Aguas Calientes is a locality located in the department of Cusco, province of Urubamba, district of Machupicchu, in Peru.
The town of Aguas Calientes, also known as the town of Machupicchu, is the main access route to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Only in the 70s, after an incipient period of tourism, began a substantial and sustained increase of it towards Machupicchu, being the beginning of the formation of the populated center. In the decade of the 80, Aguas Calientes begins to have a rapid transformation, due to three fundamental axes that were the engines of the support of the district: The Cusco Train - Santa Ana, The Historical Sanctuary of Machupicchu, The Hydroelectric Power Plant of Machupicchu.
Aguas Calientes is located 110 kilometers from the city of Cusco.
Living up to its name, Aguas Calientes has hot thermal baths 800 meters from the town, which, they say, have medicinal properties. To reach the hot springs, whose temperatures range between 38 and 46 degrees Celsius, tourists have to walk a steep and stepped path that borders the hills. Also, near the thermal baths, the Municipality of Aguas Calientes has provided special environments, which include bathrooms, dressing rooms and a cafeteria.