waterfalls.

HOT SPRINGS

is a distance of 800 m. east of the town of Machu Picchu, there are under ground hot sulfur springs which bubble up from the rocky under ground at varying temperatures. The especially-built pools at this resort are the basis of its use as hot mineral baths.

The Hot Springs offer natural resources for medical therapy, and also is a great treatment for rheumatism. It help to rid of stress and toxins, enhance your metabolism and avoid high blood pressure.

The average temperature of the water runs from 38° to 46°C. There are also changing rooms, bathroom sand a small snack bar.

Cost per person: S/10.00 ($3.20 aprox)
Open from 6am to 8pm
Address: Av. Pachacutec, (7 minutes away from the main square)