That day we dedicate one day as travelling time from Lima to Agua Calientes, a small city where regular bus will take us to hike up Machu Picchu. From Lima, we took flight to Cuzco. There are around 40ish flight to Cuzco daily, and it takes 1 hour flight to go there. From Cuzco, we booked transfer that took us from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport to Ollantaytambo Train Station. And from Ollantaytambo, we continued our journey to Aguas Calientes by Train.
We arrived at Cuzco around 7 am in the morning. And our pick-up to Ollantaytambo had waited us outside the airport. Since it was a private pickup, the driver let us stopping by on any spots with beautiful landscape (Yayy!!)
We took the highway and stopped by some highlands with the stunning view. This is the first time I got excited by a landscape in Peru (and we hadn’t arrived at the Machu Picchu yet!). All the way to Ollantaytambo, we passed vast plain with yellow color in Urumbamba District. It was a sight to behold (so far :) )
Back to the train station, there are several train carriages over there, so be sure that you get on board on the correct carriage. If you decide to useInca Rail just like us, make sure that your print copy of the ticket is shown or exchanged in the Inca Rail office.
Where we stay
Since Aguas Calientes is very small village, every places are close to each other. We picked Hotel Flower’s House. It has 6 or 7 floor, modern building and very clean. It has a free luggage storage, great breakfast, and the owner was also very kind and helpful.
What to see on Aguas Calientes
I spent most of my time on it’s market. It’s traditional market has a lot to offer from poncho, table cover, t-shirt, and many other typical souvenir.
So the tip here is to buy more to get a cheaper discount for each. Not everything is sold in aguas Calientes are sold anywhere else in Peru, but most of them are! So it is also good strategy to buy a few and buy more outside Aguas Calientes.
We booked through Majestic Tour the pickup transfer from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and vice versa, as well as the train ticket and entrance to Macchu Picchu. The Inca Rail Executive Class Cost US$ 57/pax from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo), and US $ 60/pax from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.