Aguas Calientes, Cusco is a wonderful city that became a traditional stop on the way to Machu Picchu that offers a lot of ways to rest and prepare before visiting the Inca city.
The site is built into the surrounding hillside and its two rushing rivers together with stone cliffs make up for a pretty interesting site. The town, which literally translates as hot springs, came to life in the 20th century when the railroad was constructed through the mountains. Aguas Calientes has a lot to offer during tours Cusco: hot springs, the opportunity to go rafting or to walk around the mountain forest, which is always hidden in the clouds (an unforgettable experience). It is also very convenient to visit Machu Picchu, a lot of tourists stay overnight at Aguas Calientes because it is cheaper and you get to choose from a variety of places instead of few. In addition, after the day of exploring, you can soak in relaxingly hot springs. People often stay at Aguas Calientes on their way to other sites. Getting to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes is very convenient.
Aguas Calientes is a very important to stop on your visit Peru because there are no actual museums at Machu Picchu itself. So it is recommended to visit the small, but very interesting museum on your way to the Inca city.
Also, if you have some time, just wander around a central plaza, a pleasant spot with lots of adjacent restaurants and cafes. It is a perfect place to get a taste of national Peruvian cuisine. Do not forget to get something to remember Peru by. The local artisans` market may be a little pricey, but it still offers unique pieces that will be an amazing souvenir or gift.
If you decide to give visiting Aguas Calientes a chance, use a train to get there. Cusco to Aguas Calientes train time is about 4 hours.