Aguas Calientes is the old name that the town of Machu Picchu receives today, a place where tourist services such as the train station, hotels, restaurants, and the general population are located. Near the town of Machu Picchu are located the famous Machu Picchu Hot Springs that keep the name of Aguas Calientes.
The hot springs of Aguas Calientes are at a distance of 800 m. east of the town of Machu Picchu, beneath the land of sulfur are the hot springs that sprout from the rocks at different temperatures. The pools specially built in this resort are given use as a hot mineral water bath. The thermal waters offer natural resources for medical therapies, also serve as a treatment for rheumatism.
They help to release stress and toxins, improve metabolism and prevent high blood pressure. The average water temperature ranges between 38 ° and 46 ° C. They have changing rooms, bathroom and a small snack bar. Sounds good? Don’t miss the opportunity to relax at Machu picchu Hot Springs
Where is located Machu Picchu Hot Spring?
The town of Aguas Calientes is very small and the only vehicles you will find are the ecological buses that will take you to Machu Picchu, so you will have to reach the “hot springs” by walking. To get there, just follow the river that descends in the middle of the city, this will take you to the path that leads to the baths; They are less than a kilometer (15 minutes walk) from the town square, in the middle of mountains.
These thermal waters come from a natural spring of volcanic origin and it is possible that they had the purpose they have now, since the time of the Incas. So Enjoy and relax!
Benefits of the thermal waters of Machu Picchu
The chemical composition of the water and its temperature give it healing properties, and it is one of the reasons why people from all over the world take time on their trip to Machu Picchu to “relax and heal” in these waters with benefits proven medicines in diseases of bones, joints and skin; but there are more benefits:
- Improves metabolism and helps digestion
- Helps to release toxins
- It’s very relaxing
- Helps to level blood pressure
- Increases the oxygenation of the skin
- It is recommended as part of medical treatments and physical therapies
When to visit the thermal baths of Machu Picchu?
Most people visit Machu Picchu Hot Springs after their tour of the Inca city of Machu Picchu; however many people stay for days only for the hot springs. The rainy season in Machu Picchu also has its beauty; The thermal baths of Machu Picchu are outdoors and it is a real experience to be inside the hot pools, while a torrential rain falls, sometimes accompanied by a radiant sun, on you, try it.
Basic information for your visit to Machu picchu – Hot Springs:
- Infrastructure of the thermal baths: The hot spring thermal baths are composed of five small pools, the infrastructure is basic and useful; has dressing rooms, showers (cold water), toilets and a coffee-bar where you can order Pisco Souer, a delicious cocktail based on “pisco” (Peruvian national drink); we recommend you measure yourself with pisco, if you have your visit to Machu Picchu the next day, the pisco is delicious and quite addictive.
- Hours of Service: The thermal baths of Machu Picchu are open from Monday to Sunday from 05 a.m. to 08 p.m .; Sundays are the busiest days. The thermal baths are very nice, but there are many other things to do in Aguas Calientes.
- What to bring?: You will need to bring bathroom equipment with you: swimsuit (bathing suit), towel, sandals and personal cleaning items (shampoo, soap, conditioner); If you forget this or just do not want to bring it, you can buy or rent it before entering the bathrooms.
Visit the Machu Picchu Hot Springs on your trip !!!
The thermal waters of Machu Picchu are a perfect end to your view of Machu Picchu, especially if you hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain or one of the fabulous short walks of Machu Picchu.