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“A great way to relax amongst the locals”

Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
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Machu Picchu by Train Full-Day Tour
Reviewed November 27, 2012

I loved how the locals use these baths as a great place to hang out, there aren't many tourists here. It's not flash, but that's the whole point - the water is very soothing after 5 days hiking!

Thank kasparorange
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The hot springs have a killer location in their own little jungle-like space with a beautiful view of the mountains. So the ambience is great, but the experience itself is mediocre. We were expecting hot pools, and after getting in the first, which felt like ocean water in the Caribbean, we switched to the only "hot" pool, the largest one, which was the equivalent of a malfunctioning jacuzzi: not that hot and kind of smelly. The large pool had a pebble bottom and smelled vaguely of vegetable soup. The smaller pools that we went in (one was empty) all had tiled bottoms and didn't have the same odour of the larger pool.

The cold spouts were nice and frosty, but a cold plunge pool would have been nicer. Maybe coming from the hot springs in Banos made us hot-spring snobs, but these ones were kind of lame. If it were cheaper, like 4 or 5 soles per person, I think I would be less critical.

We paid 10 soles each for entry and 1 sole for a locker.

Thank Kristen H
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

A good way to unwind and relax.Close to all the hotels and easy to locate.makes a nice start / end to a busy energetic day.

Thank KENTTRAVELLERAA
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Aguas Calientes only exists for tourist. It is a nice town, with an impressive river. We decided to sleep there and it was a good choice. You can walk through it in 15 minutes.
Food... lots of mexican and pizza, which we didnt feel like eating! Also, pricey. You can find Cui and other peruvian cuisine, but always with the "tourist" touch. The plaza is a nice place to stroll and sit. Lots of bars, too....

Thank PTYTraveler
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The hot springs were a pleasant end to a four day hike to Machu Picchu. I typically try to book hotels with jacuzzis (or bath tubs at the very least) because my husband and I are fans of relaxing in the bath after normal days. However, I opted for a cheaper stay knowing that this small, service-based town was named for the natural hot springs running through it. I read these reviews so I had an idea of what we were in for (and our wonderful guide [Edwin from Peru Treks] also claimed they should be named Warm Springs during a discussion about them in our dining tent on the hike), but we decided to check them out with our new hiking friends anyway.

All the talking down led to a pleasant surprise. The water wasn't hot but it wasn't cold either, and it was a far more acceptable temperature than we expected. The tub with the most people was the warmest of the choices, but it wasn't overly crowded either. It was drizzling slightly and night was falling so the atmosphere, with reggae music playing, drinks at the raise of a hand, and nice conversation with those aforementioned new friends made the experience very pleasant overall.

It was S./10 to get in and another S./1 to store our bag. It didn't seem very secure to leave our passports and all our money with them but upon prompting they gave us a ticket to reclaim our bag. The water isn't clean because it's funneled in directly from the river but it was soothing on our muscles which required many stretching exercises to feel normal again. My husband also kept commenting on how many people were peeing in it because of the warm temperature, the number of people, and the distinctly unclean color of the water. We didn't dunk our heads, but we did relax for about an hour in the beautiful setting among the rushing river and the Andes Mountains.

I would definitely suggest a trip for anyone making Aguas Calientes their home for the evening, especially if it was preceded by the arduous hike to Machu Picchu and accompanied by new found friends from far away.

Thank Lea W
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