Classic Aguas Calientes Itineraries

Aguas Calientes is a common stop on most Machu Picchu tours. The small town at the base of Machu Picchu is a tourist hub as those who have hiked, taken the train, or used other means mingle about, catch the 20 minute bus ride to the Sun Gate, and purchase souveineers. 

Many travelers find enjoyment in the hot springs near Aguas Calientes (the literal translation of which is "hot water"), especially after a long day exploring the ruins. 

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Reviews of Aguas Calientes Tours
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4.9 out of 5
Excellent 196 Great 27 Average 2 Disappointing 0 Terrible 0
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4.9 Guide
4.9 Activities
4.9 Lodging
4.9 Transportation
4.9 Meals
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Peru Explorer - October 2018

5.0

Peru Explorer

A very special and well coordinated trip, crammed full with different places
and experiences - from amazing and varied scenery, plants and wildlife to
interesting Inca and pre-Inca history, plus the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
experience.
Our hard-working porters who amazed us everyday by setting off after us on
the trail, carrying their enormous packs and by the time we finally arrived,
not only clapped us in, but had warm drinks and tasty meals ready, and our
tents all set up!

In terms of what we experienced - amazing condors soaring on the thermals in
Colca Canyon; the huge numbers of breeding Peruvian boobies and pelicans on
and around the Ballestas Islands (not to forget the penguins); tarantulas and
ghost spiders in the jungle, and brightly coloured humming birds in so many
places - and finally the brilliant clear night sky in Nazca!


Renaldi (Reny) was informative and helpful throughout and mindful of group
members' different needs, particularly on e.g. long travel days where travel
sickness affected some of the group.

He gave us interesting insights to Peruvian life and culture and brought
alive what we were seeing day to day in the countryside, villages and towns,
as well as describing the challenges of a society in transition from a
largely rural way of life to an urban one.

He worked well with local guides, and all the guides we had were personable
and well informed and made the places come alive.


It's not really a holiday more an experience!
Read the trip notes carefully - this holiday calls for stamina and resilience
because of the early starts, long road journeys and the altitude changes.
Once at altitude pace yourself - it's surprising how quickly you get out of
breath!
The Inca Trail length is moderate but the altitude make it tougher, plus Peru
weather is more variable than it used to be. For example, although dry
season, we had two days of rain on the Inca Trail. So go prepared for all
seasons and seek your guide's advice on what's expected for the days you're
walking.


Generally having a briefing each evening for the following day, (along with a
quick note of the start time for the day after that) worked well. The
exception was arriving in Cuzco after a long day on the coach, complicated by
the need to decant into a minibus to negotiate the narrow streets. It then
came as a big surprise to find that we would in effect have to pack for the
Inca Trail by breakfast time next morning.
This generated more questions from the group than all the other briefings
combined, before we got to a clear understanding about the logistics i.e.
that we would need to pack an overnight bag for the hotel in Ollantaytambo
as well as stuff for the trail, and have both of these on the bus for the day
in the Sacred Valley.
Ideally the trip notes would contain a clear bullet point summary to read in
advance, or a handout given earlier on the trip, to make it clear that we
leave the main luggage a day earlier than everyone anticipated.


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APX170407 Peru Explorer July 2017

5.0

Peru Explorer

Very good holiday on the whole
The inca trail was my favourite, but I enjoyed the whole trip.


One of the best. Very committed and did everything he could to make the
holiday memorable. Very caring and devoted to the group


Go for ir


I don't eat meat and had no problems during the whole trip.


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Peru Explorer July 2017

5.0

Peru Explorer

Brilliant overview of this country. It creeps into your heart over the days.
It's people, history, culture, cuisine. A great trip well thought out.
The Inca Trail for me was a personal highlight. Not having camped for over 30
years I was a wee bit apprehensive but the entire experience was magical. The
porters are simply the best. Awakening each morning to a hot drink served at
your tent was a great start to the day.


Our leader Fabricio was the best guide I've ever had on any trip including 2
previous Exodus adventures. He is amazing, knowledgable and passionate about
his country.


If your thinking about this trip I would definitely recommend it. One of the
best experiences of my life. The trail is a great challenge in a wonderful
part of the world. Definitely try the Pisco Sour too.


I miss you Peru


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Mr David Mayne January 2017

5.0

Peru Explorer

An exceptional holiday experience, far surpasses anything I could have imagined. The history, sightseeing, enthusiasm of the guide, nothing was to much trouble for him. All the team at Exodus and individual guides I could not commend high enough.
Finally getting to the sun gate at Machu Pichu and seeing the fabled Inca ruins shrouded in mist for the first time, just awe inspiring. The porters also deserve a mention for all their hard work and some of those marvelous culinary delights they concocted. The bird life on the islands came a magical second.

Wilbert Ramos was a man apart from all others in turn informative, helpful , spiritual, non judgemental, kind. Unlike any other guide we have had in the past. This man was everything you could want in a leader. Words could not praise him highly enough. Special commendation should also go to our driver Nico who drove vast distances and got us all to our destination without any problems. Shandi who was our.second guide on the Inca trail was also a delight.

Do not fear South America as we initially did, instead embrace the country and all it has to offer The culture will astound you, and the friendliness of the people will live with you forever. It is different, it can, at times be maddening, but take it from me you will never experience such a rich and diverse quality of life than this holiday has to offer.

Once again praise in abundance for Wilbert for making this holiday extra special, and the entire team of guides and porters who, without their help would have made this particular holiday well, - Just very good , but with their help exceptional.

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Peru Explorer January 2017

5.0

Peru Explorer

A truly wonderful experience packed with wonderful Inca history, fantastic scenery, wildlife, boat trips, train rides and a flight over the amazing Nasca Lines, walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and ending the holiday in the Amazon Rainforest watching Macaws,Chameleons ,monkeys etc with the "buzz" of Forest life in your ears.
Walking on a misty day through the Inca Gate of the Sun to have the mist clear and reveal Machu Picchu in all its glory - magical.

An inspirational leader with extensive knowledge of Inca history, the Peruvian way of life, flora and fauna and excellent organisational skills

Do it if you can !

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Operator Exodus Travels

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