Aguas Calientes Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
March 14th, 2007 – by: StephanieofDoom
I stood surrounded by ruins and plants. It seemed so strange to be standing upon ground that centuries ago was a busy town with people that had plans, hopes, and dreams.
Don't bother booking a hostel online, especially if you go during the offseason (October thru March) because once you get off the train, you will instantly be mauled by dozens of hostel owners eager for your business. I tried sites like hostelworld.com and hostelbookers.com, but none were as cheap as what you can find while you're there. Be prepared, lodging in the village of Aguas Calientes will be more expensive than probably anywhere else in Peru.
With all the extra costs of the entry to Machu Picchu and a forty dollar hostel, it was nice to find some other things cheap. Aguas Calientes is apty named--"Warm waters" in Spanish, due to the natural hot springs that lay in the town. There's nothing better that soaking in a mineral tub after being cold and soaked from head to toe, chatting with other travelers while sipping on mojitos.
All in all, it was a very good two days!
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