“Machu Picchu Pueblo”, the town below the Inca city of Machu Picchu, is known worldwide as “Aguas Calientes” and it is because less than a kilometer from the town, you can find “hot spring baths”; well, they are actually thermo-medicinal waters, surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains.
Where are the Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes?
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” on foot. To get there, just follow the river that goes down in the middle of the city, this will take you to the path that leads to the bathrooms; They are less than a kilometer (15 minutes walk) from the town square, in the middle of mountains.
Where do the Machu Picchu Hot Springs come from?
These hot springs come from a natural spring of volcanic origin and it is possible that they had the end they have now, since the time of the Incas. It emerges from underground channels and sprouts up the rocks at high temperatures; these are taken to the small pools (you cannot swim in them); The water in the pools is opaque yellow, giving the impression of being dirty, but it is the color that gives sulfur. The temperatures of Machu Picchu hot springs range between 38º C and 46º C. If you want crystalline hot springs you can try the hot springs of Cocalmayo.
Benefits of Machu Picchu hot springs
The chemical composition of the water and its temperature give it healing properties, and it is one of the reasons that people from all over the world, take time on their trip to Machu Picchu to “relax and heal”, in these waters with benefits medicinal products proven in diseases of the bones, joints and skin; But there are more benefits:
- It improves metabolism and aids digestion
- Help release toxins
- It’s very relaxing
- Help level blood pressure
- Increase skin oxygenation
- It is recommended as part of medical treatments and physical therapies
Visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes on your trip to Machu Picchu
The hot springs of Machu Picchu are a perfect end to your view of Machu Picchu, especially if you toured the Huayna Picchu mountain or one of the fabulous short walks of Machu Picchu. We do not mention the people who travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu because they will surely do it.
When to visit the thermal baths of Machu Picchu?
Most people visit the hot springs after their tour of the Inca city of Machu Picchu; However, many people stay for days only by the hot springs. The rainy season in Machu Picchu also has its own; 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 the hot springs of Aguas Calientes
Infrastructure of the thermal baths
The hot springs are composed of five small pools, the infrastructure is basic and useful; It 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 measuring yourself with pisco, if you have your visit to Machu Picchu the next day, pisco is delicious and quite addictive.
The thermal baths of Machu Picchu are open from Monday to Sunday from 05 a.m. at 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 wear?
You will need to bring bathroom implements with you: swimsuit (swimsuit), towel, sandals and personal cleaning items (shamphoo, soap, conditioner); If you forget this or simply do not want to bring it, you can buy or rent them before entering the bathrooms.